Ventura Freeway Corridor

Acoustic Concert Locations

Map Sandbox Coffeehouse Camarillo Cafe Linda Lee's House Concerts Fireside Concerts Westlake Canyon House Concerts Thousand Oaks Library Marc Bachrach's House Concerts Russ & Julie's House Concerts West Valley Music Center Sunday at the Book Store Julie's Joint House Concerts Stardust House Concerts Noble House Concerts Kulak's Woodshed Seth & Tony's House Concerts Wine & Song Concert Series Full Moon Saturdays at Stonywood Coffee Gallery Backstage Theta Sound Pasadena Folk Music Society Sessions at the Loft Brogden Bay Presents BeanScene Espresso Tiny Porch Concerts Live at the A-Frame Naiditch House Concerts Quarter Moon Revue Cellar Sessions

The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route (designated north-south) through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. From the Santa Barbara County line to its intersection with the Hollywood Freeway in the southeastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, it is signed as U.S. Route 101. East of the Hollywood Freeway intersection, it is designated as State Route 134.   SCALE: This map shows an area 70 miles across / 14 miles top to bottom.


Please note that House Concerts are private locations. You must contact them for information and to receive an invitation.


Sandbox Coffeehouse

1. Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-641-1025

Live music every Saturday and Sunday at noon!

   Open Mic every Thursday at 6pm.
Bombay Bar & Grill

31. Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-643-4404

Featuring Local and Touring Bands.
Two Stages and Two State of the Art Sound Systems.

NAMBA Performing Arts Space

32. Namba Performing Arts Space
47 S. Oak Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 628-9250

Sat., September 15, 2018, 7pm: NambaYouth: Singers
Fri., September 21, 2018, 8pm: Hermanos Herrera
Sat., September 22, 2018, 8pm: Sonic Travelers: Emily, Thollem, Steuart
Sat., October 6, 2018, 11am: Artwalk 2018: MARS at Namba

Sessions at the Loft

26. Sessions at the Loft
2465 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: (805) 383-3333

Sat., July 14, 2018, 7:30pm: Luis Conte and his Super Bien Sextet
Sat., August 4, 2018, 7:39pm: Gary Stockdale and Grant Geissman
Fri., August 24, 2018, 8:00pm: Bill Cantos and Mari Falcone
Camarillo Cafe

2. Camarillo Café Concert Series
at Camarillo Community Center
Sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District
Hosted by Peter Krantz & Becky Glenn
1605 E. Burnley Street
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-907-8318

Sat., September 29, 2018, 8pm: Ernest Troost / The Pendleton Sisters
Fri., October 19, 2018, 8pm: Beth Wood / Rebecca Folsom
Sat., November 17, 2018, 8pm: West My Friend

Camarillo Library

31. City of Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: (805)-388-5222

Sun., September 9, 2018, 2pm: The Barrelhouse Wailers
Sun., September 30, 2018, 2pm: Mariachi Camarillo
Sun., October 21, 2018, 2pm: The Holy Broken

Fireside Concerts

4. Fireside Concerts
at Borchard Community Center
Sponsored by the Conejo Recreation and Park District
and hosted by Bob Kroll
190 N. Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Phone: 805-381-2791
   Doors at 6pm. Show at 7:30pm. $10 per person

Fri., April 13, 2018: Dan and Laurel / Ken O'Malley and the Ne'er Dowells
Fri., June 15, 2018: Honey Whiskey Trio / Brad Colerick
Fri., September 7, 2018: Tracy Newman / John Zipperer / Tom Corbett Trio
Brogden Bay Presents

25. Brogden Bay Presents
at Four Friends Gallery (except where noted below)
1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 111
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Sat., September 15, 2018: Corky Siegel and Marcella Detroit
Sun., September 23, 2018: Laurie Lewis (This is a Renee Bodie/Willie Bauer production)
Sat., October 6, 2018: Danny O'Keefe
Sat., October 20, 2018: Michael Hearne and Friends
Sat., November 3, 2018: Rick Shea and the Losing End
Sat., December 8, 2018: Freebo and Alice Howe
Thousand Oaks Library

6. The Thousand Oaks Library
Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 449-2660

Wed., September 5, 2018, 6:30pm: Westlake Village Symphony
Sun., September 16, 2018, 2pm: Pianist Cliff Retallick: Silent Film "The Cameraman"
Sun., October 21, 2018, 2pm: Joey Leone Blues History

Russ & Julie's House Concerts

8. Russ & Julie's House Concerts
Oak Park, CA 91377

Sat., September 22, 2018, 8pm: Sarah McQuaid
Sun., October 21, 2018, 7pm: Tracy Grammer
Sun., November 11, 2018, 7pm: Rita Hosking with Sean Feder
Fri., January 11, 2019, 8pm: Susie Glaze and Lauren Sheehan
Sat., February 16, 2019, 8pm: Small Potatoes
Sun., March 3, 2018, 7pm: Johnsmith
Sat., May 4, 2018, 8pm: Jack Williams

Tiny Porch Concerts

28. Tiny Porch Concerts
Free Concert Series at Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Hwy
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

   Summer Series: May - September

Sun., August 5, 2018, 5pm: The Lowest Pair / Roses & Cigarettes
Sun., September 8, 2018, 6pm: David Luning / Bearcoon
Sat., September 29, 2018, 7pm: LA River Bend (at Cornell Winery)
Sat., October 27, 2018, 7pm: Abe Abraham / Kris Angelis (at Cornell Winery)
West Valley Music Center

9. West Valley Music Center
24424 Vanowen Street
West Hills, CA 91307
Phone: 818-992-4142

Sun., September 23, 2018, 7:30pm: The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble / David Massengill
Saturday Evening Social Club

30. The Saturday Evening Social Club
An intimate outdoor house concert venue with a potluck dinner, hosted by Lauren Adams and her band
Reseda, CA 91335
RSVP to:

Sat., June 2, 2018, 5pm: AFT-Annika Frehling Trio (Sweden) / Amy Engelhardt / Lauren Adams Trio
Sat., October 6, 2018, 5pm: Tom Kell & Paula Fong / Marty Axelrod / Lauren Adams Trio
Julie's Joint House Concerts

11. Julie's Joint House Concerts
Canoga Park, CA 91361

   Seasonal series: April through October
   5pm, includes potluck dinner buffet

Sat., August 25, 2018, 5pm: Debra Davis
Sat., September 22, 2018, 5pm: Kevin Fisher
Sat., October 20, 2018, 5pm: The Jones Gang

   All shows include a performance by
   John Zipperer & The Current Band.
   Song Circle afterwards!

Stardust House Concerts

12. Stardust House Concerts
North Hills, CA 91343

   Seasonal series: April through October

Sun., August 26, 2018, 7pm: Jaynee Thorne (CD Release)
Noble House Concerts

13. Noble House Concerts
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Phone: 818-780-5979

Sat., June 9, 2018, 7:30pm: Suzy Williams and Brad Kay
Sun., October 28, 2018; 7:39pm: Ross Altman and Lisa Finnie

   Also, classical performances the 4th Saturday of each month.
Kulak's Woodshed

14. Kulak's Woodshed
5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywoodk, CA 91607
Phone: 818-766-9913

Shows nightly - see website
Seth & Tony's House Concerts

15. Seth & Tony's House Concerts
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

   Seasonal series: May through October
Sat., July 28, 2018, 6pm: Kevin Fisher
Sat., August 25, 6pm: Cliff Eberhardt
Sat., October 6, 6pm: Jill Sobule
Wine & Song Concert Series

16. Wine & Song Concert Series
Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse
1055 Lohman Lane
South Pasadena, CA 91030

   Wednesday nights at 7pm
Wed., September 19, 2018, 7pm: Mare Wakefield & Nomad / Michael McNevin
Wed., September 26, 2018, 7pm: Jill Freeman / Ali McGuirk
Wed., October 3, 2018, 7pm: Wendy Waldman / Nathan & Jessie
Wed., October 10, 2018, 7pm: Rachel Laven / Five Letter Word / Dennis Warner
Wed., October 17, 2018, 7pm: Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan
Wed., October 24, 2018, 7pm: Alice Wallace / Andrew Delaney
Full Moon Saturdays

17. Full Moon Saturdays
at Stonywood Backyard Concert Series
Pasadena, CA 91104

   Seasonal series: May through October

Sat., August 25, 2018: Ne'er Duwels
Sat., September 29, 2018: Streetlight Cadence
Sat., October 27, 2018: Frances Livings' Ipanema Lounge

   Doors open at 4:00pm; music starts at 4:30pm.
   Suggested Donation: $20, kids free.
Coffee Gallery Backstage

18. Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001
Phone: 626-798-6236

Shows nightly - see website
Naiditch House Concerts

19. Naiditch House Concerts
Altadena, CA 91001

Sun., August 19, 2018: Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick
Sat., September 8, 2018: David Grier
Tues., October 9, 2018, 8pm: Richard Smith & Brent Mason
Theta Sound Studio LIVE

21. Theta Sound Studio LIVE!
Burbank, CA 91506 (Events Section)


Sat., March 25, 2017, 7pm: Dale LaDuke / Bill Keis
Sat., April 22, 2017, 7pm: Bill Berry / Jane Bolduc
Sun., July 23, 2017, 6pm: Susan Kohler / Rupert Wates

Cellar Sessions Pasadena

22. Cellar Sessions
at Old Oak Cellars Winery

2620 "D" East Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91107
3pm wine tasting, 3:45pm concert.
Hosted by Brad Colerick

Sun., July 8, 2018, 3pm: Honey Whiskey Trio
Sun., August 12, 2018, 3pm: Chauncey Bowers / Lisa Turner
Sun., September 9, 2018, 3pm: I See Hawks in LA / Carla Olson
Live at the A-Frame

24. Live at the A-Frame
Kagel Canyon, CA 91342
(Doors open at 6pm; music at 7pm)

Sat., Sept. 22, 2018: Jeff Kossak & Jimmy Yessian
Sat., Oct. 20, 2018: Tom Corbett & Mike Mullins
Sat., Nov. 17, 2018: Robert Morgan Fisher & Chad Watson
Sat., Dec. 15, 2018: Karen Tobin
Pasadena Folk Music Society

29. Pasadena Folk Music Society
Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech (Little Beckman)
California Institute of Technology / Beckman Institute
400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

   8pm. $20. The Auditorium seats 200 people.
Sat., September 15, 2018, 8pm: Tannahill Weavers - 50th anniversary!
Sat., October 6, 2018, 8pm: Jeni Hankins
Sat., October 20, 2018, 8pm: Bill Staines
Sat., November 10, 2018, 8pm: John McCutcheon


Special Events:

15th Annual FAR-West Music Conference
Folk Alliance Region-West Annual Conference
at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills
21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Wed., October 10, 2018, 6pm: Open Mic
(at The Write-Off Room)
Thurs., October 11, 2018, 7pm: Venues' Choice Concert
(MohaviSoul, Abe Abraham, The Fire, Honey Whiskey Trio, Sunny War)
Fri., October 12, 2018, 7pm: Official Showcases
(Cindy Kalmenson, Ernest Troost, Ryanhood,
Alice Wallace, Birtch Pereira & the Gin Joints, Joh Batdorf)

Sat., October 13, 2018, 7pm: Official SHowcases
(Claudia Nygaard, Freebo, Flagship Romance,
Martin Kerr, Tumbledown House, James Lee Stanley)

Sun., October 14, 2018, 2pm: Storytelling Expo

Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn
32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA
Thurs., September 20, 2018, 7:30pm: David Garfield
Sun., September 23, 2018, 7pm: Iain Matthews & Steve Postell
Sun., September 30, 2018, 7pm: Carl Verheyen Band
Sun., October 14, 2018, 7:30pm: Pablo Cruise

Submit your special ACOUSTIC MUSIC events to: russ at to be included here.

Please submit the event no more than 90 days prior. All venues and events on this website MUST be within the geographical boundaries of the map at the top of the page -- along the Ventura Freeway Corridor -- to be included.
Local Open Mike Nights:

Sunday nights:
Left Coast Wine Bar in Glendale, CA (hosted by Bill McGarry)
The Coffee Gallery in Altadena, CA. 2nd Sunday, 11am-2pm Bluegrass Jam backstage
Oak View Community Center in Oak View, CA. 2nd & 4th Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm California State Old Time Fiddlers

Monday nights:
Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA
Mental Mondays at House of Brews in San Fernando, CA (4th Mondays)
E.P. Foster Library in Ventura, CA. 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7-10pm Ukulele

Tuesday nights:
Golden China Restaurant in Ventura, CA (hosted by Robynn)
Rock and Roll Pizza @ The Rack in Woodland Hills, CA (hosted by Gary)

Wednesday nights:
The Crest Bar in La Crescenta, CA. (hosted by Dale La Duke) All acoustic 1st Wed. & singer-songwriter night 3rd Wed.
Guitar Merchant in Canoga Park, CA (hosted by East Coast Al)
Pho King Delicious in Northridge, CA (hosted by David)
Writer Wednesdays @ Bob's Espresso Bar in North Hollywood, CA (hosted by Jessica)
Camarillo Round Table Pizza Song Circle in Camarillo, CA (4th Wed. only)
The Golden China Restaurant in Ventura, CA. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6pm-1:30am Ventura Bluegrass Jam. Info: Gene Rubin at
Instrumental Music Store in Thousand Oaks, CA. 3rd Wednesday, 7-10pm Ukulele Song Circle led by Pat Cronin
BeanScene Espresso Coffee House & Wine Bar in Oak Park, CA. Open Mic Night every other Wednesday night, 6-8pm.

Thursday nights:
Sandbox Coffeehouse in Ventura, CA. 6-8pm (hosted by Catfish Fry)
Keynote Lounge in Ventura, CA (hosted by Mark)
Soapbox Sessions @ Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Encino, CA (hosted by Jason)
Free Speech Amsterdam @ Amsterdam Café in North Hollywood, CA (hosted by Joe & Todd)

Friday nights:
The Open Book Bookstore at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. Every third Friday of every month 7-9pm. Snacks & coffee.

For OPEN MIC nights in Ventura County, please visit:

For changes, corrections and additions,
please email: russ at