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Suds, Music and Rockin’ History
by Pam Baumgardner

Calire's Hammand B3I seriously can’t remember a year with more music bursting at the seams than this past year, and we’re only about two thirds done! Coming events, and starting on the water, the Ventura Harbor is capitalizing on all this great weather by bringing back the popular Rock on the Dock series every Saturday in September. Still to come on the 20th is Smokey and Friends and the 27th The Hard Times Band.

The 2014 California Beer Festival is finally upon us. I’m looking forward to learning all about craft beer on Saturday the 20 while chillin’ to Petty Theft, Dr. M and Rey Fresco; and then on Sunday, the 21, it’s the Blues & BBQ Festival with Tab Benoit, Trampled Under Foot, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Michael John & the Bottom Line as well as Jonathon Boogie Long. I’ll be out selling Ventura Rocks t-shirts on Sunday, so be sure to swing by and hang a spell.

A free family-friendly night of music featuring music from popular radio and Broadway will be held at the Ventura Theater on September 19 and 21 featuring Loanne Wullaert with vocal support from some of the county’s best vocalists including Aaron Orbit and Marcella Tambouris. Look for numbers from Les Miserables, A Star is Born, Frozen, Dreamgirls and more. In between the two nights being called “September Song” will be The White Buffalo on the 20th. See for times.

The good folks from Zoey’s have officially kicked off their new music venture in the form of Ones to Watch Productions. Steve and Polly Hoganson continue their support of up and coming artists as they produce local showcases. The next one will be Friday, October 3, at Bombay Bar and Grill with The Lee Koch Band, Derek Jennings and Zeke Berkley. For more information see

One of my favorite blues singers with some serious spunk is Kelly Zirbes who has this never ending contagious energy about her. She’s always there when a helping hand is needed and it’s always a treat to see Kelly along with her husband Perry Robertson and their band Kelly’s Lot perform. She’s sure to make you laugh, but more than that, the band will get you up off your tush jamming to their special brand of rockin’ blues. Kelly’s Lot CD release party for their latest CD, “Don’t Give My Blues Away” will be held on Friday, September 19, at Yolies with a $10 cover. If you’re not able to make it, you’ll want to add this one to your collection for sure. Visit to pick one up today.

And finally, just a quick little anecdote: While hanging out with Jimmy Calire the other night at Squashed Grapes, I knew the Hammond B3 organ he had brought in for the show that evening with Karl Hunter had some stories behind it, but none could be cooler than the one he share with me that evening where he would be jamming on it with his band, Raven at The Session in the Theater District in New York City and Jimi Hendrix would jump up on stage and join in the action. Seriously, how cool is that? This town has such an abundance of talent and history reinforcing what I’ve always said, Ventura Rocks!

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Ventura Music Photos: February 2014

Photos of Music in Ventura this month

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 28, 2014
Diana Boydstrum, Diego Gambino and Pam Baumgardner
Getting out, taking in music, hanging with good friends.  Ventura Rocks!Diana, Diego an Pam

Amigo’s Surf Cantina – February 27, 2014
Gypsy Blues Band with Morganfield Burnett
Gypsy Blues Band with Morganfield Burnett

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 26, 2014
Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Steve Soto (Adolescents, Agent Orange) and Russ Rankin (Good Riddance)

Paradise Pantry – February 26, 2014
Xoco Moraza and Todd Hannigan
Todd and Xoco

The Star Lounge – February 23, 2014
Mighty Cash Cats

The Star Lounge – February 23, 2013
Kyle Hunt
Kyle Hunt

Sans Souci – February 23, 2014
Jukebox Mutiny
Jukebox Mutiny

Amigo’s Surf Cantino – February 23, 2014
Jerry and the Big Beats
Jerry and the Big Beats

The Patio at Player’s Casino – February 22, 2014
Kelly’s Lot – Fundraiser for

Squashed Grapes – February 22, 2014
Paul McCallum & Friends

Squashed Grapes

Yolies – February 21, 2014
Rick Holmstrum Band
Rick Holmstrum Band

Squashed Grapes – February 20, 2014
Buckner, Flowers, Genova & Christie

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 16, 2014
The Bomb
The Bomb

Amigo’s Surf Cantina – February 16, 2014
Tommy and Paddy Marsh w/ Pam Baumgardner of
Paddy - Pam - Tommy

Ventura High School Auditorium – February 15, 2014
Ventura Music Festival:  Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Eddie Palmieri

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 15, 2014
Doubt Aplomb, Rubberneck Lions, Mandex

Cafe Fiore – February 13, 2014
Christopher Hawley
Christopher Hawley

W20 at the Watermark – February 13, 2014
Ventura Social Club with Lenny Castro
Ventura Social Club w Lenny Castro

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 9, 2014
RB BombersRB Bombers

EP Foster Library – February 9, 2014
Toni Jannotta Jazz quartet
Toni Jannotta

Surf Brewery – February 8, 2014
The Hard Times Band
Hard Times Band

Bombay Bar and Grill – February 7, 2014
Owen Bucey
Owen BuceyAaron Orbit
Aaron Orbit

Peirano’s – Friday, February 7, 2014
Shawn Jones with Sam Bolle

El Rey Cantina – Friday, February 7, 2014
Xoco Moraza & Friends

Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Thursday, February 6, 2014
Gypsy Blues Band
The Gypsy Blues Band

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
Aloha Radio

Amigo’s Surf Cantina – Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Catfish Fry and Doug Johnson blues swing jam & open mic featuring
Brittney BurchettJoe Billingiere

Billy O’s – Monday, February 3, 2014