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New music, a second Music Week and a fond farewell

By Michel Miller 03/21/2013



There’s a whole lotta music being made in Ventura County at the moment. Dirty Rice will be celebrating its long-awaited full-length with a meet and greet/signing at Salzer’s Records on Friday, March 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a live performance at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, March 30. KHKG (formerly Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy) has a handful of new material coming out in April as an EP. Judging by the teaser track “Let Down” it’s gonna be a rocker. The band is teaming up with Rubberneck Lions, which has finished its first full-length, Dual Entendre, for a double-music release show at Bombay Bar on April 19. Ventucky String Band’s second release, Rush the Growler, is due out this week and it’s a beauty. American Hoss is currently working on its first full-length with a release planned later in the year and a big show with plenty of metal mayhem. Heart throbby, alt-rocky Reluctant Hero is letting loose its EP All is One next week and performing in honor of it at Rock City Studios on March 29. Sister Ook has completed a 10-song record due out soon.She (they) will perform Thursday, March 21, at Bombay Bar for a RAW showcase.


Just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get more “interesting” on the music event front, VC Buzz has announced plans for a Local Music Week (not to be confused with plain ol’ Ventura Music Week) May 11-18. The event will open with the Ventura County Music Awards on May 11 and close with City Fest on May 18. Unable to keep up with Ventura Music Week’s date-dancing and feeling that local music was no longer the focus of Ventura Music Week, the people at VCBuzz decided to create their own event. “We feel that there is plenty of room for two music weeks,” wrote Shayna McCullough  in an e-mail to VCReporter,  “and while each has a separate focus, both will bring excitement and attention to Ventura County, which is the ultimate goal.” Tickets are on sale for the Eighth Annual Ventura County Blues Festival featuring  the legendary Johnny Rivers and Savoy Brown. The event, which will benefit the American Diabetes Association, will be held at Moorpark College on April 27. For more information, visit www.venturacountyblues.com.


Beginning June 22, The Collection at Riverpark will begin a summer concert series called Rock the Collection. The weekly concert will be family-friendly and feature a mix of local and regional tribute bands and other festival-style acts performing at The Collection’s park and outdoor ampitheater. Saturday Night Sound will be handling the booking. Lineups will be posted at www.shoppingthecollection.com.


Craig Kasamis, frontman for Ventura metal god T.F.W., is packing up his family for more affordable pastures. He will say goodbye to friends and fans (no worries; no changes to the T.F.W. lineup) with a Saturday Night Sound Old Livery Show at the Ventura Improv on April 7, featuring Massenger, Catholic Spit and, of course, his band. Kasamis is relocating to Lancaster to be closer to his job and take advantage of more job opportunities for his wife. He has lived in Ventura for 20 years after moving here as a child. “It has shaped me into the man I am today,” he told VCReporter. “The opportunity to surround myself with the people I did will forever guide me on how I am for the rest of my life, and how I would continue to raise my kids. Needless to say, the decision to move is one of the hardest we have ever had to make but it will be the best for my family. It’s that simple.” He also said
that the lack of all-ages venues in Ventura has been a detriment to his band and the music scene in general. He’s excited about Brian Parra’s resurrection of the old Livery shows and wanted to be one of the first to play. “It was my favorite place to play, mostly because the kids could come in, too.” We wish the Kasamis family the best of luck as they journey on.


Hip-hop artist Riley Real has been a busy bee recently. Real is producing a local hip-hop program for CAPS television called The Riley Real Network. His first episode recently launched and five more are in the queue. Music videos for artists in the 805 are shot, directed and edited by Real who then airs them on a public access channel a few times per week. Artists so far include Lyric James, Pokdog, Modern Day Poetz, Tip-C, Link D, Points of Ellipsis, Confidential and Real. Going forward, he plans to incorporate interviews as well. “My goal is to create a buzz off the music video recognition alone, then go from there,” he says. His new, 18-track record R.E.A.L. 2.0 is set for release in early summer. 

NoteWorthy is a monthly column dedicated to developments in Ventura County’s music scene. If you have a tip, write to Michel or give her a call.

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