The Observatory in Santa Ana hosts Make The Music Go BANG! Festival on September 21, which features three stages of punk, roots and rockabilly music.

Make The Music Go BANG! Festival

Sep 20 2014

Punk. Rockabilly. Roots. Chicano rock. You'll hear it all at Make The Music Go BANG! Festival at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Headlined by X and Los Lobos, this all-ages, all-day event features a dynamic array of performers on three stages - two indoor and one outside. Grab a craft beer, hit the record swap, and swing dance until you can't any more.


Make The Music Go BANG! Festival is an exuberant showcase of rockabilly, punk and Americana music. Taking place at the Orange County Observatory, this all-day, all-ages event will feature rumbling sounds, swirling pits, and a distinctly unique crowd. Whether you like Greaser, Swinger or Psychobilly style – or just want to find out what those things mean – this exciting rock festival will offer endless entertainment. Listen to bands and singers on three different stages, two indoor and one outside. Jump into the middle of a punk pit on the dance floor, or hang back and swing dance with your honey. You'll also find a record swap, funky artwork to buy, and several bars selling craft beers and liquor. Headlining the festival is X (aka John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom & DJ Bonebrake). One of the most influential LA bands from the 70s punk movement, X continues to break sonic ground even after three decades. Also in the lineup is Chicano band Los Lobos from East LA, whose funky Mexican-rock-roots sound has won them three Grammy Awards. You'll also hear Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin of the Blasters, rockabilly songstress Wanda Jackson, and guit-steel double neck guitar player Junior Brown. The lineup also includes The Knitters, The Paladins, The Avengers, Lee Rocker, Los Straightjackets, Ray Campi, James Intveld, Kid Ramos, Victoria Williams, The Hula Girls, Jamie James & The Kingbees, and many more. Tickets cost $35 for general admission, or $55 for VIP with a shaded seat and limited edition tee shirt.


Rockabilly is one of the earliest types of rock and roll, dating back to the 1950s. Today the music has spawned an entire subculture, whose members are immediately recognizable from their Americana-swinger-chic style: Pompadour hair-dos, high-waisted deni

Free parking is available at The Observatory, but it is first come first served – and it fills up fast. Get there early, or try parking instead at the Pay to Park lot. It costs $10 and is located a few blocks down towards the business district.