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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.


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


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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2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura

St Patrick Kisses

The Roadshow Revival would like to thank everyone that came out to support the City of Ventura, CA and all the great folks that helped us run our “float”.  Special thanks to the PinUP Girls, DeeDee and Fuse from Hard Six, McGregor’s Speed Shop, Ventiki, Carlos Avila Photography, and the City of Ventura for putting on another great St Patrick’s Day Parade. If you’ve never been, bring the family out for a sampling of all the kool people and places in Ventura.

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Event Producer Ross Emery lettin' parade goers know what the Roadshow has in store this year

Event Producer Ross Emery letting parade goers know what the Roadshow has in store this year. St Patrick in the foreground.

Mcgregor's Speed Shop taking Kustom Culure & Style to a whole new level

McGregor’s Speed Shop taking Kustom Culture & Style to a whole new level

Fuse from Hard 6 Rockin' & Rollin' for the kids on the parade route

Fuse from Hard Six Rockin’ & Rollin’ for the kids on the parade route

Koolin' off after the Parade at Ventiki on Main St.

Koolin’ off after the Parade at Ventiki on Main St. Best rum drinks in the County!

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2015 Roadshow Revival Hotel Packages


This year, the Roadshow Revival is partnering with the Crowne Plaza Hotel to provide our guests with the best accommodations just blocks from our Event. Rooms sell out in the summertime, so book your rooms early.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach is the only hotel on the beach and just two blocks from historic downtown Ventura, making it easy for guests to explore all the area has to offer. Take a surfing lesson on the beach or enjoy a scenic boat ride out to Channel Island State Park, where recreational activities abound. From vintage shops to premium outlets, you’ll find it all within minutes of the hotel, and Ventura, California is only about 20 minutes from the numerous attractions in nearby Santa Barbara. Our hotel’s facilities include 19,000 square feet of space, much of which offers incredible views of the water and surrounding foothills.


The Aqua Beachfront Bar connects the hotel lobby to the Oceanside patio & Lanai Lounge. Enjoy local & regional wines & the pure Gold Coast atmosphere by our 10ft firepit while sitting beachfront, overlooking the Promenade Boardwalk & the crashing waves of the Pacific coast and the occasional live music all while taking a break from your well spent day in Ventura.

                         ROADSHOW REVIVAL PACKAGE

  • One night accommodation the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
  • Two tickets to the Roadshow Revival Music Festival – (both must be used on the same day)
  • Free Parking at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach (4 Blks from the Event)

$199 plus tax*

*Strict 72 hour Cancellation policy

           Please call hotel directly to book this package at (805) 648-2100

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash & Squirrel Underpants!?

Remembering Johnny Cash on his Birthday

Remembering Johnny Cash on his Birthday

The rain didn’t stop friends and fans of the late Johnny Cash from celebrating his 83rd birthday at Bombay Bar and Grill last Sunday, February 22, 2015 (Johnny was born 2/26/32), and getting a taste of what the Roadshow Revival has in store for 2015.

Highlights of the event included a successful fundraiser for Ventura County Animal Services and FoodShare of Ventura County benefitting black dogs and the hungry in Ventura County (Johnny would definitely approve), a sweet little vintage and kustom car show hosted by Enrique and Sarah from the Deviants Car Club, awesome sets by Hard Six, Big Tweed, and the Mighty Cash Cats all of which played at least a couple of Johnny Cash tunes, DJ Harry from Spain spinnin’ some groovy b-sides, raffles and giveaways including skate decks, vanity mirrors, Johnny Cash photographs by Ventura Picture Framing, Roadshow Revival merch,  spit shine from Noble Fabrications, and candy for the kids compliments of Rocket Fizz .

Ooops, almost forgot–Ron H. from Ventura, Ca answered the final Johnny Cash trivia question correct (What state was Johnny born and raised? Arkansas) and won a pair of squirrel underpants.

Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate the Man in Black’s birthday with us. We hope ya’ll had as much fun as we did.

MC & Event Producer Ross Emery announces headliners for the 2015 Roadshow Revival

MC & Event Producer Ross Emery announces headliners for the 2015 Roadshow Revival

Hard Six

Big Tweed

Mighty Cash Cats

Car Show Winner


Car show Winner

Car Show Winner

Car Show Trophy

Ron H. wins a pair of Squirrel Underpants from Rocket Fizz

See you at the Roadshow!

See you at the 2015 Roadshow!

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The Million Dollar Quartet

million dollar quartet

“Million Dollar Quartet” is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. An article about the session was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title “Million Dollar Quartet”. The recording was first released in Europe in 1981 as The Million Dollar Quartet with 17 tracks. A few years later more tracks were discovered and released as The Complete Million Dollar Session. In 1990, the recordings were released in the US as Elvis Presley – The Million Dollar Quartet.

The jam session seems to have happened by pure chance. Perkins, who by this time had already met success with “Blue Suede Shoes“, had come into the studios that day,[1] accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, their aim being to cut some new material, including a revamped version of an old blues song, “Matchbox“. Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, who wanted to try to fatten this sparse rockabilly instrumentation, had brought in his latest acquisition, Jerry Lee Lewis, still unknown outside Memphis, to play piano (at the time, a Wurlitzer Spinet) on the Perkins session. Sometime in the early afternoon, 21-year-old Elvis Presley, a former Sun artist now at RCA, dropped in to pay a casual visit accompanied by a girlfriend, Marilyn Evans.[2]

After chatting with Phillips in the control room, Presley listened to the playback of Perkins’ session, which he pronounced to be good. Then he went out into the studio and some time later the jam session began. At some point during the session, Sun artist Johnny Cash, who had recently enjoyed a few hits on the country charts, popped in. (Cash wrote in his autobiography Cash that he had been first to arrive at the Sun Studio that day, wanting to listen in on the Perkins recording session.) Jack Clement was engineering that day and remembers saying to himself “I think I’d be remiss not to record this” and so he did. After running through a number of songs, Elvis and girlfriend Evans slipped out as Jerry Lee pounded away on the piano. Cash wrote in Cash that “no one wanted to follow Jerry Lee, not even Elvis.”

During the session, Phillips called a local newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Bob Johnson, the newspaper’s entertainment editor, came over to the studios with UPI representative Leo Soroca and a photographer. Johnson wrote an article about the session, which appeared the following day in the Press-Scimitar under the headline “Million Dollar Quartet”. The article contained the now-famous photograph of Presley seated at the piano surrounded by Lewis, Perkins and Cash (the uncropped version of the photo also includes Evans, shown seated atop the piano).

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