Photos & Words by Joe Calixto
2017 brought us a whole bunch of cool shit in the music world. A lot of great records, a lot of incredible tours and some insane reunions. But it also gave us a whole bunch of tough times. The handful of hurricanes that devastated the country, the crazy winters, the fires that ravaged the state of California and not to mention that orange god forsaken poor excuse of a President is still in office.
So enough of that, it’s a new year, filled with new opportunities and obviously more kick ass shows to cover. I headed to Petaluma, CA to hit up the first ever Home Sick Fest. Organized by Ceremony’s Anthony Anzaldo, Home Sick brought bands and people from across the country to the North Bay for a day of music and giving back. Proceeds from the festival went to those affected by the North bay fires.
In the few years I have lived in the Bay Area, I have never came across the town of Petaluma, so it was quite a treat to be able to visit such a lovely small town for a day of some of my favorite bands and other Bay Area gems. Super Unison, Acrylics, Screature, King Woman, and Culture Abuse (all from the Bay) graced the stage with hard hitting performances. Then the out of town folks came through, starting with HIDE, Fury and Black Marble. Touché Amoré played their 999th show, which still blows my mind, and then Power Trip from Texas followed them with one of the wildest sets of the day.
The hometown heroes Ceremony closed the event in what would be their first hometown show in 8 years and it was nothing short of phenomenal.
It’s so great to see a festival go as smoothly as this one. There was no hitch or delay, and by the looks of everyone’s face after the fest, people were happy to be a part of such an amazing gathering. Lets see what next year brings to the Phoenix and to Home Sick.
Check out photos from the show in the link below. (Aye! I’m a rapper now.)