Dave Segal moved into Detroit Bar on both Friday and Saturday nights: "Free the Robots' thrilling [Friday] live show blew away Afrika Bambaataa's moldy DJ set. Local upstarts overshadowed a legend!" And on Sat, "DJs Josh One, Hyder, James Pants and Peanut Butter Wolf spun loads of great hip-hop cuts and freaky dance tracks that didn't fit neatly into any categories."
Saturday took our interns Patrick Chavis and Nate Jackson to Cal State Long Beach for the Ludacris concert/protest and the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds for Kat Von D's MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival, respectively. Patrick chatted protesters up in the rain while Nate ogled the heavily-inked and scantily clad, then caught the Tiger Army performance at the concert hall on the premises. Photographer Christopher Victorio dropped in on MusInk on all three days and will shoot us tons of snaps later today.
Also on Saturday: CV shot Billy Joel at the Honda Center while Reid Sheldon took in The Henry Clay People at The Prospector in Long Beach. He writes: "Some might have been disappointed with a set of mostly covers (there were one or two others in there that I can't remember right now), but really I found myself more than satisfied. They played my two favorite originals as well as a brand new song from their forthcoming full length album that will be out later this month. They came, they drank, they rocked, and I hope someone sober drove them home (probably one of the nice girls selling their merch)." Read the rest of Reid's review here.
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Elsewhere, LYT rediscovered the wonders of Wal-Mart, where he bought shelves, "the three-disc director's cut of HELLBOY for $9.44, and ear-plugs, for all the leaf-blowers and lawnmowers in Santa Ana. Dental floss too. Wal-Mart's pretty cool sometimes."
On Sunday, food blogger Edwin Goei reviewed Pho Ha Noi, which took the place of the pricier Saigon Grille in Irvine. Check back next Sun. for Edwin's take on a certain hot dog stand that's set up in front of the REI Sporting Goods Store in Santa Ana on the weekends.
Christopher visited Huntington Beach High School for the OCTO (Orange County Transporter Organization) Winter Meet, which featured scores of cute but rusty Volkswagen buses. Later in the night, he dropped in on the last leg of the DJ wars at OC Weekly's Spin City event at Sutra, where Irvine boy DJ Dizzy won the right to take his scratching skills to Miami. Again, photos to come.
Last but never least, Gustavo Arellano appeared on Inside OC with Rick Reiff with OC Register reporter Norberto Santana, Jr. on Sunday. (Santana joined G. at Jason's for his usual Corsican calamari and Bloody Mary Friday.) Tune in to KOCE on Wednesday if you missed the show.