Join us as Mark Goldenberg takes the stage Friday, April 20th, as he brings us an evening of solo music. Hailing from Chicago, Mark moved to California upon his first record deal. He has been a founder and member of a few different bands including The Cretones, Our Town, and currently collaborates with Jennifer Condos and Jay Bellerose in Trio. Mark has written for and played with many artists including Linda Rondstadt, The Pointer Sisters, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and William Shatner (to name a few). We are excited for him to perform solo at the Underground Exchange. Singer/songwriter/producer Bernie Larsen (Melissa Ethridge, El Rayo-X, Jackson Browne) opens the show with his style of reggae, R&B, and soul at 7:30. A suggested donation of $15-$20 is asked at the door, and beverages will also be available for donation.
Saturday, April 21st will be a very special evening of music for the mother/daughter duo of Sharon and Jade Hendrix will be performing together for the first time in Ojai in a very long time. Also known as "Muffy" Hendrix, Sharon Hendrix sung background vocals for Bob Dylan, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow and Harry Chapin. She has recorded duets with Billy Preston and Barry Manilow ("Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing"). Among Sharon’s early recordings are songs written by the award-winning composers, Michael Sembello, Jeffrey Osbourne and Don Freeman. Her daughter Jade is just as impressive. Her most joyful memories are of growing up backstage, watching from the sidelines as her mother performed, and listening to Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Judy Garland and Donny Hathaway, her greatest sources of inspiration. Jade’s talent is undeniable; her music, irresistible. Jade, who recently released her latest EP Farewell To Emerald City, has toured England and the US, headlining shows, festivals, playing alongside friends, family and sharing bills with legendary artists such as Judy Collins, Robben Ford and Dave Mason. Bernie Larsen, another incredibly talented singer/songwriter and world touring musician opens the show at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door, and beverages are also available by donation.
Join us Sunday, April 22nd for another Art House Film Night. "Sometimes I Dream I'm Flying" is a French Documentary about the world of Ballet. Ahead of Weronika, an outstanding graduate of Warsaw Ballet School, lies the prospect of an international career. It turns out that talent, dedication and hard work are not always a guarantee to success. Sometimes one bad moment wipes out all the plans. However, Weronika isn't one to give up easily. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door and complimentary popcorn. Reserve ahead of time here for an additional $1 processing fee.
Join us for a special night of music Thursday April 19th for Flight Behavior Spring Tour 2018 with Ariana Saraha (vox, frame drums, kalimba...) & Fernando Medina (drums, percussion, "rhythm painter"). Special opening set and guest musicianship by Tony Khalife! A portion of the proceeds will go towards local ecosystem restoration and fire remediation in partnership with the Ojai Land Conservency Association. Ariana Saraha is a singer, musician, and composer with a global soul. Most often compared to Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt and alt-world artists Dead Can Dance, Saraha draws upon influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, India, and Celtic & Eastern Europe, as well as performing a choice selection of traditional music of the same diaspora. But what really invites the listener in, beyond her vocal finesse and Old World influences, is Saraha’s rare mixture of raw wildness and heartfelt intimacy.
Flight Behavior is her new project with Fernando Medina, drummer/percussionist. Together they weave a danceable and sensual mix of music that evokes the night sky, the flowering earth, and the blood river in our veins. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.
April 6th marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In remembrance, we will be dedicating our Art House Film Night on Sunday April 15th to him with part 2 of "King: A Filmed Record...From Montgomery To Memphis". From five time Academy Award nominee Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Network) and four time Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve, Cleopatra, Guys & Dolls) comes the never before released landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, King: A Filmed Record features Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, Walter Matthau & Marlon Brando, among others, with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King's legacy and the American Civil Rights movement. King: A Filmed Record is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Join us for this night of remembrance and inspiration at 7:00. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, and complimentary popcorn.
The Nannies are back! Saturday, April 14th will be a night of music to knock your socks off! The stage will be full of internationally touring musicians who know how to make you groove. The Gang of Nannies is lead by singer/songwriter/producer Bernie Larsen (El Rayo-X, Melissa Ethridge, Lucinda Williams and more), singing original works of reggae, rock, r&b and soul, while playing his guitar that will make your jaw drop. Accompanying him is Kevin McCormick on bass (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne), Eric Sullivan (Lissie, Radio Skies), Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and Robert Rachelli (every band in the VC)! There will also be a special appearance by Cassidy Linder (professional tap dancer) improvising on a few songs. When the Nannies come out to play, it's always a night to remember! There is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door, and the show begins at 7:30.
We are thrilled to host Iggy T & The Crazymakers at the Underground Clubhouse Friday, April 13th! After hosting their EP release party, Iggy T has been busy creating music videos, more music, and they are ready to play once more this time at our fun and funky space right next to the Exchange. Iggy T brings fun, rock, soulful, make you wanna dance style music for you to shake your groove thing to all night long. Join us at 8pm for this show, and there's a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Thursday, April 12th we host Christopher Worth & David Jacobs-Strain as they continue on their Oregon Roots Tour.
Christopher has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His songs are timeless and real and are tied together by the power and purity of his voice.
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. This one-time-only show begins at 8:00pm. There is a $10-$20 suggested donation at the door, and beverage are also available by donation.
Saturday, April 7th is the return of Particle Kid at the Underground Clubhouse! The last show morphed into a stunning acoustic evening by Micah, so this time we are excited to have the full band perform their initial set of music to make you move! As Particle Kid, Micah Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) has created a multi-dimensional musical universe all his own, crafted with immense ambition, inventive production techniques, and strikingly emotive songcraft. Nelson achieves the near-impossible by sounding both familiar and oddly modern, with the spirits of future folk, low rider funk, riff rock, power pop, lysergic Americana, flower punk, and progressive jazz fusion all somehow woven together with deep-rooted melodies, unique improvisational elements, and remarkably intricate arrangements. Particle Kid hits the road with a full band line up this March. Nelson and his brother Lukas also formed a band called Promise of The Real, and they have been backing Neil Young for the past few years.
One of Ojai's favorite guitar players and singer/songwriters Eric Sullivan opens the show at 10:00pm. There is a donation of $20 at the door, or $15 for pre-order reservations with an additional $1 processing fee. Beverages are also available for donation.
SOLD OUT SHOW! Possible seats available at the door if there are cancellations.
Join us Friday, April 6th for a special performance by Carey Appel. Music has been Carey's passion since she was 5 years old. After a career in retail, the LA native returned to music in 2004 and has performed in both the US and abroad. She has recorded 2 CDs’
with legendary musicians, and now enjoys song writing and performing in the folk community.
“I melt when I hear female vocalists who remind me of Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Carly Simon and Laura Nyro. Carey Appel is one of them. She wastes no time capturing your heart.” Jazzwax, May 2013. Carey and her husband particularly love living here in Ojai
which she terms “an inspiration, and much to be grateful for.” Her CD’s will be available for sale and proceeds will be donated to the Folk Musician’s Relief Fund, a charity she and her husband founded last year to help musicians in need.
The show will begin at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door, and beverages are also available.
Todd Hannigan joins us for another night of magical music on Saturday, March 31st. Todd Hannigan is an Ojai based Composer, Singer-Songwriter, and Grammy Award winning Film mixer and Sound Designer. He also is Founder of Brotheryn Studios a recording facility in Ojai, California. With influences like Nick Drake, Mark Knofler, and Cat Stevens, he is known in the international surf community for his collaborations with the Malloy brothers, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, and Jackson Browne. Hannigan’s Brotheryn Studios is recognized for his work on award winning surf films “thicker than water”, “shelter”, “groundswell”, “Big Easy Express” and “Cuatro”. Todd has been featured on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Has Four Studio Albums available on iTunes and Streaming on Soundcloud. His original voice, perspective, and signature fingerpicking make him one of folks underground sons. Come celebrate this fantastic musician (and new dad!) at 7:30. A $15-$20 suggested donation is asked at the door, and beverages are available for donation.
Join us Friday, March 30th for another show with young musicians, showing us where the future of music is headed. Without Rage is a female fronted grunge, punk, indie alternative band originally from the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. It began as an all girl band in February of 2017 consisting of Sarah Kanan (drums), Katie Duke (bass), and Kalani Faith (guitar, vocals) all with a mutual passion for music and the equality for female rock musicians. Malcolm Prophit, the only male musician in the band (lead guitar), later joined in September 2017. Their main goal is to capture people’s attention through music and make them see a different perspective, as well as rocking out and having a good time.
The show will begin at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door. Beverages are available for donation.
Join us for a special reception and screening for Levi Holliman's film Normal Types. Normal Types is a heartfelt story about a father looking for redemption and a family that is just figuring out how to be "normal." Two half-sisters with Asperger's Syndrome struggle with sisterhood, dating, loss, and finding their place in society. One sister is determined to face the world as she is, while the other sister is so obsessed with fitting in that she doesn't see her own brilliance. Their father tries to connect with and provide for his daughters. He realizes the only way their dreams will come to fruition is if he makes major sacrifices. The film will begin at 4:00, with a small reception preceding the film. RSVPs are necessary, and you can do so HERE.
Join us Saturday, March 24th for an evening of songwriters and storytelling with Songwriters In The Round. Three accomplished and longtime singer/songwriters grace the stage with their talent; Cindy Kalmenson, Alan Thornhill, and Laurie McClain. We're bringing a bit of Nashville style to the Underground Stage!
Cindy Kalmenson is a California native, who has returned to her home state after 14 years in Nashville where she recorded 3 critically acclaimed albums.
Alan Thornhill is an award winning singer/songwriter, guitarist, and teacher, who's distinctive sound has been used on numerous recordings.
Laurie McClain is an Americana Folk singer/songwriter who's honey voice soothes as her powerful lyrics heal hearts. An accomplished musician on the guitar, ukulele and harmonica, Laurie's sound is reminiscent of 60's/70's folk.
The evening will begin at 7:30, with a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door. Beverages will be available also for donation.
Join us for a beautiful evening of music on Friday, March 23rd 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, The Molly Miller Trio (Molly Miller, Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose). Their joyful, groove-based instrumentals bring a wealth of musical talent to reimagine popular songs spanning genres and eras. Their debut album, The Shabby Road Recordings, released July 2017, was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air.
The show will begin at 7:30, with a $20 suggested donation at the door and beverages are also available for donation.
Join us for a songwriter open mic night Thursday, March 15th. All styles of songwriting welcome whether musically or poetically. If you're new to performing and are still working on your own work, come and share whatever you like! Singers, musicians, poets, slam poets, and actors are all welcome to share 2-3 pieces in Ojai's own listening room. Give yourself the chance to perform live on stage with an attentive audience and professional sound system. $5 donation for performers and audience members alike, and beverages are also available for donation. There is a sign up sheet once you enter, and you can choose when you'd like to perform. Show begins at 7:00pm.
Join us Sunday, March 18th for our movie night! The Decline of Western Civilization is a 1981 American documentary filmed through 1979 and 1980. The movie is about the Los Angeles punk rock scene and was directed by Penelope Spheeris. Featuring concert footage of Los Angeles punk bands and interviews both with band members, the publishers of Slash fanzine, and with the punks who made up their audience, the film offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time. In 1981, the LAPD Chief of Police Daryl Gates wrote a letter demanding the film not be shown again in L.A.
In 2016, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, as it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film will begin at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Beverages are also available for donation, and there is complimentary popcorn!
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 afternoon 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 at 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. Join us for this beautiful journey on Sunday, March 18th at2:00pm. There is a $15 suggested donation at the door, and beverage are also available for donation.
We are excited to host 2 young bands on Saturday, March 17th! The P-22's are a young, energetic rock band that plays a mix of covers and originals with a surfer-punk edge. With Liam Butler on keys, Greta Fannin on guitar, Ernie Camp on bass and lead vocals, and Riley Wagner-Lewis on drums; this small, young band pumps out a big, mature sound.
Northeast Los Angeles' own Frieda's Roses captivate audiences with their unique Garage-Folk sound. Their lush originals, punctuated with inventive covers of The Beatles, Vance Joy and First Aid Kit, leave audiences spellbound (and smiling). Frieda's Roses consist of Ava Miller on vocals, ukulele, guitar, and keyboard, Greta Fannin on guitar, and Poppy Lang on vocals, ukulele, and percussion.
Join us for this fun night of music at 7:30. There is a suggested donation at the door of $15-$20.
Equal parts style and soul, Jonathan McEuen has defiantly pursued his innate talents as a guitarist and singer, resulting in a remarkable artistic trajectory that spans 30 years.
Jonathan comes from a rich musical lineage, growing up in the Americana scene his father, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, helped coin. At 13, Jonathan became his father's musical partner and a favorite at festivals throughout America.
As a solo artist, Jonathan has shared the stage with world-class artists such as Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Dave Mason, Vassar Clements, Robben Ford, Dwight Yoakam, and others.
Currently based in Ventura County, Jonathan has been actively involved in preserving the California/country coastal sound through his relentless and decades-long support of the local live music scene.
Join us for an always engaging, entertaining, and rich night of music with Jonathan Friday, March 16th at 7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door, and beverages will also be available for donation.
Join us for an open mic night Thursday, March 15th. All styles of songwriting welcome whether musically or poetically. If you're new to performing and are still working on your own work, come and share whatever you like! Singers, musicians, poets, slam poets, and actors are all welcome to share 2-3 pieces in Ojai's own listening room. Give yourself the chance to perform live on stage with an attentive audience and professional sound system. $5 donation for performers and audience members alike, and beverages are also available for donation. There is a sign up sheet once you enter, and you can choose when you'd like to perform. Show begins at 7:00pm.