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Talking Nardcore: Celebrating the 4 decades of punk music and culture in Ventura County

Oxnard, CA - To celebrate the County of Ventura's 150th Anniversary, OPAC is honored to present "Talking Nardcore" on Friday, October 13 at 6 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

This rare storytelling event will chronicle 40 years of punk music in our community through a legendary panel of guest speakers. Guests will also enjoy a live DJ set prior to the panel, which will be followed by a performance by Out of Trust.

Panelists include representatives from:


Aggression • Ill Repute • Dr. Know • Stalag 13 • Dead Heat • The Missing 23rd Burning Dog • In Control Annihilation Time • Omega Point • It's Alive Fanzine BYO Records • 185 Miles South Podcast • Salzer's Records


By combining the words ‘Oxnard’ and ‘hardcore’, Nardcore is a reference to the Oxnard, California hardcore punk scene. Ventura County’s coastal suburban community was the spawning ground for many hardcore punk bands of the early 1980s and became a hotbed for punk and skate bands. Their collective sound became known as Nardcore.


The Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center, known in the 80’s as the Civic Auditorium and Community Center, was home to legendary Nardcore shows during the first wave of the genre, featuring bands like False Confession, Aggression, Dr. Know, and Ill Repute. Recently, the OPAC nonprofit has sought to support this unique music scene by providing accessible space for new bands and emerging promoters as well as launching an audio engineering academy for teens and young adults who want to learn the ins and outs of producing their own shows. The academy, led by Jesiah Henricksen of Onyx Productions, teaches audio engineering, lighting design and stage management and is free to participants thanks to grant support from the California Arts Council. The academy has graduated nearly 20 students.

“Talking Nardcore” is made possible in partnership with the County of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and with support from California Humanities, a Non-Profit Partner of the National Endowment For The Humanities. Visit calhum.org.


TALKING NARDCORE Friday, October 13, 2023 Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030

6:30 PM

Free admission. All ages welcome!

More information can be found at https://www.theopac.org/talking-nardcore

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