Published by Bernard on 05 Sep 2018

Belmont (Chain Reaction. September 4, 2018)


I’ve been attending a lot of big arena shows lately, so it was nice to break that up with a trip to the famed Chain Reaction to watch some tour-grinding bands show their love for performing even though they’re so far from home.

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Published by Bernard on 21 Aug 2018

Western Standard Time (Long Beach. August 20, 2018)

Western Standard Time

There’s a reason the phrase “summer time in the LBC” brings a smile to anyone’s face. The vibe on a warm summer night is something that has to be experienced to be understood. With an invitation from the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Western Standard Time brought their big-band brand of ska to provide the soundtrack for the very diverse crowd of music lovers.

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Published by Bernard on 17 May 2018

Taken (Chain Reaction. May 12, 2018)


Taken gave everyone at the record release show $1,000!*

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Published by Bernard on 26 Apr 2018

The Beautiful Mistake (Chain Reaction. March 23, 2018)

The Beautiful Mistake

As a music fan, it’s easy to get blinded by the entertainment and forget that regular people are the ones behind instruments. This thing called “life” tends to catch up when someone isn’t on stage and for one reason or another, our favorite acts may have turn away from the microphone. The Beautiful Mistake was one of those bands for me. After introducing me to a slew of other bands through touring or album liner notes, The Beautiful Mistake slipped quietly out of the spotlight. Then a friend told me about the reunion show at Chain Reaction…

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Published by Bernard on 01 Mar 2018

Galactic Empire (The Roxy. February 27, 2018)

Galactic Empire

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for most of my life. There’s an old Hugh Fleming poster titled “Star Wars Rocks” (I’m praying this piece of fandom is still in a box somewhere in my parents’ house) that I’ve always gotten a kick out of. It depicts original Star Wars characters rocking out to a packed audience. Many moons later, Galactic Empire has brought the idea of that poster to life for me and other Star Wars fans around the world.

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