311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton

311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian
311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian

On Tuesday, July 2, rock bands 311 and Dirty Heads made Dayton the launch point of their summer-long tour across the nation.

Along for the ride were three other amazing acts that each brought a different flavor of the season to enthrall the crowd.

First off was a Bikini Trill, a young but confidently cool band straight out of Los Angles, California.

Mixing with a surfer chill sound and a riot girl presentation, they quickly earned new fans with their infectious new single “Lost Boy” and the breezy “Need You” from their new EP- Nah, Pull Over! Winning the crowd with their easy-going personalities, the young band quickly set the tone for the evening.

Next in the five-part event was the charismatic male trio, Dreamers. From both Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, the all-male trio brought a pop-rock edge that was fresh but had just a hint of old school about them.

Mixed with a sense of chemical-induced joy and summertime ho headedness,

311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian
311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian

Dreamers made the live debut of their scorchingly catchy single “Vampire in the Sun”. Ramping up the energy of the crowd as the summer heat raged on, Dreamers left a lasting impression.

The Interrupters quickly accelerated the late afternoon energy. The ska punk group from L.A gave an unapologetic yet shamelessly fun command of the crowd. Lighting up the crowd with their new rough and ready hit “She’s Kerosene” and their trademark classic “Take Back the Power”.

As the evening setting sun made itself clear in the humid sky, Dirty Heads took the stage. Basking in its heat. From Huntington Beach, California this ragtag bunch wielded a certain power with their unique sound of reggae rock and hip-hop.

Their performance was inlaid with hits both old and new such as “Medusa” and “Celebrate”.

The humidity brought on by the lowering sun became less vicious as Dirty Heads held the complete attention of the crowd.

311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian
311 and Dirty Heads kick-off national tour in Dayton / Photograph Paige Cobos / WSU Guardian

The grand finale of the night was 311. Accompanied by a psychedelic light show, the Omaha Nebraska group brought the night’s energy to a satisfying climax.

The thirty-year-old band painted The Rose Music Center in bold colors that complimented every song on their roster. From their classic hit “Amber” to their fresh off the press single “Crossfire”, their fury and dream tripping style were still rolling at high speed.

Just in time to ring in the savage summer heat, the 311 and company brought a little bit of the west coast summer. Proving that even in the Midwest, the spirit of California is alive and well in everyone.