Surf Rodeo: July 12 & 13, 2014. Ventura, California. Seaward down to the ocean.
The music series being proposed up behind City Hall is still a possibility for this year. If it happens, the promoter will be allowed one season to see how it goes. Consultants are working on the Draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report) and citizens will be able to weigh in on it soon. There are strong viewpoints for and against it happening in that location so it will be interesting to see how it unfolds in the near future.
It was pretty cool hearing The Calamity’s new CD, A Ghost of These Moments played live from beginning to end during their CD release party at Bombay’s. They guys so nailed it. Afterwards I ventured in the backroom for Crazy Rust, a Neil Young tribute band, where lo and behold, Neal Casal had joined in for their second set.
We joined Kat Merrick on her Totally Local VC float for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown Ventura and Dan Grimm was on the float playing live for the crowds. Dan recently released his latest called Average Savage, and I have to say that Dan continues to grow as a songwriter. His songs tell stories of love, drama and struggle, some of which are quite personal. And I’ll be up front and honest, there is nothing sexier than a man who isn’t afraid to show his love for his woman and profess he’ll eat monsters for her. That’s just feakin’ awesome! Dan describes his sound as “flip-floppytonk” or “rock ‘n’ roll with a little bit of country” and I can’t disagree. You should check it out at www.DanisGrimm.com .
I ran into Trey from Pulse Drumming the other evening and he told me about some drum clinics they have coming up. The one that caught my attention will be the one with Vinny Appice, and I’m a little upset I never got around to learning the drums because what an opportunity to sit in with one of the masters! Appice, who has played with Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Derringer and Axis (I still have the vinyl for that one), will be here in town on Saturday, May 17. The clinic is offered to all ages and abilities. Call Pulse Drumming for more info (805) 648-3786.
I already have my tickets for two upcoming shows at Squashed Grapes. First it’s Karl Hunter of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returning for a show on March 22, and then it’s The Jazz Punks on the 28th. The Grape has really been pulling in some terrific acts helping to establish them even more as the Jazz place to be Wednesday through Sundays. Call for ticket availability at (805) 643-7300.
And finally, shows to watch out for at the Majestic Ventura Theater include Cage the Elephant, Pet Shop Boys and Ellie Goulding, more information can be found at www.VenturaRocks.com.
Do you have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com.
It was pretty cool catching the Numbskull Show on a rainy Wednesday night in the backroom at Bombay’s with Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds sharing an acoustic evening with Steve Soto (Agent Orange and The Adolescents) and Russ Rankin (Good Riddance). Kevin’s three-week tour in support of his new release, Off Stockton, kicked off in Ventura. Rankin told me he’ll be performing the first four dates and the last three dates with Kevin. The night had the three as solo performers – just the artist and their acoustic guitar – and though there were some missteps from Soto, it was pretty cool when he just laughed it off like the true punk rocker he is.
We’re looking forward to catching Karl Hunter of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as he returns to Squashed Grapes for another show on Saturday, March 22. In what is being called the Karl Hunter Organ’ic Quartet, Karl will have the legendary Jimmy Calire who toured for several years with America on keyboards, Mario Calire from the Wallflowers and Ozomatli on drums and guitar player extraordinaire Hans Ottsen will round out the quartet. Tickets are $10 and you should get them in advance at the Grape as this one is sure to sell out fast.
Technicolor Tone Factory out of Boulder, CO, will be making their debut in Southern California area with a free show at Green Art People on Wednesday, March 12. According to Taylor Frederick, TTF isn’t a jam band that rocks, but rather a rock band that jams. I took a listen on SoundCloud, and trust me, the band rocks.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations officially kick off with the City’s annual parade on Saturday, March 15. We’ll be hitching a ride on Kat Merrick’s Totally Local VC float where Dan Grimm and other artists will be performing live along with Jon Reese of Amigos on air guitar, as we cruise down Main Street. Give us a shout out when we pass by!
And of course you are officially invited to help Ventura Rocks celebrate our 5th Anniversary with a huge St. Patrick’s Day party at Bombay’s on the 17th with first Irish music from the Lousy Drunken Uncles at 6:00, then it will Rey Fresco making this the hottest party in town.
Do you have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help on publicizing? Then send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com.
Squashed Grapes – Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ventura Jazz Collective
Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Saturday, December 28, 2013
Kaleigh Jo Kirk
Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Saturday, December 28, 2013
The Cave – Saturday, December 28, 2013
Billy O’s – Friday, December 20, 2013
Mother of Dissension
Yolie’s – Friday, December 20, 2013
Hot Roux – Mark Tortorici
Swing, Blues, and all points in between
Bombay Bar and Grill – Friday, December 20, 2013
Totally Local VC Christmas Party
Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog, special guests
Squashed Grapes – Thursday, December 19, 2013
Christine Marie and Segue
Bombay Bar and Grill – Thursday, December 19, 2013
Rage the Machine Again
Tribute to Rage Against the Machine
Downtown Ventura – Saturday, December 7, 2013
Winter Wine Walk
Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Saturday, December 14, 2013
Spencer and Todd’s Swingin’ Moods
Below is the annual get together of my old radio pals from KXBS, The Bus when I was known as Stephanie Rose and not Pam Baumgardner. Brother Rob was on air in mornings with Matt Cooper and Tammy Myers ran amok doing promotions.
Ventura Music Week saw Roadshow Revival’s a Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash at the Ventura Fairgrounds…with Winchesters hosting pre & post parties as well as Totally Local VC’s jam on Sunday to wrap up Ventura Music Week.
Great time at Amigos on Main Street, Downtown Ventura as Totally Local VC & Surf Brewery host their year end jam. Musicians and fans alike had a great time! The Bobby Hart Band led the jam all afternoon.