One of the more under-attended musical sets of the day was from The Wheeler Brothers. The Austin based Americana flavored act were making their first visit to the OC, but this amazingly tight act will undoubtedly be back. At festivals like this, where there is so much to see and do, lesser known acts
Cult act Nashville Pussy were this year's unknown quantity for me. While I'd heard of them, I had never seen or heard the band and must say they were a whole lot of fun. Guitarist Ruyter Suys was absolutely magnetic, as evidenced by all the attention she received from the photographers in the pit. There is something undeniable about a female guitarist that plays with all of the rockstar bravado of any guy.
Speaking of excited to check out, while they got off to a rocky start with some guitar issues, The Old
While his brother Chris played the side-stage last year with his band Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants, this year saw Scott Shiflett take the main stage with Face to Face. One of the primary draws this year, Face to Face played a blistering set to an extremely enthusiastic crowd who were happily moshing despite the heat, turning the scene into a sort of grown up version of Warped Tour.
The final set of the day of course belonged to the OG Orange County punks, Social Distortion. Social Distortion have been touring and recording for 35 years now (let that sink in for a second), and to this day are revered for their great live act. Those in attendance last year may recall that Jonny played the main stage with his solo material, but this year he took the stage alongside Mike Ness to deliver samples of Social D's much loved and so massive repertoire.