Punk Rock Bowling - Downtown Las Vegas - May 25-27
The Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival started in 1999, and since then the mayhem has moved from the lanes to a giant parking lot just off of Fremont street in downtown Las Vegas. Tournaments and cash prizes are still part of the event, but today, the offerings on stage are the main draw, attracting thousands of hardcore music fans from around the country.
If EDC is the definitive dance music hap in Sin City, Punk Rock Bowling is a formidable match when it comes to a different kind of loud music. The term "banger" comes from punk after all! Here are the bands who bowled us over this year:
Free pool parties were a big part of the fest this year and this shindig from Swinghouse Studios kicked things off with an all-star extravaganza on the roof of the Plaza Hotel. James Williamson (The Stooges), Capt. Sensible & Pinch (The Damned), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), DH Peligro (Dead Kennedys), Kevin Seconds (Seven Seconds), Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks), and Charlie Paulson (Goldfinger/Black President) took the stage together to play music from each of their respective bands. They were audacious and pretty clean, but we can't say the same for the swimming pool. Hotel pools are questionable anyway, but at a beer-drenched punk party? Um, you don't want to know.
This was one of the best performances on the festival grounds, The Damned performed a mix of hits and lesser known numbers for a rabid crowd on Saturday night. They have always incorporated style and flair into their dark persona, and are a rare band who seem to get cockier with age.