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 at my house, multi-tasking, writing about rock 'n' roll, watching Link TV with the sound off 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 I'll be lurking in the back this week:
OK, tonight - Friday night, they're pretty cool, especially if you're having garage band withdrawals - it's raucous redneck rock all the way from the dumbest state in these here United Snakes, that would be Mississippi and the band is the Bass Drum of Death. I bought a shirt last time I saw them. This time, they'll be at the Echo in Hell-A and not Santa Barbara. World class guitar player Albert Lee will be at McCabe's in Santa Monica and Urban Dread, the most popular band in the Conejo Valley, will play some reggae at Padri's Martini Bar in Agoura. And up here in the 805 where we like it or until the Chamber of Concrete-controlled city councils pave everything, guitar goddess Teresa Russell will do her thing at the Savory Cafe in Ventura, while a few blocks away at Zoey's, it's Bloodshot Recording artist Cory Branan, trying to sell a few copies of his latest, "Mutt." The blues gig this week at Yolie's will be the Hi-Lo Playboys. And finally on a Friday up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's rockin' blues with those Preachers at the Jester.
Agoura, and up here in the 805 where we still love it, it's Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons doing some bluesy rock at Blackbeard's BBQ down in the Ventura Harbor. Mouse Grey will play some original rock down at the Pangea on Thompson and over at the Bombay Bar & Grill, it's their annual Beach Party going from Thursday through Sunday - especially Saturday when all your favorite local bands will play such as Kyle Hunt, Rubberneck Lions, Zachary James, Bloody Mary Morning and many more. Los Fabulocos will be at Yolie's also on Saturday and one more - Tina Sicre and Orlando Napier will be at SOhO in S.B.
On Sunday, you don't hear this often - Moorpark and music - but there's a cool blues gig at the old theatre on High Street - the main drag before Moorpark got too big - anyway, it's Chris Cain, Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog with Kelly's Lot opening - hope it goes off. One more time for Mouse Grey - they'll be at the Sans Souci in Ventura and all those Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay.
On Monday, it's a great Southern Rock-style party rock band - that would be Lucero at the Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara.
Skip one until Wednesday when it's the All-Star Blues Jam at the Bombay and it's the VCBS Blues Jam a few blocks away at the Tavern and Howlin' Woods will be at the Green Art People gig on the Ventura Avenue; and I was only off by a month, but Tangerine Dream will definitely be at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara while a block or so away, he's as good as any of them and he's never gonna get a day job - that would be Michael On Fire at SOhO and finally, it's the latest Santa Barbara Blues Society gig with the Lionel Young Band at the Butler Events Center.
And finally, on Thursday, there's a good one in Hell-A at the Mayan - the Bouncing Souls and the Menzingers, while up here in the 805 where we will always love it - the Story So Far will be at Rock City Studios, probably for a smaller crowd than at the Warped Tour in Ventura recently. And finally for this week, it's Jonathan McEuen doing something cool at the Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View. OK, that's that - for now...