Vol. 17, No. 21 – July 10 – July 23, 2024 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner

Though Tequila & Taco Music Festival has been reduced to one day, it is a spectacular one day packed with everything you need: tequila, tacos and tunes! Plus, it’s quite the bang for your buck as they’re offering one of the best party bands around, Ozomatli, along with the outrageous Outlaw Mariachi, Yang Yang Twins and Upstream. This one will be held at Surfers Point Live, aka Ventura County Fairgrounds front parking lot, on Saturday, July 13.

If you go online and look up “Nardfest,” you will learn that it’s an annual punk rock festival which started in 2013 as a way to honor punk rock history, and all the great bands coming out of the 805. This year it falls on Friday, July 12, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center with music inside and out featuring the Dickies, Final Conflict, Stalag 13, iDecline, Narthex Structure and more.

Heritage Days returns to Old Town Camarillo (July 10 – 14) which is free to the public (carnival rides require tickets), and will feature lots of live music Friday through Sunday from such bands as D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, Red Hot Cholo Peppers, SkaDaddyz, Caught Red Handed, No Class and Famdamly. See listings for line up.

Enegren Brewing, independently owned craft brewery in Moorpark, will be celebrating their 13th anniversary with live music on Saturday, July 13, featuring Singular Nature, Bombafiya, Branden Lee Waiters, Kris-David & Drue Trio, and Might Lion.

Namba Arts Studio welcomes indie rock artist, Russian-Persian soprano Roksana Zeinapur and British guitarist and film composer, David Labovitch to town. If opera is your thing, or you just appreciate creative collaborations, then don’t miss this one on Saturday, July 13.

Quick Notes: The Twist on Main now offers a full band open mic called the 805 Shakedown on Tuesdays; Fausto Cuevas y Moderna will be featured at Vaquero y Mar’s Salsa night on Thursday, July 11; Goldpine plays the Ojai Underground on Friday, July 12; Margarita Villa has added live music for what “Taco Tuesdays” throughout the summer with Bobby Campbell on July 16 and Two Tossers on July 23; Birdbrain takes over Seaward Brewing on Saturday, July 20; The Happy Together Tour lands at Libbey Bowl on Thursday, July 18 featuring acts such as The Turtles, Badfinger, The Cowsills, Jay & the Americans, The Classics IV, and The Association; Bombay will host the Monsters of Pop, Ronda Ray and Duncan & the Dragonslayers starting at 6 pm on Saturday, July 20; Music Under the Stars series kicks off on Saturday evenings with Identity Theft on July 13 and Smooth Sounds of Santana on July 20;

and don’t forget the Ventura County Fair opens on Wednesday, July 31 and will run through August 11.

Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Please send all information short or long to [email protected], and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

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