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15 MAY 2013

In it's third year, The Local Rock Picnic returns to Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura on Saturday, June 8, 11am-8pm, with an expanded offering of more than 17 rock bands,and other acts, local art, nonprofit and business vendors, family and kid's activities and for the first time, a tent featuring the area's original electronic dance music talent. Seen by many as the "company picnic" of the local arts and music scene, the Local Rock Picnic reflects the close-knit character of the Ventura County music scene and represents a joint effort of an expanding cast of sponsors, promotional partners, businesses, nonprofit organizations and familiar faces in the art and music scene to produce the event.

The event's creator and organizer, Brian Parra, proprietor of local professional audio and event entertainment company, Saturday Night Sound, sees the event as a cooperative endeavor by lots of people and organizations who have a stake in the success of the local music and art scene and the cultural offerings in Ventura County. The target audience, besides anyone and everyone who loves local, live music, is young people who rarely get a chance see some of the area's most talented, working bands due to club age restrictions and families where the parents rarely find the opportunity to enjoy the kind of lively rock acts featured on the Local Rock Picnic while having a great time with their kids. Another unique feature of the event is dedicated time slots for younger bands, who are just starting out, and while they may not be as refined or accomplished as the other bands in the lineup, the organizer believes they deserve an opportunity to perform and be supported at the Local Rock Picnic.

The Local Rock Picnic was first conceived as the signature "all ages" event for the first Ventura Music Week in 2011, organized by City of Ventura's Creative Economy Specialist, Eric Waller, who was able to waive 100% of the use permit fees for the Plaza Park as part of the City of Ventura's noble, but short-lived, attempt to stimulate the local music scene to achieve larger economic goals.  Two years later, the City passed the Ventura Music Week concept to an independent committee of community business and cultural leaders and, inspired, in part, by the success of the Local Rock Picnic, created a grant program that allows any organization to apply for grants to use the city's parks for cultural events. Due to the new competition for grants for city use permits, The Local Rock Picnic was awarded a grant that covered only a fraction of the use permits through this new process; but, with the growing support of the local community and a partnership with the Downtown Ventura Organization, the Local Rock Picnic is closer to standing on its own legs and will continue being the signature "all ages" event of the Ventura Music Week, anchoring the beginning of 2013's iteration of it.

Click here for more info.

30 JANUARY 2013

Glad to be Back!  After a 7 year break, it sure feels good to be booking all ages music at The Old Livery Theater, now offically called the Ventura Improv Company.  Plans will be to book a great all ages show a month in the historic venue and rebuild an all ages music scene in Ventura County. If you'd like to get involved, let me know!

06 DECEMBER 2012

PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday December 6, 2012

Saturday Night Sound presents ElectroShocks's New Year's Eve Blackout Ball

The Livery Theater

@ Ventura Improv Company

34 N Palm Street,

Ventura, CA 93001

9pm-1am

$12 includes one complementary beverage

+18 only admitted

VIP +21 Lounge

 

Ventura Best Electronic Dance Music DJ's perform in total darkness to ring in 2013. You bring the light with you! Suggested dress is costume illuminated by wearable glow, electronics, lights and fiber-optics.

 

DJ's to be listed soon

 

Prizes for best and most creative costumes

 

No Gang or Affiliated Attire Allowed.

 

Pre-sale recommended, limited tickets available

 

Get pre-sale tickets at http://blackoutball.brownpapertickets.com

 

Zephram Cochran of ElectroShock is teaming up with Brian Parra of Saturday Night Sound to produce The Blackout Ball as a unique way for the college crowd to ring in the new year. ElectroShock is Ventura's premier producer of EDM club nights including Electroshock Therapy Sundays and Frequency Fridays at Bombay Bar and Grill. Parra, who runs Saturday Night Sound, a professional audio and event production company, previously produced all ages music shows at the Livery Theater (now officially the Ventura Improv Company) as part of Blackbird Music, a local rock promotion outfit and indie record label in the mid 2000s. This event kicks off a season of planned all ages music events at the Livery in 2013 produced by Saturday Night Sound.

Contact Brian Parra for more information

805-794-4714

Http://saturdaynightsound.com

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28 AUGUST 2012

Recetly, SaturdayNightSound.com was hacked and someone uploaded malware. If you've visited the site in the last few weeks you would have seen a nasty note from Google warning you about my site  Thanks to the help of my buddy and webhost, Jason Hoblin at Web Agent Inc, who waved his magical internet wand and made it all better.  If you need a website built, he's your guy.  Thanks Jason.

 

14 APRIL 2012

Congrats to Mattias and Shannon.  Even though the rain didn't allow us to play Bocci Ball at Limonera, it was a great time indoors! I got to play some great German pop and rock to keep Mattias' side of the family happy and also spun 80's and dance tunes all night like New Order, The Cure and Depece Mode. Die besten Wünsche für die Zukunft! 

08 APRIL 2012

Nina and Anthony's wedding at McCormick Ranch in Camarillo was tons of fun and I had a great time DJing it!  I got to play a lot of the hip rock that I love personally but don't get to play at a lot of weddings: Fun., Florence and the Machine, The Killers, Arcade Fire and much more.  The dancers loved it and we even finished it off by the crowd singing acapella to Bohemian Rhapsody. Best of all, I learned the Tarantella! (Itallian folk dance to ward off spider bites!) Best wishes to the two of you in future.

29 MARCH 2012

I'm excited to annouce that Saturday Night Sound is taking on booking dudties and audio mixing services for the Pacific View Mall in Ventura.  There is weekly music in the center court of the mall on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm and Sundays from 2pm-6pm. Occasionally, when events are happening in center court, we move up to the food court. You can send me your info here if you have a professional act who would like to be considered for booking.

13 MARCH 2012

Hey All,

 

 

The weather forecast for Saturday, March 17 is RAIN, WIND and COLD. Given that The St Patrick's Day Music in the Park event event sought to take advantage of the good weather and crowds normally associated with the St. Patrick's Day event and it is likely that those crowds would dissipate quickly after the parade in the likely event of rain and wind, I have decided that canceling this event makes the most sense. Stay tuned for more events like this!

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

Brian

 

For Immediate Release: St Patrick's Day

02 MARCH 2012

St. Patrick's Day Music in the Park

Saturday March 17, 2012

10am to 5pm

Live music begins after the parade

The Mini-Park on Main Street Between Oak and Palm

Downtown Ventura

Free and All-Ages

 

 

Taking advantage of one of Ventura's under-utilized green spaces, the Mini-Park on Main, Saturday Night Sound, an event entertainment and professional audio company, in cooperation with the Downtown Ventura Organization, will produce a live music and art market event, St Patrick's Day Music in the Park. Artists, crafters, non-profit and local business booths will line the park's boarders and live music from some of Ventura County's talented musicians (TBA) will start after the tail end of the St. Patrick's Day Parade passes by.

 

 

Non-profit and business booths will be offering mini-carnival games and children's activities and an inflatable jump and face painting will add to the festive atmosphere. “The goal,” says Saturday Night Sound proprietor, Brian Parra, “is to create an event that will add to the St. Patrick's Day festivites happening in Downtown Ventura and keep the crowds that the parade draws around to enjoy Downtown Ventura and stay engaged with the local businesses in the Downtown area and at the same time create a venue for local artists and musicians to showcase their talents.”

 

 

Artists, crafters, non-profits and businesses can register for a booth at http://saturdaynightsound.com. Space is limited.

 

 

Contact Brian Parra for more information

805-794-4714

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://saturdaynightsound.com

 

 

For Immediate Release

06 JANUARY 2012

In it's third year, The Local Rock Picnic returns to Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura on Saturday, June 8, 11am-8pm, with an expanded offering of more than 17 rock bands,and other acts, local art, nonprofit and business vendors, family and kid's activities and for the first time, a tent featuring the area's original electronic dance music talent. Seen by many as the "company picnic" of the local arts and music scene, the Local Rock Picnic reflects the close-knit character of the Ventura County music scene and represents a joint effort of an expanding cast of sponsors, promotional partners, businesses, nonprofit organizations and familiar faces in the art and music scene to produce the event.

The event's creator and organizer, Brian Parra, proprietor of local professional audio and event entertainment company, Saturday Night Sound, sees the event as a cooperative endeavor by lots of people and organizations who have a stake in the success of the local music and art scene and the cultural offerings in Ventura County. The target audience, besides anyone and everyone who loves local, live music, is young people who rarely get a chance see some of the area's most talented, working bands due to club age restrictions and families where the parents rarely find the opportunity to enjoy the kind of lively rock acts featured on the Local Rock Picnic while having a great time with their kids. Another unique feature of the event is dedicated time slots for younger bands, who are just starting out, and while they may not be as refined or accomplished as the other bands in the lineup, the organizer believes they deserve an opportunity to perform and be supported at the Local Rock Picnic.

The Local Rock Picnic was first conceived as the signature "all ages" event for the first Ventura Music Week in 2011, organized by City of Ventura's Creative Economy Specialist, Eric Waller, who was able to waive 100% of the use permit fees for the Plaza Park as part of the City of Ventura's noble, but short-lived, attempt to stimulate the local music scene to achieve larger economic goals.  Two years later, the City passed the Ventura Music Week concept to an independent committee of community business and cultural leaders and, inspired, in part, by the success of the Local Rock Picnic, created a grant program that allows any organization to apply for grants to use the city's parks for cultural events. Due to the new competition for grants for city use permits, The Local Rock Picnic was awarded a grant that covered only a fraction of the use permits through this new process; but, with the growing support of the local community and a partnership with the Downtown Ventura Organization, the Local Rock Picnic is closer to standing on its own legs and will continue being the signature "all ages" event of the Ventura Music Week, anchoring the beginning of 2013's iteration of it.

Click here for more info.

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