Monday, March 17, 2008
On this Day in 1979 - Elks Lodge Riot in LA
The Elks Lodge Auditorium was at 607 South Parkview in Los Angeles, across from MacArthur Park.
On Saturday March 17, there was scheduled an All Ages show with a cover charge of a big $5. The following bands were booked to play:
Alley Cats (pictured above)
X, Go Gos, Plugz, Zeroes and, according to the flyer, "another group."
But as every punk rock aficionado knows, the cops brought that show to a grinding hault.
Here's the poster for the gig where the famous/infamous Elks Lodge Riot happened - image courtesty of Flipside Fanzine online.
The Go Gos got a chance to play before the melee broke out. Belinda and Karlos from the Dickies seen here at the Masque:
And this link is another Punk Turns 30 memoir about the night... complete with links to other memoirs.
X is on tour right now... in 2008... tour dates are here
I believe that Ann Summa and Ed Colver have the best photographic coverage of this event. This is Ann Summa's Punk Archive.
Enjoy your green beer today. Don't let the cops shut you down!