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 the Dodgers and Yasiel Puig do his thing as the Dodgers are still in last. Remember spring training when the Dodgers had too much pitching? How'd that work out? Can Puig pitch? Brandon League and Matt Guerrier should be reassigned as beer sellers at the concession stand - that way, they'll do less damage. Meanwhile, I'm typing away 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.
Anyway, 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:
OK, tonight, Friday night - it's a great one but you're gonna have to suffer, but it's worth it - the Dandy Warhols and the Shivas will be at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A. Now here's why you should go: the Dandys are gonna play "13 Tales From Urban Bohemia" in its entirety - so far, the greatest album of the new millennium. Ozma will be at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles - so what, you ask? So this: Hilarious, goofball pop punkers Nerf Herder out of Santa Barbara are opening. Their fame is assured - they do the theme for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Up here in the 805 where we like it, the Pretty Uglies will be at my favorite dive bar, the Red Cove, while downtown it's party time in the parking lot next to Winchester's, there's kid rock star to be, Cole Citrenbaum along with the Dan Grimm Band, D. On Darox with the Melody Joy Bakers and another "Man in Black" cover band, this one, Cold Hard Cash. There's a big party a few steps away in a little bitty place - the Ska Daddyz - sounding better than ever - will pack the Sans Souci and guitar wizard Alastair Greene will tear it up at Amigo's around the corner on Main Street. And down at the Bombay, a block from the once blue Pacific, it's hard rock from New Liberty and Sharks and Cobras, while down at Zoey's it's another Numbskull show with Catholic Spit and the Plague Vendors at Zoey's and Arthur Adams will play some blues at Yolie's.
On Saturday, it's '80s flashback time with New Wave heroes, ABC, who will be at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. The Oakheart Music Festival will cater to the C&W crowd - they of the pointy shoes and big hats - it's all happening at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. In Ventura, you can't take them anywhere - it's local punk from the '90s by the Hymen Blasters and also Big Problem - all happening at Billy O's in Ventura. Winchester's will host another cool gig - this one with 50 Sticks of Dynamite, Rubberneck Lions and Hard Six, while down at the Bombay, Jeff Hershey & the Heartbeats are having a party to celebrate the release of their new EP and following - he looks like six o'clock - that would be Zachary James & the All-Seeing Eyes, playing some classic rock for the new millennium. Down at the Fairgrounds - it's yet another Commotion by the Ocean - this time the Roadshow Revival - a Johnny Cash tribute gig with bands all day, including the Blasters, reason enough to go. Todd Hannigan will be at Zoey's along with Lee Koch, and Bob Jones will play blues outside Los Caporales in Ojai and not so far away, John Elliot will play at another of Rain Perry's house concerts.
On Sunday - Father's Day - too much good stuff - my favorite band this week, the Water Liars will be at the Echo Country Store in Hell-A, while up here in the 805 where we love it, Teresa and Pat Russell will be at the Hollywood Beach Wine Company and all those Shoemaker Brothers and the patient Dodger fans in Fish Fry will be at the Bombay. There's a groovy pop rock show at Zoey's with the Parson Redheads, Tall Tales & Silver Lining and those Spires. Jonathan McEuen will do something cool at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks, while up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's one of my favorite singer/songwriters - Rhett Miller, who should've been at the Roadshow Revival, instead will be at Muddy Waters, just a few blocks from Mac's. Indie rock heroes, Camera Obscura will be at SOhO.
Mickey Jones will have stories to tell at the Simi Valley Cultural Center and Teresa Russell will be up the coast at the James Joyce in S.B.
On Wednesday, Mark Masson will jam acoustically at the Good Bar in Ventura and the Privateers, which is most of Raging Arb, will rock out at the Green Art People thing on the Ventura Avenue and Teresa Russell will be up the coast at Pace in S.B. and probably no one's favorite significant other, Girl In A Coma, will be at Velvet Jones.
OK, have a rockin' week and remember this is after all, rock 'n' roll, so these gigs may change for no apparent reason. Mom was right - call first...