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Showing posts with label Ventura County Blues Society. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ventura County Blues Society. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spend Father's Day with Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (VCBS Event)




Little Ed & The Blues Imperials - "a bazooka assault of foot-stompin' blues and slow-burnin' knee-bucklers" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES) - appears in concert on Father's Day (Sunday, June 21) at Studio Channels Island Arts Center in Camarillo, in a concert presented by the Ventura County Blues Society. Buy advance tickets here.



"Chicago Blues Royalty!"

LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS IN A SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY CONCERT PRESENTED BY VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY



Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 2:00 P.M.
@
Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo


Also Win Tickets To Attend The Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas!
Only $10. To Enter (Good for 2 Entries) - Click Here



     
  (CAMARILLO, CA) - The Ventura County Blues Society is proud to present a very special concert with "Chicago Blues Royalty," Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day) at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. Showtime is 2 p.m. (doors open 1 p.m.). Tickets $30. (General Admission), $50. VIP (includes early 12:30 p.m. entry, two drink tickets, and seating in the first five rows). Info: (805) 501-7122 or www.venturacountybluessociety.org. Opening the show is VCBS Band Challenge winner and IBC semi-finalist, the always-enjoyable, Lightnin' Willie.

  Also win two tickets to attend the four-day The Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, the "largest gathering of national blues acts in the world," in our special drawing. Only $10. to enter (good for 2 entries), and you need not be present to win! Click here to enter. Proceeds benefit the Ventura County Blues Society.


"A bazooka assault of foot-stompin' blues and slow-burnin' knee-bucklers."                                      - Chicago Sun-Times
"Full of fire, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials hit the floor running and accelerate from there. High-octane, expressive, fiercely articulated, harrowing intensity, raucous slide."          - Living Blues

"The world's #1 houserocking blues band." - Boston Globe 

"With a jumping band pumping behind him, Lil' Ed blasts wild, passionate, blazing-hot slide...powerful, raucous boogie blues that's utterly devoid of rock, jazz or fusion influences ."   Guitar Player

"Raw-boned, old-fashioned Chicago blues has a new young master--Lil' Ed Williams."                     - New York Times

"Ed plays slide guitar like a back-alley shiv...high-decibal, gutbucket blues at its most brutally honest."          -Chicago Sun-Times

"The liveliest blues showman alive, with an explosive, good-rocking guitar sound and the stage moves to match. Raw, gutbucket blues sure to get you up and dancing."       - Philadelphia Daily News

"A party band in the best sense of the word...the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor ."
                                                                - 
Boston Globe

"The meanest bottle neck boogie blues around. This roughhousin' stage spitfire will ignite any crowd... rollicking good fun and raw intensity."                                                    - Austin Chronicle


                                           ABOUT LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS


   Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials released six Alligator albums between 1989 and 2008. With each one, the band's stature grew as their fan base continued to expand. With 2006's Rattleshake, Ed and company reached a whole new audience. Die-hard "Ed Head" Conan O'Brien brought the band before millions of television viewers on two separate occasions. Then, in June 2008, celebrating the release of Full Tilt, Ed hit the main stage at The Chicago Blues Festival, performing in front of 100,000 screaming fans, as he whipped the overflowing crowd into a blues-induced frenzy. The band won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009 and also took home the Best Live Band Award in the 2011 Living Blues Critics' Poll. Blues Revue said, "Listen and hear how a great blues player can make a guitar weep...Lil' Ed is a blues master at the top of his game.

   Now, with Jump Start, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials will continue bringing their seriously inspired and wildly fun Chicago blues to "Ed Heads" new and old, wherever they may be. After almost a quarter century together, Lil' Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have played thousands of gigs, logged tens of thousands of miles and have no plans to slow down anytime soon. According to Littleton, "The journey has been amazing. We melded right away and have kept growing." Garrett agrees, saying, "It's a perfect fit. And we keep getting better." Young adds, "We are way stronger now, and we're still having fun. My dreams have all come true.  

                           ABOUT THE VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY


  The Ventura County Blues Society was founded June of 2011.  The Society  is dedicated to supporting America’s music in addition to supporting others in need by providing funds generated from the society’s events which will be scheduled throughout the year.

  The society will strengthen and bring value to the Southern California Blues scene by working with other organizations. This will be accomplished through scheduled events based here in Southern California.  This is the heartbeat of what VCBS is about with the core of helping others.

   We encourage everyone to get involved; even if you don’t have the time to volunteer, or you are hundreds of miles away, you can still be a part of this unique organization.  Becoming a member of the Ventura County Blues Society is a big way of showing your support.

  The Ventura County Blues Society (VCBS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on memberships, contributions, event sponsorships and volunteers to operate. The Ventura County Blues Society is an all-volunteer organization. We need your help to grow and maintain the Blues scene.  You can help make a difference by becoming a member. Please go to our membership page and be a part.

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Session: Ventura County's Premiere Weekly Blues Showcase Returns To The Bombay Beginning May 1

 
The Session: 
Ventura County's Premiere Weekly Blues Showcase/Jam Session 
Returns To Bombay Bar & Grill - Wednesdays Starting May 1,
Hosted Once Again By Tommy Marsh And Bad Dog, 
Sponsored By The Ventura County Blues Society 
 
     
   (Ventura) - Beginning Wednesday, May 1, The Session at The Bombay is once again Ventura County's destination point every Wednesday night for the best blues showcase and jam session in Southern California. Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog will once again host this weekly event sponsored by the one of the most active blues societies around, the Ventura County Blues Society.
   This Wednesday, May 1  - The Session's first event at The Bombay  - kicks off with an incredible lineup of guitar playing greats Teresa Russell, Guy Martin, and Mikey Mo, plus Ashford Gordon (the latter coming in all the way from Mesa, AZ). Toss in talented electric banjo player Ian McFayden (from area faves 50 Sticks of Dynamite) plus other special guests - and this truly shapes up as a night to remember! 8-11 pm. No cover. The Bombay is located at 143 S. California St., Ventura.  (805) 643-4404  or https://www.facebook.com/bombaybarandgrill.
                                 
Tommy Marsh performing at the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and The Bottom Line's band on Saturday, April 27. (Photo by Joy Neely)
    
                     
   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
    Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out an interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
 
  

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Fabulous Ms.Shari Puorto Is Special Guest For Wednesday's VCBS Jam In Ventura

                     
THE FABULOUS MS. SHARI PUORTO IS SPECIAL GUEST FOR VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY-SPONSORED JAM  - THIS WED., APRIL 10 AT THE TAVERN IN VENTURA 
   
    (Ventura, CA) - Holy Crap! The special guests just keep getting bigger and better each week at the weekly Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Wednesday night Jam session. This Wednesday night, April 10, host band Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome that blues-singing dynamo, the fabulous Ms. Shari Puorto. It all takes place at The Tavern, 211 Santa Clara Ave. from 8-11 p.m. And there's no cover! Info: (805) 643-3264
                                    
   "Shari Puorto's vocals meld Susan Tedeschi self-taught soul, Bonnie Raitt country-rock sweetness and just a touch of Melissa Etheridge rasp. On the slide guitar-laden "Don't Mess With Me," off her most recent release Real, Puorto unleashes a similar raw self-assuredness that brings to mind greats like Etta James and Ruth Brown, themselves masters of evoking feeling," writes the Monterey County Weekly. The 2010 L.A. Music Awards winner in the "Best Americana Roots or Blues" Song of the Year category will also be performing at this year's Kern Rock & Blues Fest September 27-29. http://www.bluesrockmusic.com/.
                      

   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
   Tommy Marsh will be performing with Michael John and the Bottom Line at the upcoming 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Saturday, April 27 at Moorpark College (click on the link here for additional information). Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... Drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out a great interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
 
    

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Laurie Morvan Is Special Guest For Ventura County Blues Society Jam This Wednesday

 
                     
GIRL WITH GUITAR: LAURIE MORVAN IS SPECIAL GUEST FOR VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY-SPONSORED JAM THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE TAVERN  - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH   
   
  (Ventura, CA) - The special guests just keep getting bigger and better at the weekly Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Jam session. This Wednesday night, March 27, the very talented Laurie Morvan is the special Guest of "house band," Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog. It all takes place at The Tavern, 211 Santa Clara Ave. 8-11 p.m. No cover! Info: (805) 643-3264. 

     No stranger to Southern California blues fans and music lovers, Morvan is the 2010 Blues Foundation winner for "Best Self-Produced CD." Playing a blistering brand of red-hot blues-rock, the popular Long Beach-based band's most recent release is 2011's "Breathe Deep."  

   Tommy will be performing with Michael John and the Bottom Line at the upcoming 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Saturday, April 27 at Moorpark College (click on the link here for additional information) . Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... Drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the most recent issue of Blues E-News
 

 
    

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blues Guitar Summit: Marsh, Mo, and Macpherson At VCBS Weekly Jam This Wednesday


 
 
                     
IT'S A BLUES GUITAR SUMMIT  - MARSH, MO, & MACPHERSON - AT THIS WEDNESDAY'S VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY WEEKLY BLUES JAM AT THE TAVERN IN VENTURA    
   
   (Ventura, CA) - Get ready for a special treat - a veritable "Blues Guitar Summit" featuring talented axemen Tommy Marsh, Mikey Mo and Bill Macpherson - at this Wednesday's night's Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Jam session. It takes place at The Tavern, 211 Santa Clara Ave., Wednesday, March 20. 8-11 p.m. No cover! Info: (805) 643-3264. 
    According to host Tommy Marsh, who performs at the Jam with his group, Bad Dog: "My great friend MIKEY MO and my new friend Bill Macpherson are both coming in to the Jam session this week. Bill Macphereson is a veteran player who has recorded or produced more that twenty projects. He was the guitar player in the Instrumental group Native Vibe and recently moved to Ventura. We are proud to have Bill as our guest! Mikely Mo is the bad ass guitarist and vocalist for Michael John and The Bottom line... A great player and a wonderful guy... I AM SO VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SHOW....SEE YOU THERE!!!
   Tommy will be performing with Michael John and the Bottom Line at the upcoming 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Saturday, April 27 at Moorpark College (click on the link here for additional information) .
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the most recent issue of Blues E-News
 

 
    

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blues Guns A'Blazin: Johnny Main, Tex Nakamura of The 44s Play The VCBS Jam This Wednesday!

 
          Johnny Main (l) and Tex Nakamura (r) of the celebrated blues group The 44s are the very
       Special Guests at this week's Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored jam, Wed., March 6.
                     
JOHNNY MAIN, TEX NAKAMURA OF CELEBRATED SOCAL BLUES GROUP THE 44S ARE IN THE HOUSE AT VCBS-SPONSORED JAM THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6@THE TAVERN 
                                                              
 
   (VENTURA, Calif.) - Someone better alert the Ventura Fire Department that the flames sure to be emanating from The Tavern in Ventura this Wednesday night, March 6 aren't from the popular nightclub catching fire; but rather, from the sure-to-be blazing performances of guitarist Johnny Main and harpist Tex Nakamura, who join host Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog for this Wednesday night's Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Blues Jam. Main and Nakamura are one-half of Rip Cat Records' recording artists The 44s, one of the most in-demand blues groups in the Southland. The Tavern is at 211 Santa Clara Ave. 9 p.m. And best of all...it's free! Info: (805) 643-3264
      
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the latest issue of Blues E-News
 

 
    

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

AUGUST 5TH EVENT FEATURES A TRIO OF TOP BLUES GUITARISTS - HEADLINER JIMMY THACKERY - PLUS ALASTAIR GREENE AND MIKEY MO

(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 www.venturacountybluessociety.org. 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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