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Monday, July 13
The Originalites Gallagher's Pub Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene in the span of only five years. The Fountain Valley four-piece may remind you of mid-'90s ska groups like Sublime, however their mellow lyrics are more upbeat and family-friendly. After winning several battle of the band competitions at various high schools, they've moved up to venues like the Coach House, House of Blues and DiPiazza's, even winning the OC Music Award for Best Surf this year. Don't mistake their long hair for the laid-back surfer image--The Originalites also love to have fun through their high energy music, mixing ska with punk, dub and Latin music influences. As of late, they've held a residency at Gallagher's Pub in Huntington Beach every Monday night.(Aimee Murillo)
Tuesday, July 14
Fetty Wap The Observatory There's no doubt that Fetty Wap's single "Trap Queen" has earned its unstoppable earwominess this summer. The Patterson, New Jersey rapper first released the song on Soundcloud in 2014 back when he was a relatively unknown up-and-comer. About 15 months later, 25 year-old Willie Maxwell is now one of the most refreshing voices on the radio. "Trap Queen" has also peaked at number 2 on the United States Billboard Hot 100, he's signed with 300 Entertainment and was also chosen as part of the XXL magazine 2015 Freshman Class. And all top of all that, his rap name also sounds like a tasty sandwich. Go devour his live show this week at The Observatory. (Nate Jackson)
Barrington Levy The Observatory On Tuesday reggae and dancehall legend Barrington Levy hits the stage at the Observatory for a night of irie vocal chops and island-inspired fun. As a time-tested legend in the game, Levy remains a vigilant touring performer in the OC and LA area. Fight past your typical boring Tuesday mood and inhale some great live music that will have you walking into work the next morning on a high note. (Nate Jackson)
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Thursday, July 16 Sublime with Rome Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Following the surprising success of their debut, you could forgive Sublime With Rome's lead singer for being overly excited. After all, it's not often--if ever--that a singer could perform with a band whose pedigree is on par with Sublime's, not to mention release an album. Yet Rome Ramirez found himself introducing Sublime's brand of reggae rock to an audience who were only a few years younger than him. Sublime With Rome's debut, Yours Truly, may have breathed new life into the band, but there was trouble simmering internally. Drummer Bud Gaugh left the outfit in December 2011, vowing to never rejoin the band amid doubts over the group's name and desire to tour. His subtraction allowed for Eric Wilson and Ramirez to enlist drummer-to-the-stars Josh Freese to take over behind the kit for subsequent tours. This week they're back with the new material from their album Sirens. (Daniel Kohn)
Mad Child The Slidebar It's not often that an industry rapper like Madchild can go into battle rap and hold their own, but that's exactly what he did earlier this year when he went into King of the Dot's Blackout 5 and took on one of battle rap's most unpredictable forces in the LA-based Daylyt. Since then, the Vancouver-born rapper and member of Swollen Members has been traveling the country touring smaller, more intimate venues, and releasing a slew of mixtapes, EPs and albums, latest being Silver Tongue Devil this July on Battleaxe Records. His OC stop will take him to the Slidebar, where you can take in his brand of quick, aggressive and nasally hip hop for free, which is kind of ridiculous. (Charles Lam)