VENTURA HILLSIDES MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. The flagship fundraiser for the Ventura Hillsides Organization presents its 10th annual outdoor concert with an outstanding lineup of world-class entertainment in the rustic setting of Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura. With its mission to preserve and protect the Ventura River and the open spaces of Ventura’s hillsides, the organization has managed to attract legendary musical artists over the years, including Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, he Neville Brothers and Taj Mahal. Always culturally enriching, this year’s lineup features five-time Grammy-winning New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John with his band the Lower 911 and famed New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary. Dr. John (Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr.) also called “The Night Tripper” is best known in the mainstream for his 1973 hit “Right Place, Wrong Time” but his credits are legion. His music is straight-up hoodoo with a side of funk and a shot of psychedelic that celebrates the real sound of New Orleans, evoking both the spooky and joyful aspects of its culture.
Also on the bill are Blues Traveler and Elvin Bishop. With more than 10 million albums sold worldwide since the early ’90s, and 2,000 live shows for more than 30 million people, Blues Traveler — David Letterman’s favorite band — remains one of the great jam bands, incorporating rock, blues, psych and soul into a groovy stew. The band’s single “Run-Around” was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history and earned the group a Grammy.
Though known for his FM radio hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” guitarist Elvin Bishop’s career is steeped in the blues. An original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early’60s, Bishop has recorded with the likes of Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers.
From vegetable oil-powered generators to all eco-friendly products and trash recycling, the Hillsides Organization applies green principles to every detail of the event. This year, children younger than 10 are free with a general admission ticket holder. Tickets are $50 with a variety of packages to choose from, including a Firestone Walker beer package. Tickets and instructions for parking as well as event rules are available at Salzer’s Records, Great Pacific Iron Works (Patagonia) and Simone’s Coffee and Tea or online at www.venturahillsides.org.
VENTURA COMEDY FESTIVAL Sept. 24-30.
A whole week with 27 comedy shows at six fun locations, including the Crowne Plaza, Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Ventura Harbor Lawn, Andres Wine and Tapas, Blackbeard’s Seaside BBQ and The Greek at the Harbor. Adam Carolla will be taping The Adam Carolla Show, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Top of the Harbor Ballroom. Preferred seats are $35 and general admission is $25. The Adam Carolla Show holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most downloaded podcast. It receives more than 8 million downloads per month. The festival will also feature Rex Navarrete, the premier Filipino American comedian, and The Tobolowsky Files Live. Showcase themes include Jews Gone Wild, Rainbow, Dirty Dozen, International, Rock Stars of Comedy, Latino, Ten Headliners, Clean Comedy, Bad Girls Out, Left vs. Right: Political Showdown, and Black Friday: Hottest African American Comics in the County! Ticket prices vary. All-Access Passes are $59.99 and include admission to all shows and events, a groovy souvenir pint glass and special discounts (posted on the website) throughout Ventura. For tickets and detailed information, visit www.venturacomedyfestival.com. Check the online edition of VCReporter for an exclusive interview with Adam Carolla.
MOONLIGHT AT THE RANCH Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.
“Moonlight at the Ranch VI” is an annual fundraising gala event hosted by the Limoneira Ranch. Themed “Creatures of the Night!” descendants of Honorary “Ghost-Chairs” Bela Lugosi (Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein’s Monster) will be special guests. The evening will include tastings from 40 different restaurants, a no-host bar and entertainment by Men on the Moon. The event will jointly benefit the Santa Paula Police ans Fire Foundation, as well as the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-1890 or visit www.moonlightattheranch.com.