The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Keep Fans on Their Feet

Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre has been keeping the hits coming. For its latest hurrah, on August 29, the venue hosted the triple bill of the Smashing Pumpkins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI. For the Pumpkins, this tour is sort of a coda for last year’s tour in support of their 2018 album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. Whereas their …

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Country Was Alive and Kicking at Irvine’s GoFest

Couples wrapped in each other’s plaid-patterned arms, fathers escorting herds of young daughters through rows of tailgaters, the screams and shouts of popular country lyrics, heard clearly from nearby cornhole matches and truck beds — GoFest has arrived. GoFest has become somewhat of an Irvine tradition, with Irvine hosting the concert for almost 15 years. This year GoFest took place at FivePoint Amphitheatre and hosted the likes of Jimmie Allen, Chris …

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Playlist: Lil Wayne and Blink-182 Take Over FivePoint Amphitheatre

Lil Wayne and Blink-182 going on tour? Sign me up. The Young Money rapper is currently on the road opening for the legendary pop-punk band, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Enema of the State. Serving as their third studio album, the 12-track project goes down in history as one of the most defining albums for the alternative rock genre as a whole. Standout singles “All The Small …

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The Tijuana Dogs Close Out Irvine’s Summer Concert Series

This Sunday marked Irvine’s final Sunset Concert for the summer, and the neighborhood showed out in full force. Hundreds of parents and children, wives and husbands, friends and family, descended on sunny Mike Ward Park where they enjoyed The Tijuana Dogs’ energetic renditions of popular American hits. Food trucks including Afters Ice Cream and Tri Tip Man were present, as were organizations including the city of Irvine and Youth Action …

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Wiz Khalifa’s “Decent Exposure” Tour Hits Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre

This past weekend, Wiz Khalifa brought his Decent Exposure tour to Irvine and flooded FivePoint Ampitheatre with rap fans. The show began when long-time Wiz Khalifa collaborator Chevy Woods and the legendary DJ Drama took the stage. The crowd came to party, and the party started with Chevy Woods, who performed stand-out solo songs “Alright” and “Things Change”, while also treating the crowd to his verses on deep-cut Wiz Khalifa tracks …

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Ozuna Headlines Dale Fuego Fest Saturday in Long Beach

Ozuna is a global superstar. While Cardi B and Drake lead the rap game, this Puerto Rican singer leads the way for all Latin, reggaeton, Spanish trap recording artists to follow. The numbers speak for themselves, with over 15.8 million followers on Instagram and reeling in well over 1 billion views on YouTube.  In fact, at the end of last year, Ozuna was the most viewed artist of 2018 (regardless …

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Real 93.2’s Real Street Fest to Take Over Anaheim’s Honda Center

Orange County’s largest hip-hop event has arrived, in the form of Real Street Festival. The explosive two-day event makes its inaugural debut over the weekend of August 10 and 11 at the Honda Center Grounds in Anaheim.  The stadium which serves as home to the Anaheim Ducks will yield three stages both indoors and outdoors, as 90,000 fans converge to celebrate some of music’s biggest acts. The underground stage, in …

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Beck and Cage the Elephant Share the Spotlight at FivePoint

It was an artsy kind of an evening at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre, when the Night Running Tour came to town, on July 17. The line-up consisted of openers Starcrawler and Spoon and headliners Cage the Elephant and Beck. Each of the musical acts embodied performance art to varying levels, which made the showcase almost as much of a traveling carnival as a rock music tour. As the senior artist of …

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Your Guide to August Concerts

Fri 8/2 IRATION, KATASTRO, FORTUNATE YOUTH, PEPPER Iration’s easy-going, optimistic sunshine reggae promises to be the perfect soundtrack for a summer Friday night. While the past five of their six albums to have landed at the top of the reggae charts, it’s always been the Santa Barbara sextet’s live show that’s been their big draw, all the way back to their college roots up in Isla Vista. With breezy guitar …

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Concert Review: Ian Anderson’s “50 Years of Jethro Tull”

There have never been, nor will there likely ever be, musicians in the class of Ian Anderson. His band Jethro Tull (of which he is the sole remaining original member) holds a distinct place in rock & roll history because of Anderson’s favoring of the flute as his main axe. On top of that instant distinction, the catalog of his songs with Jethro Tull — beyond his work with Tull, …

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