311 has been one of my favorite bands since I first saw them at age 18. A few years later, I got to know the guys on the Warped Tour and realized they are great people, just like the great music they play. Now as a concert photographer, I have a 25-year history with the band and it is always a privilege to shoot them and rock out with their amazing shows.
Tuesday night was no different, and the line was wrapped around the building of the Riverside Municipal Auditorium for their sold-out show. I spoke to fans in the front row that had just seen 311 rock the BeachLife Festival, and they said they had to see 311 again because they just couldn’t get enough.
Teenage Wrist took the stage and the crowd was loving it. They are a bit more mellow than 311, but it was a nice band to warm up the crowd. The Los Angeles duo released their second album last year, “Earth is a Black Hole.”
They have toured the West Coast consistently since their launch and even hit the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. Anthony Salazar handles drums while Marshall Gallagher covers the guitar and vocals. I encourage you to check them out.
When 311 hit the stage, the crowd erupted. They kicked things off with “Come Original” and did not let up; through “All Mixed Up” and “Beautiful Disaster,” and their cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong,” closing their set with “Amber.”
Of course, that was not enough for us and they came out for an encore with “What The?!” and “Down.”
It was another fantastic performance from the guys of 311. While the band shared multiple livestreams during lockdowns, playing through all of their albums, the fans were grateful to see the guys in person once again.
What is most amazing about 311 is they still have their original lineup with Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and P-Nut.
Collectively they still bring electricity to the air and they put on a phenomenal show!