Welcome to Vans Warped Tour Presents “Punk Off”


Five Front Range bands will vie for chance to play the Ernie Ball stage at Vans Warped Tour Denver

BELLVUE, Colo., February 13, 2018 — Mishawaka Amphitheatre announced Descendents as the headliner for the venue’s inaugural “Punk Off!” show scheduled for Saturday, June 9. The one-day juried competition and live concert will give five Front Range bands the opportunity to open for the punk rock icons, as well as a chance to play an additional set at the Vans Warped Tour Denver date later in the summer. The five bands were selected via an initial online application process, and each will perform a 25-minute set in front of a jury and live audience, with the top two bands selected at Punk Off! making a subsequent appearance on the Vans Warped Tour Ernie Ball stage on July 1.

The five bands selected to play Punk Off! are: Bitter Suns (Fort Collins, CO), Dryer Fire (Denver, CO), One Flew West (Denver, CO), Plasma Canvas (Fort Collins, CO), and Sunnydale High (Cheyenne, WY).

“The Warped Tour has made a huge impact upon countless music listeners, and upon thousands of bands, (including ours). We are excited to be part of this event, which will provide up and coming bands with a taste of that experience.” said Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson, who also co-owns The Blasting Room recording studios in Fort Collins.

“This event celebrates local emerging musicians that don’t always get the opportunity to play on big stages to big crowds. Descendents have some experience with that, and while they’re obviously legends, we like to consider them local legends, as well. Despite their worldwide recognition and international tours, they do so much to support the local music scene and truly put Fort Collins on the map. We’re honored to have them at The Mish for the first time ever,” said Mishawaka Amphitheatre general manager Dani Grant, adding that Descendents also played Warped Tour, in 1997.

Punk Off! is presented in partnership with Vans Warped Tour, KCSU 90.5FM and Odell Brewing Company.


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