Toney Ventura
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Toney Ventura

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Oct
16
Toney Ventura @ Folk Alliance Regional -West Conference

Irvine, California, USA

Irvine, California, USA

Jun
09
Toney Ventura @ Bright Angel Bar, (located in The Bright Angel Lodge)

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Jun
08
Toney Ventura @ Bright Angel Bar, (located in The Bright Angel Lodge)

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Music

Press


It appeared impossible to me that a solo act could win a round, but then Toney Ventura's songs are improbable ("Quirky" as one patron described them.) Such styles as folk, jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock, and others were blended into a single arrangement, which always seemed to keep audience attention on him. ...His musicianship was exemplary, performing equally well on guitar/harp and guitar/vocal, or all three in a single song. Before an encore tune, Toney performed "Shakin' In Our Boots". a reggae number about the predicted December 3 heartland earthquake...all in all, a nice set.
--Connie Swail's review of the Sound Core Music "Battle of the Bands". Carbondale, Illinois
- Carbondale Nightlife


It appeared impossible to me that a solo act could win a round, but then Toney Ventura's songs are improbable ("Quirky" as one patron described them.) Such styles as folk, jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock, and others were blended into a single arrangement, which always seemed to keep audience attention on him. ...His musicianship was exemplary, performing equally well on guitar/harp and guitar/vocal, or all three in a single song. Before an encore tune, Toney performed "Shakin' In Our Boots". a reggae number about the predicted December 3 heartland earthquake...all in all, a nice set.
--Connie Swail's review of the Sound Core Music "Battle of the Bands". Carbondale, Illinois
- Carbondale Nightlife


Acoustic textures and infectious polyrhythms weave themselves with the inimitable lyric humor of Midwest artist Toney Ventura to create a highly original folk-on stimulates approach to modern life. Working in the band and solo scenes for many years has given T. V. the sharp edge necessary to pull together a sound all his own that's accessible and relatable to the normal and abnormal alike.
--Liner notes from the CD compilation "Declaration of Independents"
- Carbondale Nightlife


Acoustic textures and infectious polyrhythms weave themselves with the inimitable lyric humor of Midwest artist Toney Ventura to create a highly original folk-on stimulates approach to modern life. Working in the band and solo scenes for many years has given T. V. the sharp edge necessary to pull together a sound all his own that's accessible and relatable to the normal and abnormal alike.
--Liner notes from the CD compilation "Declaration of Independents"
- Carbondale Nightlife


Discography

Discography
1997 "No Way" Toney Debut full length solo CD release
1996 Cerulean Blue by Nora O'Connor (Uncommon Underground Records) Featured performer, guitar, harmonica, and vocals
1995 Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse Sampler (Uncommon Underground Records) "Lost My Marbles", recorded live at Uncommon Ground* Chicago, Illinois "Oma", Toney on Guitar and Vocals with Nora O'Connor, recorded live at Uncommon Ground* Chicago, IL
1992 In Your Ear* A Compilation of Original Music from Carbondale, Illinois (IMN)Toney Ventura "Rockin' Dude"
1991 'Shakin' In Our Boots' Toney Ventura Cassette single release
1990 Declaration of Independents* CD Compilation (CD Compilation (CD Review & IMN)Toney Ventura "Lost My Marbles"
1971 Everything Is Beautiful* Vinyl Release Lawndale Mennonite Choir Featured Performer, drums, guitar, and vocals. Also features several other members of the Ventura family

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