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June 8, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
Organizers of the first Ventura Chamber Music Festival declared last month's five-day concert series a resounding success that pumped about $1 million into the downtown economy and broke even on its first try. Presenting a wrap-up of the event before the Ventura City Council on Monday night, festival organizers said that more than one-third of the 725 ticket holders came from outside Ventura County.
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February 22, 1996 | TRACY WILSON
Kinko's and Ventura County National Bank have contributed a combined $25,000 to the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, more than doubling the amount of private contributions to the 2-year-old event. "We're ecstatic," said Councilwoman Rosa Lee Measures, a leading supporter of the festival. "It is a most significant gift." Launched last year to showcase Ventura as an enclave of art and culture, the music festival received $42,400 in donations prior to the gifts from Kinko's and VCNB.
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May 2, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Volunteers are sweeping the streets and readying the city for this weekend's third annual Gogh Van Orange Art and Music Festival. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a selection of musical performances and art displays in the city's historic Old Towne Plaza planned. Holly Harman, art chairwoman, said Saturday's music will feature jazz and blues bands, with Peter White, the Tony Guerreo Group and Taryn Donath among the bands taking the main stage.
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April 23, 1998 | WENDY MILLER, Wendy Miller is editor of Calendar Weekend's Ventura Edition
Launching, nurturing and sustaining a major cultural event is a lot like having and raising a child: Both require patience, stamina, great expectations and good fortune. And both can be smugly satisfying or humbly disappointing. In the case of the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, both mother and child--or in this case, city and event--are doing just fine, a particularly proud accomplishment when you consider this was one baby that wasn't altogether planned.
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December 7, 2007 | Dan Scheraga, Associated Press
Haeyoung Kim, a classical pianist, took the stage at a hip Manhattan art space before a crowd of twenty- and thirtysomethings, many shaggy-haired and wearing T-shirts and glasses. As her performance began, the room filled with electronic beeps and buzzes of a 1980s video game pulsing to a danceable beat, as if Mario were hosting a rave. As heads bopped in the audience, Kim proudly held up her instrument: a Nintendo Game Boy.
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March 26, 1998
The Barn Folk Concert Series at UC Riverside will end its 19-year run with an all-day Farewell Festival featuring artists who have made a significant contribution to British and American traditional music. Featured artist Eric Bogle, whose 1972 antiwar song "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most-recorded song, will perform at 8 p.m.
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October 3, 1995 | LISA M. BOWMAN
The Second Annual East County Music Festival takes place Saturday, and organizers are still looking for performers and booths. The event, which is sponsored by the Moorpark Community Services Department and the Ranch Simi Recreation and Park District, is geared toward youth 11 to 19. It will feature live bands, exhibit booths, arts and crafts, and food and game booths. The festival is set to run from noon until 5 p.m. at Arroyo Vista Community Park in Moorpark. Admission is free.
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March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
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June 6, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
It's a couple of weeks late, but the annual Gogh Van Orange art and music festival is set to open today. The fair traditionally is held in mid-May but was postponed this year because of unpredictable weather. "We really just wanted to build the excitement," festival chairman John Silverman said, jokingly. More than 50 juried artisans, painters, glass artists, sculptors and others will display and sell their work during the two-day event at the downtown plaza around the traffic circle.
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May 29, 1997
Tony Johnson, 56, founder and producer of Reggae Sunsplash, the Jamaican music festival. Praised for introducing international audiences to reggae, Johnson was a native of Jamaica educated at UCLA. He founded Reggae Sunsplash in his homeland in 1978. Seven years later, he began touring a five-hour version of the five-day annual festival to cities around the world. The tours usually began in Los Angeles at the Greek Amphitheater.
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