The Glass House
Viva Pomona hit the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this past weekend and felt like a two-day mini music wonderland with fashionable hipsters, ice
Saturday headliners Shannon and The Clams brought out enamored couples and even a surprise proposal. Sunday’s main event brought out the Chipsters (Chicano hipsters) who boogied down to local East LA favorites Chicano Batman. Notable acts across the two-day fest also included Alice Bag, Hunny, The Frights, Cashius Green, Speak, Mangchi and Sad Girl.
Alice Bag rocked the main stage at the Glass House on Saturday in feminist punk rock fashion. The living punk legend dressed in a cute houndstooth dress while screaming lyrics addressing rape and domestic violence such as, “No, means no!” and “He’s so sorry.” Young and old punks alike erupted into mosh pits at the start of every song. Alice’s band was dressed to the nines and saw notable members such as the Weekly‘s very own Candance Hansen on drums and Bag’s own daughter on backup vocals.
New-comers, Hunny rocked the outdoor Radical stage with their flavor of
The Frights packed the indoor main stage with a crazy mosh pit that looked like a tornado of bodies thrashing around. Surf melodies accompanied with punk guitar solos ending with unhinged shredding augmented the chaos the band already brought to the Glass House pit.
Shannon and the Clams’s blend of garage, surf, psych and doo-wop brought a romantic and beachy vibe to the end of Saturday night. Beach balls were thrown around the crowd of couples slow dancing and melodically singing along to Shannon Shaw’s sweet throwback R&B vocals. Mid-set, a young woman was welcomed onstage by the band to propose to her girlfriend which brought tears to everyone in attendance—she said yes!
Sunday saw an added presence of hip hop to the overwhelmingly indie rock and punk festival as Cashius Green and Speak served up West Coast style raps dedicated to la
All the chaotic mosh pits and wild rap sets in the world could not prepare someone for the bizarre and destructive set by Mangchi—an experimental punk band led by bat shit crazy contemporary artist David Choe along with Steve Lee, Money Mark of Beastie Boys fame, Heather
Sad Girl —the lo-fi, surf-wop trio, made their third Viva Pomona appearance which brought an eclectic mixture of slow dancers and
Finally, the moment all the hipster
However, the nearly perfect set was riddled with sound difficulties as the volume kept dropping. Chicano Batman played through the issues yet every time the sound faded the crowd would jeer in agitation then immediately follow with loud singing in an attempt to back up their beloved band until the sound was fixed—this happened four times throughout the hour-long set. Sound difficulties or not, Chicano Batman’s die-hard loyal fan base weren’t going to let a few
And with that, the vibrant festival came to a close as everyone spilled to the outside of the venue grounds. Kiddies waited for their parents to pick them up while others