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Tour Dates / Re: Ventures Japan Winter Tour 2012
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:38:53 pm »
Rich- Those postings go up FIRST on UF2 & it's understood that Nokie's on lead unless noted otherwise.
I had asked Francis to post them on our forum 'cause I think they'll stip up more interest & comments! 

Tour Dates / Re: Ventures In Concert
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:20:30 am »
You seem to be PRESSING ME to go again. 
Can you send any EXTRA $$ my way & it's
a done deal?

Tour Dates / Ventures In Concert
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:16:37 am »
Hey gang this is a FOUR DAY event of grand proportion.   I went last year & hears the breakdown: 
 BEST to buy a YEARLY FUN PASS to Busch Gardens-that'll save you big dollars over the daily or even two day rates.   

The Ventures will perform THREE shows daily & depending on the day, the times will either be 11:00, 1:00 & 3:30 PM or 11:30, 1:30 & 3:30.   The shows are approximately 45 minutes in length.   To coincide with this four day stopover, Fiona Taylor the group's business manager sets up on the final day (Sat.) a MEET & GREET for the fans at The Ventures motel which last year was the HYATT PARK PLACE right near the park.  Last year that ran from 7 PM to 10:30 PM.   Plenty of merchandise to be had along with an hour Q&A with band members.   

Have noticed round trip vacation packages inc. rental car have gone down some since the holidays.   I'm still hedging as to whether to attend for a second year.   And remember there's plenty of time over the four days to take in enough of the park between all the shows.  If you've got the bucks this is a NO BRAINER!   Just located a four day PRICELINE VACATION PACKAGE (no rental car) for $413- simply roundtrip airfare & motel with shuttle to & from the park!   That price might even include breakfast every day.

Tour Dates / Ventures In Concert
« on: January 09, 2012, 09:59:52 am »
I've been lucky enough to see the group perform here several years back & NO I didn't see the legendary blues player anywhere around but you never
know.   Be nice to have a photo of him standing next to Nokie.   Anyway, details presently have the band set to go onstage 8:00 PM.   Tickets again can
be purchased at the club box office or thru ticketmaster.  They are $30.   And YES, the group sets up autograph tables right after the show to accomodate
their fans & to chat away.   Any other details you feel might enhance this posting by all means add them.  Time is growing short!

Tour Dates / Ventures In Concert
« on: January 09, 2012, 09:52:37 am »
Others on this forum who caught The Ventures at this venue can chime in with more details, possibly give an idea of the room capacity, quality of food &
drink, doors open, etc.   The info at the present has the band scheduled to go on 'round 7:30 PM.   Tickets can be obtained thru TICKETMASTER off their
site or thru The Birchmere's box office- all info readily comes up thru a google search.  Tickets are $35 but there is a $9 handling fee assessed.   It's my
hope I FINALLY catch the group performing at this spacious ballroom.  See you there!

Tom Baltaeff

ADD. INFO:   3701 Mount Vernon Ave. , Alexandria  VA   (703) 549-7500

Local MiniJams on Tap / Tom's 2 Cents!
« on: January 05, 2012, 02:16:03 pm »
I'd like to think THE DADDY of all jams happens every October when I host the EAST COAST FAN JAM but Walt & I tossed this
CATEGORY back & forth before it became reality today.   I know with many of our jammers the last few years, proximity to one
another allowed the opportunity to exchange licks & ideas before utilizing car pooling prior to the jam.   Why even Chris Monk
who hails from Ontario Canada had suggested to me several times he'd commute a fair distance if it meant honing his guitar
skills.  Right now the names Ken Arnold & Bob Leo also spring to mind as east coast residents who'd welcome an occasional
mini-jam during the year leading up to our ULTIMATE EVENT.  Mentioned to Rich Carozza today was that these gatherings be
half-day get-togethers with an in-advance agreed upon attendance #.   Those attending would be responsible for bringing a
food or beverage item along with their equipment of course.   This way everyone gets involved in their own LOCALES keeping
The Ventures music alive & vibrant to the public while practicing their skills at delivering on cue the same.   

Upcoming/New Releases & Reviews / Re: Ventures Reissues on Sundazed
« on: January 04, 2012, 11:48:36 am »
Looking at their catalogue of artists, the constant price seems to be $18.98.
Really like the colored vinyl idea combined with the Dolton label.  And the
colors seems to change depending on the original album cover.  It's
no secret I lost most of these albums to water damage last year.
A similar posting to Walt's appears on UF2 & mentions Feb.

General Discussion / Re: The 2000lb Bee 1&2
« on: January 04, 2012, 09:23:02 am »
Also recent mail order edition of COLLECTOR'S CHOICE MUSIC lists a Ventures compilation titled ANTHOLOGY which oddly only lists 2000 LB BEE, Part 2.

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 03, 2012, 01:56:32 pm »
Tony- Should have your 2011 JAM COLLECTION off to you this week.
Perhaps your LATEST ISSUE will pass my parcel in the system.
Sure hope so- it's always ENTERTAINING READING!   

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: FanJam 2011 - DVD disc 6
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:55:00 pm »
I'm DREADING the day Paul you officially run out of FAN JAM DISCS to review.   Superb job again.   Please include the PHOTO CD so as to
keep it going a bit longer.   EVER APPRECIATIVE!

General Discussion / Re: The 2000lb Bee 1&2
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:53:09 am »
Their chance at redemption would've be to release the double LP as a CD with
CORRECT cover art!   Now that would've been a great addition to any collection!

General Discussion / Re: The 2000lb Bee 1&2
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:34:53 am »
Walt's KEY WORD is correctly.  Only issue I found was a track (# 12) listing both parts & that appears on the LEGENDARY MASTERS- EMI Best Of The
Ventures.  Totalling 29 total tracks it's quite definitive.  As regards the RARE COLLECTIONS LP, I shutter every time I see the darn cover & look at
Mel's head on Howie's body- easily THE WORST attempt at trickery The Ventures ever pulled!

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 06:50:24 pm »
Yes I do.  In fact ALL FOUR issues were on display with my other memorabilia at the jam.  Suppose as long as I
continue with THE JAM each year & you with THE MAGAZINE, we'll just look to do 'the same exchange' annually!

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 06:23:12 pm »
Incidentally Tony, I'm willing to do that 'even exchange' thing we did last year regarding your fabulous magazine.  I've got a
2011 FAN JAM DVD SET waiting to mail out.  I assume the first issue of the new year signifies RENEWAL TIME for alot of us. 

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 05:51:22 pm »
Walt & I THANK YOU for climbing onboard!

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