Wassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 nor in
Camarillo, but still gainfully employed by the Ventura County Star, at least
for the next hour or two, kicking it at my house, multi-tasking, writing about
rock `n' roll, watching PBS with the sound off (``The Dust Bowl'') and petting
my cat, Nope, who is on my lap and as usual, in the way and doing his fair
share as part of the worldwide feline anti-literacy campaign.
If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job,
here's where's I'll be lurking in the back this week:
OK, tonight - Friday - not sold
on their sound but it may worth the drive to Hell-A just to buy a Simian Mobile
Disco shirt - they'll be at the Fonda down on Sunset in Hollyweird. The rock
star slackers in No Doubt will be at the Universal Amphitheatre in UniversalCity tonight. They'll be playing every
other night and evidently have come a ways since opening for the Ska Daddyz in Oxnard. Up here in the
805 where we like it, the Red Ball Jets who know every song ever written, will
play some of them tonight at Judge Roy Beans' - Saturday also. Deke Dickerson
will play some swell country rock at Yolie's in Ventura
and Milo Greene will sing better than everybody at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, also
tonight, Friday night.
On Saturday, it's old school
punk from the nation's capitol with Bad Brains at the Fonda, still in
Hollyweird and the tall, slinky and very rich, Taylor Swift will be at
phonehead nirvana, the Nokia Theatre, and a bunch of old school Chicano SoCal
rock bands such as Malo, Tierra, and Thee Midniters will take a trip down
``Whittier Boulevard'' and folkie Jill Sobule will be at McCabe's in Santa
Monica. Up here in the 805 where we like it, Shaky Feelin' will do that jam
band thing at the Good Bar on Main
Street in Ventura.
Up the block and down California
Street to the Bombay Bar & Grill, it's CD
release time for Zachary James & the All Seeing Eyes - he can see that
fiver in your pocket and he wants you to give it to him for this affordable,
all ages, early show with Massenger opening. And Howlin' Woods will do a
Saturday show at Green Art People down on the Ventura Avenue.
On Sunday, singer/songwriter
Jim Lauderdale will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica and Frank Barajas will do his one-man pop
rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura.
Skip one until Tuesday when ZZ Top will rock the House of Try To Find A Place
To Park in Hollyweird, while up here in the 805, the Punch Brothers will play
some bluegrass music at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara where the sound is always
And finally on a Thursday,
Mouse Grey will play some original rock at the Sans Souci in Ventura.
The situation is shaky, which is completely groovy, especially if you like your music jammy for daze. To that end, local jam band kings Shaky Feelin' will provide the soundtrack at several groove fests this week in Camarillo, Ventura and Burbank. Once upon a time, the frontman for the Situation but now Shaky Feelin', Mark Masson is sure to do amazing things on guitar. After being cosmically inspired by Slash and Trey Anastasio, how could he not?
Wednesday's show in Ventura at Green Art People, right behind the carwash just a few steps from Main Street on Ventura Avenue, should be especially colorful. The hosts, the Green Art People, are doing the right thing for the right reasons. School art programs are often the first things to be slashed from the budget -- teachers spending their own money in the classroom is no lie -- and to that end, the Green Art People, a nonprofit group, supplies art materials to teachers. There's always good music on a Wednesday evening at Green Art as plenty of groovy people project the good vibes of a Grateful Dead show without Jerry.Read more »
If I had a faster car, a richer girlfriend or even one with a job, here's where I'll be lurking in the back this week: First of all, tonight -- Friday night - you have to drive to Hell-A but it's worth it to see guitar god Albert Lee - he shreds up here now and again with Hot Roux - next time is in February but tonight - don't confuse him with Alvin but Albert Lee will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica. While at the cavernous Canyon Club, it's those reggae legends, mon, the
Wailers, still w/o Bob Marley; and a few miles north to the 805 where we like it at the Tipsy Goat in T.O. it's jam band nirvana with Shaky Feelin'. And if your world view is slightly to the right of "wahoo," you might enjoy some country music from Big Tweed who will be at Garman's Pub in Santa Paula - still a nice small town until they pave everything. There's a good one at the O - that would be Billy O's in Ventura with everyone's favorite raucous farm animals, Jackass, sharing the bill with the newly reconstituted La Vonettes, bringing back the girl group sound from back when AM radio was cool and not a cesspool of right wing paranoia. Teresa Russell will demonstrate the art of the guitar solo probably more than once at the Savory Cafe in Ventura - Chuck D will lead his cronies in Public Enemy to the Ventura Theatre tonight - that'll be the place with the million cops outside. It'll be worth it just to hear Radio Rahim's favorite song and the Occupy Movement's theme song, "Fight the Power." Kyle Hunt & King Gypsy will play some classic rock for the new millennium at the Bombay Bar & Grill, also in Ventura, and Big Joe Lewis will play some blues and boogie woogie piano wiz, Carl Sonny Leyland will be at Yolie's in Ventura, also tonight, Friday night.
On Saturday, back in L.A., it's Dave Alvin playing McCabe's, also on Sunday as well - he's
OK, skip a few and thank that great American and famous Capricorn, Martin Luther King for your day off on Monday and then there's Tuesday, my birthday, which I share with Jim Carrey, Mohammed Ali, Betty White and Ben Franklin, so much for astrology. Anyway, on Tuesday, there's a good one down in Hollyweird at the House of Try to Find a Place to Park - the House of Blues, it's pretty much the same show that was in Ventura - it's bluegrass on speed with Old Man Markley, and wise guy punk legends NOFX will be funny and Pulley is also on the bill, still fronted by Scott Radinsky who was a solid situational left hander for the Dodgers, and will play some loud and fast punk rock. And still on Tuesday - no story because they dogged
On Wednesday, We Govern We continues their Wednesday night residency at the Sans Souci, while through the alley and down the block on "C" Street, it's that All-Star Blues Jam at the Bombay - the Corsican Brothers will play some power pop at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View and Kyle Hunt will be at the Jester in Ojai.
And finally on a busy Thursday, it's Caught Red Handed playing some country up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura - the hard working Kyle Hunt will be at the Crave Lounge at the extreme west end of Ventura, which just makes me miss the Midnight Hour all the more. And finally on a Thursday, Jonathan McEuen will do something cool at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View.
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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