Why You Should Go to Ventura on July 29

1) Music: Hard to classify but easy to love, the Violent Femmes-whose folk-punk sounds bounce from playful to serious-play the Majestic Ventura Theatre on Sunday, July 29.

2) Drama: The Femmes are fighting over lead singer Gordon Gano’s decision to sell “Blister in the Sun” to Wendy’s for a hamburger commercial. See if bassist Brian Ritchie gets charbroiled over it onstage.

3) Comedy: Opening for the Violent Femmes is funny songman Chris Valenti and the Emotional Wrecks, who mixes relationships-gone-sour humor with solid rock.

4) Architecture: The Majestic’s 1920s Deco-style buildings strike quite a memorable fa§ade and create an intimate listening space-even if the security officers tend to be heavy-handed.

5) And More! According to columnist Barney Brantingham, Ventura “mixes quaint and culture” to provide the ideal daytrip. So check out Barney’s full report at, and make a day of it.

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