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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Announcing Ventura County Blues Society "Sunday Blues Matinee Concert Series

Ventura County Blues Society


"Sunday Blues Concert Matinee Series" At High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

*Featuring Some of the Biggest Names In Blues Plus Quality Area Support Bands*


Sunday, July 8 - Chris Cain Sunday, August 5- Jimmy Thackery

Fresh off the glow of its highly-successful 7th Annual Simi Valley Blues Festival, the Ventura County Blues Society (VCBS) announces its "Sunday Matinee Concert Series." Upcoming shows feature two of the most popular names in today's contemporary American Blues scene, Chris Cain and Jimmy Thackery, headlining one of Southern California's best-kept secrets, the intimate and acoustically-perfect High Street Arts Center. The Arts Center is at 45 East High Street, Moorpark. Doors 12 noon; show starts 1 p.m. Tickets $20. (VCBS members), $25. (General Public). Purchase tickets online at Great music plus tasty barbeque, beer, wine, cocktails, snacks, soft drinks and water available at the shows, plus a raffle between bands. These shows will sell out.

Renowned guitarist Chris Cain takes the stage on Sunday, July 8. Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting, Northern California-based Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. San Jose Mercury News reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the Blues." Cain's 1987 debut recording "Late Night City Blues" received four prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominations, including 'Guitarist of the Year." Cain's ever-busy schedule keeps him and his top-rate band on the road performing at some of the best blues festivals and events around. Opening for Cain: Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog, fronted by VCBS-sponsored Wednesday night Jam leader, guitarist-vocalist Tommy Marsh; and L.A. area favorites (and recent International Blues Challenge competitors) Kelly's Lot, featuring dynamic vocalist, Kelly Zirbes.

Veteran bluesman Jimmy Thackery is truly the definition of a 'road warrior,' performing nearly three-hundred nights a year and acting as a true inspiration to today's musicians half his age. Thackery has thrilled audiences worldwide fronting his own band since departing the popular Nighthawks (whom he recorded over twenty albums with) in 1987. Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he'll always unleash an intense volley of rockin' blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent. His double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note so it will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. "I put all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what's inside," Thackery says. "There's an electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and remember to breathe." Warming up Thackery is popular Ventura County blues-rock guitar maestro Alastair Greene, who, in addition to enjoying a decade-plus solid solo career with his Alastair Greene Band, is also the touring guitarist for the prog-rock greats, the Alan Parsons Live Project; and the Mikey Mo Band, fresh off their standout performance at the Simi Valley Blues Festival this April and featuring one of SoCal's up-and-comers, Mikey Mo, on lead guitar and vocals. Mikey Mo has toured with respected blues guitarist Coco Montoya and has been playing guitar since the age of five.

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