Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 8/26/19 – 9/9/10/19

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by Pam Baumgardner

We’re wrapping up the summer season with a number of events including Bombay’s Annual Beach Party with stages indoors and out, a beer garden, mechanical bull and more. DJs will keep you dancing all night long with bands performing earlier in the evening, Dudeo Perez, Strange Case and The Swells on Saturday starting at 6:30 and Uproots on Sunday at 3 pm followed by Black Star at 6 pm.

Another event over the Labor Day weekend will be the Ventura Nationals at the fairgrounds, along with the hot rides will be plenty of live music from Jesse Dayton, Tom Kenny & the Hi-Seas, Eddie & the Scorpions, The Moontones and The Rockin’ Henrys.

Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai is hosting a Make-a-Wish fundraiser dubbing it “Rock the Wish” featuring Dennis Quaid and the Sharks; opening, will be three amazing local ladies, Cindy Kalmenson, Patricia Avis and Natalie Gelman. Music starts at 5:30 pm followed by a screening of Quaid’s movie The Rookie at 8 pm. According to a press release, Quaid said the shows are as much fun for those in attendance as they are for the band. “(The audiences) have a blast, which is all we want. I make a complete and utter fool of myself,” Quaid said. He added, “I think that’s the only way to have fun (onstage), instead of trying to pretend to be cool and all the rest of that stuff.” Okay, I’m in!

Stephen “Ragga” Marley makes a stop during his fifty-city tour across the U.S. at Discovery on Friday, September 6. Son to Bob Marley, Stephen has earned his own legacy garnering eight Grammy awards over the years. The tour name honors his father’s iconic live album with the Wailers, calling it “Babylon by Bus” tour.

The Music Under the Stars series wraps up the season on Saturday, August 31 with The Swing Kings at Olivas Adobe; unfortunately, this show is also sold out. With so many shows selling out so fast, perhaps the City will entertain adding another show on Friday nights.

Quick Notes: Don’t miss punk rock fun with The Adolescents and Love Canal at The Garage on Friday, August 30; Rey Fresco with The Collective will be at El Rey Cantina on Friday, August 30; The Lab on Azahar has Like the Morning and Edukated on Saturday, August 31; IDEAL Music Collective will land at the Golden China on Saturday, August 31; The Sunday Drivers play Dargan’s on Sunday, September 1; Flying Colors play the Ventura Theater on Thursday, September 5; First Friday music at Harvest Café features Shay Moulder on September 6; Second Sunday Supper at Plan B Wine Cellars will host The Beatunes on the 8 of September; and finally Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul at Ventura Theater Monday, September 9.

And finally, I am sad to report the passing of Neal Casal who lived locally yet work with such bands as Ryan Adams and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. I was lucky to catch him jamming with Crazy Rust at Bombay’s in the backroom several years ago. R.I.P. Neal.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 8/14 – 8/27

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by Pam Baumgardner

The Ventura County Fair really delivered this year with their Grandstand Stage lineup; there was something for most everyone. I caught and shot several shows including Melissa Etheridge, X Ambassadors, George Thorogood and of course Collective Soul. If you’re so inclined, go to for the August 2019 photo gallery to check out some pretty cool photos of those bands.

Spencer Makenzie’s annual End of Summer Block Party will feature a free concert on the evening of Saturday, August 24, with Johnny and the Love Handles, A.D.D. and wrapping up the evening in their finest 80’s fashion will be Mandex!

Coming up before you know it, the Ventura Nationals will return to the fairgrounds over Labor Day Weekend. Along with all the hot rods, “kustoms” and motorcycles, will be plenty of live music from Jesse Dayton, Tom Kenny & the Hi-Seas, Eddie & the Scorpions, The Moontones, and Ventura’s own, The Rockin’ Henrys.

The Music Under the Stars series continues on Saturday nights at Olivas Adobe with Blue Breeze Band on August 17 and Savor on the 24; unfortunately, all remaining shows are sold out.

Quick Notes: The Speakeasy Project’s American Roadhouse will be held the next two weekends at Ventura Vineyard in the Suite J Theater; Goodnight Kiss is back with new music and a gig at Bombay’s on Saturday, August 17 (6-9 pm); Benjamin Buttner is the Munch artist this month for the Museum of Ventura County’s free lunch time music on Thursday, August 15, (11:30 – 1:30 pm); Toni Dodd joins Tommy Marsh for the Session at Grapes and Hops on Thursday, August 15; Food Truck Friday this month falls on Thursday, August 16 with Alter Ego playing Classic Rock at the Pacific View Mall (outside Trader Joe’s); you’ll find the Pretty Uglys along with Johnny Thunders and an open jam with Deep Cuts at Red Cove on Saturday, August 17; The Rubicon’s annual fundraiser, Kids for Kids benefit, features Broadway’s hottest tunes on Sunday, August 18; Fausto Cuevas & su Cinquillo host Havana Nights at Limon y Sal on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 pm; there will be live music at the Garage on the afternoon of Sunday, August 25, starting at 2 pm featuring Dangerously Sleazy, The Hymen Blasters and Fred Burger; another fundraiser, Jamming for Hose, is at Bombay’s with several bands playing from 2 -9 pm on Saturday, August 24 this one has The Doc Ventura Band, Marley Rae, Shades of Blue, The Sea Hunters, The References and The Lavender Experience – they’re asking for a $10 donation at the door; Nathan McEuen plays Topa Mountain Winery on the afternoon of Sunday, August 25; and Justin Hayward, songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of the Moody Blues plays the Majestic Ventura Theater on Saturday, August 24.

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Ventura Music Photos – August 2019

Namba – August 31, 2019
Nothing Add All (Flagstaff, AZ)

Bombay Bar and Grill – August 31, 2019
Dudeo Perez

Namba – August 18, 2019
Hans Ottsen, Tyler Hammond and Sean Riddle (photo credit: Henning Ottsen)

Discovery – August 15, 2019
Shred is Dead

Grapes and Hops – August 15, 2019
Toni Dodd

Ventura County Fair – August 9, 2019
Collective Soul

Ventura County Fair – August 8, 2019
George Thorogood and the Destoyers

Ventura County Fair – August 5, 2019

Dargan’s – August 4, 2019
The Sunday Drivers

Ventura County Fair – August 2, 2019
Melissa Etheridge