Circle Jerks, Devo, Descendants, More


After a 16-month delay and a few major lineup changes along the way, Punk Rock Bowling returned to Las Vegas with its 22nd episode last weekend – featuring over 40 bands on two stages, as well as 18 club shows. distinct. As Devo closed the festival with an epic set on Sunday night, many in attendance were saying this had perhaps been the festival’s best year, a sentiment that would be hard to argue against.

With COVID-19 protocols in place, the festival officially kicked off on Friday, September 24. Highlights of the day included Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Pears and The Dwarves on the Monster Energy stage, while The Darts, Dillinger Four and Frank Turner stood out on the main stage. Anti-Flag closed the Monster stage with their usual high-energy set, while Descendents closed the night with a set of punk-rock standards on the main stage.

Day 2 began with stellar sets from Field Day, Plague Vendor and The Bronx on the Monster stage, and Urethane (with skate legend Steve Caballero on guitar), Good Riddance, Youth Brigade and Leftover Crack on the main stage. .

The main attraction on Saturday was the recently reunited Circle Jerks, and the band didn’t disappoint, playing a 27-song set that included “Live Fast Die Young”, “Red Tape”, “Coup D’Etat” and ” Question Authority. “

The third and final day picked up where the second day left off, with MDC, The Last Gang, All, The Murder City Devils all featuring high-energy sets. The Lunachicks, making their Punk Rock Bowling debut, filled the main stage, playing a raucous 45-minute set with “Jerk of All Trades”, “Don’t Want You” and “Luxury Problem” all standing out.

After Municipal Waste closed the Monster scene with their usual crushing set, it was time for Devo, the band many had been waiting all weekend to see.

Opening their set with “Don’t Shoot”, Devo took the house down with a 14 song set that included “That’s Good”, “Whip It” and “Uncontrollable Urge” (or what a new generation is now calling l ubiquitous MTV theme song Ridiculous) before officially closing the festival with “Freedom of Choice”.

Like many other music festivals over the past year and a half, Punk Rock Bowling had to overcome a lot of challenges in order to be successful, but by the time it was all over they overcame most of the obstacles and put on one hell of a punk night. rock.

See our photos from Punk Rock Bowling 2021, as well as some fan-filmed music videos of the headliners, below.

Photo gallery – Punk Rock Bowling 2021 (click to enlarge and scroll):

All Raymond Ahner pictures (@raymond_ahner)


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