The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Skid Row--See Friday
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Friday, May 16

Skid Row
The Coach House
The late 1980s were very kind to Skid Row. Sebastian Bach and company preached the gospel of hair metal, and during their glorious hey day, were one of most recognizable bands on the planet. But then came grunge and alternative rock and while their fellow New Jersey brethren Bon Jovi managed to reinvent itself, Skid Row slowly drifted away (and in the process, the band's recognizable lead singer left for greener pastures). But like with many bands, absence made fans' hearts grow fonder. While singer Johnny Solinger isn't quite Bach, Skid Row defied the odds and now soldiers on, despite not having a batch of new material since 2006. With talks of a reunion may seem as far fetched as Bach's pal Axl Rose joining forces with his old outfit, the good times are still rolling on for fans of '80s hair metal. (Daniel Kohn)

TSOL/Anti-Nowhere League
The Observatory
Every so often, the legendary behemoths of OC punk like to reunite and remind us of their brilliance. Lead by author and Weekly columnist and cover boy Jack Grisham, TSOL are set to conjure up a few decades worth of outcast anthems driven by Ron Emory, Mike Roche, Greg Kuehn and Anthony "Tiny" Biuso. They'll be sharing the stage with revered U.K. maniacs of Anti-Nowhere League, making this a rare show not to be missed. See you in the pit! (Nate Jackson)

Powerhouse
The Honda Center
Imagine a summer festival with the usual head-spinning lineup of top-selling artists, but without the scalding heat, baking port-a-potties and standing-room-only space. Welcome Power 106's Powerhouse! The impressive lineup includes the illustrious Nicki Minaj, Miss Jennifer Lopez, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, YG, Juicy J, ScHoolboy Q, Sage the Gemini, Isaiah Rashad and many more. And what else? It's held inside the air-conditioned Honda Center, complete with actual running-water restrooms and reserved seats with ticket purchase. Isn't that novel? But if you still crave the unavoidable sunburn from watching bands atop melting asphalt, then get to the venue early for the Powerhouse Festival, a parking lot party starting at 3 p.m. with live performances from surprise up-and-coming acts. Don't forget the sunscreen. (Erin DeWitt)


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