Five Acts to Catch At Buskerfest in Long Beach

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Mary Bell
Good crowd for busking.

Buskers are few and far between on the sidewalks of Long Beach but for one day only, a handful of bands have the approval of the city and a few electrical outlets at their disposal. There seems to be an unintended theme of family bands this year, real and fake, whether that means siblings in harmony or a lingering generational legacy hovering just above the fretboard. Buskerfest is the culmination of Long Beach's stellar outdoor concert series and they are closing out 2013 with a roster loaded with some local bands. Support your neighbors. Here's a group of bands that you should be sure to catch.


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Doheny Days Festival is Postponed Until 2014

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Jake Blakesburg
After plenty of deliberation and despite our hope to have one last big festival blow out of the summer, Doheny Days announced that it will be taking a year off. Considering we've yet to hear any info about the lineup at this point (last year, they announced it in June) we're sad, but not entirely surprised. Bouncing back after a seven-year retirement and delivering some shockingly good sets from the Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction, Santigold, Ziggy Marley and more over the past two years, the festival's production company Omega Events says they're on a mission to go back to the drawing to improve the festival experience. Yesterday, a notice on the festival's website told us not to worry--it won't be going away for good. They've already begun selecting dates for 2014.

"We have created and launched ten Doheny Days festivals since 1997, and we look forward to extending the tradition next summer. This break will allow us to focus on improving the fan experience, securing the best artists, and exploring new opportunities for 2014 and beyond," says Producer Rich Sherman in a statement.

See also: Doheny Days - Doheny State Beach - September8-9, 2012

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The Best and Worst of the Wilmore 9 Film and Music Festival

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This weekend saw the first-ever Wilmore 9 Film and Music Festival, a two-day affair that featured over fifty bands and over twenty films scattered around various venues and theaters around Downtown Long Beach. And as anyone who's been present for the developmental years of a festival knows, the earliest years are the the ones with the most snafus. But overall, none of the slight glitches seemed to get in the way of a good time, and I was pleased with the general vibe of Long Beach; it's relaxed, vibrant and even warm it was comfortable to get my Vitamin D as I walked around and saw the sights. So I gotta hand it to the organizers for making the first year of Wilmore 9 pretty awesome. Here are just a few of the things that made it enjoyable.

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Top Five Music Moments at Wanderlust Squaw Valley

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Temperatures soared into the mid-90s in the High Sierra last weekend at the Squaw Valley installment of the Wanderlust Festival, the original site of the franchise yoga summit that happens now in several cities around the world. For the yoga types in attendance, this was no big deal, many of whom are accustomed to practicing in rooms that exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If anything, the temperatures fueled the party--which was in turn helped along by a rich and varied soundtrack of (mostly) trip-hop infused with a lot of tabla, harmonium, and dijeridoo.

While nobody really attends Wanderlust for the music per se--this is a yoga festival through and through--music intrinsically complements the practice, and the festival does a nice job of putting Coachella-level artists on the bill. So naturally, there are some great moments of music to take part in. Here are the five best from Wanderlust at Squaw Valley 2013.

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Ranking the Gathering of the Juggalos Informercials

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ICP and Sugar Slam

This week, for the fifth consecutive year, the good people at Psychopathic Records have smiled upon us and delivered unto the Internet another magical miracle in the form of their Gathering of the Juggalos informercial. For the unaware who may not be "down with the clown," The Gathering of the Juggalos is the largest convention of Insane Clown Posse fans in the world. This August marks the 14th installment, a five-day spectacle at Cave-In Rock, Illinois. In honor of this latest clip, we at the Weekly have decided to raise a glass of Faygo to the Clowns by cranking our collective Riddleboxes and ranking the five Gathering of the Juggalos informercials in order.

See Also: The Brilliant Branding of the Insane Clown Posse

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The Must-See Acts at the Long Beach Funk Fest

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Christina Limson O'Connell
The Long Beach Funk Fest has become a great tradition in downtown Long Beach. Over the last four years, immense respect has been paid to the pioneers of funk who essentially laid the groundwork for the wealth of hip-hop and soul that followed in its wake. Without many of these performers, we would be wallowing in a strange, soulless place (Well, at least stranger and soullesser than we got now). This year is no exception to the tradition with a sturdy lineup of bonafide funk greats ready to sweat it out with the masses on Pine Avenue on Saturday. The Funk Fests commitment to preservation of these great sounds should not be taken for granted. And if that isn't enough there will be fire dancers, DJs and fireworks. Here's to many more years.

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Big Jay McNeely: R&B's First Honking, Screaming Wildman

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Robert Joore
There was a time when the honking tenor saxophone symbolized the decline of western civilization and Big Jay McNeely helped lead the charge. Before rock and roll introduced teenagers to the devil, a collection of jazzbos were defecting from the cerebral sounds of post-war bebop and aiming for the gut, riling up America's youth with an infectious punch that had yet to be named R&B. Now 86 years-old, McNeely is still blasting his neon saxophone for adoring crowds around the world including a daytime appearance at the Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival this Sunday.

See Also: 10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Jason Bentley, Z-Trip and Bonobo Added to Pacific Symphony's Wavelength Festival Lineup

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Fans of EDM in Orange County, rejoice. Pacific Symphony's Wavelength Festival of Music will be heading to the OC Fair & Event Center on August 24, featuring sets by KCRW's Jason Bentley (the host of Morning Becomes Eclectic for those of you who don't know), DJ Z-Trip and Bonobo, alongside members of Pacific Symphony.

Pacific Symphony invited Bentley to develop an event as part of the Wavelength Festival of Music that would showcase the global electronic dance movement in an alternative setting. You won't be able to find anything much more cooler than that!

See also: Wavelength Festival Puts an Eclectic Face on Pacific Symphony

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Epicenter 2013 Lineup Announced

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Bad Religion headlines Epicenter
The lineup for the Epicenter festival was announced today. The fifth installment of the So-Cal rock fest features OC punk heroes like Bad Religion, Pennywise and the Offspring while still showcasing newer local punk acts like FIDLAR and Plague Vendor.

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The Colourist to Headline OC Weekly's Summerfest!

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OC Weekly's annual Summer Guide is officially around the corner! And while this year's comic book edition of our sunny special issue is worth celebrating all on its own, we're going big this time around, presenting an all-day beach party in honor of the mag called Summerfest! Picture us putting our Weekly stamp on a sprawling water-front concert packed with food trucks, awesome vendors, kayaking and a full lineup of kick-ass bands. That includes this year's headliner, our local faves, The Colourist.

Fresh off of a rousing double weekend at Coachella, this is the band's one and only OC show this summer in anticipation of their 7" vinyl release. They, along with a full lineup of great local acts, will perform at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina in Newport Beach on June 9 from 12-5 p.m. Wanna go? Of course you do! For detailed info on the lineup and tickets, see below.

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