"Rose Laundry” by Ventura ArtWalk Spring 2008 Featured Artist Stephen Schafer.
“Rose Laundry” by Ventura ArtWalk Spring 2008 Featured Artist Stephen Schafer.

KCSB-FM will host a free concert stage at the Ventura Mini Park (the 300 block of E. Main Street between Palm and Oak) during the City of Ventura’s Spring ArtWalk Weekend 2008, on Saturday, April 26th, from 1-10pm, and Sunday, April 27th, from noon-4pm. The KCSB stage will feature 14 area music acts in genres ranging from funk to electronic, experimental to Brazilian jazz, African to classical, blues to California rock, mariachi to son jarocho. ArtWalk is a free self-guided arts tour at 60+ locations in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The station is also hoping to entice a stop out of UCSB alumni traveling into the area for UCSB’s annual All-Gaucho Reunion Weekend (Thursday, April 24th-Sunday, April 27th).

Rebecca Redman, a UCSB student and KCSB intern on KCSB’s ArtWalk planning committee, says, “KCSB’s officers jumped at the chance to raise awareness in Ventura of our station as a unique resource for the entire region, while our ArtWalk committee set out to book local acts as diverse and lively as our on-air programs. There’s really nothing like KCSB in these parts.” Redman’s folk-pop duo, Watercolor Paintings, featuring brother Joshua (KCSB General Manager), will emcee (with other KCSB staffers) and play brief sets between some of the acts. KCSB’s ArtWalk lineup features the following (with tentative set times):

    Saturday, April 26th

1-1:40pm: Téka (Brazilian jazz from Santa Barbara)
2-2:40pm: Mariachi Integral de UCSB (traditional mariachi from Santa Barbara)
3-3:40pm: The UCSB Middle East Ensemble (middle-eastern music from Santa Barbara)
4-4:40pm: The Colter Frazier/Rob Wallace Duo (experimental jazz duo from S.B.)
5-5:40pm: Ali Kamiya Dit Ba (Ali Baba) (Malian artist based in Santa Barbara)
6-6:40pm: Cornerstone (reggae from Santa Barbara)
7-7:40pm: The Brian Travis Band (California rock from L.A. with KCSB alumnus Travis)
8-8:40pm: The Volt Per Octaves (Moog electronica from Santa Barbara)
9-10pm: Bela Lugosi (“punk-classical” ensemble from Santa Barbara)

    Sunday, April 27th

12-12:40pm: The Jorge Mijangos, Sabra Weber, Juan Parroquîn Trio (son jarocho from S.B. & Ventura)
1-1:40pm: Earl and the Expanding Polka Funk Experience (eclectic group from S.B.)
2-2:40pm: The Stiff Pickle Orchestra (blues, jazz, & country from Santa Barbara)
3-4pm: The Boombox Orchestra (funk from Goleta)

KCSB DJs, like Watercolor Paintings, will also round out the sets.

KCSB’s Ventura Spring ArtWalk Music Stage
Saturday, April 26th, 1-10pm; Saturday, April 27th, noon-4pm.
Ventura Mini Park (On the 300 Block of East Main Street between Palm & Oak, Ventura)
Details: live musical performances, free!

About KCSB-FM: Located at the University of California, KCSB offers a wide range of (mostly locally-produced) sounds and perspectives from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and beyond. The only non-profit community radio station based in Santa Barbara, KCSB gives year-round training to individuals and groups (student and non-student) without other access to radio resources. KCSB is structured as a hybrid college and community station. Its broadcast signal reaches throughout the Tri-Counties.

About the Ventura Spring ArtWalk: ArtWalk is a free self-guided walking tour of 200 artists at over 60 locations in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Along with performances on four stages around the district, attractions include the “wheel arch,” a larger than life temporary installation made of bike parts, and an ambitious light sculpture display at the ArtWalk’s Saturday night After Party. The City will also be offering off-the-beaten-path shuttle tours.

Come check out these 2 days of free music representing some of the best talent found on the Central Coast and on the public airwaves today! The Ventura Spring ArtWalk is a presentation of the City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division and is proudly sponsored by KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara.