Catchy rock songs often have a blazing guitar riff, a sing-along chorus, and subliminal messages about getting out of your small town. Get hooked with this GrouponLive deal to see Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. For $11, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the terrace level on Thursday, July 26, at 7:45 p.m. (up to a $23.45 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The ticket also includes admission to the fair, which begins at noon.
Hot Chelle Rae’s quartet of heartthrobs is in love. The band's amour isn’t the latest Hollywood diva or the girl next door, but rather the pop that fuels each of its dance-ready hits. Catchy melodies, bouncing rhythms, and lyrics that occasionally draw upon hip-hop inflections combine to form “feel-good, windows-down tunes that people can relate to,” as lead singer Ryan Follesse attests. Last summer’s hit “Tonight Tonight” etched its name on the Billboard Top 10, as well as the brain cells of listeners and the diaries of club DJs. Prescribing doses of partying for a bout of infidelity, the song saturated radio airwaves with an infectious refrain that has become a 21st-century translation of c’est la vie: “La la la . . . whatever.” The Nashville band––a pair of brothers and childhood friends––are true sons of the Music City, with parents who are all professional songwriters or musicians. They show off their pedigree with a stash of radio-ready tunes, such as “I Like It Like That” and “Honestly” from their album Whatever.
San Diego’s Allstar Weekend also throttles pop’s merry melodies. The outfit’s track “Dance Forever” prompts the kind of breakdancing and pool partying that ensures its listeners “won’t sleep till 3 in the morning” in order to fully acquaint themselves with their owl neighbors.