Picks of the week

Picks of the week

JASON REEVES Songwriting partner to breakout singing success Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves likes Jack Kerouac and the movie The Notebook. An unlikely pairing of interests, but one that makes sense when you read his lyrics. The 24-year-old Reeves, who co-wrote Caillat’s enormous hit “Bubbly” was recently signed to Warner Bros. Records. Rumor has it that Caillat will join Reeves for a song or two . . . sssshh. Friday, Feb. 27, Zoey’s at the Lodge. 11  S. Ash St., Ventura. 652-1137,  www.jason-reeves.com.

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA Possibly the least understood of rock’s unsung heros, Frank Zappa left this world too soon. Thankfully, his genius lives on through his more than able son Dweezil who’s been performing with former members of Zappa’s posse for the last few years as the Tour de Frank.  Expect to hear heady musical composition and mind-bending guitar work. There is also great potential for a cameo by a heavy hitter.  Saturday, Feb. 28. The Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 639-3965,  www.zappaplayszappa.com.

ARMY OF FRESHMEN, LE MEU LE PURR, 8 STOPS 7, END TRANSMISSION Full Disclosure: Chris Jay, Army of Freshmen’s lead singer writes for VCReporter. That said, this is a show not to be missed. The Freshmen have a new record and are rarely in town these days. Lineups like this are few and far between: unfiltered essence of the VC music scene. Saturday, Feb. 28. Rock City Studios, 2258 Pickwick Dr., Camarillo. 383-3555.

ALL SEEING EYES Every so often a band shows up with a mission to wipe out the mutant musical offspring that decades of incestuous rock ’n’ roll relations have created. With their first record well under way and a “full scale revolution” in the works, the All Seeing Eyes, headed up by Zachary James (Thunderboys) are determined to bring back the rock and they’re taking no prisoners. Wednesday, March 4. Nicholby’s, 410 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2320, www.myspace.com/zacharyjamesband.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

FRANKLIN FOR SHORT & PLATEAUX A staple in Ventura County’s music scene for the better part of a decade, Franklin for Short just gets better with time. Swell, their most recent recording, was at the top of nearly everyone’s best of ’08 music list, and at least one song from it is likely to win a MAVRIC award Sunday night. Plateaux is John Healy, former owner of Buffalo Records and stalwart supporter and creator of musical expression. Franklin for Short  says that Healy “gives a moving performance, leaving the crowd in a reflective state.” The answers to many of life’s mysteries could be revealed on this night. Beards are optional.

Saturday, Feb. 21. Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.myspace.com/franklinforshort. Call in advance to reserve a table.

Doc Rogers, who’s been buried in CDs for months, will finally make his way to the stage to celebrate Ventura County’s musical talent this Sunday. Hundreds of musicians, dozens of judges and online voters from every corner of Ventura County are anxious to find out who won what. But there’s more to the evening than accolades, many of the competing artists will perform live and others will be honored. If nothing else, it promises to be a night of outstanding music in the company of good people.

Sunday, Feb. 22. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2100, www.mavric-awards.com.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

JIM BIANCO Singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen these days; Jim Bianco knows this. “As I sit down to write my bio, it feels a bit like I’m meticulously handcrafting a piece of sand to take to the beach,” he says, and he’s not off the mark. It’s no matter though: even a small fish impacts the ocean it inhabits. Bianco may not be strolling the red carpet yet, but his ability to inspire romance is further-reaching and longer-lasting. A boyish Tom Waits with sex appeal and Elvis Costello’s lyrical knack, Bianco creates the soundtrack for love in the making and making love.

Saturday, Feb. 14. Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.Myspace.com/jimbianco.

I WAS A LOVER, DELOREAN WAS A DEALER And now for something totally different . . .. We’ve yet to figure out the inspiration for the name, but the band that says it rose from the rubble of Ventura’s music scene (back in the days when there wasn’t one) was created to fill time while it’s primary project, the Return, who made a geographic split a while back, sorted things out. Eccentric but familiar, enigmatic yet accessible, I Was a Lover . . . reminds us that leftovers taste better. Strap in; they are set to release their first full-length CD in May.

Friday, Feb. 13. Mai’s Café, 2815 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-2061, www.myspace.com/iwasaloverband.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

VICEROY PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS The third in a series of local music competitions showcasing the county’s diverse talent. In the ring this night are Monster Eats the Pilot, Blackout 101, Sidewalks End and one of our favorites: Dirty Words. Snotty, ambitious, thoughtful and sometimes melodic garage rock by restless boys with a plan to make it in music — catch them while you can; Dirty Words are on everyone’s lips these days.

Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., Rock City Studios, 2258 Pickwick Drive., Camarillo. 383-3555,  www.myspace.com/ dirtywordsmusic.

END TRANSMISSION Bring your video game action figures but leave your violin at home, because the boys in End Transmission are big geeks with broken hearts to spare. Their sound and fury descend from the highest echelon of love-sick dweeb rock: namely Weezer. Their synth-driven record Head Over Heals on Missing Words Records is available for download.  Try them, you’ll like them.

Monday, Feb. 9., Billy O’s, 2819 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0327, www.myspace.com/endtransmission.








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