Lot's to do if you're into seeing red

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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 "Sixteen Candles" on HBO and then "Battleground" on TCM, both 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, providing the Mayans weren't so good at math after all - Friday, down in Hell-A, it's Xmas with X at the Fonda in Hollyweird - how appropriate is that? There's old school punk rock with the Vandals and the Gears at the House of Try to Find a Place to Park and for those with a nicer wardrobe, check out Ventura's finest, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also in Los Angeles. Singer/songwriter Judy Collins will be at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge - check out "Jewel-Eyed Judy" by Fleetwood Mac off their "Kiln House" album or back when they were good. Up here in the 805 where we love it, check out some original rock from We Govern We at the Sans Souci across from the Ventura Theatre, still damp from all those panting cowgirls who turned out in force to drool over Dwight Yoakam last weekend. Through the alley to California and the Bombay Bar & Grill, it's Buena High School rock a few years removed with Bloody Mary Morning and the Corsican Brothers will play some pop rock at Pierano's, once upon a time, a market across the street from Father Serra's 230-year-old ancestral abode, still elaborate in its simplicity, the San Buenaventura Mission - in place since 1782. Down the wino stroll to Santa Clara Street - or Promenade, maybe - to Zoey's, it's B. Willing James & Friends having some fun and punk rock legends, Youth Brigade - still closer to youth than the Beach Boys are to boyhood - they'll be screening a movie, "Let Them Know" at the same place. Up the coast to Santa Barbara, it's charged up bluegrass with my favorite band, Old Man Markley.

On Saturday, it's the Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City where it hurts to pay to park but sometimes you gotta suffer for art. While up here in the 805 where we like it, there's old-school punk rock - since the '70s even - with Youth Brigade, playing loud and fast at Billy O's in Ventura. Since a brigade consists of four regiments, this brigade is severely under strength but they'll more than make up for it with decibels. And at the Bombay Bar and Grill, local party band of vast experience and serious sloth, Raging Arb & the Red Heads is playing for Mary Kay's birthday. Her band, La Vonnettes is also playing as is her brother's band, Fish Fry. Raging Arb is approaching their 30-year anniversary, and you can't claim to be a local until you survive a Redhead gig, not so frantic anymore but they should still play at least once a month because they can. While down at Zoey's, it's Brother Sal sending out some good vibes while up Hwy. 33 to Ojai it's Love and Rockets legend Daniel Ash doing something cool at the Hub on the main drag. And finally on a Saturday, up in Santa Barbara, it's Tommy and the High Pilots at the Lobero Theatre where the sound is always perfect.

On Sunday, Teresa Russell will be at the Hollywood Beach Wine Bar along with her mom, Pat, while 50 Sticks of Dynamite will be up all those stairs at the Watermark and Los Dudes will do something fun at Amigo's while a few blocks north, Frank Barajas will be at Tutti's and Julie Christiansen will be at Zoey's and finally on a Sunday, the Ventucky String Band will be at the Ojai Library.

Skip a few until Thursday when the Rev. Horton Heat and Jell-O Biafra will be outrageous at the Fonda in Hollywood and up here in the 805 where we always like it, all those Shoemaker brothers will be at the Tavern in Ventura. OK, choose wisely.

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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.
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