With the resurgence of live music, most attendees of the first Silverado showdown seemed excited to attend a festival that provided a comfortable atmosphere on a cool, cloudy day, but some people. Was still thinking about how to act in the crowd.
There was the first hesitation and awkwardness among concert attendees when the gates opened at noon for rockabilly and punk rock fests at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday. The sign asked people to wash their hands and social distance, but it failed to answer some questions about how to keep distance in the audience and whether they should wear masks.
Attendees who appeared early in the day tended to stick together. The capacity was limited to about 2,500, and there was ample space in the vast lawn area in front of the stage. Some have decided to install chairs and blankets behind them to maintain the ultimate social distance. Some wore face masks, while others seemed to be celebrating the latest CDC guidelines to ease mask obligations for people vaccinated with COVID-19.
“I honestly have goose bumps.” Brewhaha Production Festival Promoter Cameron Collins He talked about his first event since the pandemic began.
As early bands Greg Antista and Lonely Street, Wreckless Ones, and Jesse Dayton went on stage, fans paraded around the property, checking out classic car shows, picking up cold beers, and food trucks. I nodded to the fare. After these acts, I was able to find various band members hanging out in the crowd and visit their merchandise booth with their fans. Some women dressed in nine competed in the Miss Silverado Showdown Pinup Pageant.
But during the set of Delta bombers, things went wild when the mosh pits were formed. Vocalist and guitarist Chris Moinichen saw the turmoil from the stage and sought security intervention, with an Orange County Sheriff’s agent rushing to the stage. It was a desperate scene with dozens of people involved and punches flying around. Guards and agents managed things, kicked out troublemakers, and took care of those involved in the fight.
It was very confusing to announce that the Delta bomber had been asked by sheriffs to finish the set early to calm the crowd. Time out by your parents because of what your siblings did. The shutdown lasted almost an hour as things were tidied up. Beer is no longer sold and vendors hand out cold cans of water. The DJ on stage played a fun and bright record while waiting for the next act.
“This is why we don’t have good things,” said one patron when he shook his head.
By the time Throw Rag was on stage, everyone was ready to resume a good time. Vocalist Sean Wheeler had the right energy for the crowd to regain, but the mosh was minimal and people took the best action at intervals.
The festival’s headliner, Nekromantix, was fired and ready to get out of quarantine.
Bassist vocalist Kim Nekroman joked, “I’ve never met so many people in two … years,” as it took a while to investigate the audience. “I don’t know if you or I are more enthusiastic. To be honest, I haven’t touched the base for seven months.”
He may have been joking about the last part. Everything is very easy when he wields his characteristic casket-shaped bass and the trio releases songs such as “Demon is a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Wrecking Ball,” and “Alice in Psycholand.” It looked like I was back in.
Necroman took a break on the set and sent the band’s T-shirts to the crowd. He admitted that he made a little hoarse after “Devil Smile” and “Gargoyle”, but fans were there to fill the gap.
At the end of the day, it was a fun first show after 14 months of direct large-scale concert events in Southern California that didn’t take place in a drive-in style. But obviously, some people weren’t ready to go back to the wild.
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