Concerts Sprawling With Sound

[Summer Guide 2012] The perfect aural schedule for your OC summer

Caifanes. They may not have invented the genre of rock en español, but Caifanes became its living, breathing, Police-stealing embodiment in the early 1990s, until transforming into Jaguares. Since reuniting for Coachella in 2011, one of Mexico's biggest rock bands return to the Honda Center, probably the only place that can house all the burned-out chilangos that'll travel for their gods. In other words, this concert is a big, pinche deal! Honda Center, www.hondacenter.com. June 2, 8 p.m. $37.90-$137.55. All ages.

J.Lo and Enrique Iglesias, with Wisin Y Yandel. While we can't exactly confess to being fans of their music, we can say that if these two ever decide to get together and produce Latin America's answer to Blue Ivy Carter, we will happily step in as godparents. Honda Center. Aug. 11-12, 8 p.m. $37.90-$222.75.

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A life without Thrice will be so blue
Jonathan Weiner
A life without Thrice will be so blue
High times in the parking lot, bro
High times in the parking lot, bro

Location Info

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The Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Music Venues

Region: Santa Ana

House of Blues Anaheim

1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Pacific Amphitheatre

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Music Venues

Region: Costa Mesa

OC Fair & Event Center

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-6521

Category: Community Venues

Region: Costa Mesa

The Coach House

33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Music Venues

Region: San Juan Capistrano

Harvelle's Long Beach

201 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Long Beach

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Music Venues

Region: Irvine

City National Grove of Anaheim

2200 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Honda Center

2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Constellation Room at the Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Music Venues

Region: Santa Ana

Fox Theater Pomona

301 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766

Category: Music Venues

Region: Pomona

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DOPE SHOWS
Artists who want you to smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Power House. If you're a hip-hop-head looking to toke up in the cheap seats, Power House are always your concert of choice. Besides, Snoop Dogg is headlining. Really, that joint, er, joke pretty much rolls itself don't you think? Honda Center. June 23, 7 p.m. $62.05-$143.65. All ages.

Sublime With Rome. Though the reggae-rock outfit Sublime With Rome are down to the original group's last original member, Eric Wilson, the stoner spirit of their Long Beach-bred sound remains intact. Ask anyone who has seen the group perform live if Rome Ramirez didn't inspire them to spark up with his vocal rendition of "Two Joints." And with bong-ripping rappers Cypress Hill and Hawaiian reggae punk band Pepper all making sure to spread the green-thumb gospel, you'll have to have some pretty impressive willpower to just say no. Verizon Amphitheater. July 28, 7 p.m. Sold out. All ages.

Willie Nelson. Willie is the classic butt of any blunt joke. And it's rare when you can find a pot-smoking legend who remembers when a dime bag actually cost a dime. He'll take the stage at the OC Fair at a gig billed as "Willie Nelson & Family." We assume they'll be taking frequent breaks on stage to, um, admire the grass part of the bleachers. After all, the band who play together, puff together. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fairgrounds. July 13, 8 p.m. $29.50. All ages.

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PARENTAL ADVISORY
Let's be real: These shows are for your parents.

Beach Boys. Trotting out SoCal's most influential surf-rock trio on the heels of their recent round of tour dates feels like it's going to be a major moment for music fans who grew up with their good vibrations. And while you'll try to ignore the fact that Brian Wilson barely moves, let alone play the piano these days, it's gonna be tough to cope with their baby-boomer fans causing the bathroom lines to run extra-slow. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. June 3, 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$112. All ages.

Van Halen. No one is doubting Van Halen's seat at the table of rock & roll royalty. But we were definitely surprised to see how well their latest album, A Different Kind of Truth, performed on the music charts when it was released earlier this year; apparently, old people haven't discovered Pirate Bay. With recent shows in LA under their belts, the band are making the trip down to OC to fill the Honda Center with generations of fans old and new. If you do end up seeing this one with your parents, make sure to steal their sleeveless, 1984 concert tees. Honda Center. June 12, 7:30 p.m. $37.90-$168.70. All ages.

Earth, Wind and Fire. No one really wants to see old people getting their mack on. But when funk-soul legends Earth, Wind and Fire come to town, you best believe their catalog of smooth '70s classics will have the fogies feeling frisky. It might be a little scary for new fans of the group to see original fans try to move like they did back in their teens. But hey, as long they're having fun and not grinding on you, we say let them be and avert your eyes. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fairgrounds. July 28, 8 p.m. $19.75. All ages.

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DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
Plur people of OC, unite!

DJ Baby Smash. Wednesdays have seen the arrival of a new, weekly EDM night at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. Throwing down a mix of talented local DJs and special guests, DJ Baby Smash comes at the right time for a club that really seems to be making waves for its concert calendar filled with buzzworthy indie acts. But if you're a rave kid in OC, this regular EDM extravaganza is your night to party. The Constellation Room at the Observatory, constellationroom.com. Every Wed., 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

No Doz 20th Anniversary. Fox Theater Pomona celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of LA's most notorious afterhours hangouts in the days before moombahton and dubstep ruled the world. The party was originally created by DJ Ron D Core and record shop Dr. Freecloud back in 1992; this incarnation will feature sets from some of their original DJs from back in the day. For all you kids new to the EDM scene, it's probably best to see how the grown-ups do it. Fox Theater Pomona, www.foxpomona.com. June 30, 7 p.m. $28.50-$50. 18+.

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