If you love the blues then you may already know that it’s almost time for the annual Ventura County Blues Festival. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 26 at Moorpark College in Ventura, California. The 9th annual blues bash begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until approximately 6:00 p.m.
Saturday’s live entertainment will include Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars featuring Fabulous Thunderbirds front man and blues singer Kim Wilson, California-based record label Delta Groove Records’ very own Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue with Sugarray Rayford and Kid Ramos and friends, soul songstress Sista Monica Parker and festival fan favorites Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers.
Also appearing are Michael John and The Bottom Line, Blues Music Award nominee singer Karen Lovely and Ventura County Blues Society Band Challenge winner Lightnin’ Willie. The event will once more be emceed by actor-musician Mickey Jones (Trini Lopez, Bob Dylan, The First Edition and FX’s TV series “Justified").
Fabulous Thunderbirds front man and blues singer Kim Wilson
The festival is family-friendly an open to anyone who enjoys the blues. The day will also include a guitar giveaway and food and craft vendors. Ventura County Blues Society President Michael John (of Michael John and The Bottom Line) and festival founder elaborates: “We’re very excited about the 2014 festival. This event opens many doors for service clubs in Ventura County and supports Moorpark College. New this year we have a Ticketed V.I.P. area with private shade, restrooms and bar.”
He adds: “It also includes a festival t-shirt, poster, two drink tickets, complimentary water and early entrance into the festival. We have had so many people ask us to do this and your wish is our command.” Past festivals have had audiences of over 4.000 and included acts such as Blues Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Musselwhite and George “Bad to the Bone” Thorogood.
Sista Monica Parker
All proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association and other community charities. Ticket prices are as follows: Presale General Admission tickets are $20.00 in advance and $30.00 at the gate. V.I.P. tickets $100.00. As one famous musical act once put it: “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
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