Recently, I was in Pomona to cover the Vans Warped Tour for a music publication.
If you're unaware, Warped is a pop culture phenomenon created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman. It's a punk rock caravan that travels across the country all summer and features 70-plus bands, an endless slew of autograph signings, freebies, food, energy drinks, skateboards and many other activities/opportunities throughout a punk rock tent city.
At the July 1 show in Pomona, 90-degree breezes blew across the dusty fairgrounds throughout the day. But that slowed nobody down. Warped is sort of like Woodstock on steroids and energy drinks, and though I planned on meeting and interviewing many bands, little did I know there would be a Huntington Beach connection.
The day before I headed out to Pomona, a friend of mine suggested I look for a relative of hers, a red-hot deejay/mix artist who goes by the name of Big Chocolate. This was his first Warped Tour, and he grew up in Huntington Harbour. How could I resist?