Dexter Holland has been The Offspring’s singer for 33 years, so he pretty much knows the ins and outs of the concert and festival world.
A Lake Havasu resident, Holland is looking forward to playing and promoting his hot sauce line at the April 15 BruFest in Phoenix.
“It’s funny that they say this is a beer festival,” Holland says. “Whenever we play a gig, it’s always a beer festival. There’s just not always a whole lot dedicated to beer.”
Holland’s Gringo Bandito hot sauce, which is sold throughout the world, started humbly, as gifts that he created for friends and family. In 2013, a spicy green hot sauce was released and carried on the company’s tradition of mixing flavor with a tolerable heat level.
On Cinco de Mayo 2015, Gringo Bandito released its third hot sauce product called Super Hot, which contains jolokia and scorpion peppers, taking the heat level closer to intolerable. According to a press release, Gringo Bandito has 70 percent less salt than other major competitors, contains no preservatives, and is paleo friendly, gluten free and all natural.
“I figured, the world is your oyster so go out and do the stuff you like,” Holland says. “The band is the main priority, but I like to do different stuff. The hot sauce is doing really great. In the United States, it’s in 5,000 stores now.
“It’s fun to do. It’s a fun hobby. It’s not my day job.”
The website for Gringo Bandito, gringobandito.com, lists recipes for dishes like candied “pee-cans” and Fletcher Dragge’s “imfamous pepper belly,” while offering traditional dishes like guacamole and primo chicharrones.
“Some recipes are just silly,” he says with a laugh.
Like Holland says, The Offspring is his baby and he’s going to spend the year touring with the pop-punk band. Fans can expect to hear songs that they know.
“You can’t shy away from your hits,” he says. “That’s why you’re there. A long, long time ago, I saw the Polecats. If was probably five years after their one hit. I love the genre and stuff, but I’m more of a casual fan.
“I saw them at a Long Beach club and I was one of those fans. They didn’t play their hit. I was like, come on, man. I loved the show, but I wanted to hear the song.”
BruFest, Fear Farm Festival Grounds, 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, brufest.com, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. for 21 and older, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all ages, tickets start at $49.