California Jazz and Wine Fest to Offer Community Fun and Local Spirit

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The 4th Annual California Jazz and Wine Fest will be held on Sunday, May 17, on the lush grounds of the Thousand Oaks Community Park. This prestigious local fundraiser will feature live jazz on two stages with premier wine, boutique spirits and microbrew tasting.

“This has become such a staple event in our community,” said Kim Woods, member of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise and event coordinator.

According to Woods, 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to fund school music programs as well as other local non-profits like Many Mansions, Manna food bank, New West Symphony and a host of others.

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This year’s festival will feature four-time Grammy Award winners Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, plus The Lao Tizer Trio, and The Barrelhouse Wailers to name a few. Festival-goers can shop local artisans, and there will be a variety of gourmet food trucks, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, The Lobos Truck, Belly BombZ, Slammin’ Sliders, Tocky’s Pitas, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Tokyo Doggie Style and Cousins Maine Lobster.

Golden Star Vineyards, Sunland Vintage Winery, Panaro Brothers Winery & Tasting Room, Surf Brewery, Twisted Oak Tavern, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, Channel Islands Distillery Rum and Ventura Limoncello Company will be pouring at the fest.

Gordon Goodwin is a 2006 Grammy award winner for his instrumental arrangement of “Incredits” from the Pixar film The Incredibles. He’s won three Emmy awards and has had 13 Grammy award nominations. He formed the 18-piece jazz ensemble the Big Phat Band in 1999. Goodwin composes most, and arranges all, of the group’s performance pieces, famous for their driving rhythms, fast, almost frantic tempos.

Also performing on the main festival stages is Oskar Cartaya Enclave with guest Justo Amario, the Lao Tizer Trio and the Westlake High School Jazz Band. Performers on the Bistro stage will be Paul McCallum & Friends, Ottesen, Flowers & Clark, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Tony Ybarra & Friends.

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Festival sponsors include HUB International, Ventura County Star, RMS Printing,Shaver Chrysler, Stratosphere Marketing Solutions Inc., Guitar Center, VMSG, Montecito Bank & Trust, The Oaks, Baxter, Warner Pacific, Waste Management, California Lutheran University, Squashed Grapes and Kirby Subaru.

Tickets are $50 per person/general admission and $100 per person/VIP admission. Both include unlimited beverage tasting and a tasting glass. Besides early entry, VIP ticket holders receive preferred parking and have access to a private enclosed lounge with complimentary wine and food, feature a wide selections of specialty wines and food from Paul Martin’s, Barone’s, Aroha and I Would Rather Be Baking.

Festival goers must be age 21 or older. And Conejo Valley Happening readers can get a 10 percent discount off VIP and general admission tickets by typing in the code 15CJWFRC. For more information, call 805-380-6010,[email protected],, Twitter, To purchase tickets, go to the festival website,


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