Timmy Curran

Ventura Theater Presents

Timmy Curran

Dominic Balli

Sun, September 4, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Timmy Curran
Musician, retired professional surfer and a spokesperson for the Surfrider Foundation. During his successful surfing career, he was one of the best surfers on the World Championship Tour, and was consistently in contention for the world championship. Despite his success and popularity, he remained one of the most affable and well-regarded surfers on the tour.
Dominic Balli
Dominic Balli
California native Dominic Balli’s chosen musical identifier--as purveyor of “CaliRockReggae”--quickly gives one a glimpse of the sonic style residing within the man’s output.

“Art is an expression of who you are,” Balli says. “I’m just a half Italian, quarter Greek kid from California, but somehow inside of me there’s this little reggae dude just trying to get out. The most common comment I hear is, ‘I don’t even like reggae, but I love your stuff.’ I love that because it means that my music has become accessible to fans that might otherwise totally shy away from anything even reminiscent of reggae.”

That accessibility led fans to snatch up more than 20,000 copies of Balli’s independent debut, Public Announcement, making it one of iTunes’ Top 30 reggae albums of 2008. Such visibility on the sales charts combined with Balli’s electric live show, afforded him the opportunity to perform on stages around the world, alongside a diverse set of artists including Ziggy Marley, Natasha Beddingfield, Jason Mraz, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, George Clinton and the P-Funk, Hawk Nelson, Lecrae, and Barlow Girl.

But a handful of oft-repeated phrases have come to uncover a great deal of truth about Balli, both on a personal and professional level.

Consider the saying “You can’t always get what you want.” Balli’s life has a parallel example. “When I was 13 years old, I wanted to play the drums, even though I was a kid who had no sense of rhythm at all,” Balli says. “My dad told me that if I took guitar lessons for a year, he’d buy me a drum set. I resisted, because I thought only country singers played acoustic guitar!

“I reluctantly started the lessons and eventually fell in love with the guitar. I never did get that drum set.”
Venue Information:
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001