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Big Music Section Update !! - April 11, 2017

I've just updated the Music section which now has over a dozen groups of my recordings going all the way back to 1975. For several years now I've wanted to gather up all of these recordings organize, edit, and group them together in one spot. Well after a LOT of work I've finally got what I consider the best of them organized and posted in the Music section. I have no gold records or Grammy Awards to my credit just a lifelong love and passion for playing music. Some of the earlier recordings are pretty rough but I'm so pleased to have all of this material preserved and organized ..... I've lived it all and for me it's priceless !!

The Latest from My Rocking Chair ! - December 16, 2016

Well I've been goofing off and haven't been keeping up with this news/blog thing - sorry. Here's the latest with me:

1. I've been jamming with 2 different bands playing drums and blowing some harp. Kind of like the boys bowling night out. We have fun and just enjoy getting together to play some music and BS about the local music scene here in Ventura County and life in general if you know what I mean. Both bands have been getting together about once a month or so. No gigs yet and no worries about getting any at this point - just feeling the joy of playing some music. I've posted some MP3s of the jam band in my music section.

2. I finally decided I needed to sell off some of my music gear to weed out a bit. I've accumulated way too much stuff - way more than I can use. I don't want to burden my kids with this huge inventory of gear that they don't want or need if you know what I mean. So far I've sold 3 guitars and a set of drums with 3 more drum sets and 2 guitars + a bunch of misc stuff for sale on reverb.com

3. My monthly solo gigs @ the Channel Islands Harbor ended in August with the entrance of a new market manager and her different agenda. That's show biz ! I was ready for a break anyway. I bought a new Martin Rosewood acoustic electric guitar that sounds amazing. It will simplify and improve my solo gig setup. Hope to get some new solo gigs in the spring and make another step forward with my improved setup.

4. My New Year's resolution will be to make a better effort to keep everybody better posted with news and gigs here at my website.

Happy Holidays to all  ..... and remember:

Don't be sittin .... Keep Rockin !!

Doug

NOTE: I've added some MP3s from the jam band in my Music section - check it out !

New Rocking Chair Gigs !! - May 7, 2016

I've booked 2 new gigs at Channel Island Harbor for May 29 and June 26. See the Calendar Section of my site here for gig details. Would love to see you there !

Rockin Chair "Live" CD Posted ! - May 4, 2016

I've uploaded my Rockin Chair 'Live !" CD to the music section here at my website. It includes 16 tracks that were recorded last year at several of my outdoor gigs here in SOCAL - Ventura County. It includes 12 cover tracks + 4 originals. I've also added 3 tracks to the Lucky Break music group.

All comments welcome - let me know what you think - email me at doug@dougbrucher.com

New Channel Islands Harbor Gig April 10 ! - March 8, 2016

A new Rockin Chair gig new booked at the Channel Islands Harbor for Sunday April 10 2016. See the Calendar Section of my site here for gig details. Would love to see you there !

BTW - I worked a last minute Rockin Chair gig at the Watermark Restaurant and Wine bar in Channel Islands Harbor last Sat night Mar 5. It went very well and I had a great audience response to my music - very encouraging !!

New CI Harbor Gig Dec 13 ! - November 23, 2015

I just booked a new gig at the Channel Islands Harbor for Sunday Dec 13. See the Calendar Section of my site here for gig details. Would love to see you there !
Happy Holidays !!

New Rockin Chair Gigs ! - September 30, 2015

I've booked 2 new Rockin Chair gigs. Oct 17 at the Port Hueneme Pier and Nov 22 at Channel Islands Harbor. See the calendar section for gig details. Would love to see you there !

New Channel Islands Harbor Gig Sept 27 ! - August 13, 2015

I'll be set up at the CI Harbor in Oxnard CA Sunday Sept 27 from 10AM - 2 PM. Check the Calendar Section for details !

Rockin Chair Gigs At the beach this weekend ! - August 2, 2015

Hey !!

I'll be at the beach this coming weekend !

Port Hueneme Pier on Saturday and at the Channel Islands Harbor on Sunday Aug 8th & 9th. You can find gig details in the Calendar section of my website.

If you're local here in Ventura County stop by and say hi - I'd just love to see you and chat a bit.

Don't be Sittin - Keep Rockin !!
Doug

New Rockin Chair Gigs Added - June 7, 2015

I'm still Rockin ! I've set up some new Rockin Chair gigs at the Port Huenene pier, Channel Islands Harbor and in Camarillo. Check out the calander section for details. Would love to see you at one of my gigs !!

Lucky Break Gig Tonight in TO ! - May 16, 2015

I'll be playing drums and harp tonight with the Lucky Break band in Thousand Oaks.
The gig is at the Tilted Kilt on TO Blvd from 8:30 to midnight. See the calendar section for details. Get your dancing shoes on and stop by to say hello !!

Bit By the Vintage Drum Bug ! - April 20, 2015

Last October I decided to put together another drum kit to support playing with the Lucky Break band. I wanted to simplify the setup and teardown work required to play gigs. My idea was to put together an old beat up kit that sounded great but didn't need drum cases and could be left partially assembled. I figured this would reduce maybe 30% of the grunt work required to play a gig.

Anyway I found an old 1940s Slingerland Radio King bass drum and floor tom on Craig's list. They were beat to death and needed a lot of work to be playable. Before I knew it I was bitten by the vintage drum bug and now follow ebay, Craig's List and others for parts - I love it. So far I've put together 2 vintage drum kits.

See the pics of my new/old Slingerland Radio King and Duco kits in the photo section. I've also added pictures of some of my other drum kits. I'm running out of storage room at the studio !

New Rockin Chair Gig Dates Added ! - January 31, 2015

I've added several gig dates at the SIMI Valley Farmer's Market starting April 17. Check out the Calendar section of my website here for details

I will be set up in the parking lot next to TGIF Fridays on Tapo Canyon Rd

I'll be playing my music + a bunch of 60s 70s and 80s covers. Rock - Folk - Country & Blues !

Stop by and say Hi - would love to see you and chat a bit !

2015 Rockin Chair Update ! - January 26, 2015

Happy New year everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still Rockin !

The Lucky Break band was not very active last year. One of the guys had an accident and was out of commission for a few months. We hope to crank it up and play some more gigs this year. We play classic rock - everything from Doors stuff to surf music - I love giging with those guys! I will keep you advised of upcoming gigs.

I'm also in the process of booking some 2015 dates for my solo act over at the Simi Valley CA Farmer's Market. I will post them here when they firm up.

Hope 2015 is off to a good start for all of you. Email me at doug@dougbrucher.com just to say hello. I'd love to hear from you all !!

Lucky Break @ The Sportsman Camarillo Nov 9 ! - October 31, 2014

I'll be playing drums and blowing some harp with the Lucky Break classic rock band on Sunday Nov 9 5-8 PM at the Sportsman right off the 101 @ Cenral in Camarillo. Stop by and check us out !

New Gigs Added ! - September 13, 2014

I've added 2 new dates to my calendar.

I'll be playing at the Simi Valley Farmers Market on Nov 21 and Dec 5.

I will be set up in the parking lot next to TGIF Fridays on Tapo Canyon Rd
I will be playing my music + a bunch of 60s 70s and 80s covers. Rock - Folk - Country & Blues. Stop by and say Hi - would love to see you and chat a bit !

Check out my Calendar for more details

Summer Rockin Chair Gigs Added !! - June 27, 2014

I've added 3 new Rockin Chair Summer gigs at the Simi Valley Farmers Market. The dates are July 18 - Aug 15 and Sept 26. See Calendar Section for Details. Stop by and say Hi ... would love to see you and chat a bit !

Rockin Chair Gig June 18 in Camarillo ! - June 12, 2014

I will be playing Wednesday June 18 here in Camarillo. The gig is from 3 PM to 7 PM at the Camarillo Community Center park for the newly opened Pleasant Valley Farmers Market. The park is located at 1605 E Burnley ST (corner of Carmen and Burnley)in Camarillo. I'll be playing songs off my Rockin Chair CD + many favorite covers in folk , country, blues, and rock styles. Stop by and say hi if you can - would love to see you there !

Lucky Break Demo Recordings Added ! - April 19, 2014

I've been playing some gigs with the rock band Lucky Break for the last couple of years. Last month we went into a small studio here in Ventura CA to record some demo covers for local nightclub owners. Nothing fancy - we just laid down 10 tracks in one afternoon recording most everything live in one take with a few overdubs for guitar solos, harmonica riffs and backup vocals.

I've uploaded some of the tunes here and you will find them in the Music section under the Lucky Break group. I played drums, did the harmonica work and helped with the backup vocals.

I had a blast !

New "Old" Pictures Added ! - February 7, 2014

I recently received some pictures from old bandmate Roger Winters. Roger got them from another old bandmate Jerry Sherrow. We were bandmates in the 1963-65 timeframe. These pictures are great - thanks guys! So I have updated my photo section - check it out !

New Year's Eve Jazz Gig ! - December 30, 2013

I'm getting my brushes out again to play drums with the Ben Buttner Jazz Group. We'll be playing some great Jazz Standards with a lot of improvization thrown in to make things intersting.

The gig will be on New Years eve (Tues Night) at the Beachcomber Tavern located on Siverstrand Beach (206 Ocean Dr Oxnard CA). This place is a cool funky little beach bar I've been gigging at with Ben on occassion.

Happy New Year everybody - Be safe and have a great New Year!

December Gigs Added ! - November 4, 2013

I've added 2 new gigs for December !

Dec 14 - Farmers Market E Ventura
Dec 21 - Farmers Market - Camarillo

Check the Calendar Section for gig details (time - location - etc)

I've been tinkering with my new sound system setup and feel good about the progress I've made. Stop by and check out my show - would love to see you and chat a bit !

New Gig Dates Added ! - August 29, 2013

I've added 2 new gig dates to my performance calendar.
Sept 26th - Farmer's Market Oxnard
Sept 28th - Farmer's Market - E. Ventura
See the calendar section for gig details.
Hope to see you there !

Jazz Drum Gig Sept 4 - August 16, 2013

I'm getting my brushes out and playing with the Ben Buttner Jazz Group on Wednesday Sept 4 at the Squashed Grapes Winery and Jazz House in Ventura. Ben is a great guitarist and we will be playing straight ahead jazz with a lot of improvisation. I played a pick up gig with Ben last week for the first time and had a blast! See gig details in the calendar section.

Rockin Chair Picture & Calendar Updates !! - July 21, 2013

I've updated my website with some pictures of my new solo gig setup. I've also added some calendar dates of my upcoming shows. See the Photo and Calendar setions for details. Thank you ! Doug
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