Facedown Fest rocks Glass House
Posted April 4, 2008

Victoria Allende
Staff Writer

Facedown Fest returned to The Glass House music venue, opening with seven bands on March 28 in Pomona.

Sixteen bands were showcased over the course of two days, which got off to a great start on Friday night.

Bands returned for the annual concert at the Glass House to a sea of eager fans.

Fans lined up to purchase last minute tickets before the show began and gathered together as the crowd lined up to enter the Glass House.

By 5 p.m. the line was wrapped around the building with anxious fans, while security prepped the crowd before they entered.

A diverse group of fans came to see the hard core Christian rock concert.
Sarah Garcia from Westminster was among fans in line waiting to get inside.

She and her friends came to the fest to see their favorite band of the night, Sleeping Giant. Garcia and her friends have followed the band to numerous shows.

“I’ve seen them six or seven times,” Garcia said.

After the doors opened at 5:30 p.m., everyone gathered together in anticipation of the show.

A refreshment counter was available to fans, serving pizza, candy and drinks.

Restless fans sat on the venue floor and some even lay down, while they waited for the first band to hit the stage.

Matt Thomas from Buena Park came to the concert to see the band Impending Doom.

“I have never seen them before,” Thomas said. “I have listened to their music; it is really good. They have a really good message.”

This was not Thomas’ first time attending the Facedown Fest.

“I always make time for this every year,” Thomas said.

For some, this was their first time at the fest.

“I haven’t been to Facedown Fest before,” Mike Buonocore from Lakewood said.

He was also excited to see the band Impending Doom perform.

“They are really good,” Buonocore said.

While there were several bands in the line-up, the favorites were easy to spot.

Adam Hernandez from Montebello, was at the fest to see one of his favorite bands.

“I am here to see Sleeping Giant,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez, who saw the band once previously, has never been to the Facedown Fest before and was excited for the show to start.

“This is my first time,” Hernandez said.

As the opening band was set to hit the stage, fans wrapped up purchases of souvenirs by the front doors.

Sweatshirts and posters were among the memorabilia that fans could purchase at the venue.

At 6:40 p.m. the first band, Thieves and Liars took the stage.

Fans packed together and rocked out to the opening band. One fan was especially excited for the performance.

Jovany Gonzalez from Pomona came to see the band perform.

Gonzalez, a Thieves and Liars fan since October, had the opportunity to meet the band and took a picture with them at a previous show.

“They really impress me,” Gonzalez said of their music.

Facedown Fest rocked the Glass House with the last band scheduled to take the stage at 10:25 p.m. and returned again Saturday to feature nine more bands.

Victoria Allende can be reached at vallende@ulv.edu.

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