Despite some protest from midtown residents, Billy O’s is diligently working toward opening the doors at its new location, the storied Dirty Vinyl/Pangaea building on Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. Venue owners have been soliciting patrons for votes in order to get a small business grant from Mission Main Street Grants. Keep your fingers crossed. In other venue news, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar at The Collection has officially closed. It will be replaced at the end of the year by Levity Live, which is being touted as a “world-class” comedy club destined to be a “premier destination for comedy in Ventura County.”
The perennial road warriors of Night Demon recently rolled out some new merch, including an old-school-style color tour program featuring 16 pages of photos and juicy bits of band information. The band also has a relatively new album called Curse of the Damned. To see all the wares, go to nightdemon.bandcamp.com/merch. Last week, Wooden Nomad announced the release of its much-anticipated second full-length, Pain as a Source of Light due June 30. Expect Medicine Hat’s first full album later this year and something new from American Hoss. The mighty Massenger just finished up a quick and dirty West Coast tour. Limited copies of the band’s Girl Glass 7-inch are still available at www.porchcore.bigcartel.com. Hy Brasil has released its first EP, Animal’s Grace. Check them out June 20 at Bombay for the Saint Archer Brewing Co. Tap Takeover. One of Ventura County’s longest-lived and best-loved bar bands, the R&B Bombers, welcomed its original singer Joe Wilson back to the stage, beginning with a show at Bombay last month. Fans were superstoked and remarked that Wilson sounded as great as ever.
The polls are open for the Ventura County Music Awards where artists, friends and fans get to decide who the best local musical artists are. Among the nominees are After the Smoke, Crypt Infection, Hard Six and Galvanized Souls. There is no limit to the number of times you can vote, and special band battles are being hosted at various venues for those who are unfamiliar with the acts on the ballot. The next event, to be held on Friday, June 19, at the Red Cove, pits Cupcake, Mother of Dissension, Conquer the Martians and The Box Heads against each other to determine who’s punk enough to take home the title. To cast your votes, visit www.venturacountymusicawards.com.
Always on the cutting edge, Creature Feature’s Curtis Rx is now credited with composing music for the highly rated macabre Apple game called Death Coins. If, as he does, you believe every day is Halloween, consider giving it a whirl. Go to iTunes to download the app. Creature Feature is currently polishing up a new song. Stay in the loop at www.creaturefeaturemusic.com.
The normally low-key Grady Runyon, owner of Grady’s Record Refuge, and the equally under-the-radar Kc Staples, owner of Record Outlet in Thousand Oaks, got a little bit famous when their stores were featured in a full-color coffee-table book titled The Record Store Book by Mike Spitz. The book is available at Grady’s and Salzer’s Records. Speaking of Salzer’s, Doors drummer John Densmore will be there on July 11 to sign copies of his book The Doors: Unhinged, “the true story of the court case that put Jim Morrison’s legacy on trial and divided the former band mates in half, with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger on one side, Densmore and the estate of Jim Morrison on the other.”
Two of the county’s most popular music festivals are happening during the same weekend this year. The Roadshow Revival’s expanded two-day Americana fest has moved to Mission Park for a more intimate experience and twice as much talent. To be held on June 27 and 28, notable performers include Reverend Horton Heat, Billy Joe Shaver, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys, John Doe and Jamie James and the Kingbees. Expect to see plenty of tatted limbs, lowered rides, lubed-up locks and public drunkenness, as well as some of the best all-American music you’ll ever experience in downtown Ventura. For tickets, go to www.roadshowrevival.com. Way out yonder, down Maricopa way, Scheideck Music Festival, featuring an all-local lineup will kick off on Friday, June 26, with 5th and Birmingham. The following day’s roster includes Groove Session, The Heavy Medicine, The Jelly, Aaron Orbit, Brothers Fortune, Die Evil Die, Gygax and Deer Leg among others. A camping pass is required for this event. Expect to see bandanas, cut-off shorts and moonshine grins. Congratulations to Scheideck organizer Kyle Hunt and his wife, Jessie, on the birth of their first child. Could there be another Carter Family in the making?
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