Lil Jon, Sugar Ray and Cole Swindell Set to Headline Ventura Summer Festivals

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From hip-hop to country music, Surfer’s Point Live is casting a wide net for viewers this summer in Ventura.

CBF Productions of Ventura presents a series of concerts and festivals as part of its summer season at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

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Upcoming events include Sunday Funday with Lil Jon and Flo Rida; a Tequila & Taco Festival with Sugar Ray and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; Boots & Brews Country Music Festival with Cole Swindell, Eddie Montgomery and RaeLynn; and Spencer Makenzie’s The Throwdown Cornhole Tournament.

“This year being the first year hopefully without COVID shutdowns and things like that, we’re really able to plan different genres that affect different people,” said Vincenzo Giammanco, Founder of CBF Productions. “We don’t want to be a thing, we want to be an entertainment center. … We’re really trying to create an amazing pop-up place here near Ventura Beach.”

The festival lineup kicked off Saturday with the Ventura County BBQ Fest featuring rock and country artist Uncle Kracker. Sunday Funday on June 26 will feature hip-hop artists Lil Jon and Flo Rida.

Lil Jon performs at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

For the Tequila & Taco Festival, alternative rock and pop group Sugar Ray will headline July 9 while hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will headline July 10.

Attractions announced for the August 20 Boots and Brews country music festival include country artists Swindell, RaeLynn and Montgomery of duo Montgomery Gentry.

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More than 1,024 teams are set to play Aug. 26-28 in Spencer Makenzie’s cash cornhole tournament, billed as the largest of its kind in the world. After the tournament, a summer block party with live music will start in the evening. Tickets are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks, Giammanco said.

Last year, CBF Productions hosted the Tequila & Taco Festival and a series of drive-in concerts at the fairgrounds. This year, the production offers more concerts and festivals.

Cole Swindell performs at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on April 11.

Marlyss Auster, president and CEO of the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, said the performances fit well in a city that has the Ventura Majestic Theatre, Ventura Music Hall and the Rubicon Theater Company.

She attended a drive-in concert last year at Surfer’s Point Live where reggae, alternative rock and hip-hop band Sublime With Rome performed.

“Surfer’s Point Live is another added piece of entertainment,” Auster said. “What was cool was I walked and saw a ton of people walking from their hotel, biking to different places and the train stations are right there. It really is a perfect place to use other means of transport other than cars and bringing visitors home to spend more than one night.”

Auster loves the wide variety of acts ranging from country to old-school hip-hop.

Giammanco “hits all the targets” to bring people to the seaside, she said.

Spectators can still choose to wear masks and social distance.

“The venue is so big that if you don’t want to be near anyone, you don’t have to be, which is another positive aspect of what we do,” Giammanco said.

Giammanco said Surfers Point Live’s location is key to its appeal.

“You’re surrounded by palm trees, you can see the ocean, and it’s absolutely beautiful,” he said.

For more information and tickets, visit www.surferspointlive.com/

Wes Woods II covers West County for the Ventura County Star. Join it at [email protected]805-437-0262 or @JournoWes.

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