311 - Sublime - Cypress Hill - Pennywise
First up was legendary punk band, Pennywise, who get their name from the clown in Stephen King's "IT". The bands songs and lyrics tend to focus on political and moral wrongs as well as the degradation of the United States and society in general. These topics can be heard in songs like "Land of the Free?", "Society", "Victim of Reality", "Fuck Authority", and "God Save the USA". I found them to sound much better live than their CD's and they put on a good show.
Up next was Cypress Hill, who have sold over 18 million albums and are one of the most well known West Coast rap groups. Their lead singer B-Real has a really unique voice and I was shocked by how much it sounded like the CD. Their biggest song without a doubt is "Insane in the Brain" but they played other classics like "Hits from the Bong", "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That", and "Dr Greenthumb". I remember listening to them when I was just discovering music so it was cool to watch them live.
Sublime is a legendary band from Long Beach, California, they had major hits like "What I Got", "Santeria", "Wrong Way", "Caress Me Down" and others. After losing their original singer Bradley Nowell, the surviving members decided to reform with Rome Ramirez, a self-admitted Sublime fan with a similar vocal sound. The band tried to tour as Sublime but were not given permission from Bradley Nowell's estate so they tour under the name "Sublime with Rome". The show was good but I felt like the crowd wasn't enthusiastic about the band because of the loss of Bradley and someone else filling in.
Headlining the show was 311, a band from Omaha, Nebraska that formed in 1988. The band has had huge songs like "Down", "All Mixed Up", "Beautiful Disaster", "Amber", "Love Song" and others. I was really impressed by how good they sounded and how much the crowd was into them. I was kind of surprised they didn't play "Love Song" but the show as a whole was a great experience.