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Friday, June 21
Intocable House of Blues Anaheim Mickey Mouse and Norteño music this weekend? Why not. Intocable will provide just that.With their accordion/guitar sounds paired with romantic lyrics, these guys from Corpus Cristi Texas are sure to melt any dama's heart like an ice cube on a hot Californian summer. Songs like "Enseñame a Olvidar" ( Show me How To Forget About You) and " Voy a Extrañarte Tanto " ( I'm Going To Miss You A Lot) among others are sure to make you dance closely and tightly with your partner, maybe even shed a tear or two after a few Tecates. Be sure to bring your finest tejana,clean checkered Pendleton and the tighter the jeans the better. Check them out Friday and Saturday at The House of Blues of in Anaheim. (Josue Rivas)
Golden Afternoon Alex's Bar It's strange how a band named Golden Afternoon, which flaunts a sunny, crisp, summery feeling through their acoustic music and bright yellow album cover, can sing a song about winter and get away with it. Yet, that's just what this band does with flying colors on the track "Winter Has Come," led by Elizabeth Messick's jazzy vocals and a variety of backing string instruments ranging from mandolin to ukulele. With only a few songs, Golden Afternoon provide the easy going feel of classic jazz but with an updated, dark quality that haunts you, yet their mystery keeps you asking for more. Check them out tonight at Alex's Bar with Flying Sparks, Two Guns, and The Memorial Highway. (Aimee Murillo)
Saturday, June 22
Powerhouse Honda Center Headlined by Chris Brown, this year's annual Powerhouse monstrosity is decidedly focused on the future of FM hip-hop ( i.e. this is the first time in a few years that we're not seeing Snoop Dogg or Ice Cube on the the bill...shocker!). Promising an arena full of swag and radio hits that range from revolutionary to ratchet, this concert will definitely be the must-see hip-hop show of the summer. Supporting acts on June 22 at the Honda Center include ASAP Rocky, Tyga, Problem and Trinidad James. (Nate Jackson)
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Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival Rainbow Lagoon The Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival, a two-day celebration of the best of the Big Easy, returns for its 27th year. The fest brings the sounds, sights and tastes of the Louisiana Bayou to the Long Beach coast with musical performances, a Mardi Gras parade and crawfish eating contests. Blues, jazz and zydeco artists fill two stages throughout the weekend, while dance instructors stand by for those needing a lesson or two. The featured artists include Pine Leaf Boys, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots and more. A recreated French Quarter offers a variety of shops and crafts, as well as food and drink for guests to enjoy a taste of Cajun and Creole cuisine. Be sure to bring a mask or costume for the parade--the adult with the most original costume wins a prize! (Jessica Ford)
Sunday, June 23
Summer Solstice Festival and International Taco Fest Muckenthaler Cultural Center If America is known for its love of apple pie, then Southern California is known for its love of tacos. Whether hard or soft, street or gourmet, OC has some of the best around. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center capitalizes on our adulation of this Mexican culinary delight by taking the taco global during their Fourth Annual Summer Solstice and International Taco Festival. Prepared by local chefs, these tacos send your taste buds on a world trip with Greek, Filipino, Finnish, Moroccan, and other exotic twists on this tortilla-swaddled favorite. The event also features live music by Trio Ellas, Incendio, and Ray Goren, plus craft beer from Bootlegger's Brewery, and tequila from Tres Sietes. (Amanda Parsons)