2015 Roadshow Revival Merchandise by artist extroidinare Angela Rivera

The Roadshow Revival would like to introduce you to Angela Rivera our featured artist at this year’s Festival. She’s attended our Event since 2010 and once again,  done a fantastic job illustrating her love for Johnny CASH and the Roadshow Revival.

Angela: I’m a kustom-lowbrow art & craft nerd based in Huntington Beach, California.

As an artist, I’m very versatile with my mediums and hands-on with my creations, but my main weapons of choice is my pencil and my COMPUTER. I love to create detailed illustrations and designs that are genuine and true to my off-beat, quirky, slightly darker aesthetic.

With an EDUCATED background in Fine Arts, Photography and Graphic Design, my skills range from digital to traditional illustration, PRINT DESIGN and apparel design, I’m aspiring to “Do My Own Thing”…start my own creative home decor/home accessories biz 😉

I’m inspired by the Surf/Vintage Tiki Culture, Tattoo art and Enthusiast, Music(Rockabilly, Punk, Rock, Indie, Surf…Etc..), Low Brow and Kustom/Hot Rod Kulture.

I love to work with like-minded people, and learn new traits to benefit my abilities. I am currently available for commissioned artwork, so feel FREE TOtake a gander at what I can do or get in touch:

My twitter and Instagram handles are:
@TheAnchoredRose
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Facebook:
My Skateshop:

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Why did the Roadshow Revival Move to Mission Park?

Site map for the 2015 Roadshow Revival

Site map for the 2015 Roadshow Revival

We got a chance to talk to Roadshow Revival Event Producer Ross Emery and ask him a few questions about the venue change. Here’s what he had to say.

Why did you move from the Fairgrounds to Mission Park?

The six years at the Fairgrounds were great. They took good care of us there. But the business model just wasn’t sustainable. Talent like the Reverend Horton Heat and Billy Joe Shaver don’t come cheap. I’ve lost some money doing this event and I just couldn’t of done it the same way another year. I almost called it quits last year, but pulled it together and pushed through at the last minute. I feel like the Roadshow Revival is that kid who just finished college who needs to venture off on his own and make his way in the world. And I think Mission Park is a great location for that. There’s lots of grass, shade, mission style architecture and fountains. Add the city lot and the Knights of Columbus Hall and you’ve got ample space to accommodate our signature attractions. It’s also situated so all of our local and out of town guest can enjoy all the great things Downtown Ventura has to offer.

Why do a two day festival?

I’m a musician myself (Ross has played drums in local band Raging Arb and the Redhead for thirty years) and a big fan of music and just couldn’t slot all the bands I thought would be a great fit for the Roadshow in a one day Festival. And I wanted to give our out of town guests a good reason to get a hotel and spend the weekend enjoying the beach and all the great shops and restaurants in Downtown Ventura. It also gives our vendors more opportunity to sell their goods.

If this event hasn’t been financially successful, what keeps you coming back to it? 

I really enjoy working with the community, my friends, my daughters, and my brother Toby our creative director. It takes a big team to put something like this together and it’s just such a blessing to share it with the people you love. Seeing the smiles on all of our attendees faces and knowing that our hard work had something to do with it is something I look forward to every year.

A Trip Through Ventura

We took a ride through Ventura to visit some of our 2015 partners and supporters. First stop was 1927 Barber Shop at 1927 Main Street. Owner, Josh Gates treated me to a first class wet shave and haircut. By wet shave, I mean I got a beer with it which was pretty sweet. Their playlist fit right in to the Roadshow Revival lineup (Hank III, Rockabilly, Surf, and some Punk Rock). Conversation ranged from topics like cars, bikes, surf, skate, to some utter nonsense that had me giggling like a school girl.  Bunch of good dudes that cut hair the way you want it over at 1927.

1927 Barber Shop

1927 Barber Shop

Second stop was Instrumental Music over at 3171 E. Main Street. New store manager DJPJ has done a great job re-branding the business. They’ve got a great selection of gear and offer all sorts of music lessons to accomodate beginners to advanced players.

Sales associate Jessie (pictured below with ukulele) gave me a quick lesson on this compact, fun little instrument. IM has a huge selection of reasonably priced ukuleles for any of you who are interested.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Next stop was Rocket Fizz Ventura at 105 S. Oak Street. If you like specialty candy and soda Rocket Fizz will satisfy that sweet tooth. In addition a plethora of sweet goodies, they’ve got tons of unique and nostalgic toys and posters. Owner Jack Dempsey has done a great job with the Rocket Fizz brand and his customers always leave with a smile.

Rocket Fizz

Rocket Fizz Ventura

Last but not least, Ventura Harley-Davdison which is actually in Camarillo. No problem. It was worth the ride. Ventura Harley-Davidson combines all the amenities of a twenty-first century Harley-Davidson dealership with the good old-fashioned feel of a motorcycle shop. You’ll find the staff friendly, fair, straight-dealing and at your service with ample inventory. Raymond and Dan (pictured below) were very helpful and happy to answer any of our questions. Definitely a great place to visit if you’re in the market for a bike, Harley servicing or some riding gear.

Ventura Harley Davidson

Ventura Harley Davidson

Artist Spotlight: Billy Joe Shaver

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Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the ’70s and his reputation among musicians and critics hasn’t diminished during the ensuing decades.

One of the best synopses of Shaver’s upbringing is his own song, “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train.” When he sings, “my grandma’s old-age pension is the reason that I’m standing here today,” he ain’t kidding. The “good Christian raising” and “eighth grade education” — not to mention being abandoned by his parents shortly after being born, working on his uncles’ farms instead of going to high school, and losing part of his fingers during a job at a sawmill — are all part of his life story. “I got all my country learning,” he sings, “picking cotton, raising hell, and bailing hay.”

Here’s what the press is saying about Billy Joe Shaver’s new album:

BILLY JOE SHAVER
Long in the Tooth
PRESS QUOTES (just the tip of the iceberg)
October 20, 2014
 
“Shaver isn’t a household name himself, but he’s among the most respected living writers of country music.” —NPR MORNING EDITION
“He’s become a much more interesting artist in his old age.” —NPR FRESH AIR
“A haunting, burning, world-weary tour de force on the ways of the world” —UNCUT
Arguably his most fully realized album in a 50-plus-year career.” —ESQUIRE
 you’re going to get the truth from Billy Joe. He speaks the way he writes, candidly and with a novelist’s gift for keen observation. Long in the Tooth is full of straightforward, slice-of-life songs that speak to the subjects of love, messing around, childhood memories and even the current record industry, of which he’s not especially enamored.” —COUNTRY WEEKLY
 
“Owing to his indomitable instincts, Long in the Tooth is among Shaver’s best yet.” —RELIX 
 
“Shaver’s songs — chronicling life as a sinner, booer, brawler and teller ofd tall tales — has never shied away from gritty drama.” —ACOUSTIC GUITAR
“This is pure, non-commercial country, the way Shaver has always played it, performed with grit and grace from one of the genre’s most under appreciated yet veteran artists who, to borrow a quote from Dylan Thomas, is clearly “not going gently into that good night.” —AMERICAN SONGWRITER
 
The wild rebel streak that made Shaver’s lyrics sound fearless when he first hit Nashville made him seem plain reckless in every other regard. Even now, after twenty years of sobriety, he maintains an appreciable distance from convention.” —TEXAS MONTHLY
“All these years later, he’s still, by his own admission, more coal than diamond. But whaty Shaver fan woild want him any other way?”—LONE STAR MUSIC
“When it comes to listing all the true country music heroes from that time of Waylon and Willie and the boys, put Billy Joe Shaver right at the top of the pack. He earns it every time he opens his mouth—and heart.” —THE MORTON REPORT
“It ought to guve shaver that long overdue and erstwhile elusive chart success he deserves.” —MAVERICK
On his first studio disc in seven years, 75-year-old country outlaw Shaver sounds older, wiser and calmer than the two-fisted hellraiser he was. But he’s still got more than enough spark — plus some help from old pals like Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and Tony Joe White — to power these old-school honky-tonk and country confessions. He may be long in the tooth, but he ain’t short on what it takes.” —TORONTO SUN
There are some songs that may rank with Shaver’s best. That’s no small feat for the man who wrote ‘Georgia on a Fast Train,’ ‘Honky Heroes’ and’Ride Me Down Easy,’ among others in what Steve Earle calls ‘one of the greatest bodies of work ever produced by any songwriter dead or alive’” —NO DEPRESSION
Not only did he pen the picaresque songs that launched one of popular music’s most enduring genres, Mr. Shaver has lived them.” —THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
Billy Joe Shaver came into this world rough around the edges, so his songwriting resonates with unmatched autobiographical intensity and Long in the Tooth follows suit. Contrary to the album title, he ain’t headed for pasture anytime soon.” —AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
“Absolutely magnetic and filled with a joy of life that he earned the hard way.” —LOS ANGELES TIMES (live review)
“Old cowboys love to lament that contemporary country music’s in a sorry state and guilty of casting aside sage singers and songwriters — like Billy Joe Shaver. The crusty Texan trots out that trope at the start of his new album, and then spends the rest of the record showing he still has plenty to say.” —THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP)
“he’s still one of the best country songwriters out there and his song catalog is among the greatest in the whole history of the genre. Here’s hoping that this set isn’t a swan song and that he still has more songs in him to add to that impressive legacy.” —ALL MUSIC
“This is an album that rings with the truth, filled with songs that remain in your head long after the album has ended.” —ELMORE
 
Long In The Tooth is a welcome return by one of country music’s iconoclasts. Billy Joe Shaver has made a record that is warm, angry, witty, and most of all, honest. Let’s hope he doesn’t stay away so long next time.” —POPSHIFTER
“Shaver has made a good career in music, and yet he’s still got enough edge to sing earnestly about the little man.” —AXS
“Legendary roughneck Texas poet.” —CMT EDGE

Photo’s of Crystal Palace and the 2015 March Meet in Bakersfield, California

This year some of the Roadshow Revival team members took a trip up to Bakersfield for March Meet. On the way, they stopped at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace and enjoyed some of the nightlife in Downtown Bakersfield.

Johnny at the Crystal Palace

Statue of Johnny Cash at Crystal Palace

Buck Owens Costume ny Nudie

Buck Owens Costume by Nudie

Roadshow Revival regular Sean McTours poses with Johnny Cash at the Crystal Palace

Roadshow Revival regular Sean McTours poses with Johnny Cash at the Crystal Palace

Local talent performing on the Crystal Palace stage

Local talent performing on the Crystal Palace stage

Roadshow Revival regular Tory Duvarney poses with Pontiac Buck Owens won in a poker game from Elvis

Roadshow Revival regular Tory Duvarney poses with Pontiac Buck Owens won in a poker game from Elvis

The Races at March Meet

The Races at March Meet

Drags at March Meet

Drag races at March Meet, Famoso Raceway

Giant Airbrushing

Kustom culture legend Giant airbrushing t-shirts at March Meet.

Vendor at March Meet

Vintage mags at March Meet

Gil Elvgren Handmade Limited Edition Statues

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Good luck trying to buy a painting by “the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake”. Recently, at an auction in Beverly Hills, one of Elvgren’s paintings (Skirting the Issue) sold for $176,500. Good thing PinUp Works owns the rights to “Splendid View”, a nautical themed Elvgren original featuring a voluptuous red head “looking” through a telescope. “Splendid View” was painted by Elvgren in 1962 and converted to sculpture in 2014 by Jack Stockton. They retail for $99. A small price to pay for a beautiful piece of American history.

Gil Elvgren Statue by PinUp Works

In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 works on 28″ X 22″ canvas and distinguished them by a printed signature. Many of his pin-ups were reproduced as nose art on military aircraft during World War II. Around 1944, Gil was approached by Brown and Bigelow, a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars and advertising specialties. He was associated with Brown & Bigelow from 1945 to 1972.[5] At Brown & Bigelow Elvgren began working with 30″ X 24″canvases, a format that he would use for the next 30 years, and signed his work in cursive.

Gil Elvgren hand made statue by PinUp Works

Gil Elvgren felt that his models were the key to the strength of his paintings, and he had an exquisite eye in choosing the correct women for his projects. Many of his models, like Myrna Hansen, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed, Arlene Dahl, Barbara Hale, and Kim Novak, went on to have successful film careers after posing for the artist. These actresses, just beginning their careers, would travel to the offices of the nation’s most successful calendar company, Brown & Bigelow, to be immortalized by the pin-up artists in their employ, and among those, Gil Elvgren knew best how to tap into the young women’s “freshness and spontaneity”.

“Splendid View” is a limted edition production. It stands approximately 9 1/2 inches tall. Width ranges between 4-7 inches. Cast in multiple pieces to achieve greatest detail possible using high grade, fracture resistant poly resin and assembled into two pieces. Each sculpture is painstakingly hand painted.. Click here for more details

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Artist Spotlight: PinUP Illustrator Gil Elvgren

A handful of American artists would lift the pinup calendar to its greatest heights.  Among those, Alberto
Vargas, George Petty, Rolf Armstrong, Zoe Mozert, Earl Moran and to the one and only Gil Elvgren.

Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914-February 29, 1980), born Gillette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls,
advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he
is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow.

Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century.  In addition, he
was a classical American illustrator.  He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the
calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana
Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy.  Other influences included the Brandywine School
founded by Howard Pyle.

Elvgren was a commercial success.  His clients ranged from Brown & Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric
and Sealy Mattress Company.  In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of
magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.

Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary
people doing everyday things.  The women Elvgren painted were never the femme fatale, the female
adventuress, or somebody’s mistress.  They are the girl next door whose charms are innocently revealed in that
fleeting instant when she is caught unaware in what might be an embarrassing situation.

Check out these beautiful, limited edition Gil Elvgren statues from PinUP Works.

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