Fans will be able to win the Venture Bros. guitar that the Ventures’ Don Wilson plays during the big finale of the April 10 Ventures, Fabulous Wailers show at the Moore Theatre.
That’s among the announcements members of the legendary Tacoma rock outfits are expected to make at a news conference they’re holding at Seattle’s historic Edgewater Inn later this morning. The guitar will be raffled off at the show by the Venturettes, a group that came out of popular Seattle rock jock Mark Christopher’s campaign to get the Ventures into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pretty cool, huh.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will also speak at the press conference, as will Lt. Governor Brad Owen, who will actually play a couple of songs with the Ventures on April 10.
I’m thinking organizers will also unveil a few details that folks at Tacoma’s Blue Horizon Records have been filtering my way over the past couple of weeks – about the forthcoming “Two Car Garage” CD and a related documentary that the label is working on. The Blue Horizon folks were on site filming at Little Bill’s show the other night.
They might mention something about Alec Baldwin being tapped to narrate. Blue Horizon’s Leonard Haggarty is in New York working on related footage as we speak. And they’ll fill in more details regarding their world tour, which kicks off with the Moore show, and will take them around the U.S., Canada and Japan.
"Who knows. This concert is a world tour kick off so we might – gosh – after 50 years start making some noise out there."
You’ll be able to learn more about the Wailers and Ventures’ legacies, and how they got started, in Sunday’s SoundLife section.