ROCKS IS ROCKIN’: An increasingly steady provider of live music these days is Rocks, located where De la Guerra smashes into State Street. This weekend proves no different, with Rikka Z this Friday, the Santa Barbara/Ojai pro photographer who plays the prettiest country music around. Playing with her will be Reds regular Matt McAvene, whose visual art will also decorate the stage’s backdrop. Next up, on Saturday, July 15, is the cock rock of Shades of Day, who are hitting up clubs near and far in support of their debut album Mayday. Opening for them is T.J. Russell, the son of legendary Leon Russell, so prepare for a memorable weekend. — Matt Kettmann
TIME MACHINE: You’ve heard your favorite Zeppelin song on the radio a jillion times, but have you ever heard it performed live? This weekend(July 15-16), the Libbey Bowl hosts its third annual Ojai Classic Rock Festival where 11 of history’s most adored bands will be rivived.
On Saturday, fans of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd will rejoice as Mama Pearl, Stone Free Experience, The Who Show, Cubensis, and Nuthin Fancy reinterpret the music of their heroes. Don’t miss the headliner, JGB (a k a the Jerry Garcia Band), featuring original organist Melvin Seals and new guitarist Stu Allen, who sounds nearly identical to Garcia.
Sunday’s crowd can expect an aural assault featuring Gods of Thunder as KISS, Pump doing Aerosmith, Led Zepplica, Bonfire’s AC/DC, and The Atomic Punks’ tribute to early Van Halen. Tickets are available at Bags Plus (620 State St.), Ticketmaster, or check out ragejaxfoundation.com. — Tyler Blue
ROOFTOP VIBES: Premiere Events, the folks behind so many of those super-cool film fest parties, are starting their own weekly series with Sundaze, a bash to be held every Sunday night on the rooftop pool of the Hotel Andalucía. “The beach has evolved,” the organizers proclaimed recently, referencing the Butterfly Beach parties they hosted in the past. “Think bikinis and high heels.” They promise a poolside bar, beautiful dancers, and funky DJ tunes, brought to us by the likes of Joel Patrick, Manabu, and Luis Roberto throughout the summer. It starts at 4 p.m. — MK
LADY DJ: Charissa Saverio, also known as DJ RAP, turned the tables on gender by moving her way up to No. 1 female DJ in the world with her blend of trance, rock, and house music. Simultaneously a producer, recording artist, and label owner, Saverio’s success began in 1999 with the release of her first album Learning Curve. On her homepage, Saverio said she gained success through self-ownership after she left the law firm where she was training to become a lawyer. “There are some lessons in life that took me a while to absorb,” Saverio wrote. “I paid a lot in fees hoping other people would take me where I wanted to go in my career.” DJ RAP will mix beats Thursday, July 13, at the Wildcat. — Megan Snedden
TO-DO LIST: Among the many musical surprises at the annual French Festival in Oak Park — check the latest Putumayo release Paris — the highlight just might be Bijoux, a Los Angeles three-piece led by Evan Love that plays kompa music, a distinctive Haitian blend of West African rhythms and Latin spice. They’ll be playing in the park Saturday, July 15, in support of their new album I Wanna Love You. See kompabijoux.com. … Speaking of Latin island rhythms, check out Songon at SOhO on Sunday, July 16, for an evening of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican jams interlaced with funk, be-bop, and jazz. … If you haven’t yet, it’s about time you make your way down to La Casa de la Raza, as the venue is being reborn as a hangout for metal and hardcore lovers this summer. This Sunday, July 16, Set Your Goals joins The Distance for an all-ages show, so check it out before the summer fades away. … At Reds Café on Sunday, July 16, there’s an all-day barbecue/musical romp with nearly a dozen bands, including The Republic, Seconds from a Fall, Peter Something Rakowitz, Roosterfish, Louie Andrus, and Jesse Rhodes. It starts at 1 p.m. And lastly, The Slow Signal Fade comes from L.A. to play Legends on Milpas this coming Monday, July 17.— MK