“Ness is one of the most underrated pure songwriters in rock.” – Los Angeles Times
Here’s how you know you’ve made it in the music business: You’ve stayed strong for three decades on your own terms, on your own time, by your own rules, and over that time your influence has only grown. Each of your albums has been stronger than your last. You’ve been brought onstage by Bruce Springsteen, because he wanted to play one of your songs. You’ve seen high times and low ones, good days and tragic days, but every night you give 100%, and every morning you wake up still swinging.
This is the short version of the Social Distortion bio — the long version could be a 10-part mini-series. 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 frontman 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.'”
With Social D VIP ($175.00), Beach Club Balcony ($85.00) and General Admission Lawn ($39.50) tickets available for sale, this will be an afternoon/evening concert, gates open at 5PM. In the style of any great outdoor venue, you will be able to enjoy your favorite libation (adult beverages and premium beer and wine will be available for sale), snack (upgraded concert snacks available for purchase), watch world-class entertainment under the afternoon/evening sky with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Advance tickets will go on sale April 13th at NOON at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo; on-line at: otterproductionsinc.com and californarootspresents.com. All Ages. Rain or Shine. Please no outside food or beverages. No pets. No umbrellas. Pre-Paid parking on-site.