Seatbelts are advisable.
by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant
Seatbelts are advisable as Desert Rose Band and Hellecasters’ guitar genius John Jorgenson brings “the best string players in the world” to his hometown at the Ventura Music Festival’s live, physically-distanced and audience-safe drive-in car concert at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 16, at 8 pm.
Known for “a touch of California breeze in their sound, but bluegrass at its core,” his music quartet J2B2 includes music giants Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber.
This “dream team” of fellow virtuosos are celebrated for their peerless vocal harmonies, incomparable songwriting and warmth of storytelling that deliver the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest.
“What music could be more perfect for these times,” asks VMF Executive Director Susan Scott. “Bluegrass music draws its power, instruments and harmonies from the many diverse cultures that make up our nation—string bands, both black and white gospel songs, blues music, country music, and traditional songs used by African-American workers. Like jazz, bluegrass music is America’s music, exemplifying the harmonious sounds of the best of America’s aspirations and promise.”
Online tickets only at www.venturamusicfestival.org. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Portable restrooms, but no concessions so bring your own refreshments. The 75-minute concert audio is delivered through each car’s FM radio, or Wi-Fi.