N&E Photo by: GARYANDPIERRESILVA .COM Phil Salazar, voted first place for this year’s best musician, at the Sidecar Restaurant in Ventura.

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Phil Salazar, voted first place for this year’s best musician.

09/20/2012

Band/Musical Artist

1st Place
Phil Salazar

2nd Place
The Shoemaker Brothers


3rd Place
Sound Effect

 

Bartender

1st Place
Mary claudia Ramirez at 5th Street Steak and Seafood, 231 W. Fifth St., Oxnard, 483-0200


2nd Place
Danny D’Auria at Paddy’s, 2 W. Main St., Ventura, 652-1071


3rd Place
Lynsey Ryan at Dargan’s, 593 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-3001

 

Cheap Date

1st Place
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura, 658-6544


2nd Place
Beach House Tacos, 668 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-3177


3rd Place
The Beach

 

Club DJ

1st Place
J Scratch


2nd Place
Nick Dean


3rd Place
DJ Also

 

Comedian

1st Place
Stickboy


2nd Place
Wynne Ellis


3rd Place
Travis Greer

 

Comedy Club

1st Place
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 644-1500


2nd Place
Ventura Improv Company, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, 643-5701


3rd Place
W20 Lounge at Watermark on Main, 598 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6800

 

Dance Club

1st Place
Paddy’s, 2 W. Main St., Ventura, 652-1071


2nd Place
The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 643-3264


3rd Place
Bombay Bar and Grill, 143 S. California St., 643-4404

 

Dance Troupe

1st Place
Emanon Dance Crew, Oxnard


2nd Place
Claddagh Irish Dancers, Ventura

 

Dive Bar

1st Place
Sans Souci, 21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, 643-4539


2nd Place
Star Lounge, 343 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-4709


3rd Place
Rudder Room, 2929 Ocean Drive, Oxnard, 985-6096

 

Event DJ

1st Place
Bruce Barrios


2nd Place
Nick Dean


3rd Place
The Wedding Music DJs & SoCal Photo Lounge

 

Gay Bar

1st Place
Paddy’s, 2 W. Main St., Ventura, 652-1071


2nd Place
Blu Orkid, 76 S. Oak St., Ventura, 653-0003

 

Happy Hour

1st Place
Aloha Steakhouse, 364 S. California St., Ventura, 652-1799


2nd Place
Brophy Bros., 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 639-0865


3rd Place
Yolanda’s, 2753 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-2700; 86 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 389-9922; 1601 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 985-1340; 590 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 306-9933

 

Jukebox

1st Place
Sans Souci, 21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, 643-4539


2nd Place
Dargan’s, 593 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-3001


3rd Place
El Rey Cantina, 294 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-1111

 

Karaoke

1st place
Golden China, 760 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, 652-0688     

2nd Place
La Dolce Vita, 740 S. B St., Oxnard, 486-6878


3rd Place
Outlaw’s Grill and Saloon, 2167 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo, 484-3691

 

Local Music Recording

1st Place TIE
Fables by 8Stops7


Self titled EP by Dirty Rice

 

Music Festival

1st Place
Ventura Hillsides Music Festival


2nd Place
Ventura Music Festival


3rd Place
Roadshow Revival: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash

 

Music Venue (Large Concert)

1st Place
Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, 653-0118


2nd Place
Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-3376


3rd Place
Libbey Bowl, Ojai, 646-3117

 

Music Venue (Small)

1st Place
Zoey’s Cafe, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 652-1137


2nd Place
Green Art People, 140 N. Ventura Ave., 729-2361


3rd Place
W20 Lounge at Watermark, 598 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6800

 

Open-Mic

1st Place
Zoey’s Cafe, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 652-1137


2nd Place
Golden China, 760 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, 652-0688


3rd Place
Good Bar, 533 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-9951

 

Pool Hall

1st Place
Stiix Billiards, 2520 E. Main St., Ventura, 641-2020


2nd Place
The Q Club, 2362 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, 278-1231


3rd Place
Victoria Pub & Grill, 1413 S. Victoria Ave., suite F, Ventura, 650-0060

 

Radio Personality

1st Place
Stickboy, KVTA


2nd Place
Tom Spence, KVTA


3rd Place
Bill Frank, KVTA

 

Radio Station

1st Place
1520 AM, KVTA


2nd Place
100.7 KHAY


3rd Place
88.3 KCLU

 

Recording Studio

1st Place
Castaway 7 Studios, 654-TAPE


2nd Place
Goldmine Recording Studios, 1393 Callens Road, Ventura, 644-8341


3rd Place
Brotheryn Studios, www.brotherynstudios.com

 

Singles Hang-Out

1st Place
W20 Lounge at Watermark on Main, 598 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6800


2nd Place
The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 643-3264


3rd Place
Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1755 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, 383-4100

 

Sports Bar

1st Place
Cronies Sports Grill, 2855 Johnson Drive, Ventura, 650-6026; 370 N. Lantana St., Camarillo 482-5900; 2752 Cochran St., Simi Valley, 583-9999


2nd Place
Rookees, 419 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-6862


3rd Place
The Bench Warmer, 1855 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4303

 

Theater Company

1st Place

Rubicon Theatre Company

1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 667-2900 


2nd Place
Ventura Improv

34 N. Palm St., Ventura, 643-5701 


3rd Place
Santa Paula Theater Company

125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645

    

Theater Production

1st Place
Hello! My Baby, Rubicon Theatre Company


2nd Place
Gem of the Ocean, Rubicon Theatre Company


3rd Place
Cinderella, Ventura County Ballet

    

Trivia Night

1st Place
Garman’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, 932 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-4600


2nd Place
Bernadette’s on Main, 701 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6749


3rd Place
Paddy’s, 2 W. Main St., Ventura, 652-1071
 

 


EDITOR’S PICKS

 

Best revival theater

Insomniac Cinema
Insomniac Cinema at the Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura, 658-6544, insomniaccinema.com

 
Founded in Westlake Village by local impresario Andrew Gualtieri in the summer of 2004, Insomniac Cinema has become Ventura County’s definitive source for the films people have come to know and love for decades, all shot on the big screen. Over the years, Gualtieri has taken the Insomniac experience to Los Angeles (at the now-shuttered Fairfax Theatre), Westwood (at the historic Village and Bruin Theatres), Pasadena, Agoura Hills and Las Vegas.

 
“I firmly believe that films should be shown on a big screen and whenever possible, on film. Movies bring us closer together,” Gualtieri asserts. And the films that bring people together are the classics of the pantheon: Casablanca. The Wizard of Oz. The Big Lebowski


Using criteria for selection that includes audience polls and his own sterling cinematic acumen, he has his own favorites — post-noir classics, such as Brick and Road to Perdition. When asked what films he’d screen if he could but hasn’t, he replies without hesitation, “The first titles that come to mind are the Star Wars films. I know they’d be fun and draw a crowd but they aren’t available.”


Now that theaters are changing their projection equipment to handle only digital prints, Insomniac feels the pressure to change with the times.


“With most theaters going to digital, the studios are slowly converting their library titles to this format,” Gualtieri says. “(Director) Christopher Nolan has said there is no equal or better to 35mm film, and I agree. I try to play film as often as possible, but as the 35mm film prints get older or more damaged from use, the studios aren’t going to strike new prints. Digital makes some titles easier to get if they’ve been converted, but if they haven’t, then I’m still stuck without some titles.” 


And how has the audience changed over the years he’s done Insomniac?


“The audience really hasn’t changed over the years. It’s always consisted of people that love movies,” Gualtieri says. “When the lights go down, everyone is there for the same reason: to be entertained.”

— David Cotner 


Best intimate folk  

Russ & Julie’s House Concerts
houseconcerts.us


Hank Linderman and Jeff Larson, live at Russ & Julie’s House Concerts. 

Even though there are only 10 performances a year in their 75-seat capacity living room, Russ & Julie’s House Concerts in Oak Park have become renowned for the atmosphere and the intimacy of those performances. House concerts — small, private gatherings at which singer-songwriters experience the closeness of an audience — are a growing phenomenon, and for the past 15 years, even before Oak Park got its own ZIP code, Russ and Julie Paris have invited the fans to experience a very personal kind of music in the comfort of their home. 
It came from a real need, Russ says, to not “drive to a large venue, fight the crowds, and pay lots of money to see quality music.” After more than 160 shows, the format hasn’t changed, it’s only been streamlined, and demand and respect has only solidified in the wake of their devotion. All sorts of genres have appeared at Russ & Julie’s, including folk, bluegrass, jazz, rock, country, and even New Age, which the neighbors doubtlessly love.

 
“We do it for the love of the music,” Julie says. “There is so much great music being written and produced today that isn’t getting airplay.” 


All of the proceeds collected from the door go directly to the performers, which have included Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield, Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Van Dyke Parks, singer and politician John Hall of Orleans, actor Ronny Cox, Marshall Crenshaw and the late Andrew Gold, singer of the hit “Lonely Boy.”


Many house concerts — including Russ & Julie’s — don’t advertise because of noise restrictions, so they keep things friendly. That’s how it should be when you’re in another person’s home.  And it’s the very idea of home that is the soul of this place that music built.


For the concert schedule, houseconcerts.us. For address and set times, e-mail rsvp@houseconcerts.us or call (818) 707-2179.

— David Cotner
 


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