These bands are also playing the next day Sunday afternoon at the Ojai Ranch Inn with Zeb Zaitz and the Chillz!

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Oil Piers Rest In Peace!

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Oil Piers Rest In Peace!!!  Slide show with live music! Kodachrome images by Jeff Grimes, Original score played live by Zeb Zaitz Band, Greater Goods, Ojai, CA 7:30 PM. 

“For years, Ventura County surfers flocked to the well-defined sandbar that broke off Arco's Oil Piers, located a half-mile south of Mussel Shoals. Always glassy, always shapely and always easy to sip on the Lucky Lagers without the overwhelming presence of law enforcement, Oil Piers was the summer lover's haven for Ventura's surfing elite…But in 1998, all the summer fun came to an abrupt end. Mobil's contract with the state of California expired, and company officials were obligated to dismantle the two piers and leave the place as they found it: a shapeless stretch of exposed beach that's no better than any other lumpy stretch of sand. Oil Piers as we know it is dead, but for a crew of surfers who were fortunate enough to catch it when the "A-frame" was barreling in either direction for days on end, "Oilies" will always bring back warm memories. Man createth, man taketh away. “

--Evan Slater (former Surfer and Surfing magazine editor and noted big wave rider)


Courthouse a new film short is released. Shot and edited in living color on 8mm film featuring an original score composed and played by Neal Casal on a 1957 Gibson J-50.

Here is an early film review:

Only Jeff Grimes & Rocketship could patiently wait forty-four years to allow the film "Courthouse" to fully ripen into a prescient, ironic comment on how misdirection places our attention on superficial pageantry, while the wheels of social injustice grind on in the shadows unchanged. This short film is more relevant now, than at any point since it's original creation in 1973.

--Lufton Wright

Flower Cabin





New chapbook Flower Cabin in English and Chinese. Letterpress printing at Lettre Sauvage with silk end-paper and sewn with button thread. Chinese translation by Cain Zhang. Limited to 48 numbered and signed copies.

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Bad Exhibition: Value in Art

Produced by China-US Art Institute at Art City Gallery, Ventura, CA. An international gathering of 18 artists. I have two pieces in the show a short 8mm film and a letterpress book. Opening night on Saturday 5/19, I'll be performing, with Grady Runyan, Lake of The Sleepers, a 20 minute prose and music piece.