Ventura Music Scene
by Pam Baumgardner
It turns out that this is my one-year anniversary writing for the Ventura Breeze. Yay! Thank you Sheldon for designating the highly-prized back page for music. You rock!
Nathan McEuen’s Tuesday evening residency at Amigos is always a treat, but October 7, he stepped it up several notches when he performed with not only his brother Jonathan, but with their dad, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. While it was cool, hearing them perform, it was even cooler seeing the admiration they have for one another. Looking forward to hearing the new album Nathan has been diligently working on; he hopes to release it sometime in November.
I’m always tickled when I’m approached for talent advice for events being planned; case in point, Charleen Mora (Dirty Rice) of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce was searching for a jazz trio for the upcoming TASTE event being held October 30. I’m pleased as punch to say The Hans Ottsen Trio will be performing. TASTE will be held at the Museum of Ventura County this year with over 40 exhibitors and some exceptional jazz.
Taylor Rae returns to Bombays. I happened upon her the last time she played there and immediately became a fan of her southern rock music with a tinge of blues. She’ll perform earlier in the evening on the 18th for an all-ages show at 8 pm.
On the Grape front: The Pulse Daddies comprised of Trey O’Toole (Pulse Drumming), Karl Hunter and Dirk Shumaker (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), and Hans Ottsen are on the bill for Oct. 16. Donna Deussen & the Paul Weitz Trio return on the 18th and of course Doug Webb Quintet with Danny Carey of Tool on the 24th. And though I’m glad other publications are finally recognizing a “rebirth” of America’s original art form in Ventura, I would like to go on record as saying our jazz scene returned two years ago when Squashed Grapes started providing consistent high caliber jazz artists Wednesday through Saturday with a jazz jam every other Tuesday.
I’m loving the community support for The Baker Family as traditional media and social media have been getting the word out on how to help them rebuild after their incredible losses. Discovery Ventura is hosting a fundraiser on October 26 with Raging Arb and the Redheads, Zepp Heads and Good Deeds. Suggested donation is $10, but you can always dig deeper and give more.
And finally, because it falls on Friday this year, you know Ventura will be off-the-hook with Halloween parties. Most venues are pulling out all the stops hoping to pack their joint with revelers. From Amigos on Main to Billy O’s midtown to The Garage on the East end of town, live music will abound. Dirty Rice will be at Discovery, The Bomb at the Watermark, Smooth Hound Smith at Red Cove, The UnUsual Suspects at Keynote, Tony Ybarra at Peirano’s and well, the list goes on and on. Be sure to visit VenturaRocks.com for a more comprehensive listing.
(At press time, I was assured that Discovery would be having music for the Baker Family fundraiser and for Halloween but their entertainment permit is being appealed)
If you have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com.