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Happy 30th Goldenvoice

03:18 PM Wednesday 11/2/11 | |

Goldenvoice is celebrating the big 3-0 by doing what it does best and putting on a killer show. Social Distortion and Bad Religion are a few of the groups helping the promoter mark the occasion.

The anniversary party – which is being called GV30 – takes place Dec. 16-17 in Santa Monica, Calif., at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The event is brought to you by promoter Gary Tovar and presented by Los Angeles rock station KROQ-FM.

Most concertgoers probably know Goldenvoice as the promoter of alternative music bash Coachella. But the festival grew from the work of Paul Tollett and the late Rick Van Santen, who began by booking punk rock shows in Southern California.  They are not the original owners of the company, but they’re the ones who bought it from another owner and turned it into the megalith you know today. And a lot of bands owe them for early support.

A statement on Goldenvoice’s Facebook page explains the significance of GV30’s lineup.

“The artists and line-up for these special shows were chosen to reflect the bands that embraced and were instrumental in building Goldenvoice from day 1. Like us, they had just the right screws loose. Because of their support past and present, Goldenvoice was able to flourish and become a part of the Southern California music scene. These bands took a chance on us 30 years ago, and continue to be a big part of what we do today. We are excited for them to help us honor our first 30 years!”

  • Bad Religion

    St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, Fla.
    April 22, 2011

    (John Davisson)


GV30 begins Friday, Dec. 16 with performances from Social Distortion, X and The Adolescents. Saturday, Dec. 17 features Bad Religion, Youth Brigade and TSOL. The bash wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 18 with Descendents, The Vandals and The Dickies.

KROQ Street Team members will have first dibs on tickets through an exclusive presale on Friday. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday. Three-day passes are priced at $99 and single-day tickets will be available for $33.

Click here for Goldenvoice’s website.

Click here to sign up for the KROQ Street Team.


  1. LASCENE wrote:

    10:33 AM, Nov 03, 2011

    Finally, the Descendents back home in L.A. & not opening an Arena Gig or Headlining a Festival!!!  Nice!

  2. BottlecapTheoriginal wrote:

    07:00 PM, Nov 02, 2011

    Gary Tovar