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Oakland's Burger Boogaloo festival drops name amid sexual misconduct allegations against label

Oakland's Burger Boogaloo festival drops name amid sexual misconduct allegations against label

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Steve McDonald of Redd Kross performs at the 2017 Burger Boogaloo in Mosswood Park, Oakland.

Burger Boogaloo, the popular summer music festival held at Mosswood Park in Oakland, is changing its name due to the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding its namesake, Burger Records.

“Burger Boogaloo, which has always been an independently-produced festival run by Oakland’s Total Trash Productions, has severed ties with Burger Records, and will henceforth be changing the name of the festival,” organizers announced on the festival website, burgerboogaloo.com. “The label’s involvement was always fairly superficial, and Burger Records never profited from ticket sales; They simply lent their name to the festival, boosted the festival via social media, and were given a merch booth on the premises.

Total Trash Productions is horrified to learn of all the allegations, and a more detailed statement on the matter; what the festival will be doing to further ensure the safety of its attendees, can be found in the full statement (posted on the website).”

The festival initially announced on the website that the new name would be the Mosswood Meltdown. But that information has since been removed.

The name change comes following an announcement over the weekend from Burger Records, a Fullerton-based label and record store, addressing “accusations made against multiple, unspecified artists for ‘engaging in the grooming of underage girls for sex, relationships built on power imbalance, and the solicitation of pornography from minors,’” according to Rolling Stone.

The label has announced “major structural changes,” which includes the resignation of co-founder and president Lee Rickard, moving co-founder Sean Bohrmanmove into a transitional role and the appointment of as Jessa Zapor-Gray as interim label president, according to Paste.

And the festival isn’t the only thing that’s getting a name change. The label will reportedly be renamed as BRGR RECS as well as introduce the all-woman imprint BRGRRRL.

“We extend our deepest apologies to anyone who has suffered irreparable harm from any experience that occurred in the Burger and indie/DIY music scene, the latter of which we take part,” a statement from the label reads. “We are also deeply sorry for the role Burger has played in perpetuating a culture of toxic masculinity.”

One of the most high profile acts to release music on the Burger is SWMRS, featuring drummer Joey Armstrong, who is the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Joey Armstrong has recently been accused of sexual misconduct by the Regrettes’ Lydia Night.

“I was in a relationship with Joey that started when I was 16 and ended right before my 18th birthday,” Night posted on Instagram on July 20. “For so long I viewed it just as being toxic and not something valid enough to share but now I know that what I actually experienced was emotional abuse and sexual coercion by someone in a position of power over me. It’s important to me that Joey and his entire band are held accountable to fully understand that even though they may view themselves as ‘good guys’ they are continuing to perpetuate the exact toxic culture they are trying to call out.”

Festival organizers, Total Trash Productions, expressed “heartfelt support for the brave women who have come forward to share their stories” and apologized “to anyone who has ever been victimized or harassed at any of our events” in the statement on the website.

“The festival at Mosswood has always been produced by our Northern California production company, and we’ve hired Burger to do the promotion,” the statement reads. “While we personally had an overall positive experience in working with Burger Records, and had no knowledge of the allegations that came out this week, we understand that there are many young women and others who have suffered traumatic experiences at the hands of certain bands and individuals associated with Burger Records.

“We are disturbed and disgusted by the allegations that have come out, and we stand with the survivors.”

The festival is next scheduled to take place July 10-11, with a lineup that includes Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks, Pansy Division, Plastic Bertrand and Flipper.

Burger Records has also sponsored, or been associated with, other festivals, including the Burgerama in Southern California.

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