Tribute band music festival set to rock Redondo Beach next weekend, Oct. 15-17 – Daily Breeze


Concert goers will never again see the original lineups of rock music legends Van Halen, Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd at a live venue.

But at Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon next weekend, they can experience the next best thing.

Eleven tribute bands — including Fan Halen, Led Zepagain and Which One’s Pink? — will perform from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 15 to 17, at the inaugural South Bay Rocktober Festival, or Rocktoberfest, for short.

“There are a bunch of these bands that you can’t see anymore,” said event producers Steve Hodges. “These tribute bands are as close to the real thing as you can get.”

Hodges, who owns Ragin Cajun Cafe in Redondo Beach, also hosted a blues festival in 2018 and the Crawfish Jamboree in 2019.

When Dead Man’s Party, an Oingo Boingo cover band, drew the most people at the Jamboree, Hodges said, he was inspired.

“It seems like tribute bands are really becoming popular,” Hodges said he told himself at the time.

So now, although Dead Man’s Party won’t perform at Rocktoberfest, the restaurateur is calling the Redondo Beach event the “biggest festival in the country” for tribute bands.

“I haven’t seen anything bigger,” he said.

The Pink Floyd tribute band, Which One’s Pink?, has been performing the progressive rock group’s hits and deep cuts in the South Bay for more than two decades.

Which One’s Pink? formed in the late 1990s after band manager Dan Johnson met fellow lawyer Larry Isenberg and they discovered their mutual love of Pink Floyd. The group played its first gig in February 1998.

Johnson, a Hawthorne High School graduate, said Which One’s Pink has seven permanent members, as well as a rotating crew when needed. While he has no musical talent, Johnson said, he still performs with the band, including by orating spoken-word parts.

There has been a “massive tectonic shift” since Which One’s Pink? started 23 years ago, Johnson said. There were few tribute bands around back then and most of their gigs were in small clubs.

“It started to get a little bit better when Which One’s Pink? was one of the first tribute bands to play at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip,” Johnson said. ”That kind of broke down the barriers.”

The coronavirus pandemic, though, has been a “disaster for the music industry,” he said, but the “audiences are so excited to finally be brought to some semblance of normality.”

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