Mocktoberfest ready to invade Vallejo

By From page B1 | October 18, 2013

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.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.


  • 2 to 5 p.m. Art show: “The Spirit of Punk, from Then to Now”
  • 5 p.m. Film: “Anarchism in America.”
  • 7:30 p.m. Music from nslasha, Klank and Atomic Machines
  • Bay Terrace Theatre, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo

Oct. 25

  • 6 p.m. Film: ‘Afro-punk”
  • 7:30 p.m. Music from Shananagens, Atomic Machines and a special guest
  • Bay Terrace Theatre, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

Oct. 26

  • 7 p.m. Music from King Loses Crown, nslasha, Death Vally High, Jesus and the Dinosaurs, and a special guest
  • Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo

Oct. 27

  • 7 p.m. Music from Armed for Apocalypse, The Cut Throats, The Sky Bleeds White
  • Bay Terrace Theatre, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo.
  • 603-5865
  • www.mocktoberfest.org
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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