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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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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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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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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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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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'! 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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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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Sam 'n' Ash
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Sam 'n' Ash

Friday, March 29th we bring to you the musical stylings of Sam 'n' Ash! Sam 'n Ash are an innovative duo in the world of folk music. Each well-versed in their instrument, the combination of accordion and mandolin is unique and beautiful. The duo performs mostly original material, blurring lines between multiple genres. Together they create an inventive blend of harmony, rhythm, and energy.

Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist and accordionist. She has performed throughout the world including gigs in the US, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia with groups Téada, IRELAND - the show, Irish Christmas in America, Atlantic Steps, Cosa, and Tomáseen Foley's Irish Times. Samantha also enjoys the more intimate performance setting with her accordion and mandolin duo - Sam 'n Ash.

Composer-instrumentalist Ashley Broder is fluent on mandolin, violin, and cello. Described as a "mandolin phenomenon" by the San Diego Tribune and highly sought after by a wide range of musicians needing to round out their sound, Broder has performed in folk clubs, festivals, bars, dance halls, orchestras, and recording studios. Her duo with accordionist Samantha Harvey, Sam ‘n Ash, was featured on the wildly popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” and Hearth Music raved that The Syncopaths, an in-demand, nationally touring, folk quartet with whom she plays regularly, are "a helluva a band to imitate, and I doubt anyone could do justice to their virtuosic tunes." Most recently, she's been collaborating with violinist, Edwin Huizinga, and guitarist, William Coulter, fusing Bach with traditional and contemporary folk tunes. The trio premiered their "Partita Americana" at the 2018 Carmel Bach Festival.

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

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Luz: An Evening of Flamenco
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Luz: An Evening of Flamenco

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

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

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

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

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

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

The String Revolution & The Rose Valley Thorns

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

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

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

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The Pink Moment Comedy Show!
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Pink Moment Comedy Show!

Join us for an evening of stand up comedy Saturday, March 16th with Jackie Monahan & Solange Castro! 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’s The 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. The film premiered at SXSW to a rave review in Indie wire and currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition, Jackie starred in and co-wrote Madeleine Olnek’s beloved Sundance feature film The Foxy Merkins which was also nominated for an Independent Spirit award for best Director. Jackie was Zylar in Olnek’s Sundance hit Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same which received rave reviews from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Roger Ebert called Monahan “A delight, and the Queen of Deadpan." She has been professionally trained at UCB and Groundlings but she was born with a spot on sense of timing and a unique look at life that cannot be duplicated.

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.” Jackie's dynamic presence, both on television and on the stage, brings an unapologetic fearlessness to every performance, and a spontaneous combustion that will give you an ab workout and make you want to dance in the aisles. According to The Comedy Bible “Jackie wins over the crowd with her contagious energy. Jackie is fearless and patient. She keeps the energy up with every joke and she always delivers. She shines when being herself which is silly, relatable and absolutely disarming. She embraces universal humor that is genuinely entertaining to all audiences.” So do as the Brink says and "...jump at the opportunity to see this unstoppable comedian on the rise."

Solange Castro is a writer and comic who attended Berkeley High School and Yale University where she studied English Literature and Playwriting. Her first standup comedy album “A Journey of Self Discovery,” produced by Kyle Clark’s RadLand Records is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. She has been chosen as “Comic of the Week” on The Jackie & Laurie Show. She has performed at the LA Improv, Comedy store and a plethora of coffee shops, bars and theaters in Los Angeles and opened for long-time friend Maria Bamford. She co-created The X Chromo-Show, a comedy show that raises money for women’s shelters, with Julia Austin. Her original play “Changes In The Mating Strategies of White People,” ran at the Lounge 2 Hollywood. 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 currently co-hosts the podcast “Take Down the Patriarchy” with Jen O’Donnell (available on iTunes). Her memoir about salsa dancing, “Salsa Chica: How I Learned To Dance Salsa And Avoid Real Life” will be out later in 2019!

Join these two ladies for a raucous night of laughter at 8:00pm. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Nicola Winokur
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Nicola Winokur

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

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

VC DC Ventura County Dead Collective

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

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Jonathan McEuen Residency 2.0
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen Residency 2.0

We welcome back Jonathan McEuen on Friday, March 8th for a thrilling evening of music and storytelling. 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.

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Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard

Join us Sunday, March 3rd for another meditative sound bath with Joshua Stoddard. 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. There is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended.

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Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera

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

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

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

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

No flash photography

No videography

No outside food or beverage allowed

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

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Stoneflys with Ocergrown
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Stoneflys with Ocergrown

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

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

The show begins at 7:30pm with opening act Ocergrown, a Ventura based reggae rock group, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Hump Back with Howlin' Whale
Feb
27
to Feb 28

Hump Back with Howlin' Whale

  • Red Parachute Room (next to Underground Exchange) (map)
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Wednesday, February 27th we are thrilled to host the first show of Howlin' Whale! They're gonna rock the clock out bog style! Full band, full sound, full harmonica, and all the dancing. Never heard of Bog Style? Then come out and find out! One clue: extremely heavy bass is involved! Show is from 8-11pm at Red Parachute Room (right next to Underground Exchange), and there's a $10 suggested donation at the door.

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Alice Wallace
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Wallace

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

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

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

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

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Jonathan McEuen
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen

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

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

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Flamenco Underground
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Flamenco Underground

SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Kalmenson is a singer/songwriter whose work will sound good to those who love either country music or folk music. She’s a storyteller with a knack for both genres. Country fans will laugh and dance along while those who like folk will enjoy the family and life stories. Her whole catalog is filled with good songs, memorable hooks, and stories worth the telling. Cindy continues to travel as a solo artist as well as playing festivals, listening rooms and house concerts around the West. She is a very spontaneous, engaging and soulful performer who feels very much at home on stage. She has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Kathleen Edwards, and Lucinda Williams.

Raised in the old West Village, NYC stomping ground of songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at 16 and started writing songs on it immediately and began busking on subway platforms soon afterwards when she grew tired of pretending to be 21 to play clubs in the city. Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs - responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world.

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

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

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Gang of Nannies
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Gang of Nannies

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

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer bernie larsen has lived a charmed musical life for many years. He has recorded, toured, and produced an elite handful of artists most of which are Grammy Award recipients including Melissa Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public Enemy. He also spent six years as an original member of David Lindley’s legendary band El Rayo-X. He worked as producer and composer of music for films like "Friends With Money" starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Elsewhere" featuring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick, and the soundtrack will be released this year through Immediate Music. He has put his stain on remixes and singles for artists like Low’s Alan Sparhawk and KCRW favorite West Indian Girl.His new solo record “Downward Dub", comprises of songs that range from dark wave to dub reggae to the track “Take Me In”, a minor key lilting reggae feel featuring the late, great Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian “Mac” McLagan on keyboards, and Lucinda Williams’ rhythm section.

Producer, musician and songwriter Kevin McCormick, who plays bass on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, has also worked with Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Stephen Stills, among many others.

Karl Hunter is a Southern California based multi-instrumentalist, Studio Musician, Clinician and Music Educator. He is best known for being the featured saxophone soloist with The contemporary, multi Platinum selling, Grammy nominated, swing band "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy", of which he has been a member for 21 years.

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

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

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

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