The OC Music Awards picks two outstanding recipients each year in the categories Orange County Impact and Lifetime Achievement. The Impact Award recognizes a local artist or band who obviously "impacts" the community. This year, the award goes to Social Distortion. Surprise, surprise. The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Stan Freese, a stellar musician and a crucial leader behind-the-scenes at Disneyland--and dad of drummer-for-pretty-much-everybody Josh Freese.
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|Mike Ness of Social Distortion|
The reasoning for Social Distortion:
With over thirty years of success as one of the pioneering bands of the original Southern California punk rock movement, Fullerton-formed Social Distortion continues to make an unforgettable contribution through music in Orange County and around the globe. The January 2011 release of their seventh studio album titled Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes led the band to their first career network television performance, a Billboard Top 200 debut at number 4, an extensive tour schedule including Australia and Europe, and plans to continue writing new material for near future albums. 2011 marks the start of a record breaking year for one of Orange County's most influential bands and it is with great honor that OC Music Awards present Social Distortion with the Orange County Impact Award.
The Talent Casting & Booking Director for the Walt Disney Co. for more than 40 years, Stan Freese was named Lifetime Achievement Honoree. He's also a world-renowned tuba soloist who has performed at the Great Wall of China and the White House. He has shared the stage with Chuck Berry, Joe Walsh and Perfect Circle. This award was well-deserved.
Both awards will be presented at the 10th annual OC Music Awards at the City National Grove of Anaheim on March 5.
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