Kevin Costner on the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

I admit, I was nervous to be speaking with three-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actor, producer, director and musician, Kevin Costner. I’ve been a long-time fan of his work and have seen him twice in concert with his band Modern West. But within a few moments, I was at ease as I found him as down-to-earth as the Iowan farmer, Ray, he portrayed in the movie Field of Dreams.

Kevin had hoped to be in town for one-on-one interviews to help promote the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival, but the tragic mudslides in Santa Barbara and Montecito had closed down the 101 keeping him homebound so we spoke over the phone and he gave me some background on how the benefit came about.

It was back in 2008 when Kevin reached out to his good friend Tim Hoctor to help produce his concert at Main and California in support of his latest film, “Swing Vote.” It was a huge undertaking, not an easy feat, so it wasn’t something Kevin thought Tim would want to do again, but he made the phone call to Tim who then reached out to Mark Hartley, and the proverbial ball was soon rolling.

Kevin’s love, care and concern for this town soon became evident. He told me it was just days after the start of the Thomas Fire that he knew he had to do something to help. He realizes one can’t know the true devastation of losing one’s home to a wildfire unless you personally have lost your home, but you can be there for people. You can stand with them. And that’s exactly what he wants to do for those who are suffering.
During our conversation Kevin also told me how he had personally taken a drive with a friend to Santa Paula to survey the damage and on their way back he stopped at the home where he grew up at here in Ventura for the first time in forty years. This was his history. The room where his brother left for Vietnam. The same TV room where he saw Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald when Kevin was only four years old, and where little did he know he’d star in a film on the same subject almost thirty years later (JFK).

The Thomas Fire Benefit Festival will be held at Plaza Park on Saturday, February 3, and will kick off with a VIP Chef Experience followed with live music featuring Kevin Costner and Modern West; Olivia Newton John (on her own recovery tour after second bout with breast cancer); three-time platinum hip hop and rap artist from Ventura, Super Duper Kyle; Grammy award winner, Colbie Caillat; Ventura’s own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and as Mark Hartley teased, there may be a few more bands added. To keep up-to-date and purchase tickets, go to

Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 1/17 – 1/30

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by Pam Baumgardner

The Thomas Fire benefit 805 Love Notes concert at the Ventura Theater on Sunday, January 14, was an amazing day of talent celebrating first responders and raising money for, a grassroot efforts to help our community recovery. Just a few of the highlights were performances by Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, the return of Shades of Day and Franklin for Short as well as all the artists who donated their time. I can’t thank Steve and Polly Hoganson enough for inviting me to emcee the day.

Mark Hartley gave me the head’s up for the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival ( to be held at Plaza Park on Saturday, February 3. He said this one will be one for the books, and I can’t disagree as the headliner will be Kevin Costner and Modern West along with Olivia Newton John, Colbie Caillat, Super Duper Kyle, and Ventura’s own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. When asked what it means to be a part of the fundraiser, BBVD front man, Scotty Morris, told me, “It means everything to us! We were on the road when the Thomas Fires kicked in and it was personally one of the most painful tours of my career. Watching my city burn on [social media] is hard to put into words. To see my family and my friends and my community facing such unbelievable horrors in our beautiful city was heartbreaking. All we wanted to do was get back home and help.” I also hear more acts may be added, so keep tuned!

And yet another Thomas Fire benefit will be held this month at Discovery on Friday, January 19, with The Delgado Brothers, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Guy Martin and Ray Jaurique & the Uptown Brothers. 100% of the funds raised will go to Ventura County Food Share Food Bank, The United Way Thomas Fire Fund and the Red Cross Thomas Fire Fund.

Quick notes: The Boatyard Pub now offers live music Tuesday through Saturday, Yachtley Crew continues their Thursday night residency at Bombays, Cubensis returns to Ventura for a show on Saturday January 20 at Discovery, Tariqh Akoni and Curt Bisquera play Grapes and Hops on Thursday, January 18 as The Groove Lounge; Made West celebrates their 2-year anniversary Saturday, January 27 with Skin & Bones; and the Ventura County Concert Band has a free concert for the family on Sunday, January 28 at Ventura High School’s auditorium.

I’ll be spinning new music over the next few weeks from Karyn 805, Anchor & Bear and Brent Franklin on the Pam Baumgardner Music Hour which airs weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 and Sundays at noon) on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM here in Ventura, and worldwide on the internet, at Help support real local radio supporting local artists in the 805.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 1/3 – 1/16

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by Pam Baumgardner

I’m happy to report that our community continues to rally to help raise funds for Thomas Fire relief. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Ventura becoming stronger and more vibrant this year, and music has a lot to do with that.

The next big benefit comes from the former owners of Zoey’s, Steve and Polly Hoganson entitled 805 Love Notes which is being billed as a thank you to the first responders and a Thomas Fire relief benefit concert at the Ventura Theater on Sunday, January 14. The show starts at 4 in the afternoon with so many Zoey’s alumni on the bill including Chris Pierce, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jesse Siebenberg (Lukas Nelson), Lee Koch, Leslie Stevens, the Pendleton Sisters, Shawn Jones, Bryan Titus, Seth Pettersen, Trevor Beld, Shades of Day, Shane Alexander, Tim Curran, Todd Hannigan and more! It promises to be a lovely evening filled with so much love for all our heroes.

Another benefit (which was scheduled before the fire) is Nardcore Punk Rock to Walk Me Home which supports sheltered and fostered dogs find new homes. This one falls on Saturday, January 6, at the Ventura Theater with TSOL headlining along with Nardcore bands on the bill such as Ill Repute, Stalag 13, Boxheads, The Big Problem and Civil Conflict.

Quick notes: Dwight Yoakam’s rescheduled show at the Ventura Theater is Thursday, January 4; Yachtley Crew begins a Thursday night residency at Bombay’s this month; Hi Hat Entertainment has Kelly’s Lot on Friday, January 5, and Rob Rio on Friday January 12; The Golden China is hosting a Thomas Fire fundraiser featuring Darkside Cosplay on Saturday, January 13.

Oh! Just so you know, I heard an advance rough cut of a new song written by Tommy Marsh featuring some of my favorite players here in town, Tommy Marsh, Guy Martin and Shawn Jones. The tune is called “Rise from the Ashes” and according to Tommy he hopes to raise money for ongoing Thomas Fire relief funds. The next stage is to add more players and a vocal choir. Additional artists expected to contribute their time to this project include Johnny Main (The 44’s), Robert Ramirez and Michelle Voltrian (Medicine Hat), Jodi Farrell and students, Evangeline Noelle (Sisterook), Kelly Z and Perry Robertson (Kelly’s Lot), and more! I cannot wait to hear the final product and you know I’ll be spinning it on my radio show.

And speaking of which, the Pam Baumgardner Music Hour continues to air weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 and Sundays at noon) on KPPQ-LP 104.1 FM here in Ventura, but the station is also worldwide now on the internet, so no excuses! Invite your family and friends to tune in for so many great artists out of the 805, just tell them to adjust for their specific time zone. They can find the station at

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 12/20-1/2

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by Pam Baumgardner

I’m not going to lie, this is awkward. How does one write about promoting a music scene while so many around us are suffering major loses? We’re suppose to be celebrating the most joyous time of the year and we find ourselves affected by one of the worst disasters our City has ever had to endure. I’m a firm believer that music helps to heal, and thankfully we have a community of artists, venues and music supporters who have been rallying to help others. That is what I plan to take from this catastrophic event. The fundraisers, the donations of one’s tip jar, bands playing for free, venues offering their facilities, and the dozens and dozens in our community planning, creating, and supporting all these efforts. Yes, Ventura does and will continue to rock.

Here now, as promised, New Year’s Eve parties around town. Please contact the venues for ticket pricing and amenities and be sure the event has not sold out. Grapes and Hops will be hosting a Speakeasy themed party with the Barrelhouse Wailers; Discovery has Hirie in the house; The Tavern offers a dress-up black and white themed event with DJ Aycer; the Hong Kong Inn has the Misunderstood band; the Star Lounge snagged Alastair Greene for their party; The Greek at the Harbor has an “Under the Sea” themed soiree with the band Awesome Sauce; Café Fiore has Young Dempsey up front and Big Adventure in the Tree House; you can party at the Copa Cubana with the Brandon Ragan Project; you’ll find What the Funk at Gigi’s; Crosscut will be at the Keynote Lounge; the House Arrest band will be at the Moose Lodge; and there’ll be plenty of dancing with DJs at Bombay’s and Sans Souci.

Quick notes: Tilford Jackson’s Christmas special will be held on Thursday, December 21, at Squashed Grapes; Smash Mouth plays Discovery on Friday, December 22; the Ventura Theater 5th annual Holiday Sing-along has been rescheduled for Friday, December 22; Hi Hat Entertainment presents James Intveld and Elvis Blue Christmas on Friday, December 22, at the Hong Kong Inn; Shaky Feelin’ is hosting a Christmas show on Saturday, December 23, at Bombay’s; there’s a Ventura Strong community holiday party on Saturday, December 23, at the Ventura Beach Club with Hard Six, Raging Arb and the Redheads, Laura Ruth Ward, and DjPj; and just a reminder, Chopper Fest was postponed, new date is February 4.

And I just got the press release that Night Demon has announced Frost and Fire has gone global with their next event to be held in London over two days, May 11 and 12, 2018. Headlining will be Cirth Ungol. Way to go boys.

I’m wishing a safe, prosperous and harmonious year for one and all.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 12/6 – 12/19

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by Pam Baumgardner

How quickly time passes as we find ourselves in the final month of the year. My next column will cover New Year’s Eve parties, but for now, let’s take a look at a couple of special events you might want to support during December.

The 5th annual 4 Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive will be held Saturday, December 9th, at the Ventura Beach Club from 5-10 pm. Not only will the honorary guest and rock and roll hall of famer, Nick St. Nicolas (Steppenwolf) be on hand, but so will the jolly guy himself, old saint Nick, aka Santa Claus, as only Gary Gordon Goff can pull off. Featured artists playing include Johnny Main and the 44’s, Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers, Tommy Marsh, Tom & Milo, and more.

The Brave & the Young are holding a fundraiser at Made West Brewery on Saturday, December 9, called My Brother’s Board. It will help benefit Ian Campbell (Campbell Brothers Surfboards) who is battling cancer. It’s a daylong event with board swapping, raffle, yoga and more, including of course live music. The bands start at 4 pm with Geranium, then Tim Curran, Todd Hannigan and My Brother’s Band wrapping up the event.

The Majestic Ventura Theater is holding their 5th annual Holiday Sing-along on Saturday, December 9th. It’s a great event for the entire family, and they’re only asking for a donation of an unwrapped toy from each group attending.

Hi Hat Entertainment booked Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show while they’re out on their US West Coast Tour in support of their new release, Travelin’ with the Blues. Based out of Vancouver, Canada, this is the band’s first Southern California appearance. Harpdog Brown is Canada’s reigning Harmonica Player of the Year since 2014 and they’ll be performing at the Hong Kong Inn on Friday, December 10.

Chopper Fest returns to the Ventura Fairgrounds on Sunday, December 10. This event is dedicated to the design, function and art of the motorcycle. While checking out some amazing rides, you can enjoy live music from The Bob Carrillo Blues Band, Kelly’s Lot and Gethen Jenkins. You can get more information including ticket prices at

Quick notes: Dag Nasty and the Missing 23rd will be at The Garage on Thursday, December 7; The Vonettes will do an early show at Bombay’s at 7 pm on Friday, December 8; Topa Mountain Winery has music in the afternoon on Saturday December 9th with Crooked Eye Tommy and Sunday, December 10th with Matthew Zeltzer; I’m hearing Tariqh Akoni is expected to join Shawn Jones at Grapes and Hops on Sunday, December 10; the Ventura Harbor parade of lights falls over the weekend of December 15 and 16 with music at several venues including the Boatyard Pub and Copa Cubana; there will be a Silent Night Disco at Plaza Park on Friday December 15; the Phantom Pomps CD release party will be held at the Hong Kong Inn on Saturday, December 16; the Rubicon Harmonix Concert will be on Sunday December 17 at the Rubicon; and the final SPRP event will be held at the Sewer on December 17 with FSKD, Publik Enima, I Decline and the Kane Gang.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 11/22 – 12/5

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by Pam Baumgardner

The holiday season is in full swing with Ventura looking as lovely as ever with music keeping us as lively as ever.  To start off with, it’s the “social event of the year,” Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair on Saturday, December 2.  The holiday street fair is free and runs from Noon until 8 pm; the main stage of music is also free and located at the corner of Main and California with City Hall as the backdrop. The bands rockin’ the event this year are the Road Brothers, Adelaide and the Bomb.  Then of course it’s the Wine Walk (21 and over) which typically sells out every year; it runs from 4 until 7 pm.

Squashed Grapes is hosting a fundraiser for the local chapter of Notes for Notes on Saturday afternoon, December 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm with two acts on the bill.  Firstly, it’s the East Valley Road band featuring Notes for Notes students who are raising funds to help them get to a Blues competition in Nashville, and then it’s Patrick Warburton’s band called The Bearded Pearl Clams featuring Pearl Jam tunes.  Yes, you read that right, it is that Patrick Warburton of Seinfeld and Rules of Engagement fame.  It’s all about raising awareness about this amazing program available to our up and coming young musicians here in Ventura where they have a state-of-the-art recording studio available to them and soon a mentoring program featuring a Master’s program with key local musicians. You can learn more about this non-profit organization at

The Surfrider Foundation’s 8th annual Pints Against Plastics benefit will be held at Discovery on Saturday, November 25th, with Through the Roots and Rising Son providing the reggae. The fundraiser is for litter prevention efforts for Ventura County beaches and rivers. Find out more at

Quick notes:  Kick off the holiday weekend with pre-Thanksgiving fun on Wednesday night, November 22, with Yachtley Crew at Bombay’s; Nathan McEuen returns to town with a show at Grapes and Hops on Friday, November 24, with what he calls Nathan McEuen and the Enormous Ego Band; there’s a Numbskull Productions show at the Garage with Captured! By Robots on Friday, November 24; catch The Tenderloin and Spivey Spi at Duke’s on Seaward on Friday, December 1; the Old Time Country Music Christmas concert will be held on Sunday, December 3, at the Poinsettia Pavilion; and just released, the soundtrack to the documentary featuring local blind musician, Rachel Flowers, “Hearing is Believing.”

And finally, Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers are working on their second release.  Ray told me he’s penned ten or eleven new songs and that this one will include some special guest players; they’re working out of Castaway 7 Studios here in Ventura.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 11/8 – 11/21

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by Pam Baumgardner

I can’t say it enough, I love this town, and I love our music scene. Thank you for supporting live music, it really brings life into our quaint beach community. To start off with, here are a couple of events you might want to secure tickets for before they sell out. First the highly popular “event of the year,” it’s the Winter Wine Walk and Street Fair. The street fair and music are free to the public and run noon to 8 pm, but if you want to take part in the wine walk, then you’ll need tickets at Music this year features the Road Brothers, Adelaide and The Bomb.

And then the Ventura Theater just added Nardcore Punk Rock to Walk Me Home to their calendar. Headlining the night will be T.S.O.L. along with Nardcore favorites, Ill Repute, Stalag 13, Dr. Know, and more. This one’s scheduled for Saturday, January 6, with the first band playing at 4 pm (show ends at midnight).

Speaking of which, the Nardcore 8th annual Turkey/Toilet Bowl tournament falls on Saturday, November 18th at Harley’s Valley Bowl in Simi Valley. Monies raised help C.A.R.L. Just a couple of the bands playing will be The Hymen Blasters, Bad Samaritans, Channel 3 and more.

I spoke with Jerry McWorther of Hi Hat Entertainment about the return of Albert Lee to Ventura, and he’s really pumped up about this one. You may already know that Lee is an inductee to the Musicians Hall of Fame, he’s a two-time Grammy award winning artist, and is undeniably one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Normally when he plays here in Ventura, the band is arranged by Jerry, but this time he’s bringing his personal band to back him up. You won’t want to miss this one coming to the Hong Kong Inn on Friday, November 17. Tickets can be purchased at

Speaking of Hi Hat Entertainment shows, it was such a surprise when Wrecking Crew member, Don Randi, showed up when The Shari Puorto Band was playing on Friday, November 3. Jerry rallied everyone he knew and finally wrangled a keyboard for Randi who joined the band for their second set. They kicked off his appearance with the song Nancy Sinatra is most famous for and on which he played, “These Boots are Made for Walking.”

Quick Notes: the Ugly God show is cancelled at the Ventura Theater for November 16 and SuicideBoys on the 13th is sold out; Squashed Grapes welcomes back the Doug Webb Group featuring Danny Carey of TOOL on Friday, November 17; and finally, congratulations to Ill Repute! The hit Netflix show Stranger Things featured a snippet of “Clean Cut American Kid” on Episode 3 of their second season. It originally aired October 27, 2017.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 10/25 – 11/7

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by Pam Baumgardner

This issue marks my four-year anniversary writing for the Ventura Breeze Newspaper. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our publisher, Sheldon Brown, for supporting Ventura’s music scene, and yes, you can even spot him out taking in bands such as Equinox coming up at Squashed Grapes on Saturday, October 28. Live music really does make a difference in building a community and bettering its citizen’s quality of life and Sheldon helps to promote that.

With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, you’ll be able to celebrate longer as most venues will have their bigger soirees over the weekend with the following venues hosting their parties on Saturday, October 28: Discovery features “Dawn of the Dreads” with Arise Roots, Legalizer and Sliff Vision; Gigi’s has a special edition of Karaoke renaming it “Scaryoky; Grapes and Hops has the Brandon Ragan Project; Keynote Lounge offers the Unusual Suspects; Sans Souci has DJ Darko in the house; Time Bomb will be at the Star Lounge; DJ Nick Dean and the Black Hips will be at The Tavern; Sonic Boom with Paul Mars Black (LA Guns) at Vintura at the Wine Rack; and there’s a special “Mischief and Mayhem Halloween Ball” with the Barrelhouse Wailers at Wicked’s Brew.

Then to help keep the party going on Sunday, the good folks from SPRP (Sunday Punk Rock Party) will be hosting their Halloween bash at Sans Souci from 1-6 pm with Girl Balls, Al Duncan (Alpo) from the Boxheads, COA and Plot. Later that afternoon, Plan B Winery hosts their “Hallowine” bash with Midlife Crisis from 4:30 – 7 pm. There will be no cover charge for either of these events.

If you need help getting into the swing of things, Ventura College presents “Jekyll and Hyde Gothic Thriller Musical” over the Halloween weekend at the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday with a matinee on Sunday, the 29th at 2:30 pm.

But if you’re a true-blue fan of Halloween, then you’ll still want to celebrate on Tuesday, October 31, and though all venues which are typically open on Tuesday will continue to have their decorations up and be in “the spirit of things,” Bombay’s will be hosting an evening with tribute bands including Pressgang (tribute to Murder City Devils) and Vandalisms (Vandals tribute); Squashed Grapes will present Tony Ybarra’s annually Halloween party; and DJs will continue the party at Star Lounge with DJ Nolan Trovble, DJ Nick Dean at Sans Souci and DJ Steezy Steve at Saloon BBQ.

And finally, Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai will host the 10th annual concert fundraiser for Safety Harbor Kids on October 29th featuring Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Phil Chen (Jeff Beck), and a lot more. Go to for ticket information.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 10/11 – 10/24

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by Pam Baumgardner

There are a couple of high profile events coming up. Let’s start with The Seaside Highland Games (a Scottish/Celtic Festival) which hits town every Fall. They’ll have all kinds of games and activities including music all day long on several stages over the weekend of October 14th and 15th at the fairgrounds. Some of the acts performing will be Blackwaterside, The Angry Brians, Hidden Fifth, Slingo Rags, Highland Way, and Three for Joy.

The Ventura Beach Party in conjunction with the Ventura Marathon will be held down along the promenade at the Ventura Pier. There is no charge for this one and there will be music during the day over the weekend of October 21 and 22nd with Lightnin’ Willie, Sunnie Paxson, Sonic Boom, Paul Mars Black and Acoustic Generation performing.

Then there is the C.A.R.L. fundraiser on Saturday, October 21 at the Hong Kong Inn. This one donates all proceeds to the Canine Adoption and Rescue League and has Kelly’s Lot, Orphan Jon and the Abandon featuring Johnny Main, along with special guests all evening long including performances from Ray Jaurique, Michael Golden and Jerry McWorter.

Hi Hat Entertainment as a couple of weeks of amazing nights of music you won’t want to miss at the Hong Kong Inn. First on Friday, October 13, it’s The Forty Fours; then the following week, October 20, it’s Alastair Greene’s CD release of Dream Train. Greene has embarked on his solo career after playing with the Alan Parsons Project for the past 7 years.

Speaking of new music, Kelly Z (Zirbes) has a brand-new CD just released called Rescue. Kelly said that all 8 tracks were recorded in 2011 by Chuck Kavooras at SlideAway Studio; however, the project was never finished, that is until Kelly was asked to provide the vocal tracks. It really is quite impressive!

Quick Notes: Vintura at the Wine Rack will be hosting a special fundraiser for the Ventura Cancer Resource Center on Thursday, October 12th from 7-10 pm with singer/songwriter, Karen 805 entertaining; Spencer the Gardener returns to Discovery on Friday, October 13; One Square Mile featuring members of the Circle Jerks and Saccharine Trust will be at the Garage on Saturday October 14 and Motörbabe (female Motörhead tribute band) on Friday October 20; after playing at the Highland Games, The Angry Brians will be jamming at Grapes and Hops on Saturday, October 14 then Shawn Jones recently back after another European tour will be playing the next day on Sunday afternoon, October 15; and The Jelly opens for The Motels on Sunday, October 22 at the Canyon Club.

And finally, CAPS Media’s radio station is now streaming live at You can catch The Pam Baumgardner Music Hour every Tuesday at 5 with a rebroadcast on Friday at 5 and Sunday at noon.

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 9/27 – 10/10

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by Pam Baumgardner

Are you ready to get your metal on? The third annual Frost and Fire returns to Ventura over the first weekend of October beginning with a pre-party on Thursday, October 5, at the Ventura Theater with Night Demon, Tyrant Ruthless and Cage. Then Bombay Bar and Grill hosts three days of metal music starting on Friday with Raven, Savage Master, Jaguar, Walpyrgus and more. Saturday has Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, Amulet and more. Sunday features a “bangover brunch” with DJs, and a handful of bands that afternoon. Friday and Saturday shows at Bombay’s are sold out, however I understand that the post and pre-parties still have tickets available.

At the other end of the musical spectrum there’s the Topa Topa Folk Fest, also on the first weekend of October at Libbey Bowl in Ojai for both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night, October 6, has Lissie Band, Tim Curran, Jamie Drake, Bryan Titus Trio, The Brambles and more. October 6th has Grammy award winner and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Lucinda Williams along with Country super star, Shooter Jennings on Saturday night. Also on the bill, Doug Pettibone, Brian Wright, Shane Alexander and more. This show benefits the Turning Point Foundation. You can get ticket information at

Stay True and Dead Center Records bring The Dad Show to the Ventura Beach Club on Saturday, September 30, with two stages of music featuring Andres, Plan your Escape, Welcome to Limerick, Dead Poet Society, Kyle Smith and more.

Congratulations to Army of Freshmen who are celebrating 20 years together. They’ll be heading over to Europe for the Get Happy Tour this February with Bowling for Soup and the Aquabats.

And it’s been fun watching the photos Jesse Siebenberg has been posting on social media as he been touring with Lukas Nelson (in case you missed it, that’s Willie Nelson’s son). Stadium shots, hanging with Sir Paul McCartney, and posting that they were playing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 5, it’s such a dream come true! The tour swings by our way with a stop at the Fonda Theater on October 4.

Quick Notes: Guy Martin joins Crooked Eye Trio for a show at Amigos on Wednesday, September 27; Boyd Tinsley (of the Dave Matthews Band) brings his project Crystal Garden to Discovery on Friday, September 29; The Velveteen Band CD release party is at Discovery on Saturday, September 30; The final Rock on the Dock at the Ventura Harbor is Saturday September 30 with Frank Barajas & the Corsican Bros; Corey Congilio has an in-store performance at Instrumental Music on Monday, October 2; Death by Stereo has a show at The Garage on Saturday, October 7; and Pier Under the Stars with Trippin’ Wild is Saturday, October 7.

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