When longtime concert promoter Kevin Lyman put on the first It’s Not Dead punk festival in San Bernardino county two years ago, it was a testament to the genre’s history in Southern California.
“When I first did it, it was to feed my soul and where I come from,” said Lyman, who has produced events such as the Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem Festival . “I also started to get calls that someone’s funeral was going on. There were more funerals than gatherings so I was like, we need to get together and show people how important this music was, especially in Southern California, where I grew up. This music was so important at the time and I think there’s still that importance.”
The event was a big success, with thousands of fans in attendance to see Southern California bands such as NOFX, Bad Religion and Pennywise, but in order to produce a second installment, it was important to Lyman that the bands he wanted were available.
It’s Not Dead 2 returns to Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore on Saturday. Co-headlined by Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys, the festival will feature performances by more than 30 bands on four stages, In addition to the music, there’s also the “Art’s Not Dead” exhibition of posters, fliers and art inspired and created by the punk rock scene, Punks Well Read, a section with book vendors and author appearances, Punk Swap, an area of vendors offering rare and collectible items and a Kid Zone.
Last time around, Lyman noted that there were quite a few families in attendance, which is what he was hoping for and wants to see again.
“I really want to stress that it’s a show you can bring your kids under 10 to and enjoy the show, see the history of what their parents were into,” Lyman said.
U.K. and U.S. bands at festival
The show will include United Kingdom bands, such as The Adicts, GBH, Buzzcocks and The Selecter and American groups including Reagan Youth, Voodoo Glow Skulls and U.S. Bombs. Among the other…