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Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Event recap with photos, videos and commentary

May 10, 2010

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On Sunday the semi final came down to The Gutter Sharks vs The Pin Ladens and Hookers & Blow vs Northeast Records. After a brutal back and forth fight, the championship round would see The Pin Ladens squaring off against Northeast Records. This was a seriously great match with the score bouncing back and fourth, drama, posturing and psyching out -This was anyone's game. As the final pins were falling, The Pin Ladens, headed up by Fat Mike of NOFX was ruled the victors of the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling Tournament with an 844 and Northeast Records finishing with an 801.

Final standings of the top 10 teams:
1.  The Pin Ladens - 844  /  2.  Northeast Records - 801  /  3.  Hookers and Blow - 722
4.  Gutter Sharks - 678  /  5.  Hell's Kitchen - 734  /  6.  Nuts Bags - 718
7.  The Irregulars - 676  /  8.  Team Collision - 593  /  9.  I Just Got Here - 728  /  10. My Spare - 722
2010 Punk Rock Bowling winners The Pin Ladens with Fat Mike of NOFX Fat Wreck Chords photo
(Photo: Winners of the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling Tournament)
 

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Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Day 3 – Las Vegas, NV - May 9, 2010

12th Annual Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photoAs Sunday dawned on Las Vegas, several people woke up lost inside the Sunset Station Hotel, others woke up confused, and a few lucky ones were able to greet the morning safely and comfortably in their hotel room, having made it back into their rooms successfully the night before. The last day of Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival had finally arrived and would ultimately end the event’s 3 day run, and name the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling winning team. The final day maintained Read more

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Day 2 – Las Vegas, NV - May 8, 2010

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photoSaturday morning began like any other day in Las Vegas: people playing the slot machines, drunks trying to make it in one piece to their hotel rooms, and hungover individuals waking up and asking themselves, "What happened last night?" What made this Saturday different from other typical Saturdays in Las Vegas though, was that the first day of the Punk Rock Bowling tournaments would finally commence and take place the entire day. Read more

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Day 1 – Las Vegas, NV - May 7, 2010

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photoLas Vegas, Nevada is a region infamous for casinos, gambling, strip clubs, showgirls, and many other activities and events which are not typically found or encountered in your hometown. This weekend Las Vegas was home to an annual event that combines both bowling and Punk rock: an event perfectly named Punk Rock Bowling. Presented by BYO Records, the 12th annual affair takes place this weekend in fabulous Las Vegas Read more



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Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Day 3 – Las Vegas, NV

May 9, 2010

12th Annual Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photoAs Sunday dawned on Las Vegas, several people woke up lost inside the Sunset Station Hotel, others woke up confused, and a few lucky ones were able to greet the morning safely and comfortably in their hotel room, having made it back into their rooms successfully the night before. The last day of Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival had finally arrived and would ultimately end the event's 3 day run, and name the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling winning team. The final day maintained several old school Punk rock bands that would go on to perform throughout the entire day and provide a powerful ending to an incredible weekend. Stretch Marks, Ill Repute, The Crowd, Channel 3, The Dickies, Adolescents, 7 Seconds, TSOL, and D.R.I all made up the riveting lineup that ended Punk Rock Bowling on more than a good note.



Playoff finals for the bowling tournament began as early as 11am and lasted through the entire day. All 64 remaining teams endured the playoffs until the near end of the competition, in which 4 teams would be left to face each other.
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As the late morning turned into early afternoon, the music portion of Punk Rock Bowling soon began to approach the event quickly. The show was meant to commence at 2pm, but due to the fact that the opening band Stretch Marks were one of the bowling teams in the playoffs, their time on stage was postponed to 2:40pm. Punks officially had another 40 minutes to resume drinking, resume gambling, or resume watching the intense bowling tournament.
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During the semifinals, The Gutter Sharks faced off against The Pin Ladens and Hookers & Blow against Northeast Records. Eventually, the competition was faced between The Pin Ladens and Northeast Records, which ended with The Pin Ladens winning the "athletic" event and winning the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling victory! The Pin Ladens, who included NOFX vocalist and bass player Fat Mike, won the fierce competition with a score of 844. After a day of intense bowling (which beer was able to relieve at times), Punk Rock Bowling named its victors and provided the rest with another memorable experience that brings everyone together every year.
Stretch Marks at Punk Rock Bowling
Once 2:40pm reached Las Vegas, Stretch Marks hit the stage and performed an enthralling set. The amphitheater was not yet teeming with people, but the audience that the band had played for was certainly captivated by the band's music. Stretch Marks performed Punk rock songs that kicked off Sunday's lineup the right way and with the right attitude. The band's 25 minute set was a perfect start to a day that would witness nothing but pure and solid Punk Rock.
Ill Repute at Punk Rock Bowling
Due to a last minute change, Dr. Know was no longer set to play the Sunday show, and instead, Nardcore band Ill Repute began their time on stage promptly after Stretch Marks' performance. Many more individuals made their way onto the floor of the amphitheater to attest the band's anticipated performance, which was an act that many were anxious and hoping to catch. Ill Repute began their set close to 3:20pm and immediately caused the audience to gravitate to their every sound and will. The band's signature hardcore Punk sound provided one of the best performances of that Sunday. 30 minutes later Ill Repute's time on the stage ran out, and as the band walked away, many fans screamed and shouted for the band to return to the stage and play another full set.

Orange County natives The Crowd approached the stage around 4pm and was met by frantic fans who provided a circle pit almost upon the band's first verse. The Crowd played songs that consisted of Punk rock, surf rock, and Rock N' Roll influences that intermingled to create a sound that only Orange County is capable of cultivating.

Channel 3 made their way onto the stage at 4:50pm and provided the audience with the old school sounds of Punk Rock for an eager and rowdy crowd. The band performed the majority of their songs from album, "The Skinhead Years", which pleased the audience as they constantly shouted out requests from that album. Channel 3 saw tremendous crowd support and praise as they played a lengthy set to the people of Punk Rock Bowling.

Around 5:30pm, The Dickies arrived on stage and induced pandemonium upon the crowd. The band's witty humor was made evident time after time as they incorporated comical material into their 40 minute set. Vocalist Leonard Grave Phillips singlehandedly augmented the band's stage presence as he ran back and forth across the stage, hopped around, jumped, and manifested through his actions the charming music of the versatile band. The Dickies played the majority of the songs from their album, "The Incredible Shrinking Dickies". Among them, "Waterslide", "You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)" and "Paranoid" were performed. When it was almost 6:15pm, the band finished their act and ended their time on stage to make space for The Adolescents, who were next.

The Adolescents began their performance at 5:35pm and opened up with their classic song, "No Way". Chaos immediately ensued on the floor and a barbarous circle pit dominated the ground. People were constantly falling in and out of the pit and either attempting with great effort to escape it, or to rush into it and control it. Adolescents' set was alluring in every way possible; from the music the band played to the showcase of each band member's energy, there was no way the band could go wrong with the direction they were going. The band played several fan favorites from "OC Confidential" and their famous self-titled album, which is also known as "The Blue Album". A few songs the band played during their set consisted of, "L.A Girl", "Who is Who", "Wrecking Crew", "Amoeba", "OC Confidential", and "Monsanto Hayride". When the band's time ran out, Adolescents ended their set with their most popular song; a song which never fails to end all of their performances on an overwhelmingly positive end. The band played "Kids of the Black Hole" last and were able to speculate a bountiful circle pit with people who knew the entire lyrics to the song and who sang along to every word. Adolescents left the stage after "Kids of the Black Hole" and many groups in the audience chanted "ADOLESCENTS!" over and over again.

7 Seconds performed next and astounded the audience with their raw hardcore Punk sound and feel. 7 Seconds had an aggressive and impassioned circle pit that sought to bring justice to the nature of the band's music. Vocalist Kevin Seconds showcased his diligent energy and effort, which he illustrated by conquering the stage as he sang each song with the utmost strength. During the band's set, 7 Seconds performed the majority of their songs from their albums, "The Crew" and "Walk Together, Rock Together". Songs the band incorporated into their set included, "Not Just Boys Fun", "Here's Your Warning", "Young 'Til I Die", "Walk Together, Rock Together", and "Red and Black". When it was time for 7 Seconds to end their performance, 7 Seconds dismissed themselves by covering the popular 80's song, "99 Red Balloons", which is a song they also feature in their album "Walk Together, Rock Together". Throughout the band's cover, people were still pursuing a circle pit, but many others were simply dancing along to the catchy cover. Once the band finished the song, cacophonous cheers overwhelmed the amphitheater as members of the audience remarked to one another over the remarkable performance that 7 Seconds had just displayed.
TSOL at Punk Rock Bowling
A while after 8:15pm, True Sounds of Liberty made their presence noticed as vocalist Jack Grisham strode across the stage and opened his infamous mouth full of sass, which always entertains his audience. TSOL commenced their performance and maintained the vicious circle pits that the previous acts had started. The band played the bulk of their material from their album, "Dance With Me" and their self-titled EP. TSOL performed songs, "Superficial Love", "Sounds of Laughter", "Dance With Me", and "Abolish Government/Silent Majority". When TSOL's turn on stage was over, the band ended their performance with "Code Blue", which typically causes a riot within their pits, and which successfully did. After "Code Blue", TSOL also met their own roar of chants which vigorously requested an encore.

D.R.I. finally reached the stage close to 9:15pm and started up their set with an explosive bang. The band opened up with "Who Am I?" and provoked the most uncontrollable action on the floor that Sunday had the privilege to speculate. Metalheads and Punk rockers both made up the floor as they charged into one another and hoped they would each last through it. Vocalist Kurt Brecht magnified the intensity of the band's performance as he screamed into the microphone with dire force and fervent attitude. D.R.I played the mass of their material from their album "Dealing With It", and went on to perform songs, "Couch Slouch", "I Don't Need Society", "Mad Man", "I'd Rather Be Sleeping", "The Explorer", and "Violent Pacification". The band's hour long set provided a performance that blew the audience away and provoked unimaginable behavior that those who were present were able to witness.
DRI at Punk Rock Bowling
When 10pm began to intrude on everyone's Sunday, D.R.I's time on the stage began to near its end. The band ended their set with "The Five Year Plan" and allowed everyone to unite under the same love for D.R.I by shouting along to the song's words, "I lose, you win," and "I win, you lose!" When the song was over, D.R.I  bowed to their audience, waved goodbye, threw drumsticks and a few items onto the floor, and walked off the stage. The audience responded to the band's dismissal by shouting repeatedly in unison, "D.R.I! D.R.I!" The chanting never ceased as audience members persevered to attain an encore. Crew members made their way on stage and began to disassemble the drum set and remove equipment off the stage, but the chanting remained strong and with full vigor. Almost 10 minutes had passed by and the crowd was STILL chanting "D.R.I!" and STILL striving to acquire an encore from the band. The crew members looked back at the audience with sympathetic looks as if to say, "Sorry guys, the show's over." Still, the audience continued to chant the band's name and remained firm on the floor. Security unfortunately finally took action and began to herd the audience away from the floor and out of the area. Audience members began to boo over the fact that they were being forced from the floor, but as they collectively walked away, they chanted "D.R.I! D.R.I!" and demonstrated solely through that act the manner in which the band had ultimately impacted and influenced them.

Late night coverage from Bob M.
The late evening portion started about 10:00 at Club Madrid with the giving out of the awards for the Punk Rock Bowling Tournament. First place went to Fat Mikes team. Congratulations guys. The final show of the final night of Punk Rock Bowling. The show opened with a Hard rock band called "Saint Alvia" from Burlington, Ontario Canada. They rocked Club Madrid with their Hard Rock/Punk sound. They were getting the crowd ready for what was to be the highlight of the evening. The Topper in their set was when they did an amazing cover of Tom Pettys "American Girl" complete with a girl in a Budweiser Bikini!!  What is more American than that?
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To continue on with this show was "The Cute Lepers"  A band from Seattle Washington. Watching them and listening to them, they reminded me of Green Day with some Badass Punk combos thrown in -they are a band you need to see. And they bring everything they have to the table. Check them out if they are playing in a city near you. You won't be disappointed. If you are a fan of Punk/Rock music, then you will be a fan of The Cute Lepers. By now the crowd was really hyped up and ready for the final band of PUNK ROCK BOWLING!!
Cute Lepers at Punk Rock Bowling
"ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES" What can you say about these guys that hasn't already been said. For me this has a been a band I've been waiting to see for 11 years. They just totally Rocked The Club !!  From the opening song Summertime, to Rainbow Connection, Me and Julio Down By the School yard, and the list goes on. They belted out cover song after cover song, and everybody in the crowd sang along with every song me included.
Photo Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Spike on the ukulele was outstanding, a Punk rock band with a ukulele, these guys are totally unique in thier own right. A funny story I have to share, I was standing in front of Fat Mike, and I was taking photos, I took a random picture of Fat Mike, he looked at me and said "NO PICTURES" them my jaw hit the ground! I looked at him, he looked at me and then he said "I'M KIDDING" I was like what a @#!& !!,  but he was so cool the whole band was incredible. What other way could you end Punk Rock Bowling a 3 Day Punk Rock music and Bowling Festival than with these consummate professionals Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Another great antidote, before every song Spike would say "THIS IS A COVER SONG" Hilarious. Then certain songs on the set list he would say "WE DON"T KNOW THAT ONE" So another year of Punk Rock Bowling came to an end.  And what a song to end with which was "END OF THE ROAD" Hats off to the GIMME GIMMES. -end
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes at Punk Rock Bowling
Sunday's arrival in Las Vegas was met with disappointment, disbelief, and massive amounts of hangovers; all three feelings were the aftermath of Punk Rock Bowling's conclusion, which wrapped up both the bowling and music portion of the three day event. The disappointment and disbelief came not from the eccentric festivities, but from the fact that the 3 day weekend was officially OVER, and it was time for everyone to head back to their individual responsibilities. Sunday witnessed the finale of the bowling tournament, the awards ceremony, and the final Punk rock line-up which all took place at the Sunset Station Hotel. The bands began their performances earlier than they did the previous two days, and also ended an hour earlier than the previous two days. People all around the Sunset Station Hotel were heard making remarks over the end of the weekend and their rapidly approaching plans concerning life after Punk Rock Bowling. The final day of the 12th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival was both a day many rejoiced over, and a day many grieved over as its time quickly ran out.

Overall, Sunday and then into Monday morning proved to be like the last day of high school: People hugging, promising to keep in touch, crying, (Though maybe the crying came from being a little tipsy), and people celebrating amongst each other as the realization that everyone was officially on their own hit home rather hard. The end of Punk Rock Bowling was a bittersweet emotion that overwhelmed both the young, the old, the sober, and the wasted. Punk Rock Bowling may just be our adult version of camp with several modifications to the childhood experience. Substitute camp activities with slot machines, the talent show with Punk Rock bands, and camp food with bars/alcohol, and you've got an annual gathering of Punk virtuosos and aficionados who all indulge in the concept of unity through PUNK ROCK in all its infamous aspects. After the 3 day long experience, everyone's going to be feeling homesick for Vegas, and ESPECIALLY homesick for Punk Rock Bowling.

 

-Stephanie M.-
Big Wheel Senior Staff Writer


 

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2010 Punk Rock Bowling – Video Report – DRI

May 9, 2010

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2010 Punk Rock Bowling – Scores – Bowling action with Nut Bagz

May 9, 2010

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Check out the scoreboard as it is filled in. Also bowling action with Team Nut Bagz that did very well against the Pin Ladins, Fat Mike's team. In the end the Pin Ladins would pull out the win. Nut Bagz team member was still happy to have fulfilled his destiny which was to bowl against Fat Mike.


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Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Revival Tour – at Sunset Station – Las Vegas, NV

May 8, 2010

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photo Revival TourOn Saturday night, the all ages portion of the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival was over, and acts such as Broadway Calls, Cobra Skulls, Old Man Markley, Riverboat Gamblers, Swinging Utters, Against Me, and the infamous Flogging Molly had just finished rocking a crowd of thousands, and many were heading to the casinos or the Vegas strip.

 

Steve Soto Revival TourDay two of Punk Rock Bowling was far from over. I was amongst the hundreds getting their second wind and gearing up for one of the acts that had us the most excited about Punk Rock Bowling, The Revival Tour.

Club Madrid, inside the Sunset Hotel, would be featuring an all-star line-up of seasoned musicians such as Kevin Seconds, Steve Soto, Matt Hensley, Johnny of Old Man Markley, Nathan Maxwell, Chuck Ragan, John Gaunt and Ben Nichols. They were ready to put some folk/country heart and soul into Punk Rock Bowling. It was nearing midnight and after a long day of bowling and music, the crowd of drunken fans were packing into the sold out club for round two.
Revival Tour Punk Rock Bowling 2010

The show started with Steve Soto, who played several songs from his band The Twisted Hearts. He sounded much more raw in this presentation, which was really interesting and awesome because The Twisted Hearts have a very polished and technical sound. The crowd seemed to be enjoying the performance immensely. Nathan Maxwell from Flogging Molly and Original Bunny Gang, played his heart out. His music has a chill reggae feel that had the audience captivated, bobbing their heads and swaying to his beat. Kevin Seconds came up next and I couldn't help but start to think about how lucky we all were to be listening to his solo stuff and have the opportunity to see 7 Seconds the very next day. All the while during each performance, in true Revival fashion, friends like John Gaunt, Matt Hensley and Johnny from Old Man Markley would be assisting in the sets making each artists' performance that much more powerful.
Revival Tour Las Vegas Punk Rock Bowling
Even though it was past 1am and many of the concert goers had been running on little to no sleep from the night before, the energy was intense and no one seemed to be slowing down. Ben Nichols took the stage, and Chuck Regan introduced then joined him in an amazing rendition of "Last Night in Town". It was obvious right away that he was a crowd favorite. People were buying him shots and screaming out the requests for their favorite songs. Graciously he obliged, performing hits like, "My Best Girl", "Nights Like These", and "I Kissed the Bottle". He even dedicated the song "Mom" to his mother, which was rather fitting since it was Mother's Day, he then took a shot of whiskey, and laughed and told everyone not to tell his mom he drinks.
Revival Tour
It was finally time for Chuck Ragan's set. When Chuck's on stage, his presence demands all eyes; he plays with so much soul. His set was as powerful as his voice and the crowd sang along to all of his songs. He played a full set including songs like "Revival Road", "The Trench" and "Rotterdam".
Chuck Ragan Revival Tour
At one point all the artists came out and played the song "Glory" together. When the show was done everyone seemed sad that it was over, yet seemed fulfilled by their experience all in the same breath. The Revival Tour is a great display of musicianship; they are an eclectic group of creative people coming together with a common goal. You will regret missing The Revival Tour if it comes to a town near you, so save yourself some sorrow by making sure you DON'T miss this invigorating performance in the future!

 

-Jessica M.-
Big Wheel Music Scene Reporter

 

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Punk Rock Bowling 2010 – Day 2 – Las Vegas, NV

May 8, 2010

Punk Rock Bowling 2010 photoSaturday morning began like any other day in Las Vegas: people playing the slot machines, drunks trying to make it in one piece to their hotel rooms, and hungover individuals waking up and asking themselves, "What happened last night?" What made this Saturday different from other typical Saturdays in Las Vegas though, was that the first day of the Punk Rock Bowling tournaments would finally commence and take place the entire day. The bowling began early close to 11am, which to the general public is a reasonable time, but to Punk Rockers is a drag and a mission all its own. Regardless of the early beginning, the inside of the Strike Zone Bowling Center was full not just with the competing teams, but also full with individuals who wanted to witness the animating game.
Punk Rock Bowling at Sunset Station Las Vegas
The bowling competition went on to progress into the latter half of the day, and while the bowling proceeded, Saturday's musical entertainment kicked off the music festival promptly at 5pm. Flogging Molly headlined the show with assistance from Against Me!, Swingin' Utters, Riverboat Gamblers, Cobra Skulls, Old Man Markley, and Broadway Calls.



210 teams total competed on Saturday for the chance to be able to make it to the final round on Sunday. Saturday's competition was divided up into 3 bowling sessions that consisted of 70 teams each. The first session began at 11am and ended 20 minutes after 1pm.
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The second session began close to 2pm, and the third session took place around 5pm. At the end of Saturday's bowling tournament, only 64 teams remained and would finish the competition the following day.
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While the bowling tournament continued on inside the Strike Zone Bowling Center, the Sunset Station Amphitheater began to see its flow of people as the beginning of the night's musical entertainment quickly approached time. Broadway Calls was the first band to play that day and played a 20 minute set to a small but eager crowd.
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The band's catchy Punk music was entertaining, and audience members who were present appeared to be throroughly enjoying themselves.
Old Man Markley
Old Man Markley arrived on stage after Broadway Calls and bestowed upon those who had never heard of Old Man Markley an act which was not the least bit expected. Old Man Markley is a band that consists of 9 members who collectively provide bluegrass sounds with a Punk Rock attitude, all with the help from an autoharp, a mandolin, a banjo, a fiddle, a washboard, and a harmonica. When the band began their set, it was comical to witness Punks in mohawks and studs turn to each other with puzzled expressions on their faces as they asked each other, "What band is this?" and would then immediately shrug their shoulders.
Old Man Markley at Punk Rock Bowling
Within the first song, these same confused Punks began to nod their heads to the beat of Old Man Markley's music and even grabbed one another and attempted to dance. Old Man Makley had succeeded in winning over jaded Punk Rockers. The band played a short set but through the duration of their time on stage, garnered the attention of a large crowd that completely fell in love with the band. When the band finished their set and left the stage, the crowd began to clap a distinct beat in unison and in a sing-songy chant hollered, "Old Man Markley!" The audience hoped to attain an encore, but none was ultimately delivered.

Reno, Nevada natives Cobra Skulls approached the stage shortly after Old Man Markley and provided Punk Rock music with subtle Ska influences and occasional lyrics sung in Spanish. The band performed for a crowd that grew larger and larger as Cobra Skulls' time on stage progressed. Cobra Skulls played a 30 minute set and performed fan favorites such as, "Rebel Fate" and "Hasta los Cobra Skulls Siempre!"

Riverboat Gamblers arrived on stage close to 7pm and performed a 45 minute set. The band had a large audience and an even larger fanbase, and as the band played song after song, more and more people attempted to take part in a circle pit. The band maintained a sound that combined Punk Rock's aggressive tendencies with melodic heavy vocals. Riverboat Gamblers performed a loud and active set that illustrated each band member's intense zeal, which seemed to flourish as the night went on. The band eventually dismissed themselves and paved the way for Swingin' Utters' turn on the stage.

When Swingin' Utters took the stage, the floor of the Sunset Station Amphitheater was packed and ready to burst with energy which the audience could no longer withhold. Upon the emergence of the band's music, a fast paced circle pit was induced on behalf of anxious and excited fans who wanted to pit to Swingin' Utters' music. The band played many of their old songs and managed to please both older and younger fans through their eclectic sound. Swingin' Utters uphold upbeat Punk Rock with Rock n' Roll influences that resemble the musical styles of bands like Social Distortion. The band's 45 minute set ended on a positive note as their dismissal encountered eager cheers, nonstop applause, and shouts of praise and support.

Against Me! made their way on stage once it was already dark out and while people were on their 4th beers. Against Me! performed music that maintained more of an alternative rock sound with occasional fast paced inclinations a la mode de Punk Rock. The band played songs, "Sink Florida Sink", "Don't Lose Touch", and many more which are dear to their fans.

Throughout the band's set, no circle pit took place on the floor, but instead people headbanged or moved their bodies to the beat of the music. Near the end of the band's set, to everyone's surprise, Against Me! began to cover a song familiar to most of the Punk audience members who were on the floor: Cock Sparrer's "Because You're Young". The song immediately caused a circle pit to conquer the floor, and Cock Sparrer fans ran around singing along and pushing anyone who got in their way. Against Me! soon left the stage and left their fans screaming for more songs and more Against Me!
Flogging Molly at Punk Rock Bowling 2010
Flogging Molly finally began their performance close to 9:40pm and was met with forceful cheers and enormous crowd participation. Upon the band's first song, a circle pit abundant with people conquered the floor and never saw its end, which was an indication that the band was successful in seizing its audience. Being headliners, Flogging Molly had the longest set and played for over an hour, which resulted in a large number of songs being performed, among them "Tobacco Island" "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Life in A Tenement Square." Flogging Molly's sound is diverse and unique; the band incorporates Irish Folk influences into the brash substance that Punk Rock is and maintains.
Punk Rock Bowling Flogging Molly
Vocalist Dave King constantly connected with his audience and spoke to them to create a more personal concert experience. At one point during the band's set, Dave King paused to mention the Arizona bill recently passed, and remarked that Mexicans and Irish are one and the same. The audience let out "aww's" and Dave King eventually tied Mexicans and Irish people with one single great connection, beer! The crowd applauded and cheered Dave King as he rightfully defended Mexicans and at the same time made jokes about the similarities between Mexican and Irish cultures.
2010 Punk Rock Bowling
Once 11pm neared the night, Flogging Molly's time began to run out quickly. The band finished their set and left the stage, and once they were out of sight, the audience requested an encore with great energy. Flogging Molly arrived back onto the stage to perform a short encore for the crowd, but eventually it truly was time for the band to leave the stage. Once Flogging Molly was done playing, the audience walked out of the amphitheater and happily sang verses from several Flogging Molly songs with one another.
Bowling Center punk rock
Saturday's events were over at last, and the realization that there was only one more day of Punk Rock Bowling left began to slowly dawn on several people. The second day of Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival was another success and a fulfilling day that brought more to the table than the previous day had as far as events. The next day would be the last day of Punk Rock Bowling, and would also be the day that would determine which team that made it through Saturday's fierce competetion would go on to become the 2010 Punk Rock Bowling Champions. Saturday night had arrived, and another night of endless drinking and Las Vegas activities would at least sustain the crowd until the next day.

 

-Stephanie M.-
Big Wheel Senior Staff Writer

 

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