Jan 24, 2015

RIP Tom Boyce

March 18,1952 - January 24, 2015

Born in Chicago,Tom Boyce moved to Thousand Oaks in 1964, where he attended Glenwood Elementary and Thousand Oaks High School before graduating from Moorpark College with a degree in Music. Through the years he played the music of many genres,including classic Rock, acoustic music, roots Blues, Jazz, and his own original music.

While still in high school he played bass with the BluCoats, a local band whose members included Wade Johnson, Larry Caird, Jim Peretti, and Medardo Canales.

He was a founding member of SeaCloud, a band that wrote, recorded and performed original music.

Tom also played professionally with Rock Bottom Freight, touring the Western United States and Canada. He performed throughout Germany, France and Switzerland, culminating with performances at The Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1978.

Tom also built two service companies. He formed TBW Landscape, a gardening and landscaping company in the 1970s and Prosteam, a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company in 1978.

Tom was a songwriter, co-producer, and co-owner of Equal Eyes Productions/Cardinal Recording with Matt Schaffer, dedicated to assisting local talent by producing and recording songs and co-writing. He performed locally with SeaCloud, Maddjakk, Hambone, and the Worship Band at Anthem Church, as well as other projects. The director of Musicians On a Mission California and the Thousand Oaks Music Awards, Tom took on bass students at all levels as well as music theory students.

Tom lived with a life-threatening heart condition for 17 years before undergoing a heart transplant in 2010. Afterward, he wanted to honor his heart donor by being of service to others. Working with Musicians On a Mission California allowed him the opportunity to combine his love of music with his desire to give back to young musicians in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.

Nov 18, 2014

Order Yours Now!

This Just In:

Forced Exposure, the distributor of the new Children Of The Mushroom LP and CD, are now taking pre-orders. Release date for the album is set for December 3rd.

Click here to visit the site.

Here's the write-up:

"Though they only released one 45 during their existence, Children of the Mushroom epitomized the psychedelic garage sound coming out of California in the late '60s. Formed in Thousand Oaks by Jerry McMillen and Dennis Swanson, they evolved from a mid-'60s teen-beat band called The Captives. In 1967, they became Children of the Mushroom, a name which reflected their new psychedelic sound and image. The following year, they caught the attention of a couple of young producers, who signed the band for a 45 release. Recorded in 1968 for Soho Records, August Mademoiselle/You Can't Erase a Mirror is one of the masterpieces from the first psychedelic era: feedback, fuzz, organ, and mysterious vocals. Soon after, the band incorporated a new guitar player, shortened their name to The Mushroom and started playing in a more heavy psych vein, in a similar style to Iron Butterfly. This retrospective album includes both tracks from their monster 45, with sound taken from the master recordings, plus previously unreleased tracks by The Mushroom, recorded in 1968. These are raw, lo-fi home recordings with lots of fuzz guitar and organ. It's the sound of a psychedelic band in 1968 playing free and wild, without any producer or record label executive telling them what to do. An incredible document. Remastered sound. Fold-out colour insert with liner notes, interview with the band members, and rare photos."

Thanks to Dennis Swanson (COTM drummer) for this news!

Nov 17, 2014

Keeping in Touch

Now that winter is closing in on us (maybe our Tri-Counties will be blessed with a little rain...PLEASE?), I want to remind you to visit The CGCD Webpage for info and pix on all of your favorite bands. There's a lot of stuff over there, but I can always use more!

Also, don't forget to send in your upcoming gigs information. The Gigs Page gets a little lonely and I know a lot of your guys are still out there making the music happen!

Meanwhile, here's a pic Wade Johnson (BluCoats) posted of Gary Plyly's house ("Jam Central"), taken in February 1972. And guess what? I'm in the pic. You can barely see me in my pale green shirt. (Click to enlarge.) From left to right: Patrick Van Auken, Charity Carter, SK Waller, (unknown), Larry Wiseman, Gary Plyly, (unknown). If you know those other two guys' names, please leave them in a comment.

Stay warm and keep on keepin' on!

Aug 15, 2014

Wally-Fest VII

On Sunday September 21, Thousand Oaks bands and musicians who have known each other and have performed together since the 1960s will be holding their annual Wally-Fest, a benefit to aid Wally, who is Wally World Music Store owner and original member of Cast of a Thousand.

The public is invited to come to the store's parking lot, 1526 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, from noon to dusk to enjoy a BBQ, music, and good times!

Aug 13, 2014

Santa Barbara Benefit for Cory - Important Update!

As September 13th draws ever nearer, the organizers of the Santa Barbara Benefit for Cory have been busy finalizing all of the details. Please click the flyer to view at normal size; you don't want to miss any important information!

Also, please click here to download the ticket order form.

Jul 22, 2014

Band Tree 2014

"I want to announce that I will not be doing the Band Tree Reunion this coming Labor Day. I am not sure yet if I will choose a day later in the year or just wait 'til next year. I am sorry to disappoint, but I just can't accommodate it this coming Labor Day weekend "We, Band Tree Members" will be attending Wally Fest 2014 on Sept. 21st. Location is Wally World on Thousand Oaks Blvd. as of now. I am quite sure that Cast Of A Thousand will be performing. That's about all I know at this time." Jim Rolfe

Jul 21, 2014

Rock 'n Roll Extravaganza to Help Cory Conquer Cancer

What The Funk and  Michael Jay & the Mighty Cash Cats will perform with The Brian Faith Band and Friends at the Bamboo Steak House in Camarillo on Sunday, September 7th, from 3-7 pm. The event will feature prize giveaways and drawings. A $20 cover charge will count as your donation toward Cory's healthcare costs.
The Brian Faith Band is holding a Rock 'n Roll benefit to raise funds for Cory Orosco (formerly of Ernie and the Emperors and Giant Crab), who has been diagnosed with cancer. Bands

The Bamboo Steakhouse is located at 4426 Central Ave, Camarillo, CA.

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating via Cory's FundRazr page.