Take Warning, the Operation Ivy cover band led by Joey LaRocca of The Briggs will be performing live on November 13th. If you have never experienced this band live, LaRocca – usually accompanied by other members of The Briggs – performs Operation Ivy’s seminal album, “Energy,” in its entirety (yes, even the saxophones).
Released in 1989, “Energy” was the Bay Area band’s only album, and it cemented their legacy as ska-punk legends. The band is noted for launching the careers of guitarist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman, who together would later form Rancid. Op Ivy would itself only last two short years, and yet their influence can be seen in Green Day, Sublime, The Aquabats, and countless others who have come after.
Take Warning has played several shows in Southern California in the past and established an annual tradition of playing the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena near the beginning of the year. They were all set to play a show in April of 2020, before the world shut down due to COVID-19.
Typically once Take Warning finishes playing “Energy” front to back, their encore consists of popular Rancid covers off their acclaimed 1995 album “And Out Come the Wolves.” The November show will be a celebration for famed Orange County concert promoter, Eric “Gonzo” Gonzalez’s 49th birthday and will feature performances by Strongarm and the Bullies, X-O Toxins, and Low Life Sound System.
Make plans to attend this incredible show happening Saturday, November 13th at Characters in Pomona.