Ventura Music Scene
by Pam Baumgardner
VenturaRocks.com’s 5th anniversary party was a blast. Many thanks to Those Lousy Drunken Uncles who kicked off the festivities and especially to one of Ventura’s favorites, Rey Fresco, for hitting it out of the park. Diego and the crew at Bombay’s are the best; I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and for their continued support. The night was a long one to be sure with family, friends and VenturaRocks.com supporters coming and going as they celebrated their St. Patrick’s Day in their own way. Many heartfelt thanks to those who did stop in including Sheldon Brown from the Ventura Breeze, Sally Williams representing the Swillys (thanks for the bubbly dear!), Shawn Jones, Owen Bucey, Dan Grimm, Doug Johnson, Kat Merrick from Totally Local VC, JR from Winchesters, Armand John Lizzy, Tommy Marsh and Tammy Aren, Eve Mimiaga, John Reese of Amigos, Brother Rob from KXBS and all my family and friends who made the time to come by, that meant a lot. Oh! Big thanks to Maggie McKinney for the beautiful flowers and all that delicious cake!
John Reese of Amigos announced something extremely cool. Nathan McEuen will be playing at Amigos every Tuesday night 6-8 pm through the month of April. Yeah baby!
The Ventura Beach Festival announced the line-up for the May 3rd event at San Buenaventura State Beach with Martha and the Motels headlining. Other bands on the bill include The Surfaries, Rey Fresco, Spencer the Gardener, Dirty Rice and Barley Legal. This one helps benefit Friends of Channel Coast State Parks. For ticket information, visit www.VenturaBeachFestival.com.
It looks like more music will be happening down at the Ventura Harbor Village Carousel Stage as the weather continues to warm up. All shows run noon – 3 pm. Just a few lined up: Rusty Rounders on April 6, Beach Bums on April 13, Main Street Jazz Band on April 20 and Jill Martini Soiree on April 27.
Shows to watch out for at the Majestic Ventura Theater include The Pet Shop Boys on April 11, and Latin-ska band, Panteon Rocoxco, which will be in town on April 19. Both Ellie Goulding on April 16 and Cage the Elephant on April 18th are sold out.
Ventura’s music scene is incredible because we have three different elements coming together here in this amazing town. First and foremost, we have amazing talent, secondly we have the venues which support live music (and a great deal of it original), but it wouldn’t come together without the third element which is us music lovers. Together, we make Ventura Rock!!!
Do you have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com.