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Still Rockin’ Jerry’s Pizza

4 May
Craig Owens from the band D.R.U.G.S. sings to a packed crowd at Jerry's Pizza. (Photo courtesy of www.flickr.com

Craig Owens from the band D.R.U.G.S. sings to a packed crowd at Jerry’s Pizza. (Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com

For more than 20 years, Jerry’s Pizza has acted as a beacon of entertainment for both music and food lovers alike. Located in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, at 1817 Chester Ave., Jerry’s Pizza is a safe haven for many different musicians. In addition, Jerry’s Pizza provides people with an established venue for the live music scene. Ever since its grand opening in 1992, the pub has welcomed anyone with a sufficient appetite and a taste for music.

“We kinda heard the buzz at school that there was this new pizza place downtown,” said 38-year-old music enthusiast, Jeanette Benavente. “A lot of places that you go to where you have performers come in, the food tends to be mediocre, but the food at Jerry’s Pizza is actually really good.”

Although Benavente usually orders pizza when she attends Jerry’s, the pub also offers other tastes such as calzones, sandwiches, and burgers. For the 21-and-over crowd, alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Offering a variety of different foods and beverages allows Jerry’s Pizza to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. Besides offering plenty to drink and eat, the pub is a place where many different kinds of people come to hang out with friends. On any given night, people can expect to see Jerry’s Pizza roaring with laughter and buzzing with energy.

“Jerry’s Pizza is a place where I went to listen to great music with good friends,” said 28-year-old music connoisseur, Danielle Dillon. “It brings back a lot of very happy memories for me and reminds me of when I was younger.”

Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p. m. Monday through Saturday, Jerry’s Pizza welcomes people of all ages. In addition, the pub also welcomes a wide variety of different types of music lovers. From “punks” to “metal heads,” Jerry’s Pizza plays host to a broad spectrum of individuals. Whether catering to the older generation or a younger one, the doors to Jerry’s are always open.

“I think it’s important for the newer generations to be able to experience what us older generations got to enjoy,” Dillon said.

Music lies at the very core of what Jerry’s Pizza represents. Two upcoming shows to keep and eye out for are on Sunday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 24. The first show will feature the post-hardcore band Senses Fail, while the second show will feature pop-punk/rock band Bayside. More details about these concerts, as well as future events, can be found at the pub’s Facebook page. Concerts at Jerry’s Pizza allow music lovers to gather at one common place and share their passion for the art. It is for this reason that people can also expect to hear plenty of music blasting out from the pub’s sweltering basement.

“Jerry’s Pizza has had a pretty good impact and influence on my musical taste,” Dillon said. “It’s always fun seeing the opening acts that aren’t quite known and finding that you really actually like them.”

A typical picture of the crowd Jerry's Pizza draws. (Photo courtesy www.flickr.com

A typical picture of the crowd Jerry’s Pizza draws. (Photo courtesy http://www.flickr.com)


Turning Up the Volume at Jerry’s Pizza

20 Apr
Members of Senses Fail posing for a photoshoot. (Photo by www.altpress.com)

Members of Senses Fail posing for a photoshoot. (Photo by http://www.altpress.com)

Senses Fail and Bayside are both set to storm Jerry’s Pizza. On Sunday, April 21, the post-hardcore band Senses Fail will perform in the sweaty basement at the local pub. With their most recent album release by the name of “Renacer,” Senses Fail proves that they are still a force to be reckoned with. With heavy-hitting guitar riffs from songs like “The Path” and “Renacer,” paired with screaming vocals by lead singer Buddy Nielsen, a circle pit will surely take over the majority of the basement. However, if moshing does not sound like your particular cup of tea, it would be best to stand near the back of the room. Although the band is primarily a post-hardcore band, songs like “War Paint” and “Vines,” show that traces of the band’s punk sound can still be heard. From start to finish, the newest album by Senses Fail carries a heavy vibe. As Nielsen screams out, “your flesh, my bones, young hearts, old souls,” faithful fans as well as newcomers will not experience disappointment. Songs from “Renacer” can be found on their website.

Following Senses Fail, on Wednesday, April 24, pop-punk/rock band Bayside will put on a show beneath Jerry’s Pizza. With their release of the album “Killing Time,” Bayside will be sure to draw a large crowd. Upbeat songs like “Sick Sick Sick” and “Already Gone” provide audiences with a good beat matched with equally good lyrics. Lead singer Anthony Raneri does not fall short of producing a catchy tune. Tour dates and more information on Bayside can be found on the band’s website.

Members of the band Bayside in a candid moment. (Photo courtesy of www.mtv.com)

Members of the band Bayside in a candid moment. (Photo courtesy of http://www.mtv.com)

Downtown Pizza Jams

15 Apr


Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive at Jerry's Pizza. (Photo courtesy of noimagephotography.com)

Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive at Jerry’s Pizza. (Photo courtesy of noimagephotography.com)

 Bakersfield, California, where is that? Many people often say that there is nothing to do in the city of Bakersfield and it is often described as…boring. Well, that just simply is not the case. Jerry’s Pizza stands as one of Downtown Bakersfield’s not-so-hidden relics. The tiny, hole-in-the-wall pub frequently plays host to several different concerts and the food holds its own. Whether you choose to go in for a bite to eat or rock out to a local concert, Jerry’s Pizza does not disappoint. This local pub offers a variety of different types of food from salads, sandwiches and burgers, to calzones and their famous pizza. Pizza lovers can choose from one of the tasty combination pizzas, the Hawaiian pizza, the Meat Lovers option, or they can simply make their own. For the 21-and-over crowd only, beer is readily available. Besides the food and drinks, another well-known fact about Jerry’s Pizza is the entertainment. In partnership with





Tim Gardea, Jerry’s Pizza continuously hosts several concerts throughout the year. Inside its sweltering basement, music enthusiasts can expect loud music, close interaction with each band, and a room packed to the ceiling with fun. The pub has held concerts with big-time bands such as Korn, Circa Survive, AFI, and Paramore. Other shows included bands such as The Dear Hunter, Lydia, Senses Fail, and Bayside. So, whether it is a night out with the family for dinner, a lunch meal with friends, or rockin’ out to a raging concert, Jerry’s Pizza is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

Rise From The Ashes Tour at Jerry's Pizza. (Photo courtesy of chalkalive.buzznet.com)

Rise From The Ashes Tour at Jerry’s Pizza. (Photo courtesy of chalkalive.buzznet.com)