Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA

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.

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