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Friday, May 1
The Story So Far The Observatory The Story So Far started with five kids living in Walnut Creek, CA. They had just gotten out of middle school and, influenced by Blink 182 and Green Day, decided to start a pop punk revival band. The result? Several EPs and three full-length albums--all focused on themes of falling in love, mending a broken heart, and celebrating personal victories. These themes, of course, are classically pop punk, as with the band's sound where supercharged riffs command audiences to belt along and bounce. As you can imagine, The Story So Far's shows are hyper-energetic and sweaty as hell, so don't forget to wear comfortable shoes. (Kristine Hoang)
Saturday, May 2
They Might Be Giants House of Blues Anaheim Even if you don't know who they are, you might recognize They Might Be Giant's "Boss of Me," which was the theme song for Malcolm in the Middle. With a career spanning three decades, one album (Flood) certified platinum, two children's music albums (Here Come the ABCs Here Come the 123s and Here Comes Science) certified gold, and two Grammy Awards, it's safe to say the alternative rock band has been, in brief, successful. Their music has evolved openly in the public eye, as experimentations with unconventional sounds and a diverse array of influences (the British invasion, Tin Pan Alley, and even pulp fiction) were never surprising about the band, but expected. Since 1982, the band has relished in the indie scene, enjoyed mainstream attention, retreated into a cult-following niche, and even entered the film and children's music scene. In short, they're the paragon of makers, and they've got 16 albums to show. (Kristine Hoang)
Manic Hispanic The Observatory Subversive punk band Manic Hispanic is playing in town again, and you can check them out at The Observatory. This Chicano super-group combines a penchant for parody with hardcore punk with such album names as "Mijo Goes to Jr. College," and "The Recline of Mexican Civilization," among others, and helped filled the void for punk rock in the mid '90s. Playing on May 2, come see what mayhem these OC punk rockers unleash. (Aimee Murillo) New Kids on the Block Honda Center If you were a tween in the early '90s, chances are you had a thing (and a doll) for one of the New Kids on the Block. The boy band reached epic levels of super-stardom selling more than 50 million albums, gathering legions of fans and becoming a worldwide sensation before disbanding in 1994. Hell, even LFO name-dropped them in some lyrics--and lets face it, once LFO mentions you, you know you've made it. Well, eighteen years later, the boys are still "Hangin' Tough" and they've made it to the point of a reunion tour. Sure, they may not be as young, attractive or limber as they once were, but Jonathan, Donnie, Joey, Danny and Jordan are back to prove to loyal fans that they've still got it (the right stuff). Se them at the Honda Center this Saturday with special guests Nelly and TLC (Amanda Parsons)
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Sunday, May 3
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony The Observatory The heavenly aroma of chili powder, cumin, onions and other spices will be wafting in the air through the scenic mountains today at the 10th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off in Irvine Lake. This yearly affair brings together local chili enthusiasts and cooks of all culinary levels, all vying to win the Best Chili, People's Choice and Best Booth & Team Spirit trophies for their treasured recipes. Beyond that, look forward to an arts and crafts expo, facepainting, a farm animal petting zoo, and not to mention an outdoor concert to help celebrate some pre-Cinco De Mayo festivities. Or check out the lovely lake and get re-acquainted with that thing widely known as "nature." Proceeds from the event go toward the Silverado Modjeska's Parks and Recreation to fund future community programs. (Daniel Kohn)