The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend
The Growlers at Burgerama--See Saturday
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, March 21
MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival OC Fairgrounds The Southern California tattoo culture celebrates its High Holy Day with the annual MusInk festival, a weekend-long celebration of some of the best things in life: tattoos and music. Starting off the festivities on Friday is a tattoo competition (happening daily throughout Sunday), dozens of vendors and live music from Love Canal, The Vandals and Descendents. The balls-out awesomeness continues on Saturday with The Transplants, a Miss MusInk competition and performance by Tech N9ne. Finally, if you're still standing, Sunday rolls out with sets from Strife, H2O, Judge and Gorilla Biscuits. There's also more than 300 tattoo artists from around the world (and quite a few piercing professionals) on hand available to set you up with a souvenir to keep for life. (Erin DeWitt)
Larry Hernandez Fox Theater Pomona Born in Los Angeles but raised in Culiacán, Larry Hernandez shot to mainstream popularity and simultaneously earned critics' respect with the release of 2009's 16 Narco Corridos, a collection of songs written almost entirely by himself and recorded in just a single day. That album sold 300,000 copies and confirmed Hernandez's track along the gilded road to success. Writing music constantly (sometimes releasing up to four albums a year), touring endlessly, and even starring in a reality show about his life, Larry Hernandez is on his way to pop icon status. Tonight, the former New Latin Artist of the Year Award-winner at the Latin Billboard Music Awards comes to the Fox Theater, where he'll show fans that he's truly Capaz de Todo. (Erin DeWitt)
Saturday, March 22
Burgerama III The Observatory In just three years, Burger Records has turned the office park by the Observatory into one of the country's premier indie punk festivals. When the Galaxy Concert Theater became the Observatory in late 2011, the new ownership reached out to label founder Sean Bohrman, asking if he was interested in bringing shows there. The first of those shows was quickly planned and christened Burgerama. Its success allowed for it to morph into a two-day event last year that included sets from Ariel Pink, the Black Lips, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse. This time around, the Burger bacchanal is even bigger, headlined by the Growlers, on Saturday and FIDLAR on Sunday, with a whole mess of acts from masked madman No Bunny to indie rap weirdo Kool Keith. (Daniel Kohn) Patty LuPone Segerstrom Center Millennials know Patti LuPone as the freaky Christian incestuous mother who lived next door to Jessica Lange, et al, in American Horror Story: Coven, and as herself in the guest spot on Girls in which she tells Hannah (Lena Dunham), during an interview, to be ready for her newly Broadway-situated boyfriend to turn into an asshole. Gen-Xers who aren't theatre aficionados know LuPone as the mom from the family drama Life Goes On (and why isn't this in reruns?), but those who took to musicals early in life have always known her as the queen of the musical. Yes, two-time Tony-winner (and multiple other awards too numerous to list) Patti LuPone is pretty much "it" when it comes to Broadway singers, and now's your chance to hear one of the biggest, brassiest voices in showbiz and realize there was an entire world of ball-busting performers on the boards long before the female chipmunk craze took over in schlocky send-ups of blockbuster movies. We do cry for you, Evita, we do. (SR Davies)
Toadies--Rubberneck 20th Anniversary Tour House of Blues Anaheim Ah, 1994--it was the year David Letterman took Zsa Zsa Gábor out for fast food, the year Rachel cut her hair, and post-grunge rock group Toadies released their massive hit "Possum Kingdom." A creepy-yet-catchy song about a killer luring a woman to a shed by the lake (at least, that's what we always thought it was about, though the music video alludes to something less evil), the song helped the band's Rubberneck album attain gold and platinum status. Toadies are still at it, and this week they celebrate the 20th anniversary of that breakthrough record with a special concert at the House of Blues. So dig out your nicest flannel and come relive a priceless moment of '90s alt-rock history. (Erin DeWitt)
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