So Cal Hoedown pushes return to San Pedro to September because of coronaviru


The punk and rockabilly-driven So Cal Hoedown will return to San Pedro this year, but the event is moving once more because of the coronavirus, now from June to September.

Tickets are on sale for the Sept. 18 all-ages music festival with a lineup that includes Orange County ska/punk band Reel Big Fish, Danish punk band Horrorpops, The Supersuckers and Victorville-born punk band Face to Face.

The fourth edition of the festival was originally supposed to take place at Port of Los Angeles, at 3011 Miner St., in August 2020. Then, the event was moved to June 2021 because of the coronavirus. It has been pushed back from June to September because of safety concerns and also because it was still unclear if they could hold the event in June, said Scott Tucker, organizer of the event.

“We wanted it to be as safe as possible,” he said.

In addition to Reel Big Fish, a number of other bands from the previously announced 2020 lineup will play the September date, including ska/funk/punk rockers Fishbone, Long Beach’s TSOL, Throw Rag, The Heroes, The Untouchables, Love Canal and Cornfed Project. More bands will be announced later.
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The music will take place on three stages and the event will also include art and vendors.

Early bird tickets are $50.12 and can be purchased via Tickets purchased for the 2020 show will be honored for the 2021 edition. The event is being held in a 12-acre 20,000 person capacity site but ticket sales will be capped at 7,500 people to make sure there is enough room for people to social distance, Tucker said.

The So Cal Hoedown joins a number of other music festivals that have announced dates as California continues to ease restrictions around entertainment. State officials plan to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces on June 15.

Recently, the BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach announced its return for Sept. 10-12 and the Same Same But Different festival also announced plans to return to Lake Perris in September. Hard Summer is planning to go on in San Bernardino July 31-Aug. 1.

However, it’s still unclear how the easing of restrictions will affect large-scale live events since state public health officials have not yet clarified if large concerts and festivals fall under the same rule as conventions with more than 5,000 people. Those events will remain prohibited until at least October unless organizers get proof that everyone at the event has been vaccinated or had a recent negative COVID-19 test.
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