Eccentric filmmaker John Waters will once again act as the master of ceremonies at Burger Boogaloo, the equally eccentric music festival that’s set to take place June 30 and July 1 in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. Burger Boogaloo’s credo is “gather all ye outliers, weirdos and rebels and celebrate the spirit of rock and roll,” and a meaty line-up headlined by Devo and the Damned fits that notion perfectly.
Devo, the quirky Ohio-based band that had hits like “Whip It,” “Girl U Want” and “Beautiful World” beginning in the late 1970s, is breaking a three-year hiatus to play Burger Boogaloo. They’re not the only band on the roster that has been off the circuit for a while; Ty Segall will appear with his surf punk pals Traditional Fools for their first show in five years, the Rip Offs will perform for the first time in five years and make their first Bay Area appearance since 1995, and Oakland faves Gris Gris and Battleship will be performing for the first time in 10 years. Beating them all is Le Shok, who’ll be leaving their Long Beach hideout to play for the first time in 15 years.
Having released the single “New Rose” in 1976, the Damned have the distinction of being the first British punk band to put out a record, beating bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols to the punch. Today’s line-up of the Damned features singer and original member Dave Vanian and guitarist and original member Captain Sensible along with keys player Monty Oxy Moron, drummer Pinch and bass man Paul Gray. Besides playing favorites from their considerable back catalog, the Damned will also offer brand new music from their recently-released album Evil Spirits.
Also appearing at Burger Boogaloo will be Japanese band Firestarter who’ll be playing their first show in the US, the always entertaining Dwarves, legacy grunge band Mudhoney, the Mummies and Russell Quan’s other band the Flakes, all-female surf punk band Flytraps, Hunx & his Punks and Quintron & Miss Pussycat. Rounding out the line-up will be the Spits, the Francis Lau Experience, Okmonics, Italian band Giuda, Nots, Subsonics and Oakland’s own Pookie & the Poodlez.
Shows will take place on two stages and between them, festival-goers will find a hip vendor zone with folks from record labels Alternative Tentacles and 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, indie record store Amoeba Music, Five and Dime Vintage, McDermott Guitars, Warlord Clothing and many others.
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