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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 24th we are thrilled to welcome Sunny War to the Underground Stage. Having just had in incredible write up in the LA Times, Sunny War is making her stamp in the music industry, and we are humbled to have her perform. Sunny War is more than just an artist; she is a force of nature that is tough to pin down. What exactly is her style? Is she a blues or punk artist? The answer is yes and no. You can try to place Sunny in a few boxes, but doing so would be a major disservice to the young songstress. Yes, she may be a Robert Johnson with a shot of Bad Brains, but even this description falls short. The only way to really know Sunny is to immerse oneself in the music. Her voice is filled with all the melancholy found in Billie Holliday and its remarkable ability to cut through the listener’s heart like a hot knife through butter. Sunny’s repertoire includes an expansive collection of songs exploring personal aspects of her life. Her lyrics prove she is not afraid to share her insights and philosophies on life. In her track, “Man of My House,” Sunny speaks on the trials and tribulations of living without a father in the home and inheriting the role of head of the household. Other tracks are just as powerful, but also contain a dose political philosophy as exemplified in the moving blues tracks, “Police State” and “Sheep.” There is also “Downtown–”a track that touches on the damage to one’s life drugs can cause without warning. Sunny has indeed blown people away as evidenced by signing a sponsorship deal with Gibson Guitars and signed with performance rights organization BMI. Ojai's very own mind-blowing singer/songwriter Aaron Embry will be opening the show at 7:30. There is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.
Saturday, August 18th will be a night of celebration with the awaited release of the latest record from We Are The West. LA based, this band has played the Underground a few times always to the crowd wanting more. As vast and indefinable as the West itself, the intrepid sound stylists of We Are The West reach beyond the setting sun to create an eclectic symphonic landscape. Brett Hool (voice/guitar) and John Kibler (bass/voice) formed We Are The West in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland, and began performing as a duo in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, before heeding the call to continue West to Los Angeles. Originally described as “a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass”, the duo paints with a broad palette of sound incorporating drums and percussion, woodwinds, strings, brass, pump organ, accordion, and unique vocal harmonies to create their dynamic and transporting songs. “We Are The West is interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space often taking to the road to record in experimental locations, searching out how the acoustics of place converge with live narrative. They have performed in storm drains and shipping containers, sheep farms and convents, and most frequently converge in the underground parking garage of an office building on Santa Monica Boulevard the Saturday before each full moon.” We Are The West will be joined by some of the greatest local singer/songwriters opening the show, and names will be announced as the show date nears. The music will begin at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.
Join us Friday, August 17th for a memorable night of music with Jonathan McEuen joined by Bucket Baker & Mark Coradetti. The son of well-known rock star banjo picker, John McEuen, Jonathan McEuen was born to sing and play. Good genes and a star-studded extended musical family definitely work to his advantage - Crowds respond enthusiastically to Jonathan's extraordinary voice and guitar playing whenever he performs. Jonathan has always known life on the road - first by playing guitar and singing with his family, as well as singing background and playing guitar for other world class artists including Dwight Yoakam, Dave Mason, and Robben Ford, to name a few. Co-fronting his own band with cousin Jamie Hanna (son of Jeff Hanna from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), he was signed to the major record label MCA Nashville, (a division of Universal Music Group). That experience confirmed he was ready to move forward and create music outside the confines of his influences or a specific genre. Jonathan has performed on Jay Leno, at the Grand Ol’ Opry, and at Red Rocks in Colorado. Though Jonathan’s tremendous skill on guitar is clear, playing music without limitations is his commitment. He enjoys crossing genre lines and breaking molds by fusing musical traditions in his own, inspired way. Armed with a quick wit and personal charm, Jonathan moves fluidly in and out of folk, rock and bluegrass/country influences, making delightfully eclectic music for everyone along for the ride. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Join us Sunday, August 12th at 7:00 for "All Things Must Pass". This historic musical documentary, directed by film and TV all-star Colin Hanks ("Dexter," "Fargo," "King Kong") explores the rise and fall of Tower Records and chronicles its legacy, forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. Featuring exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with rock legends including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. 'All Things Must Pass' is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon. Complimentary popcorn is available and beverages are as well for donation. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.
Join us for a very unique evening of music on Saturday, August 11th with EllaHarp. Ella Jenkins began playing the harp at age 8, alongside her sister, and her mother drove them both once a week 100 miles to receive the best lessons possible. Her love for traditional music took her to Glasgow Scotland on an unconditional acceptance to the RSAMD (now RCS) in Scottish harp and Gaelic song.
Ella built a very small house on a trailer during 2011-12 and moved herself up to the Bay Area for what she find to be the happy medium between Scotland’s soggy unpredictably and LA’s burning fire of death. Now she writes music, swims in the ocean, and make all of her clothes and jewelry.
Interesting fact: my grandfather, Gordon Jenkins, wrote the song ‘Crescent City Blues’ which Johnny Cash shamelessly ripped off for his well known song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. EllaHarp brings blues, folk, and more to the harp, and will astonish you with a musical blend you've never heard before. Join us at 7:30, and with a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Join Joshua for a grounding sound bath experience that will leave you feeling centered and relaxed. His angelic soundscapes are created through a stream of consciousness process using guitar, voice, and quartz crystal singing bowls. The evening will begin and end with a brief silent meditation. No meditation experience is necessary; simply show up and find a comfortable resting position and let the sounds bath you! Please bring your own mat, cushion, or blanket in order to find your preferred lying down or seated position. Chairs will be available in the center. Joshua Stoddard has been a musician for 20 years. He combines his passion and experience with his love to provide a space of peace and healing for others. This event is offered Saturday, August 11th at 2pm, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door. Space is limited, and advanced reservations are recommended.
Join us Saturday August 4th for a rare show of The Mini Bar Project! The Mini Bar Project is the songwriting duo of Marty Van Loan and Jeff Evans. They have been writing songs and performing together for 30+ years in Southern California and have shared the stage with such luminaries as, The Byrds, Toy Matinee, The Desert Rose Band, Dave Mason and Don McClean to name but a few. This folk/pop duo will be performing new songs and old fav’s in a rare live performance. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Beverages are available for donation, and we encourage you to reserve seats ahead of time for this is a popular duo and this is a rare event!
We are thrilled to host "All In The Timing" for one more encore performance due to popular demand Friday, August 3rd at 8:00! All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives, written between 1987 and 1993. It had its premiere Off-Broadway in 1993 at Primary Stages, and was revived in 2013. The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships. The Catalyst Players, consisting of Steve Grumette (director), Anna Kotula, Daniel Ruark, and Larry Swartz will be taking you through 4 plays of romance, comedy, and everything in between! This show is suspected to sell out, so get your tickets now! Tickets are $21 (which includes a $1 processing fee), and seating is general admission. Doors will open roughly 30 minutes before showtime, and there will be beverages and snacks available for donation.
Join us Saturday, July 28th for a very special performance by singer/songwriters Laurie McClain & Severin Browne. Born in southern California, Laurie announced to her family at age six she would be a singer when she grew up. The pop music radio of the late '60s carried a heavy dose of folk music, and Laurie gravitated to that sound. Her mother was a devoted Johnny Cash fan and together they watched the eclectic Johnny Cash Show each week. This is where she first saw artists like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Melanie Safka & Merle Haggard perform live, which greatly influenced her musical tastes.
She heard a Joan Baez recording of the Leonard Cohen song, "Suzanne," and begged her father for a guitar so she could learn it. Soon after that Laurie began performing and hasn't stopped since. While Laurie accompanies herself expressively on guitar, ukulele and harmonica, it's her honey voice that soothes and her powerful lyrics that heal hearts. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, her songs are messages of hope for a weary world.
Severin comes from a very musical family. Severin has referred to his father as "The world's greatest unpublished songwriter." His brother, Jackson, is also a talented singer/songwriter who has recorded many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels. In 1970, Severin auditioned some of his songs for Motown Records, not as a performer but as a staff writer. He remembers that Barry Gordy came into his session and asked if he wanted to make a record, to which Severin answered, "No." But at the young age of just 21, Severin got a contract with Motown Records. It took about eight months before he became the first white folk/country-type singer on Motown's growing white roster. Severin's subject matter always reflects his growth as an individual as well as an artist and has named his greatest music influences as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and his brother, Jackson. Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and crowded bars. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished performers in the Los Angeles area. Severin’s easy manner in front of an audience makes it seem as if playing his guitar and singing his songs is effortless and second-nature. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. Join us for this enchanting night of music at 7:30, and there is at $20 suggested donation at the door.
Grammy-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer Jorge Calderon will grace the Underground Stage in a solo performance on Saturday, July 21st. Jorge has been an integral part of the Southern California music scene since he first came to Los Angeles in 1969. Early on in L.A., Calderon met producer Keith Olsen, who at the time was working out of Sound City with Curt Boettcher (The Association, The Beach Boys), and who introduced Calderon to Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. Around that time, Calderon also met Warren Zevon, and through him, Jackson Browne. He decided to play and tour with Zevon and others, rather than making another album and continuing on the singer-songwriter path. In the decades since his last solo release—in addition to his collaborations with Zevon and Browne—Calderon has been heard on scores of classic albums, contributing bass, guitar, and vocals. He was a founding member of David Lindley’s band El Rayo-X, and has also toured the world playing with Ry Cooder, Leonard Cohen, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and J.D. Souther. Calderon’s musical and personal journey to Los Angeles began more than 3,300 miles away in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up on Latin music from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and calypso from other islands, but when he first heard rock ‘n roll—he fell in love. Bernie Larsen, another member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X, will open the show and who knows, maybe both musicians will enlighten the audience with songs together. The show beings at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.
After dabbling a bit in theater and one-act plays, we are excited to announce a 2-weekend run of "All In The Timing" in collaboration with The Catalyst Players. All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives, written between 1987 and 1993. It had its premiere Off-Broadway in 1993 at Primary Stages, and was revived in 2013. The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships. The Catalyst Players, consisting of Steve Grumette (also director), Anna Kotula, Daniel Ruark, and Larry Swartz will be taking you through 4 plays of romance, comedy, and everything in between. Join us for one (or more!) of these great performances:
Thursday, July 19th @ 8pm
Friday, July 20th @ 8pm
Sunday, July 22nd @ 2pm
Thursday, July 26th @ 8pm
Friday, July 27th @ 8pm
Sunday, July 29th @2pm
There is a $20 suggested donation at the door, and beverages are available for donation.
Join us Sunday, June 15th for an evening of movement and beauty with "Make Me Dance". Make Me Dance is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the U.S., Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In the film, world-renowned choreographer Darrell Moultrie, a proud New Yorker who was born and raised in Harlem and studied at the Juilliard School, has chosen to hold residency at Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, Winds of Now, for the school’s young dancers. With energy and conviction, Moultrie breaks the stereotypes of dance body type (i.e., the “ballet look”) to redefine what it means to be a dancer, and to have these new views be accepted into the ballet and modern dance world. The film documents Moultrie’s choreography and his drive for perfection in unlocking students’ talent to create Winds of Now, from its very conception through rehearsals, to opening night at Boston Conservatory. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door which includes complimentary popcorn. Beverages are also available for donation.
With a lifetime of experience in the music industry and playing with greats such as David Lindley and El Rayo-X, Melissa Ethridge, Lucinda Williams and more, Bernie Larsen has carved a name for himself as an incredible guitar player, songwriter, and producer. While usually the front man for the Gang of Nannies on the Underground Stage, Bernie will be stepping out Saturday July 14th as a solo artist, giving the audience a more detailed, subtle yet brilliant performance of his music, allowing the audience to pay attention to the lyrics and melodies only allowed in a solo setting. Acoustic? Electronic? Only Bernie knows. Give your ears and heart an evening of pure enjoyment. He will be joined by Cassidy Linder on percussion and taps. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door, and beverages are available.
Come out for another night of high energy, dancing, and youthful power Friday July 13th with the best of high school bands around, With Out Rage, Sick Transit & Static! These pop-punk groups will have you on your feet dancing and possibly cause a few moshpits. This will definitely be a night of passion and teenage angst. 7:30pm showtime, $10 suggested donation at the door. This all ages event will be held at the Underground Clubhouse, directly next to the Underground Exchange.
Join us Sunday, July 8th for our Art House Film Night viewing of "Searching for Sugar Man". Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 Swedish–British–Finnish documentary film, about a South African cultural phenomenon, directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul which details the efforts in the late 1990s of two Cape Town fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Rodriguez was true, and if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country. Searching for Sugar Man was the opening film at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, where it won the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best international documentary. The film will begin at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door that includes complimentary popcorn. Beverages are also available by donation.