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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 was well received by his fans, some of which traveled quite a way to catch the show.  He offered up original rock songs to a few covers including one from Gordon Lightfoot. His band was tight and his gravely whiskey voice was spot on sexy as hell. I caught up with him after the show and he very happy with the response and the outpouring of support.  The man’s got talent.

Halloween is upon us and most venues will be pulling out the stops hoping to pack their joints by enticing revelers with decorations, costume contests, drink specials and of course music. From the Greek at the Harbor to the Star Lounge downtown, Ventura will be a happening place.  You can check the calendar listing here in the Breeze, or go to VenturaRocks.com for any additional updates. All the popular cover bands will be rockin’ all the popular places along with Candyland at Discovery, and Mandex with Pistols ‘n’ Pilez, deemed Ventura’s drunkest Guns and Roses tribute band as they perform the entire album “Appetite for Destruction.”

But to kick off Halloween you won’t want to miss the 50 Sticks of Dynamite CD release party for their latest release, “Carry Me Down to My Grave.” I snagged a copy when the boys joined me at CAPS Media for the pilot program of Ventura Rocks (air date to be announced soon).  They were the perfect band to kick off what we hope will be a popular feature at CAPS; and between you and me, I haven’t gotten the title track out of me head since we were in the studio…and that’s a good thing.

Polly and Steve Hoganson’s “Ones to Watch Productions” will be bringing Kinky Friedman to the Livery at the Improv Theater downtown Ventura for a show on December 4th. You know this show is going to be a hoot; Kinky was the one who originally said, “I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.”  He’s also quoted as saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” If you have no sense of humor that you are aware of, or you’re easily offended, you might want to skip this one; otherwise, if you enjoy a quick wit, you’ll want to catch this iconic country singer; I hope you’ll help pack the joint and give him a well-deserved warm welcome.  For this and other shows including those at the Carpinteria Playhouse, go to OnesToWatchProductions.com.

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

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

music sceneHighland 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, Tannahill Weavers and Highland Way, I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s event and may even be bold enough to try haggis, but probably not.

Congratulations to Plan B Wine Cellars on their 3rd anniversary!  They partied in fine form with Jen Staves and the Bluzfish on Sunday, October 11.

Local hip hop artist, Michael Crawford drops his new album “Escape Artist” on October 16 with a CD release party at the Tavern. I was sent an advance copy and yeah, the man’s got talent.

Frost and Fire, a heavy metal festival will take over Bombay’s on October 17th with such bands as Manilla Road from Wichita, KS, Ashbury from Tucson, AZ our very own Night Demon over a half dozen more bands. There will also be a meet and greet with Tim Baker and Robert Garven of Cirith Ungol. Doors open at 4:30 pm.

Mike Toler is the official new owner of Amigos and he’s brought in his good friend Luke O’Dea to help out with booking bands, promotion and social media. I’ve been assured they plan to offer a variety bands 365 days a year. It’s all good news with the exception of losing Bernadette who will be returning to England this month. Mike is throwing her a farewell party on Saturday, October 17, so swing by to say goodbye and wish her well.

Three-time Grammy winner Tom Scott returns to Squashed Grapes October 24, and it will be another first for the Grape when they offer two seating’s in one night. Both are only $10 with 7 and 9 pm show times.

Oh! And I have to share about the extraordinary night recently at Squashed Grapes when Bruce Forman performed the Red Guitar.  The place was at capacity, and you literally could have heard a pin drop the audience was so captivated. The second set Forman brought up his special guest whom he had teased earlier on social media stating he couldn’t say who it was for “contractual reasons.”  Well it turned out to be Tierney Sutton who sang requests the entire second set.  Five time Grammy nominated and the 2005 Jazzweek Vocalist of the year, Sutton heads up the Tierney Sutton Band  who have headlined the Hollywood Bowl, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Yeah, it was intense and a privilege to witness.

And finally, don’t forget Keifer Sutherland will be at W20 at the Watermark on Friday, October 23.  Ten-dollar tickets will be available the night of the show. Doors open at 7 pm.

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

 

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 The Deal
Fri 10/16: 6 pm The Iron Butterfly Experience; 9 pm Crooked Eye Tommy
Sat 10/17: 6 pm Gary & Brad; 9 pm Don Gringo & the Capos
Sun 10/18: 3pm The Swillys; 6 pm Pull the Trigger
Wed 10/21: 9 pm Sheldon and Cunnane
Fri 10/23: 6 pm Joey Burnworth; 9 pm Crosscut 805
Sat 10/24: 9 pm Action Down
Sun 10/25: 6 pm Cherry Bomb

Boatyard Café
Ventura Harbor

1583 Spinnaker Drive
Thursdays: 6 pm Bluegrass Jam
Fri 10/16: 6 pm Hills of Malibu
Sat 10/17: 6 pm Jodi Farrell & TreCoustics
Fri 10/23: 6 pm Tom and Milo
Sat 10/24: 6 pm Camp Franco

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California St.
805-643-4404
Weds:  Tommy Marsh hosts the Session
Thurs: DJ Pistolero
Sat 10/17:  4:30 pm Manilla Road, Ashbury, Night Demon, Visigoth, Steel Prophet, Gygaz, more…

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 10/14: Big Adventure
Thurs 10/15: Whelsi Gamble
Fri 10/16: Instone
Sat 10/17: Freddie Lopes
Tues 10/20: Bernie Meisinger
Wed 10/21: Donna Butler
Thurs 10/22: Rick Whitfield
Fri 10/23: Soul Infusion
Sat 10/24: Mojo Box
Tues 10/27: Donna & Paul

Discovery Ventura
1888 Thompson Blvd
Acoustic Wednesday 5:30 with Kinsella Brothers
Thurs 10/15: Jordan T of Katchafire w/ AOK & DJ Kuya Ray
Fri 10/16: Seaside Band
Sat 10/17: Common Kings w/ Leilani Wolfgramm
Thurs 10/22: Rastan & Caleto, King Zero
Fri 10/23: DJ Spinobi
Sat 10/24: Disco Glow w/ Nick Dean

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends; 9:30 DJ Also
Saturdays: DJ Erock

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
Mondays Jam Night with Maggie’s Drawers
Thurdays & Fridays: Karaoke
Sat 10/17: Dojo Loach
Sat 10/24: LAMF

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688

Karaoke seven nights a week
Bluegrass Jam 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Swing night Thursdays 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 pm Polynesian Revue
Cumbia music Fridays with DJ Carlos at 9:30 pm
Reggae Sundays 8:30 pm

Gone West Wine Cellars
5963 Olivas Park Drive
Music 6-8 pm
Fri 10/16: National Cat
Fri 10/23: Double Trouble

The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show; DJ dancing

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mon – Thurs 5-7 pm: Kenny Devoe
Thurs : 10 pm DJ Mystic Hip Hop night

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road

Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 10/16: Sean Wiggins
Sat 10/17: Licorice Pizza
Fri 10/23: What the Funk
Sat 10/24: Black Canyon Band

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
(805) 653-0721
Sun 10/18: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Thurs 10/22: Black Veil Brides
Fri 10/23: Mason Jennings
Sat 10/24: We Came As Romans

Namba – Music Speaks series
47 South Oak Street
Sun 10/18: Hekar Rivera & Steve Sunnarborg
Sun 10/25: Kiki Ebsen

The Patio at Player’s Casino
6580 Auto Center Drive
Fri 10/16: Teresa Russell
Sat 10/17: Brandon Ragan Project
Fri 10/23: Jeanne Tatum
Sat 10/24: 6pm C.A.R.L. Benefit with Kelly’s Lot & Friends

Peirano’s
204 E. Main Street
(805) 648-4853
Fri 10/16: Ruben Estrada
Sun 10/18: Colene & Company
Fri 10/23: Sunnarborg & Riviera

Poinsettia Pavillion
3451 Foothill Road
(805) 648-1143
Mon 10/19: Monday Night Dance Club with Dick Parent Band

Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blv
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Encore
Saturdays: Beach City Sound Club

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862

Friday and Saturdays
10 pm Rotating DJs

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 10/17:  noon Single Fin
Sat 10/24: noon Delphine Tesla
Sun 10/25: noon Licity Collins

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestsnut

Sundays:  DJ Darko
Mondays: Karoake
Tuesdays: Twisted Tuesday
Wednesdays: Open mic with Sin Chonies
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 10/16: Exit 86
Sat 10/17: Crooked Folk, Crime Bison
Fri 10/23: Bloody Reunion
Sat 10/24: Stevie Char

Shanghai Beer Gardens
34 N. Palm Street

Thurs: Heard-a-Kats
Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 10/14: Haakon Graf Trio
Thurs 10/15: Ventura Jazz Collective
Fri 10/16: L.J. & the Boyz
Sat 10/17: Paul Weitz Trio featuring Donna Deussen
Tues 10/20: Jazz Band
Wed 10/21: Oui’3
Thurs 10/22: Brad Rabuchin Quartet
Fri 10/23: Organtua
Sat 10/24: Tom Scott & Friends (two shows)

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
(805) 6438-4709
Fri 10/26: Big Adventure
Sat 10/27: Rio Bravo
Fri 10/23: CRV
Sat 10/24: The Sheiks

 Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
805-644-2739
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 10/17: Medicine Hat (acoustic)
Sat 10/24: Wyk & Winkle

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street

Sunday open mics
Karaoke Tuesdays
Metal Music Wednesdays
DJs every Thursday college night
Fri 10/16: CRAW
Sat 10/17: Rubberneck lions, The NaVaNaX
Fri 10/23: DJ
Sat 10/24: The Caverns

Ventura Beach Club
281 W. Main Street
Red Cross Fundraiser:
Sat 10/17: Seaside Band, Kings Ransom, Galvanized Souls, Hologram Empire
Hi Hat Entertainment presents:
Fri 10/23: Big Pete
Halloween Party
Sat 10/24: Crooked Eye Tommy

Ventura Harbor
Carousel Stage
Sat 10/17: Noon Unkle Monkey
Sun 10/18: Noon The Salty Suites

W20 at the Watermark
598 E. Main Street
Fri & Sat 9 – Mid; Sun 3 – 6 pm
Sat 10/17: The Bomb
Sun 10/18: Pleasure
Fri 10/23: The Keifer Sutherland Band, Jade Hendrix
Sat 10/24: The Bomb
Sun 10/25: Instone

The Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
Music runs 8-11 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Mondays: Mike Cregan
Tuesdays: The Tim Carroll Band
Thurs 10/15: Danielle Stacy
Fri 10/16: Alec Ledbetter
Thurs 10/22: Beach City Sound Club
Fri 10/24: Matt Clark
Sat 10/25: Kevin Longden
 

 

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 pm The Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 10/2: 6 pm Downtown All Stars; 9 pm Wishbone
Sat 10/3: 6 pm The Beach Bumz; 9 pm Hot Roux
Sun 10/4: 6 pm The Tossers
Fri 10/9: 9 pm Big Adventure
Sat 10/10: 6 pm Jerry & Brad; 10 pm Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 10/11: 6 pm Inna Rude Mood

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California St.
805-643-4404
Weds:  Tommy Marsh hosts the Session
Thurs: DJ Pistolero
Fri 10/2: The Velveteen Band, Adam West the Bat
Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 10/1: Sound Effect
Thurs 10/2: Boogie Wonderland
Fri 10/3: Soul Infusion
Tues 10/6: Donna Greene
Wed 10/7: Bryan McCann & the Jazz Heads
Thurs 10/8: Jade Hendrix
Fri 10/9: Ricky Coz
Sat 10/10: Otis Hayes
Tues /13: Leigh Vance & Friends

Discovery Ventura
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 10/1: Mike Love
Fri 10/2: Rage Again
Sat 10/3: Agent Orange, Boxheads
Fri 10/9: Alastair Greene
Sat 10/10: Disco Glow featuring Nick Dean

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: 4 pm Xoco Moraza and Friends; 9:30 DJ Also
Saturdays: DJ Aycer

The Garage
1091 Scandia Avenue
Thurs 10/8: Nick Diamond, Lyla Floy
Fri 10/9: Potentially Dangerous, Objects, Bigger Than Mountains, more…

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
Mondays Jam Night with Maggie’s Drawers
Thurdays & Fridays: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688

Karaoke seven nights a week
Bluegrass Jam 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Swing night Thursdays 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 pm Polynesian Revue
Cumbia music Fridays with DJ Carlos at 9:30 pm
Reggae Sundays 8:30 pm

Gone West Wine Cellars
5963 Olivas Park Drive
Fri 10/2: JJ Frank
Fri 10/9: Karen Eden

The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show; DJ dancing

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mon – Thurs 5-7 pm: Kenny Devoe
Thurs : 10 pm DJ Mystic Hip Hop night

Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road

Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 10/2: Action Down
Sat 10/3: Rick Miller Band
Fri 10/9: Pull the Trigger
Sat 10/10: Forbidden Fruit

Namba – Music Speaks series
47 South Oak Street

Sun 10/4: Bill Richmond
Sun 10/11: Alan Thornhill

The Patio at Player’s Casino
6580 Auto Center Drive
Fri 10/2: Ashun
Sat 10/3: Sound Effect

Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle #107
Sun 10/11: Jen Staves & the Bluzfish
Prime
2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Encore
Saturdays: Beach City Sound Club

Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862

Friday and Saturdays
10 pm Rotating DJs

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 10/3: Licity Collins
Sun 10/4: Rachel Holdt
Sat 10/10: Luminese
Sun 10/11: Xenia Flores

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestsnut

Sundays:  DJ Darko
Mondays: Karoake
Tuesdays: Twisted Tuesday
Wednesdays: Open mic with Sin Chonies
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi

Shanghai Beer Gardens
34 N. Palm Street

Thurs: Heard-a-Kats
Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 9/30: Coda
Thurs 10/1: Bruce Forman & Red Guitar
Fri 10/2: H04 featuring Karl Hunter of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Sat 10/3: Mitch Forman Trio
Tues 10/6: Jazz Jam
Wed 10/7: Adam Clark Trio
Thurs 10/8: Eric Davis Quartet
Fri 10/9: Equinox
Sat 10/10: Barrelhouse Wailers

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
(805) 6438-4709
Fri 10/2: Bloody Reunion
Sat 10/3: Masters of the Past
Fri 10/9: 7th Decade
Sat 10/10: Drunken Monkeys

Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
805-644-2739
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 10/3: Soul Purpose
Sat 10/10: Big Surf

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street

Sunday open mics
Karaoke Tuesdays
Metal Music Wednesdays
DJs every Thursday college night
Fri 10/9: The Rubberneck Lions
Sat 10/10: The Caverns

Ventura Beach Club
281 W. Main Street
Hi Hat Entertainment presents:
Fri 10/2: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Underscene Productions presents:
Sat 10/10: APX1, 9 Lives, Mr Mause, Scooby and more…

Ventura County Fairgrounds:
10 W. Harbor Blvd
The Seaside Games
Sat & Sun 10/10 – 10/11
Bands on the bill:  Tannahill Weavers, Celtric Spring, The Angry Brians, Golden Bough, Highway Way

W20 at the Watermark
598 E. Main Street
Fri & Sat 9 – Mid; Sun 3 – 6 pm
Fri 10/2: Brandon Ragan
Sat 10/3: The Bomb
Sun 10/4: The 7th Decade
Fri 10/9: Pleasure
Sat 10/10: The Bomb
Sun 10/11: Hot Roux

The Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
Music runs 8-11 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Mondays: Mike Cregan
Tuesdays: The Tim Carroll Band
Thurs 10/1: DJ Chimenti
Fri 10/2: Dirk Shumaker & Trey O’Toole
Sat 10/3: The Road Brothers
Fri 10/9: Christine Olive
Sat 10/10: Might Cash Cats (unplugged)

 

 

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 at the Watermark.  Even though there are no advance tickets (everyone pays at the door day of the show), you should mark this on your calendar now. Only 120 people will be admitted and tickets are only $10. Mark Hartley, owner of W20/Watermark told me he’s really looking forward to this one and it turns out he’s a big fan of “24”.

Robert Cray’s latest CD/DVD was released this summer featuring some of the footage of his show last year in Ventura.  The “4 Nights of 40 Years Live” is available everywhere including Amazon.com and locally at Salzer’s. Shawn Jones opened for Cray that night and apparently open doors as he’s been asked to tour with The Robert Cray Band this month in Europe.  I asked Shawn about it. He said, “It’s one of the biggest honors of my career!  I have been a Cray fan for over 30 years now. This is another level of respect for me!  Knowing he is a fantastic guy as well helps; I am beside myself actually!”

The Wine Rack has been busy booking stellar bands and artists.  You can ease back into the work week with their Monday night residency though October with Michael Cregan, then the Tim Carroll band on Tuesdays with Doug Johnson on drums. They also have live music most Thursdays and every Friday and Saturday.  Dirk Shumaker (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and Trey O’Toole (Pulse Drumming) will be back on Friday, October 2nd, and I’m also looking forward to Christine Olive an Australian artist who is a surfer, environmentalist and singer/songwriter who has been touring the Southern California area making a stop at the Wine Rack on Friday October 9.

The annual Seaside Highland Games take over the Ventura Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday October 9th and 10th with fun and games for the entire family including live music from Tannahill Weavers, Celtic Spring, The Angry Brians, Golden Bough and Highway Way.

And finally there’s a new performance venue – Namba – which will be featuring “Music Speaks” on four consecutive Sundays in October.  The event will be hosted and moderated by jazz vocalist and songwriter, Toni Jannotta.  The four early evening performances will be featured in this order: October 4th with three-time Emmy award winner Bill Richmond, October 11th with Alan Thornhill, October 18 Hekar Rivera and Steve Sunnarborg, and then finally on October 25th it’s Kiki Ebsen, daughter of the late Buddy Ebsen.  Namba is nestled in the middle of downtown Ventura at 47 South Oak Street. Call (805) 628-9250 for ticket information.

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

 

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

Michael John and the Bottom LineMichael 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 Festival on Sunday, September 20 at Mission Park, downtown Ventura.

The day promises to be filled with the some of the hottest blues around on two stages featuring Walter Trout, Booker T, Mingo Fishtrap, Mr. Sipp, The Bomb and Michael John and the Bottom Line. You can get all the ticket information at www.CaliforniaBluesFestival.com. While you’re there, be sure to swing by the VenturaRocks.com tent to say hello!

Punk Rock Sunday features seven hours of punk-filled music on Sunday, September 27th with the Hymen Blasters, Cupcake, the NaVaNaX, All-a-Blur, My Modern Valentinue, Kang Gang and more. This one’s being held at the Ventura Beach Club at the very end of Main Street right before the 33 Freeway.

The Rock on the Dock series continues at the Ventura Harbor on Saturday, September 19, with the Hard-Times Band, then the following week they’ll have two days of music, first Friday the 25th with two sets at 2:00 and 4:30 with Unkle Monkey, then Saturday the 26th with Smokey & Friends. Saturday set times run 3-6 pm.

The Pullmen will be releasing their new album, “Going Dark” on October 9, then they’ll hit the road to support it with their first stop in Paris, France; but before they go all European on us, you’ll be able to catch them live at their Europe Tour Pre-party at Bombay’s on Friday, September 25th. The new release includes ten new songs featuring their high energy alt/rock thrashing country
vibe which will also be available on vinyl.

Congratulations to Zachary James and Alexandra for tying the knot earlier this month up in Oakland, California. The two have been supporting each other the past few years musically speaking with their bands, Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes, and Alexandra and the Starlight Band.

And finally, just a head’s up that the good folks at CAPS TV have approached me recently to talk about hosting a music program highlighting local bands and I’m happy to report the project has been given the “Green Light!” More to come as we close in on our debut episode, but we will feature Ventura music news updates, we will have local photographers sharing their favorite photos of live music, and we will have bands and solo artists in the studio performing along with a Q&A session. If you don’t have cable,
the programs will be available online, and soon, we plan to offer live streaming. Yeah, this is going to ROCK!

Do you have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing?

Send all information short or long to [email protected], and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.

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 Gypsy Blues
Band
Fri 9/18: 9 pm 5th and Birmingham
Sat 9/19: 6 pm Beach Bumz; 9 pm
Licorice Pizza Band
Sun 9/20: 6 pm Inna Rude Mood
Fri 9/25: 6 pm Downtown Allstars; 9
pm Tommy Marsh Band
Sat 9/26: 6 pm Camp Franco; 9 pm Fish
Fry
Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California St.
805-643-4404
Weds: Tommy Marsh hosts the Session
Thurs: DJ Pistolero
Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 9/16: Donna Butler
Thurs 9/17: Whelsi Gamble
Fri 9/18: Little Alice
Sat 9/19: Otis Hayes
Tues 9/22: Donna & Paul
Wed 9/23: Big Adventure
Thurs 9/24: Rick Whitfield
Fri 9/25: Sound Effect
Sat 9/26: Soul Infusion
California Blues & Brews Festival
Mission Park Downtown Ventura
Sun 9/20: Walter Trout, Booker T,
Mingo Fishtrap, Mr. Sipp, The Bomb
and Michael John And The Bottom
Line.
Discovery Ventura
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 9/17: King Zero, Herbal Rootz
Fri 9/18: Zion I
Sat 9/19: Disco Glow featuring Nick
Dean
Tues 9/22: Dance Yourself Clean
Fri 9/25: Tomorrows Bad Seeds w/DJ
set by Ras MG of Sublime
Sat 9/26: Surfrider Foundation 5th
annual Pints against Plastics benefit
El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: Xoco Moraza and Friends
Saturdays: DJ Aycer
The Garage
1091 Scandia Avenue
Fri 9/18: Black Breath, Battalion of
Saints, Obliterations
Sat 9/26: Inaema
Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
Mondays Jam Night with Maggie’s
Drawers
Thurdays & Fridays: Karaoke
Sat 9/19: DJPJ
Sat 9/26: What the Funk
Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week
Bluegrass Jam 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Swing night Thursdays 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 pm Polynesian
Revue
Cumbia music Fridays with DJ Carlos at
9:30 pm
Reggae Sundays 8:30 pm
Gone West Wine Cellars
5963 Olivas Park Drive
Fri 9/18: National Cat
Fri 9/25: Double Trouble
The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and show;
DJ dancing
Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Mon – Thurs 5-7 pm: Kenny Devoe
Thurs 9/17: 10 pm DJ Mystic
Sat 9/19: 8 pm DJ Mystic
Sun 9/20: 6 pm Rob Correll
Thurs 9/24: 10 pm DJ Mystic
Sat 9/26: 8 pm The Road Brothers
Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 9/18: Sean Wiggins
Sat 9/19: Puppet Show
Fri 9/25: What the Funk
Sat 9/26: Black Canyon Band
Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Sat 9/19: Keith Sweat
Sun 9/20: Ratatat
Fri 9/25: Julieta Venegas, Cosmico,
Venum Rush
The Patio at Player’s Casino
6580 Auto Center Drive
Fri 9/18: Instone
Sat 9/19: Brandon Ragan Project
Fri 9/25: The Bomb
Sat 9/26: Action Down
Peirano’s
204 E. Main Street
Fri 9/18: Sunnarborg & Rivera
Fri 9/25: Ruben Estrada
Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 9/19: Luminesse
Sun 9/20: Frankie Bourne
Sat 9/26: Luminesse
Sun 9/27: Blue Deux & Donna Lynn
Caskey
Sans Souci
21 S. Chestsnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karoake
Tuesdays: Twisted Tuesday
Wednesdays: Open mic with Sin
Chonies
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 9/18: Bloody Reunion
Sat 9/19: Royalush
Fri 9/25: 7 pm Cursed Bastards, Radio
Threat, Hard Six and more…
Sat 9/26: 7th Standard
Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 9/16: Lorenzo Grassi Quintet
Thurs 9/17: Hans Ottsen Trio
Fri 9/18: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
featuring Riki Hendrix
Sat 9/19: Bevan Manson Quintet
Wed 9/23: Ebony Blaze & Friends
Thurs 9/24: Innerstate
Fri 9/25: Tom Buckner & Friends
Sat 9/26: Dave Tull
Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
(805) 6438-4709
Fri 9/18: Inna Rude Mood
Sat 9/19: The Flailingtons
Fri 9/25: Big Adventure
Sat 9/26: Crosscut
Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
805-644-2739
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 9/19: Alligator Dave & the 5ths
Sat 9/26: Nani & David
The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
Sunday open mics
Karaoke Tuesdays
Metal Music Wednesdays
DJs every Thursday college night
Ventura Beach Club
281 W. Main Street
Hi Hat Entertainment presents:
Fri 9/18: Brother Yusef
Fri 9/25: Chris Duarte Group
Punk Rock Sunday presents:
Sun 9/27: Hyman Blasters, The
NaVaNaX, Kang Gang, Seven 40 Seven,
All-a-Blur and more…
Ventura Harbor
Rock on the Dock
Sat 9/26: 3-6 pm Hard Times Band
Fri 9/25: 2-30 & 4:30 – 6 pm Unkle
Monkey
Sat 9/26: 3-6 pm Smokey & Friends
W20 at the Watermark
598 E. Main Street
Thurs 9/17: Musicians Brew
Fri 9/18: Lillie Lemon
Sat 9/19: The Bomb
Sun 9/20: 3 pm Jade Hendrix
Thurs 9/24: Guitar Pull with Shawn
Jones
Fri 9/25: Rock Kings
Sat 9/26: The Bomb
Sun 9/27: Johnny Hawthorn
The Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
Music runs 8-11 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Mondays: Mike Cregan
Tuesdays: The Tim Carroll Band
Thurs 9/17: Mark David
Fri 9/18: Skin & Bones
Sat 9/19: Barrelhouse Wailers
Fri 9/25: Catfish Fry
Sat 9/26: Chelsea Williams

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 Gypsy
Blues Band
Fri 9/4: 6 pm Downtown Allstars;
9 pm Pull the Trigger
Sat 9/5: 6 pm Gary Goff & Brad
Stewart; 9 pm Ray Jaurique & the
Uptown Brothers
Sun 9/6: 6 pm The Tossers
Fri 9/11: 9 pm Crosscut
Sat 9/12: 6 pm Robert Tomas; 9 pm
Action Down
Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California St.
805-643-4404
Weds: Tommy Marsh hosts the
Session
Thurs: DJ Pistolero
Bombay’s 31st Annual Beach
Party!!!
Fri 9/4: Hy Brasil, The Velveteen
Band, AHTCK, New Jacked City,
Rubberneck Lions, Warning
Sat 9/5: Raging Arb & the
Redheads, Brother Fortune, Rey
Fresco, Darkside of the Hand,
Electric Liberace, The Jelly, Bloody
Mary Morning, Curtsy, Gygax,
Honey Owl
Sun 9/6: 50 Sticks of Dynamite
Discovery Ventura
1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 9/3: Soul Majestic, Synrgy,
Dj Selecta Shaggy
Fri 9/4: Decker w/Lara Ruggles
Sun 9/6: Hirie
Thurs 9/10: Micah Brown, Natural
Incense
Fri 9/11: Kinsella Brothers
The Garage
1091 Scandia Avenue
Fri 9/4: Thoughtcrime, Despicable
Good Guys
Sat 9/5: Three Day Holacaust
Thurs 9/10: Rocket 68, Premonition
Sat 9/12: Black Love
Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
Mondays Jam Night with Maggie’s
Drawers
Thurdays & Fridays: Karaoke
Saturdays: DJPJ
Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week
Bluegrass Jam 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Swing night Thursdays 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 pm Polynesian
Revue
Cumbia music Fridays with DJ
Carlos at 9:30 pm
Reggae Sundays 8:30 pm
The Greek Restaurant
Ventura Harbor
Sat & Sun 7:30 pm
Belly Dancing, Greek music and
show; DJ dancing
Keynote Lounge
10245 Telephone Road
Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke
Thursday: Open Mic
Sunday: Karaoke
Fri 8/21: Black Canyon Band
Sat 8/22: Rick Miller Band
Fri 8/28: What the Funk
Sat 8/29: Sean Wiggins
Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Mon 9/7: Hopsin w/ Dizzy Wright,
Jarren Benton & DJ Hoppa
Thurs 9/10: El Tri, Neblina,
Cartucho de Villa
Olivas Adobe
4200 Olivas Park Drive
Music Under the Stars series
Sat 9/5: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
Pierpont Inn
550 San Jon Road
Thurs 9/3: Dirty Rice
Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle
(805) 233-1453
Sat 9/5: 3:30 pm Ray Jaurique &
the Uptown Brothers
Poinsettia Pavillion
3451 Foothill Road
805-648-1143
Fri 9/4: Ventura Jazz Orchestra
with Donna Greene & Anna Kasper
Rookees Sports Bar & Grill
419 E. Main Street
(805) 648-6862
Friday and Saturdays
10 pm Rotating DJs
Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
Thurs 9/3: Ventucky String Band
Fri 9/4: The Battlefield
Sat 9/5: Skin and Bones
Sun 9/6: Ted Waterhouse
Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
805-641-1025
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 9/5: Walt Dunlap
Sun 9/6: Star Bandits
Sat 9/12: Single Fin
Sun 9/13: Little Lemon
Sans Souci
21 S. Chestsnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karoake
Tuesdays: Twisted Tuesday
Wednesdays: Open mic with Sin
Chonies
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Sat 9/5: Medicine Hat
Squashed Grapes
2351 E. Main St.
805-643-7300
Live jazz music 7-10 pm
Wed 9/2: Bobby West
Thurs 9/3: Brad Rabuchin Quartet
Fri 9/4: Pentasonic
Sat 9/5: H04 featuring Karl Hunter
Wed 9/9: Martin & Macias
Thurs 9/10: Nahum Zdybel Trio
Fri 9/11: L.J. & the Boyz
Sat 9/12: Doug Webb Group
featuring Danny Carey of TOOL
Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
(805) 6438-4709
Fri 9/4: Brandon Ragan Project
Sat 9/5: Drunken Monkeys
Fri 9/11: The Sheiks
Sat 9/12: Gypsy Stew
Surf Brewery
4561 Market Street
805-644-2739
Music 6-8 pm
Sat 9/5: Catterwailers
Sat 9/12: Barb-B & the Ranchhands
The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
Sunday open mics
Karaoke Tuesdays
Metal Music Wednesdays
DJs every Thursday college night
Ventura Fairgrounds
The Ventura Nationals
Saturday 9/5: Jai Malano & the
Memphis Kings, Viernes 13, Silvertooth
Loos & the Witch, Frantic
Rockers
W20 at the Watermark
598 E. Main Street
Thurs 9/3: Guitar Pull with Shawn
Jones
Fri 9/4: Pleasure
Sat 9/5: The Bomb
Sun 9/6: The Privateers
Thurs 9/10: Guitar Pull with
Shawn Jones
Fri 9/11: Instone
Sat 9/12: The Bomb
Sun 9/13: Shawn Jones
The Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
Music runs 8-11 pm, Sundays at 3
pm
Mondays: US Blues Project
Tuesdays: Heard of Kats
Thurs 9/3: Danielle Stacy
Fri 9/4: Joe Harrington
Sat 9/5: Sheldon & Cunnane
Thurs 9/10: Beach City Sound Club
Fri 9/11: Nathan McEuen
Sat 9/12: Jade Hendrix

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

The Velveteen BandThe 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 were there the last time the band played, then you know you should get there early to nab a seat and order up some delicious grub!

And then of course Bombay’s 31st annual End of Summer Beach Party runs the first weekend of September with bands rockin’
the joint on the front stage, back stage, and outdoor stage. Their full itinerary is listed on Ventura-Rocks.com, but some of the bands
to watch for are Hy Brasil, The Velveteen Band, Rubberneck Lions, Raging Arb and the Redheads, Rey Fresco, The Darkside of the Hand, 50 Sticks of Dynamite, Bloody Mary Morning, The Jelly, Brother Fortune, and of course Gygax!

Here are just a few concerts coming up at the Ventura Theater that you may not want to miss: The Deftones on Saturday, October 31; The Misfits on Thursday, November 12; Pepper on Saturday, November 21; Dwight Yoakam on Friday, December 11 and I already snagged my ticket for the 20th Anniversary of Everclear’s Sparkle and Fade Tour, on Sunday, November 22.

W20 at the Watermark has been offering more Thursday night Guitar Pulls with Shawn Jones and friends. If you’re a fan of f lat out
amazing guitar playing, you should make it a point to attend the next one. Thursday, August 27th, Shawn and Joe Baugh had Tariqh Akoni in the house; Akoni has played with such artists as Josh Groban, Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Smokey Robinson and Tom Scott (to name just a few)

Speaking of Tom Scott, we can all call him neighbor the next time we bump into him at the supermarket having just moved to Ventura; but more importantly, don’t miss him the next time he plays at Squashed Grapes which we hope will be often. His sold out performance on Friday, August 28, was f lat out amazing. He’s not only uber talented, but the audience enjoyed the back story from Scott on many of the songs the band performed. He happily shook hands and signed CDs; he’s a class act for sure.

And then finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t report that Squashed Grapes will be leaving their jazz format for the night of Friday, September 18 when they’ll have a Jimi Hendrix Memorial Performance with Jimi’s cousin, Riki Hendrix who has recorded and toured with Buddy Miles, and Billy Cox who were both original members of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies. The night will be hosted by Rosa Lee Brooks, Jimi’s legendary love interest who was featured on the first two songs he ever recorded. Reserve your seat ASAP.

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