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Monday, March 23
Cecilia Bartoli Segerstrom Center After taking a break from performing in the U.S. for over five years, Italian mezzo-soprano opera singer Cecilia Bartoli is ready for a comeback. Her three-city California tour, which includes Costa Mesa as a stop, revisits her recital days here in the 1990s. Though chiefly known for her vocal interpretations of Mozart and Rossini, she'll be singing Baroque music and replicating the singing style of castrati -- that is, when male singers are castrated to preserve their childish voices. Given her ability to nail both soprano and mezzo roles, Bartoli is expected to mime the versatility of castrati (which will include slow arias and pyrotechnic arias) with A-list grace. (Kristine Hoang)
Tuesday, March 24
Joel Jerome The Continental Room They don't call former dios (malos) frontman Joel Jerome "Papa Joel" for nothing--in fact, they call him "Papa Joel" because he's recording and producing some of the best new wave of greater L.A.-area bands, because he's got a magic ear and the experience in music to back it up, and because he's just about got the secret of a good pop song figured out. (Example: the last unexpected movement in his recently HBO-ed track "Everybody Wants Somebody," which suddenly turns into the best three tracks from Ziggy Stardust all happening at once.) This is a particularly strong installment of his residency, with Seattle's garage-surf band La Luz and east L.A. psychedelic cumbia punks Thee Commons. (Chris Ziegler)
Wednesday, March 25
DJ Dangerhouse La Cave Local nightclub DJ Dangerhouse has actively campaigned through OC's EDM playground for years as one of the region's most formiddable talents and built his own following of fans while earning the respect of contemporaries for his thrilling techno and progressive house productions. While he's 'all about that bass' his music also goes deep in the mix with some hip-hop, funk, and mainstream electronica fusions that effectively keeps the fists pumping in the air and the audience under his spell. Joining him tonight for another installment of Modern Disco Ambassadors' weekly residency at La Cave are Newport Beach's Taylor Jaymin, another local force heavily involved in the underground scene, Arizona-based DJ RiZkee and Hugo Pa, aka DJ Veer. (Aimee Murillo) Thursday, March 26
Immortal Technique The Observatory Immortal Technique and Talib Kweli, two of hip-hop's most socially conscious rappers, are joining forces. Kweli made his mark with clever rhymes as part of Black Star with Mos Def and dropped the classic solo album Reflection Eternal. Immortal Technique is hip-hop's militant martyr with leftist lyricism rampaging throughout his discography. Fashioning themselves 'The People's Champions' (what's The Rock got to say about that?) the rebel rappers are teaming up to tour making a stop at the Observatory in Santa Ana along the way. Both have highly anticipated albums promised soon with Tech working on "Middle Passage" and Kweli readying "Radio Silence." Now go and raise a fist! (Gabriel San Roman)
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Friday, March 27
Chief Keef Yost Theater At only 20 years-old, Keith Cozart a.k.a. Chief Keef has experienced all the major highs and lows that the music industry can bestow on a young artist. After releasing his own music videos and mixtapes online, Cozart caught the attention of a certain Yeezus and skyrocketed to fame through the Interscope label with his studio debut Finally Rich in 2012. Finally Rich features a who's-who of rap royalty including 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. Legal troubles, getting dropped from Interscope, and other tensions would follow for Keef, but his recent 20-track mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight would drop on his own Glo Gang label to positive reviews. Tonight the Chicago rapper will reach for the mic once again and land back in the hearts of fans. (Aimee Murillo)