Strolling as much as Cal Jam 17, the Foo Fighters-curated daylong rock fest held at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheatre in Devore on Saturday, Oct. 7, followers had been greeted by large arching plywood rainbows. The signage is clearly a nod to the pageant that Cal Jam 17 is modeled after, California Jam, a daylong present headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer that drew greater than 200,000 followers and was held at Ontario Motor Speedway in 1974.
Right this moment, nonetheless, lower than every week after the mass capturing on the Route 91 Harvest pageant in Las Vegas which left 58 useless and greater than 500 followers injured, these rainbows signified peace and unity. Followers posed for pictures beneath these colourful arches and didn’t complain as soon as about having to attend in line to be completely checked in by occasion safety.
Cal Jam 17 is Maurine Burns from Orange’s very first pageant expertise. She was invited out by associates to hitch them in RV tenting and determined to purchase a ticket to take a look at one in all her favourite bands, Cage the Elephant. Burns was chopping her very personal vinyl document on web site on the pop-up Gibson Recording Studio. She sang Gnarls Barkley’s “Loopy.”
“I’m going to play this as soon as after which it’s going right into a shadow field in my lounge,” she mentioned with a smile, holding up her freshly pressed 7-inch vinyl with the Cal Jam 17 brand sticker on it.
Although she was joyful to be having fun with dwell music and a cocktail within the solar, Burns mentioned that the bloodbath in Las Vegas was actually on her thoughts.
“Music is pleasure,” she mentioned with out hesitation. “It’s essential to be right here. Music is my joyful place. Sure, I used to be anxious about it, however not one particular person complained whereas they had been ready in line to get checked into safety in the present day. They’re right here to assist hold us protected and I actually suppose folks had been appreciative of that proper now.”
Alexandra Heidsiek, a 22-year-old who’s from Berlin, Germany, and visiting associates from Orange County mentioned she was on the pageant to see Royal Blood and supplied a little bit of a special perspective on terrorism.
“Being from Europe, I suppose I’ve construct up a type of protect to all of it,” she mentioned. “In fact I’m anxious about what occurred, however there was a terrorist assault in Berlin final 12 months and one not removed from my dwelling. It’s scary, however you possibly can’t cease dwelling your life, I don’t consider that.”
Cal Jam 17 followers that lined-up early rushed to assert their spots within the huge pit space of the amphitheater the place the primary act of the day, Pinky Pinky went on proper at midday. Others scurried off to seek out seats within the shade, shifting one or two down because the solar modified positions. Some headed to the aspect levels to catch Starcrawler, which paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with “Mary Jane’s Final Dance.”
The road for the on-site Foo Fighters museum was lengthy, wrapping round so far as the attention might see and patrons hit up the merch cubicles to snag restricted version T-shirts and hoodies in addition to numbered posters with art work unique to Cal Jam 17. In fact, the beer was flowing, followers obtained after it with $15 tall cans of beer and any variety of “signature” cocktails that had been being supplied on web site.
Friends climbed up the hill to take a look at the carnival model rides, and grabbed lunch on the huge barbecue station positioned close to the 2 aspect levels. In addition they posed for pictures and took video with the quintet of inflatable wacky ready tube males that had been getting down within the breezy amphitheater, swaying alongside to Circa Waves as they hit the primary amphitheatre stage and Fireball Ministry over on one of many aspect levels.
There was actually no scarcity of parents sporting Foo Fighters T-shirts as they geared as much as hear their favourite rock gods hit the primary amphitheater stage at 9:45 p.m. to shut out the pageant. Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills, Japandroids, Liam Gallagher, the Struts, Wolf Alice, Babes in Toyland, Bob Mould and extra can even carry out all through the day.
Patrick Akhamlich, a 31-year-old music fan from Santa Ana, mentioned that he and his associates obtained collectively and talked in regards to the shootings in Las Vegas and it was a priority, however “music is just too essential,” he mentioned.
“Mass shootings have occurred earlier than and folks appear to have brief reminiscences in terms of that type of factor,” he added. “Certain folks must be anxious, however I believe even when it had occurred yesterday, we’d nonetheless be right here in the present day, as a result of, like I mentioned, music is just too essential.”