Saturday April 29th 2017 was the 12th Annual Ventura County Blues festival, a Celebration of Music that touches the soul on every level and a day that is awaited by many as the major event of the music scene of the central coast was, as always the event not to miss.
I personally believe the Ventura County Blues Festival location and the close community setting has a very special appeal of Sun, Fun and the fresh ocean breeze that makes this years event so special, and Camarillo California such a special place to be when seing events such as this. Hosted by Ventura County Blues Society , the Ventura County Blues festival brings the blues to the Central Coast regularly; Michael John, the Founder and Creator / Promoter of the Ventura County Blues Festival said “Another great year at the Ventura County Blues Festival. I want to thank all our volunteers, sponsors and the fans for another successful year until next year.”
The day’s events went off on schedule, outside of some setbacks by Mother Nature, The roster of artists to tantalize the festival celebrants was a total “A-List” of musicians, it started with MC Kelly Z of The Z Spot and the national anthem sung by the duet of Jenna Ryin and Alana Marie, sung to the crowd with reverence and followed by a standing ovation.
Followed by Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, whom opened the day’s performances during the height of the spring breeze, the day was brisk, but once the blues started, it transitioned from “brisk” to “Frisky”.
At high noon, Crooked Eye Tommy, a coastal favorite took to the stage, playing their music and getting people out of their chairs and up onto their feet, playing songs from their recent album Butterflies and Snakes. Crooked Eye Tommy Erupted upon the Music Scene in Ventura County in 2014, A brand new band with a Southern Jam Blues, brothers Tommy and Paddy Marsh and the band Crooked Eye Tommy cast a spell on the festival participants with the joy and melancholy of a lifetime of playing music together, along with a special guest vocalist Rae Gordon.
The day was beautiful as the bands played on Michael John & The Bottom Line featuring Mikey Mo, RJ Mischo, Chris Cain, Debbie Davies and the festival rounded up with the Phantom Blues Band, whom sent the fans home with a smile on their faces that still glows today.
Just a bit of background, 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, and is always interested in connecting with the Music loving community and getting the communities support. They need your help to grow and maintain the Blues Scene and want you to know you can help make a huge difference by becoming a member and volunteering to help at our VCBS events, consider signing up today, all are welcome.
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