Snoop Dogg’s West Fest When Snoop Dogg brought his Boss Life Tour to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the big canine himself did not appear at the show which bears his name, though it obviously sported his seal of approval. For West Fest, however, the Doggfather had to be on the bill — because you can’t spell “west” without D-O-double-G. Well, you can, but…you get the point. Simply put, the former Calvin Broadus is West Coast hip-hop, and has been ever since he made his debut as Dr. Dre’s sidekick back in the early ’90s. Since then, the student has eclipsed the master, especially considering how long we’ve had to wait for Detox, quickly becoming rap’s Chinese Democracy. As for the rest of the bill coming to the Ventura Theater on June 14, it features a host of other artists who are significant in their own right, including Warren G, tha Dogg Pound, Western Union, Warzone, Mistah Fab and who knows who else — after all, Uncle Snoopy certainly does have a lot of friends.
Park Bench Prophets Funky, fearless and out-there: That’s the best way to describe local three-piece Park Bench Prophets, and really, it doesn’t even come close to fully encapsulating their sound. With bass, organ and drums courtesy of Tony Cicero of Ventura’s instrumental surf kings the Phantom Riders, they’re locked somewhere between Medeski, Martin & Wood and some avant-garde rapper that’s still toiling in the underground, yet to be heard by mainstream ears. Some say it may seem impossible for such a groundbreaking act to come out of this county, but it has. After taking a brief hiatus, the group is back, performing at the Experi-Mental Café on June 12.