2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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“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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2014 Roadshow Revival Merchandise by Artist Extroidinare Angela Rivera

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The Roadshow Revival would like to introduce you to Angela Rivera, our featured artist at this year’s Festival. She’s been attending our Event since 2010 and was able to communicate her love for Johnny Cash and the Roadshow Revival in her fine artwork. Folks, meet Angela.

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 to take a gander at what I can do or get in touch:

E-mail: TheAnchoredRose@gmail.com
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2014 Roadshow Revival Launch Party at Winchesters on June 13th

Winchesters Grill & Saloon
Friday June 13, 2014 from 6pm-11pm at
Winchesters Grill & Saloon on 632 E Main St. Ventura, Ca 93001
Come out to Winchesters Grill & Saloon-Ventura on Main Street for the “Tennessee Two” version of Johnny Cash tribute artists, the Cold Hard Cash Show, $4 Jack Daniels, Roadshow Revival tickets & merchandise, great food, and more. Be there early to meet your favorite PinUp Girl. They have to be home early and well rested for the Miss Roadshow Revival Pin Up Pageant on Saturday.

Hope to see you there!

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Social Distortion Guitarist Jonny Two Bags Added to Roadshow Revival Lineup for 2014

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Salvation Town, the surprising and powerful solo debut by Jonny Two Bags, guitarist for the Southern California punk rock institution Social Distortion, defies expectations at every turn.

Produced by David Kalish, noted for his long association with Rickie Lee Jones, at his Redstar Studio in Los Angeles, the album, released by Isotone Records via Nashville’s Thirty Tigers on April 1, 2014, features 10 striking original songs written by Jonny Two Bags, a.k.a. Jonny Wickersham.

A diverse array of talent that spans the musical spectrum was enlisted for the recording. Revered singer-songwriter Jackson Browne shares vocals with Wickersham on “Then You Stand Alone,” while David Lindley, whose guitar work graced several of Browne’s classic ’70s albums, contributes to four tracks.  Los Lobos’ multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo and his sons David Jr. and Vincent join in on “Wayward Cain” and super-sideman Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang, Dave Alvin) also appears on guitar.  The drum chair is filled by Pete Thomas, a mainstay of Elvis Costello’s bands The Attractions and The Imposters. Guest vocalist Gaby Moreno (recent Latin Grammy Award winner as Best New Artist) sings on “Avenues.” Other vocal guests include Julie Miller (wife and collaborator of Buddy Miller) and backup singers Terry Evans and Arnold McCuller, best known for their work with Ry Cooder and James Taylor. Wickersham’s colleagues in Social Distortion, keyboardist Danny McGough and bassist Brent Harding, join on a few tracks while Austin accordion luminary Joel Guzman and bassist/punk kingpin Zander Schloss (Weirdos, Circle Jerks, Thelonious Monster) round out the lineup.

The roots-based sound of Salvation Town carves out new stylistic terrain for Wickersham, who joined Social Distortion in 2000 after the untimely death of his friend Dennis Danell.

A product of Southern California, Jonny Two Bags had already put together a formidable punk rock résumé before joining Social Distortion. He co-founded the Orange County band Cadillac Tramps, cutting three albums with the group, and subsequently recorded and toured with L.A. punk unit Youth Brigade as well as pro skateboarder Duane Peters’ hard-edged U.S. Bombs.

Wickersham, who co-wrote several songs with Ness for Social Distortion’s albums Sex, Love and Rock ’n’ Roll (2004) and Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (2011), was also penning songs of his own during that time. He says, “I’ve always been a sideman, so I usually write songs with the hope that the singer will like what I’ve written, take it, tweak it and maybe add some verses of his own.”

Producer Kalish had been urging Wickersham to make his own record for years.  Finally, after tempting him with the opportunity to record with Pete Thomas, one of his favorite drummers, Wickersham could no longer resist and work on Salvation Town began. Over the next two years Kalish helped iron out some new tunes and put the finishing touches on pre-existing tunes like “Then You Stand Alone” and “Forlorn Walls” in between Wickersham’s stints recording and touring with Social Distortion.

The material reflects a multiplicity of musical styles and influences. Wickersham’s father, a professional musician who played folk, rock ’n’ roll, and country-rock, instilled in him a love of Southern California musicians like Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Linda Ronstadt.  Wickersham’s own taste in contemporary performers runs the gamut from Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams to Calexico.

Wickersham adds, “As a second- or third-generation punk guy from Orange County, the kings of the music world for me were The Blasters, Los Lobos and X.  That school of musicians was as real as it could ever get. I connected with that really early on. That’s how I discovered music — basically, through those artists, the L.A. rockabilly scene, the L.A. roots-punk scene. They schooled me when I was still a little punk rocker on a skateboard.”

Wickersham says he was set on making an honest-sounding album without resorting to an overly manicured studio sound: “I was used to making raggedy-sounding music and I wanted to stay true to that without making a punk rock record.  It was important to me to record something that doesn’t sound over-produced and still has some spirit.”

The combination of Wickersham’s roots-music orientation and his dark, hyper-realistic compositions made for a stylistic shift that even the musician himself didn’t anticipate.  “The finished product is not necessarily what I set out to do,” he says. ”It’s not a guitar record, and that’s something that I wouldn’t have expected.”

For many, the greatest revelation of Salvation Town will be Wickersham’s accomplished, fully-realized songwriting, which grew out of his tumultuous youth in the L.A. and Orange County music scenes. Writing and recording this album of streetwise and sometimes painfully frank songs about a life lived with “one foot in the gutter and one foot kicking in the door to Heaven” proved to be somewhat of a cathartic experience.

He notes, “As I was making this record, I realized that in some of these songs I’m singing about things that happened a lifetime ago for me and that was challenging. I just accepted the fact that I needed to purge myself on this record.  I wrote about things that happened when I was growing up, feelings and experiences that I have had … stuff that I have never been that open about. Even though my life is different now all of those experiences are still hanging there, just below the surface.  I guess it never really goes away … those that have lived it know.”