Conejo.Rocks is a collection of things to do that focuses on free live music in and around the Conejo Valley. It displays the shows that are coming up next at the top of the list rather than listing them by venue or sponsor. But the series information is also available on other pages, as well as links to information about many of the performers.
Many of the festivals and shows are presented by the cities, parks and shopping areas. Because they mostly take place outdoor, they also typically happen during the spring and summer.
Some events not focused only on music are included, such as street fairs that include a lot of music. There are also a few clubs, and some of the major paid events.
It is not all inclusive, but pretty close to it for the free music events.
This site listed a total of 50 events for 2021. There were 15 events last year.
The main concert series that are included on this site are shown in the following list. Items that have not been updated for 2021 have a line through them.
- Agoura — Summer Concerts in the Park, Agoura Hills
- Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair, Camarillo
- Camarillo Summer Concert Series, Camarillo
- Concert in the Park (Moorpark), Moorpark
- Concerts by the Sea, Oxnard
- Concerts in the Courtyard, Simi Valley
- Gardens of the World Summer Jazz Concert Series, Thousand Oaks
- Music in the Park (RSRPD), Simi Valley
- Pop-up Arts and Music Festival, Thousand Oaks
- Rock the Collection Concert Series, Oxnard
- Saturday Concerts in the Park (WLV), Westlake Village
- Summer Concert Series (Janss), Thousand Oaks
- Summer Concerts in the Park (CRPD), Thousand Oaks
- Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake, Calabasas
- T.O. Library Summer Concerts, Thousand Oaks
- TGIF at Westlake Village, Westlake Village
- Tiny Porch Concerts, Agoura Hills
- Valley Cultural Center — Concerts on the Green, Woodland Hills
- Ventura County Fair, Ventura
Many of the event locations can be found on these maps.
- Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center
- Chumash Park
- Conejo Community Park
- Constitution Park
- Gardens of the World
- Janss Marketplace
- Oak Canyon Community Park
- Paramount Ranch
- Peninsula Park
- Peter Strauss Ranch
- Rancho Madera Community Park
- Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
- Rancho Simi Community Park
- The Collection at RiverPark
- Ventura County Fairgrounds
- Warner Center Park
The Conejo.Rocks event listings were originally part of my site YourFriendPaul.com, which I started to do somewhere around 2012. Because it was buried in the site, people had a hard time finding the list (or more likely had trouble typing the long link). As the quantity of shows increased and more people started using my list, I moved it to a separate site so it would be easier to use (and maintain, which is important to me since I wrote all the site's code from scratch).
In recent years there were 116 events for 2018, 102 events for 2019, and 15 events for 2020. There were nearly 100 events in 2013, but it isn't an accurate comparison. The way events were displayed (and counted) changed over the years. For instance in early versions all of the Ventura County Fair concerts were displayed as one event. As some venues discontinued shows (there used to be a series at The Oaks) I would discover new ones (such as the The Collection, and Moorpark's Concerts in the Park).
Then 2020 happened.
About 2020 and 2021
Because of the focus Conejo.Rocks has on live music, it became inactive during 2020. Essentially, I started doing it, but gave up on tracking the changes.
A few 2020 concerts were being announced and getting added to CR. But before the events began they were often getting canceled, while some others move online. I considered adding ways to show both online events—meaning a way to distinguish them from live events. I also needed to find a way to highlight canceled events. Soon became clear that all of the summer events were going away.
At that point I quit tracking everything. The amount of work needed to keep the site accurate had doubled because I had to keep going back to check if things had changed for concert series that I would have been done with on any other year. Most of the places having the concerts have never make it very easy to keep track of any changes they make, and online events were often last-minute.
2021 is proving to be a challenge because some of the previously free events are charging admission and limiting attendance. What should a site that tracks free shows do? I decided not to track car concerts and shows with paid blocks of seats. Sorry CRPD. As of this writing I am starting to hear rumors of a couple of the free series starting up.
Keep coming back. Maybe it will pickup later in the year. I bet 2022 will be pretty full.