Festival Pass: This new festival is On the Water🌊; Snoop Dogg and noods meet at the beach

Nick Hexum of 311 performs during KROQ 106.7/FM’s annual Weenie Roast at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)
Plus: Tell us your favorite road trip songs

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What’s summer without a road trip or two? I’m planning a couple of short trips in the coming weeks and I’m brainstorming playlists and album selections.

On our family road trips, there was always one staple (first on cassette, then CD, now digital): Billy Joel’s “Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2.” It’s always in my rotation, but I also try to get a mix of artists from wherever I’m going as well as some staples from the vintage Warped Tours of the mid-late ’90s and early ’00s. (IMO, third wave ska is excellent for California driving, particularly Reel Big Fish’s “Turn the Radio Off” and Save Ferris’ “It Means Everything.”)

What are your go-to road trip albums and songs? Email me at vfranko@scng.com with your picks and I’ll put together a playlist with your favorites and mine on Spotify and share it in the coming weeks.

And if you’re not hitting the road anytime soon, there’s some music happening this weekend and new festivals on the way. Read on.

Dirty Heads will perform at the all-new On the Water Festival at Huntington State Beach in October. (File photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

All the vibes

Stoner reggae rock + beach = brilliant. How has nobody done what On the Water is doing in Huntington Beach in October?  Slightly Stoopid, 311 and others are among the bands playing. See the full lineup and find out how to get tickets.

In this file photo, Snoop Dogg performs at Musink inside The Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. An event description for the Nood Beach festival, which will happen later this year in Huntington Beach, says the rapper will perform there. (File photo by Kevin Warn, contributing photographer for Orange County Register/Southern California News Group)

Snoop and live noods!

Snoop Dogg will perform, competitive eaters will chow down and more than 20 Southern California noodle vendors will set up shop in Huntington Beach for the Nood Beach festival. Get the details.

Slayer will perform its last-ever U.S. show at The Forum in Inglewood in November. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)


Slayer’s final U.S. tour date ever will be at the Forum. While it’s not technically a festival, the lineup reads like it could be a revival of the old Mayhem Fest. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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