The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, January 3

Micah Brown
The Constellation Room
Guitarist and singer Micah Brown does have a bit of Jack Johnson's surfer-friendly, laid-back, roots-y style, but he can also fire off a wildly intimidating blast of dexterous finger-picking that could fit right in at a Stoneman family bluegrass picnic. On Friday, Brown celebrates his new vinyl release, Gambles and Prospects. We also hear that even though it's his first show of 2014, it's also his last until March--so ya better catch him! (Chris Ziegler)

Reel Big Fish
House of Blues
For many bands, the beginning of January is a time to regroup after spending much time on the road--but don't tell that to Reel Big Fish. The Orange County ska outfit isn't wasting any time in kicking off the second leg of their Don't Stop Skankin' Tour while many are at home working on their New Year's Resolutions. Though vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barret is the only member from the band's salad days, this isn't a glorified cover band hitting the road on the laurels of past glories. Instead, this version is slated to release Bloody Street, RBF's ninth studio effort. Despite the rotating cast of characters, this sextet's upbeat brand of music will keep the bodies moving even if they're still getting over the post-New Year's lull. (Daniel Kohn)

Hummel's Harmonica Blowout
The Coach House
If you've got soul, you love the sound of a harmonica. Many great musicians have, at one time or another, partaken in a little free blowing of the mouth organ, sending the sweet, melancholy sounds of the blues through the air to tickle ear drums of passersby. Since 1991 Mark Hummel has capitalized on this soulful phenomena by producing the Blues Harmonica Blowout series. This traveling band of harmonica masters, led by Hummel, has entertained audiences across the globe with the proficiency and grace of their French harp performances. Also known as a blues harp, the harmonica can make you get up and dance or break down and cry, depending on the handler. So prepare to get handled by the sounds of John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Curtis Salgado and Little Charlie Baty as the Blues Harmonica Blowout series makes a stop at the Coach House this week. (Amanda Parsons)

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