Schedule of Events

2018 Ventura Marathon Schedule of Events

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

10:00 am – Packet Pickup Opens
10:00 am – Health and Fitness Expo Opens
10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Beer Garden
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Live Music
6:00 pm – Packet Pickup Closes
6:00 pm – Health and Fitness Expo Closes

Sunday, October 21, 2018

5:00 am – Marathon Shuttle Pick Up
5:30 am – VIP & 5K Packet Pick Up Opens
6:15 am – Half Marathon Shuttle Pick Up
6:40 am – Marathon Start
7:00 am – 5K Start
7:00 am – Health and Fitness Expo Opens
7:00 am – 3:00 pm – Beer Garden
7:10 am – Half Marathon Start
7:45 am – 5K Award Ceremony
8:00 am – 2:00pm – Live Music
9:45 am – Half Marathon Award Ceremony
10:45 am – Full Marathon Award Ceremony
1:00 pm – Kids Run
3:00 pm – Health and Fitness Expo Closes


2018 Bands Coming Soon

2017  Bands –

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Bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has a distinctive approach to his music. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with a deliciously insidious emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard-swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor—his audience can’t not dance.

A guitarist of impressive facility, a vocalist of coolly stylish authority and a composer of persuasive original blues that both extend and enhance the idiom, Willie’s music has a rare individualistic quality. It is at once airy and full of open space yet also loaded with earthy, intense emotion, and as featured on his new Pete Anderson produced album Lightnin’ Willie, it showcases a master at the top of his game.

Lightnin’ Willie operates at a high altitude in the wild blues yonder, and his impressive reach is the result of a near lifelong musical journey. Barely out of his teens, the Texas-born musician toured the Southern chitlin circuit as the only white member of an R&B-funk band, absorbing a powerful dose of deep insider information, rich both in technique and spirit. Gigging as a solo headliner for almost three decades, Willie has gone from low down beer joints to become a staple on the international festival circuit, with plenty of wild stops along the way, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Willie Nelson’s infamous 4th of July Picnic, where he appeared alongside Willie, Bob Dylan and Leon Russell.

The always dapper Lightnin’ Willie, consistently genuine, never flashy, boundlessly entertaining, is reliably a high-quality blues powerhouse who makes new fans with every performance. He brings an elegantly juxtaposed blend of influences to the bandstand—from T Bone Walker to the Kings, BB & Albert and Muddy Waters, with whom he frequently consorted in Chicago—and in Willie’s hand’s, the blues are a sinuous, lissome, high-voltage force loaded with soulful depth and an almost alchemical appeal.

These attributes have won him stacks of enthusiastic praise from the international press, landed his original tunes on numerous film and television soundtracks and with the arrival of Lightnin’ Willie, his eighth release, expect Lightnin’ Willie and his brilliant Biggest Little Band on Earth, comprised of keyboardist-bassist Michael Murphy (Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Swamp Dogg), drummer Jerry Olsen (Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite) to elevate the blues into a new stratospheric dimension.

3 for Rent

3 For Rent became a band when 3 longtime friends and experienced musicians found out that they wanted to play acoustic music with a different setting and bring these classic songs to audiences with an uncompromised vision of the originals versions.


The band is spearheaded by SUNNIE PAXSON who is is an innovative contemporary jazz pianist, composer, producer and performer. She is known for her driving performances and memorable melodies.  The band plays a fusion of jazz, tropical and urban grooves.


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 Paul Mars Black

“Over the years I have worked as a drummer, a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and an actor. I’ve worked and played with many famous musicians including Stephen Tyler, Guns’n Roses, Cherie Curry and more.  I’ve had the privilege of touring the world several times in both international bands and as a solo artist.

In the early 90’s I was awarded two gold records for work I did as a singer and songwriter in L.A. Guns.  In the late 90’s I started my own recording studio and record label (Black City Music) where I spent time producing younger up and coming bands.  I also spent time at Black City Music writing and producing movie soundtracks.

In 2005 I rejoined L.A. Guns for a 20th-anniversary reunion tour with the original members. The two-year tour was successful and along the way I received favorable reviews in magazines including Rolling Stone, Spin, Guitar World, and Italian Vogue. I also did many radio and TV appearances. I’ve spent the last 5 years performing with my old bands the Mau Maus and Black Cherry as well as new groups Stereo, Naked Hand Dance, Sonic Boom. and Black and Bart. My current band, Sonic Boom with Jo Almeida on guitar has earned international recognition with our release of Sun Down Yellow Moon. Jo and I are currently writing and recording a new record to be released this year.”


 Acoustic Generation

AG is a multi-faceted band that has been performing party grooves for many years. Tight on harmonies and strong on crowd involvement, AG blends original acoustic-based music with unique versions of classic rock favorites to create memorable shows. Offering over 3 hours of music, the band is completely mobile with their own small club PA, and can go from a duo or trio to full band for a complete, rockin’ event.  It’s the Acoustic Generation music band people!