The Casualties - Pinata Protest Tour

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
November 16, 2021 - 8:00pm
$17 advance, $20 day of show

The Casualties were scheduled to play the WOW Hall on April 14, 2020 with Leftover Crack and Grade 2.  As we all know, that didn’t happen.  But on Saturday, November 16, The CCPA welcomes them back to the WOW Hall on a co-headline bill with Pinata Protest.

As of July 2017, the band consists of members Jake Kolatis (guitarist), Marc Meggers (drums), Rick Lopez (bass), and David Rodriguez (vocals).

The Casualties were formed in 1990, with original members Jorge Herrera (vocals), Hank (guitar), Colin Wolf (vocals), Mark Yoshitomi (bass) and Yureesh Hooker (drums).  The members aimed to return to what they viewed as the "golden era" of street punk, embodied by bands such as The Exploited and Charged GBH, which they believed had disappeared by 1985. During the early years, the lineup was fluid, with several changes.

In early 1991 Hank left the band, to be replaced by Fred Backus on guitar to record Political Sin in March 1991 for the Benefit for Beer compilation.  Soon more changes were in the works, with new guitarist Fred heading off to school. C Squat's Scott temporarily filled Fred's shoes until he returned a short time later. During this period, guitarist Hank filled in for a couple of shows, and Steve Distraught also played briefly with the group on second guitar. The Casualties stabilized long enough to record the first demo in the fall of 1991 and the 40 oz Casualty EP in the spring of 1992, and was building up a fan base in their hometown of New York City.  At the end of 1992, Mark and Fred left the band and were replaced by Mike Roberts on bass and Jake Kolatis on the guitar, followed by the departure of Yureesh and Colin in 1994, to be replaced on drums by Shawn, while the band went down to a single vocalist. 1994 saw the recording of the 4-song EP, Drinking Is Our Way Of Life, however it would not be released. The songs would later appear on the Casualties "early years 1990-1995" CD in 1999. In 1995, the band's second release, the 4-track A Fuckin' Way Of Life E.P. was released on Eyeball Records  After recording A Fuckin' Way of Life, Shawn left the band, and Marc Eggers (nicknamed Meggers) of the Rivits became the regular drummer. The line-up of Jorge, Jake, Mike and Meggers continued until 1997.

In 1996 the Casualties became the first American band to appear at the "Holidays in the Sun" Festival in London. In 1997 the band's debut album, For the Punx was released on Tribal War Records, and the band embarks on its first American tour with The Varukers. Mike (the bassist) left the band in 1998, to be replaced with Johnny Rosado, from The Krays. They released their second LP that year, Underground Army, and begin a world tour. Jon left the band during the European leg of the tour, to be temporarily replaced by Dave Punk Core.

After the world tour, Dave would be replaced by Rick Lopez from the band Manix.  The end of the millennium, 1999, saw the band produce a compilation album, Early Years 1990–1995, which included tracks which appeared on earlier ED's, as well as never before released songs, such as the four songs they had recorded on the never released EP Drinking is Our Way of Life back in 1994.

The 2000s have seen the band to continue to tour and produce albums.  They have toured with several other bands, such as The Exploited, Cockney Rejects and Hatebreed. In the summer of 2012, The Casualties co-headlined the Tonight We Unite tour along with Nekromantix. Later that year, The Casualties released their new album titled Resistance.

In 2013, The Casualties played at the largest punk rock festival in the world, the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, England.

On January 22, 2016, the band released their tenth studio album titled Chaos Sound.  It is the last album to feature original vocalist Jorge Herrera.  David Rodriguez, frontman of The Krum Bums, officially replaced Herrera, changing the band's line-up for the first time in 19 years.  Guitarist Jake Kolatis and drummer Meggers are the two remaining long-term members of the band, along with the band's bassist since 1999, Rick Lopez.



Piñata Protest is an accordion powered Tex-Mex punk rock band from San Antonio, TX. Piñata Protest combines the lively sounds and traditional rhythms of the Mexican button accordion with the upbeat tempos and attitude of punk rock to produce a unique and wildly eclectic mix of aggressive yet melodic songs that are sung in both Spanish and English. Adding to their sonic performances that ignite crowds to mosh, skank and twirl their dance partners around is their energetic and impassioned live show. 

Piñata Protest was founded by the Mexican-born singer and accordionist Àlvaro Del Norte. The band includes Regino Lopez on electric guitar and vocals, Richie Brown on electric bass and vocals, and Chris-Ruptive on drums and vocals. 

For over ten years the quartet has maintained a busy schedule of performing and touring throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a wide range of musical acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat, Mariachi El Bronx, Molotov, Guttermouth, Voodoo Glow Skills, Brujeria, The Toadies, Ramon Ayala, The Blasters, Authority Zero, Agent Orange, Molotov, Ozomatli, Mustard Plug, The Blasters, Wayne Hancock, and Girl In A Coma. 

 Piñata Protest has had official appearances at SXSW, Dia De Los Toadies, the 2015 Latin BMI Awards, and National Public Radio. 

Notably, the band released their album El Valiente at #7 on the Latin Billboard Top 100 charts. They have been featured in several graduate level academic research papers, books and soundtracks for the films Me Estas Matando Susana (2016), La Soldera (2015) and Circus of the Dead (2014).

In 2014 the independent beer brewer Freetail Brewing released Piñata Protest beer, which was distributed in grocery chains, bars, and venues across Texas. 

Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.  Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.



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