The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, April 4

Cameron Carpenter
Segerstrom Center
As the only organist ever nominated for a solo album Grammy, Cameron Carpenter is the poster child for smashing-preconceived-notions-to-bits. Often referred to as the "rockstar of the organ" (sounds saucy!), Carpenter takes an ancient behemoth of an instrument and transforms it into a wild, rollicking, contemporary musical device. He plays everything from Bach to Patsy Cline--the 32-year-old takes music and blasts it, completely revamped, from his one-of-a-kind William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (built over three years from maple, poplar, oak, steel, tin and lead). This is organ music like you've never heard, and never even dreamed existed. If you think classical music doesn't have any new tricks left, come to the Segerstrom Center tonight and be blown away. (Erin DeWitt)

Snow tha Product
The Constellation Room
Born to undocumented parents from Mexico--or as she rhymes "a product of illegals"--Claudia Feliciano hustled hard in trying to forge a path for herself in hip-hop. Originally from San Jose, she's now a Tejana based in Fort Worth, Texas. The city is hardly an epicenter of the rap world, but her talent couldn't be denied. In 2011, Snow Tha Product dropped Unorthodox, and independent album that showcased her speedy skills while also slowing things up for clever and hilarious storytelling songs. It didn't take long for Atlantic Records to come calling after that as Feliciano signed with the label. Ever busy in the studio, she churned out Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover, a 22-track mixtape keeping the momentum going as fast as her rhymes. See her pack the Constellation Room on Friday. (Gabriel San Roman)

Rome Ramirez
The Coach House
The last four years have been a whirlwind for Rome Ramirez, the 24-year-old singer who took on Bradley Nowell's role in Sublime's second incarnation, Sublime With Rome. But catapulting from obscurity to fronting one of the biggest bands ever only made Ramirez hungry for more success and artistic growth. The Huntington Beach res is preparing for a string of solo gigs including one tonight at the Coach House. His first full-length solo album Get Free comes out August 12. (Arrissia Owen)

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