Ventura County's Support-Local Program

Music’s Home Address

This year’s Ventura Music Week runs February 15-19. We hope you’ll step away from your screen and enjoy some quality time with our local musicians.

From poetic bohemian-styled coffeehouse sounds to surf-influenced beats on a warm sunny day, to the heart- pumping energy of a mosh pit at the Ventura Theater, to perhaps a few stories about the man in black, Ventura’s diverse musical history has always portrayed cultural and creative fellowship for aspiring musicians.

Whether reminiscing about local hangouts, witnessing the rise of up-and-comings and the legacy of the ones who have made it, all comprise snapshots in the incredible album that is Ventura’s music scene – anyone who’s taken in those snapshots knows Ventura has always been a music town, even as that music scene continues to evolve. Ranked 4th in the top ten music industry centers in the United States, Ventura County has long been not only a rising star for listeners but also a hub for the behind the scenes music industry as well, providing a home for off-the-beaten-path recording studios, and for big-name management companies; a home for a diverse array of festivals; a home for industry players large and small. In short, here is a music scene where there’s always something going on.

Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard and the surrounding county have long offered a haven for many famous music superstars like Dave Mason, Jack Johnson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The missing 23rd, Suicidal Tendencies… right down to Mr. Cash himself. With so much local talent all set in such a picturesque setting, there can be no doubt that Ventura is the ideal place to come, sit, listen and enjoy the sounds. Just take a walk down Main Street on any given day, and you can’t help but be drawn in by the local sounds.

This is Ventura. We’re a music town; always have been.

This year’s Ventura Music Week is February 15-19, 2012. For more information, check out the Ventura Music Week website and Facebook page.
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Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.


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  1. Thank you to all our local musicians who share their talents with us here in Ventura County!

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