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The 2014 Ventura Music Week Kicks Off June 5th

The 4th annual Ventura Music Week runs from June 5th through June15th. And the town is going to rock!

Celebrate Ventura’s local music scene

2014 music week singerFrom poetic bohemian-styled coffee-shop sounds and surf-influenced beats on a warm, sunny day to the heart-pumping energy of a mosh pit at the Majestic Ventura Theater and perhaps a few stories about the man in black thrown in for good measure, Ventura’s diverse musical history has always portrayed cultural and creative fellowship for aspiring musicians. Whether reminiscing about local hangouts or witnessing the up-and-comings and the ones who have made it, these stories and memories become a snapshot of the history of Ventura’s local music scene.

A long history as a music town

Ventura has always been a music town and is continuing to evolve and attract not only music lovers but also musicians from all over the world. Ranked fourth in the United States as one of the top places in the Music Industry, Ventura County has fast become not only a rising star for listeners but also a hub for the behind-the-scenes music industry as well. From off-the-beaten-path recording studios and big-name management companies to the diverse offering of festivals, there is always something “music” going on. It may all seem like an overnight occurrence but it really has been going on for quite some time. Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard and the surrounding county have long been a quiet haven from many famous music superstars like Johnny Cash, Dave Mason, Jack Johnson and Dave Grohl as well as some of our own local legends including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Suicidal Tendencies and The Missing 23rd.

2014 music week drummerWith so much local talent all set in such a picturesque setting, Ventura is the ideal place to come, sit, listen and enjoy the sounds. Just take a walk down Main Street on any given day and you can’t help but be drawn in by the local sounds. You might also hear the echoing voice of our music scene saying, “This is Ventura and we are a music town.”

So come on out and join Totally Local VC in celebrating our local music scene at the 2014 Ventura Music Week from June 5-15, 2014.

The 2014 Ventura Music Week

Dates: Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Location: Various locations throughout Ventura

Some of Ventura Music Week’s highlighted events:

  • The Ventura Music Week Kick-off Party at the Knights of Columbus featuring local favorites Ragging Arb and the Redheads with special guest performances by many of the area’s top musicians
  • Drum Clinics at Pulse Drumming
  • Musical Movie Night at the Century Theater featuring a screening of the Oscar-winning feature documentary 20 Feet From Stardom
  • A Visual Arts Presentation at Ventura City Hall: a tribute to the artists who capture the music
  • Special performances at the W Gallery
  • Wine tasting and music at the San Buenaventura Mission
  • And so much more

For a complete list of all the happenings go to

Image credits: David Pu’u and Albert Muñoz

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Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.


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  1. You don’t have The Barrelhouse Wailers at Squashed Grapes on June 14th 7-10 on your listings

    • Totally Local VC

      This would be because we might not have gotten the line up listing from Squashed Grapes. We are asking all Venues to provide there line up as we do not have ESP … but we sure wish we did. ; )

  2. Thanks for getting on it so quickly!

    • Totally Local VC

      We sure do try.

  3. Dude.

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