Ventura resident Jason Cruz and his band Howl are going on a West Coast tour in support of the record Good Man’s Ruin during the second half of July. The band will be supported by The Darlings and The Pullmen. The Pullmen have enlisted drummer Justin Dempsey to fill in during the tour while Erin “Syd” Sidney is on the road with Mia Dyson. The tour kicks off July 16 at The Garage in Ventura.
The Scheideck Music Festival is almost upon us! Turnout was great at a recent fundraiser for the event at Bombay, which bodes well as final preparations are under way. Reyes Creek Bar and Grill will play host June 26-28 as multiple Ventura County bands, including Todd Hannigan, Jonathan McEuen, New Liberty and Devastating Karate, converge on Maricopa for some music and camping.
High Life Kingz have a new album on the horizon titled Audio Destruction. There are a few tracks left to record, but they’ve already started mixing down the completed tracks. They’re excited for this album to drop, as this project is a little different than fans might expect. Look for the album toward the end of the summer.
Mic Doja, Link D and F.I.R.E have merged to form 3 Kingz. They’ve been hitting it hard with live shows in the area, most recently at Chinaland in Oxnard alongside Microphone Gorillas. 3 Kingz already has a few songs in the can for an album and Gorillas are also back in the studio. Look for those projects later in the year. Both groups can be heard on KCSB-FM 91.9 during DJ D-Tragic’s “Word On the Streets” radio show, Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. D-Tragic also created 805Radio.com to give shine to Ventura County’s hip-hop artists. People can submit music to be played on 805 Radio, and the more fans request the music, the more it gets played. Highly requested local artists will find their way to the FM show where they are mixed in along with larger artists. If you want to get familiar with some local hip-hop talent, this is a great opportunity.
Bassist Coso Franklin, along with guitarists Brian Nicolet and Mark Masson have moved the Musician’s Brew to Bombay. It’s an open jam session and a karaoke open mic where people can sing along with the band. There are some great chops on display and the atmosphere is positive and free. Jade Hendrix (whose mother sang for Tom Jones, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow) and drummer Daryell Perkins are regulars. Stop by on Thursdays between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Ventura band Evolution Beat is close to cracking through the local Top 100 ceiling with the catchy summer anthem “Love Me More.” The single can be heard on 103.3 The Vibe and Y100.9 as well as on Soundcloud and Facebook.
Redballs Rock and Roll Pizza was recently asked to unplug until further notice. Noise complaints have prompted the city of Moorpark to force the venue into acoustic-only shows. On its Facebook page, Redballs argued that it has been involved in the community, and has always been courteous about closing sets at a reasonable time. The venue is now testing out soundboard options as well as an electric drum kit to find a way to continue its trademark music showcases. Looking at what Redballs has brought to the Ventura County area, Moorpark may want to think twice about its decision.
Malibu Plains Club is another venue that’s fairly new on the scene, and “promote to get paid” is the name of its game. Bringing in fewer than 25 guests results in no payment for bands despite a cover of $8 to $13 dollars. If a band brings in 25 or more, it will receive $2 a head. The venue offers bands live recordings for about $100. The artists who need these resources the most will likely need to cough up money they don’t have. As MPC is a young venue, hopefully management will rethink the system (read: get rid of it) and give groups a chance to establish themselves.
NoteWorthy is a monthly column dedicated to developments in Ventura County’s music scene. If you have a tip, write to CJ or email@example.com.