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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

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!

Get your discounted 2015 Roadshow Revival tickets here while they last.

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!

Get your discounted 2015 Roadshow Revival tickets here while they last.

Drive On Car & Bike Show at This Year’s Roadshow Revival


Inspired by a song Johnny Cash wrote about a soldier who served in Vietnam, the car and bike show portion of the Johnny Cash Tribute Festival is sponsored by Noble Fabrications with proceeds going to owner Matt Noble’s charity A Walk on Water. The show offers casual observers and gearheads alike an up close look at some of Noble’s fine custom car work (most of the pre-1965 entries belong to his customers). With over 15 years experience fabricating and finishing award-winning vehicles, he specializes in traditional customization of rods, classics and lowriders. He doesn’t make it out to many car shows. These days, he’s either working at his shop in Ventura or with his wife and newborn baby, so this event is a rare opportunity to catch him for a chat. Bikes are curated by Chopper Fest producer, Tory DuVarney, and will feature mostly pre-1965 vintage and custom machines.

For car and bike entries use promo code RSR2014NOBLE or head over to Noble Fabrications at 37 Mc Farlane in Ventura for hard copy tickets and veteran, active duty, and car club discounts. Cars and bikes will be displayed on the grass, near the Fairground’s front gate. All makes and models qualify for this Event. Check in between 6:30am-9:30am. More details at http://www.roadshowrevival.com.

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