Picks of the week

Picks of the week

VANS WARPED TOUR Hide your women, store up your food supply, and purchase some earplugs. The Warped Tour is back in Ventura for a whole day of sonic mayhem and traffic congestion. NOFX, Joan Jett, Senses Fail, Guttermouth, the Blackout and a ton of punk bands, new- and old-school, are scheduled to entertain the droves of youth expected to flood the fairgrounds for the annual event. When it’s all over, the event will spill into downtown Ventura with two screenings of the film Endless Bummer: Ventura Theater at 9 p.m., featuring a live performance by Fear, and It’s All Good Bar at 9 p.m. with a live performance by the Dollyrots. Go to www.vcreporter.com to read about the making of Endless Bummer. Saturday, June 28, Seaside Park.  www.warpedtour.com.

The Situation will celebrate the release of its new CD at Good Bar in Ventura, on Saturday, June 27.  

Perhaps most recognized for his classic portrayal of the crazy hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary, Harland Williams will perform live in Thousand Oaks,  followed by a set from Mini Kiss, the only dwarf Kiss tribute act. Friday, June 26, at Borderline. 

Bring your talent or even your lack of talent to the 2nd annual Maximum Bob memorial musicians open-mic jam at Golden China in Ventura. Bob left an indelible mark on the local music scene and hosted a bunch of open-mics over the years. Backline and drum kit provided. Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

GARY JULES One of  many Los Angeles singer-songwriters in the late ’90s who, after one amazing and overlooked record, was either dropped, or a victim of a label merger. While most faded into obscurity, Jules landed a few breaks that provided him with more success then any big label could have offered. First, he provided vocals on a cover of Tears For Fears’, “Mad World.”  After the song was featured in the cult film Donnie Darko, it shot to No. 1 on the UK charts, making him, for a brief time, a massive artist in that country. Then his song, “Falling Awake,” was featured in a touching sequence on Grey’s Anatomy, and thanks to a staggering number of downloads, the tune entered the charts despite no agent, publicist or label. Jules recently released another masterful record Bird, and is doing a short West Coast run.

Tuesday, June 23, at Zoeys, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.zoeyscafe.com

A Hasidic reggae rapper. Need we say more about Matisyahu?  Thursday, June 18, at the Ventura Theater with K’naan and Dub Trio. 

Charged with verbosity, Guilty Simpson is sentenced to play Karma Lounge on Saturday, June 20.  

The lovely and somewhat legendary Abby Travis (Lovedolls) will perform at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m. 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road.  

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

LES CLAYPOOL In the Cult of Claypool, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility and everything is subject to mockery . . . even, apparently, winemaking. Judging by the latest news on the bass king’s Web site, Claypool has either become a vintner or is poking fun at the craft. Claypool’s antics help pass the time, but his stellar ability to slap out original basslines has put him in the company of the greats. Best-known for his work with the band Primus, Claypool is a modern-day renaissance man (or jack-of-all-trades)and has dabbled in everything from fiction writing — critics have likened him to Hunter Thompson — to filmmaking and fly fishing. His latest solo record, Of Fungi and Foe, was released in March.  Saturday, June 13, at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 639-3965, www.lesclaypool.com.

VC’s metal band of the moment, Comradery, will share the bill with Warning!, possibly the best damn Black Sabbath tribute EVER, featuring members of Le Meu Le Purr and Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats. Saturday, June 13, at Billy O’s in Ventura.

Groovy country-folk from the Psychedelic Cowboys plus up-and-comer Heather Rae at the monthly Americana Brunch at Bernadette’s on Main in Ventura. Sunday, June 14.

“420 Christian” Jeffrey Peterson will headline an evening of silliness at the Oxnard Comedy Connection’s free comedy night. Tuesday, June 16, at the Old Dublin Pub in Oxnard. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

SHADES OF DAY/ALL SEEING EYES One of Ventura County’s favorite bands returns from a brief hiatus to share a bill with the new kids on the block. Shades of Day, with new material and a record in the works, joins up with glitter kids the All Seeing Eyes, for a night of unsurpassed rock ‘n’ roll that should leave everyone in need of a shower. The Eyes are getting ready to leave home for a mini-tour so catch ‘em while you can and Shades of Day have been busy in the barn/studio with the follow-up to Mayday, so it’s become a bit of a rare treat to see them. Friday, June 5, at Bombay Bar & Grill, 143 S California St, Ventura. 643-4404, www.myspace.com/manyshadesofday or www.myspace.com/zacharyjamesband

Megasound Studios in Ventura survived its first year, and to celebrate, The Attriks along with a couple handfuls of the studio’s regulars (metal and lots of it) will perform. Saturday, June 6, 9 p.m. All ages.

MAVRIC award winner Champagne Sunday brings its buoyant pop to Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, on Saturday, June 6.

Guitar hero Robben Ford plays Theater 150 in Ojai. Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m. 316 E. Matilija St. Ojai. 646-4300, www.Theater150.org

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