Experimental metal band SPIDERWORKS forms in 1988 in Riverside. At some point, you smoked a joint to Shiver.
CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN’s song “Pictures of the Matchstick Men” proves a minor hit for this Redlands act.
NO DOUBT plays at The Barn.
Riverside ska-punks VOODOO GLOW SKULLS sign to the Alta Loma-based Dr. Strange Records, a revered bastion for punk music. FACE TO FACE signs the same year.
What will later become the San Manuel Amphitheater (and venue of choice for big traveling music fests like Rock the Bells, Ozzfest, et al) debuts in Devore as the Blockbuster Pavilion.
Holy stoner-rock gods from Palm Desert KYUSS release acclaimed album Welcome to Sky Valley. Bongs are re-packed.
A performance by Punk miscreants GUTTERMOUTH sparks a riot at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino
Hardcore-based label Facedown Records kicks off the first of what will be an annual event, Facedown Fest, that brings much of their roster to the stage at the Glass House in Pomona.
The Coachella music festival is born on some polo fields in Indio.
ALIEN ANT FARM’s Michael Jackson cover (“Smooth Criminal”) gets this Riverside-based band noticed by the MTV hordes.
The INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARDS debut, offering a cool showcase for the local scene’s homegrown talent. The Weekly takes the reins of this regional competition five years later.
Bob Dylan plays at the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball stadium.