Gnarlytown combines extreme sports and punk rock music for a day of fun at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro

For pro action sports icon Travis Pastrana, extreme sports and high-energy music have always gone hand in hand. Pastrana is a pro freestyle motocross rider and rally car driver, as well as the ringleader of the long-running Nitro Circus, a collective of world-class athletes that perform insane stunts on dirtbikes, couches, coolers with wheels, scooters and more. Nitro Circus has also had numerous videos released online, a short-lived TV show, feature films and a tour that has hit numerous countries around the world.

Nitro Circus will join forces with pro skateboarder Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational for a full day of heart-pumping action and family-friendly fun dubbed Gnarlytown, which will also feature live performances by Pennywise, Rancid, Action Bronson, Off!, Madball, Rotting Out, Mike Watt and The Aquadolls at the LA Waterfront Berth 46 at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on Saturday, June  22.

“It just brings me back to like Warped Tour 1999,” Pastrana said during a recent phone interview. “My first-ever stage dive was during a Rancid concert and this festival just brings me back to that … those bands, that genre of music, hanging out, having fun and riding with my friends. Looking back on the original moto videos and all of that music, these are the bands that this generation grew up on so it was an absolute perfect fit for us.”

Pastrana, now 35, said that he remembers being 14 years old and doing the MTV Sports & Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn., which had a similar vibe to what Gnarlytown is trying to achieve.

“I have two daughters now … most of us have kids now,” he said. “So to be able to do this in a family-friendly spot with a fun music atmosphere, that’s really exciting and my wife and I are always trying to do stuff that brings us all out as a family. Like I said before, it’s all coming full circle.”

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The festival, which officially kicks off at 1 p.m., will feature top athletes from FMX, BMX, skate and more who will put on several different shows throughout the event and as the various musical acts take the stage. Nitro Circus will be bringing out its iconic Giganta ramp, which stands more than 45-feet tall and serves as the launch pad for multiple stunts including record-breaking flips and jumps. Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational will feature a slew of the world’s best street skaters to compete in a street course that includes a giant guitar as the centerpiece obstacle.

“We had a number of meetings to try to figure out how to integrate action sports and music and do it in a way that speaks to the consumer where they can go all day and have a good time,” event co-producer John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment said during phone interview. “We feel like it’s the perfect amalgamation of action sports and daredevil-esque stunts with Pastrana and his team, the line-up of pro skaters with Chris and his team and some amazing punk rock — it’s a full day where two, maybe even three, generations can come and enjoy themselves.”

SGE staged the two-day Growlers Six festival at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro in 2017 and Reese said it’s the ideal venue for Gnarlyfest since it’s surrounded by water on the peninsula, has a nice breeze, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and lots of available parking. It also sort of serves as the center point for skateboard culture which extends from San Diego up to the Bay Area of San Francisco, Reese noted.

Though Nitro Circus rolled through town just last year with a stop at Honda Center in Anaheim — just after Pastrana successfully performed three of his hero Evel Knievel’s biggest stunts including jumping over 52 crushed cars, then 16 Greyhound buses and for the finale, soaring over the length of the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas all on a motorcycle  — he said there will be a few fresh tricks coming to Gnarlytown.

“For this show, everyone is coming out,” he said. “I feel like you’re going to see a lot of the best riders really trying to do something a little special. Other times, when we’ve combined extreme sports with music, the atmosphere of the whole venue is just so much more elevated so I’m really excited, but also a little nervous to be honest, to see just how far everyone pushes it. The skaters are going to drive the moto guys and the moto guys are going to drive the bands and just all around there’s going to be so much passion and excitement and that’s really the part I’m looking forward to.”

KLOS 95.5/FM Presents Gnarlytown: Bikes, Boards and Bands Festival

When: 1-11 p.m. Saturday, June 22

Where: L.A. Waterfront Berth 46, 3011 Miner Street, San Pedro

Tickets: $49.99 for general admission; $99 for a general admission four-pack of tickets; $109-$299 for VIP; $15 parking pass. All passes are available at


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