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Rock 'n' Roll Call: Warped Blues

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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  the Kings get smoked 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.

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In the Recurring Theme/Shameless Plug Department: The Local Rock 'n' Roll Picnic is June 8 at Plaza Park in Ventura, right across from the post office down on Santa Clara Street. One of the best writers in rock, Rhett Miller, will do a solo gig at Muddy Waters in Santa Barbara on 16 June - it's way smaller than Largo used to be and smaller than Zoey's is now. It would be even better if he played at the Johnny Cash thing at the Ventura County Fairgrounds the day before. His band - the Old '97s - was named for a Man in Black song. 

Also, the Warped Tour returns to the Commotion by the Ocean on 23 June and the Scheideck Music Festival - sort of an 805 Coachella - that one will be happening the last weekend in June - great music, excessive drinking and a campground to pass out in - clearly a cultural landslide up on Hwy. 33 in Maricopa.

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: 


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Coachella starts the fires

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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 "The Rifleman" and those Dodgers and "River Monsters" 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.

Casual observation: "The Rifleman" and "River Monsters" are strangely similar - in the last five minutes, Lucas McCain blasts the bad guys with his rifle and same goes for extreme fisherman, Jeremy Wade - he always catches the mean fish in the last five minutes. Wade lets the fish go - McCain is filling up Boot Hill.

OK, 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:


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Be aware this weekend

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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 "The Rifleman" and "The Eagle" and now the Kings 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:


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.

Wassup 805?

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Old Man MarkleyWassup 805? Bill Locey here, neither in Studio 805 not 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 "River Monsters" 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.

For my main musical adventure last week, my son and I went to check out the Fat Wreck band fest at the Ventura Theatre - actually we went to see Old Man Markley – not only is it bluegrass on fire - sort of like Split Lip Rayfield - but they had one of the great albums of 2011. They weren't totally playing to the choir as the two guys standing behind me, were calling for NOFX or Lagwagon after every song and basically dogging out OMM for not being punk rock enough. They're all three on the same label, so they must be punk rock enough for Fat Mike, who not only fronts NOFX but owns Fat Wreck. After a brief rock walk down Main Street which included a few songs from Shaky Feelin' fronted by Mark Masson at the Good Bar, we got back in time for the goofball antics of NOFX, sort of the musical answer to the unnecessary question: What if Eddie Haskell or Chet from "Weird Science" had a punk band?

Music, news and views: December 16, 2011

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Music news and views: December 8, 2011

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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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