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Friday, August 1
The Secret Affair 10 Year Anniversary Alex's Bar It started as a strictly-vinyl strictly-'60s night in a room that soon ran out of space for dancers, and now Long Beach's soul-and-more night Secret Affair is celebrating the big 1-0―that's ten non-stop years of hip-shaking soul-controlling record selecting, which is very worthy indeed in the here-tonight-gone-tomorrow world of club promotion. For this particular blowout the Secret agents are deploying a special all-star set of guest DJs and longtime Secret Affair supporters: '60s 45 monster Rick Barzell, the unstoppable funk-soul-and-more polymath Clifton Weave (who you'll know from every DJ set that ever got you dancing), and reggae/dub night Crucial's locally legendary Brian Robertson. Come ready for anything and―since they've had ten years to prepare―everything. (Chris Ziegler)
Saturday, August 2 Steve Miller Band and Journey Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre It's a classic rock double scoop this Saturday night as the Steve Miller Band shares a headline with Journey at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of iconic album The Joker, the Steve Miller Band released a new live album of the record in its entirety, recorded just for the occasion--so be prepared to hear plenty of hits straight outta 1973. Journey, on the other hand, besides being the reigning kings of the most-often sung karaoke tune of all time ("Don't Stop Believin'," naturally) are still riding the wave of their 2012 documentary about the band's legacy and moving forward with newish lead singer Arnel Pineda (Steve Perry just last month squashed rumors of a reunion). This is arena rock at its best--they've been at it for decades, after all. (Erin DeWitt)
Burger A-Go-Go The Observatory The past few years have been kind to Lee Rickard and Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. Their Fullerton shop is a success, and Burger is becoming a sought-after label and brand. Just before the company's trademark Burgerama concert in March, though, Rickard scribbled an idea in the small notebook he uses to record passing thoughts: What if the label hosted a whole festival dedicated to female-fronted bands? The idea became reality this weekend, featuring Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, Shannon & The Clams and more. (Daniel Kohn) Bleeding Through Chain Reaction For the past 15 years, OC's Bleeding Through has been one of the hardest working metalcore bands on the planet, with seven full-length albums and years of relentless tours. Despite more than a dozen revolving band members and several mishaps, some nearly fatal, the band forged on, playing in front of hundreds of thousands collectively and sharing the stage with such acts as Slayer, Hatebreed, Danzig, AFI, HIM, Comeback Kid and Cradle of Filth, among many others. The band's ferocious blend of traditional hardcore and symphonic black metal elements bridged the gap between extreme metal and metalcore. But, sadly, Bleeding Through have decided to call it quits for undisclosed, personal reasons. After several "final" tours, the band recently embarked on its last string of West Coast shows, including back-to-back performances at Chain Reaction. (Alex's Bar)
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Sunday, August 3
Tijuana No! Yost Theater Some people like ska for its silliness. Orange County has, at times, been so rife with ska bands of the silly variety, it's easy to forget that underneath the frantic reggae rhythms and trombone slides, the music can pack a serious message. Tijuana No! is a ska band that doesn't turn a blind eye to the world's dark injustices. Known for songs about the ugly face of capitalism, this band also does a beautiful cover of the Clash's "Spanish Bombs." They've even reportedly participated in fundraisers for Zapatistas and other rebel groups. Following the untimely death of founding member Luis Güereña, the group disbanded in the early 2000s, though they still pop up from time to time. Be sure to check them out at the Yost--before they go underground again. (Brandon Ferguson)