If you are not redirected automatically, follow at http://locey.blogs.vcstar.com/

Results tagged “local” from Rockin' Roll Call

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

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


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.

Read more »

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

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


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.

Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Experience the rock-fueled blues of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


Just when it seemed like the blues was going away, or at least entering an age of irrelevance, a new generation of musicians has clearly stepped up to take over for all of those old black guys who are disappearing at a furious clip.

Plenty of performers have released plenty of great rockin' blues records over the past year or so. Roy Rogers -- the guitar player, not "the King of the Cowboys" -- and Ray Manzarek (yup, the Doors dude) teamed up to release a knockout CD called "Translucent Blues." JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound put out some good music, as did Seasick Steve.

But probably the best of all of them is Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears out of Austin. The group is coming to UC Santa Barbara's Campbell Hall on Thursday night.

Read more »

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ska-punk band Less Than Jake plays Oct. 12 in Ventura

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


Collectively, they're old enough to be dead. But individually the five guys in Less Than Jake are very much alive, and the 80 years of cumulative experience they've amassed bringing ska-punk to the masses has served them well. In other words, they learned enough over the past two decades to avoid the dreaded creative differences.

The band formed in Florida in 1992 and the group's debut CD, "Pezcore," followed three years later. They've been making albums and energizing fans ever since. A new CD, "Greetings and Salutations," will come out Jan. 8. It will feature 10 previously released tracks plus a pair of unreleased tunes: "Flag Holders' Union" and "View from the Middle."

Read more »

TimeOut: Meet The Smithereens at Indie West Fest in Ventura

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


Two documentaries will be screened at the festival for free: "Color Me Obsessed," about the legendary band The Replacements, 4 p.m. Saturday; and "Bob and the Monster," followed by a Q-and-A with the film's subject, indie rocker and drug counselor Bob Forrest, and filmmaker Keirda Bahruth, 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Indie Fest West is back for an encore performance -- same menu, different venue. It's plenty of bands over the weekend at the venerable Majestic Ventura Theater. Last year, the festival was at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the daytime -- the bands were uniformly awesome but too many people came disguised as empty seats.

Read more »

TimeOut: Durango 95 rides again

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


Balloons, food, drink and rock 'n' roll -- clearly a cultural landslide, and it's all coming to Santa Paula at the fifth annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival this weekend. The balloons are the colorful, giant-size, hot-air variety -- not the type popped to watch spoiled kids cry in preparation for the real world. It's fun and a reason to go to Santa Paula, where you can appreciate the agricultural heritage before it all gets paved.

There's music both days. Caught Red Handed are the draw tonight for those with a drawl and an affinity for country music. On Saturday, the lineup is a solid cross-section of the best rock bands in the 805 including three rockin' dudes and their respective bands, Kyle Hunt, Zachary James and Jeff Hershey, not to mention the Army of Freshmen, all those Shoemaker Brothers and the reunion of Durango 95, featuring all four originals.

Read more »

TimeOut: Soul band Fitz & the Tantrums plays in S.B., L.A.

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


Soulful L.A. buzz band Fitz & the Tantrums are going to be sweating all over the picturesque Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday night and the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. They'll be the ones dressed to the nines, or maybe even tens, with enough sartorial splendor to make Liberace jealously salivate from afar. Frontman Fitz and friends, who include powerful co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs and a killer horn section, will be opening for Ben Harper at both venues.

If it were 1962 and AM radio offered great music instead of right wing gasbags, Fitz would be like a god. The band is doing OK in any case, being featured on public radio tastemaker station KCRW and making the best of opening slots with Maroon 5, Flogging Molly and others, not to mention selling more than 100,000 CDs, most on Dangerbird, an L.A.-based indie label. Read more »

TimeOut: Yellowcard returns to the 805 for Warped Tour on June 24

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 


The weekly commotion by the ocean, most often involving the roar of race cars careening around the high-banked oval that is the Ventura Raceway, will be replaced on Sunday by the just-as-loud -- but hopefully more melodic -- 18th annual Warped Tour. Still a bargain at just 35 George Washingtons, it's a chance to check out scores of bands on numerous stages, all going off with German-army precision.

Our Warped will be the 13th consecutive for Ventura, and is one of 41 stops this year.

Blame Jeff Spicoli, the stoner finhead from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," wearing those checkered Vans, still the sponsor of the tour. Pretty much a celebration of youth culture, -- those who already know everything and refuse to trust anybody older than 30 -- the Warped Tour is sort of a rock 'n' roll swap meet with nearly every band and label manning a booth trying to sell you something. Read more »

Local venues

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar
 
Amigo's
Andy's New York Deli
The Arlington
Beach House Tacos
Bible Fellowship Church
Big Buddha Lounge

Billy O's
Blackbeard's BBQ
Bogie's Westlake

Bombay Bar and Grill
Borchard Community Center
The Brewhouse
Butler Event Center
Café Fiore
Camarillo Airport
Camarillo Café
Cantera Cellars
Canyon Club

Carrillo Recreation Center
Center for Spiritual Living
Cisco's
Civic Arts Plaza
Club Nokia

Cold Spring Tavern
Dancing Oak Ranch
El Ray Cantina (Camarillo)
El Ray Cantina (Ventura)
El Rey Theatre
Elephant Bar
Five Star Bar
Fonda Theatre

Four Brix Winery
Gibson Amphitheatre (formerly the Universal Amphitheatre)
Glenn Tavern Inn
Golden China (Ventura)
Good Bar
Granada Theater
Greek Theater
Green Art People
Heritage Square
Hotel Café
House of Blues
The Hub (Ojai)
Hollywood Palladium
Hollywood Bowl
Judge Roy Bean
Keynote Lounge
Lab Brewing Company
Libbey Bowl
Lobero Theatre
Long Beach Arena
Lookout Bar and Grill
Los Caporales
Majestic Ventura Theater
Margarita Villa
Mayan Theater
McCabe's Guitar Shop
The Mint
Muddy Waters Café
Nokia Theater
Ojai Art Center
Ojai Deer Lodge
Ojai Youth Entertainer's Studio
Olivas Adobe
Orpheum Theater
Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Padri's Martini Bar
Pangea Nightclub
Pantages
Pierpont Inn
Plaza Playhouse Theatre
Promenade Park
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Red Cove
Rock City Studios
Roxy Hollywood

Sagebrush Cantina
Sandbox Coffeehouse
Sans Souci
Santa Barbara Bowl
Savory Café
Shrine Auditorium
SLO Brewery

SOhO
Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company
Staples Center
Star Lounge
The Echo
The Tavern (Ventura)
Thousand Oaks Library
The Troubadour
Tutti's on Main
Underwood Farms
Velvet Jones

Ventura County Fairgrounds
The Village Jester (Ojai)
Viper Room
Vitello's Restaurant (Studio City)
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Warner Grand Theater
The Watermark
Whale's Tail
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
The Wiltern
The Wine Rack
Yolie's
Zin Bistro Americana
Zoey's Café

Rockin' Roll Call
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.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
Click here for an archive of all past entries »