The Ataris--See Thursday
The Ataris--See Thursday

The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, March 3

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Segerstrom Center Considered one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic is known for its unique sound that renowned conductor Bruno Walter said, upon hearing it for the first time, was "a life-altering impression." This experience, shared by millions, has been attributed to the orchestra's use of unusual musical instruments such as the Weiner oboe instead of the French oboe, and the Vienna horn in F, which uses a Pumpenventil instead of a rotary valve like most other orchestral horns, and contributes to the "liquid legato" that is one of the company's trademarks. This single night performance, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel and featuring soprano Juliane Banse singing Schubert and Mahler, is prefaced by a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson and is certain to be a magical evening for all. (SR Davies)

Tuesday, March 4

Walk Off the Earth House of Blues Anaheim Walk Off The Earth seamlessly blends together folk and pop elements into a mellow concoction of effervescent, positive vibes that both stimulate and relaxes your ears. The group is formed of five multi-talented musicians and singers from Ontario, Canada who can probably do the simplest acapella rendition of a popular song and still blow you away. Their covers of already-mainstream songs like Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" have already garnered millions of views each, building on their already massive fanbase. With sunny vocal harmonies and an eclectic instrumental arrangement, Walk Off The Earth will definitely steal your heart in the sweetest, enjoyable way. Appearing at House of Blues Anaheim tonight with Parachute and Camera2. (Aimee Murillo)

Wednesday, March 5 Merle Haggard City National Grove of Anaheim For many, Merle Haggard's name brings fans back to a time when singers were as gruff and gravely as the topics they sang about. The notoriously hard-living musician eschewed the slicked-up Nashville hit-making machine and became a hero as one of the pioneers of the outlaw country sound. Over the past decade, the "Okie from Muskogee" rolled back the years--he's making music and maintaining a grueling tour schedule (when many of his contemporaries are retired or simply irrelevant). Yet the rough and tumble singer continues to win accolades for playing tight live shows with a strong backing band. As one of the last survivors of the original Bakersfield scene, the 76-year-old keeps chooglin' along, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.(Daniel Kohn) Thursday, March 6 The Ataris House of Blues Anaheim Known to many for their cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer," The Ataris are in Orange County to play a show. Though they hail from Indiana, they were discovered by OC's own Joe Escalante (of Vandal's fame.) For the first time in a decade, the classic lineup of The Ataris reunites to perform their million-selling album, So Long, Astoria, in its entirety. The Ataris are known for an energetic pop punk style, that never fails to bring the sugary goodness. And after all these years most fans can still agree that their landmark fourth album is still pretty sweet. (Brandon Ferguson)

Friday, March 7

Con Bro Chill The Constellation Room Not since the '80s has neon been so in vogue; but Con Bro Chill's fun party vibes and high energy dance entertainment calls for the dazzling day glo colors in their visual aesthetics. Comprised of brothers Con and Sam (also known as Bro) and friends Ty (also known as Chill) and Steve, all are here to get down with their pumped up musical stylings, which run in the vein of pop rock, which they call "Neon Dance Pop." The band seem to radiate electrifying performances and outlandish showmanship, especially as they channel musical influences LMFAO and Freddie Mercury. It may be the highlight of your night to witness these music jocks erupt on the stage, but for Con Bro Chill, celebrating life through music and partying is what its all about. Performing tonight at the Constellation Room at The Observatory. (Aimee Murillo)

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