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This weekend, KROQ, Travis Barker and Goldfinger's John “Feldy” Feldmann present Back To The Beach, returning to Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The 2nd annual weekend destination festival will feature performances by Blink-182, Goldfinger, The Used, Reel Big Fish, The Story So Far, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats!, and many more, performing right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Orange County, California. Today, performance times have been revealed, along with full details on the all-new family-centric Lil' Punk KidZone!
The Aquabats! is a band with special significance around these parts — they were my oldest daughter's first big rock show. She's now been on stage with them twice (2014 & 2017), and my youngest is a fan as well, having seen her first Aquabats! show two years ago. There's cross-generational appeal to the mighty band of superheroes, and last fall, thousands of fans came together to proclaim “I am The Aquabats!” — backing the band’s Kickstarter campaign to raid over $690,000 — funding two new full-length studio albums and 12 web-exclusive episodes of their Emmy Award-winning kids’ show The Aquabats! Super Show!
I've said this many times, but allow me to say this again... when it comes to music festivals, there is currently only one that maintains my loyalty: Chicago's RIOT FEST. While there's many festival offerings here in Illinois and beyond, RIOT FEST is the one that folks should be paying attention to - a festival that's grown from a days-long event scattered through multiple venues in Chicago, into the three-day behemoth known as the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL. But there's also Denver, too - with the RIOT FEST & RODEO, and for 2016 the first wave of announcements is absolutely stellar... and this is just the first wave! Check out the announcements below, along with some official "Rock Father Picks" on what I'll most be looking forward to seeing this year...
After The Hub Network began it's slow disintegration earlier this year (disclosure: I was one of their "Hub Club" writers for about five minutes), one of the major signs that the end was near was their unceremonious non-cancelling cancellation of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW!, almost at the same time in which The Aquabats! received five Daytime Emmy nominations, of which they'd win one. If I understand it correctly, they essentially gave the show back to The Aquabats!, leaving them free to take it to another network or service. While Netflix is the obvious choice for new episodes (and hey, I write for the Netflix #StreamTeam now!), the first season disappeared from the streaming giant on December 15th, but in a "Christmas miracle" of sorts, the entire run of the show, including the "lost" Season 2 and "3" (special) episodes have appeared on both Amazon Instant and iTunes. Why is this so important, you ask? Well, as a gift to all of you, The Aquabats! have uploaded the entire Christmas! With The Aquabats! special to YouTube, and it can be viewed now, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Personally, I've been waiting nearly a year to see this one again...
It could be said that last night, I officially introduced my daughter to the rock and roll lifestyle. We took a trip into the big city, stayed out late on a school night, and she got ice cream at 10pm. We were living dangerously, and it was all because last night was Addie's first real concert - her first big ROCK show. And what a night it was... at age 4½, my little girl got her first "special pass," met the band, and can now say that she's been on stage at one of Chicago's finest venues, The House of Blues. THE AQUABATS! kicked-off their 20th Anniversary Tour in fine fashion, and being there with my little girl made for one unforgettable night.
On May 13, Minneapolis duo KOO KOO KANGA ROO will serve up a new slice of family-friendly sonic enjoyment when WHOOPTY WHOOP hits the streets via the Fun Fun Records imprint of Mike Park's Asian Man Records - pretty appropriate since Koo Koo Kanga Roo is all about FUN! Check out the cover art and tracklisting, along with the hot and fresh video for the first single, "Fanny Pack," below.