Billing itself as “The only nightclub in Ventura,” Fuego is scheduled to open on Thursday, Feb. 28. Owner Ryan Hendrix told VCReporter that he’s put a lot of money into the space that last operated as Crave Lounge. There will be a strictly enforced dress code, bottle service, DJs and live music Thursdays through Saturdays. This “one-of-a-kind” club is modeled after the “real” clubs of New York City, he says, and is designed to attract an upscale Hispanic crowd. We have one word for him: Hush.
On the Move
The young punks in Catholic Spit celebrated a record release last weekend, but in even bigger news, the band has been added to the Punk Rock Bowling bill, which this year includes such greats as Devo, the Damned, Bad Religion and the Weirdos. They will perform on Monday, May 27, with FLAG (original Black Flag members minus Greg Ginn), D.R.I. and Subhumans, among others. 8 Stops 7 has been invited by the Heart of Texas Rockfest to return to Music Week in Austin, Texas. The band raised money to cover expenses by throwing a car wash/local rock party recently. With the addition of Cory Tarallo on bass (the original bass player left last fall), the band is super-psyched about life. “Our new bass player is f’ing amazing and completely stoked to be playing with us, and we feel really lucky to have found him so fast,” wrote singer Evan Sula Goff in an e-mail message. Tarallo previously played in bands with David Silveria (Korn) and Brett Scallions (Fuel).
Singer-songwriter Rachel Sedacca is bouncing back from a serious health scare last month. It seems the perpetually positive folkie had a tiny hole in her big heart that allowed a blood clot to escape. She’s been recovering quickly and has been out and about doing the things she loves. Stay well, Rachel!
Following a shift in leadership, Ventura Music Week has been moved to mid-June. Originally established by Eric Wallner, who, until recently, worked for the city of Ventura, the event has been placed in the hands of Downtown Ventura Partners and Totally Local VC’s ubiquitous Kat Merrick. The event will be bookended by Brian Parra’s Local Rock Picnic on June 8 and Roadshow Revival on June 15. There’s no word yet as to plans for the Ventura County Music Awards, a VC Buzz event, which previously rescheduled in order to coincide with Music Week.
Next time you see one of The Pullmen, take a look at his shoes. They may not be killing boots, but a creative partnership the band has formed with Sanuk has them sporting some hip kicks. Even cooler, Sanuk produced a video for the band’s “Mourning Song,” which can be seen at www.thepullmen.com.
Stalwart all-ages venue Rock City Studios in Camarillo recently traded some of its recording studio space for a larger live music area. The expansion will allow for bigger acts and double the capacity, providing an overall better experience for talent and fans. Among the upgrades are an updated sound system, a larger stage and a drum riser. Darkest Hour will perform there on March 8, and on April 6 and 7, the venue will host So Cal Slam, featuring Figure Four (its first performance in Ventura County since the Alpine days) and 40 other bands.
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.