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

Max Kasch & James Morrison

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

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

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

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

Donna Lynn Caskey, Rebecca Troon, & Abby Posner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernie Larsen, Tony Khalife, & Cassidy Linder

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

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

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

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

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Julian Velard
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Julian Velard

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

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

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

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

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

Luis Munoz with Lois Mahalia

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

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

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

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

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

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

The show will begin at 7:30pm, and there is a $25 donation at the door. Tickets will be available online in early August.

 

He plays Yamaha drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans drumheads, Regal Tip sticks and Toca percussion exclusively!

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The Expandards
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Expandards

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

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

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

Art House Film Night: The Harder They Come

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Williams with Eric Harrington

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

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

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

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

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

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Pink Moment Comedy
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Pink Moment Comedy

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

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

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

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

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

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Gang of Nannies
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Gang of Nannies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flamenco Encore!
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Flamenco Encore!

Join us as we invite back Savannah Fuentes, Pedro Cortes, and Jose Morena for an encore Flamenco performance, Saturday, June 22nd!

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

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

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

The show begins at 8pm, and tickets are $25 at the door. This show SOLD OUT last time, so get your tickets now!

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Grateful Grooves presents Shaky Feelin'
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Grateful Grooves presents Shaky Feelin'

Friday, June 21st Grateful Grooves and KTYD Santa Barbara presents Shaky Feelin'! Join us to celebrate Grateful Grooves 1st anniversary on KTYD. Shaky Feelin’ is a rising powerhouse quintet based in Ventura, CA. A high energy band mixing the elements of rock, reggae, bluegrass, funky and live experimentation. The band consists of Mark Masson – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Jeff Hiller – Bass Guitar, Franklin Murphy – Keyboards, Vocals, Cameron Probe – Drums, Percussion and Paul Menchaca – Drums, Vocals. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the show starts at 7:30.

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Preston Smith & Bernie Larsen
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Preston Smith & Bernie Larsen

Join us Friday, June 14th for an evening of New Orleans Jazz & Blues with Preston Smith & Bernie Larsen! Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy. He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary. During his career, Preston has sung for Barbra Streisand's wedding, performed at countless functions for people such as Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's and the late Sonny Bono. He's played harmonica alongside Salt n’ Pepa on Quincy Jones’ TV show “Vibe”, and has had the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Van Halen and Jerry Lee Lewis join him on-stage for impromptu jam sessions.

Preston appeared on “The Tonight Show”, and was featured on the hit movie soundtrack “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise with the title song “Oh I Love You So,” which he composed, produced and performed. The soundtrack went on to sell over six million units foreign and domestically. Roseanne Cash recorded his song “Black and White,” which released as a single, was a hit on the country radio charts and was included in her greatest hits CD which went on to sell gold.

Preston's multifaceted talent has enabled him, both with his band and solo acoustic, to share stages with a diverse crowd of performers ranging from Salt'N'Pepa, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Social Distortion, and blues legends such as k.d. Lang, John Mayhall, Albert Collins, Tower of Power, Joe Satriani, The Ventures, Dick Dale & the Deltones, Eric Burden & the Animals, Delbert McClinton, Paul Butterfield, Poco, Santana, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Booker T. & the MG’s, Donovan, David Lindley & El Rayo X, John Stewart, Al Stewart, The James Harmon Blues Band, Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and many, many more.

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

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

His latest solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section. His reggae band Cry on Cue’s latest release, Love + Trust, is the result of a collaboration with renowned reggae producer Karl Pitterson, whose recording credits include such reggae greats as Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Toots and the Maytals. The resulting record is one that Reggae Beat magazine called “…rock-solid reggae as crisp and bright as anything on the Harder They Come soundtrack… a Tour de Force.” A versatile player, Larsen is heard on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals; but, according to Vintage Guitar Magazine, his “strength is rhythm...the term ‘rock-steady’ could have been invented for him.” Dan Forte

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

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Atmasandhi & Dave Cipriani
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Atmasandhi & Dave Cipriani

Join us for an evening of beautiful world music Saturday, June 8th with Atmasandhi & Dave Cipriani! Atmasandhi is an eclectic & colorful blend of music weaving together rich tapestry of far Eastern Indian Classical Music with vibrant Spanish Guitar, energetic Afro Cuban Rhythms and Drums. Together they create music that has a feel of rock with some swift guitar riffs, some folk sounds and some improvisations like jazz and is infused with sounds and rhythms of India. Atmasandhi is truly a beautiful fusion – a musical journey for the senses.

Atmasandhi was formed by Indian Classical Vocalist Kamini. Coming from a traditional Indian Classical background but having an urge to create something new and experiment with different sounds, Kamini created Atmasandhi to explore the world of music. Soon Sam Ortolano and Manohar Gurung joined to complete the World Music Band. These three musicians continue to create new songs and sounds everyday. All three of them are highly skilled and seasoned musician that come from a very different musical background but are able to focus on the music that they create seamlessly. Their songs are heavily influenced by Indian Classical elements as well as rhythmic guitar riffs. Some songs have elements of improvisations bringing in elements of jazz music. Their songs are light and colorful and have a wow factor. They flow like a stream but have an element of surprise that makes it very interesting and joyful for listeners.

Dave Cipriani is a highly accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and composer based in Ojai, CA who performs on 7-string classical & electric, and (20-string) Indian slide guitar. He has self-produced 4 CD’s and has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts. Dave's diverse background include studies with jazz great Charlie Byrd, classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, sitar master Jai Kishor, and Indian Slide guitar pioneer Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.

Dave holds an MFA in North Indian Music at California Institute of the Arts, which included studies with Balkan/classical/flamenco guitarist Miroslav Tadic, Indian masters Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, and classical guitarist Stuart Fox. Dave leads the world fusion band Mahadev, and performs at concert venues and yoga studios in the LA area. This concert begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Natalie Gelman & Megan Burtt
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Natalie Gelman & Megan Burtt

Join us Sunday, June 2nd for a beautiful evening of music with Natalie Gelman & Megan Burtt! Raised in the old West Village, NYC stomping ground of songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at 16 and began busking on subway platforms soon afterwards. Captivating tourists and straphangers alike in the subway, Natalie stopped even the most hurried commuters in their tracks with her powerful voice.

Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs - responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world.

A modern day troubadour, Natalie performs across the country tirelessly and recently completed her first 10 week European tour in support of Streetlamp Musician. An album she released with producers Charlie Midnight (James Brown) and Mark Needham (The Killers) and titled after a song she wrote about street performing and watching New York City change over time.

"Gelman is the poster-girl for the solo, storytelling singer-songwriter. ...this performer will likely always have a captive audience." - Music Connection

Rocky Mountain raised Singer-Songwriter Megan Burtt says she was inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue. Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. Megan now splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, Denver, CO and on the road.

After high school, she moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. At graduation, Megan was awarded the prestigious excellence in songwriting award, being the only non-songwriting major in her class to receive this recognition.

Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. After a stint there, she played music in Vietnam for a couple of months. Megan quickly gained notoriety winning the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition, and SW Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition.

Megan has toured nationally and abroad as a headlining artist, and as support for acts including Gregory Alan Isakov, Mark Cohen, Brett Dennen, Glenn Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lissie, and Leanne Rimes. In 2015 she collaborated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as a featured artist.

The show begins at 7:00, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Alice Wallace & David Huckfelt
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Wallace & David Huckfelt

Join us Friday, May 31st for a co-bill with Alice Wallace & David Huckfelt! “It’s a song about taking the risk to do what you love,” Alice Wallace says of the soaring track, “The Blue,” which yields a lyric entitling her spellbinding new album. With Into the Blue, the California-country singer-songwriter conjures the atmospheric sound of the Golden State’s canyons and deserts, mountains and crashing waves, its crowning beauty and its tragic losses. At the same time, the supple-voiced Wallace tells her own and others’ stories, weaving tales that resonate as we grapple with so many disturbing national issues.

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

In the fall of 2017, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar—the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity—and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior. Six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century (to say nothing of the 21st). There, as an Artist In Residence selected by the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day for two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, ‘Stranger Angels.’

Indeed, the music is both transportive and reflective, focused inwards even as it draws on an abundance of outside influence. Hypnotic banjo and gentle acoustic guitar meet trippy public domain samples and shimmering soundscapes underneath Huckfelt’s stark, raw vocals as he wrestles with questions of fate and faith, responsibility and independence, connection and loss.

But above and beyond conservation, “Stranger Angels” is a record about “thin places”, those spiritually charged places where heaven and earth seem to meet and the veil between the world we see and the mystical world beyond becomes transparent.

Join us for this fantastic evening of music at 7:30pm. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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National Tap Dance Day Celebration!
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

National Tap Dance Day Celebration!

May 25th is National Tap Dance Day, and we are celebrating with professional tap dancers Johnnie Hobbs III & Cassidy Linder! They will be joined by Jazz Trio Mark Goldenberg on guitar, Steve Nelson on bass, and Debra Dobkin on drums!

Johnnie Hobbs III is a tap dancer, film director, teacher, performer and coloring book collector. He’s worked with such theatre companies as The New Freedom Theatre, Adren Theatre Company, Interact Theatre and Matrix Theatre. A 2004 graduate of Philadelphia’s The University of the Arts, Johnnie moved to L.A. to follow his passion for film and television. His talent of tap dancing was showcased at “ Showtime at The Apollo”, the Inauguration Events in Washington D.C for President Barack Obama and The Guatemala Dance Challenge in Guatemala. He’s first directorial effort was in 2012 with a tap dancing short film drama called “NOSTALGIA” starring Dule Hill (The West Wing, Psych) and tap dancers Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold. The film went on to be accepted to film festivals around the country. He’s directed three other short films since then. Johnnie’s been a guest speaker at University of Colorado, Temple University, Santa Monica College, and Art Institute to name a few. Relativity School, a new college in Downtown Los Angeles, has recently named him Adjunct Professor of tap dance for the Commercial Dance Department.

Cassidy Linder is a professional tap choreographer and improvisational performer. A tapper since age 3, her instructors saw potential, and she started performing tap solos (and winning) in competitions at the age of 9. By the age of 17 she began taking professional level classes in Chicago. She was once again noticed by an instructor, and was asked to audition for a professional tap company. Upon auditioning, Cassidy became a full member of Chicago Tap Theatre at 17 years old. She performed in the midwest and toured the south of France with them for 4 years. During this time Cassidy taught most notably at the Joel Hall Dance Studio. Since moving to Ventura County, she spent a season performing with the tap group Pumping Metal in Oxnard, performed with the band Noble Creatures and poet Lady May, and has had her taps recorded as musical accompaniment. She is a featured guest choreographer at Nordoff High School and is on faculty at Encore Dance Studio in Santa Paula. Cassidy opened her own dance studio/performance venue, Ojai Arts Exchange, with her fiancé Bernie Larsen. Cassidy instructs classes in tap, ballet, and dance fitness to adults 16 and up. Bernie and Cassidy perform all over Southern California, where she performs improvisational tap to his songs.

Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist who has played on records for a myriad of artists including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia,Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, William Shatner. He has been lead guitarist for Jackson Browne since 1994. He is also a songwriter whose works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and yes, Olivia Newton John, among others.

Steve Nelson is a bass player desired by all. He keeps the pulse of the music going, and is the backbone of every song. You can find him playing live almost every weekend and working at NBC Universal as a Sound Editor.

Debra Dobkin can be heard on numerous recordings spanning many different genres and live in concert from the smallest local bar in Hollywood, Ca. to the great hall at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She has recorded and appeared in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, and Was (not Was), John Trudell's Bad Dog, and Perla Batalla among many others.

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

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Tap Workshop with Johnnie Hobbs III
May
25
3:00 PM15:00

Tap Workshop with Johnnie Hobbs III

We are excited to bring Johnnie Hobbs III up to Ojai for a very special National Tap Dance Day Tap Workshop! The class is open to all levels, and everyone is encouraged to learn from this incredible teacher!

Johnnie Hobbs III is a tap dancer, film director, teacher, performer and coloring book collector. He’s worked with such theatre companies as The New Freedom Theatre, Adren Theatre Company, Interact Theatre and Matrix Theatre. A 2004 graduate of Philadelphia’s The University of the Arts, Johnnie moved to L.A. to follow his passion for film and television. His talent of tap dancing was showcased at “ Showtime at The Apollo”, the Inauguration Events in Washington D.C for President Barack Obama and The Guatemala Dance Challenge in Guatemala. He’s first directorial effort was in 2012 with a tap dancing short film drama called “NOSTALGIA” starring Dule Hill (The West Wing, Psych) and tap dancers Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold. The film went on to be accepted to film festivals around the country. He’s directed three other short films since then. Johnnie’s been a guest speaker at University of Colorado, Temple University, Santa Monica College, and Art Institute to name a few. Relativity School, a new college in Downtown Los Angeles, has recently named him Adjunct Professor of tap dance for the Commercial Dance Department. He has worked on segments TV shows “ America Now,” “The Amazing Race,” and was an acting coach on a Showtime TV pilot while also assisting film producer Edward Saxon (Philadelphia, Silence of The Lambs). Johnnie really likes chocolate milkshakes.

The class is held Saturday May 25th from 3pm-5pm. Admission is $50, and space is VERY limited so advanced registration is encouraged.

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Where's Agatha & LoveyDove
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Where's Agatha & LoveyDove

Friday, May 24th we bring you Where’s Agatha & LoveyDove!

We are thrilled to bring back the musical stylings of Where’s Agatha, a young trio based here in Ojai that will knock your socks off! Where Agatha consists of Ava Miller, Greta Fannin, and Riley Wagner, three incredibly talented teens.

LoveyDove are the California purveyors of joyful pop, the seductive high-grade modernist pop duo of lo-fi indie rock pioneer Azalia Snail & pysch-rock virtuoso musical maestro Dan West.

With their latest album ShowStopper, Dan & Azalia pull out all the stops to showcase their uncanny ability to blend anthem rock, bubblegum pop, old-school soul, BeeGees disco, and modern electro-pop in a way that is completely irresistible and immeasurably memorable.

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

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Bernie Larsen & Special Guest, Take 2
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Bernie Larsen & Special Guest, Take 2

We are happy to host Bernie Larsen, back to health for an exciting evening of reggae, blues, and music that speaks to your soul!

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer Bernie Larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He worked as producer and composer of music for films like "Friends With Money" starring Jennifer Anniston, and "Elsewhere" featuring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick, and the soundtrack will be released this year through Immediate Music. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl. His new solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section. Cry on Cue’s latest release, Love + Trust, is the result of a collaboration with renown reggae producer Karl Pitterson, whose recording credits include such reggae greats as Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Toots and the Maytals. The resulting record is one that Reggae Beat magazine called “…rock-solid reggae as crisp and bright as anything on the Harder They Come soundtrack… a Tour de Force.” A versatile player, Larsen is heard on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals; but, according to Vintage Guitar Magazine, his “strength is rhythm...the term ‘rock-steady’ could have been invented for him.” Dan Forte

Bernie will be joined onstage with special guests from the industry, and we will share whom as the date draws near. But rest assured, anyone Bernie brings on stage is always a musician to be reckoned with.

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

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We Are The West & Conspiracy of Beards
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

We Are The West & Conspiracy of Beards

Friday, May 17th we bring you We Are The West & Conspiracy of Beards for a remarkable, unique show!

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.

San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards is a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.

Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, and with a wide variety of small ensemble and full choir pieces, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. Drawing on influences ranging from jazz and gospel to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing, and spirituality.

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

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Tom Freund with Wally Ingram & Sophie Holt
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Freund with Wally Ingram & Sophie Holt

Join us Saturday, May 11th for Tom Freund & Wally Ingram with Sophie Holt! 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 from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel 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 record’s charm.

It’s the ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies, a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s widely-traveled in a variety of genres– from hearftelt folk to buoyant pop to boho jazz to straightforward rock ’n’ roll, and beyond –Freund is, simply put, a singer-songwriter with a defined and captivating presence.

Wisconsin-born percussionist Wally Ingram is the rock world’s version of Kevin Bacon & there aren’t too many degrees of separation between him and just about every star on stage over the past decade or so. A frightening battle with cancer forced Wally to step away from a magical time on the road with Eric Burdon and the Animals but he’s back, healthy, happy and soaring after a massive outpouring of love and support from family, fans and friends and again playing percussion with longtime friend Sheryl Crow on the world tour in support of her incredible new Detours CD.

If ever there were a drummer in demand enough to be cloned, it would be Wally! He’s been a favorite of everyone from Sheryl and Eric Burdon to Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley (with whom he and fans alike enjoyed a long collaboration), James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Jennifer Wanres, John Trudell, Tracy Chapman, Crowded House and was one of the members of the popular Grammy-nominated band Timbuk3.

Opening the show is Ojai's own Sophie Holt. Originally from England Sophie grew up loving to sing. She took up playing guitar when she was 12 and studied classical guitar for many years before she realized that she could put both together and write a song.

Sophie strives to create self-expressed heart centered music. Her biggest goal is to help transform the collective consciousness of the people on this planet so that we can live in harmony and balance with the natural world.

She create soulful acoustic songs that inspire and connect with people's hearts.

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

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Emmy Hilgers & Friends
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Emmy Hilgers & Friends

Join us Friday, May 10th as we introduce Emmy Hilgers to the Underground Stage! An Ojai native, Emmy Hilgers has a voice full of power and grace. After a vocal workshop, she was approached by the head of Berklee School of Music, and offered a scholarship to their Music Department on the spot. Having just recently graduated High School, Emmy is sharing her talent of both vocals and songwriting before she heads off to college. She will be joined by many dear friends of the Ojai Music world, and this will be an extraordinary performance of young talent.

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

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Petty/Chavez & Sophie Holt
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Petty/Chavez & Sophie Holt

Friday, April 26th we present a double bill with Petty/Chavez and Sophie Holt! Petty/Chavez are an acoustic singer-songwriter duo who create a memorable and intimate live music 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, showcase their smoky vocal harmony and heartfelt, articulate songwriting on their debut EP, “Songs From the Second Floor.”

Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar, British singer-songwriter Simon Petty went on to tour the country 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 often take listeners on an evocative, emotional journey.

Celia 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.

Sophie Holt has always been musically inclined. From a young age she took to playing classical guitar and singing. She began writing her own songs as form of self expression. Sophie has graced many venues in Southern California, intriguing listeners with her soulful and sultry voice and winning over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. She loves to record and collaborate with other artists and has expressed desire to help bring awareness and raise funds for good causes. Originating from the UK, Sophie now resides in Ojai, California. Her latest song "Nothing Lasts Forever" can be heard along side featured artists Lissie, Jack Johnson, Mia Dyson, Ted Lennon and many more on the compilation Album "The Alchemy of Fire - Songs to heal the Ojai Valley".

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

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Alice Wallace Encore Performance with D Henry Fenton & Max Kasch
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Wallace Encore Performance with D Henry Fenton & Max Kasch

Join us Friday, April 19th for an encore performance by Alice Wallace! “Alice has become a shining light on the Los Angeles Americana music scene, sharing her songs of travel, adventure, life, love and loss in her authentic voice…as beautiful as the land she travels." ~ California Country Records. “It’s a song about taking the risk to do what you love,” Alice Wallace says of the soaring track, “The Blue,” which yields a lyric entitling her spellbinding new album. With Into the Blue, the California-country singer-songwriter conjures the atmospheric sound of the Golden State’s canyons and deserts, mountains and crashing waves, its crowning beauty and its tragic losses. At the same time, the supple-voiced Wallace tells her own and others’ stories, weaving tales that resonate as we grapple with so many disturbing national issues.

Into the Blue represents Wallace’s evolution as a recording artist, showcasing her growth as a songwriter as she embraces a fuller sound, backed by some of Americana’s most distinctive players. Co-produced by Steve Berns and Rebelle Road’s studio veteran, songwriter and musician KP Hawthorn (who’ve made a name for themselves working with artists in the West coast Americana scene), the album is brimming with soul. The formidable rhythm section, including drummer Jay Bellerose (Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Aimee Mann) and bassist Jennifer Condos (Jackson Browne, Graham Nash), underpins instrumentation ranging from Tom Bremer’s crunchy electric guitar to Kaitlin Wolfberg’s lush string arrangements to keys and pedal steel from Jeremy Long (Sam Outlaw).

D Henry Fenton is a singer-songwriter originally from Sydney Australia who is now based in the USA. To date he has released 3 albums. "Fenton is one of the most original talents to emerge from this country" -SYDNEY MORNING HERALD "Sydney-sider shifts stateside and cuts Pop-Rock Winner" -ROLLING STONE. "a vocal cross between Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, Fenton's tasty guitars would sit well on recordings by either Wilbury" -RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

He has opened for acts including John Mayer, Kasey Chambers, Colbie Caillat, Lissie, Ed Kuepper, Pete Murray, The Corrs, Jeff Lang and Keith Urban. His music blends Americana, Folk, Blues and Indie-Rock, bringing to mind bands like Wilco, Neil Young, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Opening the show at 7:30 is California's own singer/songwriter/actor Max Kasch. $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Karen Banfield's School of Story Showcase
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Karen Banfield's School of Story Showcase

Join us Thursday, April 18th for the final showcase of 7 storytellers, original music, outrageous fun! A little raucous, a tad raw and always inspiring featuring Darlene Patrick, Ken Clench, Wendy Fiske, Nancy Gross Mara Saranpreet Luthane, Sherry Lisa Owen, and Wayland Dye. $20 well spent.

Don’t miss this one!

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Shannon McNally
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Shannon McNally

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

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

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

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

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

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Lust & Frustration: A Dance Cabaret
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Lust & Frustration: A Dance Cabaret

Saturday, April 13th we are transforming the Exchange into a 1940's speakeasy for a very special Cabaret Show! Join us as dancers, singers and musicians take the stage to give you an entertaining experience like you've never seen before in Ojai! Emma-Rose Allen, Kirsten Hoj, Kevin Holland, & Cassidy Linder will perform an array of dance styles for you full of love, loss, comedy, lust and frustration, with special guest Howlin' Whale as your Mistress of Ceremonies who is accompanied by Tyler Hammond tickling the ivories throughout the evening. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.

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The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet

It's Lola's Birthday Bash! The Award Winning Jazz Singer Lola Haag returns to The Underground Exchange with a new selection of some of her favorite Jazz and Blues Songs. Her Quartet features Jimmy Calire on Piano, Grandville "Danny" Young on Bass and Larry Perpoli on Drums.

Lola Haag is a native of Wisconsin who has been living in California for most of her adult life. Early influences were the great female jazz singers including Ella, Sarah, Peggy Dinah and so many others. She studied the performers who were entertainers, those who really knew how to relate to their audiences. Her musical tastes run from the great American Songbook and the fabulous songwriters of that era to the outstanding contemporary songwriters of today from Jazz to Broadway. Lola loves to sing. When she was growing up she was teased by her siblings that she would sing along with anything, including the instrumentals! Her grandmother fibbed and told her that eating burnt toast would give you a good singing voice. She ate all the family’s toast scraps for years.

Prior to starting a Jazz recording and performing career, Lola pursued her love of the American Musical Theatre playing many lead roles including: Mama Rose in “Gypsy”, Anna in “The King And I”, Adelaide in “Guys & Dolls”, Guinevere in “Camelot” and many others. She directed a youth theater for over 10 years, teaching children and teens acting, singing and performing skills. During this time, Lola worked on perfecting her craft as a singer and entertainer and longed for the day when she could share her love for the greatest music ever written with the Jazz Club circuit. She began appearing in clubs all over California developing her “chops” on the music of Cole Porter, Stevie Wonder, Gershwin, Billy Joel, Billy Strayhorn, Ellington and others. Her club experiences let to recording opportunities.

Come celebrate this extraordinary woman Friday April 12th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors.

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The Mini Bar Project
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Mini Bar Project

We are thrilled to host once again Ojai's own The Mini Bar Project on Saturday, April 6th! 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!

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Louise Goffin with Jorge Calderon
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Louise Goffin with Jorge Calderon

Saturday, March 30th we are excited to invite once again the incredible voice of Louise Goffin! Louise was born in Brooklyn and, with her songwriting parents Carole King & Gerry Goffin, migrated west to be raised in LA’s Laurel Canyon during an exciting time in music history. As a child, she was immersed in the halcyon days of the emergence of singer-songwriters’ explosion into pop culture.

Goffin is a writer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and artist. She released her debut album Kid Blue on a major label (Elektra-Asylum) when she was 19, and has gone on to release eight albums on both majors and her own independent Majority of One. Louise has worked with some amazing guest musicians, including Rufus Wainwright, Chris Difford (Squeeze), keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), guitarist Ben Peeler (Shelby Lynne), and award-winning musician Billy Harvey, who have contributed to her latest sessions. She toured with Tears for Fears, played with Donovan, Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music), has Stevie Nicks, Don Henley and JD Souther singing on her first album, & has had her songs championed by David Gilmore, Linda Ronstadst, and Michael MacDonald.

Opening the show, another legendary artist, is Jorge Calderon. Grammy-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer Jorge Calderon 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).

“I told him I had some songs I’d like to demo, and he invited me to come to his house to play them,” recalls Calderon. “When I arrived, there were two people there, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. They were doing the same thing, playing songs. That’s how we met, I had my audition in front of them.” Calderon ended up connecting the duo with the drummer that played on the Buckingham Nicks album (produced by Olsen, among his now hundreds of credits), and also did his own demos with Olsen, which led to his Warner Bros. deal for City Music (1976), produced by Russ Titelman.

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 never stopped writing songs, though. With new solo material set for release on Inside Recordings, the independent label founded by Jackson Browne and his management team, Calderon picks up where he left off years ago, beginning a new chapter in his story as a key player in the L.A. music scene.

Join us for this epic evening of music at 7:30. There is a $25 suggested donation at the door, and advanced ticket sales are encouraged.

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