The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Friday, September 13

Walter Trout
The Observatory
The Observatory taps into its blues vein this week with the arrival of Walter Trout–who, in February, got a double-page spread in Guitarist Magazine's 100 Guitar Heroes edition. With his newest album, Luther's Blues, released in June, Trout takes his rockstar handling of that ol' six-string on an international tour (much to the joy of his fan club members across 14 countries). If Trout was born to do one thing, it's absolutely wail on a guitar. Fans of rock, blues, jazz, and great music in general, must get to the Observatory this Friday night–and pray to the guitar gods he does a cover of “Dust my Broom. (Erin DeWitt)


Saturday, September 14

Wet Electric
Huntington Beach State Park
Experiencing end of summer anxiety? Wet Electric is the cure. The 21+ event invades Huntington Beach this year, where the Southern California coastline is amplified with inflatable slides, zip lines, art installations and world class DJs. Leading the electronic charge are veteran EDM artists Erick Morillo, Paul Oakenfold, and Robbie Rivera, backed by a strong supporting lineup that includes Chris Garcia, vocalist Nadia Ali, and SoCal's own Josh Billings. While the move to Huntington Beach could be considered risky–after all, ocean safety doesn't generally include cocktails and raucous partying (and the riot potential)–the poetic nature of ending summer on the sand is extremely appealing. Throw in celebrated DJs, wave pools, and scantily clad twenty-somethings and the reward is great. Wet Electric champions the vibe of summertime and could end up being the party of the season. (Heidi Darby)

Douglas and the Furs
House of Blues Anaheim
Greeting you with a electric handshake of fuzz guitar and a touch of psychedelia, Douglas and The Furs are a band of rockers that offer nothing less than that “kiss kiss bang bang” energy of rock n' roll. This trio has been playing the local scene for quite some time and toured across the Southwest, showing others just how hard the Orange County music scene can rock. Their show tonight at the House of Blues shouldn't feel any less of a homecoming, so ditch the summer bummer attitudes and shake it up; it's definitely not a school night. Appearing with Big Monsta and Vista Chino. (Aimee Murillo)


Sunday, September 15

Funny or Die: Oddball Comedy N Curiosity Festival
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Funny or Die, the most entertaining thing on the internet besides videos of cats on roombas, presents a nationwide tour of the weirdest, most eccentric comedy performers–and we can't wait. And this one comes with a double-healiner: Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords, plus special guests Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin and many more. No divey, exposed-brick standup club can hold the Oddball Comedy Festival. This is a show of epic proportions, one that demands the massive space of entire arenas. Can the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater stage hold the magic of Fight of the Conchords' ridiculous songs like “Too Many Dicks” or “A Kiss is Not a Contract”? What about the blunt force of Dave Chappell's one-liners? (Erin DeWitt)

The Adicts
The Observatory
Age has never been an issue for the members of the longest running punk band with its entire original line up. The Adicts are still as spry as ever, continuing to tour and produce punk rock for us to have a riotous fun time to, as surely they have a fun time rocking out for us. And still donning those Clockwork Orange duds with Monkey's face paint and showmanship, it's nothing short of amazing how a band can emerge successful while maintaining their punk roots intact. This UK group may never grow out of performing in the same spectacular vein as they always have, no complaints here. Tonight's the night to experience all the fist pumping mayhem alongside all the other young droogs at the Observatory. (Aimee Murillo)

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