Since its humble beginnings as a DIY bowling tournament in 1999 in Las Vegas, Punk Rock Bowling has prided itself on combining the perfect mixture of classic competition with an anti-authoritarian spirit, and the 2017 edition of PRB is sure to be the biggest and best yet. Punk Rock Bowling LAS VEGAS- Now in it’s 19th year, has been one of the longest standing Punk Festivals in the country. Taking over downtown Las Vegas for 4 days May 26-29, PRB is a whirlwind of a weekend unlike any other music festival.
Michael John Burkett also known as Fat Mike an bassist and lead vocalist for the punk rock band NOFX and the bassist for the punk rock super-group cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes decapitates a Trump statue at PunkRock Bowling in Las Vegas.
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That was fun, but now it’s time to take action. Time for the youth of today to use their voices and intelligence to change the path of history from this circus like downward spiral, back to the evolving and progressive country that fights for all of human life!”
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Fat Mike founded the website Punkvoter.com in 2004 in an effort to mobilize the punk community to vote George W. Bush out of office in that year’s presidential election. He had never been very active in politics before then, admitting that he never even voted until 2000.However, he was driven into political activism because of Bush, whom he viewed as “the most ridiculous president in the history of presidents. As with Punkvoter.com, Burkett organized the Rock Against Bush campaign to mobilize punk fans and musicians against George W. Bush. Burkett’s band NOFX, along with many other well-known punk artists including Alkaline Trio, Green Day and Jello Biafra, embarked on a tour of American college campuses in the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election. Burkett hoped to go beyond just protest and actually educate kids about why they should vote against Bush. At the shows, he would hand out free DVDs of Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War, a documentary that questions the Bush administration’s motives in the Middle East. To coincide with the tour, Burkett released two Rock Against Bush compilation albums on Fat Wreck Chords featuring new music from some of the bands on the label. The albums sold over 650,000 copies and proceeds helped fund the tour, as well as going toward magazine ads and billboards in swing states.