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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ventura Co. Blues Society Sunday Matinee II Benefits Moorpark Arts Foundation

Ventura County Blues Society

Presents Its....

"Sunday Blues Concert Matinee Series Event II" - Benefits

Moorpark Foundation For The Arts


(MOORPARK, CA) - If you love the guitar - and let's face it, who doesn't? - then this is a show that can't be missed, as the Ventura County Blues Society (VCBS) presents veteran blues guitar great Jimmy Thackery along with Socal/Ventura-based guitar aces Alastair Greene and Mikey Mo at their Sunday Blues Concert Matinee Series Event II, Sunday, August 5 at the High Street Arts Center, 45 East High Street, Moorpark. Doors open at 12 noon, music starts at 1 p.m. Tickets $20. (VCBS members), $25. (General Public). Purchase tickets in advance online at Great music plus tasty barbeque, beer, wine, cocktails, snacks, soft drinks and water available at the shows, plus a raffle between bands. Proceeds benefit the Moorpark Foundation For the Arts.

The first VCBS Sunday Blues Concert Matinee in July was a standing-room-only, high-energy affair featuring noted bluesman Chris Cain, female-fronted act Kellys Lot plus blues jam band Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog that drew a sellout crowd, and came on the heels of the Society's highly successful Simi Valley Blues Festival this past April. Read about the Sunday Matinee Concert series in articles from the Ventura County Star; Simi Valley Acorn; and Moorpark Patch (click on the links).

Jimmy Thackery

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."

Alastair Greene Mikey Mo

Opening for Thackery and making this event a true guitar lovers nirvana: 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 prog-rock greats, the Alan Parsons Live Project (read a terrific recent L. A. Examiner review of Greene's latest acclaimed album "Through The Rain" here); ; 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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