Eau Gallie Punk in the Park brings together TSOL, skaters, 13 bands
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A skateboard halfpipe with a $500 trick contest. Dozens of sellers offering custom-made products. And a list of punk bands fronted by Southern California’s venerable TSOL
The first outdoor skate-music mashup festival Punk in the Park will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. on June 11 at Place Eau Gallie.
“We tried to be a bit eclectic in the punk genre. Like, for example, there’s a local band called Speed Spirits. They’re young guys, but they’re more like that ’70s Iggy Pop punk,” said festival co-organizer Steven Spencer.
“We have a local band called Casket Culture which is more theatrical horror punk type. We have skate punk like Skatter Brainz,” Spencer said.
“My band plays — Sixty Foot Giant — and we’re punk-influenced stoner rock. Never Ender is pop punk,” he said.
“There’s a band that has the most metal name on the bill called Porch Coffin, but they’re fun, well-written songs. And it’s kind of funny, because they look like this metal band, but they’re not,” he said.
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Punk in the Park will feature invite-only skateboard demos, food trucks and a variety of vendors. Eau Gallie Square is located at 1453 Highland Ave. The music program:
- Harmful Profit: 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
- Speed Spirits: 1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
- Never Ender: 2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
- Skater Brainz: 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
- Drop Ins: 3:05 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
- 430 Steps: 3:40 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Culture of the coffin: 4:15 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.
- Vicious Dreams: 4:50 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
- Face First: 5:25 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
- Sixty-foot Giant: 6:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
- Porch Casket: 6:35 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.
- Easy Uzis: 7:10 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- TSOL: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
DJ Chuck Kelly will perform between sets.
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TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty) is a punk band from Huntington Beach that got its start in 1980.
“They are one of the biggest punk rock bands in the world,” said festival co-organizer Rob Polak.
Polak owns 518 Underground and Traditionals Cuts, Shaves & Brews on Eau Gallie Boulevard, and he plays guitar in hardcore band Coldside.
He said the creation of Punk in the Park evolved from plans to throw a one-year anniversary party for 518 Underground, his skate and lifestyle shop which opened on June 4. 2021. Spencer also said that Sixty Foot Giant has connected with Fort Pierce Punk Rock Flea. Market, and he thought it would be cool to replicate a punk flea market in Melbourne.
Punk in the Park will feature 40 to 45 vendors selling bespoke artwork, clothing, jewelry and other products, Polak said.
“We thought, why not throw a little flea market style thing in the park since we have use of the park? And we have a ton of relationships with people selling their stuff – fully custom stuff. And we just wanted to bring something different to the area, as far as skateboarding and surfing and punk-rock style stuff,” Polak said.
Timmy Knuth, a California professional skateboarder and Eau Gallie High graduate, will skate during the event.
Knuth will be joined by 518 Underground team riders Jack Coza, Danny Wagenblast, Corey Cowherd, Dan Cochran and Nick Day. Lake Skateboards will be bringing their team from Boca Raton, and CIB (Chicks in Bowls) Space Coast will also be skating.
Spencer is the founder of Harbor City Local, a music-focused nonprofit. Proceeds from Punk in the Park will help provide music lessons and instruments to at-risk students in Brevard County.
Spencer also co-hosts the Space Coast Music Festival, which featured 96 high-profile musical acts in November across seven stages in downtown Eau Gallie.
If the Space Coast Music Festival expands in November, Spencer said it could expand to a two-day event.
TSOL’s Punk in the Park show will highlight the band’s five-day swing across the Sunshine State. Other concerts are scheduled at Will’s Pub in Orlando (June 8), Respectable Street in West Palm Beach (June 9), Brass Mug in Tampa (June 10) and Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville (June 12).
For Punk in the Park updates, visit spacecoastrocks.com/punkinthepark
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