January 30th, 2012, 4:39 pm · · posted by KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The Irvine/Orange quartet and the veteran taste-making DJ will be given the Orange County Impact Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively, when the annual OC Music Awards are handed out March 5 at City National Grove of Anaheim.
Thrice, the youngest choice yet for one of these career-capping accolades, actually won competitive OCMA trophies the past two years, scoring best alternative in 2011 and best album in 2010 (for its best work, Beggars). The band, fronted by Dustin Kensrue, is also up for three more prizes this year: best album (for Major/Minor), best song (for “Promises”) and best rock, where it faces off against Young the Giant, Jeramiah Red, Red9 and Echo Echo.
Kensrue, by the way, appears Feb. 7 at Santa Ana’s revived Yost Theater as part of the latest Where’s the Band? winter showcase, alongside post-emo survivors Matt Pryor (the Get Up Kids), Ace Enders (the Early November), Chris Conley (Save the Day), Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.). Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 at the door.
The Orange County Impact Award “honors a renowned local band or artist for their impact on the Orange County music scene,” according to organizers of the ceremony. The lifetime tribute is bestowed upon an artist, like past recipient Dick Dale, or a music industry professional, like Washburn and this year’s choice, beloved personality Rodney Bingenheimer.
The seemingly ageless (but really 64-year-old) radio staple, subject of the late George Hickenlooper’s eye-opening documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004), played a crucial role in the ’70s and ’80s in bringing glam and punk to the airwaves.
In addition to exposing local ears to the sounds emanating from L.A., New York and the U.K. — while always retaining a soft spot for the Beach Boys and Phil Spector’s stable of singers — Bingenheimer was the first to give radio credence to, among other things, the onslaught of O.C. bands that sprang out of the DIY scene, including Social Distortion, Agent Orange, the Vandals, T.S.O.L. and Circle Jerks. Many of them featured prominently both on his Sunday night KROQ show as well as his sought-after compilation albums from that era.
Special presentations to both Thrice and Rodney will be part of the Grove presentation. Tickets for the event go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m.
By Ben Wener, the Orange County Register. Photo by Jonathan Wiener.
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