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Churchwood rocks the blues, 2

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Churchwood's second album title is `'2'' a model of simplicity all the way from Texas on Saustex Records. The label website has some funny lines that may be worth stealing later such as these guys ``are saving the blues from the blahs,'' all the way from Austin, ``a city rightly accused to being `The Boring White Blues Capitol of the World.''' Wow, that's funny and this definitely ain't your boring blues society blues - it's grungy, growly and gruff, out of focus, rough around the edges - maybe this used to be blues - drunkard's blues, maybe. These guys would've made a great triple bill with Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs and the Gun Club - both unfortunately making bad career moves by dying. And Churchwood has enough guitar action to cause Robert Cray to spontaneously combust should he approach within a 13-block radius. 21st century blues, so they say - they rock, I say...


TimeOut: Chris Cain, other blues heavyweights will play at California Beer Festival Sept. 15-16

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Beer bellies in the making will be filled, emptied and refilled this weekend when the California Beer Festival takes over Mission Park in downtown Ventura.

Saturday's the day for real elbow benders. Folks 21 and older can sample more than 130 craft beers, nosh on food and listen to a Michael Jackson tribute band.

On Sunday, it's a triple B scenario: beer, barbecue and blues. The all-ages Blues, Brews and BBQ Blues Festival will feature a barbecue cook-off and a lineup of great blues performers, including Michael John, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza, Chris Cain, Crossfire and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. If the beer is half as good as the band lineup, then everybody wins.

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TimeOut: Unleashing the blues

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Tommy Marsh to help kick off new blues series in Moorpark


The Santa Barbara Blues Society, founded in 1977, is the oldest in the country. The Ventura County Blues Society, meanwhile, is one of the newest such organizations. Gotta start somewhere. The Ventura group holds a weekly blues jam at The Tavern down on Santa Clara Street at a very cool Victorian mansion evidently not yet a law office. Expanding its horizons, the VCBS is heading east for a gig in Moorpark on Sunday starring blues guitarist Chris Cain, with Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog opening along with Kelly's Lot, a blues outfit from down south. It's all happening at the historic old theater on High Street, once upon a time the main drag.

The words "music" and "Moorpark" rarely occur in the same sentence, so perhaps this Sunday event is the start of something big -- Cain is an internationally known bluesman with a double-digit output of albums. The Sunday Blues Matinee Concert Series resumes in August at the same venue with Jimmy Thackery. Read more »

TimeOut: Living on blues power

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Getting the blues in Simi Valley could be the realization that the nearest Nordstrom is in Canoga Park, or perhaps that only nine cops live on your street. But the place to be for some real blues, not to mention a free geography lesson when Simi Valley becomes the westernmost parish in "the Bayou State," is the 23rd annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park on Saturday and Sunday. The headliner and party-ender Sunday night is Candye Kane, glad to be anywhere considering the alternative.

Kane is a cancer survivor -- specifically, neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. The survival rate is equivalent to that of the extra "Star Trek" crewmen who beam down to uncharted planets with Kirk and Spock. This is Kane's second round with this particular form of cancer, and following surgery on May 2, she's set to make a remarkably speedy return to performing.

She recently posted on her Facebook page that "the surgery was successful in that my pancreatic duct is unclogged." However, she will need radiation therapy for "an inoperable very tiny tumor on my mesenteric artery." Read more »

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