If only one word could be used to describe this show, it would be “FUN.” Every band spilt positive vibes, which only increased as the night went on.
The night kicked off with three opening bands, all from Los Angeles, CA. First up was surf-pop band Bikini Trill, who started the night with super-chill, positive vibes. Next up was pop-rock trio Dreamers, who played their hits such as “Screws” and “Die Happy.” Last to warm up the crowd, before Dirty Heads took the stage, was The Interrupters. This band is known to be super-entertaining live and they did not disappoint – if the crowd was not warmed up yet, they were certainly pumped up after The Interrupters.
For Dirty Heads, which includes band members Jared Watson (vocals), Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell (vocals/guitar), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums), and David Foral (bass), this was their second time playing in Connecticut in the past year. Back in October, they played a headlining show at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. They have gone from playing at a 2,000 patron capacity venue (College Street Music Hall) in 2018 to a 30,000 patron capacity venue (Xfinity Theater) in 2019. The Alternative Rock band from Huntington Beach, CA is co-headlining a 32-date U.S. tour with 311, which will conclude in Salt Lake City on August 20th. The band has announced their seventh studio album, which will be out on August 9th. The lyric video for “Super Moon,” a single off of their new album, is out now and can be viewed on YouTube. Dirty Heads played a few tracks off of their new album “Super Moon,” but they were also sure to play some old favorites as well – including “Vacation” and “Oxygen.” Perhaps the crowd favorite was “Medusa.” The crowd went absolutely wild for this song, with everyone chanting “medusa!” in unison. Immediately after playing “Medusa” Dirty Heads took it down a notch while playing “Moon Tower,” which grabbed the crowds engagement in a different way – it was a beautiful performance, with lighters and phone lights waving throughout the crowd. Dirty Heads played a diverse setlist and the crowd loved every minute of it..
After 29 years together, multi-platinum rock band, 311 released their 13th studio album, Voyager, just one day before this show. The band, which was formed in Omaha, Nebraska, consists of members Nick Hexum (vocals, guitar), SA Martinez (vocals, d.j.), Tim Mahoney (lead guitar), P-Nut (bass), and Chad Sexton (drums). They are known for many Top 10 hits such as “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Sunset in July,” and “Beautiful Disaster.”. This summer marks the 20th summer they have toured the U.S. on a headline run. During this time they have gained a large grassroots following and after seeing them play live – there is zero wonder why. These guys are pure entertainment. The music was fun and energetic and the show was filled with a variety of surprises. We don’t want to give it all away, but members of the crowd may or may not get something special to take home. Like Dirty Heads, 311 played songs off of their new album, as well as many of their previous big hits. If you are unable to make it to a show you can check it out on YouTube – to celebrate VOYAGER’s release, 311 partnered with YouTube for a free HD live stream of their June 13th show at KeyBank Pavilion in PA. Though, we HIGHLY recommend NOT missing a chance to see them live for yourself because: A. nothing compares, B. you would miss all of the other bands, and C. $1 from every ticket sold on the current tour will go towards two charity organizations: VH1 Save The Music Foundation and NRDC and their work to safeguard the earth.