Champagne Sunday It’s a tough time for original rock bands in Ventura County. These days, it seems anyone who spends more time on songwriting than screaming will end up in a coffeehouse battling to be heard over espresso machines and clinking silverware. Long gone are the glory days of Café Voltaire, when the area’s more subdued acts had a home base to cultivate a healthy scene. Nobody should pine for those days as much as Champagne Sunday, a band that, if it had been around in the late ’90s, probably would have been the center of that vibrant scene. Comprising singer-guitarists Jessi Reems-Terrell and Jared Fredeen and bassist Thom Thomas, the band, which formed in May 2005, has at least succeeded in creating a truly original sound. Pooling their influences — from rock to folk and everything in between — the musicians have a tough time classifying themselves. Surprisingly, the band’s “throw it in a pot and hope it cooks” mentality does not hurt the songwriting. From the perfectly sublime groove of songs like “With You” to the hauntingly gorgeous “Music Box,” it’s obvious the guys and gal of Champagne Sunday respect the craft. They perform every Monday in July at Billy O’s.
Spigga Declaring their sound “garage funk,” Los Angeles underground collective Spigga formed in 2000 with the idea of creating music without boundaries. Mixing rock, funk, house, soul and industrial influences with multilingual lyrics, the band — which expands to a six-piece live — quickly became a cult favorite in the Latin alternative scene. Their debut album, 06105: The Mixtape — a self-described “symphony of dirt” — finally dropped this year, packing a multi-stylistic sound that can only be described as Spigga. Or, to use their words again, “Maniacodepresivopsychosexual.” To figure out what that means, check the band out at the La Dolce Vita Lounge in Oxnard on June 30.