There are some things that just aren't up for debate when it comes to local music. Like the fact that if you're hanging out in Newport at a bar on a summer night, you'll probably hear some reggae between the time you order your first drink and the time you're stumbling into a cab for a ride home. So it's not that earth-shattering that we at the Weekly would choose to give the people what they want in this part of the region. Of course, we always have to throw in a twist. In the case of July's Plugged into Local headliners Solution, that twist is the gritty, metal-tinged riffs that come with the island soul of this Anaheim-based four-piece.
Making a serious splash at the OC Music Awards Best Live Band concert series this year, these crowd favorites are known to mix a bit of Metallica with their Steel Pulse, along with a punk of other elements that are liable to grab your attention more than the next Sublime cover band. With the release of their latest EP, Sacrifice, and a new album on the way, we've decided to get them in font of you this summer just in time for their feature in this week's Locals Only column (look for it on Thursday).
But the night doesn't end there. We've also got some special guests waiting in the wings to cap off the show along with maniacal Long Beach DJ/producer Rahfee Zahkee melding dubstep, hip-hop and intricate electronic arrangements throughout the night. The show is free as always and starts at 9 p.m. at Hogue Barmichaels on July 31. Look below to listen to a taste of what you're getting and don't forget to stick around for a surprise performance at the end of the night. Jah mon.