Ventura Freeway Corridor

Acoustic Concert Locations

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

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

The Look Out Bar and Grill

32. The Lookout Bar and Grill
Channel Islands Harbor
2800 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite B
Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone: 805-985-9300

Entertainment most Tues-Sun Evenings.

   Open Mic every Wednesday at 7pm.

Camarillo Cafe

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

Fri., September 8, 2017, 8pm: Freebo & His Fabulous Friends
Sat., October 21, 2017, 8pm: James Hurley / Lois Blaisch
Sat., November 18, 2017, 8pm: Wendy Waldman and Cidny Bullens

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., November 10, 2017: Gemini (Bruce & Renata Farwell) / The Harmonistas
Fri., February 9, 2018: Jessie and Andra / Stephan Mendel and his Canadian friends
Fri., April 13, 2018: Dan and Laurel / Ken O'Malley and the Ne'er Dowells
Thousand Oaks Library

6. The Thousand Oaks Library
1401 E Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Sun, October 1, 2017, 2pm: The Ponderosa Aces
Sat., October 7, 2017, 11am: Cowboy Ken Frawley
Sat., October 7, 2017, 2pm: Cowboy Ken Frawley (at Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd)
Tues., October 10, 2017, 12pm: Opera Santa Barbara
Sat., October 28, 2017, 1pm: The Estrada Brothers Trio (at Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd)

Russ & Julie's House Concerts

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

Sun., April 23, 2017: Eric Andersen (6pm dinner show)
Sat., June 24, 2017: Rick Roberts (8pm)
Wed., August 9, 2017: The Mae Trio (7pm)
Thurs., September 28, 2017: John Flynn (7pm)
Sat., January 20, 2018: Jim Kweskin (8pm)
Sat., February 10, 2018: Iain Matthews (8pm)

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

Sat., May 20, 2017, 8pm: Chris Blondal Trio / Starbuck Jazz Quartet
Sat., November 11, 2017, 8pm, John Zipperer / Jeff Gold
Sunday at the Book Store

10. Sunday at the Book Store
Red Rock Concerts presents
Sunday at the Book Store
at the Crown Books in Westfield Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., #1340
Woodland Hills, CA 91367


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 19, 2017: Bernie Larsen
Sat., September 23, 2017: Ernest Troost
Sat., October 14, 2017: Brad Colerick

   All shows include a performance by
   John Zipperer & The Current Band.

Stardust House Concerts

12. Stardust House Concerts
North Hills, CA 91343

   Seasonal series: April through October; 7pm.

Mon., July 3, 2017: The Beatunes
Sun., September 10, 2017: Kate Taylor / Jeff Alan Ross
Noble House Concerts

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

Sun., February 19, 2017: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, 7:30pm
Sun., June 4, 2017, 7:30pm: Garlic Band
Sun., November 12, 2017: Larry Wilder and Friends, 8:00pm
   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; 6pm.

Next show to be announced.

Currently on hiatus due to construction.
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., October 4, 2017, 7pm: Anna Tivel / Nathan & Jessie
Wed., October 11, 2017, 7pm: Sofia Talvik / Sunny War
Wed., October 18, 2017, 7pm: Sugar Still / Gary Stockdale
Tues., October 24, 2017, 7pm: An Evening with Gypsy Soul
Wed., October 25, 2017, 7pm: Abby & the Myth / Shaun Cromwell
Wed., November 1, 2017, 7pm: Gregory Page / Cygne
Full Moon Saturdays

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

   Seasonal series: May through October

Sat., July 8, 2017: Ne'er Duwels
Sat., August 12, 2017: Abby Posner and the Myth
Sat., September 9, 2017: String Revolution
Sat., October 7, 2017: The Mighty Echoes

   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

Mon., October 30, 2017: The Quebe Sisters (7:30pm)
Sun., November 12, 2017: Fiddle champs Concert: Tristan & Tashina Clarridge, Luke Price, Matt Hartz (2pm)
Fri., December 8, 2017: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
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
   Info Link
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., August 13, 2017, 3pm: The Tall Men Group
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 3pm: Debra Davis / Jeannie Willets
   Tickets Link
Sun., October 8, 2017, 3pm: Little Siver Hearts & Sofia Talvik
Sun., November 12, 2017, 3pm: 12 Bob Cheevers & Los Dos
Live at the A-Frame

24. Live at the A-Frame
Kagel Canyon, CA 91342
Phone: (818) 486-8505
(Doors open at 6pm; music at 7pm)

Sat., Dec. 2, 2017: Leslie Beauvais
Sat., Jan. 13, 2018: John Stowers and Ed Tree
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018: Melissa Thatcher
Sat., March 3, 2018: Michael McNevin
Sat., April 14, 2018: Brooks Williams
Sat., May 19, 2018: Dale LaDuke
Sat., June 9, 2018: John Zipperer and Lisa Vig with Moss Reynolds
Brogden Bay Presents

Four Friends Gallery 25. Brogden Bay Presents
at Four Friends Gallery
1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 111
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Sun., August 20, 2017, 3pm: Bettman & Halpin
Sat., September 23, 2017, 8pm: Corky Siegel and Matthew Santos
Sat., October 28, 2017, 8pm: Jerry Vivino Quartet
Sat., November 18, 2017, 8pm: Albert Lee
Sessions at the Loft

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

Fri., October 20, 2017: John Batdorf, 7:30pm
Sat., October 21, 2017: Ruslan Biryukov/Armen Guzelimian, 3:00pm
Sat., October 28, 2017, Jay Leach & Los Steel, 7:30pm
Sat., December 2, 2017: Johnny Britt, 7:30pm
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., July 9, 2017: Moonsville Collective / Feisty Heart, 5pm
Sun., August 20, 2017: Sam Outlaw / Lydia Luce, 5pm
Sat., September 9, 2017: The Way Down Wanderers / Which Country? Feat Lenny Goldsmith, 6pm

Press Release
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., June 3, 2017: Brocelïande
Sat., July 8, 2017: The Recollective
Sat., August 12, 2017: Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk
Sat., October 7, 2017: Low Lily with John Whelan
Sat., November 11, 2017: The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble

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., July 22, 2017, 5pm: Amelia White / The Lauren Adams Trio
Sat., September 16, 2017, 5pm: Spork And Foon (Debra Dobkin, Ed Tree & Pocket Goldberg) / The Lauren Adams Trio
Sat., November 11, 2017, 5pm: Song-O-Rama with Gary Stockdale, Amy Engelhardt & Cynthia Carle / Lauren Adams Trio

Special Events:

City of Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road Camarillo, California 93010
Sun., July 23, 2017, 2pm: Kalinka
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2pm: Gold Coast Pipe Band
Sun., August 20, 2017, 2pm: Kimberly Ford (Joni Mitchell tribute)
Sun., September 17, 2017, 2pm: The Idiomatiques (Gypsy Jazz)

Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn
32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA
Sun., Aug 6, 2017, 6pm & 8pm - Venice ($25 cover)
Thurs., August 10, 2017, 7pm - Babylon Social Club ($10 cover)
Sun., August 31, 2017, 7pm - Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps ($10 cover)

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA
Sat., August 5, 2017: Colbie Caillat
Fri., August 18, 2017: Boz Scaggs
Sat., August 26, 2017: Paul Anka
Sat., October 7, 2017: Tom Rush

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