by Pam Baumgardner
A very special project benefiting those affected by the Thomas Fire is the local Love project Holiday album featuring so many local artists and their holiday favorites. The brainchild behind Local Love Project of course is Kat Merrick who undertook this amazing endeavor earlier this year gathering the musicians, arranging studio times, producing the CDs, virtually everything it takes to pull off an enterprise of this scope. The end result is a holiday CD that will not only enhance your holidays but will benefit fire survivors. You’re invited to attend the CD release party and 2nd Annual Thomas Fire Remembrance, all to benefit fire survivors on Friday, November 8, at the Masons Lodge (482 E. Santa Clara Street) with live performances from Guy Martin, RJ Mischo, Fish Fry and the Vonettes, the Bobby Hart Band, Raging Arb and more. If you can’t make the launch party, you can still support by purchasing a CD online at www.TotallyLocalVC.com.
The San Buenaventura Mission is the site for a special free concert of Missa Cellensis by Franz Josephy Haydn featuring the Ventura College choir, singers and chamber orchestra. This one is free to the public and starts at 7:30 pm, Friday, November 8.
Quick Notes: there’s a new jam night at the Blue Room in the Harbor called “The Get Down Jam” on Thursdays starting at 9:30 pm; Tommy Marsh’s the Session welcomes Keeshea Pratt on Thursday, November 7 at Grapes and Hops; Cantara Cellars in Camarillo is celebrating their one-year anniversary with Double Trouble and Ignition on Saturday, November 9 (2-10 pm); stop in for Jodi Farrell’s Performance Workshop on Saturday afternoon, November 9, at Namba; Radioactive Chicken Heads, the world’s most notorious band of genetically modified poultry punk rock mutants play Oak and Main on Saturday, November 9 and then The Dickies will play the venue the following Saturday, November 16; Noble Fabrication is hosting a 2019 Auto Show with art and live music from S.O.B.s, and Wired to benefit Food Share on Sunday, November 10 noon to 5 pm; the Ventura County Concert band play their annual free patriotic concert at Ventura High School’s auditorium Sunday afternoon, November 10 at 3 pm; Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts roll into town from Colorado with their outlaw country style for a date at The Red Cove on Thursday, November 14; Boom Duo’s CD release party will be held at Leashless Brewing on Friday, November 15; and the Channel Cities Jazz Club present The Barrelhouse Wailers on Sunday afternoon, November 17 at the Golden China.
And finally, congratulations to Kelly Z for celebrating 25 years performing (solo and as Kelly’s Lot). Her performance at the Mint was amazing, and I hear she plans to take the show on the road starting with Ventura very soon.
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