The Five Must-Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, August 9

Kid Ink
The Observatory
Behind the studio glass, commanding the sound boards is where Kid Ink started his career, mixing beats for the likes of P Diddy and Sean Kingston--but with such a natural talent for creating seamless hooks and loops, it was only a matter of seconds before he picked up a microphone. The 24-year old MC Kid Ink, named for his sprawling mass of tattoos (he's covered pretty much entirely from the jawline down, including a few choice spots on his face), erupted onto the scene with a debut mix tape, appropriately titled Crash Landing, that hit 50,000 downloads with its first ten days. Now, he's worked with everyone from Tyga to 2Chainz to Chris Brown, but Kid Ink shines brightly on his own with a tireless work ethic, a constant outpour of new music and a collection of music videos that are, actually, pretty damn good. (Erin DeWitt)

Pacific Amphitheatre
Rebelution enjoyed some rare downtime during the month of July. However, August finds the rastafied Santa Barbara troupe back on the road for a strenuous tour of North America with fellow neo-reggae acts Matisyahu, Collie Buddz and ZionI. For much of the respite, the band fine-tuned songs they had written while on the European tour. Watch them do their thing this weekend as their bus full of island influenced jams rolls into Costa Mesa for a show at the Pacific Amphitheatre (Adam Lovinus)

Saturday, Aug. 10
Roger Daltrey
Pacific Amphitheatre
The Who gave a voice to a generation and revolutionized the world's expectations of rock and roll. Commanding stages for five decades, frontman Roger Daltrey departs from the final leg of the group's European Quadrophenia and More tour for a one-off solo performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Daltrey signed on for the gig after the death of Doors' founding keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who was scheduled to play alongside Robby Krieger and Dave Brock on the same date. In light of Manzarek's untimely passing, Daltrey's performance benefits Teen Cancer America. Considering Daltrey's pivotal role in the history of rock, his OC appearance will be an unforgettable one--if not have a slightly melancholy air. (Heidi Darby)

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