Picks of the week

Picks of the week

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Michael Franti is a happy man: Obama’s in office, the Bush administration is out, and we can all exhale. An outspoken pacifist, poet, musician and activist, Franti was very openly discouraged by Bush policy and it was reflected in much of Spearhead’s music and performance. The song “Obama,” a celebratory world anthem, is hands-down the best Obama-inspired song to be born during the presidential campaign. First known for his industrial hip-hop fusion project, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Franti gained a following on the festival circuit where he is still a fixture with Spearhead and is touring in support of All Rebel Rockers.

Friday, Jan. 30, at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St. 653-0721, www.spearheadvibrations.com

THE JIMMY MOOKS Urban Dictionary defines a “mook” as a “self-centered simpleton who lives a drunken frat-boy lifestyle.” You know the kind . . . they like potty humor and objectifying women. Of course, the Jimmy Mooks aren’t really mooks; they’re poking fun at mooks, right? Ventura’s premier improvisational comedy duo promises to make your cheeks sore with their adult silliness. And who couldn’t use a good laugh these days?

Tuesday, Feb. 3. Caffe Bella, 79 S. California St., Ventura. 643-2171 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091, www.myspace.com/jimmymooks.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

ANNIHILATION TIME/THE FUCKING WRATH Like roaches eating their way through a box of Froot Loops on the floor of a meth lab in a trailer littered with porn mags, Annhiliation Time embodies the most repellent aspects of post-punk American culture.  They also rock. Self-described as the most powerful band in the world, their maniacal guitar outbursts alone come close to redeeming their hubris. The evil spawn of nardcore, touring in support of III: Tales of the Ancient Age, they will be joined by an equally devastating force: The Fucking Wrath. The bill from hell includes Last Priority and Bone Explosion; wear armor.

Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Lab, 2945 E. Ventura Blvd., Oxnard. www.myspace.com/ annihilationtime.

 

MAVRIC WEEK Part II The deadline to vote online for your favorite songs/artists competing in the MAVRIC awards is Jan. 31. In an effort to support and unite local musicians, a number of area venues will host live performances by competing artists. Participating venues include: Bombay Bar & Grill, Rock City Studios, Rookees, Cajun Café, JJ Brewsky’s and Caffe Bella.

Performances are Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25. For further details please see the After Dark section. To cast your vote, go to  www.mavric-awards.com.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

REBELUTION One of the central coast’s great recent success stories, Rebelution has accomplished more in a few years than many bands do in a decade, if ever. Their debut album Courage to Grow, released in 2007, has remained in the top 10 on Billboard’s reggae charts since its release, peaking at No. 4, and is currently the second most downloaded reggae album on iTunes. It also won the iTunes award for Best Reggae Album of 2007. It’s received regular airplay on both San Diego’s 91X and L.A.’s KROQ. Rebelution hails from the “roots” school of reggae, with an upbeat, danceable groove and message-driven lyrics.

Friday, Jan. 16 with State Radio at the Ventura Theater. 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 653-0721,  www.myspace.com/rebelution.

MAVRIC WEEK The deadline to vote online for your favorite songs/artists competing in the MAVRIC awards is Jan. 31. In an effort to support and unite local musicians, a number of area venues will host live performances by competing artists. In some cases, due to large multi-bills, artists will only perform a few songs, but audiences will get to see a diverse cross section of local musicians, many who have not performed live before. Participating venues include: Borderline, Borders, Bombay Bar & Grill, Rock City Studios, Rookees, Cajun Café, JJ Brewsky’s and Caffe Bella. Some of the artists performing include: Delaney Gibson, Jenni Alpert, Champagne Sunday, Adam Bianchi, Rachel Sedacca, Gil S.O.T.U., Brendan “B-Willing” James, Brainspoon and Aces High.

Performances are Friday, Jan. 16-Sunday, Jan. 25. For further details please see page 21. To cast your vote go to  www.mavric-awards.com.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

PETER CASE When a man’s been on the road for 30 years and still draws what he considers to be a meager crowd, it wears on him. Co-founder of pioneering new wave bands the Nerves and most notably, the Plimsouls, Peter Case recently lamented the life of the blues singer and the beat poet, noting that for all his notoriety, poet Allen Ginsburg still performed at tiny venues like McCabe’s in West Los Angeles. By the 1990s Robert Johnson, he wrote, had only sold 15,000 copies of his first record. Same goes for the great painters. Despite what most would consider a notable career, lots of people still don’t know who Case is. When he performs his beat-inspired, road-weary folk masterpieces in Santa Paula this weekend, alongside Crosby Tyler, he’ll be lucky to have an audience of 30-40. Yet, for every one of them, it will be an unforgettable evening with a most memorable man in the company of like-minded people. Does it get much better than this?

Saturday, Jan. 10, Santa Paula Theater Center. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645. www.myspace.com/petercase.

 

Lee Koch CD Release SHOW Those who originated the blues have said the music itself wasn’t meant to be blue, it was intended to cure the blues: Feel-good music for feel-bad times. Lee Koch has an innate understanding of the blues and a guy like that couldn’t have come at a better time. He will celebrate the release of his first CD with Rey Fresco and Orlando Napier.

Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Lodge. 11 S. Ash St., Ventura. www.myspace.com/leekochmusic.

 

BENEFIT CONCERT AT THE BORDERLINE Performances by Tree of Love, April’s Motel Room, Midnite Theory, The Honey Trap and Playback will raise money for the family of Jamie Hanes, a 29-year-old Ventura County resident killed in a tragic car accident last month. Admission for the all-ages show is $5, with door prizes and a raffle.

Saturday, Jan. 10, noon-6:30 p.m., Borderline Bar & Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. www.jamiehanes.com.

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