Before It Gets Old: 2009 Gathering of the Juggalos

OK, so this has been floating around for a bit, so it may already be "old," but if you haven't seen it yet, is truly is worth a look. It's so hard to figure out the Best Part: the comedy stylings of Rowdy Roddy Piper? The inexplicable presence of Ice Cube? Helicopter Rides? (Smart money's on that one.) More information on the sure to be scintillating 2009 Gathering of hte Juggalos here, and don't snooze on the involvement of Orange County's own Kottonmouth Kings.

Four Days of No Doubt Shows in Irvine Starting...Now. Almost.

Categories: No Doubt

Yeah, No Doubt is obviously one of the biggest bands from Orange County of all time. (Some might say "the;" feel free to debate that point as much as you'd like!) As such, it's appropriate that their return to Orange County--after a five-year layoff, save a quickie reunion during the encore of one of Gwen Stefani's solo shows in 2007--is appropriately big.

Tonight begins four shows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine (the same site as their 2007 jam), and we'll have a goodly amount of coverage right here on the blog, including a concert report from tonight's show by our gal Amanda Parsons, and one from this guy (uh, me) for their last show in town on Tuesday. The Sounds open up all four shows, Paramore support today, Saturday and Sunday; the sassy Katy Perry on Tuesday.

North Park Music Thing Next Weekend in San Diego

Ben Goetting

You've got to love the refreshing straight-forwardness that comes with calling your event a "thing." Like the North Park Music Thing, a music and media conference next weekend at the Lafayette Hotel & Suites in San Diego. There's an opening night concert Friday, August 7 at the Casbah, headlined by fairly supergroup Midnight Rivals (featuring, among others, members of Rocket From the Crypt and Louis XIV), two days of workshops and panels on August 8 and 9, and a street festival that Sunday including the Night Marchers, pictured, Avi Buffalo, Black Heart Procession and the "yes, they still exist!" Presidents of the United States of America. Only $25 for everything.

Why is this relevant to Orange County? Well, one of the workshops features a very special (yes, feel free to interpret "special" in any dersive of juvenile way you would like) guest. Description after the jump!

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On Sale Saturday: Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony


Ah snap. All five original members of Cleveland's favorite rapping singers Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony are playing Sept. 19 at the Grove of Anaheim.

Bone Thugs has been a three piece for a looong time because Flesh-n-Bone went to prison for nearly a decade for assault with a deadly weapon and parole violation while Bizzy Bone left the group for being too much of a thug and not enough of a bone (or something like that. Honestly, I don't really know. I just made that up so please don't sue me).

Tickets on sale Saturday. Until then, I'll see you at tha Crossroads.

Free Broadway Revue on Saturday at OCPAC

If you're looking for something to do Saturday and have a thing for show-tunes, then drop by the Samueli Theater at OCPAC, for their annual Summer at the Center concert. Every year, OCPAC holds the Summer at the Center program from July 20 to August 1 to benefit at-risk and under-privileged kids in Orange County by engaging them in the performing arts through singing, dancing, and acting lessons. This is its 18th year. 

The program culminates in a Broadway revue-style concert where the 40 children chosen will dance and sing on stage for the public. This year's theme is "Be." 

The concert will take place Saturday, August 1st at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. No reservations are required and seating is first come, first serve. For more information, visit OCPAC's official website.

Long Live Death Takes its Last Breath of 2009 at Que Sera

So yeah I know you were looking forward to ending your Friday on a happy note and all, so maybe a club night called "Long Live Death" might be a bit of a downer. If so, feel free, to skip this post. I won't hold it against you. But for diehard fans of monthly music clubs like Release the Bats, a chance at discovering something slightly more "esoteric" is in store. LLD is a club night pointed towards all things haunting and experimental in world of industrial, techo, post punk, et. al. 

Ironically, Long Live Death is hosting it's last event of the year tonight at Que Sera, it's regular morbid nesting place in Long Beach. Guess death didn't live so long after all (cue . But they are going out on with a glorious blood curdling scream. The line up includes music from Night at Noon, Ure Thrall, Hop Frog's Drum Jester Devotional (catchy name) and DJ Merrick all of which have a strong urge to make music that creeps up and scares the shit out of you (me). Check out more details on the event HERE. Be sure to show up early, we hear the bar is supposed to get pretty crowded for this one. I guess death is a great party starter. Happy Friday.

Gettin' Made: Last But Not Least

Categories: Gettin' Made

Wrapping up our week-long feature on the OC Handmade Brigade, let's meet the mind behind Melissa Loschy Designs. She's a Costa Mesa crafter named, surpisingly enough, Melissa Loschy. Also, read on--today's your last chance to enter to win a free gift box of goodies from the OC Handmade Brigade!

Melissa Loschy models one of her great collage-style necklaces

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TONIGHT: The Colourist Release EP and Debut 'Oh Goodbye' Music Video at the Yost

If you're familiar with a little thing in OC Weekly called Locals Only, you've read the bounty of good things we had to say about Orange County band the Colourist and their new EP. But actually hearing the EP--and the band play live!--is absolutely a more enriching experience.

That and more can happen tonight, at their EP release show at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. Not only does the $8 ticket price include a free EP, one of the opening acts (besides Blok, Drums and Color and Free Lions) is "surrealist magician" Loren Zwick (perhaps he prefers "illusionist"). Seems worthwhile right there.

Also, the Colourist are going to be unveiling their music video for the ridiculously catchy "Oh Goodbye," which promises to be a treat. The band has teased the clip thusly: "a preschool full of kids, an angry gorilla, a bar brawl, a nighttime outdoor jam session." Most music videos, even the great ones, only have like, three of those things, tops! Until tonight, pacify yourself with this video the band's made, promoting the gig. 

Come Friday, July 31 at the Yost: The Colourist EP RELEASE & VIDEO PREMIERE! from The Colourist on Vimeo.

TONIGHT: Huey Lewis to Bring Power of Love to OC Fair

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Huey Lewis and the News are performing at the OC Fair tonight, and though it may seem like they're typical nostalgia-fueled fair fare, don't forget that just last year they recorded the theme song to Pineapple Express. But we all know that what people really will be showing up for is vintage News, like in this 1987 clip. As correctly pointed out a few years ago on one of those VH1 "I Love the..." shows, isn't "so happy to be stuck with you" a really odd sentiment? One hopes that Lewis still owns this shirt, or at least will be wearing a similarly gleefully garish one tonight at the fair.

'Wicked' Composer Stephen Schwartz Readies First Opera

Kristin Chenoweth in 'Wicked.'

You've probably heard his catchy songs from that best friend of yours who loves Wicked, or from the mouth of Amy Adams in Enchanted. And you can't help but sing along, even if you don't like musicals.

Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked, as well as the lyricist for Disney's Pocahantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted (and whose musicals have played at OCPAC), has recently announced that he will be writing an opera, which will have its world premiere in Southern California. 

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