Social Distortion

Friday, June 30

This is the short version of the Social Distortion bio — the long version could be a 10-part miniseries. But over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that’s cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of front man Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in ’82, as do Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. “The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man, your music got me through some hard times,'” Ness says. “And I just say, ‘Me too.'” 

Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (produced, for the first time, by Ness himself) is the band’s most recent release. For a band with a career spanning over 40 years, Social Distortion experienced a significant amount of firsts in 2011. For starters, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the highest debut that the band has yet seen. Hard Times was also the #1 Independent Album and the #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Album week of release. The band also made their late night television debut when they performed “Machine Gun Blues” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and later played for Conan on Hard Times’ release date. Taking their successes to the road, Social Distortion played European festivals including Reading and Leeds for the first time. They also booked their first tours of Australia and South America. And finally, Social Distortion played Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, and Coachella – all of these for the first time. A release of new music is forthcoming in 2024.

Social Distortion’s patented mix of punk, bluesy rock n’ roll and outlaw country — while also stretching the boundaries of their signature sound is a blend of potent power that appeals to all ages. They are honored to have been able to reach as many people as they have so far. “I write songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too,” Ness says. “I think every record you make is showing people what you’ve learned over the past few years. It’s showing people, ‘This is what I know.’ ” Now in their fifth decade, Ness and Social Distortion have officially achieved one of the most non- punk things possible: They’ve failed to burn out.

Paid parking is available as an optional add-on at checkout.For attendee safety and enjoyment, all guests and their personal possessions are subject to an inspection prior to entering the venue. Metal Detectors will be in use. No firearms, knives or weapons of any kind are permitted. Strollers & umbrellas are not permitted.

Food & Drink: No outside food or drink is allowed into the venue with the exception of two sealed or an empty refillable water bottle. Glass containers and canned water are not permitted. There will be food and beverage vendors on site.

Bag Policy: We strongly encourage attendees against bringing a bag, if viable. If you do need to bring a bag, only clear bags smaller than 12″x12″x6″, small clutches 4.5″x6″ or less and medically necessary bags are permitted for entry. Event management reserves final decisions on items brought into the venue. Bags that do not comply with the bag policy cannot be stored for guests. Please plan accordingly and allow time for entry.

Chair & Blanket Policy: Single occupancy, low profile lawn chairs no more than 8” from the ground to seat and no taller than 32” from the ground to the top of the chair back are permitted. No exceptions. No Blankets. Beach towels no larger than 30”x70” are permitted. Please be respectful of fellow attendees and only take up the space you need.

This Event is All Ages and General Admission. Children 2 and under are free

Please note, if you choose the Print at Home or Mobile Delivery method, you will not have access to view or print your tickets until 14 days prior to the performance.


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