Rancid headline day one the 17th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music festival held over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival continues to grow, so does its list of alumni. This year the festival featured a handful of bands who were playing the fest for the first time, as well as one of the most diverse line-ups to date. And if the droves of punks who descended onto the site were any indication, it was yet another success.

Day one saw seminal punks Rancid headline, as well as great sets from the ska influenced Mighty Mighty Bosstones, hardcore band Sick Of It ALL, and Anti-Flag. California punk legends TSOL also delivered a strong set of some of their classic songs.

While Refused headlined, day two clearly belonged to Turbonegro, whose fans (known as Turbojugands) had come in from all over the world to support their Norwegian heroes. The Murder City Devils started out very strong, but were forced to stop their set for about 20 minutes due to rain and lightning. Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine provided the soundtrack to perhaps the biggest circle pit with “California Ãœber Alles,” while The Muffs played probably the catchiest set with their guitar driven pop-punk.

Day three featured the NY Hardcore of Agnostic Front, Anarcho punk stalwarts Conflict and a headlining set for Dropkick Murphys, which were all highlights.

Punk Rock Bowling once again out did itself, and left everyone already looking forward to seeing what the festival has in store not only for next year, but hopefully another seventeen more.

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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