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What do you get when you combine craft beer, tacos, luche libre wrestling, and live music? You get the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival which took place on May 12, 2018 at the White River Amphitheater in Aurburn, WA.
Those in attendance were treated to gorgeous Pacific Northwest weather, awesome brews, lots of tacos along with Gringo Bandito hot sauce, and a ton of local vendors that were readily and easily accessible to everyone who were out enjoying themselves and music featuring skate punk legends The Offspring and Pennywise.
The doors to the venue opened at noon for those of legal drinking age so that they may partake in the tasting of many local brews that were being showcased. Those who were in the venue early were treated to the first of five Luche Libre matches scheduled throughout the day in between bands.
The music kicked off with the Los Kung Fu Monkeys as they hit the stage at 3pm, and they were follow up by Unwritten Law, Lit and Against Me! Though the attendance looked a little thin at the beginning of the event, as the day went on, more and more made their way to venue. As the pit area of the venue filled with people, the sing along got louder, the crowd surfing was becoming more abundant and the moshing becoming more frantic.
And yes, in between sets, more Luche Libra wrestling!
Pennywise, which is made up of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Bryon McMackin (drums) made their way to the stage and the afternoon sun was just beating down on the stage. “Can anyone turn off the sun?” asked Lindberg as the band kicked it into high gear and put on an hour long clinic of classic skate punk. Everyone was whipped into a frenzy, singing along and slam dancing. Lindberg at one point grabbed a photographer’s camera and took pictures of the crowd. Tearing through “Fight Til You Die”, “Society”, “Fuck Authority” and “Bro Hymn” and the band left the crowd begging for more.
In between Pennywise and the Offspring was the Gringo Bandito / Chronic Tacos challenge, which featured world food eating champion Takeru Kobayashi in which the challenge was to eat forty tacos in under two minutes. Kobayashi left no taco untouched and polished off all forty with seconds to spare.
Finally it was time for the main event. The Offspring were greeting to a loud crowd who eagerly awaited for the band to take the stage. The Offspring, which is made up of Dexter Holland (vocals / rhythm guitar), Noodles (lead guitar), Greg Kriesel (bass), and Pete Parada (drums), kicked of their 70 minute set with “Americana”, followed up by “All I Want” and “Come Out and Play” which really got the moshing into a frenzy. The band performed many fan favorites, including “Staring at the Sun”, “Bad Habit”, “Get A Job”, “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” and “Kids Aren’t Alright”. With Holland taking the piano center stage and performing “Gone Away” before the rest of the band kicked right before the chorus was done surprisingly well. The Offspring finished the evening with “Self Esteem”.
In all, with the tasty suds, mighty tacos, high flying luchadors and awesome music, the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival was an awesome event and everyone in attendance looked as if they had an awesome time.
Offspring Set List
All I Want
Come Out and Play
Coming For You
Meaning of Life
Staring at the Sun
Want You Bad
Gotta Get Away
Why Don’t You Get A Job
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright