Ventura Music Scene
Second Hand Blues and more…
by Pam Baumgardner
I’ve known Ashford Gordon and his music since back in the day when I was a DJ at KXBS radio here in Ventura in the 90’s, so I’ve been looking forward to his latest project the Second Hand Blues Band to make their debut and to release their self-titled CD this month. I received an advance copy, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed. They’ll be holding a CD release party at Grapes and Hops on Saturday, January 28 where the band will perform with Jade Hendrix on hand to warm up the room.
The Santa Barbara-based reggae-influenced alternative rock band, Iration, returns to the Ventura Theater on January 19 in support of their all acoustic album, Double Up. They’re calling it their “Lost & Found Winter Tour.”
50 Sticks of Dynamite are super jazzed to once again open for The Young Dubliners, this time at Discovery Ventura, on Friday, January 20.
After an earlier Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar workshop, there will be a special intimate evening performance with guitar masters Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai on January 21. If you’re not familiar with slack key guitars, the instrument is one where you can play bass, chords and melody all at once. “It’s the most interesting acoustic guitar music in the world,” according to West.
The 11th annual Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition will be held on Sunday, January 22 from 2-3:30 pm at the Pierpont Inn and it’s free to the public. The Students selected to perform for the judges and audience will be backed up by Bevan Manson on Piano, Tom Etchart on bass and Charles Levin on drums. Besides cash prizes, the winners will receive numerous opportunities to perform for the public throughout the year, including February 21st when the Ventura Music Festival announces the 2017 July Festival program at Ventura City Hall. Student Jazz winners will also perform during the Rising Stars Concert in May.
Watch for the return of Bullet Made Statues with all original members at Bombay’s on Sunday afternoon, January 29 featuring Wes Pagano (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Paul FitzGerald (bass), Mike Georgia (lead guitar), Tristan Hendy (keyboards), Rich Agren (drums), and Rene Ponce (percussion and backup vocals). Fitzgerald will be visiting from Spain, and Georgia will be coming down from San Francisco to make this happen. I understand other acts will be on the bill as well.
And finally, after winning the Southern California Blues Society Battle of the Blues Bands in November, The Shawn Jones Trio (Jones, Sam Bolle and Mario Calire) will head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis which runs January 31 through February 4th. Our hearts are with you boys; good luck!
Do you have any music-related news or upcoming shows you want help publicizing? Please send all information short or long to Pam@VenturaRocks.com, and for updated music listings daily, go to www.VenturaRocks.com.
Amigos – February 3, 2015
Nathan McEuen (joined by brother Jonathan)
Amigos – November 26, 2014
WAV – November 23, 2014
Donna Lynn Caskey
Squashed Grapes – November 19, 2015
The Tavern – November 14, 2014
The Winchester Rebels
Bombay Bar and Grill – June 28, 2014
Derek Jennings, Shane Alexander & Alicia Murphy
Squashed Grapes – June 21, 2014
50/50 Band with Rachel Flowers (keyboards and flute), Tom Buckner (sax), Domenic Genova (bass) and Tina Raymond (drums)
VENTURA MUSIC WEEK PHOTO GALLERY
SolTree on back stage
Sans Souci, June 14, 2014
Amigos, June 13, 2014
Spencer the Gardener
Keynote Lounge – June 13, 2014
Squashed Grapes, June 11, 2014
Karl Hunter’s Jazz Hates Johnny
Green Art People – June 11, 2014
Milano’s Italian Restaurant – June 10, 2014
Bluegrass Jam (Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month)
Century Theater 10 Downtown – June 9, 2014
20 Feet From Stardom Screening
Bombay Bar and Grill – June 8, 2014
Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers CD Release party
Pulse Drumming – June 7, 2014
Bongo Workshop with Fausto Cuevas
Photos of Music in Ventura this month
Bombay Bar and Grill – February 26, 2014
Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Steve Soto (Adolescents, Agent Orange) and Russ Rankin (Good Riddance)
The Star Lounge – February 23, 2014
Mighty Cash Cats
The Patio at Player’s Casino – February 22, 2014
Kelly’s Lot – Fundraiser for CARLVC.org
Squashed Grapes – February 22, 2014
Paul McCallum & Friends
Squashed Grapes – February 20, 2014
Buckner, Flowers, Genova & Christie
Bombay Bar and Grill – February 15, 2014
Doubt Aplomb, Rubberneck Lions, Mandex
Peirano’s – Friday, February 7, 2014
Shawn Jones with Sam Bolle
El Rey Cantina – Friday, February 7, 2014
Xoco Moraza & Friends
Bombay Bar and Grill – Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mikey Mo with Tommy Marsh
Squashed Grapes – Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Jazz Report
Green Art People – Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Catfish Fry and Doug Johnson blues swing jam & open mic featuring
Brittney Burchett – Joe Billingiere
Ventura’s music scene was just about as hot as it gets Thursday night, January 17, when the Watermark’s W20 played host to a new artist showcase. Grammy winning producer, Ken Callait (Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd…) brought several acts from his own label, Sleeping Giant Music Group. Backing up the first three artists were three of Ventura County’s finest musicians, Joe Baugh (guitar), Sam Bolle (bass) and Mario Calire (drums). Andrea Russett, super popular with the social media crowd with over half a million Twitter followers, was the emcee. On the bill were Laura Rizzoto, Caitlin Edge, Lola Delon, Bean and New Hollow. Several of the acts have music on radio already with the latter getting spins on KROQ. The announcement for the showcase also promised the debut of Colbie Coillat’s new music video and a special guest appearance, which turned out to be none other than Colbie herself performing two of her songs live. The night was amazing and I’ll be watching for big things from all artists with special attention on Lola Delon.
Discovery Ventura has been open since mid December during what is called a “soft opening”. Their New Year’s Eve party as expected was a sold out event. But now, it’s going to be official as they pull out all the stops for their grand opening celebration kicking off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22. The weekend’s music will be off the hook with Dirty Rice and Shaky Feelin’ together on Friday and then Rey Fresco rockin’ the house on Saturday the 25th. Get advance tickets at www.DiscoveryVentura.com.
Jukebox Mutiny recently brought on board Ryan Reynolds (additional guitars and synth) joining Ron Dusky (bass), Jaymes Quirino (guitar) and Jeremiah Esparza (percussion). Duskey told me, “It’s been a very good and dynamic addition.” The band has been working on new material and polishing up their older stuff. I’m looking forward to their next gig, which may be a Sunday afternoon stint at Sans Souci.
Things should get interesting for the Breaking Banjos 2014 Tour, making its first stop at Bombay Bar and Grill on Saturday, February 1. On the bill will be three acts featuring banjos, 50 Sticks of Dynamite, Whiskey Chimp and 5th and Birmingham.
I’m also looking forward to Send Medicine who will be coming to town from L.A. to play one of Green Art People’s (GAP) Wednesday night concerts on January 22. Julian Hacquebard of Send Medicine told me they heard about GAP from sources whose opinions they trust describing their sound as, “A mix of psychedelic/folk/blues with hints of tribal percussion and garage.” Shows start earlier than most here in town at 6:30 pm, so the GAP crowd has been moving to The Tavern afterwards for more music from Mark Masson (Shaky Feelin’) who is the master at keeping the parting going.
Have any music related news or upcoming shows you want help on publicizing? Send all information short or long: Pam@VenturaRocks.com.