Ventura Music Scene

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: […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 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 Wednesdays: Locals Showcase Sun 6/25: 5 pm Hot Cuppa Three; 9 pm Karaoke Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The 2017 Ventura Music Festival is still a few weeks away, which means you should get your tickets now to attend one or more, or all of the events they have lined up. The theme this year is “An American Season” with the grand finale staring the one and only Michael […] Read More »

Distinguished songbirds stage benefit

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Z. Perren will sing for a good cause on Sunday, June 25th, at 4pm at Temple Beth Torah. The duo is raising their voices with an American Songbook Sampling to benefit the Young Artists Fund of the Ventura Music Festival and to whet the appetite for the Festival’s big […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The Ojai Music Festival is underway taking over several venues and running June 8 – June 11. You’ll need tickets for most events, but there are several free concerts throughout the week.  You can get information at OjaiFestival.org. Rene Ponce gave me the lowdown on Goodnight Kiss when they recently played […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Music Calendar

Music Calendar or 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 Wednesdays: Locals Showcase Fri 6/16: The Inside Break, Nucklehead Sun 6/18: 5 pm Corsican Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 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 Wednesdays: Locals Showcase Sat 5/27: Heathers on Fire Boatyard Café Ventura Harbor Village Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry Bombay Bar […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Are you ready for the Cajun & Blues Festival?  It falls over Memorial Day weekend May 27-28th at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley. This year’s lineup looks pretty tasty with such notable acts at Doug Kershaw, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Yardbirds, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 & […] Read More »

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

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 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 Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke Boatyard Café Ventura Harbor Village Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry Bombay Bar & Grill 143 […] Read More »

Michael Feinstein to headline the 23rd Ventura Music Festival

At a free and public presentation held in the Ventura City Hall city council chambers on Feb.21, Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta revealed the lineup for the 23rd season of the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) to be held July 13-16 & 21-23. This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season” featuring great classical, jazz and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 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 Sun 3/5: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke Boatyard Café Ventura Harbor Village Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry Bombay Bar & Grill 143 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

Local music and more! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I’m extremely impressed with this year’s lineup for the Ventura Music Festival which includes headliner Michael Feinstein, but I’m really looking forward to catching Perla Batalla’s tribute to Leonard Cohen on Friday, July 21.  Yes, this is advance notice, but hopefully ticket sales will be brisk and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

One Degree of Separation by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com If you follow Ventura’s music scene, then you most likely know Brent Harding who can be heard playing bass in bands like the Whiskey Chimps, the Gypsy Blues Band, Hot Roux and others, but did you know he’s been Mike Ness’s bass man for Social Distortion since […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 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 Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke Sat 2/18: Dive Bar Messiahs Boatyard Café Ventura Harbor Village Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry Bombay Bar & Grill 143 […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition

High school jazz musicians performed for the judges and audience. On Jan. 22, in the Pavilion of the Pierpont Inn judges awarded cash prizes to outstanding Southern California’s best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) kicks off their new year. This was 11th annual competition for students and was attended by […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 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 Sundays: 9 pm Karaoke Boatyard Café Ventura Harbor Village Wednesdays 6-9 pm: Catfish Fry Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California Street Fridays: DJs […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

Bringing on the blues, jazz and more by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The line-up at Squashed Grape is getting hotter and hotter as we get further into 2017.  Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and friends return on Thursday February 2 with his band mPhaka; Bobby West (Wynton Marsalis, R.Kelly, Smokey Robinson) returns on Saturday, February […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 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 Wed 1/18: Live Band Karaoke Thurs 1/19: CRV Fri 1/20: Right Amount of Wrong Sat 1/21: Dive Bar Messiahs Sat: 5 pm music; 9 […] Read More »

Public invited to free 11th annual Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition

Judges will award cash prizes to three of Southern California’s best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) kicks off the new year with free competition performances open to the public on Sunday, January 22, from 2 to 3:30 pm, in the Pavilion of the Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road. No RSVP […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

Second hand blues and more… by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I’ve known Ashford Gordon and his music since back in the day when I was a DJ at KXBS radio here in Ventura in the 90’s, so I’ve been looking forward to his latest project the Second Hand Blues Band to make their debut and to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 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; 9 pm Musician’s Night Out Tuesdays: Open Mic Wed 1/4: Live Band Karaoke Thurs 1/5: Pull the Trigger Fri 1/6: Streetlight Cadence Sun 1/8: 5 pm Jade Hendrix; 9 pm Karaoke Wed 1/11: Musician’s Brew […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

Rockin’ in 2017 by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com From the foothills of Georgia, The Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring guitarist Jeff Autry will be returning to Ventura for a show at the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) local union at 3994 E. Main Street on Saturday, January 14. Loudermilk has been out on the road touring […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic w/ Beers Bros. Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 12/21: Live Band Karaoke Thurs 12/22: Dylan Schmidt & the Rhythm Souls Fri 12/23: Pull the Trigger Sun 12/25: 5 pm St Pierre Christmas Show Wed 12/28: Musician’s Brew […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Ventura Music Scene

To another rockin’ year! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Here we are ushering in another year. It’s when we take time to reflect back and it’s when we take time to look forward. If you know me at all, then you know that I’m a “glass-half-full” sort of gal. So, I’m looking forward to and postulating […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 – December 20, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic w/ Beers Bros. Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 12/7: Live Band Karaoke Thurs 12/8: After the Smoke Fri 12/9: Dive Bar Messiahs Sat 12/10: Inna Rude Mood Sun 12/11: 5 pm Jade Hendrix; 9 pm Karaoke Wed […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 – December 20, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Swing into the Season! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com There are plenty of music related holiday events to get you into the swing of the season. Let’s start with the Ones to Watch Productions hosting their first show at the Poinsettia Pavilion on Friday, December 16, with The Brambles and Bryan Titus Duo opening up for […] Read More »

Events at the Traveler Cafe

  Closed on Thanksgiving! Fri. Nov. 25: Post-Turkey Friday Specials & Happy Hour Live Jazz Chill-Out with Martin & Macias 4-7pm Sat. Nov. 26: R & R Saturday Specials & Christmas Gift Card Specials! Bernie Larsen plays Happy Hour 5-7 pm Sun, Nov. 27: Sunday Mimosa Brunch Special, Live Music 9:30 am – 1pm Thurs. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic w/ Beers Bros. Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 11/23: Coso Live – Musicians Brew Fri 11/25: Soul Machine Sat 11/26: Strange Weather Sun 11/27: 5 pm Bromero Captain Q & Flashman; 9 pm Karaoke Wed 11/30: Keith […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Welcoming the holidays! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I can safely say the holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with one of my favorite fundraisers, the 4 Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive.  The event will be held at the Ventura Beach Club on Sunday, November 26 from 3 to 11 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 11/9: Coso Live – Musicians Brew Thurs 11/10: Smokey & Friends Fri 11/11: Heavy Medicine Sat 11/12: Sin Chonies Sun 11/13: 5 pm Jade Hendrix: 9 pm Karaoke Wed 11/16: Live Band […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com You won’t want to miss Fortunate Youth when they open for Slightly Stoopid at the Ventura Theater, Friday, November 11.  They’re the creators of one of the biggest and most successful reggae compilations in the world, with all proceeds donated […] Read More »

Grammy in my district

by Pam Baumgardner One of the highest musical accomplishments one can earn is the Grammy awarded by the Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. And though most people think of the Grammys as just an annual televised event featuring their favorite artists, but the organization actually goes above and beyond with […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 10/26: Coso Live – Musicians Brew Thurs 10/27: Smokey & Friends Fri 10/28: Goodnight Kiss Sat 10/29: DJ JScratch Sun 10/30: 5 pm Milk & Honey; 9 pm Karaoke Wed 11/2: Live […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Halloween and much more! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com With Halloween falling on a Monday night this year, most venues are offering up parties the weekend before: On Friday night (the 28th), Bombay’s will host Hotel Clownafornia; The Garage has a Halloween Monster Bash with Radio Threat, Cursed Bastards and Inazuma; and there’s a Halloween party […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Tuesdays: Musicians Night Out Wed 10/12: Coso Live Fri 10/14 – The Right Amount of Wrong Sat 10/15 – Dive Bar Messiahs Sun 10/16 – 5 pm Corscian Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke Wed 10/19 – Live Band […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Ebbs and flows of our music scene by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Nobody likes change, especially when it involves the closing of another venue which offered live music.  I’ll admit to my disappointment; especially when walking by Saturday night and not hearing upbeat live music from W20 at the Watermark.  I wanted to berate Hartley for […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 9/28: Musicians Brew Fri 9/30: Pull the Trigger Sat 10/1: Wax off Sun 10/2: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 10/4: Blues Bullet Sun 10/9: Corsican Brothers Bombay Bar and Grill 143 S. California […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Folk fest to metal fest by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com High at the top of my list of things to do over the next few weeks is the Topa Topa Folk Fest being held at the beautiful Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Saturday, October 1. Ticket sales have been brisk, which is great because I’d love […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Suds and Tunes by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com California Beer Festival returns to Ventura with several events all week long at different venues in the area, but on Friday, there’s a Food and Beer Pairing Competition up at City Hall with music from Ross Harper and The Bomb; on Saturday, it’s their Craft Beer Heaven at […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Music Calendar

Music Calendar For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Sat 9/17: Dive Bar Messiahs Sun 9/18: 5 pm Corsican Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke Wed 9/21: Live Band Karaoke Sun 9/25: 5 pm Karen Eden Trio; 9 pm Karaoke Bombay Bar and Grill 143 S. […] Read More »

Santa Paula Society of the Arts hosting a free art demo by Wendy Winet Lefkowitz on Sept. 11

The Santa Paula Society of the Arts will host a free art demo given by Wendy Winet Lefkowitz on Sept. 11 from 2-4 pm at the Santa Paula Railroad Depot, 963 E. Santa Barbara St. She will be sharing her prize winning tips and techniques in watercolor. For more information about the Santa Paula Society […] Read More »

Floating dock concerts returns to the Ventura Harbor Village

  The Rock on the Dock Concert Series returns to the Ventura Harbor Village with a dynamite line-up of musicians performing free to the public on a floating dock in the Harbor. Kicking off the Labor Day weekend, September 3, and continuing the 10th, 17th and 24th, 3 –along the Village Promenade. Soak up the […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Help for budding artists by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Big help from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for our local schools! That’s $42,500 in funding to Ventura Unified School District earmarked to enhance existing visual and performing arts programs. The funds were made possible through the BBVD concert last April celebrating the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary.  […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Sat 9/3: The Barrelhouse Wailers Sun 9/4: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 9/6: Blues Bullet Bombay Bar and Grill 143 S. California St. (805) 643-4404 Fri 9/2 – Sun 9/4: 32nd annual Beach Party […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Idols, Icons, and more… by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com With the Ventura County Fair behind us leaving us with many cool memories of so many amazing concerts, I would be remissed if I didn’t share one slightly monumental event that took place on Tuesday afternoon.  One of our musical treasures we claim as our own is […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 8/17: Live Band Karaoke Fri 8/19: Vinyl Gypsies Sat 8/20: 5 pm Taylor Rae; 9 pm Dive Bar Messiahs Sun 8/21: 5 pm Corsican Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 8/23: Brandon Ragan Wed 8/24: Musicians Brew […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Music Scene

If the Fair is a Rockin’… by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Finally, it’s Fair time!!! Yippee! Deep fried foods of all kinds, here I come and I don’t feel too guilty as I’ll be burning off those empty calories dancing to all the great music coming our way. The fair officially opens on Wednesday August 3 […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 8/3: Live Band Karaoke Thurs 8/4: Dylan Schmidt & the Rhythm Souls Sat 8/6: The Seaside Band Sun 8/7: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke Café Fiore & Treehouse 66 S. California Street Wed 8/3: […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Spicy summer tunes! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The good folks that bring you Ventura’s Wine Walk, Champange on Main and Tequila and Taco Music Festival have moved the latter from the Collection to Ventura’s Plaza Park! The event will run over two days July 23 and 24th with music from Adelaide, Patron Latin Rhythms, Instone, SambaDá and Metalachi. More ticket information can be […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Music Calendar

Music Calendar For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 7/20: Patience Grey Thurs 7/21: Lamour & the Mystiks Fri 7/22: The Right Amount of Wrong Sat 7/23: DJ Rococo Sun 7/24: 5 pm The Swillys; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 7/26: Shure Thing Thurs […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Sat 7/9: DJ Cierra Sun 7/10: 5 pm Karen Eden; 9 pm Karaoke Sat 7/16: Divebar Messiahs Sun 7/17: 5 pm Corsican Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 7/19: Brandon Ragan Café Fiore & Treehouse 66 S. California […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Summer music heating up! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com One of my favorite events of the year, Surf Rodeo, is finally upon us over the weekend of July 16th and 17th! You won’t want to miss this year’s music line up with a great eclectic mix of local, near local and national with over two dozen […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 - Music Scene

American roots alive in Ventura by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Roadshow Revival is finally here the weekend of June 25 and 26 and will once again will be held at Mission Park downtown Ventura. I asked owner and found of RSR, Ross Emery, about the shift away from a tribute to the Man in Black and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 6/8: Davey Miller Thurs 6/9: Herbal Rootz Fri 6/10: Davey Miller Sat 6/11: DJ Erok Sun 6/12: 5 pm Jade Hendrix; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 6/14: Brandon Ragan Wed 6/15: Davey Miller Fri 6/17: 5 pm […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Music and the Arts by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Very Ventura is one of the coolest stores in town featuring local vendors. It’s also where you’ll find the Ventura Rocks Music Listening Station which offers recorded music from local musicians.  They have a gorgeous gallery towards the back of the store called Gallery V which will […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Wed 5/25: Musicians Brew Thurs 5/26: After the Smoke Fri 5/27: 5 pm Karen Eden; 9 pm Corsican Brothers Sat 5/28: DJ Defcon Sun 5/29: 5 pm Seaside Band; 9 pm Karaoke Tues 5/31: Shure Thing Thurs […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Who to watch by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Ones to Watch Productions will be hosting a number of showcases at Grapes and Hops on Main Street.  Mimi Gilbert will be there on Saturday, May 28, and The Brambles on Saturday, June 4th.  Steve and Polly Hoganson (formerly of Zoey’s) most certainly have their fingers on the […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Tuesdays: Blues Sun 5/15: 5 pm Corsican Brothers; 9 pm Karaoke Sat 5/21: 9 pm Dive Bar Messiahs Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California St. 805-643-4404 Wed 5/11: The Jam with Mark Masson & Friends Sun […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Local Artist Hitting the Big Time! by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Jacob Scesney is making me super proud…not only has he been touring the world with various bands including Postmodern Jukebox, but he’s been making the rounds with Mike Posner on the Ellen Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Jacob is one of the most […] Read More »

Project PrayerSong: Connecting people through the power of Music

by Ana K. Gonzalez Local musical initiative is launching their national tour right here at Bell Arts Factory on April 29th. Project PrayerSong is an initiative of Naomi Sioux and J. Scott G. They have set out to create a “world choir” from human beings from all over the world. This couple is on a […] Read More »

Walt Dunlop releases new CD

While not a native Venturan, Walt Dunlop feels like one, having lived here over 30 years.  He stated “I’m a folk musician and an urban hiker who often walks miles around our city capturing musical inspiration.  On my CD I’ve written songs about the Mission San Buenaventura, Cemetery Park, the Goodwill store, tragically murdered resident […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Ventura Kids Rock By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I originally moved to Ventura for a radio job at 96-ZTR where I used the air name of Stephanie Rose for several years. Do you remember that classic rock station at 95.9 on the FM dial? Well it’s changed formats a few times over the last few decades […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - Music Calendar

Music Calendar 4/27 – 5/10 For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: Open mic Tuesdays: Blues Bullet Wed 4/27: 7 pm Danielle Stacy Thurs 4/28: After the Smoke Fri 4/29: CRV Sat 4/30: DJ Q Sun 5/1: 5 pm The Tossers; 9 pm Karaoke Thurs 5/5: […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 7 pm Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Wed 4/13: 7 pm Danielle Stacy Thurs 4/14: 9 pm Rhythm Soul Fri 4/15: 9 pm Smokey & Friends Sat 4/16: Dive Bar Messiahs […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Music Scene

Rockin’ from the Avenue to the East End By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I met up with owner Mike Toler at Amigos where they’ve been shaping up the menu and fine tuning their nightly music line up. A few of the band/artist residencies have been switched out and he’s offering up Reggae for downtown on Thursdays […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Music Scene

Ventura Rockin’ 150 Years!!! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Ventura certainly rocks, and it’s been officially rocking for 150 years as of April 2, 2016.  In honor of its major milestone, The City is celebrating with a free family fair and picnic at Plaza Park.  Along with carnival games, activity booths, races and contests, an historic […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8 pm Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Wednesday: 8 pm Amigo’s House Band Thurs 3/17: 9 pm Cutthroat Reef Fri 3/18: 9 pm Dive Bar Messiahs Sat […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - Music Scene

The Winchester Rebels open for Puddle of Mudd at Discovery March 5. Ventura Rocks! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I’m looking forward to the Puddle of Mudd show coming up at Discovery on Saturday, March 5, word has it former bass player Michael Anthony and restaurateur of Now Ventura will sit in for a few songs. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8:30 Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Wednesday: 8 pm Amigo’s House Band Thursdays: 6 pm Karen Eden; 8:30 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Fri 3/4: Rock Cats […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8:30 Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Wednesday: 8 pm Amigo’s House Band Thursdays: 6 pm Karen Eden; 8:30 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Fri 2/19: Divebar Messiahs […] Read More »

Jeff Bridges at Discovery February 28

It’s the Dude! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Ventura’s music community is not only comprised of talented artists, but the people who support live music are just as important to the scene.  When we lost Chris Pinger of the band Malice Thoughts, his friends quickly pulled together a fundraiser to help Pinger’s family with the cost […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina| 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8:30 Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam| Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Wednesday: 8 pm Amigo’s House Band Thursdays: 5:30 pm Karen Eden; 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Fri 2/5: 8 pm […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils at Bombay’s. Photo by Cliff Montgomery Rockin’ February By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I was delighted to see that Ian Moore made a stop at Bombay’s for his current tour with the Lossy Coils Wednesday, January 27th. We added Moore to our playlist back when I was Program Director of KXBS […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

The O’Leary’s East End Blues Band every Saturday night at O’Leary’s. Surf to country, blues to jazz… By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Talk about musical diversity!  Let’s start with something altogether different, how about a Disc-o-town Hoedown at Discovery on Saturday January 23 with karaoke, a western outfit contest, a mechanical bull and then live country […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8:30 Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 5:30 pm Karen Eden; 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 1/20: Amigo’s House Band with Mark Masson Fri 1/22: […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Mondays: 6 pm Danielle Stacy; 8:30 Joey’s B’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 5:30 pm Karen Eden; 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 1/6: Amigo’s House Band with Mark Masson Fri 1/8: […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Happy New Year! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com First off, I’d like to wish you a very happy new year.  I’m already hearing the rumblings of changes coming to Ventura’s music scene; they’re good changes too. As they’re verified and come to fruition, you know I’ll be passing along the good news to you. Ozomatli was […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Music Calendar

For more events go to VenturaRocks.com Amigos Cafe & Cantina 546 E. Main St. 805-874-2232 Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 12/23: The Deal Fri 12/25: 4 pm St Pierre Christmas show Sat 12/26: The Frank and Doug show Sun 12/27: 5 pm Jade Hendrix; […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Ventura Music Scene

Ventura rocks another year! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com We’re in the final stretch for 2015 and Ventura Rocks at CAPS Media is finally scheduled. The debut episode features Medicine Hat and will air several times including a Christmas evening broadcast at 8 pm. Go to Capstv.org/program-schedules for all air dates! Nothing like being one degree […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 – December 22, 2015 – Music Calendar

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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 12/9: 8 pm Nathan McEuen Fri 12/11: 8 […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

TBA By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Though the evening isn’t really about the music (hint: it’s about the wine), the Ventura Winter Wine Walk was a huge success with live music at the corner of Main and California.  There’s nothing quite like families coming out on a gorgeous December evening with men on stilts, women hula […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

The holidays are officially here By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Everclear’s 20th anniversary tour featuring their release, “Sparkle and Fade” was well received Sunday, November 22 at the Ventura Theater; but with that being said, the crowd was extremely happy to hear other tunes as well from the band including the final songs of the night, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 11/25: 8 pm The Seaside Band with Freeman James Fri […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 8:30 pm The Beers Brothers open mic Thursdays: 8 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 11/11: 8 pm The Deal Fri 11/13: 8 pm Caliente […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

Blues to jazz and all points in between By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The Hong Kong Inn has started hosting a monthly Blues Jam Session on what will be the first Sunday of the month. The kick-off session was on Sunday November 8 with Ashford Gordon supported by Ray Jaurique, Glade Rasmussen and Chris Jensen. All […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Wed 10/28: 8 pm The Deal Thurs 10/29: 7 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Fri 10/30: 6 pm Bobby & Brian; 9 pm The Seaside Band […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com I was happily surprised by the Kiefer Sutherland show Friday, October 23, at W20 at the Watermark. I not sure what I expected, nor why I would expect anything less from one of my favorite actors, but Kiefer was entertaining! The set […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 - Ventura Music Scene

Highland Way at the Seaside Highland Games Sunday, October 11, 2015. Erin go Bragh! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com The Seaside Highland Games came and went taking those gorgeous men and beautiful women in kilts with them. I stopped in to check out the Celtic music and I wasn’t disappointed; crowd favorites were The Angry Brians, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 - 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays:  6 pm Natalie Gelman; 8 pm Beer Brothers open mic Thursdays:  7:30 pm The Gypsy Blues Band Wed 10/14: 6 pm Bad Leaf; 9 pm […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Music Calendar

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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays:  6 pm Nathan McEuen; 8 pm Beer Brothers open mic Wednesdays:  6 pm Bad Leaf; 9 pm Mark Masson & Friends Thursdays:  7:30 […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

The Pullmen recently played to a packed house at Bombay’s. Their new CD, “Going Dark” hits the streets October 9.  Ventura Music Scene The hits keep on coming! By Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com Keifer Sutherland will be rolling into town with his band on Friday, October 23, when he’ll be playing an intimate show at W20 […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

Michael John and the Bottom Line return this year to the California Blues and Brews Festival. Ventura keeps rockin’ by Pam Baumgardner VenturaRocks.com It’s that time of year again when the California Beer Festival rolls into town including a food pairing competition, a Craft Beer Heaven day and of course the highlight of the event the California Blues and Brews […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 6 pm Nathan McEuen; 8 pm Beer Brothers open mic Wednesdays: 6 pm Bad Leaf; 9 pm Mark Masson & Friends Thursdays: 7:30 pm The […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – 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; 8 pm Joey’s Acoustic Blues Jam Tuesdays: 6 pm Nathan McEuen; 8 pm Beer Brothers open mic Wednesdays: 6 pm Bad Leaf; 9 pm Mark Masson & Friends Thursdays: 7:30 pm The […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – Ventura Music Scene

The Velveteen Band will perform at Bombay’s 31st Annual Beach Party. Summer in the city by Pam Baumgardner There are plenty of “End of Summer” bashes – though summer isn’t officially over until September 23, but who’s keeping tabs? The Pierpont Inn’s BBQ series ends with a huge bang as they welcome back Dirty Rice on Thursday, September 3rd. If you […] Read More »

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