Flamenco Underground
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Flamenco Underground

SOLD OUT

The Flamenco Underground returns to Ojai on February 16th, at 8pm with it's dynamic rhythms and gypsy songs!

The Ojai Underground Exchange has teamed up with Flamenco Dancer Wendy Castellanos to curate a night of authentic Flamenco music and dance. The show will feature Tony Triana strumming the Guitar, Antonio de Jerez, singing timeless gypsy melodies, Cristina Lucio, Jamie Padilla and Wendy Castellanos, setting the stage on fire with their entrancing movements and heart wrenching expressions.

The nights are cold but Flamenco is HOT! Come out on Valentine's Day weekend and experience Ojai's only Flamenco Tablao.

The fiery night begins at 8:00, and it's $25 at the door. Space is limited, so advanced reservations are encouraged.

View Event →
Jonathan McEuen
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen

Join us Friday, February 22nd for an evening of music by Jonathan McEuen! Jonathan McEuen was born to play music and bring joy to those listening. His dad was a famous rock star banjo picker (John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Good genes help, but when people respond to Jonathan’s extraordinary voice and guitar playing, it’s obvious he’s not just another son of a star. He spent his youth (and young adult life) on the road, doing what he loves most, playing guitar and singing with the family, with more than a few world class artists (Dave Mason, Sam Bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willy Nelson and more), and he’s fronted a few of his own bands. With more shows behind him than he can count (Jay Leno, Grand Ol’ Opry, and Red Rocks among them), Jonathan’s well-prepared to take music and audiences in a new direction. Playing music without limitations is what he’s pursuing.

Creating the need for new genres, he’s breaking some molds, transforming musical traditions and stealing shows - one stage at a time. With a guitar in his hands, and a microphone in front of him, if people with a heartbeat are within earshot, you can almost hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor and frequent religious invocations. Audiences are left breathless by his unbridled passion, “edge of your seat” guitar playing, moved to tears by the depth and intense beauty of his voice, and scream with abandon when he breaks into a Prince, Dan Fogelberg, or Cream cover. Moving fluidly through folk, rock, bluegrass, blues and country influences, he makes it all his own, deftly fusing genres in a thrilling, eclectic way, with a generous helping of wit and charm. Jonathan is setting exciting new standards on stages everywhere. The show begins at 7:30pm, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

View Event →
Alice Wallace
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Wallace

February 23rd we welcome Alice Wallace! The California-country singer-songwriter conjures the atmospheric sound of the Golden State’s canyons and deserts, mountains and crashing waves, its crowning beauty and its tragic losses. At the same time, the supple-voiced Wallace tells her own and others’ stories, weaving tales that resonate as we grapple with so many disturbing national issues.

It was after Wallace’s return to her birth state of California that she fully embraced her calling as a singer-songwriter. Her musical family had relocated to rural St. Cloud, Florida, when she was a child. She grew up around the sounds of her parents playing guitars and singing, with “Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, their favorite,” she recalls. She also absorbed the country rock of ‘70s-era Linda Ronstadt on the turntable. “I really taught myself to sing by mimicking their styles,” she says. “The powerful belt that Linda has. The emotive lilt to Emmylou’s voice. Trying to navigate those different elements helped me find my own voice nestled in between all that.” She first picked up guitar at age 10, with her dad teaching her to finger-pick at 15, and by senior year in high school, Wallace was performing original compositions at the local Borders bookstore. It was in college that she discovered yet another calling: yodeling, that haunting vocal style that blends blues, country, and western. Wallace’s own “A Little Yodel” added her to the ranks of legends Patsy Montana and Carolina Cotton.

In 2008, when the Wallace family relocated back to Southern California, she joined them. There, she began focusing on writing, performing, and touring, both solo and with a band. Since 2013, she performs some 200 dates a year. One of those with whom she’s shared stages is singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, who says she and her “stunning” songcraft have that “Steve McQueen ‘Cincinnati Kid’ cool.” Pundits agree: she won the 2017 Female Vocalist of the Year at the California Country Awards and the previous year’s Best Country/Americana Artist at the L.A. Music Critic Awards. She was recently singled out by the Los Angeles Daily News and Pollstar for her “dead-on lovely version” of Ronstadt’s “throbbing” “Long Long Time” at the “Palomino Rides Again” event celebrating the legendary California honky-tonk.

Opening the show is Ojai’s own Rose Valley Thorns! The Rose Valley Thorns are a bluegrass and progressive bluegrass band founded in Ojai, California. Joshua Bergmann, Jared Bergmann, and Corey Highberg have combined their eclectic musical backgrounds to put their efforts into modern bluegrass, paying homage to traditional bluegrass legends, as well as taking steps forward with their unique original material. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Stoneflys with Overgrown
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Stoneflys with Overgrown

Join us for a dance filled night Friday, March 1st with Stoneflys! Stoneflys are an original alternative/ska/reggae/jazz group of musicians formed out of Ventura and Kernville, California. The group is made up of members Guy Jeans (Vocals and Keyboards), Tracy Kahanamoku (Bass), Robert Rachelli (Drums), Fili (Keyboards), Dave Price (Sax), Kevin Miller (Trumpet) and Skabone Stan (Trombone). Some of the members met while writing and performing music for the band Lion I's from Ventura, CA. The Stoneflys released an album, Emergence (2013) which was recorded at Colorbox recording Studios in Ventura, CA and engineered and mastered by Jeff Evans. They are currently working on a new recording which will be completed in 2018. Their new single “With You” has just been released by Po-Folk Records.

The true essence of the Stoneflys is best captured live where they are able to improvise and fully demonstrate their original brand of ska/rock/jazz, melody driven reggae, and pop. The Stoneflys have been a band and have been performing since 2013.

The show begins at 7:30pm with opening act Overgrown, a Ventura based reggae rock group, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera

  • Ojai Underground Exchange (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd for a very special Blues Opera! "Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera" by Chris Pierce & Mark Malone is a tale told in twenty-one songs, following the journey of a fictional street preacher, many years ago in the American Deep South. A story of love, sorrow, earthy humor, and finally, redemption, we accompany Reverend Tall Tree as he plies his trade (leading street revival meetings) in the dusty small towns of the lower Mississippi valley.

The show stars internationally acclaimed vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Pierce as "Reverend Tall Tree" who has released seven independent albums worldwide. In 2018, Pierce’s hit song "We Can Always Come Back To This” from the hit TV show This is Us was nominated for "Best Song/Recording Created for Television" by The Guild of Music Supervisors. In addition to headlining road tours, he has either performed on stage with or opened worldwide tours for Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Cold War Kids, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Jamie Cullum and many others. His voice & music have been heard in films and T.V shows including This is Us, Rosewood, Soul Men, Crash, True Blood, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson's Creek, Army Wives, Crash as well as Lexus & Banana Republic ad campaigns.

His song “We Can Always Come Back to This” was prominently featured on the #1 US Primetime TV show This Is Us and the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart for consecutive weeks and #12 on the iTunes Top 100 songs. He recently received the high honor of working on a classic Soul recording project in Muscle Shoals, AL with The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters as the lead vocalist on a new critically acclaimed album “You’ve Got To Feel It!”. He also just finished writing and composing the highly anticipated original work for theatre entitled Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera of which he performs the leading role in.

Join us Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 2pm. The show will run about 90 minutes, with a 10 minute intermission. Tickets will be $25 at the door, or RSVP here with an additional $1 processing fee. Advanced purchase is recommended as this is an intimate theater and an amazing show!

No flash photography

No videography

No outside food or beverage allowed

*In the event of a sold out show, we reserve to give your seat away if you are more than 30 minutes late.*

RSVP here

View Event →
VC DC Ventura County Dead Collective
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

VC DC Ventura County Dead Collective

Saturday, March 9th we welcome the VC DC Dead Collective for a Grateful Grooves Appreciation Party hosted by Ardas and KTYD! Aiming to bring the music of The Grateful Dead to everyone, the Collective is one of the top tribute bands around! While they focus more on the acoustic side of the Dead, electric guitars tend to make an appearance. Get ready for a GRATE night of music! Show begins at 7:30, and tickets are $15.

RSVP here

View Event →
Nicola Winokur
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Nicola Winokur

Join us Friday, March 15th for the young and powerful Nicola Winocur! Strongly influenced by Legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Donny Hathaway. Her voice is smooth and silky and will transport you back in time to an age when music was great. Nicola Winokur provides a wide variety of classics ranging from jazz to blues. Jonathan McEuen said " She is so good it's scary!" She is being trained in the Applied Music program by Stephanie Aston at Moorpark College where they focus on opera in various different languages as well as technique and music history. Nicola has been in choir since she was 7 years old and has been changed by the world of music. In the future, she considers being a musical therapist as well as being a performer in the jazz community. She is currently working with Jonathan McEuen(guitar),Kevin Su Fukagawa(piano), Aidan Babson(drums), Nathaniel Alpin(keys), and Torrance Klein(bass) along with anyone that is up for a good jam! The show will start at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
The String Revolution & The Rose Valley Thorns
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

The String Revolution & The Rose Valley Thorns

Join us Friday, March 22nd for The String Revolution and The Rose Valley Thorns! Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are virtuosos and create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (recently named “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and has over 150,000 plays. ”Stringborn” was also included on the 2017 Grammy Entry Ballot. The band has been selling out local LA and California regional music clubs, house concerts, and festivals including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Laguna Beach Arts Festival, NAMM Headquarters and many more, and will soon embark on international touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways utilizing their expert guitar skills. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.

The Rose Valley Thorns are a bluegrass and progressive bluegrass band founded in Ojai, California. Joshua Bergmann, Jared Bergmann, and Corey Highberg have combined their eclectic musical backgrounds to put their efforts into modern bluegrass, paying homage to traditional bluegrass legends, as well as taking steps forward with their unique original material.

Join us at 7:30, with a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Luz: An Evening of Flamenco
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Luz: An Evening of Flamenco

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Luz, an evening of Flamenco, to the Ojai on Saturday March 23rd. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno.

Savannah Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the states and has independently produced over 300 performances and workshops. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.

Pedro Cortes, Comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. His work has been performed at the Joyce Theatre, St. Louis Opera, the New York Grand Opera, and has composed music for the Cohen brothers and HBO. Cortes is artistic director of his own Flamenco group, and also Musical Director of Palo Seco. Cortes is a third generation Flamenco guitarists and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.

Born into a family of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer), Jose began his flamenco career at an early age. He has performed with numerous international artists including Carmen Linares and the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami, and also performed in the 7th annual Panama Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The show begins at 8pm, and tickets are $25 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Shannon McNally
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Shannon McNally

Join us for a very special Sunday night performance by Shannon McNally. Her most recent album, Black Irish, is McNally’s most personal project yet, which is saying a lot, given the Americana singer-songwriter’s deep catalog. But it speaks to the power of connection, and the power of music to create it and to reflect it. The kick off track “You Made Me Feel For You”, was written by her producer, Americana icon, Rodney Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration - how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career-defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene. Thom Jurek at All Music said it best, "Only Gram Parsons' term "Cosmic American Music" begins to touch her mercurial, changeling roots aesthetic, . . McNally is a Zen-like, post-Beat song poet”. For those who have followed McNally’s nearly twenty year career the thing that most sticks with the listener about her, is the timeless effortlessness that she brings to all she does. With a long catalog and longer list of peers with whom she has written, recorded and toured, McNally continues to turn out great music that defies blatant genre-fication.

At home across the American (Americana) music spectrum, the Grammy nominee who’s live music career began on the jam band circuit of the 1990’s with bands like Robert Randolph and Derek Trucks, writes as well as she interprets the songs of others, has a top tier musicality to her craft, a soul stirring voice that immediately grabs one by the heart strings and a troubadour’s wanderlust, not to mention as it turns out, she is also an excellent electric guitar player.

Like her anti-hero heros J.J. Cale, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan. Dr. John, and Jim Dickinson, McNally knows who she serves. She serves the song. Her quiet but steady plodding through the many layers of the business of music, hasn’t ever been rewarded with massive fame and fortune but in time that slow burn has become the treasure in and of itself.

The part of McNally’s narrative that is often missed is that not only has she self-managed herself for nearly all of her career but that she has also been a stout warrior-like-artist who often went toe-to-toe with label heads and A&R to defend and fight for her visions. She left the major label world after ten years at Capital/EMI to fend for herself on various smaller labels and self-release paradigms. Perhaps the business of music is finally catching up with her independent spirit. We shall see.

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

RSVP here

View Event →
Discover the Fabulous Art of Story Telling with Karen Banfield
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Discover the Fabulous Art of Story Telling with Karen Banfield

▪ Uncover your stories and the wealth they contain
▪ Learn movement and voice techniques to enhance delivery
▪ Overcome fear
▪ Strengthen your message with heart, intuition and focus
▪ Experience the transformational magic of sharing with others

Two 7 week Classes to choose from:

Daytime: Thursday mornings
Private residence 25 Taormina Lane, Ojai
9.30 – noon March 7 – April 11

Evening: Monday nights
Ojai Underground 1016 W. Ojai Ave
7– 9.30 March 4 – April 18th


Showcase for both classes @ Ojai Underground on Thursday night, April 18th

Register: Banfield11@gmail.com Cost: $275 Phone: 805-804-7024

This is a place to share personal stories and experiences, craft writing and performance skills, enjoy spontaneous expression, build community and get inspired. Workshops are playful, intimate, spiritual and safe.

Karen Banfield is an emotional healer, intuitive reader and author
Check out her One Woman Show, Screw it – Let’s do it!
Or her latest book, Tarantulas, Fudge and Altered Reality
Visit: Karenbanfield.me

RSVP for Showcase Here


View Event →
White Sun
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

White Sun

Join us Saturday, April 20th for a very special evening with White Sun. White Sun is an American musical group formed in Los Angeles, California. The line-up consists of Gurujas Khalsa (singer, songwriter), Adam Berry (producer, instrumentalist), and Harijiwan Khalsa (founder, percussionist). White Sun won the 59th Annual Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for their second album, White Sun II. White Sun's music has gone to #1 on Billboard, #1 on Amazon, and #1 on iTunes. Their music has been streamed 20 million times across 6 continents.

White Sun has collaborated with some of greatest musical talents in the world. That list includes Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabaté, 9-time Grammy Nominated Gabe Witcher of the Punch Brothers, and the Waters Family Singers, who have been a part of nearly 260 gold and over 100 platinum albums. Produced by Grammy winner and two-time Emmy winner Adam Berry, White Sun’s music has also been used in studies at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital led by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, and has been featured in the Psychiatric Times. White Sun is also on the course syllabus for Professor Stephanie Eggert’s classes at USC, where it is used to study stress management.

White Sun composed and performed a song called Love of Sound for "Nanak Shah Fakir," a film distributed by Viacom in 2018. A.R. Rahman, Uttam Singh, Resul Pookutty and Gulzar, all Oscar winners, joined forces to contribute to the film’s music, sound and lyrics.

This enchanting evening of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $30 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →

"Features & Tweeners" with Cindy kalmenson, Natalie Gelman, & Andy Davis
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

"Features & Tweeners" with Cindy kalmenson, Natalie Gelman, & Andy Davis

Join us Friday, February 15th for an evening of acoustic songwriting by some incredibly talented musicians!

Cindy Kalmenson is a singer/songwriter whose work will sound good to those who love either country music or folk music. She’s a storyteller with a knack for both genres. Country fans will laugh and dance along while those who like folk will enjoy the family and life stories. Her whole catalog is filled with good songs, memorable hooks, and stories worth the telling. 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. She has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Kathleen Edwards, and Lucinda Williams.

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.

Andy Davis’s smart and seductive blue-eyed soul music weds indelible hooks to sly, incisive lyrics, creating songs that sound like newly minted pop-soul classics. A thoroughly contemporary artist raised on old-school rock and soul, Andy Davis’s infallible ear for hooks -- for a well-turned phrase -- and for the often irregular heartbeat of human relationships continues to engage longtime fans and win him new ones.

These “features” will be joined on stage by some “tweeners”, Ray McGee and Diane Miller! The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Gang of Nannies
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Gang of Nannies

The Gang is back! Join us Saturday, February 9th for a musical explosion! The musical genius of Bernie Larsen, Kevin McCormick, Karl Hunter, Eric Sullivan, and Robert Rachelli come together to give you original reggae, rock, and blues!

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 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.

This will be a night to remember and you won't want to miss! The music begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20-$25 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk

SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 2nd we welcome Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk to the stage! Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk (PSKFBand) is a group of friends that have been recording and performing together for 33 years! We mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop, and bluegrass, just to name a few. The band consists of Phil Salazar, Tom Corbett, Bill Knopf, Rick Borella, and Bill Flores. Tickets are $25 at the door, and the show begins at 7:30.

RSVP here

View Event →
Sideman Dark
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Sideman Dark

Join us Friday, February 1st for Sidman Dark, a band of heavy hitting, serious music making musicians!

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.

Jeff Young is a noted singer/songwriter, and keyboardist in Los Angeles, California. With a rich musical history, Jeff brings his expertise and experience to the world’s most celebrated recording artists. Having performed in a variety of musical settings throughout his carrier, from studio recordings to touring with headlining artists. Some of the artists he has performed with are: Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Donald Fagen, Curtis Stigers, Alanis Morrissette, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Marius Muller Westernhagen, Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule, Will Lee, and Jimmy Vivino.

Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist and composer who has played on records for a myriad of artists including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia,Chris Isaak, Ringo Starr, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, Manolo Garcia, Joan Baez and William Shatner. He played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 - 2010. From 2012-2014 he toured with acclaimed pianist and actor Hugh Laurie. In 2016 he played with Spanish superstar Manolo Garcia. He is also a songwriter and producer, whose works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and Olivia Newton John, among others.

Mauricio 'Fritz' Lewak has played drums with Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Sugarland, and Bonnie Raitt, as well as Julia Fordham and Vonda Shepard. among others.

These 4 professionals (and don't be surprised if some specials guests also take the stage!) come together as Sideman Dark for a night you won't forget! The show begins at 7:30pm, and there's a suggested donation of $20-$25 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Kerri Climer & J.B. White
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Kerri Climer & J.B. White

SOLD OUT

Join us Saturday, January 26th for a fun evening of music with Kerri Climer and J.B. White! Bandmates Kerri Climer & J.B. White are veterans of the Ojai Music scene, performing at such events as the Lavender Festival and Ojai Day. As a vocalist, Climer has lead her own bands and has been a longtime member of the Ojai Songwriters anonymous. White is multi instrumentalist and was one of the original founders of the Household Gods. Both have performed and collaborated at various benefits in the Ojai Valley for many years. Together they bring a distinctive sound to their music that is influenced by folk, country, and soft rock. They will be performing a mixture of original music and covers with full band.

Opening the show at 7:30 is Mark David McKinnis. With an acoustic guitar, a homemade stomp box, a gruff baritone vocal with harmonizing effects, Mark David is a unique interpreter of classic artist’s songs. From the light sound of Greg Allmans' "Sweet Melissa”, to the soul sounds of Bill Withers "Use Me”, to the rockin’ sound of Beatles “Come Together”, Mark David will stir up your memories and rock your soul. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Lola Haag Jazz Quartet
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Lola Haag Jazz Quartet

Friday, January 25th we are thrilled to host the return engagement of an Evening of Jazz by the Award Winning song stylist, Lola Haag. Lola will be joined on stage by Ojai Favorites Jimmy Calire on Keys, Tom Etchart on Bass, and Dave Hunt on Drums.

Lola performs regularly at clubs from New York to Los Angeles.

Lola was voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Ventura County by The Ventura County Music awards in 2016 & 2015. She has 7 best selling Jazz albums that are played around the world. Jazz critic William Grother wrote: “Lola’s voice teases out your inner ear in the murmur of a nightclub crowd, tickles your nose with the faint order of smoke and whiskey. Lola manages to shift moods, tempos and depth with a practiced polish that bespeaks a dedication to her art.” The L.A. Times wrote “first-rate…her show is reminiscent of the classy days of the nightclubs of a bygone era”.

Lola promises to surprise us with a selection of some of her personal jazz and cabaret favorites for a very special evening.

Her shows are a combination of sultry, romantic, sassy and classy.

There will be a $20 adult or a $15 senior suggested donation for this special performance.

RSVP here

View Event →
Shane Alexander & The Brambles
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Shane Alexander & The Brambles

Join us Saturday, January 19th for an evening of folk and americana music with Shane Alexander and The Brambles!

Touring the US and 11 other countries both as a headliner, and supporting acts like Bon Iver, Jewel, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Seal, Styx and Yes, the fiercely independent artist has developed a loyal international fanbase, further enhanced in recent months when 'Skyway Drive-In', a solo acoustic track from the album Ladera, crossed over 14 million streams on Spotify.

California duo Carly (ukelele) and Bethany (percussion) are The Brambles. A Young female duo inspired by Americana Folk ballads and toe tapping tunes. Friends since high school their musical kinship developed when they were brought together by their mutual passion of euphoric acoustics in unusual places. In 2014 they made it official and began their passion of yelling harmoniously in public. In 2017 the Brambles released their first studio EP "The Brambles Greatest Hits". The Brambles have opened for John Doe, The White Buffalo, Lissie, Timmy Curran, Brian Wright, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Emy Reynolds, Mimi Gilbert. This mystical night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
2 Year Anniversary Show with Preston Smith
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

2 Year Anniversary Show with Preston Smith

We are thrilled to announce our 2 year anniversary of Ojai Arts & Underground Exchange! Come celebrate with us on Friday, January 18th with a special performance by legendary blues singer Preston Smith. How does one categorize an artist who, during his career, has sung for Barbra Streisand's wedding, performed at countless functions for people such as Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spellings, Brad Grey ,The Cast of The Soprano's and the late Sonny Bono, played harmonica and scat rapped alongside Salt n’ Pepa on Quincy Jones’ TV show “Vibe”, and has had the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Van Halen and Jerry Lee Lewis, among countless others, join him on-stage for impromptu jam sessions? You call him Preston Smith.

Preston appeared on “The Tonight Show” along with Jimmy Stewart and was featured on the hit movie soundtrack “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise with the title song “Oh I Love You So,” which he composed, produced and performed. The soundtrack went on to sell over six million units. He and his band performed "StarSearch", and from there Roseanne Cash recorded his song “Black and White,” which released as a single, was a hit on the country radio charts and was included in her greatest hits CD which went on to sell gold. Many of Preston’s albums were produced and released on his own label, of which he played all the instruments himself.

Preston has performed on live radio and cable TV shows on both the east and west coasts, and has performed live on club circuits in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. His multifaceted talent has enabled him, both with his band and solo acoustic, to share stages with a diverse crowd of performers ranging from KROQ alternative rock favorites such as SaltN Pepa, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, The Robert Cray Band, Fine Young Cannibals, Fishbone, Social Distortion, Wall of Voodoo, Concrete Blonde, Savoy Brown, Charlie Sexton, The Mighty Lemon Drops, and The Bonedaddy’s, to rock, R&B, and blues legends such as k.d. Lang, John Mayhall, Albert Collins, Tower of Power, Joe Satriani, The Ventures, Dick Dale & the Deltones, Eric Burden & the Animals, Delbert McClinton, Paul Butterfield, Poco, Santana, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Booker T. & the MG’s, The Ink Spots, The Coasters, Spencer Davis, Al Kooper, Marshall Tucker Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Youngbloods, Donovan, Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, N.R.B.Q., Buster Poindexter, Mink DeVille, The Tubes, The Busboys, David Lindley & El Rayo X, John Stewart, Al Stewart, The James Harmon Blues Band, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Billy Vera & The Beaters, The Palladins, The King Bee’s, and Jack Mack & the Heart Attack.

We are thrilled to share our celebration with such an accomplished artist, and hope you will join us! The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation at the door of $20.

RSVP here

View Event →
Jonathan McEuen with special guest Bernie Larsen
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen with special guest Bernie Larsen

Saturday January 12th we welcome back (because we can't get enough of him!) Jonathan McEuen, this time with special guest Bernie Larsen. Both musicians have had an incredible life as professional musicians and singer/songwriters, and we are thrilled to have them both sharing the same bill. Rock, Americana, Blues, Reggae...this will be a night of tremendous music flowing from one music genre to another with almost all original material. Both musicians will play their own set, as well as many songs together, giving whole new life to their music.

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door. Beverages are also available. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee.

RSVP here

No flash photography

No videography

No outside food or beverage

No refunds

View Event →
Art House Film Night: "The Song Remains The Same"
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Art House Film Night: "The Song Remains The Same"

Art House Film Night is back this Friday January 11th with the documentary that captures one of the greatest rock bands in "The Song Remains The Same".

The Song Remains the Same is a 1976 concert film featuring the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group's manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The filming took place during the summer of 1973, during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Shepperton Studios. The film premiered three years later on 20 October 1976 at Cinema I in New York, on 22 October 1976 at Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles, and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later.

Promotional materials stated that the film was "the band's special way of giving their millions of friends what they had been clamouring for – a personal and private tour of Led Zeppelin. For the first time the world has a front row seat on Led Zeppelin."

Join us at 7:30 for this great film on our large projection screen and state of the art sound equipment. Popcorn is complimentary, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1. Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP here

View Event →
Writers in a Round
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

Writers in a Round

Saturday, January 5th we are pleased to announce an evening of music from some fantastic singer/songwriters from both Ojai and LA: Ted Lennon, Jamie Drake, Daniel Wright, & Scott Hirsch.

Ted Lennon’s voice comes through soft like water and saturates the listener with soulfulness and depth. What distinguishes Ted isn’t the flashiness of modern day pop, and it isn’t a lyrical cynicism that commiserates with these difficult times. Ted’s music wells up from some ancient source, an ever-flowing spring that makes us feel on some cellular level that we are known and we are loved.

After a decade behind-the-scenes in Los Angeles, co-writing and collaborating with the likes of Jim James, Peter Yarrow and Moby (in addition to lending her vocal talents to various industry projects, including the theme song to the CW's Life Sentence), Jamie Drake has all the while been carefully honing her craft and preparing to take center stage.

As lead singer to Ojai's favorite band Radio Skies, Daniel Wright is also a beautiful solo performer, producing folk roots americana music for all to enjoy. His lofty voice and steady guitar work bring an etherial feeling to an otherwise grounded acoustic set.

Scott Hirsch’s name is one you’ll find lurking in the liner notes of many admired recordings from the late 1990s to the present. As a founding member of Hiss Golden Messenger, he was integral to the band’s first five records, lending his sonic imprint on their productions, as well as shaping the sound of the live outfit, having toured heavily through the formative years of the band. Now branching out as a solo artist, Scott brings a cool breeze of home to his performance, enchanting audiences everywhere.

The show begins at 7:30, and tickets are $15-$20 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Resolution Blues
Jan
4
7:30 PM19:30

Resolution Blues

Friday, January 4th join Bernie Larsen & Cassidy Linder as we ring in the New Year with some blues! As an accomplished singer/songwriter and producer, Bernie Larsen has travelled the world with the likes of David Lindley & El Rayo-X, Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, and more. After a life playing other people's music, he decided to embark on a career as his own artist, producing 15 records under both himself solo and with his reggae band Cry on Cue. He has also produced over 100 other records of artists around the world on his small record label Spinout Records. Cassidy Linder began her professional tap dancing career at the age of 17, working with the top improvisational dancers both nationally and internationally. She considers herself a musician when performing her improvisational tap dancing, and gives a unique edge to whatever song she is performing to. As a duo, Bernie & Cassidy both bring warmth and connection to the audience, as well as provide a performance that is exciting, energizing, and will leave you in awe. The show starts at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Jonathan McEuen
Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen

Jonathan McEuen was born to play music and bring joy to those listening. His dad was a famous rock star banjo picker (John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Good genes help, but when people respond to Jonathan’s extraordinary voice and guitar playing, it’s obvious he’s not just another son of a star. He spent his youth (and young adult life) on the road, doing what he loves most, playing guitar and singing with the family, with more than a few world class artists (Dave Mason, Sam Bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willy Nelson and more), and he’s fronted a few of his own bands. With more shows behind him than he can count (Jay Leno, Grand Ol’ Opry, and Red Rocks among them), Jonathan’s well-prepared to take music and audiences in a new direction. Playing music without limitations is what he’s pursuing.

Creating the need for new genres, he’s breaking some molds, transforming musical traditions and stealing shows - one stage at a time. With a guitar in his hands, and a microphone in front of him, if people with a heartbeat are within earshot, you can almost hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor and frequent religious invocations. Audiences are left breathless by his unbridled passion, “edge of your seat” guitar playing, moved to tears by the depth and intense beauty of his voice, and scream with abandon when he breaks into a Prince, Dan Fogelberg, or Cream cover. Moving fluidly through folk, rock, bluegrass, blues and country influences, he makes it all his own, deftly fusing genres in a thrilling, eclectic way, with a generous helping of wit and charm. Jonathan is setting exciting new standards on stages everywhere. Grab your friends and get ready for THE show! Jonathan's residency runs 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, and 12/22. All shows begin at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
With Out Rage, The Rays, & Chill Trigger
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

With Out Rage, The Rays, & Chill Trigger

Teenage angst continues Friday December 21st with high school punk rock bands With Out Rage, Chill Trigger, and The Rays. This night of young musicians is fast and loud...just like teens are! Music begins at 8:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds. *In the event of a sold out show, we reserve the right to give your seat away if you are more than 30 minutes late.*

RSVP here

View Event →
StoneFlys with GRiley
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

StoneFlys with GRiley

Get ready to dance Saturday, December 15th with StoneFlys and GRiley! Stoneflys are an original alternative/ska/reggae/jazz group of musicians formed out of Ventura and Kernville, California. The group is made up of members Guy Jeans (vocals and keytar), Tracy Kahanamoku (bass), Robert Rachelli (drums),Dave Price (sax), Kevin Miller (trumpet) and Skabone Stan (trombone). All members met while writing and performing music for the band Lion I's. The Stoneflys released their first album Emergence (2013), which was recorded at Colorbox recording Studios in Ventura, CA and engineered and mastered by Jeff Evans. They are currently working on a new recording that will be out soon. The true essence of the Stoneflys is best captured live where they are able to improvise and fully demonstrate their original brand of ska/rock/jazz, melody driven reggae, and pop. The night of non-stop make-you-move music begins at 7:00pm with Griley, a young punk rock band that will blow your mind with talent!

Tickets: $15-$20 at the door or $16-$21 here (processing fee)

Doors Open: 6:45 PM

Ages: All

Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

NO REFUNDS

*In the event of a sold out show, we reserve the right to give your seat away if you are more than 30 minutes late*

View Event →
10 Mile Radius Mini Music Festival
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

10 Mile Radius Mini Music Festival

Cindy Kalmenson hosts an evening of incredibly talented musicians for a night Nashville-style music in the round. Cindy is joined by Natalie Gelman, The Rose Valley Thorns, Sophie Holt, Bernie Larsen, and more! Join us for a night of folk, americana, and blues!

Show: Friday, 12/14 7:30pm

Tickets: $15-$20 at the door or $15-$21 here (processing fee)

Doors Open: 7:00 PM

Ages: All

Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

NO REFUNDS

*In the event of a sold out show, we reserve the right to give your seat away if you are more than 30 minutes late*

View Event →
Freebo & Alice Howe
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Freebo & Alice Howe

We are pleased to welcome back folk-rock blues icon Freebo, and happy to introduce to you Alice Howe Friday, December 7th. From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John, Loudon Wainwright) to award winning singer/songwriter, Freebo's music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. He has also appeared on the classic TV shows Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is "at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal" (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. Credit is due to Alice's parents for raising her on a steady diet of Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez. As a performer, she is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song. This magical evening of music will begin at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Petty Chavez with Bernie Larsen
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Petty Chavez with Bernie Larsen

Saturday, December 1st rings in the new month with a fantastic duo from LA, Petty/Chavez! Petty Chavez is an acoustic singer-songwriter duo who create a meaningful, memorable and intimate musical experience for audiences in Southern California and beyond. Simon Petty, frontman of the LA-based British band Minibar, and Celia Chavez, current backing singer for Enrique Iglesias, join forces to promote songs from Petty’s recent albums “The Sad Carousel” and “Recovery Time” and Chavez’ new EP, “Dare To Love”. Their smoky vocal blend and shared appreciation for star-crossed love songs have led to a collaboration reminiscent of Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. And a bit more about our duo...

Celia Chavez has quietly apprenticed twenty feet from the stardom of artists such as P!nk, Seal, Brandon Flowers, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham as a backup singer. Most recently, Enrique Iglesias thrust her into the international spotlight as his featured romantic duet partner on tour. With "Dare To Love," her new collection of self-penned songs conceived on planes, hotels, and tour buses, Celia returns to the organic, wistful lyricism that has influenced her music since youth and showcases her unique clarity of vocal delivery.

Simon Petty: Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar, this British singer-songwriter went on to tour North America extensively, eventually joining Pete Yorn’s band for several years. His time on the road gave him space to hone the unique brand of world-weary optimism and musical eclecticism that comes to light in his songs. With a distinctive voice somewhere between Nick Drake and Peter Gabriel, Petty’s songs take listeners on an evocative, emotional journey.

Opening the show is the one and only Bernie Larsen, performing his original soul, reggae, and blues inspired music that only he can provide. Bernie starts the show at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Never Gone: a tribute of dance, music and projection to honor the musicians we have lost
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Never Gone: a tribute of dance, music and projection to honor the musicians we have lost

Friday, November 30th we pay tribute to some of the greatest musicians who have left this earth in the past few years including Tom Petty, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and more. Through song, dance, and projection, experience these phenomenal and in some cases, life altering musicians singing some of their best known work, as well as some hidden treasures. Dancers from Ojai and LA have come together to pay tribute through movement to represent these musicians through story and emotion. The celebration of life begins at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Carey Appel with Alan Thornhill + Mia & Jonah
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Carey Appel with Alan Thornhill + Mia & Jonah

Join us for an evening of folk music on Saturday, November 17th! We are thrilled to host Carey Appel, performing with Alan Thornhill, who has captivated audiences with her personal storytelling songs, fluid voice, and beautiful guitar arrangements. A lifelong musician, Carey also believes serving her community is important and founded The Folk Musician Relief Fund, dedicated to musicians in the FAR-West community who are in medical or financial need. She will be donating her proceeds of the evening to the fund. Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting 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 beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers. Opening the show, Mia and Jonah craf a hypnotic live show that “stirs audiences with a magical trance” (Eugene Weekly). Mia and Jonah are a mesmerizing indie folk duo that seamlessly produce "songs of singular beauty, played and sung without pretense” (SF Chronicle). Since they met in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2003, they have gone on to produce 3 LPs and 1 EP together as well as tour nationwide (Rooms for Adelaide/2008). Their music has been described as, “visionary” (Nascent Mag), and “timeless” (Tunejar). This evening of music begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Complicated Animals with Francisco Leon
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Complicated Animals with Francisco Leon

Friday November 16th we welcome back the husband and wife duo of Complicated Animals! Complicated Animals is the Los Angeles based Indie duo of Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their 6-song EP “In This Game” (2015), was written and recorded in a cabin in the woods in Michigan. “In This Game” received rave reviews from blogs and journalists, and was called “a 6 song masterpiece” and the “beginning of a new sound” by PopMatters. “In This Game” fuses Indie Pop with vintage-Brazilian Bossa Nova into Complicated Animals’ self-coined genre, Indie Nova.

Inspired by the changing seasons, and their mutual love for vintage films and music, da Silva and Alger really wanted to get back to the art of songwriting on “In This Game”. “We really wanted the songs to unfold like a story would”, says Alger. They took their time to carefully choose each and every sound that has gone into their collaboration, making sure that the songs evolve like the seasons. The first single “Phoenix” is a hypnotic, upbeat indie pop song with vamping piano, a strong beat, and sexy vocals. "I woke up with the idea for 'Phoenix' in my head. I've always felt very drawn to the story of the Phoenix, because it is such a strong symbol of rebirth. We weren't sure how we were going to produce this at first, but after playing around with some piano sounds, Chad came up with the idea to do something grainy and repetitive, almost like a sampled hip-hop track," says da Silva. Ojai's favorite classic Latin guitar player and singer Francisco Leon will be opening the show at 7:30. There is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Jonathan McEuen
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen

Saturday, November 10th starts off our residency with famed singer/songwriter Jonathan McEuen! Jonathan McEuen was born to play music and bring joy to those listening. His dad was a famous rock star banjo picker (John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Good genes help, but when people respond to Jonathan’s extraordinary voice and guitar playing, it’s obvious he’s not just another son of a star. He spent his youth (and young adult life) on the road, doing what he loves most, playing guitar and singing with the family, with more than a few world class artists (Dave Mason, Sam Bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willy Nelson and more), and he’s fronted a few of his own bands. Most recently, he put in serious time as half the lead of Hanna McEuen, a major label country duo with his cousin Jaime Hanna. That experience confirmed he was ready to move forward and create music outside the confines of his eclectic musical influences and any specific genre. With more shows behind him than he can count (Jay Leno, Grand Ol’ Opry, and Red Rocks among them), Jonathan’s well-prepared to take music and audiences in a new direction. Playing music without limitations is what he’s pursuing. Creating the need for new genres, he’s breaking some molds, transforming musical traditions and stealing shows - one stage at a time. With a guitar in his hands, and a microphone in front of him, if people with a heartbeat are within earshot, you can almost hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor and frequent religious invocations. Audiences are left breathless by his unbridled passion, “edge of your seat” guitar playing, moved to tears by the depth and intense beauty of his voice, and scream with abandon when he breaks into a Prince, Dan Fogelberg, or Cream cover. Moving fluidly through folk, rock, bluegrass, blues and country influences, he makes it all his own, deftly fusing genres in a thrilling, eclectic way, with a generous helping of wit and charm. Jonathan is setting exciting new standards on stages everywhere. Grab your friends and get ready for THE show! Jonathan's residency runs 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, and 12/22. All shows begin at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Chris Pierce with The Brambles
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Pierce with The Brambles

Ones To Watch Productions Presents Chris Pierce Solo Acoustic with The Brambles on Friday, November 9th. The concert opens with a performance by Santa Barbara Folk duo The Brambles. Carly and Bethany are inventive songwriters and talented singers rich in vocal harmonies. "The Brambles have that heavenly harmony thing going on, which is always a good thing." - Bill Locey Ventura County Star. Consummate Soul Man Singer/Composer/Multi-instrumentalist Chris Pierce has released seven independent albums worldwide. In addition to headlining tours, he has either performed on stage with or opened worldwide tours for Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Cold War Kids, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Sonia Dada, Dr. John and many others. His voice & music have been heard in films and T.V shows including This is Us, Rosewood, Soul Men, Crash, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek, Army Wives, Crash and a Banana Republic ad campaign. In 2017, Chris co/wrote the hit song “We Can Always Come Back to This” which was prominently featured on the #1 US Primetime TV show This Is Us and the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart as well as top 20 on the Billboard Rock and R&B charts. Chris was also recently very well received by the TED community with a TED talk on “The Healing Powers of Music”. Chris Pierce continues to build his repertoire and versatility as a writer and performer in his involvement with several music projects including both Reverend Tall Tree and also War & Pierce. Chris is also a performing featured guest with several orchestras around the U.S and abroad and he has recently received the high honor of working on a recording project in Muscle Shoals, AL with The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters as the lead vocalist on a new highly anticipated album “You’ve Got To Feel It!” released in 2017. This tremendous night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $25 donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran: An Evening of Americana Country Music
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran: An Evening of Americana Country Music

SOLD OUT!

Join us Friday, November 2nd for a night of Americana Country with Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran presented by Ones to Watch Productions. Alt-country songwriter, Rock & roll guitarist, Pop-punk pioneer, Chris Shiflett has played multiple roles during his 20+ year career, fronting his own band one minute and serving as the Foo Fighters' longtime guitarist the next. He turns a new corner with West Coast Town, an autobiographical solo album that finds Shiflett pulling triple-duty as singer, songwriter and bandleader. West Coast Town is a collection of original honky tonk tracks. Shiflett — who grew up in Santa Barbara — writes about an adolescence spent onstage, on the beach, and on the prowl. During the nostalgic title track, "West Coast Town," a teenage Shiflett chases girls along the Pacific Ocean shoreline, returning home at night to his childhood home on Salinas Street. Later, he drinks away an ex's memory in "Room 102," battles hangovers and heartbreak in "I'm Still Drunk," and triumphantly wraps up a rock & roll show with "Goodnight Little Rock."Since October 2013, Shiflett has hosted Walking The Floor, a weekly podcast features interviews with legendary and current country musicians. As of May 14th 2018, there have been 115 episodes of Walking the Floor. California native Tim Curran singer/songwriter & acclaimed surfer releases his 4th full length album "Alexander Road". The album was produced by Jesse Seibenberg at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai California. Tracks from this album such as Super Hero, Numb, Young Brave, and With You feature musical icons such as Joey Waronker of Atoms For Peace, Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco and Gabe Noel whose credits have appeared with artists such as Kenny Loggins and Foster The People. This night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $25 donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee.

RSVP here

View Event →
Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard (2pm & 7pm)
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard (2pm & 7pm)

Join us for TWO sound baths on Thursday, November 1st at 2:00 & 7:00 with Joshua Stoddard! Unwind and relax in a peaceful atmosphere filled with calming sounds that resonate in harmony with your mind, body and spirit. Joshua performs each sound bath with the intention of providing a calming experience to leave you feeling centered and recharged. His angelic soundscapes are created through a stream of consciousness process using voice, quartz crystal sound bowls, guitar, and shruti box. Joshua combines his passion and over 20 years experience as a musician with his love to provide a space of peace and healing for others. Please bring blankets and/or pillows for warmth and comfort. There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
Emma-Rose Allen presents: Transcendence
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Emma-Rose Allen presents: Transcendence

Saturday, October 27th will be a night of artistry, music, spoken word, and above all...dance. What roles do artists play? Join six young dancers in a show that explores authenticity, as they pose the question: how can we use art to be our most genuine selves? This concert is comprised of a collection of pieces, all original work, including dance, spoken word, dialogue with the audience, and contact improv. As young creators we seek to stretch the boundaries of ‘art’ and find what it means to be ourselves through our performance. The goal of this evening is to inhabit what it takes to be a light in the world, to find what transcends your soul and let that be your guide. Join creative director Emma-Rose Allen and performers Abby Hill, Kirsten Hoj, Kevin Holland, Dani Carrion, and Tin Nguyen as they set these concepts into motion. The show will begin at 7:30 and there is a $20-$25 donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →
The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet

Friday, October 26, we present an evening of Jazz by the Award Winning song stylist, Lola Haag. Lola will be joined on stage by Ojai Favorites, Jimmy Calire on Keys, Tom Etchart on Bass and Dave Hunt on Drums. Lola performs regularly at clubs from New York to Los Angeles. Lola was voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Ventura County by The Ventura County Music awards in 2016 & 2015. She has 7 best selling Jazz albums that are played around the world. Jazz critic William Grother wrote: “Lola’s voice teases out your inner ear the murmur of a nightclub crowd, tickles your nose with the faint order of smoke and whiskey. Lola manages to shift moods, tempos and depth with a practiced polish that bespeaks a dedication to her art.” The L.A. Times wrote “first- rate…her show is reminiscent of the classy days of the nightclubs of a bygone era”. Lola promises to surprise us with a selection of some of her personal jazz and cabaret favorites for a very special evening. She can be sultry, romantic, sassy or classy. There will be a $20 adult or a $15 senior suggested donation for this special performance. The show will begin at 7:30.

RSVP here

View Event →
Art House Film Night: The Song Remains the Same
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: The Song Remains the Same

Saturday, October 20th sit back, relax, and enjoy a film on one of the most powerful rock bands, Led Zeppelin. Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group's manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The first attempt was the filming (by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman) of Led Zeppelin's Royal Albert Hall performance on 9 January 1970, but the lighting was judged to be mediocre, and the film was shelved (this footage was later remastered and featured on the 2003 release Led Zeppelin DVD). On the morning of 20 July 1973, during the band's concert tour of the US, Peter Grant made a contact with American-born director Joe Massot. Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire in 1970, where they made friends with their neighbors, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Charlotte Martin. Grant had previously turned down offers by Massot to make a film of the band, but with the huge success of the band's current tour, Grant changed his mind and offered him the job of director. As Grant recalled: It all started in the Sheraton Hotel, Boston. We'd talked about a film for years and Jimmy had known Joe Massot was interested – so we called them and over they came. It was all very quickly arranged. Massot hurriedly assembled a crew in time for Led Zeppelin's last leg of the tour starting on 23 July 1973, in Baltimore. He subsequently filmed the group's three concert performances at Madison Square Garden on the nights of 27, 28, and 29 July 1973. The film was entirely financed by the band and shot on 35mm with a 24-track quadraphonic sound recording. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 donation at the door and complimentary popcorn!

RSVP here

View Event →
Stand Up Comedy with Eliot Chang
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Stand Up Comedy with Eliot Chang

Get ready to laugh-til-you-cry with Comedy Central's Eliot Chang Friday, October 19th! "In a comedic landscape that is often wrought with sarcasm, self deprecation, and cynicism, I have to say that Eliot Chang is a welcome relief! His point of view is honest and real yet Eliot's approach is marked by a fun positive energy that is genuine and refreshing. (That is something that sets him apart - the fact that he is still funny with this attitude and energy that other people try to put forth and it comes off as an act). He's simply fun to watch and makes me laugh. " -JoAnn Grigioni, VP Talent, Comedy Central. Eliot Chang has been seen on 2 of his own Comedy Central Half Hour specials, E!'s "Chelsea Lately," and Showtime. His viral videos have received millions of views on YouTube. Originally from New York City and now based in Los Angeles, he has toured in all over America, Europe, and Asia. This comedian is also an actor and improviser. He studied improv in NY at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and then with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater. Every year Eliot tours America and has performed at over 400 colleges and dozens of comedy clubs. The laughs begin at 7:30, and there is a $20 donation at the door.

RSVP here

View Event →