Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA


Adaawe to Perform Free Concert in Mission Park

Downtown Ventura Partners will be working with Ventura Music Festival to co-sponsor a free Adaawe concert in Mission Park on July 27th.

“It’s a thrill for us downtown to have the Ventura Music Festival present a great band in a great event,” Downtown Ventura Partners Executive Kevin Clerici said. “The fact that it’s free opens it to the whole community, and Adaawe is one of those infectious bands that makes you want to get up and move.” 

The music of Adaawe, an all-female, LA-based vocal and drumming band, springs from West African roots and is nourished by gospel harmonies and American funk for a contemporary world-fusion sound. The concert is made possible by a grant to the Ventura Music Festival from the Barbara Bernard Smith World Music Fund.  

Originally set for July 2020 and among the scores of Covid-cancelled performances worldwide, VMF Executive Susan Scott reports excitement growing anew among both artists and festival-goers since confirming Mission Park as the venue. “We’re committed to building community through music,” Scott said, “and opening with a free Concert in the Park mid-week seems a perfect way to launch the 27th season festival and the six concerts that follow.” 

Tickets to those performances go on sale May 1st and range from $15-$65. Information and tickets on the VMF website: www.VenturaMusicFestival.org or call the box office at (805) 648-3146. 

TWANGUERO Plays the Ventura Music Festival on April 9th

March 8, 2022, Ventura, CA.   VMF
fan favorite Diego Garcia (aka Twanguero) took the Festival by storm in 2018
with the music of Backroads, Vol. 1, his journey to and through birthplaces of
American music.

Now he’s back with the launch of Backroads 2:  a gorgeous solo set conceived and recorded
during his Covid sojourn in  the jungles of Costa Rica.  From the new
CD, expect the exquisite finger picking style of classical Spanish/Flamenco

In part two of the program, Twanguero breaks out his
electric guitar and his trio and proceeds to inject dictionary-definition twang
into genres ranging from boogie to jazz and Mexican.  Expect to enjoy; you
may even dance in your seat.

Concert Covid Policy:  

Ticket-holders presentibg full Vaccination proof before
entry, masks are optional, not required. 
For unvaccinated ticket-buyers must present a (current) negative test
and plan to wear masks indoors. 

The concert venue:  Ventura College
Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. 

Tickets on Sale March 11th: $15 to $65. 

Ventura Music Festival is to build community through live, world-class music,
and create an environment in which people see and hear themselves reflected in
the music.

VMF announces 27th festival on Sunday, 2/20, 3 pm at the Museum

Ventura, CA. 

“Live events are beginning to return to a semblance of what we
love,”  says VMF Executive Director Susan
Scott, “so we’re very excited about the artists and seven concerts planned for
this summer, and maybe even more excited about unveiling them for a live
audience on the 20th.”

As to the artist of the 27th Festival, “they’ve been described
as a diverse musical feast,” said Scott, from contemporary world-fusion, to “le
jazz hot” for the 21st century, to an electrifying saxophone sextet
that bends all genres and a jazz phenom possessed of a “miraculous voice.”

The artistic lineup of the 27th Ventura Music Festival:

Free Concert in the Park

            Wed., 7/27, 5:30 pm – Adaawe

Weekend One

            Fri., 7/29, 8 pm – We Banjo 3

            Sat., 7/30, 8 pm – Django
Festival Allstars

            Sun., 7/31, 3 pm – Sean Chen

Weekend Two

            Fri., 8/5, 8 pm – The Moanin’

            Sat., 8/6, 8 pm – Veronica

            Sun., 8/7, 3 pm – The

The concert venue:  Ventura College
Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura.  Tickets on sale April, 2022.

English guitar star Mike Dawes joins Tommy Emmanuel on January 20th

December 1, 2021, Oxnard, CA.  The legendary Tommy Emmanuel has added Mike Dawes to his Tour and January 20th performance at the Oxnard PAC.  Emmanuel says Dawes’ style “is so different from mine, it will make for good chemistry”.

Englishman, Dawes was named ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World’ two years in a row in reader polls and calls Tommy Emmanuel  “the greatest guitar player alive.”

Expect a lovefest between these acoustic guitar virtuosos in a concert not to be missed.

The concert is co-presented by the Ventura Music Festival and Sterling Venue Ventures.  Tickets are on sale with prices ranging from $39 to $89 through Ticketmaster, or by calling the (Canyon) box office directly at 888-645-5006.  Box office fees are lower; tickets are available only at will call.

The presenters will follow all CDC/Public Health guidelines in effect day
of show. 


Ventura Music Festival is to build community through the shared experience of
live, world-class music, and to create an inclusive environment in which people
both see and hear themselves reflected in the music. VMF’s namesake summer
festival is set for July 28 – 31 & Aug 4 -7.  For more information visit

SVV owns, operates and/or books
eight venues in Southern California, including Oxnard Performing Arts Center
,the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, Redondo Beach
Performing Arts Center, and The Canyons in Agoura Hills, Santa Clarita, and
Montclair.  For more information, visit

For more information

Susan Scott: ss@venturamusicfestival.org

Luanne Nast: Luanne@wmmts.com

Tommy Emmanuel – January 20, 2022

Ventura Music Festival and Sterling Venue Ventures join forces to present one of the world’s great guitarists on January 20 – the legendary Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel does it all.  He’s an award-winning
guitarist, songwriter and singer celebrated for his complex fingerstyle
technique, high energy performances and a diverse repertoire that spans pop,
jazz, blues, gospel, classical, aboriginal and more.

 “We’ve wanted to bring Tommy Emmanuel to the Ventura
Music Festival for a long time,” said Susan Scott, VMF’s Executive Director,
“and we knew the Oxnard Performing Arts Center would be a perfect venue.”  When Scott subsequently learned Oxnard PACC
operator and Sterling Venue Ventures CEO Lance Sterling loved Tommy Emmanuel
too, the decision to co-present was struck.

go on sale October 8th with prices ranging from $39 to $89.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, or
over the phone by calling 888-645-5006

presenters will follow all CDC/Public Health guidelines in effect day of show,
which are likely to include masks along with proof of vaccination (or a
negative Covid test) shown at entry. 

Live Concerts Are A “GO”

It’s a GO: 
the Ventura Music Festival confirms live concerts for July 23, 24 and 25

The Ventura Music Festival is more than pleased to
announce there will indeed be a festival this Summer!  “It’s on for July 23, 24 & 25 with three
great programs, “ says VMF Executive Director Susan Scott:  “Jazz and pop from singer-trombonist Aubrey
Logan, who is “at the top of her game;” a fabulous crossover program from the
sensational Time for Three; and a beautiful classical guitar performance by
Italy’s Andrea Roberto, winner of the 2019 Parkening International
Competition.  To assure maximum safety
and peace of mind, this year’s festival is a 100%-vaccinated event:  artists, crew, audience, staff and volunteers.

The venue is the Pacifica High School Performing
Arts Center in Oxnard.  Ticket prices
range from $15 to $70 and go on sale June 1st at www.VenturaMusicFestival.org.  “It’s a
simple two-step process,”  said Scott,
with buyers first uploading vaccination proof for each ticket-holder, after
which a second link takes them to the ticket site.  Buyers who run into difficulty with either
step can call the VMF Box Office for help. 
Its hours:  11-4, Tuesday-Thursday,
805-648-3146.  Scott recommends those
interested look at the VMF website for more information on the artists, as well
as on other Covid-related measures and facts pertaining to the July festival.

“I think people are eager for live music and to
gather together again,” said Board president Richard Reisman, “especially when
they can do so safely.  The 2021 festival
is planned with that in mind, together with presenting the world-class music
for which VMF is famous.”

mission of the Ventura Music Festival is to build community through the shared
experience of live, world-class music, and to create an inclusive environment
in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.  For more information visit

Coming Attractions

Executive Director’s Message

February 9, 2021

Dear Friends,

That music has a powerful
impact on the brain is a scientific fact. That the experience of music is
unique to and for each of us is the opinion of famed theatre director Peter
Sellars.  We agree with him and we know how many of you thought and felt
about our offerings in 2020 because you told us in notes we appreciated
greatly.   According to you, we presented artists and music that
comforted, uplifted, made you laugh (or cry, or dance), forget (or remember) and
much more.  In 2021, we are committed to  continuing to present
“musical stuff” that fosters deep, personal experiences.

While vaccines are here and recovery is on the horizon – hurrah, current guidelines still limit live performances and large gatherings.  Thus February-June feature exciting programs presented via VMF’s Music Connects, Virtually yours and Drive-in platforms.  But in July – ta-dah!! – we’re forecasting the signature festival for which we’re best known – a live, seven-concert event that builds individual and community spirit through music and the alchemy that is “festival” at its best. Conditions permitting, the star 2021 lineup is ready to go. (Click here for a video preview.)

back soon for details of VMF Coming Attractions – 2021.

Warmest regards, 

Phat Thursday at the Phairgrounds

Photo credit: Joe Meyer

VMF Plans “Phat Thursday at the Phairgrounds” on September 24 with Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band

enthusiasts, jazz newcomers, even jazz doubters—get ready to delight in the
phat (“cool, tight, awesome”) sounds of Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band on
Thursday, September 24, at 8 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

The Ventura Music Festival’s second  live, physically-distanced and audience-safe
drive-in car concert presents “one of the finest bands in any era” and “the
best jazz band out there today” known for its great arrangements and great
tunes, all performed at maximum “hilarity with a dusting of insanity.”

Photo credit: Darnell Wade

Think of the soulful classic Swing ensembles of Basie, Ellington,
Dorsey, Goodman and Miller melded with the modern panache of Davis, Tijuana
Brass and Sergio Mendes and a surprising repertoire that covers everything from
Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” to the cartoon-inspired “Hunting Wabbits 3.”

Band leader Gordon Goodwin—a gifted and creative pianist and explosive,
‘kick butt’ sax player—is a composer and arranger with absolutely no limit of
musical styles and a larger-than-life reputation in the music industry with
such clients as Disney, Warner Brothers and Spielberg and innumerable

Goodwin’s music is widely played by local college, high school and
middle school jazz bands where he’s something of a local hero.  To facilitate band turnout,  VMF extended school bands a 20% ticket
discount with Goodwin adding a “Zoom master class”  for one lucky band.  Band directors can call VMF CEO Susan Scott with
any questions. 

 Don’t miss this concert, a
surefire cure for end-of-summer “phatigue.”

DETAILS: Online tickets onlyclick here. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Portable restrooms, but no concessions so bring your own refreshments. The 75 minute concert audio is delivered through each car’s FM radio, or Wi-Fi.

Tickets are priced and sold PER CAR, not per person, and start at $50 per car. Pricing contemplates two adults per car and while we don’t view the back seat as optimum viewing, you can put people there if you like and at no extra charge. There just needs to be a seat belt for each person in the car.

VMF at the Drive-In

VMF Presents John Jorgenson’s Bluegrass Supergroup in a Drive-In Concert on July 16 Live, socially-distanced and audience-safe at the Ventura Fairgrounds

Ventura, CA  “While we long for the all-clear to sound and
live events return to a semblance of what we love, we are committed to
presenting live music as conditions allow, so we’re excited about adding a
drive-in concert to our credits,” said Executive Director, Susan Scott.  “The drive-in is hugely iconic in America,”
she continued, “and what could be more perfect than the John Jorgenson
Bluegrass Band (J2B2) and the ‘high lonesome sound’ of American roots music at
its finest “

J2B2 is acclaimed for warmth
and storytelling along with incomparable songwriting and harmony vocals. Called
the “best string players in the world,” the band is led by John Jorgenson,
joined by fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber.

Performance on the 16th
is at 8 pm. No concessions, but doors open at 6:30 pm and attendees may bring
their own refreshments.  Concert is 75
minutes.”  Audio is delivered through each car’s FM
radio, with an app available for those who prefer earbuds.  Participants are requested to remain in their
cars throughout, if possible. There are portable toilets available as
needed.  When outside cars, people are
required to wear masks. 

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 24th,  are priced per car (2pp/car) and range from $50 to $170 per car. Tickets are only available online: no phone or venue sales. Click here to learn more or buy tickets.

The 2020 Season – Moved to 2021


Ca., With regret, the Ventura Music Festival announces the postponement of its
26th music festival, set for the last two weekends in July 2020.

disappointed virus-related conditions necessitated this decision,” said VMF
board president Richard Reisman. “We want supporters to know, however, that the
26th festival is deferred, not cancelled. 
It will take place in July 2021 and we’ll present some exciting
offerings between now and then, as guidelines permit.”

the only certainty is uncertainty, creativity and innovation come to the fore,”
said VMF Executive Director Susan Scott, “at least they have for us.  Conditions permitting, we would love to
present 3-4 live concerts between Fall 2020 and June 2021, with distanced
seating and other preventive measures, as called for.   New digital and virtual music offerings are
also in the mix; as are events that can be staged outdoors and in homes and
smaller venues. Conversations with key supporters will start shortly, with
their ongoing input critical to our planning as we move together through the
months ahead.”