Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 12/18 – 12/31

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by Pam Baumgardner

Ventura BreezeIt’s the final weeks of the year with a handful of holiday shows and a whole lot of New Year’s Eve parties, so let’s get right to it.

On Thursday, December 19, Buena High School hosts their 7th annual Not-So-Silent-Night benefit concert in the Library Media Center. The following day, Friday, December 20, the Ventura Theater presents their 8th annual Holiday Sing-along featuring Disney hits and holidays tunes with the price of admission a new unwrapped child’s toy or pet supplies.

Topa Mountain Winery has three events lined up starting on Friday evening at 7 pm with an Ojai holiday concert featuring Smitty & Julia and Friends; then they’re back to their regularly scheduled afternoon live music 3-5 on Saturday with Patricia Avis Family Christmas and Sunday featuring the Hopeful Quartet Holiday Jazz ensemble.

Along with the final weeks of the musical “Forever Plaid” Plaid Tidings” at the Rubicon, there will be a Tiny Tots Holiday Concert featuring the Broadway Juniors on Saturday, December 21, at 10 am.

While we’re still on the subject of Christmas and music, I’d like to give one final plug for “the Local Love Project Holiday Album, The Spirit of Giving” which features over a dozen artists out of the 805 including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Charles Law and Jagged, Towse, Boom Duo and more. The proceeds from the sales stay in the community going to the Local Love Project which helps those who have been affected by a disaster here in the 805. It’s available at CD Baby, Amazon, and locally at most every record store in town. It is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Now on to New Year’s Eve parties starting with live music: FIDO plays until 9 pm with an east coast style NYE party at Leashless Brewing; the Brandon Ragan Project will keep you dancing at the Copa Cubana in the Ventura Harbor; it’s 80’s Invasion at the Crown Plaza at the top of the harbor overlooking the ocean and our fair city; the Shores in Oxnard has Teresa Russell & Friends; Grapes and Hops has the Diane Miller Band; the Self Righteous Brothers play Café Fiore; it’s an all-white party (meaning wear white) at Cantina 31 with Instone; Blues Bullet will keep it lively at Winchesters; it’s classic rock with Arockalypse Now at the Star Lounge; Yachtley Crew with their yacht rock will keep it festive at Discovery while Mandex will keep you rockin’ at Oak and Main downtown.

Venues with DJs and full party plans include Bombay’s, Paddy’s, El Rey Cantina, the Tavern, the Garage, the Keynote Lounge and Sans Souci. There will be cover charges most everywhere and some will sell out, so I highly recommend calling and making reservations now, and don’t forget to arrange for a safe ride home!

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Ventura Rocks in the Ventura Breeze 12/4 – 12/17

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by Pam Baumgardner

Article artworkThere is plenty going on in Ventura to get you into the spirit of the holidays starting with the social event of the year, the Ventura Winter Wine Walk on Saturday, December 7 downtown Ventura with a man-made snowfall and live music from the Adelaide Band, Upstream and Bruno and the Hooligans. If it’s not already sold out, get your tickets at

There will be a “Winter Wonder Rock Variety Show” at the Garage on Friday, December 6, with Slanted Land, the Volt per Octaves and Hard Six, then the following night a “Hawaiian Holiday” party with How to Live with Robots, Pink Droid and Identity Crisis.

Namba will be hosting, “Doc the Halls” on Saturday, December 7, with the 805 Gospel Allstars, Doc Ventura, Marley Rae Lovelace, Tamara Sue, the Ghetto Lions and special guest RJ Mischo; tickets are $15 the day of the event.

Jodi Farrell’s music studio student 25th Annual Holiday Concert will be held at the Ventura Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church on Saturday, December 7. The guest band will feature Ron Barnett, Jim Rankin, Brad Strickland, Ray Dean Mize and Manon Franklin.

The 19th Annual 4 Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive concert will be held at the Ventura Beach Club this year on Sunday, December 8 from 1 – 8 pm featuring Crooked Eye Tommy, Ray Jaurique & the Uptown Brothers, Jim Guston & Truth Jones, Johnny & the Love Handles and more. There’s a $25 cover and they’re also asking for a new unwrapped toy.

There will be an afternoon a holiday popup market at Topa Mountain Winery for their “Shop, Sip & Be Merry” event. Providing the music will be the Brambles, and the Dales on Saturday, December 14 from 1-6 pm.

Quick Notes: enjoy Brazilian Jazz with Teka & New Bossa featuring Kevin Winard, Randy Tico and Doug Webb on Thursday, December 5, at the Winery Ventura; Oak and Main has Hed PE, Bazerk and United Rage on Friday, December 6; Chopperfest returns to the Ventura Fairgrounds on Sunday, December 8, and along with all the hot rides will be live music from the Zepp Heads, Jan Michael and the Vincents, Twisted Gypsy; featuring music out of the 60s Laurel Canyon scene will be California Dreams at Plan B Wine Cellars on Sunday afternoon, December 8; We were Giants (Idaho) and Next Door to Heaven (Russia) play The Garage on Thursday, December 12; there will be a special Listening Room Holiday Jam at Leashless on Sunday, December 15 at 3 pm; the Christmas musical, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” opens December 11 for a couple of weeks at the Rubicon Theater; the Ripkatz return to Sans Souci on Friday, December 13; and the Barrelhouse Wailers CD release party will be at the Winery Ventura on Friday, December 13.

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