From Irvine Meadows to FivePoint Amphitheatre

When Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was demolished in 2017, the city lost a landmark that had been a musical, cultural and social hub for generations of locals. The wrecking ball also ushered in determined efforts by both local music fans and venue operators Live Nation to retain a major outdoor music venue in the area. These are currently evidenced by a nearby interim replacement for the Meadows, FivePoint Amphitheatre, which was …

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Action Bronson: A Man of Many Talents

Action Bronson cannot be tamed … literally. Whether it’s his flourishing music career, culinary expertise, strong pen game or dry sense of humor, the all-around creative and entrepreneur has made a name for himself in the rap game and beyond. Hailing from New York where hip-hop was birthed, the “Actin Crazy” rapper prides himself in witty bars, clever punchlines and meaningful lyrics for the soul. In between being a father …

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Spring Music Preview – Second Edition

  LESLIE ODOM, JR. / PACIFIC SYMPHONY Fri – Sat, 3/15 and 3/16 Best known for his Tony and Grammy Award-winning performance in the original cast of Boardway’s “Hamilton” and his part in the muical TV series, “Smash,” Leslie Odom, Jr. joins the Pacific Symphony with a selection of Broadway and jazz hits conducted by Matt Catingub. At Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Click here for tickets) YUNG GRAVY …

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Colette Lush: Shaking the R&B Game

Her bio reads singer, songwriter, graphic artist and professional ginger – the latter of which couldn’t be more fitting. Insert Colette Lush The Ginger, who is here to shake up the R&B game with her smooth, sultry vocals and soulful, free spirit. Three years ago, the Rancho Santa Margarita native stood before Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban during an audition for “American Idol,” receiving praise that would leave any aspiring singer …

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Musink Fest Celebrates Its 12th Year

The Musink festival, which combines a music fest with a tattoo exposition and car show, will hold its 12th annual event from March 8 to March 10, at the O.C. Fairgrounds. In 2008, the festival started out as a project of Bill Hardy and Kat Von D, but it has since undergone a couple changes in its organization department. Specifically, it is now run by Hardy, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker …

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Francesco Yates Lives, Breathes, Sleeps Music

Being able to open for one of the world’s biggest, most talented pop stars isn’t too shabby, but actually being compared to Justin Timberlake? Sheesh …  Insert Francesco Yates, a singer, performer and all-around jokester out of Canada who lives, breathes, sleeps music. Entering the music industry at the young age of 16, the Toronto native brings his own unique flavor to the pop realm, pairing smooth buttery vocals with …

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Rebelution Headlines at Long Beach’s One Love Cali Fest

If you love reggae, you love Rebelution. Scratch that. If you love good music, you love Rebelution. Hardly able to be boxed into one genre, the reggae-inspired rock band came into fruition in 2004, and has since catapulted into one of the biggest touring acts in the world. Hailing from Isla Vista, the group consists of four members: Lead vocalist Eric, keyboardist Rory, bassist Marley D. Williams, and drummer Wesley, …

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Herchell L. Carrasco is the O.C. Bred Tattoo Artist for the Biggest Names in Music

Herchell L Carrasco is far from your average tattoo artist. From personal experience, anyone who’s met him can vouch that his heart is as big as his sleeve – literally. For having tattooed some of the industry’s biggest names – Kyle Kuzma, Zo, YBN Nahmir, Trippie Redd, to name a few – the Mexican-American, O.C.-bred all-around creative remains incredibly humble and soft-spoken, as if he didn’t just tattoo hip-hop’s most sought-after artist (6ix9ine) …

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Spring Music Guide

Plenty of options abound for Orange County concert-goers   Fri. 1/25 MARTIN TAYLOR It says much about the dexterity and intimacy of Martin Taylor’s fingerstyle gypsy-jazz guitar that audiophile hi-fi maker Linn signed him to their record label in the 1990s to help demonstrate their equipment’s legendary fidelity. A protégé of Ike Isaacs and former longtime Stéphane Grappelli band member, this affable Englishman has carved out a formidable solo career …

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