It’s not just another year for Punk Rock Bowling, the annual celebration that returns to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center from September 24-26 after missing out on 2020. A number of special performances are planned for the preeminent annual gathering of the punk rock, now in its 22nd and 12th year as a full-fledged multi-day music festival.
The festival often recycles many of the same bands – two of this year’s headliners, Descendents on Friday Night and Devo on Sunday, have performed multiple times – but it has also made a conscious effort to differentiate parts of the lineup these days. last years. Here are five acts to catch that rarely, if ever, happen in the city.
The festival is sold out, but in keeping with the DIY punk philosophy, Punk Rock Bowling has set up a direct fan-to-fan ticket exchange to punkrockbowling.lyte.com.
The Menzinger (Friday, 6:25 p.m., Main Stage) Today’s masters of American punk sound, who draw inspiration from both Bruce Springsteen and Joey Ramone, are performing the festival proper for the first time after appearing on several aftershow programs. Given the success of their last two records, those of 2017 After the party and 2019 hello exile, the quartet from Scranton, Pa., looks set to hit PRB headlines shortly.
Decent criminal (Saturday, 2:35 p.m., Monster Stage) Among the young groups making their debut at the festival, this 90s alternative influenced group from Santa Rosa, California stands out as the most promising. DC has big riffs, catchy choruses, and just enough of an irreverent twist.
Today’s youth (Saturday, 8:35 p.m., Monster StageThe New York hardcore legends first performed on the main stage in 2012, but have since returned to a more classic line-up, including stage veterans Walter Schreifels on guitar and Sammy Siegler on drums. Vocalist Ray Cappo has become equally famous for his yoga teachings and often uses pear trees and other advanced body flexing techniques on stage.
circle jerking (Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Main StageThis is the reunion set – from singer Keith Morris’ post-Black Flag project – that the PRB community has been clamoring for for a decade. Bands covering classics like “Live Fast Die Young” and “Wild in the Streets” have become an annual festival tradition, so it will be a treat to hear the real thing.
Lunachicks (Sunday, 7:45 p.m., Main Stage) The luminaries of riot grrrl will perform their first show in 17 years in direct support of Devo to close the festival. With topics ranging from murder of rapists with stilletos to, uh, graphic sex acts, there might not be a more punk band on the bill.