Bernie Larsen Solo Acoustic
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Bernie Larsen Solo Acoustic

Join us for an evening of music Friday, October 18th with our very own Bernie Larsen! Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X.

He worked as producer and composer of music for films like "Friends With Money" starring Jennifer Anniston, and "Elsewhere" featuring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick, and the soundtrack will be released this year through Immediate Music. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl.

His new solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section.

Cry on Cue’s latest release, Love + Trust, is the result of a collaboration with renowned reggae producer Karl Pitterson, whose recording credits include such reggae greats as Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Toots and the Maytals. Pandora’s Cry On Cue radio has been building a steady following since it’s debut last year. The resulting record is one that Reggae Beat magazine called “…rock-solid reggae as crisp and bright as anything on the Harder They Come soundtrack… a Tour de Force.”

A versatile player, Larsen is heard on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals; but, according to Vintage Guitar Magazine, his “strength is rhythm...the term ‘rock-steady’ could have been invented for him.” Dan Forte

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a 15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Art House Film Night: White Nights
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: White Nights

Join us Saturday, October 19th with "White Nights"! White Nights is a 1985 American drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. It was choreographed by Twyla Tharp and shot in Finland, Portugal, Austria, as well as in the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The title refers to the sunlit summer nights of Leningrad, the setting for the majority of the film, situated near the Arctic Circle.

The film is notable both for the dancing of Hines and Baryshnikov and for the Academy Award–winning song "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie in 1986, as well as "Separate Lives" performed by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin and written by Stephen Bishop (also nominated).

Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko (Baryshnikov) is a Soviet ballet dancer who had defected from the Soviet Union. The plane carrying him to a next performance in Tokyo has electrical problems and crash lands in Siberia. He is hurt and is soon recognized by KGB officer Colonel Chaiko (Jerzy Skolimowski). Chaiko then contacts African-American tap dancer, Raymond Greenwood (Hines), who has defected to the Soviet Union, and gets them both to Leningrad. Chaiko wants Rodchenko to dance at the season's opening night at the Kirov, and Greenwood to babysit Rodchenko. To convince Rodchenko, Chaiko uses Galina Ivanova (Helen Mirren), a former ballerina who never left the Soviet Union and is an old flame of Rodchenko.

After an initial period of racial and artistic friction, the two dancers (and defectors in opposite directions) become strong friends. When Raymond finds that his wife Darya Greenwood (Isabella Rossellini) is pregnant, he decides he doesn't want their child to grow up in the Soviet Union, and together, with Rodchenko, they plan an escape, with the help from Galina, who still has feelings for Rodchenko. While the escape plan is going on, Raymond chooses to stay behind to delay Chaiko, gaining time for Nikolai and Darya to get to the Consulate at Leningrad. Even though Raymond is incarcerated when the whole plan is revealed, he is finally traded by the Soviets for a political prisoner from Latin America, and reunites with Darya and Nikolai.

Join us for this fantastic film at 7pm. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door and complimentary popcorn.

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Leslie Mendelson
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Leslie Mendelson

Join us for an evening of music Friday, October 25th with Leslie Mendelson! Leslie Mendelson returns with ‘Love & Murder’—the singer/songwriter’s first new album in eight years. A stirring work imbued with emotional depth and poise, the effort is the long-awaited follow up to her Grammy Award-nominated debut, ‘Swan Feathers.’ It’s an apropos title, reflecting the dichotomy between the dark and light she encountered in those years between.

Poised for stardom in 2009 with comparisons to Carole Kingand and Rickie Lee Jones on the tip of tastemakers’ lips, fate as it often does, had other plans. Perhaps though to the benefit of her art. After losing a record and management deal and having her friend and producer Joel Dorn unexpectedly pass away, Mendelson recommitted to her work and slowly but surely penned the songs with her longtime co-writer Steve McEwan that would become ‘Love & Murder.’ Produced by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams), it’s a sparse, raw collection of ten folk songs. Opening with “Jericho,” a haunting number that sets the tone for what’s to come, it makes clear that ‘Love & Murder’ lies more within darker spaces that artists like Sharon Van Etten, Lana Del Rey and Dusty Springfield inhabit. Songs like “Murder Me,” “Coney Island,” and “Chasing the Thrill” find Leslie exploring loss in ways that feel personal and metaphorical, where the stories within are multifaceted.

She also recorded three covers for the album: the classic-country infused “Cry, Cry Darlin’,” a take on Bob Dylan’s classic “Just Like a Woman,” played on the ukulele, and a duet with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.” In fact, Mendelson was unwittingly adopted by the West Coast jam scene after Weir heard her take on “Friend of the Devil” and recruited her to perform with him. On ‘Love & Murder,’ however, Leslie offers a different side that isn’t been present in her early work or recent collaborations. “This collection is just about the songs and my voice,” she says. “That's what people can connect with. It shows where I am right now as an artist and where I want to go.”

Her latest project was performing and recording "A Human Touch" with Jackson Browne, and she just came back from touring, opening for The Who. She is joined on stage by Jennifer Condos on bass (Stevie Nicks, Ray LaMontagne, Pointer Sisters, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and more) and Jay Bellerose on drums (Sara Bareilles, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and more).

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Molly Miller Trio
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Miller Trio

Join us for an evening of music Saturday, October 26th with the Molly Miller Trio! Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style.

She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz and The Black Eyed Peas. She’s played for thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, Telluride Music Festival, and Planeta Atlantida. When she’s not on tour, Miller heads her own trio, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Miller is also the Chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music. She is joined on stage by Jennifer Condos on bass (Stevie Nicks, Ray LaMontagne, Pointer Sisters, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and more) and Jay Bellerose on drums (Sara Bareilles, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and more).

The show begins at 7:30 and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Luis Munoz with Lois Mahalia
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Luis Munoz with Lois Mahalia

Join us Saturday, November 2nd for an evening of music with Luis Muñoz!

Luis Muñoz is a composer, producer, arranger and percussionist from Costa Rica. He has released 9 CDs of his compositions as a leader, all of them receiving multiple accolades and awards from the world media.

 His 2015 CD “VOZ”, a project with singers Claudia Acuña (Chile), Magos Herrera (México) and Téka (Brazil) was chosen by Downbeat Magazine among the “Best CDs of the Year” and by Jazziz Magazine among the “12 Best Albums of the Year”. Latin Jazz Network called it “A perfect Album” (5 Stars). It won two ACAM Awards (Association of Composers and Musical Authors) in Latin America, including “Jazz CD of the Year”.  Mr. Muñoz’s has received 6 ACAM  nominations and 4awards so far.  Mr. Muñoz was chosen among the “12 Best Artists of the Year” by NPR’s AltLatino.  His latest recording, “The Dead Man” (2017) was named “Best Record of the Year” in Jazziz Magazine.

 Luis. Muñoz has performed in some of the best Jazz Festivals and theaters in the USA and abroad: from The Litchfield Jazz Festival in the East Coast to the San Jose Jazz Festival in the West Coast.  From the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, CA, the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, CA to the National Opera House in Costa Rica.   

Mr. Muñoz just finished recording “The Infinite Dream” with Guyanese singer Lois Mahalia, to be released in early 2019, and is currently working on “Canciones de Transfiguración y Esperanza”, a new collaboration with singer Magos Herrera.

Lois Mahalia was born in British Guyana. She began singing and performing on stage at the age of 5 with her brothers. She moved to the US at age 13 and continued singing in churches with her musical family. She has done extensive work as a session artist and has performed, recorded, and toured with artists such as Kenny Loggins, Joe Sample, Michael McDonald, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Norman Gimble, and Joe Walsh from The Eagles.

The show will begin at 7:30pm, and there is a $25 donation at the door.

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Kenny White
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Kenny White

Join us Saturday, November 9th for an evening of music by Kenny White! Astonished audiences often ask Kenny after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?” when in fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades.  He comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey.  LONG LIST OF PRIORS, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter.  As on his past recordings, Kenny White’s work in the studio enabled him to assemble a who’s who of musicians and guest artists, including David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape-shifting Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass.  Now add the horns, strings, and other surprising arrangements, and LONG LIST OF PRIORS is a refreshingly original and multi-layered singer-songwriter recording.

White spent five song-less years before catching the first spark that would soon lead to LONG LIST OF PRIORS. Kenny says, “As usual, this became a deeply personal record for me. A chronicle of how the heart copes with the passing years, these tumultuous times, and the struggle to find simplicity in a complex world. It took being able to tune out the noise and interference of that world before I could hear what was inside me. That’s the trick. I also wanted to make a pure ‘sounding’ record. Where you can lose yourself in the sonic landscape and feel like you are in the room with the musicians and singers.”

Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Kenny White began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary, “Living in the USA” tour.  He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, beginning with “The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios,” nearly seven years of Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and countless ads for the Coca Cola company. Commercial work enabled White to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Ms.Ronstadt, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. He even was tapped to conduct a portion of the London Symphony Orchestra for a series of commercials for Greyhound bus lines.

White worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate, John Sayles.  His piano solos set the scenes throughout the beloved A Walk on the Moon, which often gets a resurrection on the anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.  Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut album.

Whenever he could break free from the four walls of the recording studios, Kenny would often support other musicians in live concerts.  After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, White chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist.  Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited White to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, UNINVITED GUEST. Both the album and White’s skill on piano and guitar, coupled with his warm and charming on-stage personality were met with critical acclaim.  An early copy of his follow-up record, SYMPHONY IN 16 BARS, landed in the hands of Judy Collins, who then signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing the CD in 2005.She often invited White to open her concerts.  The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls, encouraged White to follow up with the EP, NEVER LIKE THIS.  His subsequent recording, COMFORT IN THE STATIC, was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists. The late Pete Fornatale declared on his WFUV-FM show, Mixed Bag, “I know by June what my favorite album of the year is.  I cannot imagine hearing a more riveting or compelling recording between now and December.  It’s all locked up.”

Kenny White’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band:  FOOL’S PARADE, SLEEPLESS (named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”), MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS, which debuted at #45, and the 2016 release A CURE FOR LONELINESS, which reached #23 on the Americana chart in its first 6 weeks. Kenny often joins Wolf’s Midnight Ramblers band on tour, honing his celebrated rock & roll keyboard skills, and to play onstage alongside his own LONG LIST OF PRIOR musicians, Duke Levine and Marty Ballou.

The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle, Neko Case, and to record a track side by side with Keith Richards.

White’s music has been discovered in the UK and Europe, and he recently traveled to Livorno, Italy, to accept the International Songwriting Award at the Annual Premio Ciampi music festival.  He often attracts an intriguing patronage to his concerts. Robert Plant was recently sighted in rapt attention at one of White’s solo shows in the UK and Jackson Browne, the same, at one of Kenny’s L.A. shows.

He still, from time to time, tours with Judy Collins throughout North America and performs the duet “Veterans’ Day” on her recent BOHEMIAN CD.  He often shares a stage with his good friend Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her live recording, GREETINGS, which he also produced. And though he has all but given up his days as a sideman, in 2014, he accepted an offer by none other than Tom Jones to play in his ‘soul quartet’ for a sold-out, three week US tour.

We are thrilled to host Kenny White, and the show begins at 7:30pm. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Girls with Guitars
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Girls with Guitars

Join us for an evening of acoustic music Friday, November 15th with Cindy Kalmenson, Patricia Cardinali and Natalie Gelman! Cindy continues to travel as a solo artist as well as playing festivals, listening rooms and house concerts around the West. She is a very spontaneous, engaging and soulful performer who feels very much at home on stage. Cindy was named the winner of West Coast’s songwriting associations contest for best song of 2010. She has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Kathleen Edwards, and Lucinda Williams.

Cindy was the founder and host of a very successful show that began in 1996 called Girls With Guitars showcasing some of the finest singer songwriters in Nashville. Many of the girls have gone on to major label contracts and publishing deals: Lisa Carver, Nicole Witt, Mary Gauthier, Mindy Smith.

Patricia Cardinali is a singer/songwriter/musician who is well known for her original solo work as well as playing with Jimmy Calire, Patti Cakes and the Baker's Men, The Ojai Mardi Gras Band, and is also the music director for the Center for Spiritual Living and Meadows Montessori.

Raised in the old West Village, NYC stomping ground of songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at 16 and started writing songs on it immediately and began busking on subway platforms soon afterwards when she grew tired of pretending to be 21 to play clubs in the city.

Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs - responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world. “Not too much about her, but somehow about me & everyone in the audience as well.”

Join these three incredible ladies for a night of music and storytelling at 7:30pm. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Iain Matthews & Steve Postell
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Iain Matthews & Steve Postell

Join us for a special Sunday evening performance by Iain Matthews & Steve Postell! Iain Matthews, founding member of British Folk Rock bands Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort, has recorded with the likes of Nanci Griffith and Elliott Murphy.

Steve Postell, guitarist/producer for the Immediate Family, Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, and has worked with David Crosby, John Oates, Robben Ford, Jennifer Warnes, and more.

The pair, with more than 60 albums between them, have once more joined forces for a special West Coast concert tour. They are also currently writing songs for their first duo album.

This is a rare opportunity to be up close and personal with these multi-talented singer/songwriters and share their special music. Miss them at your peril.

Iain Matthews first gained attention as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort who had a No 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’. Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group, Plainsong. Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single ‘Shake It’.

During the early 1980’s Matthews recorded a wonderful version of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street”, contributed to a Phil Ochs’s Tribute album and recorded plus toured with Nanci Griffith.

In 2000 Matthews settled in the Netherlands and found a busy, happy life in Europe. More collaborative recordings were issued including a Tribute album to Sandy Denny. However, Matthews feels he has finally found an almost perfect musical sweet spot, playing solo.

Steve Postell is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/composer and producer. His latest solo CD for Immergent Records features a host of brilliant guests including David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, and many others. A native New Yorker, Steve moved to Los Angeles to join Steve Ferrone and Grammy award winning engineer/producer John Jones.

Trained at The Mannes College Of Music in New York City, Steve Postell has had a successful, prolific career which spans his days playing with Pure Prairie League, performing on Broadway in shows such as “Evita” and “The Man Of LaMancha,” co-writing the score for the off-Broadway rock musical "Fallen Angel", touring with Lea Salonga as her musical director, and fronting the popular New York City bands, “Chain o' Fools” and “Little Blue”. Steve has written scores for film and television, and produced Lawrence Kasdan’s "Jumpin' At The Boneyard". Steve wrote and produced many jingles & has performed live on numerous TV shows.

Steve was the project coordinator for the Shout Factory release of the 20th anniversary edition of the Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen project "Famous Blue Raincoat", and has toured and recorded with Jennifer as her guitarist and musical director. He is also working on a documentary featuring the debut of a new orchestral piece by Ravi Shankar.

Steve recently won a “HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD” for best song in the Americana/Roots category for his song “3:45 Coming Through”, and had a song featured in the Ricky Gervais film “The Invention Of Lying”. He also recently composed the music for a classical ballet choreographed by Zippora Karz.

The show begins at 7:00pm, and there is a $25 suggested donation at the door.

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The Pearlman Girls-An Evening of Comedy & Music
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Pearlman Girls-An Evening of Comedy & Music

Join us for an entertaining evening of comedy and song Friday, November 29th with The Pearlman Girls! New York based adorable yet gutsy comedian Erin Pearlman will open the evening featuring her sister and LA based singer/songwriter Katie Pearlman performing original songs with her soulful, stirring voice, riveting melodies and powerful lyrics. Mom Carey Appel may perform an original song or two!

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Maureen Toth
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Maureen Toth

Join us for an evening of music Saturday, November 30th with Maureen Toth! Born and raised in Huntington Station, New York, Maureen Toth attended Boston University where she studied voice and began to develop her range. After getting her degree she attended theatre school in Manhattan and then relocated to the Bay Area, where she continued to pursue her musical interests before transplanting to Los Angeles in 2000. Once in L.A., she stepped into the vibrant singer-songwriter scene and met Bernie Larsen, a renowned touring guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackson Browne and a member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X. The two began collaborating which resulted in the 2004 album, Deven Kay and 2010’s, Shine, a ten-song master work of nuanced Americana and lyric driven melodies. Cut Flowers, an introspective EP produced by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Michelle Branch, Kate Voegele), followed in 2016, with BLUR, a road-ready, rock-leaning co-production with Carlos Calvo (David Duchovny, Rob Morrow, Adam Levine) and Paul Smith (Lucinda Williams, A Fine Frenzy, Bright Eyes) releasing in 2019.

Over the course of the past year, Toth, Calvo and Smith dialed into something transformative, producing five distinctive and satisfying songs exploring humanity, touching on tough subjects that highlight the human condition, and blending the folk and rock genres. Eschewing the more folk-infused sound of Cut Flowers, Toth felt BLUR demanded a more powerful sound. On the bright Tom Petty stroll of the title track, Toth explores that strange state between sleeping and awake, the living and the dead and bridging that gap or blurring those lines reaching for someone you have lost while closing track, the free-flowing “Island,” is a jangly 6-minute jam that rides straight into the breaking sunrise.

Championed by Women of Substance Radio, the inherent quality in Toth's forthright material has drawn comparisons to Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, and Shelby Lynne. Review Fix declared her material to be "charming coffee house concoctions, warm and full of spice” akin to Sara Bareilles, while Yahoo! Voices applauded the "beautiful storytelling” that "whisks you away like an instant getaway."

Aside from her songwriter’s endeavors, Toth owns and runs Eastern Talent, a successful below the line talent agency in Los Angeles that reps Editors, Cinematographers, Production Designers, and Costume Designers for film and television. Her clients' work on feature films include projects like The Descendants, 22 Jump Street, and Love Simon and narrative television such as Verdon Fosse, The Romanoffs, and True Detective.

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Storytelling Class & Showcase
Jan
6
to Feb 14

Storytelling Class & Showcase

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Discover the fabulous Art of Storytelling in a playful, intimate and safe environment!

  • Uncover your stories and the wealth they contain

  • Learn the essentials of good story crafting

  • Practice delivery techniques, stage movement, and vocal variety

  • Strengthen your message with heart, intuition and focus

  • Find your voice, face your fears and dismantle the critic

  • Experience the transformational magic of sharing with others

Six Week Class

  • Mondays 6-9pm

  • January 6th-February 10th

Performance

  • Thursday night February 13th at 7pm

For Information: banfield11@gmail.com

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Art House Film Night: Stormy Weather
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: Stormy Weather

Join us for an evening of song and dance Saturday, October 12th with the legendary film Stormy Weather! Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast. Bill Williamson (Bill Robinson), a struggling performer, meets a beautiful vocalist named Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Bill promises her that they will be together after he becomes a success. However, he and Selina both skyrocket to fame and lose contact. Fortunately, Bill just might get one more chance to woo Selina at a huge musical stage show. Popular entertainers of the 1940s, including Fats Waller, the Nicholas Brothers and Cab Calloway, perform as themselves in the film.

The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door and as always complimentary popcorn!

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Maita & Max Kasch
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Maita & Max Kasch

Join us for an evening of music Friday, October 11th with Maita & Max Kasch! Maita is an indie rock musician hailing from Portland, OR, currently touring the west coast. Max Kasch is a local singer/songwriter, who's influences include Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. This evening of songs and storytelling begins at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Brendan Willing James & Cordell Lee
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Brendan Willing James & Cordell Lee

Join us Saturday, October 5th for an evening of acoustic music with Brendan Willing James and Cordell Lee! As one of the founding members of the band Grizfolk, Brendan toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe, sharing stages with Bastille, X Ambassadors, Smallpools, Andrew McMahon, and appeared on Conan O'Brien and one of David Letterman's last broadcasts of The Late Show alongside Will Smith. Before that, he was an original lead in the new musical Lonesome Traveler, where he portrayed folk legends Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie in a tribute to the beginnings of folk music in America. A google search will point to music he’s written for the shows Pretty Little Liars, Catfish, and Hart of Dixie, and various music and writing projects, from folk to R&B.

In the summer of 2018, a chance encounter at a show in Venice, CA reunited Brendan with producer and friend Erin “Syd” Sidney. Feeling a deep fatigue from the grind of touring, he decided to part ways with Grizfolk and leave L.A. for a spell to write and restore in Ojai, CA. In January 2019, he entered into a recording session with Syd, co-producer Daniel Wright of Radio Skies, keyboardist Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco, and Engineer/Mixer Scott Hirsch of Hiss Golden Messenger. The week-long session produced 9 new songs and a new creative community.

Opening the show at 7:30pm is Cordell Lee! There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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Bernie Larsen & Friends: An Evening of Music and Dance
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Bernie Larsen & Friends: An Evening of Music and Dance

Join us Friday, October 4th for an evening of reggae, rock, r&B & blues with Bernie Larsen! Bernie has had a magical musical career, sharing the stage and producing the likes of David Lindley & El-Rayo X, Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, Rikki Lee Jones, Jackson Browne and more. He fronts his reggae band Cry On Cue, and his latest "runaway train" project Gang of Nannies.

Bernie is joined on stage with Eric Sullivan (guitar), Josh Moreau (bass), Taylor Quinn (drums) and Cassidy (percussion & taps), bringing you music that will make you groove, uplift your spirit, and bring joy to your heart. The show begins at 7:30pm and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Lenny & Susan LaCroix
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Lenny & Susan LaCroix

Join us Friday, September 27th for an exciting evening of music by Lenny & Susan LaCroix! Make room Steve and Edie, Captain and Tennille. Lenny and Susan LaCroix have arrived! This awesome twosome will light your fire with their unique, jazz oriented approach to a variety of great music. Lenny arranges their music with the same creativity he has used for years while working with stars like Barbra Streisand, Ann Margret, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson and Tony Danza on a multitude of TV variety shows, movies and live stage productions. Susan delivers those arrangements with the same energetic and warm vocal style that has delighted audiences for years. They love making music together and you will love the music they make!

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

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Alan Thornhill
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Alan Thornhill

SOLD OUT

Join us Friday, September 20th for a special 2-set performance by our very own Alan Thornhill! Alan Thornhill's unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meet him that he's simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, Ca. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and his hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a brilliant player (winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship), his distinctive sound, singing, and writings have been featured on many recordings throughout the years (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers, etc). While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it's simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many, "one of the most beautiful voices ever heard". Alan is a singer and player admired by his peers, and beloved by his fans and mesmerized first timers.

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Cool Kids from Ojai Playing Music with Dave Cipriani
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Cool Kids from Ojai Playing Music with Dave Cipriani

Join us Saturday, September 14th for an evening of music by our own youthful musicians of Ojai with Dave Cipriani! The Senate, Without Words,Kaylie Turner & Band, and Quinn Ruben grace us with their tremendous talent! Dave Cipriani is a highly accomplished guitarist, songwriter and composer who performs on a 7-string classical and electric, and (20-string) Indian slide guitar.

We look forward to having all of them grace our stage! The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $10-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Thump Reunion!
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Thump Reunion!

Join us Friday, September 13th for a Thump reunion! For years we all were able to enjoy the musical stylings and collaborations that grew from the talent of TD Lind and Bernie Larsen, and here we are once again celebrating them! Joined by Karl Hunter on sax, this will be a night you won't want to miss! Reggae, boogie woogie, blues, and rock will make you wanna move in your seat and sing along!

The show begins at 7:30pm and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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We Are The West and Heath Cullen
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

We Are The West and Heath Cullen

Join us Saturday, September 7th for an evening of music with We Are The West and Heath Cullen! As vast and indefinable as the West itself, the intrepid sound stylists of We Are The West reach beyond the setting sun to create an eclectic symphonic landscape. Brett Hool (voice/guitar) and John Kibler (bass/voice) formed We Are The West in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland, and began performing as a duo in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, before heeding the call to continue West to Los Angeles. Originally described as “a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass”, the duo paints with a broad palette of sound incorporating drums and percussion, woodwinds, strings, brass, pump organ, accordion, and unique vocal harmonies to create their dynamic and transporting songs.

For We Are The West’s first full-length album The Golden Shore, the band went to Grammy-winning engineer Husky Höskulds in downtown Los Angeles to record live as a trio with drummer Elizabeth Goodfellow (Iron & Wine). Building on the band’s four previous EPs, The Golden Shore is their boldest vision yet, with sounds forged from an alternate horizon. The album blends emotional sophistication with sun-drenched, nostalgic riffs illuminated by crystalline lyrics as powerful as the Pacific.

Fond of merging the acoustics of nature with their own musical landscape, We Are The West’s national tours have included performances in natural desert amphitheaters, mine shafts, tow lots, redwood groves, sunset coves, and masonic temples, in addition to traditional theaters and festivals. Onstage they have supported a versatile range of artists, from indie rockers Lord Huron to chamber artist Kinan Azmeh of The Silk Road Ensemble. We Are The West’s four EPs were each recorded in a different improvised locale: their LA parking garage, a barn in western New York, the high desert of New Mexico, and a ranch in Sebastopol. Their whimsical, energetic recordings have been featured in compilations for Textura, Sound and Motion, and the Surfrider Foundation.

Heath Cullen hails from the hills surrounding the tiny rural village of Candelo in South Eastern NSW - a far-flung corner of Australia that he still calls his home. His third album, OUTSIDERS was recorded over just two days at Sing Sing studios with Elvis Costello’s longtime band The Imposters - Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve, and Davey Faragher. The album is carefully and respectfully woven through with quote and reference to traditional folksong - both lyric and melody as the warp and weft - but the centuries old characters conjured here appear in their cameos alongside modern wanderers and wayfarers, rockabilly dancers and demons. The songs harken back to a much older music - one that could still be heard deep inside of us all if we’d only stop to listen - one that is older than the foundation stone of your great great grandparents’ outhouse - but make no mistake, this is Rock & Roll music, both modern and timeless.

“Incredible.. Powerful.. Mesmerising.. There’s something about Cullen. Something absorbing. That whole tall, dark and handsome stranger get-up and princely stage presence he exudes leaves punters’ eyes following him about the platform wherever he moves. And the show is suave and captivating .. that proves once more the integrity and musical bones that

reverberate throughout Cullen. The gent is a genuine troubadour" - RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Ramon Mirabet with Beckett McDowell
Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

Ramon Mirabet with Beckett McDowell

Join us Friday, September 6th for a special performance by Barcelona's Ramon Mirabet!

Ramon Mirabet was born into a family of musicians and Circus artists who were used to choosing not only the most risky paths that life throws up but also the most exciting ones. Shut in his room with just an old piano for company, Ramon started to compose his first three chord melodies. These early songs were just a personal diary for Ramon and he had no serious intention of dedicating his life to music back then.

Ramon spent over six years busking in Europe's main cities but it was in Paris, more specifically on the steps of Montmatre, that became one of his favorite places to perform. Thanks to his improvised performances Ramon made enough money to record and produce his first album. In 2013 Ramon recorded his first songs for the “Happy Days” (Warner) album in which he mixed drive, energy and his passion for the classics of Rock, Blues and Jazz. A debut album using his own personal style which enabled him to perform his first professional concerts.

In 2016 he released his second album “Home Is Where The Heart Is” (Warner) which gave Ramon a great leap forward onto the big stage. The tour promoting his second album was seen by over 140.000 people in more than 90 concerts in various music venues and theaters throughout Spain along with performances in some of the main national music festivals like Sonorama, Arenal Sound, Cruilla Festival, Jardins de Cap Roig and international festivals like the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

In 2019 Ramon Mirabet presented the songs from his third album “Begin Again”. A new sound with a compelling narrative that is an enormous step forward that opens up unlimited options for one of the most promising artists of the moment.

An illustrious concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, that will certainly go down in history, marks the beginning of a new tour that promises to be one of the most important of the season. Festivals such as Mallorca Live, San San de Benicàssim, Jardins de Cap Roig or Jardins de Pedralbes await Ramon.

You will be surprised by his husky voice with tinges that sketch a universe made up of a multitude of experiences and emotions. You will be transmitted by his energy and captivated by the aura of a singer destined to be a musical reference of our time. His songs stem from personal experiences which have turned his life into an exciting adventure.

The show begins at 7:30 with Beckett McDowell, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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Gang of Nannies
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Gang of Nannies

The gang is back! Join is Saturday, September 31st for an unbelievable night of music! Led by singer/songwriter/producer Bernie Larsen, the gang also consists of Kevin McCormick, Eric Sullivan, Karl Hunter, Robert Rachelli, and Cassidy Linder.

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He worked as producer and composer of music for films like "Friends With Money" starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Elsewhere" featuring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick, and the soundtrack will be released this year through Immediate Music. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl.His new solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section.

Producer, musician and songwriter Kevin McCormick, who plays bass on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, has also worked with Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Stephen Stills, among many others.

Karl Hunter is a Southern California based multi-instrumentalist, Studio Musician, Clinician and Music Educator. He is best known for being the featured saxophone soloist with The contemporary, multi Platinum selling, Grammy nominated, swing band "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy", of which he has been a member for 21 years.

Eric Sullivan has had a professional music career since the age of 16 and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is the lead guitarist for Lissie and Radio Skies.

Robert Rachelli has made his name as one of Ventura County's best drummers, playing with an incredible amount of bands ranging from ska reggae, to jazz, to rock to blues.

Cassidy Linder is a professional improvisational tap dancer who brings percussive dynamics to the group, and a little feminine flare.

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $25 at the door.

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An American In Paris: With Live Dancers!
Aug
30
7:30 PM19:30

An American In Paris: With Live Dancers!

Join us Friday, September 30th for a screening of Gene Kelly in "An American In Paris"...complete with live dancers! Emma-Rose Allen, Taylor Koester, Audrey Martel, and Cassidy Linder will be dancing live to some of the greatest numbers of this world renown musical!

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam (Oscar Levant) is a struggling concert pianist who is a long time associate of a French singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary). A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts (Nina Foch) takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is interested in Jerry more than his art. Jerry remains oblivious to her feelings, and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron), a French girl he meets at a restaurant. Lise loves him as well, but she is already in a relationship with Henri, whom she feels indebted to for having saved her family during World War II.

At a raucous masked ball, with everyone in black-and-white costumes, Milo learns that Jerry is not interested in her, Jerry learns that Lise is in love with him, but is marrying Henri the next day, and Henri overhears their conversation. When Henri drives Lise away, Jerry daydreams about being with her all over Paris, his reverie broken by a car horn, the sound of Henri bringing Lise back to him.

The fun begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

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Rose Valley Thorns with Nathan & Jessie
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Rose Valley Thorns with Nathan & Jessie

Join us Saturday, August 24th for an evening of music with the Rose Valley Thorns and Nathan & Jessie! Joshua Bergmann is a Southern California local who's musical passions have been nurtured and developed in the artsy town of Ojai. On the never-ending journey of musicianship Joshua has seen many different aspects of the music world and has taken bit of everything to a unique and eclectic mix of styles, which can be heard in the self titled EP "Joshua Bergmann." The Rose Valley Thorns is a project combining Joshua Bergmann's talents with his amazing collaborators' to focus on the genres of traditional bluegrass and old-time. With Jared Bergmann on guitar, Corey Highberg on upright bass, and perhaps an extra collaborator here and there, The Rose Valley Thorns bring traditional techniques and repertoire together with their modern musicianship for a wonderful flavor of a classic style. From the city where they sun shines through the mist, Temecula, California, comes the jazzy folk duo Nathan & Jessie. Born of the individuals, Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith, this duo is a unique blend of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, along with interesting interplay between male and female vocals. Their performances not only include unique all original music, but stories of their travels and interaction with the audience that make for an unforgettable experience. Love of sharing music has taken Nathan & Jessie all over the world, frequenting places like Mexico, Canada, France, New Orleans, and the Pacific Northwest. The upbeat tunes they write reflect the cultural, emotional, and inspirational images of their life experience and are rooted in the spirit of jazz, improvisation, storytelling, language, and humor. The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Doug Pettibone with Matt Blake
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

Doug Pettibone with Matt Blake

Join us Friday, August 23rd for an evening of music with Doug Pettibone! and Matt Blake Born and raised in Los Angeles, eight-year old Doug Pettibone picked up a guitar and fell in love. His first teacher was Andy Summers, formerly of The Police, who was studying music at Cal State Northridge at the time. At nine years old, Doug studied with Eddie Lafreniere, guitarist for big band leader Jimmy Dorsey. With Eddie’s guidance, Doug spent the next five years studying the music of Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington.

In college, Doug discovered classical guitar, opening up a whole new world of music for him. He received a scholarship to Pepperdine University-Malibu for Jazz Guitar, Classical Guitar and Voice. Graduating with a triple major in 1984, it was time for Doug to learn how to forget all the analytical mechanics of music and play from his heart and gut. For the next 10 years, he would play any gig that would come along, no matter how bizarre.

In 1999, Doug landed a world tour with Jewel that would last a year and a half. In 2001, he was hired to play pedal steel and mandolin and background vocals for Tracy Chapman’s North American tour. Not long after that, Lucinda Williams hired him as her multi-instrumentalist and singer to tour, record, and co-produce. In the last few years, Doug has played live and/or recorded with Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, Vic Chestnut, Mark Knopfler, Richard Thompson, Sting, Ray LaMontagne, John Doe, Marianne Faithfull and many more talented artists. With his music education and professional experience, Doug is able to morph his style into about any musical situation he is thrown into; however, he always seems to find his way back to the music of the fields and the streets—Blues, Country and Roots.

In 2005 Doug released an acoustic-driven solo album, titled The West Gate. Doug is currently working on a new solo album.

The show begins at 7:30pm with Matt Blake! Matt Blake is a self-described singer, comic, drifter and songwriter. Born the son of a minister and librarian in Leonardtown, Maryland, Matt has since been reborn in Cleveland, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Arkansas, Chicago and Albuquerque, and he’s finally settled squarely in Appleton, Wisconsin. Matt’s current LP, “All The Dirt In Town,” was produced by Doug Pettibone and features guests Lucinda Williams and Redd Volkaert. Matt’s solo music career has included opening for Lucinda on U.S. and European tours.

There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Art House Film Night: Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Part 2
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Part 2

Join us Thursday, August 22nd for a special presentation, celebrating 50 years of Woodstock! This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. As naked flower children romp, the New York freeway is closed because of traffic congestion. Music lovers leave their cars and travel on foot only survive torrential downpours of rain, food shortages and non-stop music. Jefferson Airplane gives the wake up call with their song "Volunteers Of America." Crosby, Stills and Nash deliver a memorable performance. John Sebastian gives an impromptu set with a borrowed guitar from Tim Hardin. Santana, Sly and The Family Stone, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Joan Baez also appear. The movie did big box office business and a successful three record set sold millions of copies. The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin performed but were not shown in the film. The Dead's Jerry Garcia recalled that it was the worst live show the band ever did, ironic for a band known for their spirited live performances.

We will be screening Part 2 of this documentary at 7:00pm. If you missed Part 1, no problem! Come and enjoy the incredible music of Woodstock! There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, and there is of course complimentary popcorn!

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Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music, Directors Cut Part 1
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music, Directors Cut Part 1

Join us Friday, August 16th for a special presentation, celebrating 50 years of Woodstock! This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. As naked flower children romp, the New York freeway is closed because of traffic congestion. Music lovers leave their cars and travel on foot only survive torrential downpours of rain, food shortages and non-stop music. Jefferson Airplane gives the wake up call with their song "Volunteers Of America." Crosby, Stills and Nash deliver a memorable performance. John Sebastian gives an impromptu set with a borrowed guitar from Tim Hardin. Santana, Sly and The Family Stone, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Joan Baez also appear. The movie did big box office business and a successful three record set sold millions of copies. The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin performed but were not shown in the film. The Dead's Jerry Garcia recalled that it was the worst live show the band ever did, ironic for a band known for their spirited live performances.

We will be screening Part 1 of this 2 part documentary at 7:00pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, and there is of course complimentary popcorn!

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Art House Film Night: Top Hat
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: Top Hat

Join us Saturday, August 10th for the screening of Top Hat! An American dancer, Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) comes to London to star in a show produced by the bumbling Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). While practicing a tap dance routine in his hotel bedroom, he awakens Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) on the floor below. She storms upstairs to complain, whereupon Jerry falls hopelessly in love with her and proceeds to pursue her all over London.

Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace, who is married to her friend Madge (Helen Broderick). Following the success of Jerry's opening night in London, Jerry follows Dale to Venice, where she is visiting Madge and modeling/promoting the gowns created by Alberto Beddini (Erik Rhodes), a dandified Italian fashion designer with a penchant for malapropisms.

Jerry proposes to Dale, who, while still believing that Jerry is Horace, is disgusted that her friend's husband could behave in such a manner and agrees instead to marry Alberto. Fortunately, Bates (Eric Blore), Horace's meddling English valet, disguises himself as a priest and conducts the ceremony; Horace had sent Bates to keep tabs on Dale.

On a trip in a gondola, Jerry manages to convince Dale and they return to the hotel where the previous confusion is rapidly cleared up. The reconciled couple dance off into the Venetian sunset, to the tune of "The Piccolino".

Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers' partnership (and Astaire's second most successful picture after Easter Parade), achieving second place in worldwide box-office receipts for 1935. While some dance critics maintain that Swing Time contained a finer set of dances, Top Hat remains, to this day, the partnership's best-known work.

The film begins at 7:00pm, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. And of course, free popcorn!

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Art House Film Night: Heartworn Highways
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: Heartworn Highways

Join us Friday, August 9th for the documentary film Heartworn Highway! Heartworn Highways is a documentary film by James Szalapski whose vision captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee in the last weeks of 1975 and the first weeks of 1976.

The documentary covers singer-songwriters whose songs are more traditional to early folk and country music instead of following in the tradition of the previous generation. Some of film's featured performers are Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band. The movie features the first known recordings of Grammy award winners Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell who were quite young at the time and appear to be students of mentor Guy Clark. Steve Earle was also a big fan of Van Zandt at the time.

The movie begins at 7:00pm, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. And of course, free popcorn!

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Shane Alexander with Sophie Holt
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Shane Alexander with Sophie Holt

Join us Saturday, August 3rd for a fantastic evening of music by the one and only Shane Alexander! Known for his intimate tenor, fingerpicked acoustic guitar, and moody melodies, LA-based indie Shane Alexander has quietly made a name for himself with millions of Spotify streams, an extensive touring history in the US and Europe as both a headliner and as support for acts like Bon Iver, Suzanne Vega, Jewel, Seal and Yes, and dozens of film and TV credits featuring his alternative Americana.

The new album, mixed by Grammy-winner Brian Yaskulka, follows the critically acclaimed Bliss and marks Alexander's second production at Buddhaland Studios. Returning from his previous release is Jesse Siebenberg (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Lady Gaga) on lapsteel, guitar and percussion. The album also features Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings) on bass, LA-ace Carl Byron on piano, accordion and keys and Austin Beede (Grateful Shred) on drums. The productions range from stirring solo acoustic pieces to lush full-band rockers.

On the new collection, Alexander, a longtime Buddhist, strives to find light in dark places. Often upbeat, A Life Like Ours also deals with some harsh realities, including the suicide survivor's song 'Lost Road' - written for the family of a boy Shane went to high school with, and the anti-gun violence anthem 'I'll Be Here' (recently featured on ABC's The Rookie) - written the morning after the Las Vegas shooting, that pleads "On a big blue rock that’s spinnin', in a circle lost in space, we are all in this together, every faith and every race." The title track deals with growing older and making peace with everything and everyone before we "return to where we came from and we're just particles of stars". A longtime staple of his live set, 'Nights In White Satin,’ graces the album with its yearning vocal and Morricone-esque instrumental. Themes of oneness, loss, and forgiveness round out the tracklist before the utopian daydream 'Evermore' that ends the album on a note of hope.

A life Like Ours streams on Spotify 9.20.19 + Out on CD and limited-edition white vinyl LP 9.13.19 on Buddhaland Records.

In addition to writing, cowriting, and producing his own records, Alexander has been busy producing other acts at Buddhaland Studios including critics-darling Jenny Van West's Happiness to Burn and Shelby Figueroa's Highwire EP .

The show begins at 7:30pm with the ever-so talented Sophie Holt! Originating from Leicester, England, Sophie now resides in the idyllic Ojai, California. Influenced by an eclectic upbringing of music which varied from Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Annie Lennox, Sam Cooke to Frank Zappa, classical guitar and jazz music. Studying music through classical guitar gave her the basis to create songs and brought out to the west coast. Although she is still exploring her style, her latest sounds are reminiscent of singer songwriters of the 60's and 70's with a flare of motown, r&b, soul, and jazz. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Art House Film Night: Pina
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: Pina

Join us Friday, August 2nd for a special screening of "Pina". Wim Wenders directs this spectacular tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch and her celebrated dance troupe. Artful and insightful documentary with stunning dance sequences.

Pina Bausch was a much-loved German choreographer whose work was unlike anybody else's, incorporating earth, water, stones and city streets into music and movement. She was greatly admired by German director Wim Wenders, who delayed the notion of filming her work until the recent developments in 3-D. It is an irony that as he was preparing "Pina," the choreographer discovered she had cancer and died a few days before filming began.

Ideally, Pina and her voice would have stood at the center of this film. Hauntingly, it seems to circle the empty space she left behind. There are only a few obviously dated shots of her. And there are the memories of her dancers. Admission to the close ranks of her troupe was an arduous and demanding process, and we sense her dancers are as closely associated as the nuns or monks in a cloister. As they speak of her, their voices are reverential. We do not need to be told she very recently died; we hear the sorrow and shock in their voices.

Winning dozens of awards, Pina is an amazing tribute to one of modern dance's most acclaimed choreographers. Join us at 7:00pm for this special screening. There is a $10 suggested donation, and as always, complimentary popcorn!

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Julian Velard with Iggy T & The Crazymakers!
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Julian Velard with Iggy T & The Crazymakers!

Join us July 28th for a special Sunday night performance by Julian Velard! Julian's musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture in both the comedy and music scenes in his native America, and have created cult followings overseas in the UK and the Netherlands. His music initially took hold a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times led to a major label record deal.

He's toured internationally as an opening act for artists such as Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp, and he as shared the stage with a host of comedians including Will Ferrell, Reggie Watts, Paul Scheer, and Wyatt Cenac. His ability to transition seamlessly between both worlds has led to regular appearances on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another. In 2017, he was an artist in residence at the prestigious Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in NYC.

Velard has written music and lyrics for Pop acts, commercials and the Internet, including songs for UK sensation Olly Murs, Wix.com, New York Knicks, Buzzfeed, Audible and The New Republic. His work has been featured on Mashable, The AV Club, and Nerdist. Velard's latest album, Fancy Words for Failure, was profiled in The Wall Street Journal.

Opening the show is Iggy T & The Crazymakers! The core of Iggy T and the Crazymakers is Sarah Todd and David Franz, a newly-formed cross-genre duo out of Ojai, CA, who pull from strong roots in soul, blues, and rock. Their songs excavate the self and the soul, and their particular combination of soul, rock, and blues makes you feel like a plant that’s just been watered…with whisky: sated and saucy, all on a sultry night.

Influenced by the likes of The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Adele, Al Green, Etta James, and Stevie Wonder, they blend traditional soul elements with a modern, beat-driven groove. The result is Eden-fresh; the feeling is like standing over a garden sprinkler in a skirt on a hot Tuesday.

Join us at 7:00pm for a one-night-only performance by Julian. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

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Bernie Larsen, Tony Khalife, & Cassidy Linder
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Bernie Larsen, Tony Khalife, & Cassidy Linder

Join us Friday, July 26th with a beautiful melding of music and dance with Bernie Larsen, Tony Khalife, & Cassidy Linder! We bring to you reggae, blues and rock with Eastern Indian percussion and improvisational tap dancing to just add a bit of flare. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl. His latest solo record “Downward Dub" comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section. A versatile player, Larsen is heard on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals; but, according to Vintage Guitar Magazine, his “strength is rhythm...the term ‘rock-steady’ could have been invented for him.” -Dan Forte

Tony Khalife's mission is to raise the world’s vibration through music...to be the rose growing among the ruins, the smile through the tears, and the melody of peace overpowering the guns of war. Tony brings the gift of transcendence through music. Blending a lifelong search for musical truth into all forms of world music, Tony weaves a seamless vibrational flow in which the drone and ragas of Indian music and the resonance of devotional Sufi dances meet Western harmonies to flow into the different pulses, melodies and expressions of all forms of music Tony has mastered.

Cassidy Linder began her dancing career at the age of three with ballet and tap. Her instructors saw her talent in tap, and continually created solos for her to compete with and she always won. At 17 she was discovered in a class in Chicago, and soon after became the youngest member of the still running professional tap company, Chicago Tap Theatre. She toured the midwest and south of France with them for 4 years, and then began a journey through other interests. For the past 4 years she has been performing improvisational tap alongside Bernie Larsen, adding textures and percussion to his music. She has performed with musicians, poets, and dancers of all shapes and sizes, and have had her taps recorded. Cassidy is grateful to share this wonderful art form with the world, sharing it's history and its personality with anyone who will listen.

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Donna Lynn Caskey, Rebecca Troon, & Abby Posner
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Donna Lynn Caskey, Rebecca Troon, & Abby Posner

Join us for a delightful evening featuring strong, unique women of song… & 5-string banjo Saturday, July 20th with Donna Lynn Caskey, Rebecca Troon, & Abby Posner!

Ventura’s “Banjo Gal” Donna Lynn Caskey writes, sings, and plays from the heart, creating genuine connections with audiences. Her rhythmic, clawhammer-style banjo playing and poetic lyrics cover a wide array of territory from hopeful anthems, story songs, personal confessions, to the comical. Donna Lynn's music lifts spirits, gets toes tapping, and may even have you singing along.

"Simple and stark against beautiful driving rhythms and delicate passages of her fine 5-string banjo, her songs resound like modern spirituals. She writes and plays beautiful songs of enduring hope along the ways of being human. Her voice and words and banjo all seem entwined, so that her songs seem intrinsic, unforced, and genuine... This is music that is good for the spirit – good for all that ails us – an acoustic antidote to chaos and overload.” - Paul Zollo, American Songwriter

Award-winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, and teacher Rebecca Troon shares beautiful music that ranges from hilarious to heart-wrenching while accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, and percussion. She also sings and plays banjo, fiddle, bodhrán, and tin whistle with Santa Barbara's crowd-pleasing Honeysuckle Possums string band. Rebecca has been writing songs for more than 40 years.

“On stage, Rebecca shines with warmth and delight. Her songs are windows into a life of love and a heart deep as the sea. She delivers them with a voice that is playful, soulful, and sultry, with just the right touch of twang.”- Tom Lee, Song Tree Concert Series

Abby Posner delivers charismatic, charming performances both solo and as part of her Los Angeles based indie folk project Abby and The Myth. This CalArts music graduate, dynamite multi-instrumentalist, working musician, educator, and songwriter has composed and had music internationally placed in radio, commercials, television, and film. You may have even seen Abby, her guitar, and banjo make cameo appearances on shows such as Glee and Famous In Love.

"This singer-songwriter is the most criminally undiscovered artist out there, and by ‘there’ I’m referring to both the physical world as well as the far more influential virtual one. Her songs are so sweet and achingly beautiful at times that they belong on the soundtracks of romantic comedies... I consider myself a pretty typically jaded and cynical product of a desensitized, hyper-modernized, information-overloaded society, but even my irony-coated heart was melted by the blissful melodies.” - Nick Schneider, Entertainment Bureau

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

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Max Kasch & James Morrison
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Max Kasch & James Morrison

Join us Friday, July 19th for 2 great singer/songwriters: Max Kasch & James Morrison! Max Kasch is an old soul, a singer and songwriter reminiscent of the Woody Guthrie days. His songs of stories as vast as our world and as personal as love and heartbreak will take you deep within and question.

A filmmaker, playwright, poet, actor, singer/songwriter and yoga teacher, James Morrison was born in Utah and is a product of Alaska. An incredibly talented stage and screen actor, James is best known for his long standing appearance on the show 24. Having loved to play and write music, James has released 2 albums, and his deep calm voice glides atop the guitar, keeping you entranced as he shares his soul in his lyrics.

Join us for these two incredible singer/songwriters at 7:30. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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The Expandards
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Expandards

Join us Saturday, July 13th as we welcome back The Expandards for a special evening of music! Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco) & Isaac Koren (The Kin, Bråves) were talking one sunny afternoon at a child’s birthday party in their hometown of Ojai, CA and confessed a shared interest in classic American songs and electronic music. Jorgensen thought to perform them excruciatingly slow, and as they rehearsed, the unconventional accompaniment of the synthesizer provided surprising contrast and depth to Koren's classic vocal style. The duo have been performing in Ojai and Los Angeles throughout 2018 and are continually recording new versions of classic songs.

The show will begin at 7:00pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door. Advanced reservations are recommended as the last performance sold out quickly!

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Art House Film Night: The Harder They Come
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Art House Film Night: The Harder They Come

We are excited to bring back our Art House Film Night this Friday, July 12th with "The Harder They Come". Ivanhoe Martin (Jimmy Cliff) arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton (Bob Charlton), soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

Enormously successful in Jamaica, the film also reached the international market and has been described as "possibly the most influential of Jamaican films and one of the most important films from the Caribbean".

Join us at 8pm for complimentary popcorn and a night of reggae lifestyle! There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

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Chelsea Williams with Eric Harrington
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Chelsea Williams with Eric Harrington

Join us Saturday, July 6th for an evening of music by Salty Suite's lead singer Chelsea Williams in a solo show! A singer/songwriter with classic influences ranging from the godfather Bob Dylan to his '90s disciple Sheryl Crow, Chelsea Williams made a name for herself the hardest way possible: by busking on Santa Monica's bustling Third Street Promenade. She didn't limit herself to performances, making sure that she wrote and recorded self-released albums in the 2000s, but it was those appearances on the Promenade that caught the ear of Kirk Pasich, the president of Blue Élan Records. Pasich signed Williams, leading to the release of her first major album, Boomerang, in 2017.

Chelsea Williams was brought to the Glendale, California area from Columbus, Ohio when she was a child. Her mother harbored dreams of a musical career, so Williams grew up in a house filled with music. She began playing guitar and writing songs when she became a teenager, influenced by both classic rock singer/songwriters and alternative rockers of the '90s. After dipping her toes in the club circuit of Hollywood, she decided she preferred busking, eventually settling on the heavily trafficked Third Street Promenade that resides just a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.

As she performed, she recorded her originals, usually at home on her computer. In 2007, she released an eponymous full-length album, which was followed by the mini-LP Decoration Aisle in 2008. The next decade didn't see many released recordings -- a 2012 cover of Bruno Mars/Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" that featured in a Chevrolet Cruze campaign -- but she kept working, sometimes singing with a side project called the Salty Suites, occasionally earning the attention of a major player in Hollywood, such as producer Toby Gad. Together, the two completed an album with the intention of seeing it released on Interscope Records, but the label decided against it. A while later, after self-releasing an album called Dreamcatcher in 2016, she met Kirk Pasich, and once he signed her to Blue Élan, he teamed her with producer Ross Garren to record her first album for the label. The resulting Boomerang saw release in August 2017.

Opening for Chelsea will be Eric Harrington, a local of Ojai, who has a diverse musical career spanning 40 years. Beginning in the 80's as an LA pop artist, and later as a songwriter (Tina Turner, Al Jerreau, TV / Film, etc..) and popular So Cal Jazz singer, Eric will be performing his some of his best material for us solo.

The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Pink Moment Comedy
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Pink Moment Comedy

Join us Saturday, June 29th for an evening of hilarious stand up comedy with Jackie Monahan, Solange Castro, and MC Denise Carter! Jackie Monahan is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer who is setting comedy stages on fire from LA to New York with her fearless brand of humor. She toured the country featuring for Amy Schumer, which included opening for her monthly in Vegas. Jackie has since been headlining clubs, colleges, and cruise Lines such as Atlantis and Olivia. She can be seen live at: The Comedy Store, The Improv, and alternative rooms throughout Los Angeles. You may have seen her on Adult Swim’sThe Eric Andre Show, NBC's Last Comic Standing, or Comedy Jam on Showtime. Jackie currently co-stars in Wild Nights With Emily starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson. Jackie won Time Out New York Joke of the Year and was voted comic to watch by Esquire magazine, who said “Jackie has the looks of your friend's hot older sister with the jokes of a deranged serial killer. She will kill you and you will be smiling.”

Solange Castro is a standup comic and published playwright. She attended Berkeley High School and Yale University where she studied English Literature and Playwriting. She has been chosen as “Comic of the Week” on The Jackie & Laurie Show. Her original play “Changes In The Mating Strategies of White People,” ran at the Lounge 2 Hollywood and is published by Broadway Play Publishing. Her play “We Are Experiencing Some Turbulence” saw a staged reading at Sacred Fools theater. In 2017, she directed the documentary short “A California For Everyone” about the California Environmental Quality Act’s impact on the California housing crisis. She plans to self-publish her memoir about salsa dancing, “Salsa Chica: How I Learned To Dance Salsa And Avoid Real Life” in 2019!

Denise Carter is incredibly charismatic and funny. Her gregarious personality and infectious smile will make you laugh instantly. Denise was born and raised in Oxnard, and she attended Ventura Harbor Comedy Class, Jerry Corley’s comedy Clinic and trained under Denise Woods Speak it Clearly Dialectic Coach and acting coach Denise Woods.

She is the reigning queen of comedy of Oxnard. She has been seen at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Ice House, Flappers, World Famous Comedy Store Hollywood and Oxnard Performing Arts and host of private parties. She has appeared in the play “mixed nuts” in Oxnard and LA. She has been seen at improv Ontario improv, Brea improv, improv OXNARD Levity live.

Join in on the laughter at 8pm. There is a $20 suggested donation.

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Gang of Nannies
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Gang of Nannies

Join us Friday, June 28th for another magical evening of music with the Gang of Nannies! Bernie Larsen, Kevin McCormick, Eric Sullivan, Robert Rachelli, Skabone Stan, and Cassidy Linder bring you a night of rock, blues, reggae and soul. This is always a night unlike any other, full of incredible talent, unbelievable solos, and music that will have you jumpin' out of your seats!

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X.A versatile player, Larsen is heard on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals; but, according to Vintage Guitar Magazine, his “strength is rhythm...the term ‘rock-steady’ could have been invented for him.” Dan Forte

Kevin McCormick is a groove master on the 4 and 5 string and plies harmonic extensions which fortify the soloists, singers, and their songs. McCormick’s resume is quite impressive, collaborating with artists including Nils Lofgren, Jackson Browne, Melissa Ethridge, Robben Ford, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Rides with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and Barry Goldberg – to cite a select few.

Eric Sullivan has had a professional music career since the age of 16 and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has toured the globe with Lissie, and is lead guitarist with Radio Skies.

Robert Rachelli has made his name as one of Ventura County's best drummers, playing with an incredible amount of bands ranging from ska reggae, to jazz, to rock to blues.

Skabone Stan, as his name implies, is a trombone player like no other! He has made a name for himself in Ventura County playing with Stonefly's, The Barrelhouse Wailers, Kyle Smith, Demolition Crew, and Ruf & Ready Horns to name a few.

Cassidy Linder is a professional improvisational rhythm tap dancer, who adds percussion and a flare of femininity to the stage.

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $25 suggested donation at the door. This show tends to sell out so purchasing advanced tickets is highly recommended!

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