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Performances / An Opinionated Guide

October 08, 1992|BILL LOCEY

This is the weekly rock ' n' roll lineup. Look elsewhere for country, jazz and who cares about Top 40 brain death cover bands, anyway? The vast majority of these bands listed play original music. TONIGHT

* Garage Band Night (The Insomniac Coffeehouse, 793 Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-5019) Who's playing? Who knows? Who cares? Ready for something new?

* Special Beat, Dave Wakeling & the Free Radicals (Ventura Theatre, 26 Chestnut St., Ventura, 648-1888) The English Beat blew up a few years back--here's a couple of the parts. Ranking Roger fronts the first band; Wakeling used to be the front man of the Beat. It's rockin' ska that'll grab your feet by the throat.

* Lion I's (Bombay Bar & Grill, 143 California St., Ventura, 643-4404) The happening live Ventura band that attracts dancers in droves. Even the horn section can dance, well, sort of. (Also Friday and Saturday)

* Ariel, Mojo Hane (Toes Tavern, 416 State St., Santa Barbara, 965-4655) It's worth the drive just to hear Ventura's Ariel play "Today." Free pizza doesn't hurt, either. (Also Friday at Nordhoff High School after the football game)

* Zoo Story (Joseppi's, 434 State St., Santa Barbara, 962-5516) Wimpy, yet swell, pop rock from Westmont College, not unlike the Three O'Clock, but with a smaller bank account.

* Zack & A Modern View (Beach Shack, 500 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 966-1634) World Beat meets reggae and jazz all in the same band.

* Kim Wilson (Prime Directive, 634 State St., Santa Barbara, 564-4862) The lead singer of the Fabulous T-Birds comes back to his hometown to play a gig.

* Fin, Greg & Dave (Alex's Cantina, 633 State St., Santa Barbara, 966-0032) Three guys who do pop rock right, and often. (Again here Saturday and also Wednesday at the Brewhouse in S. B.)

* Buddy Smith & the System (Art's Bar, 2611 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, 569-0052) Veteran Ventura guitarist who has been playing around since the '60s. He's got the blues.

* Los Guys (Spike's Place) Funny folk rock by Harold and Jeremy at the gig that's becoming quite the sweaty scene.


* Albert Collins (Ventura Theatre) Another of those great, black blues dudes who never stops touring.

* Thought Festival, Trip Master Monkey (Bermuda Triangle, 477 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0466) Industrial funk and a thrash band do the local band thing at the local hangout.

* Rick Reeves & the Future Blues (Big Yellow House, 108 Pierpont St., Summerland, 969-4140) Rockin' blues plus a million covers by this tight trio. (Also Saturday here and Monday after football at Alex's Cantina)

* Polychrome (Brewhouse, 202 State St., Santa Barbara, 966-3090) Powerful female vocals makes Polychrome go--and they may be going on tour with Bob Weir's band.

* McGlynn Brothers (Toes Tavern) John Stafford, who books the bands and knows his tunes, loves these guys.

* Spencer The Gardener (Beach Shack) All original rock from Spencer & Company, local legends of long standing who will pay the rent for this joint tonight.

* Life Talking (Prime Directive) Alternative S. B. band with an increasing herd of female admirers.

* Munkafust (Alex's Cantina) L. A. band seeking to join Spencer, Tao Jonz and Common Sense as top-rank draws in S. B.

* Little Jonny & the Giants (Art's Bar) Art loves 'em--you will too. It's rockin' blues. (Also Monday at Joseppi's)


* John Marx & the Blues Patrol (Hi Cees, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 658-8420) Rockin' blues from down south in the afternoon. They open both doors and you're sort of outside, dancing. (Also Sunday)

* Sound FX (Garfields Bar & Grill, 2789 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-1917) Live music one night a week--good food every night.

* Mark Farner (Ventura Theatre) He used to be the front man for Grand Funk Railroad who used to headline the Forum about 20 years ago.

* J.D.'s Last Ride, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Bermuda Triangle) A couple of good local bands who used to be regulars at Charlie's but will now have to adjust to a new venue.

* Evil Farmer, Red River Gumbo (Brewhouse) A couple of I. V. bands challenge the meanest beer west of the Pecos.

* Ras Leon & the Underground Roots Syndicate (Toes Tavern) Real slow, real rootsy reggae.

* Common Sense (Beach Shack) Generic rockin' reggae band from Orange County and the largest draw here, says the owner.

* Bluescasters (Art's Bar) What do you suppose this is all about? Right.

* HR, Little Women (The Anaconda Theater, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, 685-3112) HR used to front those radical reggae punks, Bad Brains--now, as a soloist, it's probably easier to divide the loot.


* O.P. Stylee (Bombay) Reggae all the way from--are you ready--Bakersfield.

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