The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Allensworth--See Saturday

Friday, January 18

City National Grove of Anaheim

The buzzword with this heavy metal band is "super group." Yes, we're aware that that's actually two words. But it should be mentioned that Down is comprised of well known rockers from already successful bands, not the least of which is Mr. Phil Anselmo from the amazing 90's metal outfit Pantera (You take this love, love, loooooooove!!!!) Hailing from New Orleans, Down rounds out its lineup with guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein, bassist Pat Bruders-- and on skins-- Jimmy Bower. Head down to the Grove, and get your pit on. --Brandon Ferguson

Saturday, January 19

House of Blues Anaheim

If you're familiar with either the Fullerton or Newport Beach locations of the Commonwealth Lounge, you know about funk/soul outfit Allensworth. Frequent performers at the swanky establishment, Allensworth may be the hardest working septet in OC. Their love of funk is unbridled and they bring soulful goodness with rhythmic deftness-- Funkified with a vengeance. On Saturday, the band celebrates the release of their long-awaited sophomore album Against the Grain at the House of Blues Anaheim with help from a cavalcade of local support including Alabaster Stones, Marc B, The Wheeland Brothers and Zach Churchill. --Brandon Ferguson

Los Rios Rock School
The Coach House

It's 9 p.m. on a Saturday night. You actually know where your 15-year-old is? The one with the potty mouth, dodgy friends and juvenile-delinquent tendencies? At the mall, like he told you? Dream on. If you'd got him into San Juan Capistrano's Los Rios Rock School, back when he was plinking on a guitar and making like Jim Morrison with those intriguing rhyming couplets, the question wouldn't even arise--he'd be headlining at the fabled Coach House. Check out Shoot Up the Cat, the pride of Tesoro High School, Las Flores, and Sterling Clan, who've already lit up Detroit Bar, and you'll see what might've been. There's 600 parents and friends goin' apeshit in the audience. Your kid coulda been a contender. --Jack Grimshaw

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