Category Archives: Ventura Music Scene

Jazz vocalist helping community

Local Ventura jazz vocalist and social activist Toni Jannotta is on a mission.  As the recipient of two Ventura arts grants, Toni now believes that music is for the benefit of society in ways she hadn’t realized before. With her 2007 Cultural Arts Fellowship Grant from the City of Ventura, Toni merely finished her 3rd album.  But it was with her 2010 Artist in the Community Partnership Grant, awarded to her by the Ventura County Arts Council, that Toni found her groove and the meaning of music as a healing tool.

“Voices of the Homeless” was Toni’s first experience with producing music to help others.  It was a live storytelling concert performed at Working Artists Ventura (the WAV) on August 21, 2010.  “Voices of the Homeless” brought together jazz improvisers with members of our local homeless community.  It was a concert where the focus was on the homeless themselves educating the audience on who they really were.  At the same time this concert demonstrated the unique quality of improvisation.  All the music was made up on the spot as the musicians listened and responded to the stories they heard.  The performance later became a documentary.  It won Toni the 2012 Earth Charter and the Arts Award given to her by Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions.

Now Toni is ready to release another musical project in an effort to help and heal.  This project’s goal is to bring comfort to all those who have suffered abuse yet believe it was their fault.

The project is called “My Little Heart, Ruthie.”   It is a picture book and album, that tells the story of a little heart in isolation that must learn to free itself.  It is told as a children’s rhyme.  The illustrations are by artist Jennifer Mones.  Along with the book is a 22-minute jazz-inspired musical suite with narration, so that the reader can sit with the book, listen to the music, and be told a bedtime story.  The album features jazz harpist Carol Robbins, L.A. drummer Paul Tavenner, bassist Granville “Danny” Young, and our own multi-instrumental Venturan, Jon Crosse, who plays trumpet.

Toni’s hope is that this project soothes the middle school child who has been bullied or has witnessed things no child should have to, helps the adult still working through past traumas and wishes to feel alive again, and heals anybody, whether young or old, who would like to be held and told a simple little story of hope.  This project is for all those who need to be reminded that what they suffered was never their fault.

This project is in its finishing stages.  If you would like to help, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/ruthieheart.

 

For more information on Toni Jannotta, please visit:

https://www.tonijannotta.com

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 – May 23, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

Are you ready for a beer festival with a surf twist? Then you’ll want to check out Surf ‘N’ Suds on Saturday, May 20, at San Buenaventura State Beach (901 San Pedro Street entrance). They’ll have over 50 breweries represented and of course live music to entertain while sipping on your suds; this year it’s Synrgy, Crosscut 805 Band and DJ Hecktik. There will be a free bicycle valet, you can catch the free Ventura Trolley, or check out the other shuttles available to get to the beach.  For ticket and more general information go to SurfBeerfest.com.

The Rubicon Theater is hosting “Music for Changing Times” a weeklong festival bringing together three generations of activist artists in a series of events celebrating music. It runs May 8-13 which includes performances from Grammy winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary). Go to RuiconTheatre.org for more information.

This year’s “Rising Stars” concert from the Ventura Music Festival will be held on Friday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church (1338 E. Santa Clara) and it’s free to the public. Expect an outstanding mix of young choral, classical and jazz performers including the Ventura College Chamber Singers and the 2017 Student Jazz Competition winner Angelo Velasquez with his trio.

Alastair Greene has announced that he has left the Alan Parsons Live Project after seven years touring with the band.  He said he’s had the opportunity to see much of the world because of his guitar and a generous man named Alan Parsons.  He’ll be focusing on his solo career and other musical adventures.

Local artist, Kyle, who has been certified platinum for his song “iSpy” had a concert Saturday, April 29 at the Ventura Theater.  It was great to see so many kids lined up around the block to support their local friend. You’d expect that kind of turn out from his hometown, but he’s sold out shows in Salt Lake City, Detroit and Chicago. Way to go Super Duper Kyle!

It’s finally been announced that Los Lobos will be headlining this year’s Roadshow Revival.  Don’t forget its new location is at Discovery Ventura and will be held on Saturday, July 1. Other bands on the bill include Raging Arb and the Redheads, The Walking Phoenixes, The Rockin’ Rebels, Phantom Pomps, Hard Six, and more.  Get the lowdown at RoadshowRevival.com.

Quick notes: Cask Alehouse (5952 Telegraph Rd) is featuring Adam Tunney with jazz, standards and lounge tunes every Monday; Medicine Hat can be found at Cork (1930 E. Main St) Fridays 5/12 and 5/19; September Begins CD release party is Saturday, May 20, at Bombay’s; Black Dragon will open for Foghat at the Canyon Club on May 26;

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 – May 23, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke
Mondays: 6 pm Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson; 9 pm Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic
Sat 5/20: 9 pm Dive Bar Messiahs

Boatyard Café
Ventura Harbor Village
Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Wednesdays: Jam Night
Fridays: DJs
Saturdays DJs
Sat 5/13: Three Bad Jacks, Hard Six, The Phantom Pomps
Sat 5/20: September Begins, Wish Radio, The Psycho Sexies, Leave the Stars

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Wed 5/10: Donna Butler
Thurs 5/11: Coso Live
Fri 5/12: Soul Infusion
Sat 5/13: The Collective, Ryan Gleason
Tues 5/16: Bernie Meisinger
Wed 5/17: Big Adventure
Thurs 5/18: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 5/19: Drunken Monkeys
Sat 5/20: Ricky Coz
Tues 5/23: Bill Owen

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Mondays: 6 pm Adam Tunney
Thurs 5/11: 8 pm Corsican Brothers
Sun 5/14: 4 pm Ventucky String Band
Thurs 5/18: 8 pm Soul 4 II

The Cave
4435 McGrath Street
Weds & Saturdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Varon Thomas
Thurs & Fridays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Warren Takahashi

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Mondays: Ruben Estrada Band
Tuesdays: The Down Home Trio
Wednesdays: Kenny Devoe drum circle
Fri 5/12: Havana Cinco
Sat 5/13: Hot Roux
Sun 5/14: 3 pm Hot Roux
Fri 5/19: Rivera & Sunnarborg
Sat 5/20: Estrada Brothers
Sun 5/21: Soul Expression

Cork
1930 E. Main Street
Fridays 5/12 & 5/19: Medicine Hat

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 5/21: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 5/11: Legalizer
Fri 5/12: Shaky Feelin’
Sat 5/13: Masters of Puppets
Wed 5/17: Ital Vibes, the Riddims
Thurs 5/18: Anuhea
Fri 5/19: No Duh
Sat 5/20: DJ Kuya Ray

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends
Saturdays: 9:30 DJ Erock

Garage
1091 Scandia Ave
Sat 5/13: The Midnight Hour Soul Club

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm: Open Mic

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wed 5/10: Phil Salazar Bluegrass Jam
Fri 5/12: Crooked Eye Tommy
Sat 5/13: Morganfield Burnett
Sun 5/14: 3 pm Shelby Figueroa
Wed 5/17: The Swillys
Fri 5/19: Salty Suites
Sat 5/20: Otis Hayes
Sun 5/21: 3 pm Johnny Hawthorn Band

The Greek Mediterranean
Fri & Sats 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 5/12: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Billy Watson
Sun 5/14: 4 pm Del Franklin
Fri 5/19: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Debbie Davies Band

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 5/12: Sean Wiggins
Sat 5/13: Rick Miller Band
Fri 5/19: Vital Itch
Sat 5/20: Magnificent Bastards

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 5/11: 6:30 pm Brian & Hannah Tolley
Sun 5/14: 3 pm Erisy Watt
Thurs 5/18: 6:30 pm Shea Salisbury
Sun 5/21: 3 pm Bad Leaf

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Fri 5/12: The Tossers
Sat 5/13: Crosscut 805
Sun 5/14: The Swillys
Mon 5/15: Jason Ho
Tues 5/16: Dave Rae
Fri 5/19: James Brothers
Sat 5/20: Inertia
Sun 5/21: Vanise & John Band
Mon 5/22: Carlos Morales
Tues 5/23: Dave Rae

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 5/12: Live Band Karaoke

Paddy’s
2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs

Patio at The Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Fri 5/12: Natalie Gelman
Fri 5/19: Jade Hendrix
Sun 5/21: Natalie Gelman

Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle #107
(805) 233-1453
Sun 5/14: 4 pm Jen Staves & the Bluzfish

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
(805) 648-1143
Music 7:30 pm
Mon 5/15: Wyatt Haupt Band
Mon 5/22: Paul Tayfoya

Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Mike Moody
Saturdays: Jessica Ash

Red Cove
1809 E. Main Street
Thursdays: Music Club Open Jam Night

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862
Fri and Sat: Rotating DJs

Rubicon Theater
1006 E. Main Street
(805) 667-2900
Thurs 5/11: Top 10 Finalists Rubicon’s National Songwriting Competition
Fri 5/12: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey
Sat 5/13: Benefit concert for Music2Life & Rubicon’s Youth Education Programs

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Sat 5/13: Birdbrain, FSKD

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 5/10: Homenaje featuring Will Brahm
Thurs 5/11: Brad Rabuchin & Friends
Fri 5/12: Coleen & Co.
Sat 5/13: Gergo Borlai (includes Drum clinic at 5)
Wed 5/17: Greg Spaulding Trio
Thurs 5/18: Julie Kelly
Fri 5/19: Louis Menuoz Quartet
Sat 5/20: Kevin Crabb Jazz Ensemble

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Fri 5/12: Shawn Jones
Sat 5/13: Dive Bar Messiahs
Fri 5/19: Whiskey Stone
Sat 5/20: The Bomb

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 5/13: Moss man
Sat 5/20: Medicine Hat

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
San Buenaventura State Beach
Sat 5/20: Synrgy, Crosscut Band 805, DJ Hecktik

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 5/12: Dojo Loach
Sat 5/13: Sin Chonies
Fri 5/19: Ruberneck Lions
Sat 5/20: Soul Infusion

Topa Topa Brewing Co.
104 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 628-9255
Music 6 pm
Tuesdays: Jeff Uzzel

Ventura Music Festival
First United Methodist Church
1338 E. Santa Clara Street
Fri 5/12: Rising Stars concert (free)

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Tues 5/9: Jason Ho
Fri 5/12: B&V Acoustic
Sat 5/13: Jodi Farrell & Jim Rankin
Fri 5/19: B&V Acoustic
Sat 5/20: Spectrum

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun: Noon Kenny DeVoe
Sat 5/13: 8 pm Teresa Russell
Sat 5/20: 8 pm Jason Ho

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 – May 9, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

Neal Casal and Chris Robinson of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Ventura Theater.

Local music and more!
by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

Adam Lasher returns to Ventura for the first time since his stint on American Idol’s season 14.  Locals will remember when he used to play in Three Man Weave band at The Good Bar back in the day.  Adam’s excited to return to Ventura and will be playing a show at The Star Lounge on Friday, May 5. I’m thinking one’s life changes ever so slightly when Harry Connick Jr calls you a super star though Adam is very modest about all that. He’s certainly enjoying the extra exposure since Idol and he confessed to me that it really holds your feet to the fire holding you to a higher standard. He also embraces the fact that he was parodied on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that season. You can view that video on Adam’s website (AdamLasherBand.com).  He also told me one of the biggest perks was getting more awareness about Type 1 Diabetics as he’s been an advocate for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation for many years.

The Ojai Bluesfest is finally here! The event will be held at the Ojai Art Center in conjunction with Crooked Eye Enterprises 11-6 pm on Sunday, May 7 featuring Orphan Jon and the Abandoned, Bleeding Harp, Deb Ryder, Michael John and the Bottom Line and Casey Hensley.  Find a link for more ticket information at the top of VenturaRocks.com.

Congratulations to Winchesters on their 20th anniversary, and a big thank you to JR for celebrating with two days of live music April 29-30! There will be no cover to catch these bands over the weekend (see VenturaRocks.com for set times): Shaky Feelin’, the Caverns, Mandex, TD Lind, Big Adventure and CRV and more.

Night Demon just released their new album, Darkness Remains, with artwork featuring our very own City Hall in the background as well as a creepy depiction of Father Serra.  I got an advance listen, and was able to play it on my radio show at KPPQ-LP here in Ventura at 104.1 FM.  I warn you, this one seriously rocks! Information on how and where to get your copy (including limited vinyl) can be found at www.NightDemon.net.  Meanwhile the boys are off and running in support of it touring Europe through mid June; I am told they always give a shout out to Ventura wherever they play.  They’ll be back home playing the Frost & Fire Festival in October.

Quick notes: Shawn Jones is back from Italy and will be at Grapes and Hops on April 28. Strange Weather returns from S Lake Tahoe for a show at Sans Souci on April 28; the Star Lounge hosts the Falling Doves on April 29 with special guest Travis Marsh; and finally, the Rouse CD release party will be held at the Hong Kong Inn on Saturday, April 29.

 

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 – May 9, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke
Mondays: 6 pm Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson; 9 pm Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic

Boatyard Café
Ventura Harbor Village
Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Wednesdays: Jam Night
Fridays: DJs
Saturdays DJs
Wed 4/26: 8 pm Lucky Devils showcase
Sat 4/29: Hard Six, The Resistors, Inazuma, Phantom Pomps, Sick Boy, The Right Amount of Wrong, Rock Cats Rock, Three on a Match

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Wed 4/26: Bryan McCann
Thurs 4/27: Coso Live
Sat 4/29: Drunken Monkeys

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 8 pm Sundays at 4 pm
Thurs 4/27: Dirk & Trey
Thurs 5/4: James Brothers

The Cave
4435 McGrath Street
Weds & Saturdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Varon Thomas
Thurs & Fridays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Warren Takahashi

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Mondays: Ruben Estrada Band
Tuesdays: The Down Home Trio
Thurs 4/27: The Jazz Express
Fri 4/28: Ian Peters
Sat 4/29: Brandon Ragan
Sun 4/30: Sole Expression

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 5/7: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 4/27: Spawnbreezie w/ Gonzo
Fri 4/28: Three Commons
Sat 4/29: Hollywood U2
Thurs 5/4: The Question
Fri 5/5: The Bomb
Sun 5/7: Face to Face, Bad Cop/Bad Cop

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends
Saturdays: 9:30 DJ Erock

Garage
1091 Scandia Ave
Sat 4/29: CoA, Ground Score, Modern Enemy, Done For
Fri 5/5: Stop Breathing (Final show), Easy Death, Loose Nerves, 3 Day Holocaust

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm: Open Mic

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wed 4/26: Phil Salazar
Thurs 4/27: Frank Barajas & the Corsican Brothers
Fri 4/28: Shawn Jones
Sat 4/29: Tex Pistols
Sun 4/30: 3 pm Shane Henry CD Release party, Maggie McClure
Wed 5/3: The Swillys
Fri 5/5: Barrelhouse Wailers
Sat 5/6: TD Lind

The Greek Mediterranean
Ventura Harbor Village

Fri & Sats 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 4/28: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan
Sat 4/29: The Rouse CD release party
Fri 5/5: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Kyle Jester & The Jokers
Sat 5/6: Herbal Rootz

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 4/28: Pull the Trigger
Sat 4/29: Black Canyon Band

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Wed 4/26: 6 pm Ghost & Ghoul
Thurs 4/27: 6:30 pm Erisy Watt
Sun 4/30: 3 pm Bad Leaf
Sat 5/6: 4 pm Hubcap Stealers
Sun 5/7: 3 pm Ventucky String Band
Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Sat 4/29: Super Duper Kyle, Cousin Stizz
Fri 5/5: Neblina con Panteon Rococo

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Fri & Sat Music 7 pm
Mondays: 6-9 pm Carlos Alfred Morales
Tuesdays: 6-9 pm Dave Rae
Fri 4/28: 6:30 pm James Brothers
Sat 4/29: 6 pm Cross Cut
Sun 4/30: 4 pm Vanise & John Band
Fri 5/5: 6:30 pm Trio Gaudalajara
Sat 5/6: 7 pm Vertigo Blend
Sun 5/7: 4 pm Mike Martinez

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 4/28: M16

Paddy’s
2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs

Patio at The Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Sun 4/30: 11 am Jade Hendrix
Fri 5/5: 7 pm Jade Hendrix
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
(805) 648-1143
Music 7:30 pm
Mon 5/1: Dean Adams celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Mon 5/8: DJ Dennis
Sun 5/7: 2 pm Old Grass Band
Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Mike Moody
Saturdays: Jessica Ash

Red Cove
1809 E. Main Street
Thursdays: Music Club Open Jam Night
Fri 4/28: Cinnamon Whiskey
Sat 5/6: Phoenixook, Disrupted Euphoria, Premonition

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862
Fri and Sat: Rotating DJs

Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
Fri 4/28: Streetlight Cadence
Sat 4/29: The Black Hips
Thurs 4/4: Ventucky String Band

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 4/28: Strange Weather
Sat 4/29: Aunt Janes Pancakes

Social Tap
1105 S. Seaward Avenue
Sun 4/30: 1 pm Heavy Petty

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 4/26: Tony Ybarra presents The SBCC New World Jazz Ensemble
Thurs 4/27: Cougar Estrada’s Lounge Trio
Fri 4/28: Tizer Lao
Sat 4/29: Barrelhouse Wailers
Tues 5/2: Jazz Jam
Wed 5/3: Dogfish
Thurs 5/4: Bruce Forman’s Junkyard duo
Fri 5/5: Retrofunk
Sat 5/6: Adam Clark Quartet

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues & Thurs: Karaoke
Fri 4/28: Big Adventure
Sat 4/29: The Fall Doves w/ special guest Travis Marsh
Fri 5/5: Adam Lasher
Sat 5/6: Big River

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 4/29: Alligator Dave & the Fifths

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 4/28: Afishnsea
Sat 4/29: I Want my 80’s

Topa Topa Brewing Co.
104 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 628-9255
Music 6 pm
Tuesdays: Jeff Uzzel
Wednesdays: Open mic

Travelers Café
1070 E Front Street
Sat 5/6: Conner Cherland

Winchesters Grill
632 E. Main Street
20th anniversary celebration
Sat 4/29: 2-10 pm Mandex, Big Adventure, TD Lind, Action Down, CRV, David Segall, David Castro
Sun 4/30: 2-8 pm Shaky Feelin’, The Caverns, Dr. M

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Fri 4/28: Ashun
Sat 4/29: Paul Mars Black
Thurs 5/4: Richie Ray Stevens & the Good Old Lazy Boys
Fri 5/5: Sheldon & Cunnane
Sat 5/6: B&V Acoustics

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun: Noon Kenny DeVoe

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

Local music and more!
by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

This year’s California Jazz & Wine Fest was another sold-out success; it was held Sunday, April 9, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The event helped to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley. The music was exceptional, headlining was The Danny Janklow Quintet; other bands of note included the Lao Tizer Quartet, Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop, and Ventura’s own, The Barrelhouse Wailers.

Keeping with jazz, don’t miss Mike Garson (Bowie, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins) when he returns to Squashed Grapes bringing with him this time, Emmy and Grammy nominated Gaby Moreno on Thursday, April 13; Paul McCallum and Friends return on Saturday, April 15; and Gary Herbig (Harry James, Elvis, Tower of Power) and Bill Spoke Quintet be in the house on April 19.

Our local artists have been busy producing new music.  Hot off the presses is the latest CD from Hot Roux called Hometown Blues.  You can pick up a copy when Hi Hat Entertainment hosts their CD release party on Friday, April 21, at the Hong Kong Inn. You won’t want to miss this one as the band will feature not only lead man Jerry McWorter, but Ed Berghoff, Brent Harding, Jimmy Calire and Bill Flores.

Congratulations to local musician Travis Greer for landing a gig on the highly popular Criminal Minds television show on CBS.  He’s well-known for his improv work here in town as well as playing with the Los Dudes.

Eric Burdon joined Robby Krieger of the Doors for “Roadhouse Blues,” Saturday, April 8, at Libby Bowl. They then played “House of the Rising Sun” from The Animals. Tommy Marsh’s Crooked Eye Tommy warmed up the crowd.

The next One’s to Watch Productions will be held Wednesday, April 19, at the Plaza Playhouse in Carpinteria with Matt Duke, Jay Nash, Tony Lucca and Tim Curran. You can get tickets at OnesToWatchProductions.com.

I caught up with Ross Emery of Roadshow Revival as he ramps up for this year’s show.  It’s going to look a lot different this time around with the whole event being held on one day and at Discovery Ventura, but he told me who the headliner is, and I promised not to tell until May 1st, but between you and me, I’m pretty jazzed about it.  Watch for social media news, and get your tickets now!

Here’s a couple of one-liner notes of interest:  Jade Hendrix will be opening for Berlin when they play the Libbey Bowl April 22; Face to Face will be at Discovery on May 7 with Bad Cop/Bad Cop opening; Paddy’s is celebrating their 23rd anniversary on April 21st with DJ Pat Harper who will be playing classic house music; the Ventura County Spring Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds April 14 – 16 with carnival rides, petting zoo and music from The Velveteen Band; and finally, I’m looking forward to hearing new music from 8Stops7, they just signed with Wendigo Records and will be back in the studio in July.

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Or would you like to submit your music for possible inclusion on my radio show? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke
Mondays: 6 pm Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson; 9 pm Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic
Sat 4/15: Dive Bar Messiahs

Boatyard Café
Ventura Harbor Village
Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Wednesdays: Jam Night
Fridays: DJs
Saturdays DJs
Sat 4/15: Yachtley Crew

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Wed 4/12: Big Adventure
Thurs 4/13: Otis Hayes
Fri 4/14: Soul Infusion
Sat 4/15: Pure Joy
Tues 4/18: Bernie Meisinger
Wed 4/19: Donna Butler
Thurs 4/20: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 4/21: Instone
Sat 4/22: Young Dempsey
Tues 4/25: Bryan McCann

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 8 pm Sundays at 4 pm
Thurs 4/13: Julian & Miranda
Thurs 4/20: Adam Tunney
Sun 4/23: James Broz Band

The Cave
4435 McGrath Street
Weds & Saturdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Varon Thomas
Thurs & Fridays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Warren Takahashi

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Mondays: Ruben Estrada Band
Tuesdays: The Down Home Trio
Wed 4/12: Kenny Devoe
Thurs 4/13: The Jazz Express
Fri 4/14: Brandon Ragan Project
Sat 4/15: The Copa Kings
Sun 4/16: The Copa Kings
Wed 4/19: Toni Jannotta
Thurs 4/20: The Jazz Express
Fri 4/21: Laura Cozzi & Soul Machine
Sat 4/22: Hot Roux
Sun 4/23: Karen Eden

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 4/16: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 4/13: Katchafire
Fri 4/14: Rebel Soulijahz
Sat 4/15: The Holdup
Thurs 4/20: Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Tunnel Vision, Brewfish
Fri 4/21: Alastair Greene
Sat 4/22: Madchild

Earthday Ecofest 2017
Plaza Park Dowtown Ventura
10:30 am – 7 pm
Sat 4/22: Anne Hall, Afishnseathe Moon, Honey Owl, Brothers Fortune, Jade Hendrix< Spencer the Gardener, Bad Leaf, Charles “Wsir” Johnson, Marshweed

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends
Saturdays: 9:30 DJ Erock

Garage
1091 Scandia Ave
Wed 4/12: Boy Romeo, Deepakalypse, Chill Child
Thurs 4/13: Tropidelic, Despicable Good Guys, Stebz Juarez

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm: Open Mic

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wed 4/12: Phil Salazar
Fri 4/14: Paul Mars Black
Sat 4/15: Barrelhouse Wailers
Wed 4/19: The Swillys
Fri 4/21: Jade Hendrix
Sat 4/22: Jazz Junkies
Sun 4/23: Jerry Breiner

The Greek Mediterranean
Ventura Harbor

Fri & Sats 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 4/14: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Deanna Bogart
Sat 4/15: The Bomb
Sun 4/16: Hot Roux
Fri 4/7 Hi Hat Entertainment presents Hot Roux CD Release Party
Sat 4/22: Big Adventure

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 4/14: CRV
Sat 4/15: Heathers on Fire
Fri 4/21: Sean Wiggins
Sat 4/22: Crosscut

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 4/13: 6:30 pm Erisy Watt
Sat 4/15: 4 pm Hubcap Stealers
Sun 4/16: 2 pm Fox Trax
Thurs 4/20: 6:30 pm Dan Grimm
Sat 4/22: 4 pm The Riverside
Sun 4/23: 3 pm The Inside Break

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Thurs 4/20: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Fri 4/21: King Lil G
Sat 4/22: Tribal Seeds
Sun 4/23: Tiger Army, Tijuana Panthers

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Fri & Sat Music 7 pm
Fri 4/14: Los Dudes
Sat 4/15: Carlos Morales
Sun 4/16: 5 pm Tommy Quale
Sat 4/22: Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 4/23: 4 pm The Swillys

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 4/21: 6:30 Karen Eden
Sat 4/22: Pull the Trigger

Paddy’s
2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
(805) 648-1143
Music 7:30 pm
Mon 4/17: Wyatt Haupt Band
Mon 4/24: Dick Parent Band

Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Mike Moody
Saturdays: Jessica Ash

Red Cove
1809 E. Main Street
Thursdays: Music Club Open Jam Night

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862
Fri and Sat: Rotating DJs

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 4/14: DJ Pistolero
Sat 4/15: Manorlady, Wet Robot
Fri 4/21: Big Rig Dollhouse
Sat 4/22: Beach Buzz

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 4/12: Hans Ottsen & Friends
Thurs 4/13: Mark Garson & Gaby Moreno
Fri 4/14: D.on Darox & the Melody Joy Bakers
Sat 4/15: Paul McCallum & Friends
Tues 4/18: Jazz Jam
Wed 4/19: Gary Herbig & Bill Spoke Quintet
Thurs 4/20: Skip Spiro’s Little Big Band
Fri 4/21: Retrofunk
Sat 4/22: Bobby West Trio

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues & Thurs: Karaoke
Thurs 4/13: Iriefuse
Fri 4/14: Whiskey Stone
Sat 4/15: CRV
Fri 4/21: Shawn Jones
Sun 4/23: 3 pm Charles Law Band

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 4/15: Braids & Dreads (Dan Grimm)
Sat 4/22: Cooper & Queen Band

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 4/14: Sin Chonies
Sat 4/15: Fandangos
Fri 4/21: Blues Bullet
Sat 4/22: The Black Hips

Topa Topa Brewing Co.
104 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 628-9255
Music 6 pm
Tuesdays: Jeff Uzzel
Wednesdays: Open mic

Ventura Fairgrounds
Ventura Country Spring Fair
Sat 4/15: The Velveteen Band, Rhythm 805
Sun 4/16: Ezequiel Pena y Ramon Ayala

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thursday: Keith Cain
Fri 4/14: The Swillys

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun: Noon Kenny DeVoe
Sat 4/22: 8 pm Jason Ho

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 – April 11, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

Scott Belsha, Joshua Moreau, Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Gelman and Nathan McEuen taken February 28 at Golden 1 Center, Sacramento. Photo by David Bergman

Local music and more!
by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

There’s something to be said for when you open for Bon Jovi, and that something is “Holy Moly!!” Natalie Gelman and Nathan McEuen opened for Bon Jovi who is out promoting their latest album, “This House is Not for Sale.” Nathan also had the opportunity play one of his own songs, “Lately” to the sold-out crowd.

The Tossers, Britrock extravaganza, will be playing three nights in a row with two nights at the Vine in Ojai (March 31 and April 1) playing more of the soft underbelly side of the British music scene especially since they’ll have a piano available; then the following day they return for the first Sunday residency at Amigo’s in Ventura. Nigel Chisholm of the Vine and John Fincham bass player come from the same music scene in Birmingham, England.

A number of local bands have been invited to perform during the Skull & Roses Festival at the Ventura Fairgrounds including Shaky Feelin’, The Deal, Unkle Monkey, Rachel Sedacca’s Scarlet-Fire and 9 Mile Skid. Tickets and full music listings can be found at SkullAndRosesFestival.com. The three-day event runs April 7 through April 9.

LA based jazz singer/songwriter, Saundra Booker & Friends will be performing on Thursday, March 30 at Squashed Grapes. After battling kidney cancer, Booker founded the Jazz Musicians Against Cancer Fund and Foundation; all money raised this evening will go the JMAC fund.  Also, coming up at the Grape: The Jay Smith Group on March 31; Brad Rabuchin (five years with Ray Charles) & Friends will be there on the 6th; and the Jimmy Calire Trio (Raven, America) on the 7th.

Quick notes: Brian Nicolet returned to Ventura after living abroad and performing with the Phly Boyz based out of Nice, France for the past three years; both Kings Revenge and Honey Owl are about to go back in the studio, Honey Owl’s next gig in Ventura will be at Bombay’s on April 1st; Four Brix has Fido playing 5:30 – 7:30 on Friday, March 31 for Teacher’s Appreciation Night; and Champagne on Main returns to Ventura with DJs and local artists like Joe Hamilton at the Visitor’s Center playing on Saturday, April 8.

And finally, on my radio show, “The Pam Baumgardner Mostly Local Music Hour” on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM, be sure to tune in April 3rd when I play a cut from the Gentlemen’s Blues Club.  Mick Tover of Dive Bar Messiahs was producer and founding member of GBC and he sent me a cover of “Whipping Post” featuring Alan “BB” Chung King Mirikitani on guitar. He told me that Dickie Betts was so impressed by the GBC’s version that he had his road manager contact them trying to recruit members to play with the Dickie Betts Band.

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Or would you like to submit your music for possible inclusion on my radio show? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 – April 11, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Mondays: 6 pm Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson; 9 pm Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic
Thursdays: Mark Masson and Phriends
Sat 4/1: The Barrelhouse Wailers
Sun 4/2: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke

Boatyard Café
Ventura Harbor Village
Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Wednesdays: Jam Night
Fridays: DJs
Saturdays DJs
Sat 4/1: Boyfriend Material, Honey Owl, John Jaun, DJs

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Wed 3/29: Rick Jarrett
Thurs 3/30: Rick Whitfield
Fri 3/31: Young Dempsey

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 8 pm
Thurs 3/30: Lee Koch
Thurs 4/6: Brittney Burchett
Sun 4/9: 4 pm Ventucky String Band

The Cave
4435 McGrath Street
Weds & Saturdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Varon Thomas
Thurs & Fridays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm Warren Takahashi

Champagne on Main
& Street Fair Special Event
Downtown Ventura
Sat 4/8: DJ Cue & DJ Carla Bea; Joe Hamilton

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Mondays: Ruben Estrada Band
Tuesdays: The Down Home Trio
Fri 3/31: Brandon Ragan Project
Sat 4/1: Rivera & Sunnarborg
Sun 4/2: 3 pm Karen Eden
Wed 4/5: Toni Jannotta
Thurs 4/6: The Jazz Express
Fri 4/7: Ian Peters
Sat 4/8: Estrada Brothers
Sun 4/9 3 pm Estrada Brothers

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 4/2: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 3/30: the Question
Fri 3/31: Live at the Fillmore
Sat 4/1: Lose Your Illusion
Sat 4/8: One More From the Road

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends
Saturdays: 9:30 DJ Erock

Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Avenue
Fri 3/31: 5:30 pm Fido

Garage
1091 Scandia Ave
Thurs 3/30: Dead Meadow, Matt Hollywood, The Bad Feelings

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm: Open Mic

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wednesdays: The Swillys
Sat 4/1: TD Lind
Fri 4/7: Ashun
Sat 4/8: Mr. O
Sun 4/9: Jodi Farrell

The Greek Mediterranean
Fri & Sats 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 3/31: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats
Sat 4/1: The Brian Faith Band
Fri 4/7 Hi Hat Entertainment presents Mike Eldred Trio

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 3/31: Sean Wiggins
Sat 4/1: Action Down
Fri 4/7: Tex Pistols
Sat 4/8: Wired

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Wed 3/29: Zeke, Nashville Pussy, Jackass
Fri 3/31: Sean Kingston, Space Cadet
Fri 4/7: Joyce Manor
Sat 4/8: Little Joe y La Familia

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke

Paddy’s
2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs

Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle
Sun 4/2: 2:30 pm Frank Barajas
Sun 4/9: 4:30 pm U.K. Beat

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
(805) 648-1143
Sun 4/2: 2 pm Old Grass Band

Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Mike Moody
Saturdays: Jessica Ash

Red Cove
1809 E. Main Street
Thursdays: Music Club Open Jam Night

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862
Fri and Sat: Rotating DJs

Saloon BBQ Co.
456 E. Main Street
Fri 3/31: Skin & Bones
Sat 4/1: Bad Leaf
Fri 4/7: Sea at Last
Sat 4/8: Rsyboa

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Sat 4/1: DJ Pistolero
Sat 4/8: Stevie Char

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 3/29: Emilo & Friends
Thurs 3/30: Saundra Booker & Friends
Fri 3/31: Jay Smith Sextet
Sat 4/1: Tom Etchart & Friends
Thurs 4/6: Brad Rabuchin & Friends
Fri 4/7: Jimmy Calire Trio
Sat 4/8: Adam Clark Quartet

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues & Thurs: Karaoke
Fri 3/31: Mini Driver Band
Sat 4/1: Dive Bar Messiahs
Fri 4/7: Crosscut
Sat 4/8: The Automatics w/ RJ Mischo

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Sat 4/1: Maclovia, Strange Weather

Topa Topa Brewing Co.
104 E. Thompson Blvd
(805) 628-9255
Music 6 pm
Tuesdays: Jeff Uzzel
Wednesdays: Open mic

Ventura Fairgrounds
Skull & Roses Festival: www.skullandrosesfestival.com
Fri 4/7: Grateful Bluegrass boys, Sheldon & Cunnane, No Simple Highway….
Sat 4/8: Cubensis, Scott Guberman, Shaky Feelin’, Wake of the Dead…
Sun 4/9: Live Dead ’69, Melvin Seals & JGB, 9 Mile Skid, The Deal…

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thursday: Keith Cain
Fri 3/31: B&V Acoustics

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun: Noon Kenny DeVoe
Sat 4/1: 8 pm Jason Ho
Sat 4/8: Teresa Russell

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

Local music and more!
by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

The Wine Rack on California Street has been sold. Darcy is moving on creating a family and taking over is Kristen Shubert who will be rebranding the venue soon as Vintura. She’s cutting back the music to weekends but I don’t think it will be for long as she gets grooved in on Ventura’s music scene.

The Sandbox Coffeehouse is celebrating their five-year anniversary with live music every weekend, which come to think of it, they already do. Congratulations to Todd and the crew and thanks for giving a platform to artists to share their craft.

ARC of Ventura County is working on raising awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They’ve put together a great event for Saturday, March 18th at Bombay’s which will run 5-8 pm called, “Let’s Go Out!” It coincides with March being the National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  Come out and enjoy the music from Fishfry, Seth Pettersen, The Vonettes and Deejay Steph. There is no cover, so bring the entire family!

Grapes and Hops is hosting a special event on Sunday, March 19 to help raise funds for FOOD Share featuring music from Crooked Eye Tommy, Jade Hendrix and Mr. O. Tickets are $25; the affair runs 5-9 pm.

To what was once home to the legendary Beatles that influenced the world with their music, comes a new wave of musicians from the city of Liverpool​. The Falling Doves, Barry Sutton, Cal Ruddy and Sam Rabette (all Liverpool natives) will perform music that inspired American rock n roll. There’ll be music from The Beatles, The La’s,  as well as their own compositions. ​Catch them on their Liverpool Legends Tour at Oxnard’s Copper Blues​​ March 24th.

The Cask Alehouse is offering up music for the East Enders here in Ventura.  They’re located at 5952 Telegraph Road.  You’ll find live music on Thursday nights at 8 pm.  They’ll have Soul 4 II on March 16th, Frank Barajas on the 23rd and Lee Koch on the 30th.

There will be a Nat King Cole birthday celebration at Squashed Grapes on Friday, March 17 with Tilford Jackson and Friends; the Doug Webb group featuring Danny Carey of TOOL returns Saturday March 18; and the Denny Seiwell Trio featuring founding member of Paul McCartney and Wings will be there on Saturday, March 25.

And finally, my radio show, “The Pam Baumgardner Mostly Local Music Hour” on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM is starting to generate interest.  I’m spinning tunes Tuesdays 5-6 pm with songs from Lee Koch and the Grinders, Bruce Forman, Joaquin Peck, Shelby Figueroa, Jade Hendrix, New Liberty, the Galactic Polecats, Brent Franklin, Dona Oxford and more. The station has been rebroadcasting the show during the week, so be sure to check in often for our local talent.

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Or would you like to submit your music for possible inclusion on my radio show? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.