La Palma Park
House of Blues
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
I've already provided a primer for some of the things going down at this year's OC Film Fiesta in Downtown SanTana, and if that didn't entice you to check out the online schedule, perhaps this will: the organizers have given us some added items to expect, and damn if they aren't impressive. So here ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why would a Mexican ever call a gabacha a mexicana?
The very first music review I wrote for this infernal rag was 11 years on Los Tigres del Norte, the conjunto norteño group who will one day go done in history as one of the greatest musical groups of any genre or language for their brilliant fusion of politics, braggadocio, storytelling, awesome su ... More >>
In the annals of Lenten celebrations ala Carnaval and Mardi Gras, few match the desmadre that is the pachanga that happens during Easter weekend and the week that follows in Jerez, Zacatecas, the ancestral home of our Mexican-in-Chief and tens of thousands of other Mexican-Americans in Orange County ... More >>
We named Luis F. Fernandez of the SanTana Public Library OC's Best Local Historian last year for a reason: because he is. The Garden Grove resident, of course, is the guy who unearthed the Doss v. Bernal housing segregation case, and will be one of the co-authors on a coming history book on Mexican- ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And a special gracias from your favorite Mexican!
The Coach House
Orange County Great Park, Runway Stage
Mission San Juan Capistrano
La Santa Cecilia represents a generation of genre-mashing Latino musicians raised in Los Angeles. Their preferred forms of expression remain the Latin American realms of boleros, rancheras, cumbias and salsa; nevertheless, they expand far beyond them. The band possesses an impressive talent for inte ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And let's start a glossary of great Mexi terms!
¡Aparato! has made a name for itself by utilizing traditional Mexican instruments to help craft post-punk soundscapes netting two OCMA Best Latin nominations early on along the way. Now the band is hoping to take its rock music experiment into the studio and record a full-length debut album for ... More >>
Metalachi and the Go To ElevensDiPiazza's Long BeachJan. 27, 2012It's not every Saturday night when I walk into a venue and there's a band on stage playing Spinal Tap's uber-classic "Stonehenge." But it should be because that was pretty much the most awesome way to start an evening.
It's that time of year again when Anaheim transforms into NAMMaheim. The trade show hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants has already descended upon the city's Convention Center with numerous in-house stage performances and after parties promised in the days to come. For musician ... More >>
The Bakersfield band inject all their influences, from Nirvana to norteno, into their music
Downtown Santa Ana
OC WeeklyLos FabulocosDos(Delta Groove Music)Let time take its path, and simplicities start falling away, at least for the most part. We know there are people out there who use the phrase "Latin music" as if that explains everything because there are people who similarly think that everyone south ... More >>
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Edwin GoeiName: Rumba - Chocolate Flavored Sandwich Cookies With Coconut Flavored FillingOrigin: ArgentinaFound at: Villa Roma, Laguna HillsCost: $2.99
Within the genus of funk music, the variety of beastly and beautiful breeds are well documented. But for a type of music that comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and sonic permutations, they all succeed at making you do one simple thing: dance. And as far as our Orange County exposure to funk goes, ... More >>
Last night all eyes would be focused on Lee "Scratch" Perry's performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Honestly? I was only there to catch the all too brief performance by Mexican Institute of Sound. I had just arrived, roughly thirty minutes after the "arrive at 7" marker - and glancing up at ... More >>
Delta Nove mash genres with panache
Cinco De Me! Of meat and mariachis, Vidal Sassoon, and (ladies and gentlemen) Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Yerba Buenas furious, sensual Nuyorican salsa-soul
The euphonic existentialism of Zurdok
The evolution of Los Tigres del Norte
Delinquent Habits persistence of time