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A hot afternoon in Agoura Hills. Hottest so far this year. People were already lined up out front. Rows of parking in the lot were blocked off earlier in the day. What a wonderful day to sit in the blazing sun and risk getting heat stroke.
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There were many misunderstandings and misconceptions about the ticketing process. Nobody was allowed to hang out anywhere towards the door while the staff set up. Thousands of people came out thinking they were all going to get a ticket or maybe there would be a pop up show in the lot, which the band has been known to do in the past. Only the first 300 people were allowed to buy tickets via a numbered chip. 21+, proof of vaccination, signed release and payment at the door was the requirement. One line only in the box office area. The mall technically doesn’t open until 8AM and this was a Sunday morning. That was the confusion. The mall also doesn’t allow for overnight parking, but many die-hards started waiting shortly after the announcement and the lot was full before 7AM. By 10:00, almost everyone allotted to buy tickets had been inside the venue since opening the doors, and the show was almost sold out by then (it took a considerable amount of time to pay for tickets inside with a single line, signed release, payment and proof of vaccination).
People even continued to wait in line in the heat after being told it was sold out, perhaps thinking there was a second show or an appearance was going to be made. By 6PM that night, the Canyon comedy show was going and the line was completely gone. There has been a lot of backlash from fans over not getting a ticket, but it’s unreasonable to think that everyone would get one. Some really didn’t look at it from the venue, band or mall’s perspective. The Canyon has followed all procedures, recommendations and guidelines for safely reopening a venue in LA County, as well as honoring the wishes and stipulations of the band, and they’ve been doing a great job for months. SUPPORT THE CANYON!!!
|In his work with Rush, Alex Lifeson has redefined the boundaries of progressive rock guitar, with playing that soars beyond the drama and the bluster to reveal truly stunning virtuosity that has been praised and admired by fans—and players—of all stripes. Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson and Gibson, Epiphone’s Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Standard similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul in an accessible package. This guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility.|
People camped out starting late last night after the announcement of the Tuesday warmup show at the Canyon in Agoura. The line circled around Whizins to Agoura Road and to the back towards Cornell and back to Roadside drive. 300 chips were handed out to the people in line who then entered the venue. A release form was signed and proof of vaccination was required o buy a pair of tickets. No service fees!! Not even with a charge card!!!
By 10:00, the show was well sold out, but the line stayed put as it backed out to Agoura Rd and almost back to Cornell.
|In continued celebration of the prolific Wildflowers era of Tom’s career, the Petty family and Warner Records have announced Angel Dream (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture She’s The One) — remixed, remastered and reimagined as a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album.Tom worked on the mixes of this reimagined version with Ryan Ulyate before his passing. The song selection was designed to work as a Heartbreakers album rather than a film soundtrack, and four unreleased tracks were added —“One of Life’s Little Mysteries” (written by Tom), “Thirteen Days” (JJ Cale cover), “105 Degrees” (another Tom original), and “French Disconnection” (an instrumental in the same vein as the instrumentals on the original album). An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included.The reissue will be released on limited-edition cobalt blue vinyl in indie record stores this Saturday, June 12 for Record Store Day. The CD, digital, and black vinyl release will be available everywhere on July 2.|
|The new title is a nod to the opening track on the album, “Angel Dream No. 2,” which is available on all streaming services today. This morning, Tom’s daughter Adria Petty, wife Dana Petty, longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate, as well as Heartbreaker Benmont Tench spoke with David Fricke about the album and played the song, along with other unreleased tracks on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio. This interview will rebroadcast throughout the weekend and will be available on the SXM app.|
The 9th Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival to bring two days of the finest in tequila, tacos and entertainment to the Ventura Co. Fairgrounds on July 24-25
With restrictions on concerts and festivals liftedin California as of June 15, Ventura’s beloved Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be returning on July 24 – 25 to the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Festivalgoers will be able to enjoy tequila sampling, live entertainment, delicious street tacos, craft beer, refreshing margaritas and an artisanal craft market, all at an idealbeach-adjacent outdoor setting, cooled by ocean breezes.
A variety of top-shelf tequila brands will be participating in the festival’s Saturday and Sunday tequila tasting, and delicious margaritas and other beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees will also be able to enjoy delicious gourmet street tacos from a range of popular food vendors.
The 90’s pop icon and rapper Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice will set the stage on fire with his distinctive mix of rock, techno\ and old-school hip hop on Saturday, along with the hip hop/pop rap duo Tag Team. Vanilla Ice reached international fame with his mega hit “Ice Ice Baby”, the first hip-hop track to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. His latest album, “Wisdom, Tenacity, and Focus” (WTF) has ushered a new era for Rob Van Winkle, showcasing a further diversified musical exploration as he draws from multiple genres from punk and country to ska and techno.
Tequila & Taco Music Festival is a production of the Surfers Point Live! event series launching in July by CBF Productions. In 2020, CBF Productions produced the highly successful ‘Concerts In Your Car’ series, creating the first drive-in,socially-distanced theatre-in-the-round-style, live entertainment option in California. Surfers Point Live! takes its name from the famous California surf break – Surfers Point – located steps from the Ventura County Fairgrounds, home to both Concerts In Your Car and Surfers Point Live!
“It’s time to get out of your car, soak up the sunshine and feel the cool ocean breezes at the Ventura County Fairgrounds,” said Vincenzo Giammanco, CEO of CBF Productions. “We are thrilled to be able to transition from Concerts In Your Car to the Surfer Point Live! series – bringing back live entertainment and food festivals that can be enjoyed in a beautiful location right by the Pacific Ocean.”
About the Tequila & Taco Music Festival
The Tequila & Taco Music Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 & 25, from 1:00pm to 9:30pm on Saturday; Noon to 6:30pm on Sunday. Tequila sampling tickets are $42, and tequila tasting takes place from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday; 1pm to 5pm on Sunday. General admission tickets are $15 onSaturday; on Sunday general admission is $10. Ticket prices are advance purchase pricing, valid until June 15th, check website for updates. All ages are welcome but to purchase or consume alcohol, individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online in advance and will also be sold at the door the day of the event while supplies last. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com.
ABOUT CBF PRODUCTIONS
In 2020, CBF Productions launched the first drive-in, live, theatre-in-the-round-style and socially distanced entertainment experience in California – Concerts In Your Car. They continue to lead the pack with their new music and food festival series, Surfers Point Live! bringing top name talent to their stage at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. From their legendary Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals to Tequila & Taco Festivals, Winter Wine Walks and more, CBF’s visionary events have been on the forefront of the food/drink and music festival circuit for over 14 years.
Photos by Alex Kluft
The Derek Frank band Live at The Baked Potato 6/3/21
ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION:
“ELEVEN YEARS LATER”
DEREK FRANK …BASS
TY BAILIE …KEYS
RANDY COOKE …DRUMS
JOSHUA RAY GOOCH …GUITAR
DEMIAN ARRIAGA… PERCUSSION
photos by Alex Kluft Photography
photos and review by Alex Kluft
Saturday night, WAR played the Ventura County Fairgrounds part of the Concert In Your Car series. The last time WAR toured was in celebration of their 50th anniversary in 2019.
From the group’s original lineup the only member remaining is singer/keyboardist Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan. The group’s second longest member is drummer/singer Sal Rodriguez who joined the group in 1990, followed by Marcos Reyes who joined in 1998. Guitarist Stuart Ziff joined in 2002. Harmonica player Stanley Behrens joined in 2011. Bassist Rene Camacho joined in 2015. The group’s newest member is saxophonist Scott Martin who joined in 2017. After 50 years the group stays true to their classic sound and their message of peace and love.
Around Memorial Day weekend it’s been an annual tradition of WAR playing L.A. usually at the Greek Theater with groups like Family Stone, Tower of Power, and comedic duo Cheech and Chong. WAR played a set of nearly 90 minutes filled with hits and rarities like “Me and Baby Brother,” “Galaxy,” “Spill The Wine,” and “Summer.” From the minute WAR took the stage the show was all about groove.
Of the various lineups the group has had in those five decades, this may very well be their best one other than the original group. My favorite part of the show is when WAR plays “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and each member trades off singing on different verses. Jordan sang lead on most songs except when Sal Rodriguez took over for “So” and “Cinco De Mayo.” On “So” vocalist/ keyboardist 2nd Chance (Brenton Wood) joined in. Galaxy included a bass solo as well as saxophone and harmonica solos. There was also a drum and percussion solo leading into “Cinco De Mayo.” “Gypsy Man” was the closing song after “Lowrider.”
WAR is the kind of band that performs with very minimal production and their show is all about their music. Usually the only thing other than musical equipment has is their 3 backdrops, but for this show they were not present.
- Me and Baby Brother
- Slippin’ Into Darkness
- The Cisco Kid
- Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon and War)
- Galaxy-Bass solo Sax/Harmonica solo
- So -Sal Rodrifuez Lead Vocals Guest: 2nd Chance (keys/vocals)
- Don’t Let No One Get You Down
- All Day
- Drum/Percussion solo Cinco De Mayo- Sal Lead Vocals
- Why Can’t We Be Friends
- Gipsy Man
quarantine jam with Arnel Pineda Joel Hoekstra Billy Sheehan Van Romaine Ollie Marland Lenny Castro
Photos by Alex Kluft
Once the Covid-19 pandemic began in the U.S. in March 2020 concerts began to be postponed and ultimately cancelled as well as any kind of in-person event. With any kind of gathering being put on hold live-stream concerts became the new normal until live concerts could resume, however to be able to make it work with social distancing guidelines drive-in concerts kicked off. Concerts in your car had a great season last year at the Ventura Country Fairgrounds including 311, Bush, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and the Beach Boys.
Concerts In Your Car is back, as the season kicked off Saturday night with none other than Ziggy Marley paying tribute to his father, the great Bob Marley. Last year would’ve been Marley’s 75th birthday and May 11 this year marks the 40th anniversary of his untimely passing at the age of 36.
Bob Marley left behind an incredible legacy and is known to be the greatest Reggae artist of all time. Ziggy Marley, the oldest son in the family is an 8-time Grammy winner, played two back-to-back shows in Ventura to capacity crowds.
Safe and socially distant, this concert promotion offers something truly special to people of all ages with nice afternoons and evenings enjoying fantastic music with the beach as a backdrop.
Ziggy kicked off the show with “The Heathen” and ended with “Exodus” with a large portion of the songs from Bob Marley and The Wailers, along with a few Ziggy classics:
The show was full of fantastic musicianship, sound, sight lines and a very memorable performance that truly honored Bob Marley’s legacy. Everyone onstage and in the crowd looked so happy to be there as music and love filled the air. It was a truly special event at just the right time. Ziggy Marley and his band have a few more dates coming up and put on a show you won’t want to miss: https://www.ziggymarley.com
This special event celebrating the life and music of legendary keyboardist/composer Keith Emerson was hosted by Mark Thompson former KLOS radio host (Mark & Brian) broadcasting from North Carolina and live-streamed for free by Alert The Globe. The event will gave fans the opportunity to hear artists’ stories and personal experiences working with Keith, along with sneak previews from the upcoming Tribute Concert DVD filmed at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in May of 2016, which is slated for worldwide release on March 11th.Skyping in included: Jordan Rudess, Steve Porcaro, Gregg Bissonette, Brian Auger, Karma Auger, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Steve Lukather, CJ Vanston, Marc Bonilla, Philippe Saisse, Troy Luccketta, Aaron Emerson, Jonathan Sindelman, Rachel Flowers, Joe Travers, Terje Mikkelsen, Ed Roth, Mike Wallace, Mick Mahan, Rick Livingstone, Mari Kawaguchi, JUncle Joe Benson
All proceeds from the DVD will be going Keith Emerson Fund Charity at the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to increase awareness of this debilitating disease.
Mark Goffeney (May 22, 1969 – March 2021) was an American musician from San Diego, California, known as “Big Toe” because, being born without arms, he played guitar with his feet. He was bassist and vocalist for the ‘Big Toe’ band and played the principal role on Fox Television‘s Emmy-nominated commercial ‘Feet’.
Mark also traveled to England to record at Abbey Road Studios and shoot a video for the Paralympics.
Mark discusses the upcoming CAN DO MUSOS NAMM event on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Videos by Chuck Walker
Pics by The Faust