VJ PRODUCTIONS was the name of Vincent Lavery’s concert promotion. He lived at 1830 I. Street, Merced California.
He started with “The Echos” a band from Castle Air Force Base – made up of Bob Caywood, John Guerra, Danny Freitas, Greg Gaffney, and some other guy that was in the airforce. The first time the Echos played was in Modesto at “”The Pussy-Kat-a Go-Go” in 1965.
Vince ended promoting in 1968 when he started working for “Kennedy (Robert) for President He would love to hear from anyone who was associated with the concerts in Merced, Turlock, Modesto, Los Banos, Dos Palos, Stephenson, Hilmar and other points North and South – all of which were sponsored by VJ Productions.
It was Jamie Murdock – who told him first about “The Doors” – playing in the Whiskey-A-G-Go in Los Angeles. He signed them up for four gigs.
The first night they played in Merced they drew 81 people – three days later “Light my Fire” was nationwide. – and you all know the rest of the story!
He was asked to be their manager but turned it down – how things might have been?
Vincent Lavery came home to Ireland 2 years ago after 50 years in the US, only to find that his county had turned it’s back on him. Vincent left Ireland when he was 20 but never forgot his roots. He came home every year. As he says “I left Ireland when I was 20 but Ireland never left me.” Amongst other things he was an activist and a teacher in the US for 35 years but his credentials were not recognised here in Ireland. He was also heavily involved in coaching soccer in the US and has written 4 books about the subject, and even at that he struggled to get a coaching job.
He was also briefly featured in Michael Moor’s Farenheit 911.
You can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org