Thank God It's Friday: Shows You Don't Want To Miss
July 23, Friday
Tonight Ziggy Marley appears at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, bringing his easy-going take on life and love across the board to the OC Fair crowd along with openers Common Sense. While he's forever going to be associated with his famous father, he's carved out his own niche, from his pop radio career peaks in the late '80s to his most recent release, Family Time. Not surprising that his newest is about family time, given that he once recorded a classic of his dad's with Sean Paul for animated movie Shark Tale:
Sean Paul feat Ziggy Marley Three little birds
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July 24, Saturday
Saturday sees the Offspring do another hometown show (at least of sorts) at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, appearing with fellow '90s-and-after survivors 311. The OC quartet is the subject of one of our feature stories in this week's music section. Given the band's long since established impact locally and beyond, from Dexter Holland's Nitro Records (and Gringo Bandito hot sauce, of course) to Noodles showing you can be a guitar hero while wearing horn rims, that's understandable. All that and any number of stick-in-the-brain songs, like the new one they've been playing, "You Will Find a Way":
Also on Saturday, Big Cisco, our Locals Only featured artist this week, comes down from his home base of Long Beach to perform at the Red Night Club in Newport Beach, one of his performing homes away from home. The MC's been building up attention for his forthcoming debut CD with reports on recording sessions--at last report he's down to finishing a song for it--along with other local appearances and a slew of interviews. All the more reason to catch up with him now before he aims to take over the world:
Elsewhere on Saturday, Katchafire comes to town, continuing a theme of high profile reggae for the weekend. Though newcomers to the band might be surprised as to which island nation they come from, these New Zealand act are no slouches, having pulled off the not inconsiderable trick of turning from a straight up Bob Marley tribute band to making a mark with their own songs (ask yourself how many '80s revival acts are going to get that far). Their biggest commercial profile back home was some years ago but they've kept it going well since; openers will include Tomorrow's Bad Seeds and Pacific Dub.
On top of everything else, Saturday has Dick Dale laying it down at the Coach House, continuing his stretch of casually killer shows in Orange County for half a century now. His hotwiring of so much music from around the world into something uniquely Southern California and then back again to that world many times over can never be understated or underestimated--he's Dick Dale, he's the King of the Surf Guitar for a reason, and the man's an inspiration to everyone when it comes to living life to the full, so don't knock a chance to say you saw him: