The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, March 7
The Cadillac Tramps
The Observatory
The Cadillac Tramps started in the mid-'80s with Gabby Gaborno (vocals) Brian Coakley (guitar/vocals), Johnny Wickersham (guitar/vocals), Warren Renfrow (bass) and Chris Lagerborg (drums). From the get-go, their nitty-gritty psychobilly sound had many critics writing them off as "drunk brawl room music." But to Gaborno, it was always about the rock & roll and having a good time, not the reckless, drunken violence they encountered during their days playing venues such as the Cuckoo's Nest. This weekend, they're honoring their longtime fans with a $5 show (sounds like '80s prices!) featuring Bombay Snakes, Simplex, The Grabbers and OC legends the Crowd. (Alex Distefano)

The Expendables and Seedless
House of Blues Anaheim
The Expendables have never been a one-trick pony in the reggae world. Even though their style has helped influence a generation of rasta-fied rock bands who love what they do, the Santa Cruz quartet are an unpredictable bunch that always has a new angle to take on the stoner, party reggae party vibe. Whether that means recording an acoustic album, or a split demo with themselves (one side full of metal versions of their songs, the other side, all reggae) this band is good enough to never live up to their name. They share their House of Blues bill this weekend with Stick Figures and local boys Seedless, who are ripe for a big hometown show after their recent U.S. tour and before the release of a brand new album. (Nate Jackson)

Saturday, March 8

OC Music Awards
City National Grove of Anaheim
It's all come down to this.After months worth of live band showcases, fan voting and anticipation, another OC Music Awards is upon us. Come out and see which bands and artists earned the stamp of supremacy this year long with a program full of great performances. (Nate Jackson)

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