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Friday, June 19
The Misfits The Observatory What a long, weird trip it's been for horror punk peddlers The Misfits since the 1982 release of their debut album Walk Among Us. The album, which unleashed the New Jersey group's penchant for horror movie themes, monsters, 1950s science fiction and abrasive punk and metal stylings, would open the doors for exposure to wider audiences. But, as the story often goes, conflicting views and disagreements led to the demise of their original line-up, with members sprouting their own musical projects. For three nights at the Observatory, The Misfits, which currently includes only one original member Jerry Only, will be revisiting their classic studio material, from Static Age to Earth A.D., and tonight, of course, Walk Among Us. Also on the setlist: the group's greatest hits. (Aimee Murillo)
Country Brews and BBQ Sainte Rocke Banjos and cowboy hats are coming to Hermosa Beach for Saint Rocke's Country Brews and BBQ event--and as the name suggests, all with a side of beer and 'cue. 10 West will be performing live country music as craft beer flights and sweet, tangy barbecue chicken (among other Southern goods--whoo) will be making way to tables all around. If you'd rather not have everything all at once, you can go by tier: for $10, you can go in just for the music. $17 will get you three craft beer flights. $20? A three-course barbecue meal and admission. And $35 will get you a three-course barbecue meal, admission, and craft beer. (Kristine Hoang)
Marco Antonio Solis Honda Center Exactly what caliber of musical success does it take to single-handedly headline the Honda Center, a massive venue with nearly 20 thousand seats? It takes someone like Marco Antonio Solis, the Mexican crooner, songwriter and producer, who has enjoyed a gilded stream of mega-stardom since his debut into the Latin music scene back in the '70s with his band, Los Bukis. A solo star since 1995, he's dominated the Latin music charts, received a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won the judge's competition on Mexico's version of The Voice, dated countless beautiful women that resulted in a few marriages and several gorgeous children, and pretty did much everything else that comes with being a world-adored heartthrob rock star. Including releasing a string of albums, like last October's Gracias Por Estar Aquí, which just seem to automatically release at the Number One spot. All in a day's work, right? (Erin DeWitt) Saturday, June 20
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Summer Fest Newport Dunes Beach. Bands. Booze. Bites. Babes. The five elements of the Weekly's annual Summer Fest never change. And who would want them to?! Particularly the babes part--the faithful readers who come out to help us celebrate our massive Summer Guide issue are always the sexiest people in our eyes. That's why we're calling on all of you to join us at Newport Dunes on June 20 from 12-5 p.m. for our all-day seaside party featuring amazing live bands paired with the best local food and drink we could find. This year, headliners Through the Roots are coming up from San Diego, bringing with them the perfect mix of Jamaican riddims and infectious party anthems to cap off their latest national tour. The stacked lineup of soulful reggae and ska-infused acts also includes local favorites True Press, The Originalites, Solution, and Undecided Future. (Nate Jackson)
Long Beach Bayou Festival Rainbow Lagoon For two days, Long Beach will get a taste of New Orleans culture through music, cuisine, and dance at the Long Beach Bayou Festival. Various artists will occupy two stages--the Zydeco Stage (featuring artists like Joel Savoy) and a Blues Stage (featuring the likes of Bernie Pearl)--throughout the festival. When you're not enjoying the music, come partake in a crawfish eating contest or watch the Mardi Gras Parade accompanied by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. There will also an open dance floor and dance lessons for those who like to boogie! (Kristine Hoang)