After a successful string of tour dates along the West Coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland) and in New York City, JOE SIB is bringing his acclaimed “broken word” show ‘CALIFORNIA CALLING: A STORY OF GROWING UP PUNK ROCK’ back to the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles on Tuesday May 4th (his third performance there this year). Joining Sib for this one-night-only event is Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, who will be performing a special acoustic set, along with guests Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks) and Sean Wheeler (Throwrag).

Largo at the Coronet Tuesday May 4th
366 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Doors 7:30 PM
Show starts at 8:00PM sharp
$20 (all ages)

CALIFORNIA CALLING is a funny and subtly poignant performance about the transformative power of music and how the California-born Sib continues to have a sincere communion with it in all aspects of his life. Sib does his entire show in front of photographs from punk photographers Murray Bowles, Edward Culver and Lisa Johnson.

For clips from CALIFORNIA CALLING, visit–0X_NpgXCE and and see the critical quotes below. “Joe Sib’s California Calling is filled with as much punk rock spirit as the great bands he loved growing up. I am coming back again,” said Jakob Dylan of an early Sib performance he caught.

Sib is the Wax frontman, co-owner of independent label Side One Dummy Records, host of punk rock radio show “Complete Control”–airing in seven cities across the country including Los Angeles’ 98.7FM show. He is also host of the Bay Area’s Channel 92.3FM “Music in the Mornings” show.


“The Wax frontman, founder of SideOneDummy Records and host of ‘Complete Control’ on KYSR-FM (98.7) has made a lifelong career in punk like few others from the safety-pin set. At the ‘broken word’ performance, he performs a one-man show that’s a cross between theater, touching memoir and a loogie in the eye.”
–Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2010

“Sib’s boundless earnestness about the identity-shaping possibility of music charged his part-memoir, part-comedy, part-backyard-barbecue-yarn about what happens when the old days never quite go away. ‘California Calling’ isn’t so much a performance as it is a solid hour to get comfortable and let Sib–a coiled spring of joy when it comes to these topics–riff on stream-of-consciousness tales of teenage n’er-do-welling. The abiding take from “California Calling” is that the rush of youthful discovery doesn’t have to dissipate with adult life.”
–, 1/7/10 (in a review headlined “Joe Sib’s funny, manic, often touching ‘California Calling’ “) “His tales stem from a deep humor and passion; they’re part success story, part historical, and part average California guy having a blast.”
–Kenneth Hughes,, February 10, 2010

“Part stand-up comedy, part spoken word, part multimedia presentation, Joe Sib’s California Calling has been heralded by The Los Angeles Times and has made fans of members of Foo Fighters and Bad Religion.”
–San Diego City Beat, February 16, 2010

“As an oral history, Sib’s show is an interesting portrayal of the second wave of punk. While many of the musicians active during that time stressed their antisocial and nihilistic tendencies, Sib seems to be the polar opposite. Highly recommended for those who want to learn about the history of early West Coast punk and some inside details about those four guys in leather jackets and jeans from Queens.”
–John Gentile, (4 out of 5-stars review), February 2, 2010

“From the moment Sib took the stage, I felt like I’d been invited into his inner circle, the place most of us usually reserve for family members, close friends, and those people who see us naked. Sib seemed oblivious to the standard audience/performer boundaries, telling stories ranging from behind-therapist’s-doors heavy (visiting his dad at a prostitute-infested Super 8 soon after his parents’ divorce) to over-a-few-beers embarrassing (his purchase/guilty return/re-purchase of the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks). With each anecdote, more and more of Sib’s passionate, life-and-death approach to living was revealed.”
–Kristin Houser,, February 15, 2010

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