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Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 – Sept 12, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner

VenturaRocks.com

So exactly where did the summer go? Oh wait! There’s no need to panic, there’s still a lot of music and fun to be had. Let’s start with Bombay’s 33rd Annual Beach Party which runs Friday through Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Diego always pulls out all the stops with three stages of music including a mechanical bull, and outdoor bar and beer garden. Friday night rock out to the Vonettes, Deep Pockets, Operation 90’s and Mandex; Saturday features a return of Deep Pockets along with Brothers Fortune, Uproots, and Rey Fresco; then Sunday will have Channel, Goodnight Kiss and The Jelly. DJ Erok and DJ Cam will be in the house to help keep the party, plus I wouldn’t be surprised if Diego slipped in another band or two to boot.

The Ventura Nationals return to Ventura over the Labor Day weekend as well on Saturday, September 2, so if you’re wondering where all the cool hot rods and bikes came from, they came from all over to participate and to be seen. The event is held annually at the Ventura fairgrounds and this year’s music features Deadbolt, The Hubcap Stealers and Poor Man’s Change. There’s also an after party at Discovery that evening with music from Three Bad Jacks and Moonlight Trio.

Another party to help wrap up the summer is Discovery’s Backyard Bash on Sunday, September 3, featuring Reggae all day long from bands such as Herbal Rootz, Legalizer, Rital Movement, Dirty Rice, Tribal Theory, Hirie, Common Kings and more.

Music Under the Stars wraps up its summer concert series with their two final shows, Saturday, September 2 it’s Fantastic Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute show, then the grand finale features Lisa Haley & the Zedekates on Saturday, September 9. For ticket information on all remaining shows go to the City’s website (www.CityofVentura.ca.gov).

It’s early notice, but you won’t want to miss One’s to Watch Productions’ Topa Topa Folk Fest because this year the amazing Lucinda Williams headlines on Saturday, October 7. The event runs two days (Friday and Saturday) and also features great artists like Shooter Jennings, Lissie, Doug Pettibone, Bryan Titus, Tim Curran and many more. Get the lowdown on tickets at TopaTopaFolkFest.com.

Quick Notes: The final free concert at the Collection is Thursday, August 31 with Queen Nation, music starts at 7 pm; Hi Hat Entertainment brings back Teresa James to the Hong Kong Inn on Friday, September 1, and Joe Louis Walker on Friday, September 8; Check out Balkan Jazz at Squashed Grapes with Plotz! On Saturday, September 9; Goodnight Kiss just released a new EP called Abandon Ship; Bowlful of Blues returns to Libby Bowl September 16 you can get ticket information at BowfulOfBlues.org; and the Ventura Theater recently added Jimmy Eat World for Thursday, September 21.

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. 24 – Aug 30 – Sept 12, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Mondays: Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic w/ Beer Bros.
Wed 8/30: Smokey & Friends
Thurs 8/31: The F-Stops
Fri 9/1: 5 pm Jerry Briener; 9 pm Sin Chonies
Sat 9/2: 5 pm The Swillys; 9 pm DJ Yeti
Sun 9/3: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke
Wed 9/6: Trippin’ Wild
Thurs 9/7: Mark Masson & Phriends
Fri 9/8: Wax Off
Sat 9/9: 5 pm Danielle Stacy; 9 pm Heathers on Fire
Sun 9/10: 5 pm Red Rhythm; 9 pm Karaoke

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark
Thursdays: Bluegrass Jam

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Saturdays DJs
33rd Annual Beach Party (three days)
Fri 9/1: The Vonettes, Deep Pockets, Operation 90s, Mandex
Sat 9/2: Deep Pockets, Brothers Fortune, Uproots, Rey Fresco
Sun 9/3: Channel, Goodnight Kiss, The Jelly

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 8/30: Big Adventure
Thurs 8/31: Amber & Smoke
Fri 9/1: Soul Infusion
Sat 9/2: Drunken Monkeys
Sun 9/3: Jangala Roots
Tues 9/5: Donna Greene
Wed 9/6: Bryan McCann
Thurs 9/7: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 9/8: Red Muffs
Sat 9/9: Action Down
Tues 9/11: Bernie Meisinger

Caraba Coffee
Telephone & Petit
Sundays: 12:30 pm Acoustic open mic

Casa Bella
391 E. Main Street
(805) 340-1119
Music starts 7 pm
Tuesdays: Adam Tunney
Fridays: Encore
Saturday: Ricky Williams

Cask Alexhouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201
Music 7-9 pm
Sat 9/2: Sarah Lightman
Sat 9/9: Doc Ventura

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
Tuesdays: Down Home Trio
Fri 9/1: Havana Cinco
Sat 9/2: Havana Cinco
Sun 9/3: Soul Expression
Fri 9/8: Havana Cinco
Sat 9/9: Havana Cinco
Sun 9/10: Karen Eden

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 9/3: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Sat 9/2: Three Black Jacks, Moonlight Trio
Sun 9/3: Backyard Bash noon – 7 pm with The Common Kings, Hirie, Sammy J, Tribal Theory, Dirty Rice, Cornerstone, Rital Movement, Legalizer, Herbal Rootz
Fri 9/8: Leilani Wolfgramm
Sat 9/9: Generation Idol
Sun 9/10: Ana Popovic

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 9/8: 5:30 pm Midlife Crisis

Garage
1091 Scandia
Fri 9/8: Sweet Reaper, La Grimas, Maniac

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke
Sat 9/2: Chill Child, Drac & the Swamp Rats

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

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 9/1: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Fri 8/25: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Joe Louis Walker
Sat 9/9: RJ Mischo Blues Band
Sun 9/10: Del Franklin and Friends

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 9/1: Red Rhythm
Sat 9/2: CRV
Fri 9/8: Wired
Sat 9/9: What the Funk

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Sun 9/3: Scott Hildebrand
Sat 9/9: Sea at Last
Sun 9/10: Will Breman

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Thurs 9/7: Cody Jinks, Ward Davis

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Dave Rea
Fri 9/1: Vanise & John
Sat 9/2: Awesome Sauce
Sun 9/3: Unkle Monkey
Fri 9/8: James Broz
Sat 9/9: Crosscut
Sun 9/10: Greasy Kids Stuff

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

Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive
Sat 9/2: Music Under the Stars: Fantastic Diamond
Sat 9/9: Music Under the Stars: Lisa Haley & the Zdekats

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

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
Sat 9/2: Bruce Mancuso
Sat 9/9: Sympatico Music
Sun 9/10: Urban Desert Cabaret

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 9/1: All-a-blur
Sat 9/2: Blues Bullet
Fri 9/8: Jan Michael & the Vincents
Sat 9/9: Outlaw Inlaws

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Music 7-10 pm
Wed 8/30: The Mariel Bildsten Quartet
Fri 9/1: The Jazz Express
Sat 9/2: The Barrelhouse Wailers
Tues 9/5: Jazz Jam
Fri 9/8: Brad Rabuchin & Friends
Sat 9/9: Plotz

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 9/1: CRV
Sat 9/2: Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 9/3: Bomba Fiya
Fri 9/8: Mini Driver Band
Sat 9/9: Pull the Trigger
Sun 9/10: Herbal Rootz

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 9/1: DJ Aycer
Sat 9/2: Red Muffs

Ventura Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd
Sat 9/2: Ventura Nationals – Deadbolt, Hubcap Stealers, Poor Man’s Change

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thurs 8/31: Keith Cain
Fri 9/1: Paul Mars Black
Sat 9/2: Rich Sheldon
Sun 9/3: Kevin Longden & Friends
Mon 9/4: Jason Ho
Thurs 9/7: Guitarzan
Fri 9/8: Spectrum
Sat 9/9: Paul Mars Black
Sun 9/10: Jason Ho

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun
with Kenny Devoe
Sat 9/2: Jason Ho

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Amigos Cafe & Cantina
546 E. Main St.
805-874-2232
Mondays: Musician’s Night Out
Tuesdays: Open Mic w/ Beer Bros.
Wednesdays: Smokey & Friends
Thurs 8/17: Crooked Eye Trio
Fri 8/18: 5 pm Madeline Deveroux; 9 pm The Right Amount of Wrong
Sat 8/19: 5 pm Alfred Morales; 9 pm The Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 8/20: 5 pm Corsican Bros; 9 pm Karaoke
Thurs 8/24: Mark Masson & Phriends
Fri 8/25: 5 pm Frank Barajas; 9 pm Inna Rude Mood
Sat 8/26: 5 pm Brandi Loves Danny; 9 pm The Barrelhouse Wailers
Sun 8/27: 5 pm Action Down; 9 pm Karaoke

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark
Thursdays: Bluegrass Jam

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Saturdays DJs
Sat 8/19: 5 pm Goodnight Kiss EP Release, Brothers Fortune, Honey Owl

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 8/16: Donna Butler
Thurs 8/17: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 8/18: Boogie Wonderland
Sat 8/19: Drunken Monkeys
Sun 8/20: After the Smoke
Tues 8/22: Donna Butler
Wed 8/23: Amber & Smoke
Thurs 8/24: Coso Live
Fri 8/25: The Collective
Sat 8/26: Instone
Sun 8/27: Casey Jones
Tues 8/29: Instone

Casa Bella
391 E. Main Street
(805) 340-1119
Music starts 7 pm
Tuesdays: Adam Tunney
Fridays: Encore
Saturday: Ricky Williams

Cask Alexhouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201
Wed 8/16: Jonathan Russell
Sun 8/20: Sarah Lightman
Sun 8/27: Dogfish

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
Tuesdays: Down Home Trio
Fri 8/18: Havana Cinco
Sat 8/19: Estrada Brothers
Sun 8/20: Havana Cinco
Fri 8/25: Havana Cinco
Sat 8/26: Havana Cinco
Sun 8/27: Karen Eden

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 8/20: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 8/17: Reggae Fusion
Sat 8/19: Led Zepplica
Wed 8/23: The Selecter, The Upbeat
Thurs 8/24: Mike Pinto
Sun 8/27: Agent Orange

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 8/25: Karen Eden & Cary Park

The Garage
1091 Scandia Avenue
Thurs 8/17: Archer Nation, The Ashes
Sat 8/19: Vasas, The Spires, Buildings Breeding

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
Sat 8/26: D!SK!LL, Kaos Flux, Mr. Low

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Fri 8/18: Pete Muller
Sat 8/19: The Barrelhouse Wailers
Sun 8/20: Alastair Greene & Debbie Davies
Fri 8/25: Hot Cuppa Three
Sat 8/26: Tex Pistols
Sun 8/27: Jerry w/ Cibara

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 8/18: Hi Hat Entertainment presents A.C. Myles Band
Sun 8/20: Misunderstood Band
Fri 8/25: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Doug MacLeod CD release
Sat 8/26: Brian Faith Band

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 8/18: Cross Cut
Sat 8/19: Rick Miller Band
Fri 8/25: Strange Weather
Sat 8/26: Pull the Trigger

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 8/17: Shea Salisbury
Sat 8/19: Ventucky String Band

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Sun 8/20: DJ Quik, Scarface

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Dave Rea
Fri 8/18: James Broz
Sat 8/19: Vertigo Blend
Sun 8/20: Mike Martinez
Fri 8/25: Firestick
Sat 8/26: Cross Cut 805
Sun 8/27: Corsican Bros.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street
Sat 8/26: Cubensis

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 8/25: Live Band Karaoke

Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive
Sat 8/19: Music Under the Stars: Dead Man’s Party
Sat 8/26: Music Under the Stars: Blue Breeze Band

Paddy’s
2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs
Fri 8/18: Pre-Pride Party featuring Echo V
Sat 8/19: After-Pride Party with Vivian Vicious and the Dragalicious Spice Girls tribute.

Patio at Player’s Casino
Auto Center Drive
Fri 8/18: Jade Hendrix
Sun 8/20: Natalie Gelman

Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle
Sun 8/27: Johnny and the Love Handles

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Mon 8/28: Dick Parent Band

PRIDE Festival
Promenade Park
Sat 8/19: Sean Wolf G & the Country Bear Jamboree, DJ Joseph, Michelle Rosenblum

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 8/18: Bridget the Midget Band, The Big Problem

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

Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
Fri 8/18: Noble Grizwald
Sat 8/19: The Black Hips
Fri 8/25: Ishmael & the Deep Blue Sea
Sat 8/26: Bad Leaf

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 8/19: Tequila Picnic
Sun 8/20: Grant Doughart
Sat 8/26: DJ Indakut, Hip Hop Concert
Sun 8/27: Western Waters

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 8/18: The Jelly
Sat 8/19: Johnny Hellhole
Sat 8/26: Sin Chonies

Spencer Makenzie’s
End of Summer Block Party
806 E Thompson Blvd
Fri 8/25: Rey Fresco
Sat 8/26: Mandex, Highway Starr

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Music 7-10 pm
Wed 8/16: Dogfish
Thurs 8/17: Blue Dog Project
Fri 8/18: Hans Ottsen Project
Sat 8/19: Paul Weitz Quartet feat. Donna Deussen
Wed 8/23: Greg Spaulding Trio
Thurs 8/24: Dogfish
Sat 8/26: Rachel Flowers Trio

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 8/18: Old Soul, Strange Weather, The Brambles, The Jelly
Sat 8/19: The Bomb
Sun 8/20: Irie Smith
Fri 8/25: Action Down
Sat 8/26: Whiskey Stone
Sun 8/27: After the Smoke

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 8/18: Sin Chonies
Sat 8/19: Big Lizard
Sat 8/26: The Black Hips

Totally Local VC
Dinner at the Mission
Downtown Ventura
Thurs 8/17: Francisco Leon

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thurs 8/17: Lazy Millenials
Fri 8/18: Trust Fall, Johnny Flores
Sat 8/19: 4 pm Epitome of Dreams; 8 pm Paul Mars Black
Sun 8/20: Jason Ho
Thurs 8/24: Kaplan, Sarah & Dave
Fri 8/25: Spectrum
Sat 8/26: Sheldon & Cunnane
Sun 8/27: Epitome of Dreams

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun
with Kenny Devoe

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

I’d like to start off with sharing a couple of my favorite music highlights from the past few weeks. First there was Shinedown at the Ventura County Fair; Brent Smith’s vocals are just incredible! And then Squashed Grapes hosted Don Randi on Friday, August 11. Randi was one of the original members of the Wrecking Crew and opened The Baked Potato (famous jazz club in LA) in 1970. He not only played the keyboards like none other, but he shared so many anecdotes from the Wrecking Crew days. Stories about working with Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Nancy Sinatra and Brian Wilson, but learning that he actually played on Pet Sounds, and tunes like “Good Vibrations” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” well, it was an amazing evening. Kudos to Squashed Grapes for their continuous support of jazz and bringing artists like this to our town. Yeah, I confess I dusted off my copy of Pet Sounds; it really holds up as one of the top LPs of all time.

Attention Deadheads! The Museum of Ventura County will host a special concert on Saturday, August 26 with the Grateful Dead tribute band Cubensis as they recreate the era’s unique and eclectic styles of rock, psychedelia and experimental music. Doors open at 4 p.m. The concert runs from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $15/members, $20/non-members. A no-host bar will be available.

Spencer Makenzie’s End of Summer Block Party will be held the final weekend of August with free music. On Friday, August 26, you can catch Rey Fresco, then on Saturday, August 27, it will be Highway Starr followed by Mandex. During the day, it’s their annual cornhole tournament called “The Throw Down” pulling in contestants from all over the U.S. competing for over $32,000 in cash payouts. There will be 192 teams competing so get out and cheer them on!

PRIDE Festival returns to Promenade Park this year on Saturday, August 19. All proceeds raised will go to sustain the Community Resource Center serving the LGBTQ community here in Ventura County. Entertainment will include Sean Wolf G & the Country Bear Jamboree, DJ Joseph with Music Box and Michelle Rosenblum. Lady Bunny will be on hand as Pride’s emcee.

Music Under the Stars continues with its summer concert series. Coming up Saturday, August 19, it’s a tribute to Oingo Boingo with the band Dead Man’s Party; and then Saturday, August 26, it’s a night of Motown sound with the Blues Breeze Band which has already sold out. For ticket information on all remaining shows go to the City’s website (www.CityofVentura.ca.gov).

Quick Notes: Goodnight Kiss EP release party will be held at Bombay’s Saturday, August 19; Fallen Saints will be opening for Great White at the Canyon Club on Friday, August 25; Agent Orange takes over Discovery on Sunday, August 27;

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. 22 – Aug 2 – Aug 15, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

Finally!! The Ventura County Fair runs Wednesday, August 3, through Sunday, August 13, featuring tons of music in and around the fairgrounds (Seabreeze and Station stages) as well as the featured national acts on the Grandstand stage most evenings. The concerts are always included in the price of admission. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, August 3, a double bill with Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray; Friday, August 4, it’s the return of Huey Lewis and the News; Saturday, August 5, dust off your dancing shoes for KC and the Sunshine Band; Sunday is the traditionally Dia de la Familia and this year it features Chiquis Rivera, Noel Torres and Banda Carnaval; Monday, August 7, it’s country star Billy Currington; Tuesday at 1 it’s the Spinners, then 7:30 it’s Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; Wednesday, August 9, it’s rock with Shinedown; and to wrap up the concert series it’s Wynonna and the Big Noise on Friday, August 11. All concerts (except the Spinners) start at 7:30 pm. All music and events can be found online at www.VenturaCountyFair.org.

Oh! Speaking of the fair, the Ventura County Fair Parade rolls down Main Street downtown Ventura Saturday, August 5 at 10 am. There’s always plenty of music; I’ll be hanging out on the Squashed Grapes float along with the Barrelhouse Wailers.

And speaking of Squashed Grapes, they have quite the week lined up with Lett, Mancini & Dutt on Wednesday, August 2, followed by Nees Bees featuring Nee Sackey and friends on Thursday, then it’s “Organtua” on Friday with Karl Hunter, and Jimmy and Mario Calire followed up on Saturday, August 5, with Tia Brazda (from Vancouver) who has been touring all over the United States and Canada this Summer.

Music Under the Stars is in full swing and it’s as popular as ever. Coming up Saturday, August 5, it’s Orquestra Charangoa and then Saturday, August 12, it’s a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell. It’s better to get your tickets in advance, but if you can’t, be sure to check before heading out to ensure tickets are still available on the City’s website (www.CityofVentura.ca.gov).

Quick Notes: The Golden China is hosting a Roots 805 Jam on Saturday, August 5th with Jah Mon Soul, Ras Rebel and Rising Son; The Queers along with The Ataris and Bad Samaritans play a pop punk show at Discovery on Sunday, August 6; Toad the Wet Sprocket is at the Libbey Bowl August 6; and The Museum of Ventura County’s “Speaking Of” lecture series will be featuring Fito de la Parra (Canned Heat Drummer) on Thursday, August 10.

And finally, congratulations to Night Demon who landed themselves on the same bill as Ozzy Osborne, the Deftones and Prophets of Rage when they play Ozzfest this year, November 4 at Glen Helen Amphitheater. Now that freakin’ rocks!!

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. 22 – Aug 2 – Aug 15, 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 w/ Beer Bros.
Wednesdays: Smokey & Friends
Thurs 8/3: Corsican Bros.
Fri 8/4: 5 pm Jerry Breiner; 9 pm DJ Yeti & DJ Spinobi
Sat 8/5: 5 pm Jade Hendrix; 9 pm White Vinyl
Sun 8/6: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke
Fri 8/11: 5 pm Frank Barajas; 9 pm Los Dudes
Sat 8/12: 5 pm Heather & J.T.; 9 pm Reign
Sun 8/13: 5 pm Red Rhythm; 9 pm Karaoke

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Saturdays DJs
Fri 8/4: Chasing Rainbows; DJs
Sat 8/5: Twisted Gypsy; DJs
Sun 8/6: 4 pm Operation 90s w/ Doc Rogers

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 8/2: Bryan McCann
Thurs 8/3: Rick Whitfield
Fri 8/4: Soul Infusion
Sat 8/5: Instone
Sun 8/6: Mark Spero
Tues 8/8: Bernie Meisinger
Wed 8/9: Big Adventure
Thurs 8/10: Live Wine Jan Garfinkle
Fri 8/11: Red Muffs
Sat 8/12: Otis Hayes

Casa Bella
391 E. Main Street
(805) 340-1119
Music starts 7 pm
Tuesdays: Adam Tunney
Fridays: Encore
Saturday: Ricky Williams

Cask Alexhouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201
Thurs 8/3: 5 pm Varon Thomas
Sun 8/6: 4 pm Doc Ventura
Sun 8/13: 4 pm Milo Sledge

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
Tuesdays: Down Home Trio
Sat 8/5: Havana Cinco
Fri 8/11: Havana Cinco

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 8/6: 4 pm The Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 8/3: Herbal Rootz
Fri 8/4: Twisted Gypsy
Sat 8/5: Shaky Feelin’
Sun 8/6: The Queers, The Ataris, Bad Samaritans
Thurs 8/10: Soul Majestic, Saritah Better
Fri 8/11: Tatanka & White Glove Service
Sat 8/12: Through the Roots feat. Tyrone’s Jacket

Duke’s Griddle N Grill
1124 S. Seaward Avenue
Sat 8/5: 1 pm Rin Kon Tiki

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

Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Ave
Fri 8/4: 5:30 pm Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson

The Garage
1091 Scandia Avenue
Wed 8/2: Mobina Galore
Sat 8/5: Flag on Fire, Aggro Mucho, The Lucky Eejits, Hilltops Rats
Fri 8/11: Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, Form Rank, Sweet Reaper
Sat 8/12: SMD, Detained, Easy Death, Gnarly Party, TSR

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
Sat 8/5: Roots 805 Jam w/ Jahmonsoul, Ras Rebel, Rising Son

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Sat 8/5: TD Lind
Fri 8/11: Rick Whitfield Band
Sat 8/12: Jade Hendrix

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 8/4: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Preston Smith & the Crocodiles
Fri 8/11: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Debbie Davies & Alastair Greene

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 8/4: DJ Rick Rock
Sat 8/5: Wired
Fri 8/11: Sean Wiggins
Sat 8/12: What the Funk

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 8/3: 6:30 Jeff Uzzel
Sat 8/5: 4 pm Sea at Last
Thurs 8/10: 6:30 pm Anna Vera
Sat 8/12: 2 pm Foxtraxx
Sun 8/13: 3 pm Bad Leaf

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Wed 8/2: Gojira, Pallbearer, Oni

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Dave Rea
Fri 8/4: Forbidden Fruit
Sat 8/5: Corsican Brothers
Sun 8/6: Unkle Monkey

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

Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive
Sat 8/5: Music Under the Stars: Orquestra Charangoa
Sat 7/12: Music Under the Stars: Celebration of Joni Mitchell

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

Plan B Winery
3520 Arundell Circle
Sun 7/23: 4:30 pm Native Vibe

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Sun 8/13: 2 pm Old Country Grass Band
Mon 8/14: 7 :30 pm 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

Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
Fri 8/4: Anchor & Bear
Sat 8/5: Jungle Cats
Fri 8/11: Danielle Stacy
Sat 8/12: Sea at Last

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 8/5: Susan Lucas
Sun 8/6: Ryan Gelinas
Sat 8/12: Kat Kennedy
Sun 8/13: Dennis Russell

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 8/4: Orange Blossom Special
Sat 8/5: Stevie Char
Fri 8/11: DJ Pistolero
Sat 8/12: The Cretins

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Music 7-10 pm
Wed 8/2: Lett, Mancini & Dutt
Thurs 8/3: Nees Bees
Fri 8/4: Organtua (Karl, Jimmy & Mario)
Sat 8/5: Tia Brazda

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 8/4: Bloody Reunion
Sat 8/5: The Flailingtons
Sun 6/8: Bomba Fiya
Fri 8/11: CRV
Sat 8/12: The Automatics feat. RJ Mischo
Sun 8/13: Herbal Rootz

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 8/4: DJ Aycers
Fri 8/11: DJ Steezy Steve
Sat 8/12: Rich Sheldon

Ventura Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd
Grandstand Stage
Thurs 8/3: Smashmouth, Sugar Ray
Fri 8/4: Huey Lewis and the News
Sat 8/5: KC & the Sunshine Band
Sun 8/6: 3 pm Noel Torres, Banda Carnaval, Chiquis Rivera
Mon 8/7: Billy Currington
Tues 8/8: 1 pm The Spinners; 7:30 pm Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
Wed 8/9: Shinedown
Fri 8/11: Wynonna & the Big Noise

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thurs 8/3: Andy D.
Fri 8/4: Sheldon & Cunnane
Sat 8/5: Kevin Langdon & Friends
Sun 8/6: Epitome of Dreams
Thurs 8/10: Jason Ho
Fri 8/11: Spectrum
Sat 8/12: Paul Mars Black
Sun 8/13: Sarah & Pablo

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun
with Kenny Devoe

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 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 w/ Beer Bros.
Wednesdays: Smokey & Friends
Thursdays: Mark Masson & Phriends
Fri 7/21: 6 pm Frank Barajas; 9 pm Bad Leaf
Sat 7/22: 5 pm Amargoso & Danielle Stacy; 9 pm Wax Off
Sun 7/23: 5 pm Crooked Eye Trio; 9 pm Karaoke
Fri 7/28: Pull the Trigger
Sat 7/29: 6 pm The Swillys; 9 pm Heathers on Fire
Sun 7/30: 5 pm Inna Rude Mood; 9 pm Karaoke

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor
Fri 7/21: Teresa Russell
Sun 7/23: Corsican Brothers
Sat 7/29: Billy Mac & Smokey
Sun 7/30: Deja Vu

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Saturdays DJs
Sat 7/29: Medicine Hat, Honey Owl, The Cha Cha Chas

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 7/19: Amber & Smoke
Thurs 7/20: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 7/21: Johnny Hawthorne
Sat 7/22: Instone
Sun 7/23: Casey Jones
Tues 7/25: Bernie Meisinger
Wed 7/26: Donna Butler
Thurs 7/27: Coso Live
Fri 7/28: Action Down
Sat 7/29: Rick Whitfield
Sun 7/30: Traci Niu Roots

Casa Bella
391 E. Main Street
(805) 340-1119
Music starts 7 pm
Tuesdays: Adam Tunney
Fridays: Encore
Saturday: Ricky Williams

Cask Alexhouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201
Sun 7/23: 4 pm Dogfish Jazz Collective
Sun 7/30: 4 pm Sarah Lightman

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
Tuesdays: Down Home Trio
Fri 7/21: Brandon Ragan
Sat 7/22: Havana Cinco
Sun /23: Havana Cinco
Fri 7/28: Havana Cinco
Sat 7/29: Estrada Brothers
Sun 7/30: Havana Cinco

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 7/20: Law
Sat 7/22: Trevor Hall
Thurs 7/27: Johnny Love
Sat 7/29: Molly Ringwald Project

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

Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Ave
Sat 7/22: 5:30 Kelly’s Lot

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
Sat 7/22: American Hoss, COA, The Kane Gang, Kyle Smith

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wed 7/19: The Swillys
Fri 7/21: Ricky Z
Sat 7/22: Maggie & Shane
Sat 7/29: Johnny Hawthorne 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 7/21: Hi Hat Entertainment presents James Harman
Fri 7/28: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Rob Rio
Sat 7/29: RJ Mischo

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 7/21: Red Rhythm
Sat 7/22: Rick Miller Band
Fri 7/28: What the Funk
Sat 7/29: Cross Cut

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Dave Rea
Fri 7/21: James Bros.
Sat 7/22: Cross Cut
Sun 7/23: Vanie & John Band
Fri 7/28: Freedom of Expression
Sat 7/29: Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 7/30: Greasy Kid Stuff

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Tuesdays: Free Jukebox
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 7/28: Live Band Karaoke

Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive
Sat 7/22: Music Under the Stars: The Swing Kings
Sat 7/29: Music Under the Stars: Steely Jam

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

Pierpont Inn
550 San Jon Road
Fri 7/21: Ventura Music Festival presents Tea & Trumpets Festival Brass Quintet

Plan B Winery
3520 Arundell Circle
Sun 7/23: 4:30 pm Native Vibe

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
Sat 7/22: DJ Inkjet
Sun 7/23: Jam Murray
Sat 7/29: Bailey
Sun 7/30: Eight Years Gone

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 7/21: Ramones Tribute
Sat 7/22: Sickboy
Sat 7/29: Focke Wolves

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Fri 7/21: Mini Driver Band
Sat 7/22: The Bomb
Sun 7/23: 3 pm Herbal Rootz
Thurs 7/27: DJ Nolan Trovlbe
Fri 7/28: Jan Michael & the Vincents
Sat 7/29: CRV
Sun 7/30: 3 pm The Question

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 7/29: Moss Man

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 7/21: The Caverns
Sat 7/22: The Black Hips
Fri 7/28: Sin Chonies
Sat 7/29: I Want My 80s

Tequila & Taco Festival
Plaza Park, Downtown Ventura
Sat 7/22: DJ Cue, Metalachi, Samba Da
Sun 7/23: DJ Cue, Samba Da, Adelaide

Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road
Ventura Music Festival events
Fri 7/21: Perla Batalla
Sat 7/22: Simply Three

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Fri 7/21: KTL Guitarz
Sat 7/22: Spectrum
Sun 7/23: Juanita Acoustic
Thurs 7/27: Boscoe’s Brood
Fri 7/28: Paul Mars Black
Sat 7/29: Rebel Rose
Sun 7/30: Andy D

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun
with Kenny Devoe
Sat 7/22: 8 pm Steve Sunnarborg
Sat 7/29: 8 pm Jason Ho

 

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

The Tequila & Taco Music Festival will take over Plaza Park the weekend of July 22 and July 23. DJ Cue will be entertaining both days with live music from Metalachi and SambaDá on Saturday, and then on Sunday, SambaDá returns followed by a tribute to the late great Selena by Adelaide. Proceeds from this event help to benefit Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank. Get the low down and ticket information at www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com.

“An American Season” is the theme this year for the Ventura Music Festival which is underway at several locations around town; the full itinerary and ticket information can be found at VenturaMusicFestival.org; I’ll be taking in Perla Batalla on Friday July 21 (sold out) and Simply Three on Saturday, July 22. I’m really looking forward to attending my first concerts at the Ventura Performing Arts Center too!

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without Music Under the Stars at the historic Olivas Adobe on Saturday nights. Many of these shows sell out so be sure to find out before you head over hoping to buy tickets there. The City hosts the extremely popular “The Swing Kings” on Saturday, July 22 and then “Steely Jam” on Saturday July 29. Call the City of Ventura during regular business hours at (805) 658-4726 for ticket availability.

We’re just days away from the Ventura County Fair opening and with it another fun line up of musical entertainment on the Grandstand stage. There’s a wide array of genres from disco with KC and the Sunshine band to modern country and Wynonna and the Big Noise. All concerts are included in the price of admission to the fair. I hope to catch several of the acts this year including Sugar Ray (I had the privilege of interviewing Mark McGrath years ago), and Shinedown who have had eleven number one singles on the Billboard Magazine rock charts (third most of all time behind Van Halen and Three Days Grace).

I have to say that I’ve been having fun on my radio show and playing so much great music from local artists. I love it when I can play relevant tunes from events happening, like playing a set of bands playing at Surf Rodeo (Raging Arb and the Redheads, Birdbrain, 50 Sticks of Dynamite, Rey Fresco and All-a-Blur), music from artists participating in the Ventura Music Festival (Simply Three rock!), and I’ve even been playing tunes from bands playing this year at the Ventura County Fair (KC & the Sunshine Band, Shinedown, Sugar Ray); but I’m always looking for more music to share. Please drop me a line if you have any suggestions! “The Pam Baumgardner Music Hour” airs Tuesdays 5-6 pm with rebroadcasts on Friday at 5 and again on Sunday at noon on KPPQ-LP here in Ventura at 104.1 FM.

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. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – Music Calendar

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
Wed 7/5: Smokey & Friends

Beach House Tacos
Ventura Pier

Sun 7/16: 4 pm Tim Curran, The Brambles

Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Avenue

Sat 7/15: Amber Bassett, Donna Lynn Caskey, Shelby Figueroa, Andrea Landin, Michelle Rosenblum

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Saturdays DJs

Casa Bella
391 E. Main Street
(805) 340-1119

Music starts 7 pm
Tuesdays: Adam Tunney
Fridays: Encore
Saturday: Ricky Williams


Cask Alexhouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201

Thurs 7/6: The Swillys
Sun 7/9: Miranda & Tia
Sun 7/16: Doc Ventura

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

Tuesdays: Down Home Trio
Fridays: Havana Cinco
Sun 7/9: Havana Cinco
Sat 7/15: Havana Cinco

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Late Fridays 10 pm: Flashback Fridays
Late Saturdays 10 pm: Disco Bowl
Thurs 7/6: Layover
Fri 7/7: Slaves Against the Machine
Sat 7/8: Red Not Chili Peppers
Fri 7/14: Victimas Del Dr. Cerebro, Marujah, Venum Rush, Decibel

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

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
Fri 7/7: Dallas Hodge
Sat 7/8: Shawn Jones
Fri 7/14: Tex Pistols


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 7/7: Hi Hat Entertainment presents The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Sat 7/8: The Brian Faith Band
Sun 7/9: Del Franklin & Friends
Fri 7/14: Hi Hat Entertainment presents: Paulie Cerra

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road

Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 7/7: Strange Weather
Sat 7/8: Caliente Band 805
Fri 7/14: Pull the Trigger
Sat 7/15: Loose Cannons

Leashless Brewing
Corner of Thompson & Chestnut

Grand Opening Party
Sat 7/8: 4:30 pm The Expanders

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

Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive

Thurs 7/13: Ventura Music Festival presents John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Sat 7/15: Music Under the Stars: WhosNext

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

Pierpont Inn
550 San Jon Road

Fri 7/14: Ventura Music Festival presents Tea & Trumpets Festival Brass Quintet

Plan B Winery
3520 Arundell Circle
Sun 7/9: 4:30 Unusual Suspects

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
456 E. Main Street

Fri 7/7: Anchor & Bear
Sat 7/8: Sin Chonies
Fri 7/14: The Inside Break
Sat 7/15: The Black Hips

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 7/8: Bruce Mancuso
Sat 7/15: Thomas Hopkins & Guest
Sun 7/16: Patrick Gillham Band

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut

Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: Transform Tuesdays w/ DJ
Wednesdays: Open mic

Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 7/7: DJ Pistolero
Sat 7/8: Big Rig Dollhouse
Fri 7/14: Hubcap Stealers
Sat 7/15: DJ Pistolero

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 7/5: Brad Dutz, Bruce Lett, Jasper Dutz & Chris Fishman
Thurs 7/6: Bill Banister’s Blue Dog Project
Fri 7/7: Jazz Express
Sat 7/8: Doug Webb Group featuring Danny Carey of TOOL
Wed 7/12: Meridian Trio
Fri 7/14: Brad Rabuchin & Friends

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs 7/6: DJ Nolan Trovble
Fri 7/7: Big Adventure
Sat 7/8: Johnny Hawthorn Band
Fri 7/14: The Automatics
Sat 7/15: Shawn Jones
Sun 7/16: Rebel Shake Down

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 7/8: Catterwailers

Surf Rodeo
Pierpont and Seaward
at Beach
Sat 7/15: Mariachi El Bronx, Tijuana Panthers, Raging Arb & the Redheads, The Rouse, Velveteen Band, Honey Owl, Bird Brain, Herbal Rootz, more…
Sun 7/16: Super Duper Kyle, The Aggrolites, Rey Fresco, Thee Commons, Aunt Jane’s Pancakes, Highway Starr, Vonettes, Ashe Blanco, more…

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264

Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Wed 3/5: Disrupted, Euphoria

Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road
Ventura Music Festival events

Fri 7/14: Roger Kellaway
Sat 7/15: Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Sun 7/16: Nuvi Mehta & Friends

The Wine Rack (Vintura)
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thurs 7/6: Scott Avendano
Fri 7/7: Jason Ho
Sat 7/8: Medicine Hat
Sun 7/9: Juanita
Fri 7/14: Jason “Gordo” Gordon
Sat 7/15: James Broz
Sun 7/16: Jason Ho

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun
with Kenny Devoe


Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

YAY!!! It’s time for Surf Rodeo with two days of fun in the sun at the beach and featuring not only a surf competition, but cool bands playing on two stages over the weekend of July 15th and 16th. There will be tons of music featuring artists like Rey Fresco, Thee Commons, Stoneflys, 50 Sticks of Dynamite, Bird Brain, The Rouse, Honey Owl, Mariachi El Bronx, and Super Duper Kyle who will be performing on Sunday (he’s been selling out shows in Chicago, Detroit, etc…). Be sure to swing by the VenturaRocks.com and Ventura Breeze booth on Seaward while you’re out having fun and say hello!

You won’t want to miss Women in the Round, “Voices”, at the Bell Arts Factory on Saturday, July 15 with performances from Andrea Landin, Michelle Rosenblum (aka Melody Bird), Donna Lynn Caskey, Shelby Figueroa and Amber Bassett. Show starts at 7 and it would be awesome of you to make a donation at the door to support their efforts.

 

Throwing Oxnard some love, the Collection at River park is offering free summer concerts on Thursday nights beginning with Dirty Rice on July 6 followed by Led Zepagain on the 13th, and Southbound and Company on July 22.

Congratulations to Jan for opening her third restaurant (she also owns Prime here in Ventura), this one is right smack dab in the middle of downtown Ventura at 391 E. Main Street. She named it Casa Bella and will be providing live music three nights a week: Tuesdays with Adam Tunney and “Rat Pack” type music, Encore on Fridays with R&B Motown sound, and cool jazz on Saturdays with Ricky Williams. All music is expected to get underway by 7 pm.

If you’re a TOOL fan, then you know the band just wrapped up a tour (yeah, no new album yet) which means drummer Danny Carrey has some extra time on his hands so he’ll be once again joining the Doug Webb Group at Squashed Grapes when they play on Saturday, July 8. Be sure to secure tickets at (805) 643-7300.

Quick notes: The Queens of the Stone Age concert at the Ventura Theater has been canceled, Kelly’s Lot is opening for Junior Brown at the Canyon Club on July 9, Music Under the Stars kicks off their summer concert season July 15 at Olivas Adobe with WhosNext; Tim Curran and The Brambles will be at Beach House Tacos on the Ventura Pier, Sunday, July 16 4-7 pm; and finally the 2017 Ventura Music Festival kicks off their “An American Season” featuring 23 performances this year including Perla Batalla’s tribute to Leonard Cohen on Friday, July 21, and Simply Three on Saturday July 22 at Ventura College Performing Arts Center, all of their events and ticket information can be found at VenturaMusicFestival.org.

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.