The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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The Growlers at Burgerama--See Saturday
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Friday, March 21

MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival
OC Fairgrounds
The Southern California tattoo culture celebrates its High Holy Day with the annual MusInk festival, a weekend-long celebration of some of the best things in life: tattoos and music. Starting off the festivities on Friday is a tattoo competition (happening daily throughout Sunday), dozens of vendors and live music from Love Canal, The Vandals and Descendents. The balls-out awesomeness continues on Saturday with The Transplants, a Miss MusInk competition and performance by Tech N9ne. Finally, if you're still standing, Sunday rolls out with sets from Strife, H2O, Judge and Gorilla Biscuits. There's also more than 300 tattoo artists from around the world (and quite a few piercing professionals) on hand available to set you up with a souvenir to keep for life. (Erin DeWitt)

Larry Hernandez
Fox Theater Pomona
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Culiacán, Larry Hernandez shot to mainstream popularity and simultaneously earned critics' respect with the release of 2009's 16 Narco Corridos, a collection of songs written almost entirely by himself and recorded in just a single day. That album sold 300,000 copies and confirmed Hernandez's track along the gilded road to success. Writing music constantly (sometimes releasing up to four albums a year), touring endlessly, and even starring in a reality show about his life, Larry Hernandez is on his way to pop icon status. Tonight, the former New Latin Artist of the Year Award-winner at the Latin Billboard Music Awards comes to the Fox Theater, where he'll show fans that he's truly Capaz de Todo. (Erin DeWitt)

Saturday, March 22

Burgerama III
The Observatory
In just three years, Burger Records has turned the office park by the Observatory into one of the country's premier indie punk festivals. When the Galaxy Concert Theater became the Observatory in late 2011, the new ownership reached out to label founder Sean Bohrman, asking if he was interested in bringing shows there. The first of those shows was quickly planned and christened Burgerama. Its success allowed for it to morph into a two-day event last year that included sets from Ariel Pink, the Black Lips, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse. This time around, the Burger bacchanal is even bigger, headlined by the Growlers, on Saturday and FIDLAR on Sunday, with a whole mess of acts from masked madman No Bunny to indie rap weirdo Kool Keith. (Daniel Kohn)

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