Chinatown’s punk-rock roots run deep, going way back to the heyday of Madame Wong’s and staying alive over the years via the indie art galleries, divey watering holes and eclectic music events in its famed, lantern-lit plaza.

A lively event series celebrating this history, Save the Music in Chinatown, raised funds for FACES (Friends and Alumni of Castelar Elementary School), a registered nonprofit supporting the local school’s recently de-funded music-education program.

The fifth gathering in the series features some real heavy hitters. Steve Soto of The Adolescents and Agent Orange will do a solo acoustic set, while The Gears bring their revved-up surf-abilly jams to the party. Even Mike Watt is giving his time to this one with The Secondmen, a version of his legendary Minutemen.


The event also will have DJs from KChung’s Kings of Punk and a raffle for music, movies, food prizes and other cool stuff. 

410 Cottage Home St., Chinatown, Sun., Jan. 11, 3-6 p.m. $12 ?advance; $15 at door. More info here.

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