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 TCM 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's I'll be lurking in the back this week:
OK, tonight, Friday night, it's one of Ventura's legendary groups - the R&B Bombers - they'll inspire some yupscale dancing tonight at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas and one of my favorite '80s bands - that would be the Fixx who will be at the Canyon Club in Agoura - for me, it'd be worth the drive just to here, "Secret Separation," the soundtrack for the secret boyfriend scenario. "Beautiful Friction" may sound like a porno, but rather, it's the tenth album by the Fixx - just out. Check out my interview with Fixx frontman Cy Curnan in this week's Time Out, proof positive I'm hardly making any of this up. Still Friday but up here in the 805 where we like it, you can enter jam band nirvana when Shaky Feelin' hosts a CD party at their favorite venue, the Good Bar in Main Street in Ventura. Not so far away,
guitar goddess Teresa Russell will shred all over the Savory Cafe, while over at Zoey's, it's Sweet Talk Radio - definitely not Mark Levin, Hannity or Limbaugh - however sweet they may be and whoever they are, they will be ably supported by the delightful Sally Jaye. Veteran blues dude, James Harman, will be at Yolie's in Ventura and finally on a Friday, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason and his many friends will be at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai.
On Saturday, it's reggae with Steel Pulse at the Canyon Club, still probably in Agoura and Elvis has not left the building - he'll be at Constitution Park in Camarillo, ably portrayed by Raymond Michael and all those Shoemaker Brothers will make their debut at the Cantara Cellars, also in Camarillo. Lisa Haley & her Zydecats will play some ragin' Cajun music at the Olivas Adobe down by the golf course on Olivas Parkway in Ventura where Mark Twain's observation is always relevant: "Golf is a good walk ruined." Orlando Napier will be up all those stairs at the Watermark in downtown Ventura and Rachel Sedacca will play some folk rock at the Sandbox Coffee House down on Thompson - once upon a time, the Fiesta; and Pegi Young, Neil's squeeze, will be at Zoey's. Up Hwy. 33 to Ojai, it's the last go 'round in 2012 for Bob Jones and Randy Rich, playing some blues outside at Los Caporales. And finally on a Saturday, it's top notch electro pop from Gotye at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. He wouldn't talk to me but I still love his stuff.
On Sunday, it's in Hell-A but worth the drive to see JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound who will be at the Satellite - this guy is channeling Bobby "Blue" Bland and "Black Joe" Lewis & the Honeybears - thus obviously, Brooks' horn section rages. Urban Dread will play some reggae at the Lab Brewing Company in Agoura while up here in the 805 where we like it, Raw Silk will be at the Watermark and the Shoemaker Brothers will be at the Bombay. The election is coming and if you enjoy your quality of life, don't vote for any candidate backed by the
Chamber of Concrete - they like L.A. much more than we do. OK, still Sunday, Frank Barajas will do his one man pop rock thing at Tutti's in Ventura and a bunch of bands will be at Zoey's, including the Rubberneck Lions, The TreCoustics and Aaron Orbit. And up the coast, Acadiana will be playing some cajun dance music at the Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara.
On Monday, they want to take the skinheads bowling - that would be Camper Van Beethoven, who will be at Zoey's. I saw them back in the '80s at a place in Ventura called Mogz - that place went away and became Nicholby's, a place still missed by many, including me. One of my weirdest gigs was at Nicholby's when Nick Himself came as me on Halloween. Way weird.
On Tuesday, My Morning Jacket will begin a three-night run at the Wiltern Theatre in Hell-A, while Devo and Blondie will play some '80s flashback tunz at the Greek Theatre, also Tuesday - and by the way, the latest Devo album from last year, is their best.
On Wednesday, it's the Conejo Valley's favorite band, Urban Dread - they will be playing some reggae at Bogie's in WLV, while down the Grade to Ventura, it's nervous Dodger fans (ain't we all?) Fish Fry providing the soundtrack at this week's Green Art People gig down on the Ventura Avenue, and Mary Gauthier will do the honors at this week's Tales of the Tavern gig in Santa Ynez - Dave Alvin will be there on the 19th.
On Thursday, Pinback will play some tunes off their new one at the Ventura Theatre and a few steps away, it's Dirty Rice at the Watermark. It's singer/songwriter action with Delaney Gibson and B. Willing James at Zoey's and finally on a Thursday, Headless Household will play some oddball jazz at Muddy Waters in S.B. - what a cool place. OK, that's it for a fairly average week.