The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, January 9

Snoop Dogg
The Observatory
Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Lion a.k.a. Zilla) is on some kind of all-things-to-all-people streak these days--just last month, he released 7 Days of Funk, his immensely satisfying collaboration with LA's unstoppable Dam-Funk, and now he's decamping to the Observatory to do an all-the-hits set at one of those rare shows that truly does appeal to all ages. And please note that he's also cleared an opening slot for Vince Staples, the up-and-coming Long Beach rapper who's already won admiring co-signs from members of Black Hippy, the breakout LA hip-hop group home to Kendrick Lamar. (Who were playing the Glass House not so long ago, if you went after we told you to go!) So behold something old--well, more like something classic--and something new from the Doggfather, godfathering a new moment in hip-hop and sounding great as he does it. (Chris Ziegler)

Saturday, January 10

Los Lobos
The Coach House
It's hard to believe this East Los Angeles-based Chicano rock outfit just celebrated their 40th anniversary. Late last year, Los Lobos released its twentieth record with Disconnected in New York City (and fourth live album), showcasing the band's masterful acoustic chops. And while that disc may not do justice to David Hidalgo's salacious guitar solos, it does demonstrate their rhythmic prowess, often lost in the musical undertow. One thing is for certain, however, at a time when many of their contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, the Grammy-winning group is still churning out music that's not only well-received, but also exhibits an inimitable wisdom. (Daniel Kohn)

Jonny Lang
City National Grove of Anaheim
Jonny Lang became a blues-guitar prodigy, speeding toward fame based in large part on his age. He released his solo debut, Lie to Me, in 1997 and would soon enlist Bad Medicine to back him in Kid Jonny Lang & the Big Bang. The teenager played gigs with B.B. King, Sting, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith; appeared in Blues Brothers 2000; and even performed for President Bill Clinton. In 2013, he released his seventh album, Fight For My Soul. Get ready for his searing blues liks and soulful howl as he makes his way to the Grove on Saturday. (Reyan Ali)


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