VALLEJO — A dozen bands, an art show and two films are part of the inaugural Mocktoberfest Punk and Edge Arts Festival that kicks off Saturday in Vallejo.
The event is geared toward “an underserved ethnic class,” said organizer TJ Walkup.
Fans of punk are often pictured as violent, he said.
“It’s a genre that is very forward thinking and socially conscious,” said Walkup, who found sanctuary in the punk community when he was growing up.
One of his favorite places was 924 Gilman, a Berkeley organized music club for all ages. It’s one of the longest running independent musical venues in the country, opening in 1986.
“I used to go there as a young punk,” he said.
Walkup would like to see something similar in the area. Punk is something for all ages and a very accepting community, Walkup said.
“They don’t really care what you’re into,” Walkup said.
The festival is designed for all ages. No alcohol will be sold. Drugs and violence won’t be accepted, he said.
Proceeds will go to a youth music program in conjunction with Vallejo’s Mira Theatre Guild. Ten teens, ages 12 to 18, will be selected to receive an instrument of their choice and 10 music classes.
Attendees are encouraged to wear zombie costumes to win prizes.
A custom-made guitar, featuring Mocky, the festival’s mascot, is one of the prizes. The mock turtle mascot was inspired by the fact early on punk was called “mock rock.”
Locals will recognize performers such as Jesus and the Dinosaurs, a Salvadoran punk band, and Fairfield’s own, The Cut Throats, with members who grew up together playing music. Both have played the Gordon’s Music and Sound Series concerts in the downtown Fairfield music store.
There’s talk of Dead Kennedys bassist Klaus Flouride making an appearance Oct. 26 to pick up the new bass being built for him by Vallejo’s Schroom Custom Guitar Works.
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