Two Days of VAN'S Warped Tour; Pomona and Ventura, CA
Since I had never been to a Van’s Warped Tour, and neither had Zoe, we decided to go twice; once with friends, and once just the two of us, and this turned out to be a good decision because even though Zoe and I have relatively similar music tastes, our favorite stuff is different.
My thoughts on Van’s: Pomona is hot! Ventura is not! But overall the musical experience was awesome, and I was able to find a fantastic mix of music that satisfied both Zoe and my tastes. What follows is a quick synopsis of bands you probably don’t know that are really worth checking out.
BEEBS AND HER MONEY MAKERS
This band is simply unrestricted fun. Not even sure what genre they belong in, but to be in the audience when they play is just a blast. Seeing fully tattooed, mohawked screamo fans dancing in a peaceful circle pit was in and of itself a blast. B&HMM is from Ocala, Florida, and if you are an open-minded fan of music, it is time to give them a listen.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!