San Bernardino, CA – This past weekend we saw the summit of Punk and Ska music at the San Manuel Amphitheater with approximately 30,000 plus in attendance. The festival which reminded many of the early days of the Van’s Warped Tour featured some of the biggest bands on the scene. Headlining the evening were Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX and Descendents alond with 32 other bands that performed throughout the 11-hour festival. The order of the final four line up determined by the spin of the wheel which was held at 4pm during the days events.
In addition to the four headliners performance came from bands like Lagwagon, Reel Big Fish, Strung Out, Less Than Jake, The Vandals and moreÂ performing on three stages. The music festival also featured exhibiton from some past Skateboards and BMX riders who made the term action sports what it is today. Athletes such as Steve Cabalero, Christian Hosoi along with Matt Hoffman and more who excited the crowd on the half pipe built on the grounds in between stage 1 and stage 2. A true festival for the young and the old.
As walking around the festival grounds we noticed the amount of families at the show. Parents who not to long ago were attending Warped Tour and other outdoor festival sharing the experience with their kids and exposing their children to some of the best bands that have never stopped playing since their debuts.
In a day and age when we are losing more live concert venues from small to large as the land is being developed into luxury hotel/apartments and the music scene has changed to favor DJ’s who hide behind a turntable this festival showed that the spirit, angst, rebellion of the music that speaks to many. Rock is not dead and it is about to awaken again. Hopefully we will see a return of this festival for 2016.
Check out photo’s from some of the bands who performed as well as interviews with Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, CJ Ramone and more below and at M.U.S.E. on Google Play Newsstand.
It’s Not Dead Festival with Chris Barker of Anti-Flag:
Photo Gallery – It’s Not Dead Festival: