EXCLUSIVE: Thrice Drummer Riley Breckenridge Talks Rockstar Disrupt Fest Hometown Show in Irvine

The Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival is exactly what the name embodies: rock & roll heaven. Described as a “new music festival experience,” this one-day touring festival brings together some of the biggest names in the genre of rock as a whole.  On Saturday, July 20, the all-star lineup — The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong… the …

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Your Guide to Local Concerts in July

From Beast Coast to the Pacific Symphony, and everything in between, here’s where and what to hear this month. Sundays (7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4 & 8/11) City of Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts Happening on six consecutive Sunday evenings, the Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts combine live music and gourmet food trucks (or the opportunity to picnic) to create a free, family-friendly entertainment experience at Mike Ward Community Park. On July 7, …

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Irvine’s Hottest Club Is Plush Karaoke Bar

Plush is an unassuming place… at first. Unless you look it up in advance, it’s pretty hard to find. It has a shiny sign, sure, but if you don’t know where to look, you might not see it. Since we were, in fact, already looking for Plush (located right above Tokyo Table in Diamond Jamboree), we took the stairs straight up. We had already called in my waitlist request earlier …

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Smokin’ Grooves 2019 Is Here

Smokin’ Grooves 2019 arrives in Long Beach at the perfect timing. Kicking off the summer on a high note, this one-day festival taking place on June 15, 2019 brings together the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop, including Usher, Erykah Badu, Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, Common and more. Presented by Goldenvoice, this extremely talented and diverse lineup will take over the Queen Mary Events Park — serving as …

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Irvine Weekly‘s Summer Music Guide

Here’s when and where to hear everything from Journey to a Pink Floyd tribute in Irvine. Sat 6/1 FISHFEST w/TOBYMAC, ZACH WILLIAMS, JORDAN FELIZ, GENESSIS & NIKKI, KIM WALKER-SMITH AND MORE A longtime fixture at Irvine Meadows, 95.9 The Fish’s annual multi-act Fishfest bash moved to that venue’s de facto (albeit temporary) replacement, FivePoint Amphitheatre, after the Meadows’ 2016 demise. Headlined by genre-straddling former DC Talk man TobyMac, this year’s …

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TheKhue and the Experiments of a Working Stiff

The daytime hustle of an artist does not define them. Ask them what they do and their secondary answer may include terms like “day job” or “paycheck,” but rarely “career.” It carries too much weight. It suggests that so-called work life is fulfilling and secure. It pretends that there is only one path in a world of infinite possibilities. Small-time musicians often tend to confine their creativity to off-hours, usually …

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An Impresario For All Seasons

You might have seen Jerry Mandel playing his saxophone around town — perhaps at the annual Orange County Arts Awards Ceremony after party at Costa Mesa’s Samueli Theater. While the self-possessed gentleman is a long-time jazz musician, his expertise on his horn is the tip of the iceberg of a decades-long arts and entertainment career. The president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, former San Diego State University dean of the …

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Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at Echo Park Lake she gives wry examples: “Tinder is the two percent milk of …

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Irvine Barclay Theatre’s Diverse Range of Performances

The new season at the Irvine Barclay Theatre will have a diverse selection of performances that all residents of Orange County are bound to appreciate. Performances include the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, the Mozart Classical Orchestra and the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. Fans can also enjoy a performance by Boy Bandz, who will sing a number of popular hits by different boy bands including New Kids on …

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Just Like Heaven Fest Arrives at Queen Mary Events Park

This festival is meant to be exactly how it sounds: Just Like Heaven. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, the biggest and hottest names in alternative and indie rock conjoin to take the stage at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach – including Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Beach House, Miike Snow, Passion Pit and more. In fact, the original date sold out so quickly, …

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