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TimeOut: Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps play Ventura on Nov. 23

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They know the way to Ventura and their fans are always happy when they show up, much like what will happen tonight when Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps rock at Yolie's with a new album, "Come on Home." The gig is more or less a home game because they're cruising in from Santa Clarita, a place that pretty much does not rock.

The band clearly does, pounding out self-described "funky and greasy" music where Texas meets Louisiana, except with better weather and smarter politics. Teresa James has that perfectly gritty rock 'n' roll voice. Her significant other, Terry Wilson, is the bass player and writes the songs. Guitar player Billy Watts is well known to local music fans as a member of the Mojo Monkeys, and local drummer supreme Jim Christie played on two-thirds of the new album's tracks.

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TimeOut: Eclectic L.A. band La Santa Cecilia will perform Saturday in Thousand Oaks

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Mix and match is not just a marketing tool; in music, it can be a good thing. La Santa Cecilia is combining all sorts of influences to create something completely different. See how that's working out Saturday night when the Los Angeles band temporarily eradicates the traditional silence associated with the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Marisoul is the powerhouse one-named frontwoman for the band, which mixes cumbia, bossa nova, tango, jazz-rock and other styles.

It's worth the drive just to hear their version of "Tainted Love," once upon a time a hit for Soft Cell but actually written by Ed Cobb, a member of the Four Preps.

La Santa Cecilia is beginning to get noticed. The group landed a song in the hit Showtime series "Weeds," opened for Ozomatli and in 2011 received a Latin Grammy nomination for its song "La Negra."

Marisoul was funny and focused during a recent phoner.

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TimeOut: Eclectic L.A. band La Santa Cecilia will perform Saturday in Thousand Oaks

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Mix and match is not just a marketing tool; in music, it can be a good thing. La Santa Cecilia is combining all sorts of influences to create something completely different. See how that's working out Saturday night when the Los Angeles band temporarily eradicates the traditional silence associated with the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Marisoul is the powerhouse one-named frontwoman for the band, which mixes cumbia, bossa nova, tango, jazz-rock and other styles.

It's worth the drive just to hear their version of "Tainted Love," once upon a time a hit for Soft Cell but actually written by Ed Cobb, a member of the Four Preps.

La Santa Cecilia is beginning to get noticed. The group landed a song in the hit Showtime series "Weeds," opened for Ozomatli and in 2011 received a Latin Grammy nomination for its song "La Negra."

Marisoul was funny and focused during a recent phoner.

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TimeOut: 'One Love Unity' concert to feature Oxnard's Dominic Balli

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An 8-year-old Carpinteria girl is fighting a particularly virulent form of cancer for a third time, and the best part of the population of the greatest beach city in SoCal will stand tall at a Sunday fundraiser for Daisy Love Merrick called "One Love Unity." As usual, musicians are stepping up to do the right thing, this time at Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, including Britney Christian, a rising star with songs all over TV, and Dominic Balli, a rising reggae star out of Oxnard who will play an acoustic set.

The grounds of the church and nearby Barranca Vista Park will be transformed into a carnival with games, raffles, food and continuous music. Every single thing is donated and every dime goes to Daisy. The music inside, featuring Christian, Balli and an opener, will start at 6 p.m. It's first come, first served at this free show. The venue holds 1,200 folks and the promoters are expecting many more to attend the event, so being fashionably late could be a bonehead maneuver. The donation box, hopefully, will runneth over.

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TimeOut: Roots rocker Shawn Jones ready for gigs in Ojai and Ventura

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One would have to be a superhero -- Iron Man, maybe -- to keep up with one of the hardest-working musicians in the 805, Shawn Jones. Keeping up with the Jones is work. He's playing twice this weekend: at the Village Jester in Ojai tonight, and up all those stairs at the Watermark in Ventura on Sunday afternoon on dress-down day, when the dress code is not enforced and even a Raging Arb T-shirt will get you in.

Jones has a new album, out just last month, called "Struggle Makes You Stronger," which is not only truth in advertising, especially to a musician, but perhaps a chapter title right out of Rock Star 101. Jones is a gifted guitar player and with his tight band, cranks out plenty of bluesy rock. Read more »

TimeOut: Donavon Frankenreiter heads to S.B., Agoura Hills

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Although both are undoubtedly mellow, the finhead Donavon and not the "Hurdy Gurdy Man" Donovan is embarking on a musical endless summer, hoping to sell a few copies of "Start Livin'. " Donavon Frankenreiter has a pair of shows near you to choose from next week: Tuesday night at SOhO in Santa Barbara and Thursday night at The Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Nearly as relentless as the once-blue Pacific, Frankenreiter is a workaholic with nearly as many albums as years in showbiz. He started off this hard work by hardly working, as is often the case in SoCal beach cities. He hit the beach and started surfing in San Clemente when he was 10. He caught enough waves and did such a stylish job doing it, he landed a sponsorship deal, ending up in finhead nirvana -- Hawaii -- where he met a young Jack Johnson and started playing the guitar during those endless, mindless, senseless and really fun surfin' safaris. Read more »

TimeOut: The Janks will perform May 4 at Conejo Valley Days in T.O.

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This Z.Z. might not actually be on top, but he's having fun anyway. Zack Zmed and his brother, Dylan, are the driving force between The Janks, a Tarzana-based folk-rock band that's gone through a slew of lineup changes over the past few years.

The group's most recent album, "Hands of Time," came out last year and featured the brothers collaborating with guitarist-keyboardist Garth Herberg. Zack was proud of the effort. "There's a duality to the record," he said at the time. "The material spans night and day on a variety of levels. Some of the music and subject matter is really heavy and dark, while some of it is soft and light." Read more »

TimeOut: We Govern We will rock two St. Patrick's shows this weekend

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We Govern We? It's all Greek to them, but it's about to be all Irish to almost everyone else when elbow-bending becomes the national pastime this St. Patrick's Day weekend. The indie rock band We Govern We will supply the soundtrack at a couple of St. Patrick's gigs -- one Saturday night at the Deer Lodge in Ojai and another on Sunday afternoon at Margarita Villa in the Ventura Harbor.

We Govern We is based in Ventura, but the group began a world away in Greece -- a country that's poor today but rich in history. After polishing off the Trojans, the Greeks went on to invent democracy, philosophy and history and Alexander the Great spread Hellenistic culture throughout the known world so convincingly that the Romans stole it. Read more »

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