Picks of the week

Picks of the week

REY FRESCO The band with the biggest buzz locally, and a featured VCReporter band to watch in 2009, is preparing to explode with a record set to release, a big push from its management and a viral fan base. An eclectic, multicultural group of guys with an authentic passion for music, Rey Fresco’s sound is uniquely coastal Cali: warm and breezy, crisp and reflective pop with elements of reggae punctuated by Mexican harp. This is the band’s first big show, and with the support of local heavyweights Todd Hannigan and Timmy Curran, it has the potential to sell out. You’ll want to save your ticket stub. Friday, May 1. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 653-0721,   www.myspace.com/reyfresco.

LOS LOBOS Spawned from East L.A.’s punk rock community in the early ’80s, Los Lobos’ staying power has outlasted just about everyone from that era and won three Grammy awards along the way. Normally a spicy stew of Tex-Mex, blues, country and rock,  “the Wolves” are currently working on an album of  selections from the Disney songbook.

Friday, May 1. The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive., Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016,  www.canyonclubnet.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

GLEN PHILLIPS Since his main project, Toad the Wet Sprocket, became an occasional entity, Glen Phillips has crafted a solo career to rival it. With three studio albums and a live recording to his name, he’s evolved as both a songwriter and a performer. But he finds there is a certain pressure to going it alone. He still collaborates, most recently with Garrison Starr and Neilson Hubbard, with some interesting results. A heavyweight in Santa Barbara’s singer-songwriter scene, Phillips will give fans an intimate experience at Zoey’s this weekend. Sunday, April 26. Zoey’s Loft, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.zoeyscafe.com.

SEA LIONS Featuring the incomparable finger-picking of Matthew Urango and the classically trained organist Kyle Zufolo, Sea Lions have developed a local cult following as well as international attention. Having just released a 7” vinyl record on Yay! Records, they are part of the burgeoning "Sound Of Young Oxnard” scene. Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m. Buffalo Records, 105 S Oak St., Ventura, 648-3345.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

EMO PHILLIPS “Paraprosdokian: a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe the first part.” Users of this creative device in comedy include Steven Wright, Will Rogers and one of stand-up’s most enigmatic characters, Emo Phillips.  Example:  “ I’m not a Republican, but I’m saving up to be one.”   The elfin Phillips — part flower child, part ren-fair geek — was once married to the equally unusual Judy Tenuta. To get a sense of his perspective, one need look no further than his Web site for his digital media sales pitch: “If tangible forms of matter make you anxious, I can also be plucked ethereally from i-Tunes.” Friday and Saturday, April 17-18. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura,  www.venturaharborcomedyclub.com, or www.emophillips.com.

KEVIN KINSELLA The New York rastaman and front man for the Tribulations and the critically acclaimed roots reggae group John Brown’s Body makes a rare appearance in Ventura. The Village Voice called JBB’s “thanks and praise” music “roots-rock reggae at its finest.” Soulful, elegant and addictive rhythms and melodies are promised.  Thursday, April 16. Karma Lounge, 281 W. Main St., Ventura. 641-9090, www.myspace.com/kevinkinsella.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

MOMOO BENEFIT WITH TIMMY CURRAN Surfer, giver and musician Timmy Curran raised $10,000 for Heifer International last year and plans to do as well this year for the Keep-A-Breast organization to help defray medical costs incurred by a local mother being treated for breast cancer. Surfers turned musicians are no longer a novelty, but while Curran hasn’t reached quite the heights of some other waterlogged singer-songwriters, as a pro surfer he is credited with some astonishing feats. With two records under his belt and one currently in production at Brotheryn Studios, Curran may soon be putting the heat on Jack Johnson. He will be joined by Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Joey Ryan, Rio Bravo and Lee Koch. There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Goo Goo Dolls, Angels and Airwaves, Hurley, Channel Islands Surfboards and many others. Food from El Rey, Jimmy’s Slice and Zoey’s will by served. Bring cans of food.  Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. at the Lodge, 11 S. Ash St., Ventura,  www.zoeyscafe.com

WHISKEY CHIMP CD RELEASE PARTY Shit kickin’ bluegrass with punk rock roots  that goes down smooth and easy will rule the night as Whiskey Chimp celebrates the release of  Barely Right Now. Featuring local luminaries and scene veterans Brent Harding (Social Distortion, Dave Gleason Band), Toby Emery (Raging Arb and the Redheads, Jackass) and Cory Scrivner (Barrel Dodgers) and other top-shelf players, they are perennial favorites.  Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m. at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. Tickets available at Architexture Salon and Grady’s Record Refuge. www.whiskeychimpband.com.

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

Long before Bono and Madonna were referred to by just one name, there were Peter, Paul and Mary. What most people don’t know is that the middle man of the trio was just using a nickname. Paul is actually Noel Stookey and besides being the low-voiced, funny guy in the most successful folk group of all time, Stookey occasionally ventures solo, like he did with his sorely overlooked ’70s singer-songwriter classic, Paul And . . . The 71-year-old folk legend will be making a rare appearance in Ojai this weekend as part of the longstanding Ojai Concert Series. He’ll perform two shows  on Thursday April 2, a children’s show and then an adult show, followed by an additional adult show on Friday evening, April 3. Rest assured you’ll hear a few Peter, Paul and Mary classics at all the shows along with his original standard, “The Wedding Song.”

Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Ojai Valley Women’s Club. 441 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-9152, www.ojaiconcertseries.com.

 

THE ESTRADA BROTHERS

Strawberries are not Oxnard’s only commodity. Some important music has be been exported from what is, perhaps surprisingly, fertile ground for creativity. Born and raised in Oxnard, Latin jazz ensemble the Estrada Brothers have been producing top shelf music for nearly 50 years. They began as a wedding band but went on to reach world class status. Perhaps best known for amazing vibraphone work, performances near home are fairly rare for these highly sought after players.

Friday, April 3. Charline’s, 546 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-2255, www.estradabrothers.com.
 


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