The Five Best Shows in O.C. This Weekend: Nov. 23-25

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Friday, November 23

Donald Glaude
Yost Theater

Thank Glaude it's Friday. Tonight, the House music legend brings rocks the decks in Santa Ana for House music marathon at the Yost. The Washington-bred selector might be a frequent visitor to OC, but few venues offer as much room to stretch out his signature DJ chops. Holding down the West Coast House scene since the early 90s, his furious, eclectic DJ sets have earned him a place DJ Mags list of Top 100 DJs. He's in town to headline the venues massive Fuck Cancer Benefit Event, alongside Stellar, Andy D'arrigo and Danny Love. What better time than Thanksgiving weekend to partake in some EDM debauchery with a little good will attached to it. --Nate Jackson

The Blasters
The Coach House

Some local cities are proud of their place in musical history. Hawthorne housed the Beach Boys. Balboa prizes Dick Dale. But the road forks in Downey, with the lovable Carpenters going one way and the Blasters (featuring the occasionally tempestuous collaborative efforts of Dave and Phil Alvin) heading down a more ravaged blacktop. Although the city is in no rush to lionize the Alvin brothers' childhood home, the Blasters were a major part of the '80s roots-revival, introducing a second generation of greasers faster and louder than the first. Their chugging rock, led the past 20 years by Phil, is steeped in the sounds of more humid climates and ranges from pompadoured hip-shakers to Longhairs' second line. Wrap your cigarettes in your sleeve and bring the old lady. --Sean J. O'Connell

Saturday, November 24

DJ Quik and Suga Free
City National Grove of Anaheim

This weekend, DJ Quik and Suga Free--two of the genre's permed-out G-funk forefathers--decided to mosey down south this weekend for a gig at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Preparing to inhale chronic-smoking classics from as far back as 1991's Quik is the Name all the way up to last year's hip-hop revelation The Book of David is only half of the excitement when you consider that Pomona's legendary pimp-turned rapper Suga Free will be there to deliver his own stable of lyrical street tales. Anyone interested in following up their holiday madness with some low-riding summertime vibes is advised to get their asses to the Grove. --Nate Jackson

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