Picks of the week

Picks of the week

25TH ANNUAL INDOOR/OUTDOOR BEACH PARTY  Kick off a fun weekend full of dancing, eating and jamming with local artists at Bombay Bar & Grill’s 25th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Beach Party. The array of talent performing, including Rey Fresco, Ayn More, We Govern We and Cheetasaurus, will keep your toes tapping day and night. Get ready to order another round: it’s going be a killer weekend. The party begins Thursday, July 30 and rages though Sunday, Aug. 2. Bombay Bar & Grill, 143 S. California St. Ventura, 643-4404.

L.A.’s Giant State will perform with Pan America at Nicholby’s in Ventura on Friday, July 31. 

It’s Indie Night at the Lodge in Ventura with Franklin for Short, I Was a Lover, Delorean Was a Dealer, Bye Bye Blackbirds, Threes and Nines, Cheetahsaurus and Dreamcolour. All ages, 3 p.m. 

Oxnard Comedy Connection presents free comedy at the Old Dublin Pub & Grill in Oxnard with Adam Hunter (finalist from Last Comic Standing) plus Drew Pells, Chris Zapatier and Julia Lillis. Hosted by Jason Love, 9 p.m. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

THE SMITHEREENS  Since its inception as an ’80s alternative rock band, The Smithereens have ferociously belted out a warped brand of power-pop to a diverse audience. More recently, they’ve reinvented themselves with raucous tribute albums to classic rock icons, including The Beatles. The newest album, a blistering take on The Who’s Tommy, manages to capture the essence of Roger Daltrey while expanding, but not aping, his sound. They’ve got blisters on their fingers. Thursday, July 23, at the Canyon, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. (818) 583-8700,  www.canyonclub.net.

LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN   Take a seat and prepare to be floored by the soulful sounds of Louie Cruz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Ensemble. Beltran, who’s built a vibrant career on blending eclectic jazz and Afro-Cuban sounds, will appear at 2 p.m. at the Oxnard Salsa Fest on Saturday, July 25.

Don’t try to label them: Cheetahsaurus defies classification. Monday, July 27 at Billy O’s in Ventura.  

Socks will fly when Dirty Words is joined by Vincent Falcone, Culprit and From Jupiter to benefit Remote Area Medical, providers of free health care. Sunday, July 26 at Mai’s Café in Ventura. 7 p.m. All ages until 10 p.m. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

BIG SANDY AND HIS FLY RITE BOYS The veteran band, boasting over two-decades’ worth of timeworn rockabilly and Americana music, has grown on the ears of music listeners young and old. While Sandy’s music harkens back to folk rock heroes such as Chuck Berry and Etta James, his work ethic and everyman likeability transcends the novelty of being a simple nostalgia act.  They are performing in Ventura as part of the Music Under The Stars series. Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m. at Olivas Adobe, Ventura. 658-4728, www.olivasadobe.org.

MICHAEL SCHENKER The shredder will perform at the Ventura Theater to showcase his latest record In the Midst of Beauty. The heavy-metal guitarist, most famous for his turn as the axe-man for UFO, will surround himself with a new supporting band as he tears through old favorites and new tunes. Opening for Schenker are the Ventura heavy-rock veterans The Generators. Saturday, July 18 at the Ventura Theater.

Check out the Grandmas at Good Bar in Ventura on Saturday, July 18. For a buncha old ladies they rock.  

Old-school surf punkers Agent Orange drop in on Rookees in Ventura on Wednesday, July 22. 

Local legends the R & B Bombers will perform with Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan at the Lodge in Ventura on Saturday, July 18. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

JEFF KAISER Purveyor of the avant-garde and veteran Ventura arts scenemaker, Jeff Kaiser, is coming home to regale friends and fans with his unique music compositions. Kaiser has been away for some time, hard at work on a PhD in music with a focus on improvisation and emergent technologies. If that all sounds a bit heady, don’t worry, few people understand — their response to Kaiser’s work is more visceral than intellectual, and that’s just fine. He will be joined by Steuart Liebig on contrabassguitars and electronics along with others. Expect improvisation using electronic and acoustic instruments including software Kaiser has been developing for the last year while in Germany. Free. Friday, July 10 at Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137,  www.pfmentum.com.

Someone from Boy Hits Car was raised by stunt parents — no lie. See them with Monster Eats the Pilot, We Govern We and the Captions at Rock City Studios in Camarillo on Saturday, July 11.  

Army of Freshmen, Soft Silence, Dirty Words and End Transmission  at the Lodge in Ventura on Saturday, July 11. Tasty! 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

J.R. RICHARDS Former frontman of the alternative rock band Dishwalla, Richards has struck out on his own, and found life after Dishwalla. Touring in support of his successful 2008 solo debut A Beautiful End, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter will be making his way back to Ventura after drawing record crowds at Zoey’s earlier this month. Expect a night of introspective and melodic rock as Richards takes audiences on a vocal journey through his rousing hits and new material. There will be a full bar and some simple eats courtesy of Zoey’s kitchen.
Friday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. at Zoey’s at the Lodge, 11 S. Ash St., Ventura.  www.zoeyscafe.com.

ZOMG! Meet me on Wednesday, July 8, @ the Canyon for LMFAO. TTYL.

Blues Traveler will perform at the Ventura Theater on Wednesday, July 8.

Beloved vocal instructor Jodi Farrell returns with the Front St. Prophets to Bombay Bar & Grill on Sunday, July 5. 








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