Friday, July 8, 2016
CHAIN FEST: Celebrating 20 Years
COHEED AND CAMBRIA, CIRCA SURVIVE, UNDEROATH TO HEADLINE. Saturday September 17 at the Observatory Grounds, Orange County, CA
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - July 08, 2016 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Orange County's historic all-ages venue, Chain Reaction, the first-ever CHAIN FEST will take place Saturday, September 17th at the Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California. CHAIN FEST: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS will feature a wide-ranging line-up of artists reflective of the independently owned and operated rock club's storied history in punk, hardcore and indie music.
Headliners for the inagural event include COHEED AND CAMBRIA, CIRCA SURVIVE, and UNDEROATH. The Observatory OC's multiple stages will also boast performances from PORTUGAL. THE MAN, MXPX, TITLE FIGHT, ANTHONY GREEN (of Circa Survice and SAOSIN), BASEMENT, CITIZEN, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, ELDER BROTHER, HAIL THE SUN, MAT KEREKES, MOVEMENTS, NOMADS, ONELINEDRAWING, SECRET SPACE, TIGERS JAW, TURNOVER, UP SYYNDROME, ZAO, and more to be announced.
VIP passes will be made available through Chain Fest's partners at Ticket Galaxy on July 09, with the general public on-sale beginning the following day.
"Every single band at the festival has played Chain Reaction or has some kind of history with the venue," notes organizer Andy Serrao, longtime promoter and owner at Chain Reaction. Serrao followed in the footsteps of seminal Chain Reaction talent bookers Jonathan Halperin and Ron "Crawlspace" Martinez, after first attending shows as a teenager and later working as security. "The idea was to involve bands who have history with us and who we also personally love." CHOEED AND CAMBRIA has bridge the worlds of heady conceptual art, progressive rock, high-energy punk, subculture, pop culture, sci-fi, and comic books since the turn of the millennium, cracking into Billboard's Top 10 and rock radio without ever losing sight of their do-it-yourself drive, work ethic and happily obsessed supporters. The band's most recent studio album, The Color Before the Sun, is one of the best received of their diverse and impressive career.
Possessed of a similar determination and kinship with their fiercely devoted fans, CIRCA SURVIVE mix neo-grunge worship with psychedelic atmosphere and a hint of contemplative folk mystery, driven by the instantly recognizable vocals of ANTHONY GREEN, who will perform a full solo set at CHAIN FEST, as well.
The newly reactivated UNDEROATH continue to ignite audiences as one of the most influential groups to emerge from the so-called "metalcore" generation thus far. The reinvigorated group once again unites the passionate scream of Spencer Chamberlain with the melodic depths of founding drummer/co-vocalist Aaron Gillespie, back together within the band's best-known lineup of the early 2000s.
Chain Reaction and The Observatory, which has the capacity to accommodate a festival event, have a strong history together of co-promoted shows and independently minded community spirit. "We talk to them literally every day about shows, new records we're listening to, the music business," says Serrao. "We have a long history of supporting each other's venues and shows."
It's that same spirit of shared values and artistic passion that is behind the 20-year history of Chain Reaction and the motivation for the launch of CHAIN FEST. "We've kept Chain Reaction alive for ourselves and everyone who loves music," Serrao says. "Venues like Chain Reaction are crucial to the development and support of young bands."
Often dubbed "the West Coast's CBGBs" by those in the know, the long-running cornerstone of the Orange County music community is recognized internationally as an early proving ground for many of the scene's most revolutionary, influential and iconic groups. The long-list of recognizable artists who've called Chain Reaction home, at career-defining early gigs early or at intimate and triumphant "underplay" events for their most dedicated fans alike, includes: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, FALL OUT BOY, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, PAIN! AT THE DISCO, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, AT THE DRIVE-IN, JIMMY EAT WORLD, THE OFFSPRING and SUM 41, to name a few.
For complete ticketing and event information, please visit CHAINFEST.com
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