Kool Keith and friends had the whole Observatory packed as well as the stage itself! Wearing a Viking hat and sunglasses indoors, the Bronx MC wowed the audience with rap after rap flowing perfectly without a hiccup and letting his friends get in on some freestyle fun as well. Kool Keith was definitely one of the most entertaining acts of the day and everyone was digging the old school throwbacks. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens


The much-anticipated performance from Bleached aimed to please on Day 1 of Burgerama III this weekend. The female rockers played tunes off their recent release “Ride Your Heart,” like “Waiting By the Telephone” and their angsty track “Think of You.” One of the more popular sets of the night, it wasn’t unusual to see Bleached merch (which is super cool, by the way) adorning the fans in the audience while the girls rocked on stage.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens 


As the crowd began chanting “Death” during their sound check, it was obvious Saturday’s Burgerama set wasn’t the Detroit band’s first rock show rodeo. Bringing back old classics like “Keep on Knocking” and “Freakin Out” proved why they’ve been in the protometal game for almost 40 years. There wasn’t a face in the crowd that wasn’t screaming along or attempting stage-dives from all sides of the Observatory venue. It was great to see some veteran talent alongside all the new up-and-comers on the Burgerama lineup this year. 

Photos: Grant Hatfield

Our friends at Burger Records threw their third annual music festival in Orange County, CA over the weekend. We hit up one of our favorite venues, with some of our favorite human beings for a really great lineup both Saturday & Sunday. Stay tuned for tons of photos from Burgerama III. Plus, watch our #livingoffthewall documentary episode about the Burger guys and how they got their start at vans.com/livingoffthewall.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens