This year’s Vans Warped Tour begins on June 11 in Anchorage, Alaska, and ends in Denver, Colo. on Aug. 3. The tour makes its way through cities in the US over the summer bringing together hundreds of bands. The Warped Tour was created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman, a creator of touring music and extreme sports festivals who got the idea while working on skateboarding shows that incorporated live music. The Warped name comes from the short-lived Warp magazine, which covered surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and music in the 1990s. The tour has always been held at outdoor venues. In 1998, the tour went international, including venues in Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, as well as the United States. The music festival is often held in venues such as parking lots or fields using stages. The skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans has sponsored the tour every year since 1995. The tour began as a showcase for punk rock music, but its more recent lineups have incorporated a broader range of musical genres.
This summer the popular local band the World Famous Pool Boyz will be playing the first leg of the Vans Warped Tour starting in Las Vegas on June 19. But before joining the tour, the Boyz will be playing one last local gig at the Blue Lagoon in downtown Santa Cruz on Wednesday, June 11. The band is a fusion of hip-hop, rap and funk which brands itself as a mix of boom bap and ’80s hair metal. Their motto is, “Take a shot, make it drop, let it go.” Their animated series, “The World Famous Pool Birdz” premieres this fall on Comedy Central.