The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Thursday, April 11

Merle Haggard
City National Grove of Anaheim
Let's just cut right to some of the brightest news so far in 2013: Merle Haggard just got an honorary doctorate from Cal State University Bakersfield. So from now on, that's Dr. The Hag to you--and that's also some welcome academic recognition for the guy who not only brought the Bakersfield sound to the whole wide world, but whose voice and heart pretty much established a sub-genre of country music all by themselves. Hag has as many classics behind him as he does teenage jailbreaks--dozens, if not more for both, he was quite the young escape artist! And at 75, he's lost none of his vigor or wit. Next time you put on "If We Make It Through December," remember that sometimes people can actually make it through, and get a Ph.D for their trouble, too. (Chris Ziegler)

Friday, April 12

House of 80s
House of Blues Anaheim
The House of Blues in Anaheim is about to take a totally awesome trip back in time to become House of '80s, a music showcase celebrating one of the raddest decades in modern music. Legendary KROQ DJ Richard Blade has been a music fixture since he made his career in the '80s playing New Wave and rock hits, later hosting his own MTV-like video program for KTLA (most recently he hosts the '80s music show First Wave on Sirius Radio); tonight he will be spinning New Wave (Rock Lobster, anyone?) and '80s alternative rock hits, alongside '80s tribute bands Past Action Heroes, One Hot Mess, Neon Nation and The Reflexx. (Aimee Murillo)

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