This Wednesday, April 12th, 2017!


  • Fest Forward 2015

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Schedule of Events

Beer Garden Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 8:30am-3pm. Help support The Young and Brave Foundation by drinking with us. Proceeds from beer sales benefit this great local charity.

10am-11:30pm - Roadside Shoes

Rock band with great energy playing rockin' tunes from the 70s - today. Classic rock, R & B, blues, alternative, Floyd, Petty, CCR, Sublime, Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, high energy songs to dance and rock out to.

12-1:30pm- SunniePaxson

The band is spearheaded by SUNNIE PAXSON who is is an innovative contemporary jazz pianist, composer, producer and performer. She is known for her driving performances and memorable melodies. The band plays a fusion of jazz, tropical and urban grooves. see interview link below

2-3:30pm - TerryWashington

Reggae band out of Southern Cali, playing everything from country roots to live dub. Positive sounds and vibes!

4-5:30pm - The Few

The Few are a hard rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA. We deliver aggressive and melodic riffs, dynamically hard hitting beats, and artfully melodious vocals. We have a wide range of influences and comparable sound to such bands as Sound Garden, Faith No More, Metallica, and even Pearl Jam. We perform exciting original music and great hits from the past several decades that everyone know and enjoy. Please give us a chance and our professional demeanor and experience will make any venues job easier. Please contact us for further information and an expanded portfolio and calendar of past and future events.

Ventura Beach Party Sunday, September 11th 9am-3pm

9am-10:30am - Amie Penwell

Take the voice of an angel and drop it one octave, like a lover’s moan, that’s the sound of Amie Penwell. Her voice seduces the listener with a mixture of grit and polish that gives honesty a whole new meaning. This is not the voice next door, but rather the velvety crooning voice of a choirgirl who ran away with the preacher. Penwell strikes a rare balance between Adult Alternative Pop/Rock and full-throated Soul/R&B, Penwell has the crossover appeal of artist like Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, and Hozier, with strong sonic architecture of influences like Coldplay, U2,and Radiohead.

Penwell’s underground hit single, “Mercy,” featured in the award-winning 2012 documentary, The Eyes of Thailand narrated by Ashley Judd. Her music is featured in the TV series Bloomers and The Ask BonBon Show. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s International Songwriting Contest (ISC) in the Adult Album Alternative category for my song “Dogfight On The Moon”. Penwell’s lyrics will be featured on Action Moves People United, a spoken word compilation for the United Nations. Her song “Somewhere The Sky Is Blue” remixed by Grammy Award-winning Producer Ricky Kej, is featured in the upcoming Dominica Scorsese film Almost Paris. Penwell released a video and single for Dogfight On The Moon (Alex Wong Remix) in May of 2016.

With a successfull crowd fund Penwell is currently recording her new full length LP partically co-written with Maia Sharp (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Cher), produced by Sunnie Paxson, and Mark Vincent, with drummer Jimmy Paxson, (DIxie Chicks, Ben Harper, Stevie Nicks) and guitarist Linda Taylor (Whose Line Is It Anyway) to be released in early 2017.

11am-12:30pm - Lightnin' Willie

Bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has a distinctive approach to his music. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with a deliciously insidious emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor—his audience can’t not dance.

A guitarist of impressive facility, a vocalist of coolly stylish authority and a composer of persuasive original blues that both extend and enhance the idiom, Willie’s music has a rare individualistic quality. It is at once airy and full of open space yet also loaded with earthy, intense emotion, and as featured on his new Pete Anderson produced album Lightnin’ Willie, it showcases a master at the top of his game.

Lightnin’ Willie operates at a high altitude in the wild blues yonder, and his impressive reach is the result of a near lifelong musical journey. Barely out of his teens, the Texas-born musician toured the Southern chitlin circuit as the only white member of an R&B-funk band, absorbing a powerful dose of deep insider information, rich both in technique and spirit. Gigging as a solo headliner for almost three decades, Willie has gone from low down beer joints to become a staple on the international festival circuit, with plenty of wild stops along the way, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Willie Nelson’s infamous 4th of July Picnic, where he appeared alongside Willie, Bob Dylan and Leon Russell.

The always dapper Lightnin’ Willie, consistently genuine, never flashy, boundlessly entertaining, is reliably a high quality blues powerhouse who makes new fans with every performance. He brings an elegantly juxtaposed blend of influences to the bandstand—from T Bone Walker to the Kings, BB & Albert and Muddy Waters, with whom he frequently consorted in Chicago—and in Willie’s hand’s, the blues are a sinuous, lissome, high-voltage force loaded with soulful depth and an almost alchemical appeal.

These attributes have won him stacks of enthusiastic praise from the international press, landed his original tunes on numerous film and television soundtracks and with the arrival of Lightnin’ Willie, his eighth release, expect Lightnin’ Willie and his brilliant Biggest Little Band on Earth, comprised of keyboardist-bassist Michael Murphy (Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Swamp Dogg), drummer Jerry Olsen (Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite) to elevate the blues into a new stratospheric dimension.

1pm-2:30pm - goCcal

goCcal is a band from Los Angeles, California formed by late 2012. goCcal is Johnny Love (Vocals, Sax), Corey Naughton (Vocals, Guitar), James Hopkins (Bass), Chris Taylor (Vocals, Drums), Mavis Senescu (Keys), and Danny Rivera (Percussion). All of the members of goCcal have had many years of experience playing in bands locally and touring. The wide variety of influences in the band has led to a diverse an unique sound of reggae, ska, rock, rap, funk, soul, blues and country.

goCcal has recently put out their first CD. This collection of songs is called "Live Studio Cuts" and consists of 10 songs recorded all live in the studio. The songs range from slower tempo as in "What You See" to up tempo tunes like "Hola" which infuses ska music and rap vocals for an infectious blend. When the CD was complete it was sent to college and public radio stations. Soon after that the adds started to pop up. Then the plays started to come from stations like KKUP 91.5 in Cuppertino and KUCI 88.9 in Irvine. The future is bright for goCcal. Be sure and check out the band when they come to the Ventura Beach Party!
Fest Forum Santa Barbara - November 2015
In November of 2015, Kerry went to the Fest Forum conference and brought some download cards with her. On those cards are people of varying genres. From Hawaiian, to Flamenco, to Classical Piano to Jazz.

Her hope was to find gigs and soundtrack work at the conference. If you got a card, here is where you would access and download the music. For ease of reference, there is a list of each of the 3 cards with artists' names on them.


Variety: includes: Film, Kids, Classical, Hawaiian, Rock

Fest Forward Download Redemption:

Fest Forward Download Redemption: