Picks of the week

Picks of the week

New Year’s Eve Highlights

Billy O’s: Zeppelin Tribute with Led it Be and a champagne toast. 2819 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0327.

Bombay Bar & Grill: A three-course meal plus entertainment from Custom Made, Rico and Mambo and DJ Ernie from Q104.7 FM.  143 S. California St., Ventura, 643-4404.

Charline’s: Featuring DJ FLEXX spinning some tunes, plus menu and drink specials. 546 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-2255.

Dirty Vinyl: Groove Mafia Productions and Dirty Vinyl present: “2010 The Year We Get Dirty” a New Year’s Eve party you won’t soon forget! The dance floor will be pulsing with energy and deep bass, just like it should be on New Year’s, and the champagne will be flowing at midnight! DJs Elixir (deep house & progressive), Lucid (deep tech, prog, minimal) and Dirty Vinyl resident DJ (electro, tech, mashups). $5 cover. 1644 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. 641-1500, www.myspace.com/thedirtyvinyl.

GiGi’s Cocktail Lounge: Sing in the new year with karaoke. No cover charge, past midnight. 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura, 642-2411.

It’s All Good Bar: Bury the decade and party with Shades of Day (pictured) and Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy. 8 p.m., free appetizers plus a champagne toast at midnight. 533 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-9951 or visit www.shadesofday.net.

Nicholby’s: Big Band featuring members of Army of Freshmen and Le Meu Le Purr on stage together playing the greatest songs of all time, 10 p.m. 410 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-2320.

Ojai Valley Women’s Club: New Year’s Celebration with Sligo Rags, an award-winning energetic celtic bluegrass fusion band. This is a family-friendly event with food and dancing. $20 for adults, $10 for kids younger than 14 and free for kids younger than 6. 441 Ojai Ave., Ojai. 665-8852,  www.ojaiconcertseries.com.

O’Leary’s: New Year’s Bash with Randy Rich & the Ravens. 6555 Telephone Road, Ventura, 644-4619.

Pirate’s Grub ‘N’ Grog: Champagne, food and live music by Cover 2 Cover. 450 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-0046 or visit www.piratesgrubngrog.net.

Rookees: Champagne, party favors, in-house entertainment, and best of all, no cover charge to ring in the New Year. 419 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-6862 or visit  www.myspace.com/rookeesventura.

Star Lounge: Everyone’s favorite place for happy hour is the place for end-of-year entertainment with Big Tweed. 343 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-4709.

Take 2: Ron Sexton plays from 6 to 9 p.m., with a mystery band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Featuring a four-course meal, $35 per person and $60 per couple. 2815 E. Main St., Ventura, 701-5139.

Wine Lovers: New Year’s “Early Eve” with the John Egizi Jazz Duo from 6 to 9 p.m.and Bobby Watley at 9:30 p.m. Appetizers and champagne specials offered. 1067 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 652-1810.

Zoey’s Café: A meal from Zoey’s delicious menu plus live music from the Chris Pierce Band and Delaney Gibson, 6:30 p.m. 451 Main St., Ventura. 652-1137, www.zoeyscafe.com.

Saturday, Jan. 2 Hi-Cees welcomes Steve White and the Barstool Pigeons, 5 p.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. it’s Birdfeeder, Catwalk and Sea Lions at Zoey’s. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

Jimmy Adams  Local music legend Jimmy Adams has made the journey from Ventucky to Kentucky and back. He returns once more for a very rare appearance that could be the homecoming performance of the year, in this, the eleventh hour of 2009. A fixture on the pre-Zoey’s folk scene at the now-defunct Café Voltaire, the singer-songwriter’s salt-of-the-earth persona and mastery of the guitar have gained him favor with practically everyone who plays music in Ventura County and it couldn’t be a more perfect venue, as many have likened the vibe at Green Art People to the old Voltaire. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., Green Art People, BoHo Alley behind the Gallery Car Wash on Ventura Ave. Park on Ventura Ave.

Zoey’s welcomes the White Buffalo on Saturday, Dec. 26. 

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Picks of the week

NITZER EBB  Late ’80s early ’90s goth gurus Nitzer Ebb took its cues from Bauhaus and Killing Joke before crafting the soundtrack for S & M parlors everywhere. With a rhythmic industrial groove hailing from the Ballaeric beat movement, an electronic sub-genre of house music, they scored a club hit with “Hearts and Minds” but have since remained firmly ensconced in the underground. The band members call it “international funk aggression,” but whatever tag you hang on it, it’s unifying, hypnotic, very danceable and romantic in a nightmarish way. Nitzer Ebb’s latest recording Industrial Complex: Tour Edition is currently available for download. Friday, Dec. 18 at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 639-3965,  www.nitzerebbicp.com

Holiday Hayride at Grady’s Record Refuge with the Sideshow Preachers and Rooster Ra. Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m..

Jade Hendrix (yes, she’s related) joins Ghosts on the Radio at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. 

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Picks of the week

THE NIGHT REGGAE STOLE CHRISTMAS  Four of the 805’s leading reggae DJs — Ambassador Jr.(pictured), Spinobi, Filiblunt and Greenleaf — and an MC Ras Rebel will converge for one unforgettable night. The latest reggae roots and dancehall music videos will also be mixed live on three screens with vendors selling everything from fine hemp clothing to jewelry. FREE admission. Friday, Dec. 11, 9 p.m. at Nicholby’s, 410 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-2320.

Yolie’s presents the Pete Anderson Trio on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Ventura favorite Whiskey Chimp is joined by Big Tweed at the Lodge on Friday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.

Monster Eats the Pilot and Dirty Words will tear up the Canyon on Sunday, Dec. 13.

For only $100, you too can see Morrissey live at the Ventura Theater on Friday, Dec. 11. 

Picks of the week

Picks of the week

BRIAN WILSON One of the most enigmatic figures in pop music, and considered by many to be more influential as a songwriter than even John Lennon, Brian Wilson will make a rare appearance at the Canyon in Agoura Hills for 90-minutes of Beach Boys’ classics. On and off the radar since the sixties when the Beach Boys epitomized the coastal California lifestyle, Wilson’s battle with emotional health seems to have waned in his later years. He is currently working on a huge project for Walt Disney Records to not only sing Gershwin but also finish the compositions Gershwin was unable to when he died of a brain tumor in the 1930s. Don’t expect to hear any of that but do look forward to your favorite Beach Boy songs including “Surfer Girl,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Canyon, 28912, Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016, www.canyonclub.net.

Sonic alchemist Todd Rundgren will be at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Friday, Dec. 4, Charline’s presents DeWayne Blackbyrd McNight of Parliament Funkadelic fame. 9 p.m.

The Kim Wilson Blues Band returns to the Lodge with Jim Bianco on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. 






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