A SAD FAREWELL TO ZOEY'S

Ventura's Best Music Venue

By Larry Wines (Acoustic Americana Music Guide)
special to FolkWorks

Zoeys jammin
The photo, taken not long ago, on September 6th, hints at why everyone loved Zoey's. On stage in a big jam are Old Man Markley, Versus The World, Danjo & The Silent Treatment and Amy Hedberg.

Zoey's Cafe, the beloved and landmark acoustic music venue that had often been named "Best Live Music Venue in Ventura," closed its doors for the final time following Saturday night's performance, October 19, 2013. Owners Steve and Polly Hoganson's friendly, intimate venue hosted national acts that usually played only large music halls, and it played a key role in launching many musicians to fame and world tours, most recently The Milk Carton Kids.The photo, taken not long ago, on September 6th, hints at why everyone loved Zoey's. On stage in a big jam are Old Man Markley, Versus The World, Danjo & The Silent Treatment and Amy Hedberg.

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RICKY SKAGGS and BRUCE HORNSBY
CHASE CLUCK OL’ HEN

in CONCERT

By Terry Roland

RICKY SKAGGS and BRUCE HORNSBYAs collaborations go Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby recent live album, Cluck Ol' Hen, and tour may seem unlikely. But, hearing them the first time together is a revelation. It would be hard to imagine two more diverse popular artists coming together, and while their common roots, may not be apparent, they do run deep. Both artists scored popular success during the same era of the 1980s, a time of transition when record labels were willing to take risks on performers who did not always seem to be ready-made for commercial success.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with both artists inseparateinterviews. The result reveals why the two men have such a great rapport. Both are artistic seekers, never playing the same song the same way twice. They are both energetic and restless instrumentalists who journey through songs with finesse and a level of skill that can provoke a dizzying kind of pace and easy-going passion.

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