Social Distortion

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Social Distortion is one of the first O.C. punk bands, and certainly one of the most iconic. Founded in 1978 by singer-lyricist Mike Ness, the band has seen its share of ups and downs in its 30 plus years, but has never lost its rock ‘n’ roll spirit. In fact, Ness’ problems with the law and battle against heroin addiction have only fueled his gritty, hard-hitting musical journey. Taking influences from Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, Social Distortion has pioneered a genre of punk that combines Americana influences, rockabilly, alt rock and hardcore. Their work is singular, their influence vast. It’s impossible to imagine a punk music scene without “Prison Bound,” “Ball and Chain,” “Story of My Life,” or their cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Now, Social Distortion is coming to Sacramento for a concert on the evening of Oct. 7 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel. Check out this authoritative punk band for a taste of rock history. For more information, see here.

What: Social Distortion
When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Ln., Sacramento
Cost: $39.25