Videos from the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival >> in Chandler have been posted to the zBORED YouTube channel. This past Saturday's festival was full of the obvious barbecued food and beer galore along with a quadruple treat of ska & punk bands that ruled the genre back in the day.
The day of skankin' and drankin' kicked off with Buck-O-Nine doing a 45 minute set that finished with 'My Town'. Then Voodooo Glow Skulls took stage for another set of uber-nostalgic skapunk [btw, although The EDGE/X 1o3.9 is no more you'll be happy to know that Ska Punk radio with Gadger is still alive online and in-app via Live365] which included my favorite song of theirs 'Say Goodnight'.
Next up was Goldfinger who I haven't seen in concert since their last Arizona show at The Nile in Mesa back in 2001. They gave a shout out to the peeps who were at that show and based on crowd's response there were a lot of us Nile attendees present on Saturday. Not surprisingly, frontman John Feldmann orchestrated many a strange diatribe and antics aplenty that included stopping during 'Miles Away' to attempt having a crowd member eat a Twinkie out of drummer Darren's Coconut Ass. Apparently they've done this at other shows but with the number of old punks' kids around and police officers surrounding he decided avoid trouble with the law and chug a beer from another fan's smelly shoe instead. Check out the shenanigans in the video below.
Finally, the headlining Face To Face jumped into their set as dusk fell which included a 3-song encore. Pits formed from the get go and punk rockers united to enjoy a set that was a million times better than their reunion tour show last summer at The Nile. They played songs old and new but my favorites were the ones that took me way back like 'I'm Trying' and 'Disconnected'.
The band flew into Phoenix just for this show. We got to chat with frontman Trevor Keith after the show about always loving to play the desert. It's the first place they played when they first started to tour nearly two decades ago and the fans are true punks. The sunny weather was spectacular, the food was delectable, the beer was refreshing and the music was reminiscent of the good ol' days when high school, skating and house parties were standard in life's agenda.
Face To Face is doing an acoustic set at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on April 13th. It should be a good show at my favorite venue in town.