The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Friday, August 29

Mariachi Divas CD Release Party
House of Blues Anaheim
Consider Southern California lucky to house an institution like the Mariachi Divas. This all-female mariachi band has won not one but two Grammys, and are the reigning mariachi group with the most Grammy nominations. They're also Disneyland's resident mariachi band--so what better place to celebrate their 15th anniversary and new album release than the House of Blues? Their impressive 10th album to date, 15 Aniversario showcases the band's flawless musicianship--the guitars, violins, horns and angelic vocals come together in superb harmony. Anchored by founding member Cindy Shea (who, as a child, was told playing trumpet was "too macho." Ha!), the Mariachi Divas play their record release concert tonight in Anaheim--prepare to fall in love. (Erin DeWitt)

Too $hort
The Observatory
It's undoubtedly for the better that pimp culture has taken a backseat to personal independence in the rap vernacular, but that doesn't mean we can't reminisce with one of the iciest players to ever turn a ho out on record (we're using technical terminology here). At 48, Too $hort is a veteran, having been one of the first Bay Area rappers to rise to prominence after dropping his first cassette in 1985. It was titled Don't Stop Rappin', which turned out to be fitting since he's released 20 albums to date. All of that speaks to $hort Dog's commitment to craft, which in this case involves lacing strip-club beats with timeless braggadocio. Catch him at the Observatory this Friday at "Yay Area Fest II" with support from hip-hop's latest blonde Bay Area up-and-comer Lil Debbie. (Chris Martins)

Saturday, August 30

Shoreline Jam Day 1
Queen Mary
Celebrate the long weekend and the final days of summer at this two-day jam fest down by the ocean at the historic Queen Mary. On Saturday, the festivities begin at high noon with Long Beach locals Brewfish, then continue with an endless stream of reggae, dub and hip-hop from Krooked Treez, The Originalites, C Money and The Players, The Aggrolites, The Grouch & Eligh, Stick Figure, and finally a headlining set from OC's own The Dirty Heads. And if you can manage to get out of bed the next morning, head back for another full day of music from Pepper, Collie Buddz, J Boog, and many more. The sun will be shining, the ocean will be glistening and that grass will be oh-so green. (Erin DeWitt)



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