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Interviews & Praise / Re: Review of 2016 Fan Fest
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:51:33 am »
It 'certainly appears' as tho some of the above
review is missing.   I'm 'just dying' to see 'the
rest' of it!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:48:12 am »
Welcome aboard Bob-

Co-moderator Tom here.   Enjoy all the site has to
offer & feel free to weigh-in on any topic.   Better
yet- why not create one for others to weigh-in on.

I'm sure your buddy Walt will be welcoming you with
'open arms' as well shortly!   

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Nokie Edwards
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:20:50 pm »

Saturday April 14th '18

Longtime Ventures fan STEPHEN PEEPLES uploaded 'full video'
of this wonderful presentation to YOUTUBE (4/16/18) for fans 'The
World Over' to view.   It's 'so moving' throughout- heartfelt thoughts
from dozens, sprinkled amongst many musical tributes from his peers!

On behalf of all our members, Walt & I thank you 'immensely' STEPHEN!

General Discussion / Nokie's 'Celebration Of Life' Memorial Service
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:29:15 pm »
Longtime Ventures fan STEPHEN PEEPLES uploaded 'full video'
of this wonderful presentation to YOUTUBE yesterday (4/16/18) for
fans 'the World over' to view.   It's 'so moving' throughout- heartfelt words
from dozens mixed amongst many musical tributes from his peers.   

I 'initially' placed the link below but for some reason it didn't bring up the
video.   Until myself or Walt can figure that out- be advised that the link is
posted on my 'regular' facebook pg. (Thomas Baltaeff) or if you prefer using
YOUTUBE search, simply type in-

The Ventures' Nokie Edwards Memorial Service!

Ventures Fan Fest / 2018 INTERNATIONAL FAN FEST
« on: March 25, 2018, 06:20:46 pm »
This will be our TENTH year holding the event & last year,
we used the heading FANS OF THE VENTURES on the front
of the keepsake 'commemorative program!'   Planning to do
the same this year.

The theme for the gathering come October is:   

Hopefully, many of you were able to catch 'the current lineup'
on tour in late January or more recently over a mid-March
weekend in Utah.   Now's the time to get behind 'the guys' &
help them continue the legacy of THE VENTURES.   During the
recent tour, a couple penned articles appeared locally.   'Great
reading' on both, chocked full of direct & sincere remarks from
Bob Spalding & Leon Taylor.   The best line went something like
this:   "We plan to stick as closely as possible to the DYNAMIC
SOUND co-founders Don Wilson & Bob Bogle 'perfected' early on,
then nurtured throughout five decades!   We're aware that even
some of 'the stalwart fans' have made remarks stating 'there are
no original members left' & that 'at this point, they're a tribute
band at best' but we don't see it that way- we want to continue
the legacy of THE VENTURES MUSIC!"     

& tho I managed to snare both Bob & Leon for the 2011 fest, I
think this is the year I nab all four of them.   Yes, I'm including
Bob's son Ian, along with their new bassist Lucas Griffin.   Have
been told by their booking manager- Ryan Greenblatt that they'll
try to 'tie-in' a fest appearance with another batch of East Coast
concert dates.   

In closing, please consider joining us for this rip-roaring (12) hour
event celebrating the 'infectious sounds' of THE VENTURES, offered
up in tribute by some of their biggest fans.   Cover charge for the day
is $60 & includes breakfast, lunch & dinner.   

Below is this year's version of the FEST ID CARD!   

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Nokie Edwards
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:22:19 am »
Good point- perhaps The Ventures individual
players talents were taken for granted all those
decades- Don's unique rhythm style, Bob's lead bass
approach & Nokie's ability to handle any genre on lead! 

As you infer, in 'plenty of cases' regarding the arts,
praise seems 'grudging,' until they pass on & then
everyone seems to come out of the workwork!   It
certainly seems to be the case here!

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Nokie Edwards
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:08:37 pm »
Yes sir- you are absolutely right.   Nice to see.   'Most likely'
the first of many.   Billboard also ran a nice article titled 'the
(10) most influential Ventures songs!'   I posted it to my regular
facebook page!   

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Nokie Edwards
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:24:47 pm »
& having attended two concerts myself, I managed to upload
quite a few video clips of the new lineup on YOUTUBE- tab11balt11.
The 'almost full show' at last check had rec'd over 6,000 plays in less than
a month- pretty amazing.     

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Nokie Edwards
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:47:52 pm »
Thanx so much for posting this Walt.   

I feel as tho since late last year, the writing seemed to
be 'on the wall' as complications from surgery in Dec.
first reared their ugly head.   

Seems as tho the site has been forgotten of late.   Now
that THE VENTURES have started workin' again in The States,
I for one expected quite an uptick in posts in '18.   I'm still waitin.'   
C'mon- let's get behind 'the new lineup' & really hop back onboard this
'continuing legacy' quest since Don Wilson retired a few years back.   I'm
sure more than a handful of our members have had the thrill of catching a recent
concert or two, yet there are no reviews here.   I know 'you guys' have got it in ya!!!

Tour Dates / Re: Winter 2018 USA Tour
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:52:23 pm »
Thanx for posting Walt.   My guess is that other clips will surface
on YOUTUBE as the tour progresses.   I plan to give taping 'the
old college try' during both shows later in the week.   

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: FAN FEST 2017- Tentative SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:10:45 pm »
Please be 'more specific' so I can
answer your question!

If you're wondering when 'the next'
fan fest is, it's scheduled for Saturday
October 6th!   More details down the road.

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: 2017 VENTURES FAN FEST- It's A Wrap!
« on: October 28, 2017, 01:06:22 am »
Just givin' you a hard time buddy.   We'll have to
chat soon to get caught up from our 'mutual weekend'
at the fest!   

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: 2017 VENTURES FAN FEST- It's A Wrap!
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:28:18 pm »
LOL- Always good gettin' an immediate response,
even if it's one that's 'mocking' in nature!   But I
do understand- I'm an easy target!

Ventures Fan Fest / 2017 VENTURES FAN FEST- It's A Wrap!
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:23:15 pm »
Now that we've wrapped up our NINTH ANNUAL FEST,
now's as good a time as any to extend a 'heartfelt' thanx
to ALL 'the special guests' that made this year's gathering quite
possibly 'our best ever!'

Bob Spalding & Lucas Griffin of THE VENTURES
Fiona Taylor- the group's business manager
Our featured bands- THE PICKNIKS from Cleveland & BONGO STRAITS from Chicago
Noted guitarist LES FRADKIN &

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: Heavy rains coming your way Philadelphia
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:52:24 am »
Thanx for thinking of us Howard.   As it turned out, we had
our 'best fest weather' ever that I can remember going back
more than several years.   "As you know, it's 'usually' damp &
dreary, with light rain & temperatures in the 60's.   For the send
off breakfast today, we're also 'good to go.'   Perhaps, what you're
viewing on the wearther charts, isn't due here 'til the beginning of the
coming week!   

Our jammers hope all is going well with 'you guys' there!

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