Calendar of Events

March 2024
March 16, 2024
Save Ferris
Show Starts:
9:00 pm
Show End:
12:00 am
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
$
24
Ages
0
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:

Show 9pm

GA tickets are standing room only, with very limited seating available first come, first served. 

Ventura Music Hall Presents

SAVE FERRIS

with MAKUA ROTHMAN

Formed in 1995, Save Ferris remains one of the seminal and most beloved bands from the third wave of ska. The group’s Orange County home was fertile ground for a thriving music scene, with punk, rock, and ska emerging from the region. Save Ferris blended the best elements of these sounds to help bring the region’s sound to the world. The group’s humble beginnings saw them play house parties and local venues, powered by Monique Powell’s high-octane vocals. Save Ferris’ live show instantly became a hit. As the word spread, the band got a much-needed boost. Legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer got a hold of the band’s self-released album. He played their cover of Dexys Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” on his Rodney on the ROQ show and the response was overwhelming. Soon thereafter, Kevin Weatherly picked up the song and it was added to the legendary taste-making rock station’s rotation. All of this happened independently without a record label and with Powell serving as the singer and band manager. Major labels started noticing the buzz that was emanating from Orange County. In 1996, the band won a Grammy showcase award for best unsigned band, and with Epic Records’ David Massey as one of the judges, Save Ferris would sign with the label. Epic re-released the Introducing Save Ferris EP and, in 1997, Save Ferris unleashed their debut album, It Means Everything. Save Ferris toured the world for the better part of the next six years, with 1999’s Modified released during that time. In 2003, the band went on a hiatus. Starting in 2004, Powell switched gears and used her vocal talents to become a go-to studio musician. She appeared on albums for The Used, Goldfinger, Foxy Shazam, Lost Prophets, Mest, and Hilary Duff, among many others. Slowly, however, Powell started having health issues. In 2015, after years of painful back issues, she underwent a risky procedure to fix her broken neck that could have damaged her greatest musical weapon: her vocal cords. Ahead of the procedure, Powell made a promise to her father, who had been begging her to return to the stage: if the surgery was successful, she’d bring back Save Ferris. And it was a success. That year, Powell, with a new cast of characters, reformed Save Ferris. The hype surrounding the band was massive. After months of rehabilitation, Powell brought Save Ferris home to Orange County where it played a sold-out show at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa. Another giant show at the Santa Monica Pier, with over 20,000 people in attendance, was put out on vinyl. These raucous shows proved that the band wasn’t just back, but ready to roar. Through a crowdfunded campaign in 2016, Powell and her bandmates went into the studio to record a new EP. Titled Checkered Past, the collection was released the following year, and produced by John Avila of Oingo Boingo. The EP featured an appearance by Neville Staple of The Specials, one of Powell’s favorite artists. Following Checkered Past’s release, Save Ferris played the entire 2017 Warped Tour on the main stage, headlined shows, and played festivals across the world. The future is as bright as it has been for Save Ferris in a long time. Powell scrapped a record she wrote prior to the pandemic and is currently at work on the first new Save Ferris album in nearly two decades. The band recently packed the House of Blues in Anaheim, playing in front of fans of all ages. Powell is the centerpiece of the action. Her dazzling onstage presence continues to wow audiences and the band’s energy is infectious. Save Ferris are out to prove that they’re no nostalgia act, with their best days still ahead of them.

THE UPBEAT

The Upbeat was formed in 1985, and for the past 35 years has been pumping out a unique
blend of ska, roots reggae, and rocksteady, with politically and environmentally conscious
lyrics. In 1993, driven by their desire to promote the music they loved, The Upbeat released
their debut 5 track demo under the moniker “Upbeat Recordings”. This stark freshman effort
garnered them airplay across the country and a series of compilation offers from the likes of
Epitaph/Hellcat Records, Moon Records, and SRH Productions.
In 1995, the band released their first full length album and sold 5,000+ units. By this time
their live reputation preceded them, sending them into a series of surf, skate and
snowboard videos including Transworld Video Magazine and The Fox Sports Network. This
brought the band even further praise, securing them a world-wide fan base and setting the
stage for the band’s subsequent and prolific West Coast touring. During this time, The
Upbeat shared the stage with the likes of such varied artists as The Skatalites, Burning
Spear, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Toots and the Maytals, No Doubt, Bad Manners, The Specials,
The Selecter, The Wailers, Fishbone, Steel Pulse, The Abyssinians, and The Twinkle
Brothers, to name a few.
In 2000, The Upbeat released their second album, "Backyard Knowledge", and in 2010, a
host of new songs were released on their album, "Shuku". This most recent album is proof
that the dedicated lineup still has all the passion they started with, so many years ago.