Some 30 years ago, a 15-minute firestorm on record by Circle Jerks made a name for Lisa Fancher’s Frontier Records. Since then, the indie label has put out records by Redd Kross, T.S.O.L., The Damned, the Young Fresh Fellows, Elliott Smith’s band Heatmiser, and Suicidal Tendencies’ successful debut album, among many others. When your label has 30 years of staying power, you need to celebrate, of course, so Frontier will be doing just that this fall.
On November 7th, in conjunction with weekly club Part Time Punks, Los Angeles’ Echoplex is hosting a lineup full of local punk legends for Frontier’s 30th Anniversary Party. Leading the pack are Orange County hardcore band the Adolescents and a reunited Middle Class doing a one-off performance. The latter has not played a live show in 30 years. Also featured are former Adolescents and Social Distortion guitarist Rikk Agnew, The Pontiac Brothers, and Flyboys.
Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris is slated to emcee the event, which begins at 4 p.m. More Frontier bands will be announced soon, and according to the event’s Ticketweb page, there is another act already signed on that cannot be announced yet. The page drops the following hint: “Just imagine the sounds of bombs dropping.”
Furthermore, concertgoers will be treated to an undisclosed “Frontier promo item” upon entry. There will also be a store selling imports, rare vinyl, t-shirts, and a “silk-screened poster commemorating the event” inside the venue.
Fans who can’t make it to the show will have another opportunity to celebrate Frontier’s 30th Anniversary in the form of a shorter show in Seattle the month before. The Crocodile Café will host the Young Fresh Fellows and the Dharma Bums, along with a special guest, on October 16th.
Tickets for the main party are available on Ticketweb, while the Seattle tickets can be bought at the venue.