Ventura Music Scene
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 www.CapsMedia.org/Radio.
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.