It's all been leading up to this—weeks of live musical showcases, local bands giving all they've got, competing against fellow musicians and friends. It all comes down to tonight—the Orange County Music Awards, an evening of triumphs and heartbreaks, celebrating the best music this little county has to offer. Don your best hipster cocktail attire and come see who wins in categories like Best Punk (that pit bands like Social Distortion against Death Hymn Number 9), Best Indie, Best Blues and Best Album (the likes of No Doubt against The Ultimate Bearhug). Eight performances are planned, and that's a lot of set changes so go ahead and knock back a few drinks. Tonight's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the esteemed Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony Music Director and leader of the country's largest orchestra—and the Impact Award goes to Lit.
Sat., March 9, 8 p.m., 2013