The 2011 OC Music Awards

[Mental Notes] Stan Freese, Wildboys, Dahga Bloom, Micah Brown and BLOK all made the OCMA pretty memorable

In many ways, the 10th Annual Orange County Music Awards was a considerable success. Held at the City National Grove of Anaheim on March 5, it was sold out a week before the actual event. The show was well-organized and efficiently run—no technical difficulties, started and ended on schedule. Still, it wasn't all run-of-the-mill. Here are five of our favorite moments.

Stan Freese's Lifetime Achievement Award: Nothing approached the levity brought upon the room by Stan Freese, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as Disneyland's music director. Freese spent 10 years as a tubaist on the '70s variety show Hee Haw and is the father of Vandals drummer and musical gun-for-hire Josh Freese and sometime Green Day keyboardist Jason Freese. Disney Creative Director for Theme Parks and Resorts Marilyn Magness presented him with the award, recalling that as Freese led the Disney marching band down Main Street USA, he would veer from side to side so he could touch the folks lining the curb. As he delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, he was joined onstage by Mickey in the flesh—or, rather, cloth. He told aspiring musicians to be "the best you can at what you're doing."

The Wildboys' Kanye West Moment: The night ended with the announcement of Best Album, which went to Avenged Sevenfold. Before the prize could be claimed, however, one of the members of the electro rap duo Wildboys, a bloke who operates under the pseudonym Charles Bronson, hijacked the microphone and said something about local indie band New Limb making a great album followed by phrases such as "I don't care if you hate me." (And that's probably the closest the Wildboys will ever get to Kanye West.)

Location Info


City National Grove of Anaheim

2200 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Dahga Bloom Not Giving a Fuck: Psychedelic experimental band Dahga Bloom gave one of the most remarkable showings of the evening. On a darkened stage and backed by flickering, colorful shapes, the sextet sat in a tight semi-circle and played an instrumental jam featuring atonal, wheezing keyboards occasionally drowned out by wonky radio-wave sounds. This was all accompanied by a steadily chugging backbeat whose conventional essence was at odds with the sonic cacophony it underpinned. Truly compelling shit.

Bluesman Micah Brown's Dexterity: Brown demonstrated once again his mastery with six strings as his fingers nimbly danced across the fret board and his rhythm hand picked out a melody with the locomotion of a hungry caterpillar.

BLOK's Mom Defending Her Kids: Mrs. BLOK accosted OC Weekly in the lobby and asked why we were always trashing them, insisting her kids are geniuses and that we should "write about the music." Hey, if we did that, we'd never mention BLOK! From a March 7 post on Heard Mentality.

This column appeared in print as "Five Memorable OCMA Moments."

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You mistakenly wrote we instead of you in the last sentence. Now that that's cleared up, so you'd never mention blok? You wouldn't write about the music whether you thought it was good or bad? Well good job idiot, that would be the best idea for a music reporter! I would actually love to never read a piece from you again thank you.


Why would you write another article about the same thing? To point out the fact you can't get over how you were called out for what you wrote? Or because that measley awards show is the highlight of your year? Do you not see people in the pc hate you for the constant stupidity and lack of depth you have? Please stop it. From the bottom of my heart I hate you, and hope your bowtie and glasses get you real far in life.


Congratulations to Stan Freese! Not only are you a great talent but a wonderful individual as well.


Hilarious. Drop the mom thing, idiot.

You would never talk about the creativity? The originality? OCMA nominations/awards? OC weekly pick for best Hip Hop? Good job.

Weirdo. I'm sure OC Weekly appreciates your lack of professionalism and the loss of local support based on your personal issues.

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