Just when you thought the '90s rock scene was threatening to reemerge with a vengeance, take a deep breath and relax, for your fears are unwarranted. This week, things took a turn for the worse for fans of stalwarts like Stone Temple Pilots, Sugar Ray and even our beloved No Doubt. We'll address eac ... More >>
You might say the special honorees at this year's OC Music Awards come from very different worlds. On one had, you've got a band who has been hitting us over the head with FM alt-rock for almost two decades. On the other, a guy who has made a career in classical music handling the largest orchestra ... More >>
The nostalgia factor has always been an easy way for bands that have become culturally irrelevant to join forces in order to tour and make a quick buck. It's a tried and true formula that has worked since the one-hit wonders of the '60s realized that there was ... More >>
Orange County's longest-running and best-attended barbecue contest returns to the Fairgrounds this Saturday June 9, and Sunday June 10. I have participated as either a cook or a judge in every edition since 2007, and I'm proud to see this home-grown event expand each year. Close to 70 teams from all ... More >>
Something was odd, I thought. After congratulating tired runners at the Rock n' Roll Marathon in Pasadena last Sunday, I entered the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden not really expecting much. About half of the people there were busy procuring free beer, some others looked too tired to still be standin ... More >>
Today, jazz pioneer Miles Davis, who died in 1991, would have been 85. The year before his death, he published an autobiography detailing his truly amazing life story as well as wild accounts of his interactions with other iconic jazz greats. Between tales of Dizzy Gillespie's fondness of riling ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMark McGrath accepting the Orange County Impact Award with his band Sugar Ray at the 2010 OC Music AwardsMidlife is rarely kind to anyone, most of all rock stars. For every 40something badass like Dave Grohl, there are hundreds of mopes from the alternative rock e ... More >>
Young the Giant's Sameer Gadhia's Q&A with Spencer Kornhaber last week may have gotten all kinds of reactions about the state of the OC music scene, but the OC Music Awards are definitely making a case for local bands. Last week, the organization released a compilation featuring 14 songs from ... More >>
Danielle Bacher/OC WeeklyLocals Only alumni Billy Kernkamp is performing at the South Coast Plaza Village for a Music For A Cure benefit. Folk singer-songwriter Barrett Johnson (performing with a full band), alternative rock group Melanoid, and R&B outfit Justin Grennan an ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyThe phrases "family act" and "hip-hop" seem incompatible--the combination conjures images of squeaky-clean congregants waving their hands gleefully while rapping about such subjects as being down with G-O-D. But just because Orange County rap trio Blok likes to keep it i ... More >>
Peace Corp back in the dayGeorge Fryer is still pissed. Maybe you've seen the former Peace Corp frontman in his more recent, unperturbed project, the George Fryer Combo. He spends Sundays nursing others' hangovers at King Neptune's, or Saturday nights singing sweet love to trophy wives at places ... More >>
No, not Kris Allen, but the far superior (and yummier) David Cook, who'll be rocking the stage on Sunday September 20, the closing night of the three-day event.The other music acts are Sugar Ray (Friday) and Train (Saturday).More than 30 establishments have signed up so far, among them Agora Chur ... More >>
Some notable releases for July 21, 2009:Sugar Ray-Music For CougarsAfter a six year hiatus to pursue other interests (like lead singer Mark McGrath hosting Extra), Sugar Ray have returned to produce music for... um.. judging by the title, middle aged women who frequent clubs in pursuit of stra ... More >>
Whoa, it's like the Newport Beach Film Festival is all "I'll be bawck" and stuff. Huh? What we're trying to say is, the recently concluded NBFF will be presenting a special preview screening of the upcoming Terminator: Salvation -- tomorrow night!Tickets are $20, and proceeds go to the film festival ... More >>
Now that Mark McGrath is no longer the host of daily celebrity wankfest Extra, he has time for his band Sugar Ray to play events like the 5th annual Taste of Ladera: which he is indeed doing, headlining tonight at 6:30 p.m. (headliners going on at 6:30! Bunch of party animals at Ladera Ranch!).I don ... More >>
The big question on the mind of anyone amid the crowds at Edwards Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights was: My God, don't these people work? And a second: Don't they know we're teetering on Depression? Finally: Buddy, can you spare a ticket?
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ROCK FOR CHOC: FEATURING SUGAR RAY, 8 p.m.
Yes, Sugar Ray blows. But the funds generated by this concert go to help a children's hospital. So maybe you could make an exception just this once.
House of Blues
1530 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim CA 92802
TAKING STEPS, 8 p.m.
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