When: Sat., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 2017
One of the best things about Ventura, like The Ten Eleven before it, is the sheer number and diversity of shows the venue hosts. If you frequent the place, you're likely to get an earful of a band or two that really surprises you, an unexpected gem that you can't believe you haven't caught (or maybe even heard of) before. We submit that SA's River Barons might be just such a band. As evidenced on their rad and recent EP Things That Happened, the four-piece makes a lush and not-at- all stale brand of southern rock, with flares of heavy alt-country. But, River Barons are far from a typical southern rock band. Aside from incorporating elements of jazz (dig that brass) and alternative rock, the group's music is blessed by uncommonly thoughtful lyrics that earnestly lay out relatable insights into daily life. You can check out River Barons music at riverbarons.bandcamp.com.