While the 909/951 may be derided by some, it’s no secret that the Inland Empire has produced some notable acts over the years. Ska favorites Voodoo Glow Skulls are 22 years and counting into their storied career, all the way from Riverside (also home of Christian death metallers Impending Doom, who rocked Orange County’s Bamboozle earlier this year), Upland’s Winds of Plague toured the country with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and lest we forget recent Weekly cover boy Travis Barker, born and raised in a place some like to call “Fontucky.” Well it turns out the IE isn’t quite done churning out good tunes, as the Sixth Annual IE Music Awards loom on the horizon, co-hosted by Ska Parade Radio’s Tazy Phyllipz and our very own music editor, Waleed Rashidi. Enjoy the fresh air of Main Street at the Riverside Plaza as awards in a gaggle of various categories are handed out, not to mention some very special guest performances. Did we mention this all-ages show is presented 100%, no-strings-attached FREE? So come on down and support local music. Rep your area code.
Sixth Annual Inland Empire Music Awards along Main Street at the Riverside Plaza, 3545 Central Ave., Riverside; www.ieweekly.com/iema. Sat, Oct. 23. 6PM. All ages and free.