Author: Emily Savage

ROCKIN’ THE RANCH | Tiny Porch Concerts at the Peter Strauss Ranch

Picture this: It’s a warm summer evening in the Conejo Valley and you’re watching original live music performed by local and touring bluegrass, indie, and Americana acts in rustic surroundings under giant oak trees in an outdoor amphitheater. Oh, and the whole evening is free. Original live music in the Conejo Valley is precisely what business partners Janna Williams and Mike Corridori envisioned when they dreamed up the nonprofit Tiny Porch Concerts series, with the important added bonus of a partnership with the National Parks Service, Williams says. The five-concert series, now in its second year, will run monthly...

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HOMESPUN | Noodling around with Wonton Soup

Backyards and bathtubs “Fuzzy, surfy, punkish” Ventura County-based trio Wonton Soup will play just about anywhere — libraries, backyards, even a bathroom if asked. The plucky group, formed in 2013 and in its current iteration of guitarist Tyger Hernandez, bassist Michael Williams and drummer Eric Williams (no relation) since 2014, just wants to show people a good time. “We play everywhere — we like to play any place we can,” says Hernandez of Camarillo. “We don’t care, as long as there’s people.” Case in point: Their next show is April 22 in a backyard in the Inland Empire. In...

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MEET THE UNDERGROUND | Revolving underground club night brings experimental machinist Author & Punisher

Club Fallout, a burgeoning local industrial night, is one of four uniquely subversive underground club nights that Oxnard-based promoter/producer/DJ Jacob Gonzales organizes in Ventura County. The 29-year-old pied piper of underground sound throws a variety of events with live touring and local bands, DJs and full thematic décor at unexpected venues such as El Miramar Nightclub Dining and Dancing in Oxnard. “I do these clubs once a month and rotate them out,” Gonzales explains. “That way I keep it fresh.” The four club nights under the Club Fallout umbrella are the original Fallout, which is mostly industrial music (an...

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WHAT A “HOOT!” | Songmakers brings together acoustic music enthusiasts from across the county

Steve Berman can attribute his lifelong love of harmonica to Woodstock 1969. On the way back from the legendary hippie festival to his hometown of Detroit, he waited on the side of dusty roads learning the harmonica while hitchhiking. Some five decades later, the now-retired UCLA neuroscientist plays harmonica a few times a week in welcoming homes, surrounded by fellow musicians at events dubbed “Hoots” or “Song Circles.” Berman is the president of Songmakers, a multi-county, Southern California-based nonprofit made up of mostly acoustic music-makers. “Music for me has always been a participatory event,” says Berman. “When we went...

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HILARITY ENSUES | The Ventura Comedy Festival kicks off Aug. 1

The sixth annual Ventura Comedy Festival — which takes place Aug. 1 through 7 at six locations across town — has a few tricks up its sleeve. Along with the popular annual comedy competition featuring 105 comedians battling it out for a cash prize and goodies, there also will be big names like The Jamie Kennedy Experiment star Jamie Kennedy, an app that allows comedy showgoers to vote on their favorite acts (more on that later) and, for the first time ever, a Miss Comedy Universe showcase. For the latter, festival organizer Randy Lubas hand-picked hilarious female stand-ups from...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Scandinavian Festival

    April 1 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  3. “Higher Ground- the Paintings of Linda Harmon”

    May 5 @ 12:00 pm - May 31 @ 4:00 pm
  4. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Yachtley Crew Dance Party at Bombay Bar & Grill!

    May 27 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm