Ventura’s Music Scene
By Pam Baumgardner
Sunday afternoons at the Ventura Harbor just got better for the month
of November with “Wine, Dine and Jazz”
Every Sunday, noon to 3:00,
live jazz can be heard on the Village Carousel Stage. Participating
venues will offer up wine and food specials while patrons get to enjoy
jazz out on the grass. Still to come are the Toni Jannotta Jazz Duo on
11/17, and Justin Claveria Jazz Trio on 11/24.
Rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson, and a psychobilly band from Denmark,
Nekormantix, hit the Majestic Ventura Theater on November 24 with local
bands supporting the bill including Hard
who have been called, "the
ultimate party band" by members of the Dead Kennedys and have
collectively opened for such acts as The Black Eyed Peas, Sponge and
Veruca Salt. Also supporting the bill are Radio Threat, The Graveyard
Kings and The Cursed Bastards.
After their amazing debut performance at Squashed Grapes, Jazz Punks
will be returning to Ventura for a show at Amigos on Friday, November
15. You got to trust me on this, they are off the hook!!! Don't miss
it. And as always, no cover at Amigos on Main, but you'll want to bring
some extra cash for dinner/drinks and to get your own Jazz Punks CD and
The 13th annual 4Kids2Kids Toy Run
will be held on Nov 23rd at
The House of Magic. Grand Marshals are Nick St. Nicolas (Steppenwolf)
and Mickey Jones (drummer for Trini Lopez, Johnny Rivers, Dylan). Local
musicians will be dropping by all day for Nick St. Nicolas all-star
band. See www.VenturaRocks.com
for more information and flyer.
The Winter Wine Walk
is one of
those annual events where they shut down
portions of downtown Ventura and the town really comes out to mingle
with family and friends while visiting participating venues. Snow will
be falling on Main Street and music will be provided by Orlando Napier,
The British Beat Band and The Bomb. This event, December 7,
traditionally sells out ahead of time, so don't miss out!
Local favorites Shaky Feelin'
have released their second CD called
"Shaky Feelin' Live at Green Art People." If you know and love the
band, trust me, this CD captures the band live at their finest. Plus,
they'll make lovely stocking stuffers for Christmas. Just saying.
And finally, even though Zoey's may have closed their doors, you have
to love Steve and Polly for seeing through this year's One's to Watch
They put out feelers for a venue to hold this important event and
immediately Jim Rice, Executive Director for Bell Arts, stepped up. "I
have been a long time fan of Zoey’s and how they really honor
musicians,” Rice explained. “When I heard they needed a venue for The
Ones to Watch I thought we might provide the same type of atmosphere
and attitude towards singer songwriters." The Ones to Watch will be
held at Bell Arts on Saturday, November 23. Finalists are Alicia
Murphy, Max Kasch, Mitchell Blake, Derek Jennings, Grace Fellows, Anita
Coats, Gabby Sol, and John Ash.
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