Saturday, May 25 | 8:00 - 8:45 PM
Festival Main Stage
On  January  27,  1979…

At a Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach, California, Black Flag took the stage for the first  time. Whipping up  as much meat energy as possible, they didn’t so much play song as they created rapid-fire, rhythmic drives.

Everything was short, stripped-down. A wall of distortion, built on a relentless series of riffs. Vocalist Keith  Morris ran around the stage like an escaped lunatic, eventually wrapping himself in one of the venue’s American flags like it was a straitjacket. It was hardcore punk-rock before anyone ever called it that.