LOS ANGELES, November 26, 2014 — On Friday, December 12, Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, Calif. will host the first ever Punk Rock Foodie Fest. The event, which has an early 5 p.m. start, will feature 11 bands, including Left Alone, DC Fallout, Joey Briggs, and many more. The festival joins live punk rock music with food and food lovers. Bands start just after opening and are slated to play all night until last call.
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Punk Rock Foodies began simply as a group on Facebook in January of 2013. The group has since grown to over 1600 members from countries all over the world. Members range from professional chefs to people who have learned to cook good food for themselves at home to people who can’t cook a bite, but can nonetheless recognize and appreciate a tasty meal. These members often post pictures of food creations and interact with each other to learn about new foods and different cooking techniques.
The man behind the group is called Xander Tee. Recently, Communities Digital News spoke with Mr. Tee regarding the Punk Rock Foodies group and their upcoming festival. “As I noticed a lot of my [Facebook] friends, whom I was friends with due to our mutual enjoyment of punk rock music, were posting pictures of food, as was I, and I thought ‘how can we post these pictures without pissing off all our other friends who don’t give a s**t?’ So I started this page so people who liked punk rock and liked to cook and enjoy rad food could post their s**t for people who would appreciate it and also talk about bad ass music.”
On why he chose to take the group from the virtual world to the real world, Mr. Tee said, “It was brought up by someone on my team and it just made a lot of sense. Los Angeles was chosen primarily because that is where the rest of my team lives and the city’s wealth of talented local punk bands. We all work together to plan these events and each of us brings something to the table to make this work.” Among his team of planners are Steve Guerrero from Burning Rose Studios, Colin Murray from Gone To Ground, and Kevin Wells of the Emmer Effer Entertainment group. “We are very fortunate to have received great support from the bands involved.”
Punk Rock Foodie Fest will feature 11 bands, featuring both loud punk rock and acoustic music. The idea, according to Xander Tee, is to have chefs from the Punk Rock Foodies group prepare food for the first two hours. People will dine on various foods while being entertained by the soothing acoustic sounds of Joey Briggs from The Briggs, Elvis Cortez from Left Alone and the Transplants, Karina Toriz, and John Ho.
Once the food is cleared by the punks who ate it, the sound level will get ratcheted up with Gunradio, Left Alone, Gone to Ground, DC Fallout, Hardship Anchors, Emmer Effer, and Eken Is Dead. San Pedro punk band Bad Cop / Bad Cop will be doing a special acoustic performance as well.
In case you are unable to attend the inaugural event on December 12, Xander Tee says he and is team are planning more Punk Rock Foodie Fest events that will take place in the Southern California area as well as other parts of the country. The ultimate goal, however, is to bring a cookbook into your kitchen and a weekly television show into your living room.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the December 12 Punk Rock Foodie Fest visit the Punk Rock Foodies’ Good Clean Fund site here: http://goodcleanfund.com/west-coast-punk-rock-foodie-fest-tickets/http://goodcleanfund.com/west-coast-punk-rock-foodie-fest-tickets/. When asked why they opted to use Good Clean Fund as opposed to more traditional ticket selling methods, Mr. Tee said, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin also writes for New Noise Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball