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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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General Discussion / Re: Ventures Vinyl of the Month Discussion
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:24:30 am »
Co-moderator Tom here making everyone aware that
our 'newbie' here VENTURESSHADOW was 'nice enough'
a couple years back to provide me (100) copies of a demo
disc of his band to hand out at my annual VENTURES FAN FEST.
I still have a batch still left & plan to make them (1) of next year's
handouts.   

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General Discussion / Re: Keep this forum, Fans of the Ventures open or not.
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:18:45 am »
It's time for the co-moderator to weigh-in & even tho
voting is over, an apology from me for being a bit lax
weighin' in from time-to-time with FEST RELATED INFO.   

Over the next week or so, I've got alot of posts to read
here (labeled new) but old in my case.   I'll then try to
get back on the stick with fest related posts along with a
few recent tour stories as the band is back doing selected
concerts here in The States.   

So sorry gang but it's OK if you label me 'a slacker!'   

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General Discussion / Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:01:48 am »
Hey there 'newbie.'   Nice to have you aboard.   I'm
one of the co-moderators of the site.   Walt will be
along shortly to welcome you to 'the family' as well.

I had 'totally' forgot my 2015 Thangsgiving Greeting.
Thanx for taking the time to introduce yourself with a
reply!   

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What are you lookin' for MR. CO-MODERATOR?
LOL!

The sets you see above have not changed.  &
I only owed 'you guys' one additional set which
is listed below.   

KANAD & SAUGATA GHOSE:   

OUT OF LIMITS, BLUE STAR, HANG ON SLOOPY, PEDAL PUSHER,
VICTORIA STATION, DETROIT CITY/ONE MORE TIME, SWINGIN' CREEPER,
GET SMART THEME, RAP CITY, BLUE CHRISTMAS, SUMMER AFFAIR, SAMOVER &
I WALK THE LINE


We'll have two featured bands this year- THE PICKNIKS & OLDSKOOL.   Those
bands did not submit set lists.  They wanna 'surprise' us.   Can say tho that 'the
guys' that comprise OLDSKOOL will offer up several vocals within their set!

Philly's 'very first' rock 'n roll star- MR. CHARLIE GRACIE will deliver a talk & perform
a half-dozen songs- (three of them instrumentals) prior to dinner.  I've requested his
band perform WALK, DON'T RUN for their final number.   

Tina Edwards, (Nokie's daughter) & Jill Wilson (Don's daughter will attend & lead a
NOKIE EDWARDS REMEMBERED tribute shortly after dinner!

Our grand finale this year will be a 'longer than usual' version of CARAVAN with (11)
year old DANNY ROBERTS manning the drums & performing the bass tattoo as well in
front of the drum kit!   


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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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It's 'rather complicated' Walt.   I have all the backing info
noted but just 'too much' to post everything.   

KEN ARNOLD's band consists of:

Jeff Green on rhythm, John Magee on bass & Tom Connolly on drums

NOTE that RICHARD FRANKLIN & HARDKUCHO ERIQUES will play with
backing tracks.  I like to think of LES FRADKIN as a one man band tho
I suspect he has a few players in mind that'll join him.   

Within my personal set, there will be lots of switchin' in & out amongst
lead & rhythm players.   The one constant is that John Magee will handle
bass throughout, tho Saugata Ghose will play bass on the medley of
ONLY THE YOUNG/SILVER BELLS.   Below I've listed what I can in regards
to the other players joining me.

Pipeline, Trambone, Sukiyaki & Penetration- Bob Dowd (L) Kanad Ghose/James Cook (R) & Tom C. (AD) on Penetration
Only The Young/Silver Bells- Kanad Ghose (L) Bob Dowd (R) & Danny Roberts (AD)
A Taste Of Honey- Byron Tietjen (L) James Cook (R) & Danny Roberts (AD)
Needles & Pins- Ken Arnold (L) Jeff Green (R) & Danny Roberts (AD)
A Swingin' Creeper, California Dreamin,' & Summer Place- Les Fradkin (L) Byron Tietjen (R) & Tom C., Danny Roberts (AD)

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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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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!

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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!   

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

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUoQEm4y5zQ

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



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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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