Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Powered By Gringo Bandito Expands To Include Events Across The Western U.S. In April & May; Returns To Doheny State Beach Saturday, April 7
Headliner The Offspring & Pennywise To Perform At All Shows;
The Vandals, Against Me!, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes & Others Play Select Dates
Plus Craft Beer Sampling, Gourmet Tacos, Lucha Libre Style Wrestling
Tickets On Sale Friday, January 26 At 10:00 A.M. Local TimeSynergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Brew Ha Ha Productions are pleased to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito to include additional dates in Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Auburn, and Portland during April and May of 2018. Sabroso also returns to the scenic Doheny State Beach in Southern California on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Each date of the 5th annual taco and craft beer celebration features a music lineup headlined by Orange County, CA-based The Offspring, along with SoCal's Pennywise. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Against Me!, Lit, Unwritten Law, Street Dogs, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more will perform on select dates. Visit www.SabrosoTacoFest.com for music lineup details.
Produced by California's most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), most dates of Sabroso will also feature craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. The region's top chefs and restaurants will serve delectable tacos and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more. Beer tastings will vary by city according to local alcohol laws and restrictions.
Dexter Holland of The Offspring said, "Tacos and craft beer are two of The Offspring's favorite things! We're excited to be bringing Sabroso to new cities in 2018! See you at the shows!"
"Sabroso offers craft beer from some of the best, top-awarded breweries in the nation and pairs them with some of the tastiest tacos in the region. It's truly an experience unlike anything seen before," Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said. "The festival will offer everything from savory carne asada and carnitas to delicious fresh fish tacos, and of course, craft beer favorites like IPAs, pale ales, stouts, lagers and more!"
During VIP early entry tastings (from Noon — 4:00 P.M.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 P.M. — 4:00 P.M.), craft beer lovers who are 21+ can sample over 100 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including:
At each festival date, the taco creations will compete for the coveted Sabroso "Best Of Show," awarded by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.
Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo Bandito--Dexter Holland of The Offspring's top rated hot sauce—during the event.
Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion. There will be multiple qualifying wrestling matches throughout each festival day and one final championship match at each show.
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito runs from 1:00 P.M. — 9:00 P.M (VIP Entry at Noon). Tickets for all dates of Sabroso go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10:00 A.M. local time at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com and start at just $29.00 in some markets and $39.50 in others. For each ticket purchased, $0.50 will be donated to a charity in the local festival market.
The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes (1) festival admission ticket with craft beer tastings, music festival access, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (21+), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.
The 2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito dates are as follows:
At last year's sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more. Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring, and professional eaters, including world champion Takeru Kobayashi, took to the stage before The Offspring's performance for the 7th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge. While runner-up Molly Schuyller, European champion Jesse Pynnönen, and others devoured tacos at an astonishing pace, Kobayashi stole the show by downing 159 tacos in 10 minutes — shattering his own 2015 record of 144 tacos.
The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.
Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito include Gringo Bandito, Avery Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, Chronic Tacos, Milagro Tequila, Cosmic Fog and many more.
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Portland doom quartet USNEA will return to the road this March on the 2018 Spring Of Futility West Coast Tour. The journey begins March 23rd in their hometown and ends March 31st in Chico, California with direct support by Seattle's Un. See all confirmed dates below.
USNEA will be touring in support of their Portals Into Futility full-length released via Relapse Records. Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today's crushing reality, Portals Into Futility is five songs and fifty-six minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delve more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures, and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA remind us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.
Portals Into Futility is out now on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.
USNEA w/ Un:
3/23/2018 Twilight Bar - Portland, OR w/ Sol, Hot Victory
3/24/2018 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA w/ Body Void, Swamp Witch, Chrch
3/25/2018 Hi-Hat - Los Angeles, CA w/ Skyeater, Pendulous
3/27/2018 Space Bar - San Diego, CA w/ Therapy, Sixes
3/28/2018 Club Paradise - Tijuana, MX w/ Therapy
3/29/2018 El Rio - San Francisco, CA w/ Serpents of Dawn, Malefic Levitation
3/30/2018 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA w/ Chrch, Occlith
3/31/2018 Naked Lounge - Chico, CA w/ Amarok, Shadow Limb
USNEA was spawned in late 2011 from the cerebral minds of guitarist/vocalist Justin Cory, guitarist Johnny Lovingood, drummer Zeke Rogers, and bassist/vocalist Joel Williams. The quartet has proven to be a seismic level force of destructive creativity with a massive yet meditative sound, masterfully crafted songwriting, and a clear yet non-derivative influence from doom legends such as Disembowelment, My Dying Bride, Neurosis, and YOB.
USNEA released their self-titled debut album in February 2013 on Rogers' own label Orca Wolf Records. Following a 7" EP split with Ruins, USNEA signed to Relapse Records and released Random Cosmic Violence in November 2014. Random Cosmic Violence's immense presence instantly elevated USNEA to the forefront of the blossoming American doom scene. Stereogum referred to Random Cosmic Violence as having a "Floydian vastness that both balances and amplifies the overwhelming, crushing heaviness. Like the night sky itself, it's full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing." USNEA spent the next couple years touring in support of the record alongside veteran acts such as Ufomammut and Inverloch plus appearances at notable festivals including Maryland Deathfest, Roadburn Festival, and Modified Ghost Festival. In 2017, USNEA returned with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band's writing throughout the album, including Shadow Of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, Valis by Philip K. Dick, Valis by Philip K Dick, Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, and Dune by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.
You can connect with the band here: http://www.facebook.com/usneadoom
She's one of the best human's on the planet, and keeps us here at MIRP in line. She is the voice of reason, our mediator, the organizer, and an authentic lover of music.
She is always down to see any genre of music with an open mind, she's the only one in a good mood at the end of a hot, all-day outside music festival, she's a great listener, and makes the best pancakes. She keeps your secrets, and I've never heard her say a negative word about anyone. She is void of gossip, and she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
She's also hands-down the best friend anyone could have.
Happy Birthday Susanna, we love you!
It has been reported that one of the guitarists for Babymetal (Mikio Fujioka) has died at the age of 36.
“The ‘Little’ Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES,” Per Babymetal's social media.
MSN, Metro.co.uk and NME have reported that Fujioka died on Jan. 5 "from injuries sustained after falling from an observation deck on Dec. 30," but as far as we at MIRP could find, it has not been confirmed.
Our condolences to Fujioka's family, fans, and friends.
By: Susan Dusse
The first metal releases of 2018 were all about European black metal bands that started in the 1990s.
Released on January 5, 2018 were:
Shining - "X-Varg Utan Flock (Sweden)
Summoning - "With Doom We Come) (Austria)
Watain - "Trident Wolf Eclipse (Sweden)
Sweden’s ViciSolum Productions Signs Denmark’s Road To Jerusalem; MIRP Speaks to Per Møller Jensen (drums) and Josh Tyree (vocals)
Road To Jerusalem just signed a deal with Sweden’s ViciSolum Productions. With their debut release scheduled for early 2018, and a tour currently scheduled as support for Orphaned Land in the spring, anticipation for their full release and the ability to see them live is in full force.
MIRP recently sat down with Road To Jerusalem’s energetic and talented vocalist Josh Tyree and talked at length about the band. You can hear the entire audio interview below.
MIRP also had the pleasure of sitting down with Per Møller Jensen a few months ago, and asked him if the two available songs (“Behold In Now,” and “Under Your Skin”) are a good representation of the entire album. “I think the record covers a lot of ground, so there are more songs that would differ quite a bit from the two mentioned. But I would say yes, because the sound of the band is unmistakable throughout the entire record.”
We also asked Jensen why now was the right time for Road To Jerusalem. “It just feels so right at this point. There were some personal issues in the band, some things had to be overcome and taken care of. The wait became a little longer than any of us had wished, but the strength we had as a group, once united, told us that we picked just the right time.”
You can also view the entire earlier interview with Per Møller Jensen here: http://www.mirp411.com/road-to-jerusalem-inter.html
Road To Jerusalem is:
Andreas Holma - Bass
Josh Tyree - Vocals
Michael Skovbakke - Guitars
Per Møller Jensen - Drums
MIRP and the Portland Metal Community Raise Money to Buy Toys for the Children at Doernbecher Children's Hospital
By: Susan Dusse
Jer (Dimes) had an idea early in 2017. One night at dinner, he said to his team, “Lets put on a series of benefit shows and have local bands record holiday songs for a holiday CD, and every penny we make, lets buy toys for kids at Doernbecher’s Children’s hospital.” Doernbecher was selected because the facility and its amazing doctors and staff treated his brother when he was a child. Well, Jer's vision came to fruition this past weekend. MIRP was able to purchase $1,707 worth of toys for Doernbecher’s and delivered them just in time for Christmas.
We at MIRP would like to thank the following for their participation in this cause. Your talent, time, expense, and love made this possible. Truly, without you, we could not have done this. Together, we did what turned out to be one of the best, most rewarding experiences. We are grateful and so touched by your kindness.
The 8088s (Benefit Show)
Within Sight (Holiday CD)
Othrys (Holiday CD)
McSpencer (Holiday CD)
Von Doom (Holiday CD and Benefit Show)
Boudica (Holiday CD)
Human Studios (Mastering and Production of the Holiday CD)
Magnetic Graphics & Designs (Flyers and CD Printing)
WS Studios (Recording)
Etched in Bone Studio (Recording)
The ThunderBlunder (Recording)
Jake Neely Studios (Recording)
Jar of Lies (A tribute to Alice in Chains) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Under a Pale Grey Sky (A tribute to Sepultura) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Motorbreath (A tribute to Metallica) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
Parabola (A tribute to Tool) and all of its members and crew (Benefit Show)
The Brandon Sill’s Project (Benefit Show)
Particle Sun (Benefit Show)
Toxic Zombie (Benefit Show)
The Dope Show (Benefit Show)
Vintersea (Benefit Show)
Agnozia (Benefit Show)
Amerakin Overdose (Benefit Show)
Chainbound (Benefit Show)
We would like to say thank you to Derek Smith and his team at Rock Hard PDX for hosting the events, Christopher Richardson of Smak Dab's for his amazing food, Crave Dog for printing everything, and Magnetic Graphics & Design for creatively designing our materials.
Every once in a while in life you get to do something that makes your heart full. This was that for us, and words simply cannot express the magnitude of our gratitude. We want to say a very special thank you to each and every one of you - the bands, the businesses, all of the friends, fans, and family that supported us. THANK YOU! We are so proud of what we achieved together.
Within Sight – “From the Heart” - Video Review – December 6, 2017
By: Susan Dusse
When the request came to review Within Sight’s new video, I accidently watched the wrong video. So… let me just say, that “The Light Behind Your Lies,” ft. Nate and Thor of Fact and Fiction is a beautiful previously released song and video that you should watch AFTER you watch “From the Heart.”
OK, now to the task at hand.
Reviewing “From the Heart” didn’t feel like a task at all. It is a thoroughly enjoyable video and song. It’s a song that is pleasing to listen to from this Vancouver, Washington, melodic metal/rock/metalcore band. The video draws you into the story from its first moments, and you actually care about the characters. This is an excellent example of great vision and “concept to fruition,” by hotkarlproductions, who is undoubtedly now considered one of the, if not “the,” premier music video producers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the classic tale of settling versus true love. It’s a feel-good story about love. It’s about the heart having what the heart desires. It’s about that true love that we all want.
The pretty Pacific Northwest scenery showcases our beautiful area nicely, and you realize that what we have in our own backyard is what others pay great money for. The coolest shot is at 3:38; I’ll let you see that for yourself. The videographer/editor’s great eye made something that could be mundane (a band playing live outside) very effervescent. The black rocks of the chosen location, juxtaposed with splashes of natural red tones from the band members’ hair, beards, cymbals, and leaves was beautifully done. While I’m sure it wasn’t accidental or organic, it feels as if it could have happened naturally. Knowing the work of hotkarlproductions, I’m sure it was very well thought out and planned in advance. I say bravo both musically and visually on this one!
From the start I wanted the lead lady to be with the love she longed for, and I wanted to know more about them. Why did they break up in the first place? And up until the final scene, I was still rooting for there to be NO twist in this story. This video kept my attention and I was fully invested.
The song itself, sans video, is a solid modern melodic ballad with an edge. I like this band. They’ve bridged the gap to where I think they will appeal to a wide audience. It’s commercial enough for those not into metalcore, yet still edgy enough to hold the attention of die hard/underground fans. Musically, it’s very well done. Vocally, I’d say the same. I realized while writing this, that I had no concept of time when I first heard the audio, and also when I first watched the video, and at just over five minutes, I would have expected the opposite. When a song stops time, to me that means the song is good, and time stopped for me. “From the Heart,” is pleasing, holds interest, and is very catchy. In much the same style as Amity Affliction, slower Buried in Verona, We Came as Romans, etc., this band has set itself up for success within the genre, with this song. “If you take my hand, I’ll take your breath away.”
Follow Within Sight here: https://www.facebook.com/withinsightband