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Vol. 11, No. 10 – Feb 14 – Feb 27, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

There have been a number of events that have brought our community together over the years but few made as big an impact as the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival did. They were able to raise over $700,000.00 for victims of the Thomas Fire. One hundred percent of the ticket sales along with a percentage of the food, beverage and t-shirt sales went to the fund. Add to that the fact that day was virtually flawless what with the videos in between acts (produced by Mark Gillard), the speeches, the performances by Olivia Newton-John, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Colbie Caillat and all the others, it was an amazing day that brought us together so we could stand with those who lost everything. Mark Hartley told me that for him the most important aspect of the day was that everyone rose to the occasion to help, from City staff, VPD, the artists performing for free, the sponsors, all those who rolled up their sleeves and got it done, to the people who showed up to support, he confessed that it was a tremendous feeling.

It truly was cathartic and I couldn’t love this town more.

And yet another event to help our community heal through music will be held at Mission Park on Sunday, February 25. This one features Grammy-nominated, Perla Batalla; Tom Scott and the LA Express; Grammy-winning artist, Diego Garcia; Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director, Nuvi Mehta as well as other special guests. This family friendly event is absolutely free to the public, no tickets or reservations are necessary and you’re invited to bring low profile chairs or blankets to sit on at the park. The concert is expected to run from 3 – 4:30 pm.

I’m looking forward to new music coming from Jade Hendrix, the first single, “Purpose” is set to be released February 15. Hologram Empire has a new album with a June 22 release date. It features other local artists including Danielle Stacy, Lauren Peterson as well as other guest artists; the band had their television debut January 31 on the PBS show, Celebration of Music.

Congratulations to Jon Gindick for pulling off another successful Blues Harmonica Jam Camp at the Pierpont Inn this past week. It was a treat for those who caught a couple of the outings so camp players could perform in front of an audience including gigs at the Hong Kong Inn and a Jam Camp Revue at Grapes and Hops.
Quick notes: Yachtley Crew continues their Thursday night residency at Bombay’s through February; Tribal Seeds “Roots Party” with the original Wailers and the Expanders will be at the Ventura Theater, Saturday, February 17; the Young Dubliners return to Ventura for a show at Discovery on Wednesday, February 21; and the Dive Bar Messiahs make their debut appearance at Grapes and Hops on Saturday, February 24, you know it’s gonna be a scene!

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. 11, No. 10 – Feb 14 – Feb 27, 2018 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark McGinis
Thursdays: Blue Grass Jam
Fri 2/16: Teresa Russell
Sat 2/17: Karen Eden and Bill Macpherson
Sun 2/18: Corsican Brothers
Fri 2/23: Teresa Russell
Sat 2/24: Beach City Sound Club
Sun 2/25: Déjà vu Too

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Thursdays: Yachtley Crew
Friday and Saturdays: DJs
Sun 2/18: The Inside Break; Robert Quindaro

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Wed 2/14: Donna Butler
Thurs 2/15: Coso Live
Fri 2/16: Instone
Sat 2/17: Red Muffs
Tues 2/20: Bryan McCann
Wed 2/21: Big Adventure
Thurs 2/22: Self Righteous Bros.
Fri 2/23: The Collective
Sat 2/24: Self Righteous Bros.
Tues 2/27: Mari Nobre

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

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 7 pm
Wed 2/14: Jade Hendrix
Sat 2/17: Mason Summit
Sat 2/24: Doc Ventura

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

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Tuesdays: The Jerry McWorter Trio
Wednesdays: Creative Open Mic Jazz Jam
Saturdays: Havana 5
Fri 2/16: Jazz Express
Sun 2/18: Brandon Ragan
Fri 2/23: Martinez Brothers
Sun 2/25: Karen Eden

Cork
1930 E. Main Street
Music 6-8 pm
Wed 2/14: The Swillys

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 2/18: 4 pm Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 2/15: For Peace Band
Fri 2/16: Coso Franklin
Sat 2/17: Heavy Petty
Sun 2/18: Josh Heinrichs, SkillinJah, The Steppas, White Glove Service
Wed 2/21: Young Dubliners
Thurs 2/22: The Aggrolites
Fri 2/23: Hollywood Stones
Sat 2/24: The Molly Ringwald Project

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: Xoco Moraza & Friends
Sat 2/17: Sin Chonies
Sat 2/24: DJ DCMOFO

Four Brix
2290 Eastman Avenue
Music 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fri 2/16: Midlife Crisis
Fri 2/23: Karen Eden & Cary Park

Garage
1091 Scandia
Thurs 2/15: Bonnie “Blue” Shay Moulder, Greer, The Book of Abel
Fri 2/16: Spider, The Lungs, Total Massacre
Sat 2/17: Riley Real
Thurs 2/22: All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, In Decline

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
Thurs 2/15: The Groove Lounge
Fri 2/16: The Salty Suites
Sat 2/17: Mojo Monkeys
Sun 2/18: Hot Cuppa Three
Wed 2/21: Durango Songwriters open mic
Fri 2/23: Shawn Jones Trio
Sat 2/24: The Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 2/25: Alastair Greene & Debbie Davies

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Wednesdays: Open mic night w/ Beer Brothers
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 2/16: Hi Hat Entertainment presents: Dale Peterson Trio
Sat 2/17: RJ Mischo
Fri 2/23: Hi Hat Entertainment presents: Raoul Bhaneja

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues & Wed: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 2/16: Black Canyon Band
Sat 2/17: What the Funk
Fri 2/23: Sean Wiggins
Sat 2/24: Cross Cut

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Tuesdays: Galactic Jazz
Thursdays: Live Jazz Jam Sessions
Wed 2/21: The Swillys

Limon y Sal
598 E. Main Street
(805) 628-3868
Thurs 2/22: DJ J Scratch

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 2/15: Sam Kulchin
Sat 2/17: FoxTrax
Sun 2/18: RJ Mischo and his Red-hot Blues Band
Thurs 2/22: Wanderlodge
Sat 2/24: Bad Leaf
Sun 2/25: Sea at Last

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Sat 2/17: Tribal Seeds

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor
Fri 2/16: Blown Over
Sat 2/17: Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 2/18: Living Daylights

Mission Park
Next to Museum Downtown Ventura
Sun 2/25: Perla Batalla, Tom Scott and the LA Express, Diego Garcia, Nuvi Mehta

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street
Thursdays 11:30 am: Warren Takahaski

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 2/16: Karen Eden
Sat 2/24: Live Band Karaoke

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

Patio at Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Thursdays: Hermano’s Herrera Trio
Fri 2/16: Pull the Trigger
Sat 2/17: Carmen & the Renegades
Fri 2/23: Vanisse Terry Band
Sat 2/24: Carmen & the Renegades

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
Sat 2/3: Raised on Vinyl

Rhubline Restaurant
1510 Anchors Way
Wed 2/14: Karen Eden & Cary Park

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

Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
Fri 2/23: Sin Chonies

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 2/17: Tequila Picnic
Sun 2/18: Ashton York
Sat 2/24: DJ Indakut
Sun 2/25: Addison Street

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Wed 2/14: Eric Harrington
Thurs 2/15: Coda
Fri 2/16: LJ & the Boyz
Sat 2/17: RJ Root with Jim Fox
Tues 2/20: Jazz Jam
Wed 2/21: Dog Fish
Thurs 2/22: Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion
Fri 2/23: Tony Ybarra & Friends
Sat 2/24: Barrelhouse Wailers

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 2/16: Los Locos
Sat 2/17: Pull the Trigger
Fri 2/23: Power Syndicate
Sat 2/24: Whiskey Stone

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 2/16: Soul Infusion
Sat 2/17: Die Evil Die, Ninefinger
Fri 2/23: The Caverns
Sat 2/24: Black Stripes

Topa Mountain Winery
821 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai
(805) 640-1190
Music 3-5 pm
Sat 2/17: Shawn Jones
Sun 2/18: Patricia Avis Trio
Sat 2/24: National Cash
Sun 2/25: Wanderlodge

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Sundays music at 2 pm
Wed 2/14: Toni Jannotta
Thurs 2/15: Dogfish
Fri 2/16: Jodi Farrell & Jim Rankin
Sat 2/17: Kevin Landen & Friends
Sun 2/18: Epitome of Dreams
Thurs 2/22: Andy D
Fri 2/23: Bushwhackers
Sat 2/24: Déjà vu Too
Sun 2/25: Epitome of Dreams

Wicked’s Brew
4561 Market Street, Suite C
(805) 275-2334
Thurs 2/22: Vivien Mason & Jimmy Calire

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun with Kenny Devoe
Fridays 5-7: Kenny Devoe
Sat 2/17: Carlo
Sat 2/24: Teresa Russell

 

Vol. 11, No. 9 – Jan 31 – Feb 13, 2018 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark McGinis
Thursdays: Blue Grass Jam
Fri 2/2: Karen Eden & Cary Park
Sat 2/3: Kenny Devoe
Fri 2/9: Stephen Huntleya
Sat 2/10: Tom & Milo
Sun 2/11: Déjà vu Too

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Thursdays: Yachtley Crew
Friday and Saturdays: DJs
Thurs 2/8: The Spires, Twin Ponies, Dent
Sun 2/11: The Barn Burners, Serena Band

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
(805) 653-1266
Fri 2/2: Rick Whitfield
Sat 2/3: Young Demsey
Tues 2/6: Donna Greene
Wed 2/7: Bryan McCann
Thurs 2/8: Fabulous Hanovers
Fri 2/9: Soul Infusion
Sat 2/10: Otis Hayes
Tues 2/13: Fabulous Hangovers

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

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 7 pm
Sat 2/3: Sarah Lightman
Sat 2/10: Will Breman

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

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Tuesdays: The Jerry McWorter Trio
Wednesdays: Creative Open Mic Jazz Jam
Saturdays: Havana 5
Fri 2/2: Brandon Ragan
Fri 2/9: Martinez Brothers
Sun 2/11: Kenny Devoe

Cork
1930 E. Main Street
Music 6-8 pm
Wed 2/31: The Swillys

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

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 2/1: Cydeways w/ Irie Essence
Fri 2/2: Danielle Stacy w/ Channel
Sat 2/3: Which One’s Pink
Thurs 2/8: Fishbone w/ Legalizer
Sat 2/10: The Blasters

Four Brix
2290 Eastman Avenue
Music 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fri 2/2: JJ Frank Duo

Garage
1091 Scandia
Thurs 2/1: Final Drive, Void Vator
Fri 2/2: Public Trash, Armed Voices, TSR, Auxilio
Sat 2/3: The Sleeping Sea King, Throw the Goat
Sat 2/10: Valor & Vengeance, Claustrofobia, Taipan, Sangre

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
Sun 2/4: The Tossers at 3 pm

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Wednesdays: Open mic night w/ Beer Brothers
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 2/2: Hi Hat Entertainment presents: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Fri 2/9: Hi Hat Entertainment presents: James Armstrong Band

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues & Wed: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 2/2: What the Funk
Sat 2/3: Heathers on Kire
Fri 2/9: Red Rhythm
Sat 2/10: DJ Aaron VanGundy

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Tuesdays: Galactic Jazz
Thursdays: Live Jazz Jam Sessions
Fri 2/2: Tom and Milo
Sat 2/10: Mark Masson and Phriends

Limon y Sal
598 E. Main Street
(805) 628-3868
Thursdays: DJ J Scratch

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 2/1: Sayles & Cairns

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Fri 2/9: J Boog

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street
Thursdays 11:30 am: Warren Takahaski

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Wednesdays: Karaoke

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

Patio at Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Sat 2/3: The Mighty Cash Cats

Plaza Park
Chestnut and Santa Clara
Sat 2/3: Thomas Fire Benefit Festival with Kevin Costner & Modern West, Olivia Newton-John, Colbie Caillat, Super Duper Kyle, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Zon Candela

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Mon 2/5: Wyatt Haupt

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
Sat 2/3: Raised on Vinyl

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 2/3: Ashton York
Sun 2/4: Dry Creek Strangers

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 2/9: Power Syndicate
Sat 2/10: The Glimmer Stars

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 2/2: Charles Law Band
Sat 2/3: Dive Bar Messiahs
Fri 2/9: CRV
Sat 2/10: Time Bomb

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Sat 2/3: Chopper Fest pre-party with Gethen Jenkins, The Hubcap Stealers

Topa Mountain Winery
821 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai
(805) 640-1190
Music 3-5 pm
Sun 2/4: Sophie Holt
Sat 2/10: Fox Trax
Sun 2/11: Conner Cherland

Ventura Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd
Sun 2/4: Chopper Fest featuring Gethen Jenkins, Kelly’s Lot, The bob Carillo Blues Band

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Sundays music at 2 pm
Thurs 2/1: Nick Justiniano
Sat 2/3: Frank Barajas & the Corsican Brothers

Wicked’s Brew
4561 Market Street, Suite C
(805) 275-2334
Sat 2/3: The Swillys at 5:30 pm

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Music at noon Sat & Sun with Kenny Devoe
Fridays 5-7: Kenny Devoe
Sat 2/3: Teresa Russell 7 pm
Sat 2/10: Karen Eden 7 pm

Vol. 11, No. 9 – Jan 31 – Feb 13, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

It should come as no surprise that the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival sold out one week before the concert having only been announced less than two and half weeks previously. For those of us who have tickets, the event takes place at Plaza Park at the corner of Chestnut and Santa Clara downtown Ventura on Saturday, February 3. Gates open at 2 pm for VIPs with general admission at 4 pm; blankets and chairs welcomed as there will be no priority seating so get there early for a good seat to catch Kevin Costner and Modern West, Olivia Newton-John, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the rest of the acts on the bill.

Just a quick follow up on two past events, first the Delgado Brothers headlining the fundraiser at Discovery on January 19, raised $3705 for Ventura FOOD Share and the Ventura United Way Thomas Fire Fund; and the 805 Love Notes on Sunday, January 14, raised $8,000, and those funds go directly to the families and individuals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties through 805Arise, Help California and Santa Barbara Music Foundation.

Back to the business at hand, Chopper Fest falls on Sunday, February 4th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, it had to be rescheduled due to the Thomas Fire in December. Along with all the hot rides to check out, you can enjoy music from Gethen Jenkins, Kelly’s Lot and The Bob Carrillo Blues Band.

Paulie Cerra returns to Ventura for a show at the Hong Kong Inn on Saturday, February 10th. While he may be best known as Joe Bonamassa and John Scofield’s touring tenor sax player, this show will focus on his songwriting, singing and keyboard work. Ray Jaurique & The Uptown Brothers will open the show at 7pm with new songs to be featured on their upcoming CD being recorded at Ventura’s Castaway7 studios.

A couple more artists back in the studio include Tommy Marsh who has been working overtime producing a new album for Crooked Eye Tommy at Brotheryn Studios, where I was invited to hang out and watch the recording process recently, and let me tell you, it was too cool for school!  And Stephanie Gladhart and Jerry Careaga of The Blue Music are tracking their next LP down at Capital Records early February. Their debut EP has already started getting radio play around the country and in Europe.

Quick notes: The Tossers first Sunday residency has landed at Grapes and Hops starting at 3 pm; Leashless Brewery is offering up jazz twice a week, Tuesdays with John Bardi and Thursdays with Davey Miller; Emergenz has regrouped as Dry Creek Strangers, you can catch them at noon on Sunday, February 4 at the Sandbox Coffeehouse; and The Blasters return to town for a gig at Discovery on Saturday, February 10.

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. 11, No. 8 – Jan 17 – Jan 30, 2018 – Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com

Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark McGinis
Thursdays: Blue Grass Jam
Fri 1/19: Blue Motel Room
Fri1/26: Teresa Russell
Sat 2/27: Mark McKinis

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Thursdays: Yachtley Crew
Friday and Saturdays: DJs
Wed 1/24 8 pm Lucky Devils Band showcase

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

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
Music at 7 pm
Sat 1/20: Milo Sledge
Sat 1/27: Jon Gindick

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

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Tuesdays: The Jerry McWorter Trio
Wednesdays: Creative Open Mic Jazz Jam
Saturdays: Havana 5
Sun 1/21: Brandan Ragan
Fri 1/26: Lorenzo Martinez

Cork
1930 E. Main Street
Music 6-8 pm
Wednesdays: The Swillys

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 1/21: 4 pm Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 1/18: Kyle Smith
Fri 1/19: Thomas Fire Benefit w/ Delgado Brothers, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Guy Martin, Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers
Sat 1/20: Cubensis
Fri 1/26: Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System
Sat 1/27: New Kingston, The Late Onez

Four Brix
2290 Eastman Avenue
Music 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fri 1/19: Curtis James
Fri 1/26: Fido

Garage
1091 Scandia
Fri 1/26: 2mex, Points of Ellipsis, Shred TVT, Mic Justice
Sat 1/27: The Living Deads, Hillbilly Casino

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
Thurs 1/18: The Groove Lounge w/ Tariqh Akoni and Curt Bisquera
Fri 1/19: The Brandon Ragan Project

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 1/19: Hi Hat Entertainment presentsPaul Pigot
Sat 1/20: Voodoo Dawn, Blackstar
Sun 1/21 4 pm Misunderstood
Fri 1/26: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Albert Cummings
Sat 1/27: The Brian Faith Band

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues & Wed: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 1/19: What the Funk
Sat 1/20: Old School Band
Fri 1/26: Crosscutt
Sat 1/27: Wired

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Tuesdays: Galactic Jazz
Thursdays: Live Jazz Jam Sessions
Fri 1/26: Bad Leaf

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 1/18: Big Tweed
Sat 1/20: Kyle Swan
Sat 1/27: Skin & Bones
Sun 1/28: Sea at Last

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Fri 1/19: Zoso
Wed 1/24: Eric Johnson

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street
Thursdays 11:30 am: Shay Moulder

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Wednesdays: Karaoke

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

Patio at Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Thurs 1/4: Andres Herrera Trio
Fri 1/19: CRV
Sat 1/20: Brandon Ragan
Fri 1/26: Pull the Trigger
Sat 1/27: The Mighty Cash Cats

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Mon 1/22: Wyatt Haupt

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 1/20: Dan McNay
Sun 1/21: Ben Guihan
Sat 1/27: Steve Bedau
Sun 1/28: Bruce Mancuso

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 1/19: Sick Boy
Sat 1/20: Stevie Char
Fri 1/26: The Rouse
Sat 1/27: DJ Pistolero

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Wed 1/17: Native Vibe
Thurs 1/18: Coda
Sat 1/20: Mitch Forman Trio

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 1/19: Shawn Jones
Sat 1/20: Pull the Trigger
Fri 1/26: Bloody Reunion
Sat 1/27: Whiskey Stone

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 1/19: Young Dempsey
Sat 1/20: Danielle Stacy
Fri 1/26: I Want my 80’s
Sat 1/27: The Black Stripes

Ventura High School Auditorium
2 N. Catalina Street
Sun 1/28: 3 pm Ventura County Concert Band

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Sundays music at 2 pm
Fri 1/19: Paul Mars Black
Sat 1/20: Jodi Farrell & Jim Rankin
Sun 1/21: Toni Jannotta & Friends
Fri 1/26: Rich Sheldon & Carl Osterlof
Sat 1/27: Kevin Longden & Friends
Sun 1/28: Marcel Hernandez

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

Vol. 11, No. 8 – Jan 17 – Jan 30, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

The Thomas Fire benefit 805 Love Notes concert at the Ventura Theater on Sunday, January 14, was an amazing day of talent celebrating first responders and raising money for Help-California.org, a grassroot efforts to help our community recovery. Just a few of the highlights were performances by Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, the return of Shades of Day and Franklin for Short as well as all the artists who donated their time. I can’t thank Steve and Polly Hoganson enough for inviting me to emcee the day.

Mark Hartley gave me the head’s up for the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival (www.ThomasFireBenefit.com) to be held at Plaza Park on Saturday, February 3. He said this one will be one for the books, and I can’t disagree as the headliner will be Kevin Costner and Modern West along with Olivia Newton John, Colbie Caillat, Super Duper Kyle, and Ventura’s own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. When asked what it means to be a part of the fundraiser, BBVD front man, Scotty Morris, told me, “It means everything to us! We were on the road when the Thomas Fires kicked in and it was personally one of the most painful tours of my career. Watching my city burn on [social media] is hard to put into words. To see my family and my friends and my community facing such unbelievable horrors in our beautiful city was heartbreaking. All we wanted to do was get back home and help.” I also hear more acts may be added, so keep tuned!

And yet another Thomas Fire benefit will be held this month at Discovery on Friday, January 19, with The Delgado Brothers, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Guy Martin and Ray Jaurique & the Uptown Brothers. 100% of the funds raised will go to Ventura County Food Share Food Bank, The United Way Thomas Fire Fund and the Red Cross Thomas Fire Fund.

Quick notes: The Boatyard Pub now offers live music Tuesday through Saturday, Yachtley Crew continues their Thursday night residency at Bombays, Cubensis returns to Ventura for a show on Saturday January 20 at Discovery, Tariqh Akoni and Curt Bisquera play Grapes and Hops on Thursday, January 18 as The Groove Lounge; Made West celebrates their 2-year anniversary Saturday, January 27 with Skin & Bones; and the Ventura County Concert Band has a free concert for the family on Sunday, January 28 at Ventura High School’s auditorium.

I’ll be spinning new music over the next few weeks from Karyn 805, Anchor & Bear and Brent Franklin on the Pam Baumgardner Music Hour which airs weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 and Sundays at noon) on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM here in Ventura, and worldwide on the internet, at www.CapsMedia.org/Radio. Help support real local radio supporting local artists in the 805.

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. 11, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 16, 2018 – Music Calender

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Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesdays: Mark McGinis
Thursdays: Blue Grass Jam
Fri 1/5: Frank Barajas
Sat 1/6: Eden Eden & Cary Park
Fri 1/12: Teresa Russell
Sat 1/13: Jason Ho

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Thursdays: Yachtley Crew
Friday and Saturdays: DJs

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

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

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Tuesdays: The Jerry McWorter Trio
Saturdays: Havana 5

Dargan’s Irish Pub
593 E. Main Street
Sun 1/7: 4 pm Sunday Drivers

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 1/4: Layovr
Fri 1/5: Twisted Gypsy
Sat 1/6: Tribal Theory, Rital Movement
Thurs 1/11: Rising Son
Fri 1/12: High Voltage
Sat 1/13: Waddy Wachtel

Four Brix
2290 Eastman Avenue
Fri 1/12: Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson

Garage
1091 Scandia
Sat 1/6: Sharks of Dance, Cruel Reflections

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 1/13: Darkside Cosplay

The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Awesome Sauce

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 1/5: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Kelly’s Lot
Fri 1/12: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Rob Rio

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues & Wed: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 1/5: Pull the Trigger
Sat 1/6: Wax Off
Fri 1/12 Sean Wiggins
Sat 1/13: Coz Broz

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Thursdays: Live Jazz Jam Sessions

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 1/4: Matt Sayles & Guest
Sat 1/6: Will Breman
Sun 1/7: Corey Leiter & RJ Bacchitta
Thurs 1/11: Conner Cherland
Sat 1/13: Anchor and Bear
Sun 1/14: RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Blues Band

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Sat 1/6: TSOL, Ill Repute, The Grim, Stalag 13, The Boxheads, more…
Sun 1/14: 805 Love Notes with Glen Phillips, Chris Pierce, Lee Koch, Shane Alexander, Tim Curran, Todd Hannigan and more…

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Wednesdays: Karaoke

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

Patio at Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Thurs 1/4: Andres Herrera Trio
Fri 1/5: Vanise Terry Band
Sat 1/6: Brandon Ragan
Fri 1/12: InStone
Sat 1/13: Pull the Trigger

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
Sat 1/6: Jason Graae & Faith Prince (8 pm)
Sun 1/7: Jason Graae & Faith Prince (2 & 7 pm)

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 1/6: Dan McNay
Sun 1/14: EJ Mathews

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 1/5: DJ Pistolero
Sat 1/6: Bombafiya
Fri 1/12: Las Grimas, Worth Taking, Build them to Break

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 1/5: The Automatics
Sat 1/6: Dive Bar Messiahs
Fri 1/12: CRV
Sat 1/13: The Flailingtons

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 1/5: DJ Aycer
Sat 1/6: Red Muffs
Fri 1/12: Soul Infusion
Sat 1/13: Rich Sheldon

Topa Mountain Winery
821 W. Ojai Avenue
Music Saturdays: 3-5 pm; Sundays 2-4 pm
Sat 1/6: Dan Grimm
Sun 1/7: Cindy Kalmenson & the Lucky Ducks
Sat 1/13: Danny McGaw
Sun 1/14: Karen Eden

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Sundays music at 2 pm
Fri 1/5: Paul Mars Black
Sat 1/6: Rebel Rose
Sun 1/7: Paul McCallum
Fri 1/12: Karyn 805
Sat 1/13: Rich Sheldon & Carl Osterlof
Sun 1/14: Encantro das Aguas

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

Vol. 11, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 16, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

I’m happy to report that our community continues to rally to help raise funds for Thomas Fire relief. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Ventura becoming stronger and more vibrant this year, and music has a lot to do with that.

The next big benefit comes from the former owners of Zoey’s, Steve and Polly Hoganson entitled 805 Love Notes which is being billed as a thank you to the first responders and a Thomas Fire relief benefit concert at the Ventura Theater on Sunday, January 14. The show starts at 4 in the afternoon with so many Zoey’s alumni on the bill including Chris Pierce, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jesse Siebenberg (Lukas Nelson), Lee Koch, Leslie Stevens, the Pendleton Sisters, Shawn Jones, Bryan Titus, Seth Pettersen, Trevor Beld, Shades of Day, Shane Alexander, Tim Curran, Todd Hannigan and more! It promises to be a lovely evening filled with so much love for all our heroes.

Another benefit (which was scheduled before the fire) is Nardcore Punk Rock to Walk Me Home which supports sheltered and fostered dogs find new homes. This one falls on Saturday, January 6, at the Ventura Theater with TSOL headlining along with Nardcore bands on the bill such as Ill Repute, Stalag 13, Boxheads, The Big Problem and Civil Conflict.

Quick notes: Dwight Yoakam’s rescheduled show at the Ventura Theater is Thursday, January 4; Yachtley Crew begins a Thursday night residency at Bombay’s this month; Hi Hat Entertainment has Kelly’s Lot on Friday, January 5, and Rob Rio on Friday January 12; The Golden China is hosting a Thomas Fire fundraiser featuring Darkside Cosplay on Saturday, January 13.

Oh! Just so you know, I heard an advance rough cut of a new song written by Tommy Marsh featuring some of my favorite players here in town, Tommy Marsh, Guy Martin and Shawn Jones. The tune is called “Rise from the Ashes” and according to Tommy he hopes to raise money for ongoing Thomas Fire relief funds. The next stage is to add more players and a vocal choir. Additional artists expected to contribute their time to this project include Johnny Main (The 44’s), Robert Ramirez and Michelle Voltrian (Medicine Hat), Jodi Farrell and students, Evangeline Noelle (Sisterook), Kelly Z and Perry Robertson (Kelly’s Lot), and more! I cannot wait to hear the final product and you know I’ll be spinning it on my radio show.

And speaking of which, the Pam Baumgardner Music Hour continues to air weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 and Sundays at noon) on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM here in Ventura, but the station is also worldwide now on the internet, so no excuses! Invite your family and friends to tune in for so many great artists out of the 805, just tell them to adjust for their specific time zone. They can find the station at www.CapsMedia.org/Radio.

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. 11, No. 6 – Dec 20, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Music Calendar

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Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Fri 12/22 – RJ Mischo & Paris Slim
Sat 12/23 – Unkle Monkey
Fri 12/29: Teresa Russell
Sat 12/30: CRV Trio

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Fridays: DJs; Karaoke
Sat 12/23: Shaky Feelin’

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 12/20: Donna Butler
Thurs 12/21: Fabulous Hangovers
Fri 12/22: Alex Nestor
Sat 12/23: Ricky Coz
Tues 12/26: Fabulous Hangovers
Wed 12/27: Big Adventure
Thurs 12/28: Amber & Smoke
Fri 12/29: Red Muffs
Sat 12/30: Young Dempsey
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Young Dempsey; Big Adventure

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

Cask Alehouse
5952 Telegraph Road
(805) 765-4201
Music 7-9 pm
Sat 12/23: Sarah Lightman
Sat 12/30: Jon Gindick
Sun 12/31: Will Breman

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

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Tuesdays: The Jerry McWorter Trio
Wednesdays: Creative Open Mic Jazz Jam
Fri 12/22: Martinez Brothers
Sat 12/23: Havana 5
Fri 12/29: Havana 5
Sat 12/30: Havana 5
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Brandon Ragan Project

Cork
1930 E. Main Street
Music 6-8 pm
Wednesdays: The Swillys

Discovery
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 12/21: The Aggrolites w/ Slightly Stooped Horns
Fri 12/22: Smash Mouth; The Inside Break
Thurs 12/28: Tomorrows Bad Seeds
Fri 12/29: Heavy Petty
Sat 12/30: Cash’d Out
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Hirie

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

Garage
1091 Scandia
Fri 12/22: DJ Darko

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with What the Funk

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 and Sat 8 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Fri 12/22: Tex Pistols
Sat 12/23: Alastair Greene
Fri 12/29: Shawn Jones Trio
Sat 12/30: Brandon Ragan Project
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Barrelhouse Wailers

The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Awesome Sauce

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mondays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 12/22: Hi Hat Entertainment presents James Intveld & Elvis Blue Christmas
Sat 12/23: Roberto Valley & Carlye Bariteau & Friends
Sat 12/30: The Bomb
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Misunderstood

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues & Wed: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 12/22: Heathers on Fire
Sat 12/23: Reigh
Fri 12/29: CRV
Sat 12/30: Loose Cannons
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Crosscut

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Fri 12/22: Jade Hendrix
Sat 12/23: Danielle Stacy

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 12/21: Dan Grimm
Fri 12/22: Inertia
Sat 12/23: Jeff Uzzel
Thurs 12/38: Alice Austin

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Fri 12/22: 5th Annual Holiday Sing-a-long
Fri 12/29: Chicano Batman

Moose Lodge
10269 Telephone Road
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with House Arrest band

O’Leary’s
6555 Telephone Road
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri 12/22: M1-6

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

Patio at Players Casino
Auto Center Drive
Thurs 12/21: Andres Herrera Trio
Fri 12/22: Carmen & The Renegades
Sat 12/23: 805 All Starz
Thurs 12/28: Andres Herrera Trio
Fri 12/29: 805 All Starz

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
Sun 12/24: Ashton York
Sat 12/30: Steve Badau
Sun 12/31: Robert Quinda

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 12/22: Divided Heaven
Sat 12/23: DJ Pistolero
Fri 12/29: DJ Pistolero
Sat 12/30: Seaside Band
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with DJ Darko

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main Street
Music 7-10 pm
Wed 12/20: eSmooth featuring Fundi
Thurs 12/21: Tilford Jackson’s Christmas Special
Fri 12/22: Dogfish
Sat 12/23: Doug Webb Quartet
Fri 12/29: Carey Frank and Bruce Forman
Sat 12/30: Studio C Jazz Band

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 12/22: Shawn Jones Trio
Sat 12/23: Pull the Trigger
Fri 12/29: Bloody Reunion
Sat 12/30: Whiskey Stone
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with Alastair Greene

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Metal Wednesdays
Get it Right Thursday DJs
Fri 12/22: Noble Grizwald
Sun 12/31: NYE Party with DJ Aycer
Topa Mountain Winery
821 W. Ojai Avenue
Music 3-5 pm
Sat 12/30: Alan Thornhill, Martin Young & Jim Monahan
Sun 12/31: Natalie Gelman

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Thurs 12/21: Vanise Terry Band
Fri 12/22: Jason Ho
Sat 12/23: Déjà vu Too
Thurs 12/28: Andy D
Fri 12/29: Epitome of Dreams
Sat 12/30: Kevin Longden & Friends

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

Vol. 11, No. 6 – Dec 20, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com

I’m not going to lie, this is awkward. How does one write about promoting a music scene while so many around us are suffering major loses? We’re suppose to be celebrating the most joyous time of the year and we find ourselves affected by one of the worst disasters our City has ever had to endure. I’m a firm believer that music helps to heal, and thankfully we have a community of artists, venues and music supporters who have been rallying to help others. That is what I plan to take from this catastrophic event. The fundraisers, the donations of one’s tip jar, bands playing for free, venues offering their facilities, and the dozens and dozens in our community planning, creating, and supporting all these efforts. Yes, Ventura does and will continue to rock.

Here now, as promised, New Year’s Eve parties around town. Please contact the venues for ticket pricing and amenities and be sure the event has not sold out. Grapes and Hops will be hosting a Speakeasy themed party with the Barrelhouse Wailers; Discovery has Hirie in the house; The Tavern offers a dress-up black and white themed event with DJ Aycer; the Hong Kong Inn has the Misunderstood band; the Star Lounge snagged Alastair Greene for their party; The Greek at the Harbor has an “Under the Sea” themed soiree with the band Awesome Sauce; Café Fiore has Young Dempsey up front and Big Adventure in the Tree House; you can party at the Copa Cubana with the Brandon Ragan Project; you’ll find What the Funk at Gigi’s; Crosscut will be at the Keynote Lounge; the House Arrest band will be at the Moose Lodge; and there’ll be plenty of dancing with DJs at Bombay’s and Sans Souci.

Quick notes: Tilford Jackson’s Christmas special will be held on Thursday, December 21, at Squashed Grapes; Smash Mouth plays Discovery on Friday, December 22; the Ventura Theater 5th annual Holiday Sing-along has been rescheduled for Friday, December 22; Hi Hat Entertainment presents James Intveld and Elvis Blue Christmas on Friday, December 22, at the Hong Kong Inn; Shaky Feelin’ is hosting a Christmas show on Saturday, December 23, at Bombay’s; there’s a Ventura Strong community holiday party on Saturday, December 23, at the Ventura Beach Club with Hard Six, Raging Arb and the Redheads, Laura Ruth Ward, and DjPj; and just a reminder, Chopper Fest was postponed, new date is February 4.

And I just got the press release that Night Demon has announced Frost and Fire has gone global with their next event to be held in London over two days, May 11 and 12, 2018. Headlining will be Cirth Ungol. Way to go boys.

I’m wishing a safe, prosperous and harmonious year for one and all.

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.