Picks of the week

Picks of the week

BOWLING FOR SOUP Being funny in rock and roll these days is almost a crime. Breaking the unspoken rule that good songwriting doesn’t have to always be serious is Texas’ Bowling For Soup. Against all odds the band has been together,  touring relentlessly for well over a decade, and in the process has had a remarkable career complete with a gold record, Grammy nomination, an appearance on the Tonight Show and a massive following in the United Kingdom, where its sense of humor is better appreciated. They are playing a last minute and rare appearance at the Canyon this Saturday night, opening for Sugar Ray. You’ll laugh harder than a night at a comedy club and you’ll hear some first-rate pop songwriting from the band’s lead singer Jaret Reddick. Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Canyon, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016, www.canyonclub.net.

Rey Fresco and Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy  will be at Bombay Bar & Grill on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Comic Carol Leifer (the woman who Seinfeld’s Elaine was supposedly modeled after) will perform at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Satellite Orchestra with Jody Watley will be at Charline’s in Ventura, on Friday, Jan. 29. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

LOVE 4 HAITI  VCReporter and Zoey’s Café have gathered some of the area’s best musicians for an evening of outstanding music to benefit the Red Cross’s relief effort in Haiti. As residents of Haiti’s capital struggle to survive in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake that pretty much leveled the city of Port au Prince, donations continue to pour in from all over the world. Show the people of Haiti that Ventura County cares too, while spending an evening in communion with Tom Freund, Meiko, Delaney Gibson, Skyler Stonestreet, Shane Alexander, Owen Plant and Shades of Day. Also: raffle and auction for very special goodies including a Timmy Curran suft board, Chris Hillman music and more.  Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Lodge, 11 S. Ash St., Ventura. Tickets are $10,  available at the Ventura Visitor’s Center, VCReporter and www.zoeyscafe.com.

SNOOP DOGG returns to the Ventura Theater on Friday, Jan. 22. 

Friday, Jan. 22, 9 p.m. R&B superstar Freddie Fox makes a special appearance at Charline’s in Ventura. 

L.A. based indie buzz band 100 Monkeys will appear at Rock City Studios in Camarillo on Wednesday, Jan. 27. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

STEVE MORSE BAND Veteran guitarist Steve Morse, founder of the Dixie Dregs, recently released the Steve Morse Band’s 12th album Out Standing in Their Field. The entirely instrumental album seems to transcend the notion of musical genre, incorporating jazz, rock and funk-infused with elements of classical and country music. Masterful instrumentation and varied musical styles distinguish the band’s eclectic sound and give fans high hopes for a memorable performance. Morse is also well-known for his affiliations with Kansas and Deep Purple.  Friday Jan. 15, 9 p.m., The Canyon, 28921 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016 or www.canyonclub.net.

8Stops7’s first show of 2010 will be at the Dirty Vinyl on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The Calamity continues its Monday night residency at Billy O’s on Jan. 18, 10 p.m. 

The Canyon welcomes hand drummer extraordinaire Poncho Sanchez on Thursday, Jan. 14.  

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

ROBBEN FORD Named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by  Musician magazine, Ford has played with the likes of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Witherspoon, Vinnie Colaiuta and the Yellowjackets. He began his charmed career at age 18 when he landed a gig with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, and the rest is history. An intuitive player, he’s known for his ability to seamlessly fuse genres. In regard to shredding, Ford once said, “I don’t want to show anybody licks, that’s got nothing to do with real music. The whole thing is to get the concept.” Friday Jan. 8, at the Canyon. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura. (818) 879-5016.

Java Joe’s welcomes singer-songwriter Nathan McEuen on Friday, Jan. 8.

Zeke (End Transmission), El Camino Real, Wake Up and We Spell Disaster, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. at  Rock City Studios in Camarillo. 

Up and comer Orlando Napier will perform at the Watermark on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m. 

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