The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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George Clinton at Long Beach Funk Fest--See Monday
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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)

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Hi, I'm Bob Saget and I'm a Riffaholic

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Christopher Victorio
I mean, I'm not a complete fool.
Anytime Bob Saget performs in OC, it's a party. Songs will be sung, poop stories will be shared, someone in the audience will likely get drunk, pass out and wake up with a dick drawn on their face. Anything can happen. Due to his unpredictable nature, it should be no surprise that the former-TV-star-turned-suck-dick-for-coke-bad-boy is all about riffing on stage and in life just to see where things go. The only thing we know is that he'll usually end up in some place funny (and probably disgusting). We got to talk with Saget recently to catch a little preview of the comedy riffmaster in action before his upcoming stint at the Brea Improv August 22nd through 24th. If you're not sure how random topics like carpool lanes, the physical properties of laughter and the romancing of animals can possibly amount to a funny conversation, we suggest you get curious and check this one out.

See also: Bob Saget's Helpful PSA's: Yogurt Cures Yeast Infections, Politics Are Boring, Don't Fuck Animals

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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The Weary Boys--See Saturday
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Saturday, August 16

Pacific Festival: The Dunes
Newport Dunes
Break out your hottest swimsuit and slather on the sunscreen because Pacific Festival is back again to bring you the ultimate day party. Dubbed simply The Dunes, this year's music festival features a non-stop lineup of live music, including sets from Holy Ghost, Plastic Plates with Sam Sparro, Miami Horror, Moon Boots, Cherry Glazzerr, De Lux, Painted Palms, Goddollars and many more. Several food trucks are scheduled to roll in, slinging tasty dishes, but make sure to stop by Dos Chinos for some latin asian fusion tacos. Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, so get online and secure our passes as soon as possible--or splurge for VIP and relax in a private gazebo sipping a cocktail from the full bar. You know what they say about West Coast parties... (Erin DeWitt)

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Rebelution Ride a Wave of Confidence Into Their Latest Tour

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Kurt Hudson
A rehearsal space adjacent to the Burbank airport is almost as far away as a band can get from the rigors of the road. It's also miles away from the last big SoCal date we saw them play, strumming stoned eighth notes before a massive crowd at the Cali Roots festival in Monterey, with a sea of cute blondes in Jamaican beanies and smiling flip-flop-wearing college dudes shouting along to every lyric from the mouth of front man Erick Rachmany. Wherever Rebelution decide to tour, a relaxed tribe of faithful suburban reggaeheads are sure to follow. That includes their upcoming back-to-back stint at the OC Fair this weekend.

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Wolfmother--See Sunday
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Friday, July 25

The Go-Gos
Pacific Amphitheater
What kind of introduction does one need for The Go-Gos? Their peppy, California-tinged songs made them '80s New Wave hitmakers back in the day, giving them the distinction of being the first all-female group who wrote their own songs and make a dent in the Billboard music charts with their debut album Beauty and The Beat. Not bad for a group who grew up out of the LA punk scene in the late '70s. The group have long since reunited and toured extensively, even as they continue with their separate projects. Their show tonight during the OC Fair is one of many that you won't want to miss. (Aimee Murillo)


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Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. (Or Should You?) According to Jen Murphy

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Because really, what's wrong a little blood on your garter belt?
Comedian Jen Murphy knows a thing or two about marriage. Wait. No she doesn't. She does however know something about marrying hilarious bits to the stand-up stage and truth be told, it seems like a union that will never end in divorce. Being that she's a favorite of the Weekly (as well as one of our "Five Comics to Watch Out For in 2014") and has a headlining gig at the Irvine Improv this Sunday July 27th, we decided to meld these two worlds and see if she could come up with something that was completely out of her realm. Musical marriage material. With her non-knowing knowledge about wedding planning but her knowledge of "funny" being spot-on, we got Jen to give us her picks for "Five Songs You Shouldn't Play at Your Wedding. Or Should You?"

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Eddie Ifft: From Altar Boy to Dirty Boy

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Christopher Victorio
I thought I was going to die I was laughing so hard.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

The Irvine Improv has opened its new location and on Friday, July 25th if you like your comedy rough, rugged, and raw, their one night only show with Eddie Ifft is not something you want to pass up. We've had the pleasure of talking to him last year so before he takes center stage this time, we decided to switch it up with some "Quick Questions" because if anyone can rule at this game, it's Eddie. Hands down. Here he is answering questions about his guilty pleasures, dealing with hecklers, and his antics as an altar boy.

See also: Eddie Ifft Specializes in Joking About Incredibly Fucked Up Shit

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Ziggy Marley--See Saturday
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Friday, July18

Summer Slaughter Tour
The Observatory
This smorgasbord of all things death metal proudly bills itself as "the most extreme tour of the year." Hey, we ain't arguing. When you put together a lineup that includes Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goat Whore and bunch of other bands that sound like they were named by a hallucinating medical intern, it's sort of like drawing a line in the sand, you know? And who's gonna cross it? The Warped Tour? Pffft. You think those goody-goodies could ever muster the stones to book a band like Thy Art is Murder? No way. If you want positive energy and intelligible lyrics, go see Jimmy Eat World. If you want foaming rage and totally sick blast beats, followed by a sublime sense of doom and emptiness, you bust out the Summer Slaughter Tour. It's a simple matter of taste. Whether you find that fact to be awesome or awesomely asinine, one thing's for sure: It's totally freaking extreme. (Craig Outhier)

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

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Juicy J--See Saturday
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Friday, July 4

July 4th with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Skip the neighborhood barbecues and overcrowded beaches and instead head over to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for a 4th of July holiday event of a different scale. The Pacific Symphony, Orange County's premiere symphony orchestra, presents a live concert featuring '90s kings of swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. It's a little rock, a little swing and a whole lot of classical--clearly not your typical night at the symphony. Enjoy songs like "Go Daddy-O" and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" plus American patriotic songs to sing along to, a special tribute to our armed forces, and to top it all off, a dazzling fireworks spectacle. Tickets start at just $25 ($17 for kids)--and it sure as hell beats cheap hot dogs and a sunburn. (Erin DeWitt)

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Christina Pazsitzky LOVES Jorts, Hates Whistling in Public

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Two words: Diar. Rhea.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

Last time we talked to comedian Christina Pazsitzky, we completely agreed with her when she described her style as being, "Truthful and if it comes across as gross or crude, I hope people don't judge." Since then, some might say she's calmed down a bit with the "crude" and to that we say, HAHAHA not even a touch! And that's why we remain total fans of her comedy. (To be clear, we also admire her sausage intake as well.) From gracing stages all over the world to hosting the podcast "Your Mom's House" with her comedian husband Tom Segura, we are always on the lookout for everything she does and sincerely love it all. Before her show at the Brea Improv this weekend (July 3rd through 6th), we got this fantastic gal to go in with us on a game of "Quick Questions" and just as expected, she came out smelling like roses.


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