Thursday, April 28, 2016

What Is History?

Is history what we take with us or what we leave behind? I have been left behind a lot in this past year, but I still love the city where I was born, Ventura, California.

Ventura, California is 150 years old this year. Please visit the Museum of Ventura County and please support museums wherever you might be.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ventura Epiphyllum Gardens

There was once a garden in Ventura, California, that grew from the trees. Please visit the Museum of Ventura County, and support your local museum, in this sesquicentennial year, of Ventura's history.
Catalog Cover, Ventura Epiphyllum Gardens

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Channel Islands National Park

Not all of our 59 national parks in 
the US are accessible by car. The Channel 
Islands off the coast of southern California comprise eight islands, five of which are designated a national park, including portions of the marine environment below the ocean’s surface. The baby western gull seen here represents just one of the 387 species of birds that have been observed to date on the Channel Islands. Some 145 of those species are unique to the islands—found nowhere else on Earth. Any time is a good time to go bird watching at Channel Islands National Park, but National Park Week means free admission to all the parks. So now could be the best time of all to pay a visit. 

And while you are in town please visit the Museum of Ventura County, located in Ventura, California, which is the gateway to Channel Islands National Park.

Western gull chick, Channel Islands National Park, CA

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Trophy Husbands, Zoe's Cafe, Ventura, California

Lots and lots of music in Ventura, California. We have various music festivals and Ventura was on the ground floor, when it comes to music. I mean, I remember when I was 3 years old I heard sounds coming out of a magical black box. The Four Freshmen mixed with Chuck Berry as I recall. 

It was the Beach Boys and they were talking about going on a safari. And when Brian Wilson and his brothers sang about surfers in my hometown who were "at Rincon, they're walking the nose." Well I may have been only three I knew what they meant, and where they meant. My hometown, whose county, Ventura, also contains that famous "County Line" that the boys sang about in Surfin' USA. 

The Majestic Ventura Theater, has hosted literally thousands of music shows since it opened in August of 1928. I have wasted literal years in that place, seeing some of the best music ever made on the planet. It is still one of my favorite places to see, and hear, actual live people, playing actual music. The Ventura Fairgrounds are well known for rock shows to this day.

Hearts broke all over Ventura when Zoe's went under. The best food, atmosphere, and music could not save it. They supported local musicians to their maximum ability, and the downtown music scene changed when they went down. They will be missed not only by the "Trophy Husbands," who are pictured on this handbill, but by everyone in Ventura who loved, and loves their city, and it's songs.

Please visit @museumofventuracounty, and support our city, and it's musical history, as well as all the other histories to be found in Ventura, California.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ventura, the band, from Ventura, the city.

Ventura California is a magical musical place. Lots of music in Ventura, California this year as Ventura, California is 150 years old this year. I mean if you pinball America off of Prince, you get "Purple Rain," somewhere near the 101 by Vandenberg AFB. 

I know this all sounds crazy but I will end with this plea: Please go to the museumofventuracounty, and enjoy the new exhibit and everything else that is there, and here is the band "Ventura" from the city of well, where else? Ventura, California.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Birthday Bash With BBVD

I am not a Lindy Hopper, but I think swing music, big band music, and almost all music has something to teach us about who we are and where we came from. 

What makes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy great, beside being from Ventura California, is that they have taken this great American music, and made it just enough modern, and just enough past, to really explain both. If you see these guys and don't feel like dancing, you may want to check your pulse, as you may have expired.

These guys, could live anywhere, but Scotty Morris, and others, continue to live in Ventura, California, and they played in Mission Park on Saturday, to celebrate the 150th Birthday of Ventura. They played, and from what I hear, people had a great time. But to me the most important thing about BBVD is this:

They are from my hometown. Here is the proof, a sort history entitled: "What Did BBVD Do?" 

Enjoy and Happy 150th Birthday Ventura!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Guess Who Is 150 Today?

Why the city of my birth, San Buenaventura, California! These guys, Ventura's own, will be playing there today. Come on down.