Picks of the week

Picks of the week

THE MIGGS Once called “the next big thing,” by the San Francisco Herald  they actually acheived a modicum of success with their radio single “Perfect.” Still, “next big thing” is a lot for a band to live up to and much has transpired in the years since their debut. Despite personnel and label changes they persevered. They’ve played with Train, Cake, Gomez and Mandy Moore and had their music included on all the right network TV shows. They are set to release their 4th record in the spring and will stop in Ventura to regale young women who like pretty boys, and others with their sweet melodies.

Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Zoey’s  Cafe. 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.zoeyscafe.com.

VICEROY ANNIVERSARY SHOW Promoter fatale, Cassie Purtlebaugh, celebrates one year of consistently great shows at Rock City Studios with a very special lineup of outstanding local music featuring Le Meu Le Purr in one of its only performances for the next few months. Complex, like an artisan brew, Le Meu Le Purr continues to radiate powerful sonic blasts to those lucky enough to be within earshot. It will be joined by Down for the Count, Monster Eats the Pilot and Dirty Words.  

Friday, Jan. 2, 7:15 p.m. at Rock City Studios. 2258 Pickwick Drive., Camarillo. www.myspace.com/godsavethescenevc.

MARIA If you like the Moldy Peaches (listen to the Juno soundtrack) you’ll probably like Maria. Effervescent, stripped-down boy-girl indie-pop with a hat off to Syd Barrett, this Yay Records’ recording duo doesn’t perform live too often, but there’s usually a buzz when they do. Sharing what promises to be a night to remember are the Clouds, Claire Maire and Tall Tales & the Silver Lining (members of Franklin for Short.)

Friday, Jan. 2, at Mai’s Café. 2815 E. Main St., Ventura. www.myspace.com/mariamusic.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

SHWAYZE Privileged Hollywood offspring meets Malibu trailer-trash and a strange alliance of hip-hop and acoustic beach music is born. Crazy? No, Schwayze. This is what happened when Cisco Adler, the son of legendary music and film industry A-lister Lou Adler joined forces with the self-professed “only black man in Malibu,” Aaron “Schwayze” Smith.  Together, they recorded a hit song with “Buzzin” and now they’re busy looking for a “Rich Girl,” drinking “Corona and Lime,” and living the gangsta life in flip-flops.

Friday, Dec. 26, at the Canyon Club. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016, www.thecanyonclub.net.

THE RETURN Since its bass player Andrew Gavigan moved to New York more than a year ago, the Return has been on hiatus with members erecting various interim projects such as I Was a Lover, Delorean was a Dealer and the Ashtray Life. But, lo, Gavigan is visiting for the holidays and thus we have the opportunity to announce the return of the Return. Not long ago this was one of Ventura’s most promising bands. Don’t you forget about them.

Sunday, Dec. 28 at Bombay Bar & Grill. 143 S. California St., Ventura.

www.bombaybar&grill.com or www.myspace.com/itsthereturn.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

FRED SCHMITT BENEFIT AND RIDE Dec. 21, at the Deer Lodge. Oakview resident and fervent supporter of music in Ventura County, Fred Schmitt, had a devastating encounter with an automobile while riding his motorcycle recently. The father of five who is a key organizer of the annual Hillside Festival, suffered a triple break to his pelvis. The community will gather this weekend to celebrate Schmitt and give him a hand with his bills. The benefit starts with a motorcycle ride leaving from Entry Way on E. El Roblar at 10 a.m. The Deer Lodge event begins at 1 p.m. Performers include Dr. Surf, Euphoria and Emy Reynolds. There will be happy hour priced drinks and appetizers, a silent auction and a special performance by Schmitt.

Sunday, Dec. 21, the Deer Lodge. 2261 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For additional info, call Mark: 797-2598 or visit www.fredschmittmusic.com.

LAMB OF GOD Considered leaders of the “new wave of American heavy metal” by those who like their music to mimic the sounds of a multi-vehicle collision on the Autobahn. Lamb of God, originally named Burn the Priest when it formed in 1999, features some accomplished musicians and received a Grammy nomination for its sixth record Sacrament. They will be joined by the Sword and the Faceless.

Friday, Dec. 19 at the Ventura Theater. 26 S. Chestnut, Ventura. 653-0721. www.venturatheater.net.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

SKADADDYZ  The boyz are back in town. Technically, they never left, but other than an appearance with Lion I’s for the breast cancer benefit recently, it’s been a while since we’ve seen them. A staple of Ventura’s music scene in the ’90s the SkaDaddyZ have shared stages with the likes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Specials, No Doubt and Save Ferris. Their cover of the Eagles’ "Hotel California" was downloaded more than a million times on mp3.com. (Remember that Web site?) For some reason, ska bands don’t like to be classified as such, but when you have that many horns on stage, if you’re not swing, you’re ska. They will be joined by Buzzkill, Kronic Blues Band and Emilbus. Suffice to say, everyone will be there.

Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Ventura Theater. 26 S. Chestnut Drive., Ventura. 639-3965.   www.myspace.com/theskadaddyz

DRUMLINE REVOLUTION There is something invigorating about being in the presence of a drumline. Maybe it’s a primal reaction to the rhythms of our ancestors, maybe it’s just the human heart’s response to the reverberation. Whatever it is, it gets people pumped. Port Hueneme High School’s Drumline Revolution, 24-strong and growing all the time, is on a mission: “To entertain, unite and change the world’s views through our instruments.” They say they’ve taken ten kids this year with no musical background and turned them into great drummers, which any accomplished drummer will tell you is not as easy as it looks.

Friday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme. 575 Surfside Drive., Port Hueneme. 986-4818, www.oceanviewinfo.com.








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