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.
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
Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
*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*
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
Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
*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*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Saturday, October 13th will be an amazing evening of jazz mixed with a little blues and soul 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 will be joined onstage by Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos, both known for their work with Ray LaMontagne and Ray Kohn as well as many more. There will be. a $25 suggested donation at the door, and the show will begin at 7:30. Reservations are suggested.
Friday, October 12th we are excited to once again host an evening of music created in our Ojai Valley, performed by none other than the future of music...Ojai teenagers! These musicians are serious about their craft, and you will be wowed by their ability, talent, and passion. Punk and rock inspired, this will be a night of dancing, cheering, and high energy. Come see what the future of music looks like, and support your future generation of musicians. The show begins at 8:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Saturday October 6th we are proud to present Shane Alexander! 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. The new album – Alexander's first self production, was the first record made at his new Buddhaland Studios facility in Southern California. Bliss is a timeless tribute to the artist's classic rock influences, featuring Alexander’s crystalline tenor and deft acoustic guitar work at the heart of all the tracks. For all of the heartache and lessons learned on the album, the closing title track leaves the listener on a sublime note of peace and forgiveness, one that is mirrored in the cover image, hand-drawn by veteran rock and roll artist Alan Forbes. Since the release of Bliss, and tours in The United States and Europe, Shane produced Shelby Figueroa’s debut Highwire (which reached NUMBER ONE on Amazon’s Singer/Songwriter chart) and Sallstrom’s EP Strangers Like Us - to be released in late spring.
The Freedom Machine, the politically-charged new musical, written and directed by Emmy-winner Larry Carpenter, featuring songs written by Shane Alexander, is currently in pre-production in Los Angeles. The show will begin at 7:30 with LA artist Jamie Drake. 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. What has culminated is EVERYTHING'S FINE: a breathtaking embrace of heartbreak and hope, wrapped in lush orchestrations reminiscent of Jon Brion and Van Dyke Parks and delivered with rich vocals, derivative of her varied musical influences ranging from Harry Nillson to Sufjan Stevens; from Cat Power to Joni Mitchell. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
We are thrilled to host Michael Rider at the Underground Exchange on Friday October 5th! Rider was born in Detroit and grew up in Chicago. He first performed with a band in 1965 at the age of 12, doing rock and R&B songs, including Muddy Waters tunes. Seeing Paul Butterfield play live got him hooked on learning to play harp. Later, he worked on his chops while driving a NYC cab with one hand and riffing a Marine Band with the other. Went to Juilliard to study Shakespeare and slide guitar. Came to California to get acting work. Moved to the mountains to keep the music alive. Fled Hollywood. Featured Artist at the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines several times. Lots of roadhouses, saloons, and small clubs in Riverside County. Infamous as a goon in the cult-classic Roadhouse, and as a trivial pursuit question of StarTrek Next Generation. Now writing songs and blowing harp while celebrating the roots of jump, jazz, shuffle and western swing blues. Happy to be in Ojai playing with some very fun and funky people. Who also happen to kill it. Join us for this great night of music at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.
A former tv actor and stuntman, John Zipperer’s second chance came rolling down the highway of life, not on a carefully controlled movie or commercial set, but while changing a tire for a friend along the 285 freeway in Atlanta, GA. John was hit by a ten-wheel oil truck. After flying forty feet and landing in the hospital, John was told by the critical care doc, “You should be dead!” To John this seemed like a clear sign that life is, or could be, too short. He packed everything he owned into his 1976 Camaro and headed out to Los Angeles to pursue a life in music. It was ZipTime! John’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping. Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when John is on stage – joy in playing, joy for their audience, joy from the audience. John Zipperer delivers a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. Opening the show at 7:30 is Melinda Gibson. At first glance one might expect soul-baring, acoustic-guitar based introspection...Nope. Melinda prefers guitars that generate voltage, and displays an enviable, natural talent for writing infectious hooks and songs that rock. Though she credits Tom Petty, Green Day, Weezer and Led Zeppelin as inspiration, Melinda's sound is all her own... Fun, catchy, and accessible. Her wide-ranging guitar influences include Jeff Beck, Andy Summers, James Hurley, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery and of course, The Ultimate Riffmaster - Jimmy Page. Join us Saturday, September 29th for this great night of music! There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
New to Ojai, we are excited to showcase the musical talents of Eddie Chaffin and friends Friday, September 28th! As a prolific piano player, Eddie has lead and played in bands ranging in a multitude of genres, but his heart is in jazz. His music evokes those such as John Zorn, Frank Zappa, and Ornette Coleman, this evening of experimental jazz will be one for the most sophisticated music aficionado to anyone interested in where music can be stretched. He will be joined on stage with the likes of Daniel Masiel, Rob Magill, CWG, and Embryonic Death Trip to bring you a mind opening evening of music while also celebrating the record release of both CWG and Embryonic Death Trip. The show will begin at 7:30, and there is $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.
Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund's intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path form self doubt to enlightenment. "Time to take the whole and turn this thing around?Time to make a deal and see what's going down", he affirms on "Runaround". Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that-along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players-is a big part of the record's charm. In many ways. Freund's entire life and career have been leading up to this moment. He's spent much of his time traversing genres, melding whatever sounds have happened to catch his whimsy with his unmistakable, earthbound songwriting. Tom will be joined by world renown musicians Wally Ingram, Ben Peeler, and Ethan Peeler. Local up and coming singer/songwriter with an incredible voice Mikayla Sullivan opens the show. Join us Friday, September 21st at 7:30 for this magical night of music. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Interweave: To mix or blend together. What happens when we blend together opposing dance styles, on stage, in front of an audience, completely improvised? What happens when the traditions of the old world meld with those of the new? Saturday, September 15th you will experience a one-time-only performance from some of Ojai's most talented dancers, where they will work together, most for the first time, in ways that stretches their comfort zones as well as their limbs. We are thrilled to bring back the Ojai Dance Collective with new ideas and new dancers! Witness professional dancers perform their particular style, and see what happens when we bring them on stage together to learn, steal, create, and dance with one another. The show will begin at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.
One of the greatest songwriters and storytellers Cindy Kalmenson will be gracing the Underground Stage Friday, September 14th! In 2009, after 14 years in Nashville, Cindy and her family moved back to California, right next door to Ray Magee, a gifted musician in Ojai. Shortly thereafter The Lucky Ducks formed... The Lucky Ducks are composed of Cindy Kalmenson on guitar and vocals, Ray Magee on pedal steel and harmony, Patricia Cardinali on bass and harmony, and Duane Livingston on drums. They play a mixture of jazz, folk, blues, and country originals with familiar favorites woven throughout with the sounds of Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, John Prine, Linda Rondstadt to name a few. Always entertaining, Cindy's beautiful vocals and witty humor will leave you feeling ever more connected and wanting more. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door, and the show begins at 7:30.
We are thrilled to host the incredible Renee Dion for a special Thursday night performance during her HAVEN tour! Renee Dion’s soulful sound could be heard on music blogs across the web, on albums by alternative soul icons, and in clubs and festivals from her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, to New York City. And as her fans anticipated her fourth project, life came at her fast–she took a musical break. What emerged from Renee’s hiatus is a simmering album, HAVEN where she breaks free of her normal setting of an external producer directed album and found her soul trappings and plays in an uncharted space musically producing her own project with the help of one of Columbus Ohio’s musical geniuses Jonathan Baker assisting her in some of the tracks. Renee has crafted a delicate safe space of honest music creating a home within her lyrics and detailing patience through some of life’s harsh and gorgeous transitions as Gods child a woman and an artist. Join us September 13th at 8:00 to hear this beautiful voice. There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.
By 1978 Leonard Cohen had already produced a staggering body of work that had firmly set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre and contained numerous classic songs within its cannon, but the 6 studio albums released between then and 2006 contained some of the finest work of Cohen's entire career. This film examines that period. It mixes rare performance footage, studio recordings, interviews, rarely seen photographs, location shoots and many other features with contributions from some of Cohen's closest colleagues and from experts on his life and music. Featuring his official biographer Ira Nadel; Cohen producers John Lissauer, David Gold and John Simon, journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice], Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone] and Nigel Williamson [Uncut], authors Johnny Rogan and Jim Devlin and many others. Join us Saturday, September 8th at 7pm for this fantastic documentary. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door that includes complimentary popcorn!
Join us Friday, September 7th for a special viewing of "Bill Evans: Time Remembered". Bruce Spiegel has produced a complete documentary giving you insights into Bill Evans; not just the musician, but also the person. The film moves chronologically starting with Bill's childhood in New Jersey and culminating with details about his death. "The film Bill Evans, Time Remembered took me 8 years to make. Eight years of tracking down anybody who knew Bill and who played with him, to try and find out as much as I could about the illusive and not easy to understand Bill Evans. I feel very honored to have had the chance to interview and get to know good guys that spent a lot of time with Bill: Billy Taylor, Gene Lees, Tony Bennett, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Bobby Brookmeyer, Chuck Israels, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, Joe LaBarbera. It was a once in a life time experience talking to these gifted talented guys about their time in jazz music, about their “Time Remembered“ with Bill Evans. - Bruce Spiegel". The film will begin at 7pm, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door which includes popcorn!
Saturday September 1st is a night of bluegrass like no other! The Salty Suites played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don't miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. 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. The Rose Valley Thorns kick everything off at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Reserve your seat here for an additional $1 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds.
It's that time again music lovers! Get ready for another night full of rock, blues, soul and reggae as Bernie Larsen (David Lindley's El Rayo X, Melissa Ethridge) leads the Gang of Nannies into every musical nook and cranny known to man (and beyond!). The monster lineup of this band includes Kevin McCormick (Jackson Browne, CSN), Eric Sullivan (Lissie, Radio Skies), Mario Calire (The Wallflowers, Ozomatli), Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and guest appearances by Cassidy Linder on taps! Downbeat is at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door. Get ready to groove in your seat or let the music move you and get those dancin' shoes ready because these nights are always full of groove and fire! Reserve your seat here with an additional $1 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds.
Saturday August 25th will be a night of rock and blues to remember! The very prolific legendary artist Jim Wilson makes a lot of music, as he's played with the likes of Motor Sister, Mother Superior, Daniel Lanois, Sparks, and Rollins Band, in addition to having two solo albums. His latest release, the most excellent Now Playing, also features producer/drummer Phil Jones, who's credits also include Tom Petty, Crabby Appleton, and Roy Orbison. A veritable rock power house, to be sure! The show will begin at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.