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Tour Dates / EARLY 2019 VENTURES TOUR
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:14:57 am »
The Ventures just completed a successful early December
East Coast tour & will now take The Holidays off to get 'their
mojo' back full-force for another series of concerts scheduled
mid-January '19.   

I caught the Saturday December 8th show at SELLERSVILLE THEATER
in Sellersville, Pa. uniquely labeled 'A Very Ventures Xmas' & plan to be
on hand at one of the upcoming shows in Virgina.   On my 1st lucky nite,
they played over 90 minutes interspersing their regular line-up of songs
with not only 'the entire original' Xmas LP but including a handful of later
covered xmas titles from follow-up releases.   The band came across 'tighter
than ever' thanks to Ian Spalding on rhythm & newest Venture Lucas Griffin
on bass.   

Perhaps some of our members here were also lucky enough to catch 'the guys'
earlier this month.   You do know there's a section on this forum for 'concert
reviews' right?   Anyway, I'm gonna wait 'til after the Alexandria, Virginia show
to come on here with a more detailed rundown of just what one can expect from
'the latest personnel lineup!'   

For now- let's continue the legacy of the band by attending one or more of these
upcoming dates:

January 16th '19- THE TIN PAN               Richmond, VA
January 17th '19- THE BIRCHMERE          Alexandria, VA
January 18th '19- THE STONE PONY         Asbury Park, NJ
January 19th '19- IRON HORSE HALL        Northampton, MA





 

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Ventures Fan Fest / 2018 INTERNATIONAL FAN FEST- HOST REVIEW!
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:44:02 am »
Be patient gang- I'm working on it & will get it
up here ASAP!   

Also since THE VENTURES new lineup has rec'd
another East Coast handful of bookings once again
since their return from their annual Japan Summer
Tour, I'll report on the shows I've attended & hope to
attend mid-January 2019.   

While I get my thoughts together on those two topics,
a 'reminder' if you will to join my fest facebook page
devoted to continuing THE VENTURES legacy & check
out my YOUTUBE channel- tab11balt11 where 'fest clips'
are plentiful spanning the (10) year annual event!   


Facebook link- 2019 Ventures International Fan Fest &

Youtube link- tab11balt11

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Interviews & Praise / VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE!
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:55:42 pm »
I'm being told by regular fest attendee. good friend &
longtime VENTURES fan Vic Hines that VINTAGE GUITAR
MAGAZINE is currently conducting their annual 'online' HALL
OF FAME inductions in various categories.   We both seem to think
that a fellow by the name of NOKIE EDWARDS should be a shoo-in for
a LEGENDARY PLAYER & or INNOVATOR nomination.

Vic further adds that we all have to 'get cracking' on this since only (4)
days remain for posting your ONLINE choices.   The process is simple enough-
google search Vintage Guitar Magazine & follow the prompts!   

LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOLKS!






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I'm still awaiting one song list but will post here what
I've lined up so far with approximate times:

12:15 PM - KEN ARNOLD

Instant Mashed, Instant Guitars, Mr. Moto, Gandy Dancer,
Summertime, Soul Coaxing, Go Go Slow, Part In Laguna &
The Ninth Wave

  1:00 PM - RICHARD FRANKLIN

Out Of Limits, Moon Child, Exploration In Terror, War Of The Satellites,
Love Goddess Of Venus, Solar Race, The Fourth Dimension, Gone Gone Gone,
Echo Boogie, Gringo, Josie & God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

  1:30 PM - HARDKUCHO ERIQUES

The Cruel Sea, Pipeline, Surf Rider, Out Of Limits, Bumble Bee &
Journey To The Stars

   2:15 PM - KANAD & SAUGATA GHOSE (list not available yet)

   3:00 PM - BOB DOWD w/ THE PICKNIKS

Red Top, Surf Rider, Blue Bird, Memphis, My Bonnie Lies, Blue Star,
Diamond Head, Wheels & Sleigh Ride

    3:30 PM - INTO THE MIX (Tom B. on drums)

Pipeline, Trambone, Sukiyaki, Penetration, Only The Young/Silver Bells,
A Taste Of Honey, Needles & Pins, Swingin' Creeper, California Dreamin'
& Theme From A Summer Place

      7:30 PM -  LES FRADKIN

Wipe Out w/ Danny Roberts & Richard Franklin, Bombora, Surfin' The Classics-
parts (1) & (2), Body Surfin,'/Rap City, Reverbia, Guitar Pschedelics, Kandy Konkoction,
Good Vibrations, William Tell Overture, Joy Of Man's Desiring, Mozart's 40th/Moonlight Sonata/Ode To Joy,
Canon In D, Peach Fuzz, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue & Caravan w/ Danny Roberts & Richard Franklin

On Wipe Out & Caravan- Richard Franklin will be playin' bass!


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Ventures Fan Fest / 2018 INTERNATIONAL FAN FEST- schedule of events!
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:22:14 pm »
We're less than (2) months away from our annual event.
Realize the schedule here is 'tentative' & subject to change
'ever so slightly!'   & at this point in time, I'm happy to announce
that both JILL WILSON (Don's daughter & TINA EDWARDS (Nokie's daughter)
plan to be on hand joining in the festivities.   FIONA TAYLOR, The Ventures business
manager returns for her 3rd year!   


SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH   (Knights Of Columbus- Crum Lynne, Pa.)


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM    OPENING REMARKS (moderator Dave)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM    THE PICKNIKS

12:15 PM -  12:45 PM    KEN ARNOLD

12:45 PM -    1:15 PM     RICHARD FRANKLIN

  1:15 PM -    1:30 PM     HARDKUCHO ERIQUES

  1:45 PM -     2:15 PM     Pizza Break, Group Photo & Auction (1)

  2:15  PM -    3:00 PM     KANAD & SAUGATA GHOSE

  3:00  PM -    3:30 PM     BOB DOWD w/ THE PICKNIKS

  3:30  PM -    4:00 PM     INTO THE MIX (fest host performs)

  4:00  PM -    5:00 PM     CHARLIE GRACIE (discusses the early days of rock 'n roll)

  5:00  PM -    5:30 PM     Auction (2)     

   5:30 PM -    6:00 PM     Dinner Buffet

   6:00 PM -     6:45 PM    OLDSKOOL

   6:30  PM -    7:30 PM    NOKIE EDWARDS REMEMBERED

    7:45 PM -     9:00 PM    LES FRADKIN w/ Danny Roberts On Wipe Out & Caravan

    9:00 PM -     9:15 PM    Testimonials/Handouts

 




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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!


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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:   
NOKIE EDWARDS REMEMBERED.

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!"     

Have been told by The Ventures booking manager- Ryan Greenblatt
that they'll try to 'tie-in' a fest appearance with another batch of East
Coast concert dates.  We can only keep our fingers crossed & hope it
becomes reality!   

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!   


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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 &
Bob Shade from HALLMARK GUITARS

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Ventures Fan Fest / FAN FEST 2017- Tentative SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:43:47 am »
                     
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:   (Subject to change but only 'ever so slightly)

10:45     OPENING REMARKS - (special guest intros) moderator Dave Zelinsky
11:15     THE PICKNIKS (1st set/Jeff & Bob on lead)
12:00     THE PICKNIKS (2nd set/Grant on lead)
12:30     ALL STAR BAND (Kanad & Saugata Ghose, Ken Arnold, Byron Tietjen, Walt Stagner, Bob Dowd, Tom Connolly, Glen Caplan & Tony Bazinetti)
  2:00     Group Photo & Pizza Break
  2:15     BONGO STRAITS   
  3:45     BOB DOWD w/ THE PICKNIKS
  4:30     THE DANNY ROBERTS BAND
  5:15     Dinner Buffet
  5:45     BOB SPALDING SOLO SET
  6:00     Hallmark Guitars Fuzz Pedal Promo (Bob Shade & Bob Spalding)
  6:15     AUCTION/Q&A (lead-in Steven Clark Harvey)
  7:00     Dessert while Q&A continues
  7:30     LES FRADKIN w/ THE PICKNIKS
  8:30     Grand Finale- WIPE OUT 
  8:45     Closing remarks, handouts & testimonials   
       

   


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Ventures Fan Fest / 2017 Ventures Fan Fest- UPDATE!!!
« on: July 05, 2017, 03:19:57 pm »
We were 'excited' to learn that THE VENTURES 'summer kick-off'
gigs with THE SURFARIS on the west coast mid-June went off
'without a hitch,' generating large crowds of surf music lovers
determined to keep that 'genre' as viable today as it was in the
60's.   

As most of you know, THE VENTURES are gettin' ready & will soon
be off to Japan for what constitutes their 55th anniversary sharing
their music with that country.   The lineup will again be Leon Taylor,
Bob & Ian Spalding & Gerry McGee.   

& now that they've netted a few US gigs, the hope upon 'the guys'
return is to 'tie-in' some East Coast concert dates with our annual
fest Saturday October 7th.   Yes, that's right- we're 'holding out hope
THE US VENTURES grace us with their presence at the fest this year.

& speaking about the fest, I've decided to bring back a Bob Spalding
idea from back in 2011 when Leon Taylor also attended the all day
gathering- the FIFTEEN + minute 'grand finale' of WIPE OUT!

That'll do it for now with 'updates!' 



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Ventures Fan Fest / '017 FAN FEST SONG SUGGESTIONS
« on: March 17, 2017, 12:26:03 pm »
Every year 'round this time, I send out 'requests' to
our 'regular' jammers for their ideas on titles 'never'
heard at the fest.   

In addition, I decided to ask 'most' of our '016 newbies
to weigh in.   Most were not jammers but still die hard
VENTURES fans.   

Below is the feedback rec'd so far.   I'll be cuttin' off the
suggestions the first week of April.   Then jammers will
have a solid two months to 'formulate' their set lists!

BEYOND THE REEF (new addition)
BLUE CHATEAU
BLUE SUNSET
BLUE TANGO
CRUNCHER
DIAMONDS (VENTURES OR JET HARRIS VERSION)
ELEVENTH HOUR
EXPLORATION IN TERROR
GREEN ONIONS
HIDEAWAY
HOKKAIDO SKIES (new addition)
LONELY BULL
LONESOME TOWN (new addition)
LOVE IS BLUE
LUCILLE
NAGASAKI MEMORIES
NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE
OPUS TWIST
OVER THE MOUNTAIN
PEACH FUZZ
PERCOLATOR
RAVIN' BLUE
RAWHIDE (new addition)
RUMBLE (new addition)
RUNAWAY
SANTA CRUZ
SENTIMENTAL GUITAR
SHE'S NOT THERE
SOUL COAXING (new addition)
STRANGER ON THE SHORE
SUNNY RIVER TWIST
THE CREEPER (new addition)
TIME IS TIGHT
TOMORROW'S LOVE
TORQUAY (new addition)
WILD NIGHT (AKA PARTY AT LAGUNA)
WINDY & WARM
ZOCCO (new addition)
 
Some of the above have been offered up before but the renditions each year
are 'always' different.   

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Ventures Fan Fest / 2016 FanFest.....it's a wrap!
« on: October 30, 2016, 03:13:01 am »
Tom Baltaeff- fest moderator here.   Be the first
to review this years October 1st offering.   By all
means, 'feel free' to include the Friday Sept. 30th
'meet & greet' dinner buffet & the pre-fest Sat. AM
breakfast 'in your mix.'   

We 'nearly' reached 100 attendies & that figure inc.
over 50 'newbies' to the event.   It would be a 'treat'
to see a lot of new names here attached to reviews!   

Can't wait to read all the 'positive' vibes & hey if you
have a suggestion or two to better it 'going forward,'
we will take note & discuss the feasibility!   
 

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Ventures Fan Fest / '016 FAN FEST - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (tentative)
« on: July 06, 2016, 02:02:10 am »
  7:15 AM -  8:45 AM       Kick-Off Breakfast at TOM JONES RESTAURANT

  8:45 AM - 10:30 AM      Hall entrance, equipment setup & sound check

 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM     Opening Remarks by Moderator Dave Zelinsky

 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM     THE PICKNIKS (1st Set)

 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM      Ken Arnold, Jim Rosica & Bob Leo

 12:30 PM -  12:50 PM      Vic Hines

 12:50 PM -    1:30 PM      AUCTION w/ Bob Spalding

   1:30 AM -   1:45 PM      Group Photo & Pizza Break

   1:45 PM -   2:45 PM      John & Matthew Stapleton

   2:45 PM -   3:00 PM      Bob Spalding 'Acoustic Set' + 1 (WDR (Johnny Smith), DREAM DREAM DREAM, DIAMOND HEAD & RAMROD)

   3:00 PM -   3:45 PM      Bob Dowd with THE PICKNIKS

   3:45 PM -   4:15 PM      Dave Zelinsky, Don Schott, Scott Evans, Lucas Griffin & Walt Stagner (Piece Of The Action)

   4:15 PM -   5:00 PM      Kanad & Saugata Ghose

   5:00 PM -   5:45 PM      Dinner Buffet & Auction (1)

   5:45 PM -   6:00 PM      Bob Spalding & Les Fradkin (6) song mini-set

   6:00 PM -   7:30 PM      Q&A with Bob Spalding, Fiona Taylor, Michael Bogle & David Towers

   7:30 PM -   8:00 PM      Walt Stagner & Rich Miller

   8:00 PM -   8:30 PM      THE PICKNIKS (2nd Set)

   8:30 PM -   9:00 PM      Closing Remarks/Testimonials

   9:00 PM -   9:30 PM      Equipment Loaded & Cleanup

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Ventures Fan Fest / '016 FAN FEST- Tentative Set Lists!
« on: April 30, 2016, 11:58:51 pm »
Happy to report I've received 'tentative set lists from
a couple jammers to this point with just over FIVE
MONTHS to go before the fest.

Last year, we had six groupings of musicians.   We
should be a couple beyond that this time around.   I
'pretty much' request anywhere from 8 to 12 songs
per grouping.   The first two jammers to respond with
their lists this year were KANAD GHOSE & CHRIS MONK.   

Kanad is usually joined by his son, Saugata on bass, Jeff
Green of THE PICKNIKS on rhythm guitar & Tom Connolly
on drums.

Kanad's List:   (4:15 PM - 5:00 PM)

I FEEL FINE
PRETTY WOMAN
SECRET AGENT MAN   
007-11
FUGITIVE
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
KANDY KONKOCTION
DETROIT CITY/ONE MORE TIME
PSYCHEDELIC VENTURE
AND I LOVE HER
HOKKAIDO SKIES (ACOUSTIC)   (Tom B. added drums)
MONA LISA
PEDAL PUSHER
WIPE OUT

Vic Hines List:   (12:30 PM - 1:00 PM)    Vic Hines (LEAD) Chris Monk (RHYTHM) Rich Miller (BASS) Tom Connolly (DRUMS)

HONKY TONK    (Tom B. added drums)
TEN SECONDS TO HEAVEN
RISE & FALL OF FLINGEL BUNT
TELSTAR (John Drysdale on organ)   (Danny)
THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE (John Drysdale on organ)    (Tom B. added drums)
CARAVAN (WDR LP version)

Bob Dowd With The Pickniks:   (3:00 PM - 3:45 PM)   

007-11
APACHE   
BULLDOG
CHERRY PINK & APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE
DANCE ON
GULLY-VER
VENUS
RAM-BUNK-SHUSH
TRAMBONE    (Tom B. added drums)
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM
WONDERFUL LAND

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