OC Music Awards - City National Grove of Anaheim - March 8, 2014

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Bridget Arias
Kid Ramos accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award
The OCMA Awards Show
3/8/2014
City National Grove of Anaheim

If you've followed our coverage of the Orange County Music Awards shows in the past, you know we're always on the lookout for the evenings' gaffs, flubs and general awkwardness. Saturday's show, hosted by KROQ personality Stryker, didn't disappoint on these fronts, but it was the nature of one flub in particular that ironically made for the night's most inspirational moment.

During lifetime achievement winner Kid Ramos's performance, his guitar amplifier went silent mid solo. The legendary bluesman, who during his acceptance speech had chronicled his recent battle with cancer, set about fixing the amp while his drummer kept the beat going. Stagehands emerged from the audience to help, but after a few minutes of drum solo, the situation seemed hopeless. A handful of pretty ladies, dressed in evening gowns took to the stage and began twirling to the beat in support when suddenly the amp roared to life and Kid Ramos finished the set with a rousing crescendo.

A fitting metaphor, the adversity he overcame during the performance only served to add flavor to the show--as did the evening's other gaffs, flubs and general weirdness--but some of these in less inspirational ways. Most notable among these was the Bud Light rep who handed out an award after Ramos's performance. "We've all been touched by cancer," he said wistfully before asking the crowd to raise their glasses in a 'Bud Light toast," to the OC Music Awards. Luckily for those who had any doubts about what was in his cup, the rep was conscientious enough to keep the Bud light label facing the cameras in the room.


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OCMA Best Live Band Finals - The Observatory - February 25, 2014

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Bridget Arias
Beneath the Buried
OCMA Best Live Band Finals
The Observatory
February 25, 2014

With last night's concert for best live band drifting off into our memories, we bid farewell to another season of OCMA showcases. Unlike last year, we'll have to wait until the awards ceremony on March 8 to learn this year's winner. If yours truly were in charge of picking the winner, I'd give the nod to Beneath the Buried, who electrified the crowd with a metal sound that channeled elements of Avenged Sevenfold and Pantera. Singer Kevin Havic showed impressive range with a vocal repertoire that vacillated between a wicked growl and a vocal-chord shredding screech. The room came alive during the song "Masterpiece," when the crowd in front of the stage erupted into a large circle pit.

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OC Music Awards 2014 Best Live Band Finalists Announced

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Bridget Arias
The OC Music Awards announced the finalists for the 2014 Best Live Band competition. After seven weeks of Tuesday night concerts, it's about time we get down to the nitty gritty. So who are we going to see in the final round at the Observatory on February 25? Find out now!

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OCMA Showcase, Night 7 - The Continental Room - February 18, 2014

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Bridget Arias
Well Hung Heart
OC Music Award Showcase, Night 7
The Continental Room
2/18/14

The OC Music Awards preliminary competition for their Best Live Band Showcase wrapped up in cramped, energetic fashion at the Continental Room last night. Local fans packed the tiny red belly of the Downtown Fullerton haunt to drink, smoke and bang their heads to some OC-bred rock acts. The gamut of styles brought a mixture of hippies, hipsters and Hessians to venue to check out the tunes of The Higgs, Lowly Spects, Asleep at the Gate, Well Hung Heart and Big Monsta. For the sake of giving you something as quick and dirty as last night's showcase, we'd like to share a photo recap of how it all went down.

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OCMA Showcase, Night 6 - The Tiki Bar - February 11, 2014

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Bridget Arias
The Originalites
OCMA Showcase, Night 6
Tiki Bar
2/11/2014

The OC Music Award's hosted it's reggae/rock installment on night six of it's showcase series appropriately at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa last night. Mikey Pauker, Katastro, Solution, Wheeland Brothers, and The Originalites made up last night's array of multifaceted local bands merging styles from reggae, hip-hop, rock, ska, punk, and folk for an entertaining night of live music. Listed as Best Rock Club of 2012 in OC Weekly's Best Of issue, the Tiki Bar is known for the delicious Sunday brunch just as much as it is for it's strong music scene. The year old remodeled building also boasts a brand new sound system, but what we're really wondering is what happened to the lobster machine?

Mikey Pauker and his dapper band started off the night with his dreamy voice and Ryan Adams like demeanor. Straight from his world tour to promote his debut full-length album Extraordinary Love, this was Pauker's first local gig in over a year. The Laguna Beach resident gave us a little lesson in modern Jewish music by having the crowd sing along repeating lyrics like "shalo shalom." His peaceful melodies and unique lyrics based off spiritual Jewish text from the old testament had the perfect blend of folk, reggae, and even electronica to get the crowd moving. The performance was in no way spiritually pushy, but rather soothing as he sang about themes of love and unity.

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OC Music Awards to Honor the Offspring and Kid Ramos

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Today, the OC Music Awards announced that the OC alt-punk act the Offspring and roots rock legend Kid Ramos will receive the OC Impact Award and the Lifetime Achievement Awards respectively for their decades of repping their locally grown sound far and wide.

Considering the Offspring's landmark sophomore release Smash is turning 20 this April, now seems as good of a time as any to give them props for keeping OC punk in steady rotation on KROQ. And it also helps that they've sold about 40 million records between their 1989 eponymous debut and 2012's Days Gone By. An extra tip of the hat goes to frontman Dexter Holland, a licensed pilot, for giving our late great photographer Andrew Youssef the ride of his life last year in his private plane before his passing. Read about it here.

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OCMA Showcase Night 5 - Coach House - February 4, 2014

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Bridget Arias
Nilu
OCMA Showcase Night 5
Coach House
2/4/14

The OC Music Awards Showcase Series traveled down to San Juan Capistrano's Coach House last night, where five bands battled for an appearance at the Showcase Series Finals and the title of Orange County's Best Live Band. Hosted by KROQ's on-air personality Beer Mug--sporting one helluva' mustache--the fifth installment of the event offered up an eclectic mix of live acts that spanned a handful of genres. The Coach House buzzed with an upbeat energy, and the close proximity of the seating served as a great excuse to meet someone new while taking in a patchwork of local artists.

Up first in the showcase series was newcomer Zach Churchhill. The Laguna Beach local opened with an acoustic mash up of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" and James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's World." The rendition quickly got the crowd's attention, and the band followed up with original material that showcased Churchill's ease with lyrics and his upper register. The band nabbed originality points for their lack of one traditional drummer, opting instead for a two-drummer approach that featured one on a cajon and the other on a conga.

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OCMA Showcase, Night 4 - Slidebar - January 29, 2014

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Bridget Arias/OC Weekly
Beneath the Burried

Coming to the halfway point of the OC Music Awards Best Live Band competition typically means one thing: To the Slidebar we ride! While some battle of the band showcases use the middle to stuff their saggy, filler bands, the OCMA's always try to bring us the loudest, sweatiest acts they have. Some were good, some were meh, but all had enough heart and Red Bull-induced showmanship to draw a decent crowd and keep them there till the last note of the night. On tap were City By Storm, Rebel Revive, The Last Gang, Beneath the Buried and Sederra. For the sake of brevity, we've decided to forgo the the classic hand wringing review format. Instead, here's a photo recap of the bands along with our straight-from-the-hip assessments of their sound. Ready? RAWK!

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OCMA Showcase, Night 3 - Detroit Bar - January 21, 2014

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Bridget Arias
Midnight Hour
OCMA Showcase, Night 3
Detroit Bar
1/21/14

Last night's showcase of the OC Music Awards held at the soon-to-be-extinct Detroit Bar, saw a decent showing by the evening's talent--even if the sounds were at times derivative of other more prominent acts. Best of all, there were no stinkers to speak of--though no act was flawless.

See also: OCMA Showcase, Night 2 - The District - January 14, 2014


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The OC Music Award Nominees of 2014

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BB Gun Press
Avenged Sevenfold--Nominated for...a lotta stuff
Diving into January means it's time to find out who you'll be rooting for the 2014 OC Music Awards this year. The list of nominees announced today cover 22 of the 26 categories, including many of the usual suspects, some surprise new comers and superstar vs. local band match-ups we've come to know and love.

Still to come before the awards show on March 8 at the City National Grove of Anaheim are announcements for OC Impact and Lifetime Achievement honors on February 11, the Best Live Band Showcase Series finalists after the last Showcase on February 18, and The People's Choice Award nominees in March. More analysis on this roster of artists a little later. For now, we present your 2014 OCMA nominees. Full list after the jump.

See also: OCMA Live Showcase Night 1 at the Yost Theater

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