Lola Haag Jazz Quartet
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Lola Haag Jazz Quartet

Friday, January 25th we are thrilled to host the return engagement of an Evening of Jazz by the Award Winning song stylist, Lola Haag. Lola will be joined on stage by Ojai Favorites Jimmy Calire on Keys, Tom Etchart on Bass, and Dave Hunt on Drums.

Lola performs regularly at clubs from New York to Los Angeles.

Lola was voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Ventura County by The Ventura County Music awards in 2016 & 2015. She has 7 best selling Jazz albums that are played around the world. Jazz critic William Grother wrote: “Lola’s voice teases out your inner ear in the murmur of a nightclub crowd, tickles your nose with the faint order of smoke and whiskey. Lola manages to shift moods, tempos and depth with a practiced polish that bespeaks a dedication to her art.” The L.A. Times wrote “first-rate…her show is reminiscent of the classy days of the nightclubs of a bygone era”.

Lola promises to surprise us with a selection of some of her personal jazz and cabaret favorites for a very special evening.

Her shows are a combination of sultry, romantic, sassy and classy.

There will be a $20 adult or a $15 senior suggested donation for this special performance.

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Kerri Climer & J.B. White
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Kerri Climer & J.B. White

Join us Saturday, January 26th for a fun evening of music with Kerri Climer and J.B. White! Bandmates Kerri Climer & J.B. White are veterans of the Ojai Music scene, performing at such events as the Lavender Festival and Ojai Day. As a vocalist, Climer has lead her own bands and has been a longtime member of the Ojai Songwriters anonymous. White is multi instrumentalist and was one of the original founders of the Household Gods. Both have performed and collaborated at various benefits in the Ojai Valley for many years. Together they bring a distinctive sound to their music that is influenced by folk, country, and soft rock. They will be performing a mixture of original music and covers with full band.

Opening the show at 7:30 is Mark David McKinnis. With an acoustic guitar, a homemade stomp box, a gruff baritone vocal with harmonizing effects, Mark David is a unique interpreter of classic artist’s songs. From the light sound of Greg Allmans' "Sweet Melissa”, to the soul sounds of Bill Withers "Use Me”, to the rockin’ sound of Beatles “Come Together”, Mark David will stir up your memories and rock your soul. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk

Saturday, February 2nd we welcome Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk to the stage! Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk (PSKFBand) is a group of friends that have been recording and performing together for 33 years! We mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop, and bluegrass, just to name a few. The band consists of Phil Salazar, Tom Corbett, Bill Knopf, Rick Borella, and Bill Flores. Tickets are $25 at the door, and the show begins at 7:30.

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White Sun
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

White Sun

Friday, February 8th we welcome White Sun. White Sun is an American musical group formed in Los Angeles, California. The line-up consists of Gurujas Khalsa (singer, songwriter), Adam Berry (producer, instrumentalist), and Harijiwan Khalsa (founder, percussionist). White Sun won the 59th Annual Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for their second album, White Sun II. White Sun's music has gone to #1 on Billboard, #1 on Amazon, and #1 on iTunes. Their music has been streamed 20 million times across 6 continents.

White Sun released their self-titled debut album in 2015. The album seized #1 on the iTunes World Music chart, and landed #10 on Billboard New Age. Less than two months later White Sun released three music videos and an EP, Long Time Sun & El Eterno Sol. “When I heard it, I wept,” said Christine Blosdale, of KPFK 90.7 FM, “I wept, I cried, and it was beautiful tears.”

When White Sun’s second album White Sun II was released in 2016, it reached #1 on the Billboard New Age chart. Six months later, White Sun’s music had garnered over one million streams and a Global Music Award. Called “a breakout New Age hit” by the Los Angeles Times, White Sun II captured a Grammy win for Best New Age Album in 2017, besting Enya and Vangelis.

In 2018, the band released White Sun Gong, a full-length album of solo Gong playing by Harijiwan that reached #2 on the Billboard New Age Chart. Called “an extraordinary listening experience” by Phase Global Radio, White Sun Gong is not considered musical, but rather a tool to create a healing vibratory field.

White Sun III, White Sun’s third release, is a double album containing 23 songs and over 90 minutes of music. White Sun III was released on September 28th, 2018.

White Sun has collaborated with some of greatest musical talents in the world. That list includes Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabaté, 9-time Grammy Nominated Gabe Witcher of the Punch Brothers, and the Waters Family Singers, who have been a part of nearly 260 gold and over 100 platinum albums. Produced by Grammy winner and two-time Emmy winner Adam Berry, White Sun’s music has also been used in studies at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital led by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, and has been featured in the Psychiatric Times. White Sun is also on the course syllabus for Professor Stephanie Eggert’s classes at USC, where it is used to study stress management.

White Sun composed and performed a song called Love of Sound for "Nanak Shah Fakir," a film distributed by Viacom in 2018. A.R. Rahman, Uttam Singh, Resul Pookutty and Gulzar, all Oscar winners, joined forces to contribute to the film’s music, sound and lyrics.

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

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Flamenco Underground
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Flamenco Underground

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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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.

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

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

Reverend Tall Tree's Blues Opera

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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 $20-$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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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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Shannon McNally
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Shannon McNally

Join us for a very special Sunday night performance by Shannon McNally. 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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Discover the Fabulous Art of Story Telling with Karen Banfield
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Discover the Fabulous Art of Story Telling with Karen Banfield

▪ Uncover your stories and the wealth they contain
▪ Learn movement and voice techniques to enhance delivery
▪ Overcome fear
▪ Strengthen your message with heart, intuition and focus
▪ Experience the transformational magic of sharing with others

Two 7 week Classes to choose from:

Daytime: Thursday mornings
Private residence 25 Taormina Lane, Ojai
9.30 – noon March 7 – April 11

Evening: Monday nights
Ojai Underground 1016 W. Ojai Ave
7– 9.30 March 4 – April 18th


Showcase for both classes @ Ojai Underground on Thursday night, April 18th

Register: Banfield11@gmail.com Cost: $275 Phone: 805-804-7024

This is a place to share personal stories and experiences, craft writing and performance skills, enjoy spontaneous expression, build community and get inspired. Workshops are playful, intimate, spiritual and safe.

Karen Banfield is an emotional healer, intuitive reader and author
Check out her One Woman Show, Screw it – Let’s do it!
Or her latest book, Tarantulas, Fudge and Altered Reality
Visit: Karenbanfield.me


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Shane Alexander & The Brambles
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Shane Alexander & The Brambles

Join us Saturday, January 19th for an evening of folk and americana music with Shane Alexander and The Brambles!

Touring the US and 11 other countries both as a headliner, and supporting acts like Bon Iver, Jewel, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Seal, Styx and Yes, the fiercely independent artist has developed a loyal international fanbase, further enhanced in recent months when 'Skyway Drive-In', a solo acoustic track from the album Ladera, crossed over 14 million streams on Spotify.

California duo Carly (ukelele) and Bethany (percussion) are The Brambles. A Young female duo inspired by Americana Folk ballads and toe tapping tunes. Friends since high school their musical kinship developed when they were brought together by their mutual passion of euphoric acoustics in unusual places. In 2014 they made it official and began their passion of yelling harmoniously in public. In 2017 the Brambles released their first studio EP "The Brambles Greatest Hits". The Brambles have opened for John Doe, The White Buffalo, Lissie, Timmy Curran, Brian Wright, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Emy Reynolds, Mimi Gilbert. This mystical night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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2 Year Anniversary Show with Preston Smith
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

2 Year Anniversary Show with Preston Smith

We are thrilled to announce our 2 year anniversary of Ojai Arts & Underground Exchange! Come celebrate with us on Friday, January 18th with a special performance by legendary blues singer Preston Smith. How does one categorize an artist who, during his career, has sung for Barbra Streisand's wedding, performed at countless functions for people such as Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spellings, Brad Grey ,The Cast of The Soprano's and the late Sonny Bono, played harmonica and scat rapped 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, among countless others, join him on-stage for impromptu jam sessions? You call him Preston Smith.

Preston appeared on “The Tonight Show” along with Jimmy Stewart 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. He and his band performed "StarSearch", and from there 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. Many of Preston’s albums were produced and released on his own label, of which he played all the instruments himself.

Preston has performed on live radio and cable TV shows on both the east and west coasts, and has performed live on club circuits in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. His multifaceted talent has enabled him, both with his band and solo acoustic, to share stages with a diverse crowd of performers ranging from KROQ alternative rock favorites such as SaltN Pepa, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, The Robert Cray Band, Fine Young Cannibals, Fishbone, Social Distortion, Wall of Voodoo, Concrete Blonde, Savoy Brown, Charlie Sexton, The Mighty Lemon Drops, and The Bonedaddy’s, to rock, R&B, 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, The Ink Spots, The Coasters, Spencer Davis, Al Kooper, Marshall Tucker Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Youngbloods, Donovan, Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, N.R.B.Q., Buster Poindexter, Mink DeVille, The Tubes, The Busboys, David Lindley & El Rayo X, John Stewart, Al Stewart, The James Harmon Blues Band, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Billy Vera & The Beaters, The Palladins, The King Bee’s, and Jack Mack & the Heart Attack.

We are thrilled to share our celebration with such an accomplished artist, and hope you will join us! The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation at the door of $20.

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Jonathan McEuen with special guest Bernie Larsen
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen with special guest Bernie Larsen

Saturday January 12th we welcome back (because we can't get enough of him!) Jonathan McEuen, this time with special guest Bernie Larsen. Both musicians have had an incredible life as professional musicians and singer/songwriters, and we are thrilled to have them both sharing the same bill. Rock, Americana, Blues, Reggae...this will be a night of tremendous music flowing from one music genre to another with almost all original material. Both musicians will play their own set, as well as many songs together, giving whole new life to their music.

The show begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door. Beverages are also available. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee.

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No flash photography

No videography

No outside food or beverage

No refunds

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Art House Film Night: "The Song Remains The Same"
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Art House Film Night: "The Song Remains The Same"

Art House Film Night is back this Friday January 11th with the documentary that captures one of the greatest rock bands in "The Song Remains The Same".

The Song Remains the Same is a 1976 concert film featuring the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group's manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The filming took place during the summer of 1973, during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Shepperton Studios. The film premiered three years later on 20 October 1976 at Cinema I in New York, on 22 October 1976 at Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles, and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later.

Promotional materials stated that the film was "the band's special way of giving their millions of friends what they had been clamouring for – a personal and private tour of Led Zeppelin. For the first time the world has a front row seat on Led Zeppelin."

Join us at 7:30 for this great film on our large projection screen and state of the art sound equipment. Popcorn is complimentary, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1. Sorry, no refunds.

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Writers in a Round
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

Writers in a Round

Saturday, January 5th we are pleased to announce an evening of music from some fantastic singer/songwriters from both Ojai and LA: Ted Lennon, Jamie Drake, Daniel Wright, & Scott Hirsch.

Ted Lennon’s voice comes through soft like water and saturates the listener with soulfulness and depth. What distinguishes Ted isn’t the flashiness of modern day pop, and it isn’t a lyrical cynicism that commiserates with these difficult times. Ted’s music wells up from some ancient source, an ever-flowing spring that makes us feel on some cellular level that we are known and we are loved.

After a decade behind-the-scenes in Los Angeles, co-writing and collaborating with the likes of Jim James, Peter Yarrow and Moby (in addition to lending her vocal talents to various industry projects, including the theme song to the CW's Life Sentence), Jamie Drake has all the while been carefully honing her craft and preparing to take center stage.

As lead singer to Ojai's favorite band Radio Skies, Daniel Wright is also a beautiful solo performer, producing folk roots americana music for all to enjoy. His lofty voice and steady guitar work bring an etherial feeling to an otherwise grounded acoustic set.

Scott Hirsch’s name is one you’ll find lurking in the liner notes of many admired recordings from the late 1990s to the present. As a founding member of Hiss Golden Messenger, he was integral to the band’s first five records, lending his sonic imprint on their productions, as well as shaping the sound of the live outfit, having toured heavily through the formative years of the band. Now branching out as a solo artist, Scott brings a cool breeze of home to his performance, enchanting audiences everywhere.

The show begins at 7:30, and tickets are $15-$20 at the door.

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Resolution Blues
Jan
4
7:30 PM19:30

Resolution Blues

Friday, January 4th join Bernie Larsen & Cassidy Linder as we ring in the New Year with some blues! As an accomplished singer/songwriter and producer, Bernie Larsen has travelled the world with the likes of David Lindley & El Rayo-X, Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, and more. After a life playing other people's music, he decided to embark on a career as his own artist, producing 15 records under both himself solo and with his reggae band Cry on Cue. He has also produced over 100 other records of artists around the world on his small record label Spinout Records. Cassidy Linder began her professional tap dancing career at the age of 17, working with the top improvisational dancers both nationally and internationally. She considers herself a musician when performing her improvisational tap dancing, and gives a unique edge to whatever song she is performing to. As a duo, Bernie & Cassidy both bring warmth and connection to the audience, as well as provide a performance that is exciting, energizing, and will leave you in awe. The show starts at 7:30, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Jonathan McEuen
Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

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. Grab your friends and get ready for THE show! Jonathan's residency runs 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, and 12/22. All shows begin at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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With Out Rage, The Rays, & Chill Trigger
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

With Out Rage, The Rays, & Chill Trigger

Teenage angst continues Friday December 21st with high school punk rock bands With Out Rage, Chill Trigger, and The Rays. This night of young musicians is fast and loud...just like teens are! Music begins at 8:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds. *In the event of a sold out show, we reserve the right to give your seat away if you are more than 30 minutes late.*

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StoneFlys with GRiley
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

StoneFlys with GRiley

Get ready to dance Saturday, December 15th with StoneFlys and GRiley! Stoneflys are an original alternative/ska/reggae/jazz group of musicians formed out of Ventura and Kernville, California. The group is made up of members Guy Jeans (vocals and keytar), Tracy Kahanamoku (bass), Robert Rachelli (drums),Dave Price (sax), Kevin Miller (trumpet) and Skabone Stan (trombone). All members met while writing and performing music for the band Lion I's. The Stoneflys released their first album Emergence (2013), which was recorded at Colorbox recording Studios in Ventura, CA and engineered and mastered by Jeff Evans. They are currently working on a new recording that will be out soon. The true essence of the Stoneflys is best captured live where they are able to improvise and fully demonstrate their original brand of ska/rock/jazz, melody driven reggae, and pop. The night of non-stop make-you-move music begins at 7:00pm with Griley, a young punk rock band that will blow your mind with talent!

Tickets: $15-$20 at the door or $16-$21 here (processing fee)

Doors Open: 6:45 PM

Ages: All

Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

NO REFUNDS

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

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10 Mile Radius Mini Music Festival
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

10 Mile Radius Mini Music Festival

Cindy Kalmenson hosts an evening of incredibly talented musicians for a night Nashville-style music in the round. Cindy is joined by Natalie Gelman, The Rose Valley Thorns, Sophie Holt, Bernie Larsen, and more! Join us for a night of folk, americana, and blues!

Show: Friday, 12/14 7:30pm

Tickets: $15-$20 at the door or $15-$21 here (processing fee)

Doors Open: 7:00 PM

Ages: All

Items Not Allowed: NO VIDEO OR FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

NO REFUNDS

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

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Freebo & Alice Howe
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Freebo & Alice Howe

We are pleased to welcome back folk-rock blues icon Freebo, and happy to introduce to you Alice Howe Friday, December 7th. From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John, Loudon Wainwright) to award winning singer/songwriter, Freebo's music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. He has also appeared on the classic TV shows Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is "at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal" (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. Credit is due to Alice's parents for raising her on a steady diet of Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez. As a performer, she is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song. This magical evening of music will begin at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Petty Chavez with Bernie Larsen
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Petty Chavez with Bernie Larsen

Saturday, December 1st rings in the new month with a fantastic duo from LA, Petty/Chavez! Petty Chavez is an acoustic singer-songwriter duo who create a meaningful, memorable and intimate musical experience for audiences in Southern California and beyond. Simon Petty, frontman of the LA-based British band Minibar, and Celia Chavez, current backing singer for Enrique Iglesias, join forces to promote songs from Petty’s recent albums “The Sad Carousel” and “Recovery Time” and Chavez’ new EP, “Dare To Love”. Their smoky vocal blend and shared appreciation for star-crossed love songs have led to a collaboration reminiscent of Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. And a bit more about our duo...

Celia Chavez has quietly apprenticed twenty feet from the stardom of artists such as P!nk, Seal, Brandon Flowers, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham as a backup singer. Most recently, Enrique Iglesias thrust her into the international spotlight as his featured romantic duet partner on tour. With "Dare To Love," her new collection of self-penned songs conceived on planes, hotels, and tour buses, Celia returns to the organic, wistful lyricism that has influenced her music since youth and showcases her unique clarity of vocal delivery.

Simon Petty: Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar, this British singer-songwriter went on to tour North America extensively, eventually joining Pete Yorn’s band for several years. His time on the road gave him space to hone the unique brand of world-weary optimism and musical eclecticism that comes to light in his songs. With a distinctive voice somewhere between Nick Drake and Peter Gabriel, Petty’s songs take listeners on an evocative, emotional journey.

Opening the show is the one and only Bernie Larsen, performing his original soul, reggae, and blues inspired music that only he can provide. Bernie starts the show at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Never Gone: a tribute of dance, music and projection to honor the musicians we have lost
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Never Gone: a tribute of dance, music and projection to honor the musicians we have lost

Friday, November 30th we pay tribute to some of the greatest musicians who have left this earth in the past few years including Tom Petty, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and more. Through song, dance, and projection, experience these phenomenal and in some cases, life altering musicians singing some of their best known work, as well as some hidden treasures. Dancers from Ojai and LA have come together to pay tribute through movement to represent these musicians through story and emotion. The celebration of life begins at 7:30, and there is a $20-$25 suggested donation at the door.

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Carey Appel with Alan Thornhill + Mia & Jonah
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Carey Appel with Alan Thornhill + Mia & Jonah

Join us for an evening of folk music on Saturday, November 17th! We are thrilled to host Carey Appel, performing with Alan Thornhill, who has captivated audiences with her personal storytelling songs, fluid voice, and beautiful guitar arrangements. A lifelong musician, Carey also believes serving her community is important and founded The Folk Musician Relief Fund, dedicated to musicians in the FAR-West community who are in medical or financial need. She will be donating her proceeds of the evening to the fund. Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting him that he’s simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, CA. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers. Opening the show, Mia and Jonah craf a hypnotic live show that “stirs audiences with a magical trance” (Eugene Weekly). Mia and Jonah are a mesmerizing indie folk duo that seamlessly produce "songs of singular beauty, played and sung without pretense” (SF Chronicle). Since they met in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2003, they have gone on to produce 3 LPs and 1 EP together as well as tour nationwide (Rooms for Adelaide/2008). Their music has been described as, “visionary” (Nascent Mag), and “timeless” (Tunejar). This evening of music begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

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Complicated Animals with Francisco Leon
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Complicated Animals with Francisco Leon

Friday November 16th we welcome back the husband and wife duo of Complicated Animals! Complicated Animals is the Los Angeles based Indie duo of Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their 6-song EP “In This Game” (2015), was written and recorded in a cabin in the woods in Michigan. “In This Game” received rave reviews from blogs and journalists, and was called “a 6 song masterpiece” and the “beginning of a new sound” by PopMatters. “In This Game” fuses Indie Pop with vintage-Brazilian Bossa Nova into Complicated Animals’ self-coined genre, Indie Nova.

Inspired by the changing seasons, and their mutual love for vintage films and music, da Silva and Alger really wanted to get back to the art of songwriting on “In This Game”. “We really wanted the songs to unfold like a story would”, says Alger. They took their time to carefully choose each and every sound that has gone into their collaboration, making sure that the songs evolve like the seasons. The first single “Phoenix” is a hypnotic, upbeat indie pop song with vamping piano, a strong beat, and sexy vocals. "I woke up with the idea for 'Phoenix' in my head. I've always felt very drawn to the story of the Phoenix, because it is such a strong symbol of rebirth. We weren't sure how we were going to produce this at first, but after playing around with some piano sounds, Chad came up with the idea to do something grainy and repetitive, almost like a sampled hip-hop track," says da Silva. Ojai's favorite classic Latin guitar player and singer Francisco Leon will be opening the show at 7:30. There is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Jonathan McEuen
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan McEuen

Saturday, November 10th starts off our residency with famed singer/songwriter Jonathan McEuen! Jonathan McEuen was born to play music and bring joy to those listening. His dad was a famous rock star banjo picker (John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Good genes help, but when people respond to Jonathan’s extraordinary voice and guitar playing, it’s obvious he’s not just another son of a star. He spent his youth (and young adult life) on the road, doing what he loves most, playing guitar and singing with the family, with more than a few world class artists (Dave Mason, Sam Bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willy Nelson and more), and he’s fronted a few of his own bands. Most recently, he put in serious time as half the lead of Hanna McEuen, a major label country duo with his cousin Jaime Hanna. That experience confirmed he was ready to move forward and create music outside the confines of his eclectic musical influences and any specific genre. With more shows behind him than he can count (Jay Leno, Grand Ol’ Opry, and Red Rocks among them), Jonathan’s well-prepared to take music and audiences in a new direction. Playing music without limitations is what he’s pursuing. Creating the need for new genres, he’s breaking some molds, transforming musical traditions and stealing shows - one stage at a time. With a guitar in his hands, and a microphone in front of him, if people with a heartbeat are within earshot, you can almost hear the sound of jaws hitting the floor and frequent religious invocations. Audiences are left breathless by his unbridled passion, “edge of your seat” guitar playing, moved to tears by the depth and intense beauty of his voice, and scream with abandon when he breaks into a Prince, Dan Fogelberg, or Cream cover. Moving fluidly through folk, rock, bluegrass, blues and country influences, he makes it all his own, deftly fusing genres in a thrilling, eclectic way, with a generous helping of wit and charm. Jonathan is setting exciting new standards on stages everywhere. Grab your friends and get ready for THE show! Jonathan's residency runs 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, and 12/22. All shows begin at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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Chris Pierce with The Brambles
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Pierce with The Brambles

Ones To Watch Productions Presents Chris Pierce Solo Acoustic with The Brambles on Friday, November 9th. The concert opens with a performance by Santa Barbara Folk duo The Brambles. Carly and Bethany are inventive songwriters and talented singers rich in vocal harmonies. "The Brambles have that heavenly harmony thing going on, which is always a good thing." - Bill Locey Ventura County Star. Consummate Soul Man Singer/Composer/Multi-instrumentalist Chris Pierce has released seven independent albums worldwide. In addition to headlining tours, he has either performed on stage with or opened worldwide tours for Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Cold War Kids, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Sonia Dada, Dr. John and many others. His voice & music have been heard in films and T.V shows including This is Us, Rosewood, Soul Men, Crash, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek, Army Wives, Crash and a Banana Republic ad campaign. In 2017, Chris co/wrote the hit song “We Can Always Come Back to This” which was prominently featured on the #1 US Primetime TV show This Is Us and the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart as well as top 20 on the Billboard Rock and R&B charts. Chris was also recently very well received by the TED community with a TED talk on “The Healing Powers of Music”. Chris Pierce continues to build his repertoire and versatility as a writer and performer in his involvement with several music projects including both Reverend Tall Tree and also War & Pierce. Chris is also a performing featured guest with several orchestras around the U.S and abroad and he has recently received the high honor of working on a recording project in Muscle Shoals, AL with The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters as the lead vocalist on a new highly anticipated album “You’ve Got To Feel It!” released in 2017. This tremendous night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $25 donation at the door.

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Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran: An Evening of Americana Country Music
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran: An Evening of Americana Country Music

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Join us Friday, November 2nd for a night of Americana Country with Chris Shiflett & Tim Curran presented by Ones to Watch Productions. Alt-country songwriter, Rock & roll guitarist, Pop-punk pioneer, Chris Shiflett has played multiple roles during his 20+ year career, fronting his own band one minute and serving as the Foo Fighters' longtime guitarist the next. He turns a new corner with West Coast Town, an autobiographical solo album that finds Shiflett pulling triple-duty as singer, songwriter and bandleader. West Coast Town is a collection of original honky tonk tracks. Shiflett — who grew up in Santa Barbara — writes about an adolescence spent onstage, on the beach, and on the prowl. During the nostalgic title track, "West Coast Town," a teenage Shiflett chases girls along the Pacific Ocean shoreline, returning home at night to his childhood home on Salinas Street. Later, he drinks away an ex's memory in "Room 102," battles hangovers and heartbreak in "I'm Still Drunk," and triumphantly wraps up a rock & roll show with "Goodnight Little Rock."Since October 2013, Shiflett has hosted Walking The Floor, a weekly podcast features interviews with legendary and current country musicians. As of May 14th 2018, there have been 115 episodes of Walking the Floor. California native Tim Curran singer/songwriter & acclaimed surfer releases his 4th full length album "Alexander Road". The album was produced by Jesse Seibenberg at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai California. Tracks from this album such as Super Hero, Numb, Young Brave, and With You feature musical icons such as Joey Waronker of Atoms For Peace, Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco and Gabe Noel whose credits have appeared with artists such as Kenny Loggins and Foster The People. This night of music begins at 7:30, and there is a $25 donation at the door. RSVP here for an additional $1 processing fee.

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Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard (2pm & 7pm)
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard (2pm & 7pm)

Join us for TWO sound baths on Thursday, November 1st at 2:00 & 7:00 with Joshua Stoddard! Unwind and relax in a peaceful atmosphere filled with calming sounds that resonate in harmony with your mind, body and spirit. Joshua performs each sound bath with the intention of providing a calming experience to leave you feeling centered and recharged. His angelic soundscapes are created through a stream of consciousness process using voice, quartz crystal sound bowls, guitar, and shruti box. Joshua combines his passion and over 20 years experience as a musician with his love to provide a space of peace and healing for others. Please bring blankets and/or pillows for warmth and comfort. There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.

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Emma-Rose Allen presents: Transcendence
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Emma-Rose Allen presents: Transcendence

Saturday, October 27th will be a night of artistry, music, spoken word, and above all...dance. What roles do artists play? Join six young dancers in a show that explores authenticity, as they pose the question: how can we use art to be our most genuine selves? This concert is comprised of a collection of pieces, all original work, including dance, spoken word, dialogue with the audience, and contact improv. As young creators we seek to stretch the boundaries of ‘art’ and find what it means to be ourselves through our performance. The goal of this evening is to inhabit what it takes to be a light in the world, to find what transcends your soul and let that be your guide. Join creative director Emma-Rose Allen and performers Abby Hill, Kirsten Hoj, Kevin Holland, Dani Carrion, and Tin Nguyen as they set these concepts into motion. The show will begin at 7:30 and there is a $20-$25 donation at the door.

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The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Lola Haag Jazz Quartet

Friday, October 26, we present an evening of Jazz by the Award Winning song stylist, Lola Haag. Lola will be joined on stage by Ojai Favorites, Jimmy Calire on Keys, Tom Etchart on Bass and Dave Hunt on Drums. Lola performs regularly at clubs from New York to Los Angeles. Lola was voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Ventura County by The Ventura County Music awards in 2016 & 2015. She has 7 best selling Jazz albums that are played around the world. Jazz critic William Grother wrote: “Lola’s voice teases out your inner ear the murmur of a nightclub crowd, tickles your nose with the faint order of smoke and whiskey. Lola manages to shift moods, tempos and depth with a practiced polish that bespeaks a dedication to her art.” The L.A. Times wrote “first- rate…her show is reminiscent of the classy days of the nightclubs of a bygone era”. Lola promises to surprise us with a selection of some of her personal jazz and cabaret favorites for a very special evening. She can be sultry, romantic, sassy or classy. There will be a $20 adult or a $15 senior suggested donation for this special performance. The show will begin at 7:30.

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Art House Film Night: The Song Remains the Same
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Art House Film Night: The Song Remains the Same

Saturday, October 20th sit back, relax, and enjoy a film on one of the most powerful rock bands, Led Zeppelin. Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group's manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The first attempt was the filming (by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman) of Led Zeppelin's Royal Albert Hall performance on 9 January 1970, but the lighting was judged to be mediocre, and the film was shelved (this footage was later remastered and featured on the 2003 release Led Zeppelin DVD). On the morning of 20 July 1973, during the band's concert tour of the US, Peter Grant made a contact with American-born director Joe Massot. Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire in 1970, where they made friends with their neighbors, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Charlotte Martin. Grant had previously turned down offers by Massot to make a film of the band, but with the huge success of the band's current tour, Grant changed his mind and offered him the job of director. As Grant recalled: It all started in the Sheraton Hotel, Boston. We'd talked about a film for years and Jimmy had known Joe Massot was interested – so we called them and over they came. It was all very quickly arranged. Massot hurriedly assembled a crew in time for Led Zeppelin's last leg of the tour starting on 23 July 1973, in Baltimore. He subsequently filmed the group's three concert performances at Madison Square Garden on the nights of 27, 28, and 29 July 1973. The film was entirely financed by the band and shot on 35mm with a 24-track quadraphonic sound recording. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 donation at the door and complimentary popcorn!

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Stand Up Comedy with Eliot Chang
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Stand Up Comedy with Eliot Chang

Get ready to laugh-til-you-cry with Comedy Central's Eliot Chang Friday, October 19th! "In a comedic landscape that is often wrought with sarcasm, self deprecation, and cynicism, I have to say that Eliot Chang is a welcome relief! His point of view is honest and real yet Eliot's approach is marked by a fun positive energy that is genuine and refreshing. (That is something that sets him apart - the fact that he is still funny with this attitude and energy that other people try to put forth and it comes off as an act). He's simply fun to watch and makes me laugh. " -JoAnn Grigioni, VP Talent, Comedy Central. Eliot Chang has been seen on 2 of his own Comedy Central Half Hour specials, E!'s "Chelsea Lately," and Showtime. His viral videos have received millions of views on YouTube. Originally from New York City and now based in Los Angeles, he has toured in all over America, Europe, and Asia. This comedian is also an actor and improviser. He studied improv in NY at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and then with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater. Every year Eliot tours America and has performed at over 400 colleges and dozens of comedy clubs. The laughs begin at 7:30, and there is a $20 donation at the door.

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The Molly Miller Trio
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Molly Miller Trio

Saturday, October 13th will be an amazing evening of jazz mixed with a little blues and soul with The Molly Miller Trio! Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz and The Black Eyed Peas. She’s played for thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, Telluride Music Festival, and Planeta Atlantida. When she’s not on tour, Miller heads her own trio, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Miller is also the Chair of the Guitar Department at Los Angeles College of Music. She will be joined onstage by Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos, both known for their work with Ray LaMontagne and Ray Kohn as well as many more. There will be. a $25 suggested donation at the door, and the show will begin at 7:30. Reservations are suggested.

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With Out Rage, Running on Empty, & Sunset Crater
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

With Out Rage, Running on Empty, & Sunset Crater

Friday, October 12th we are excited to once again host an evening of music created in our Ojai Valley, performed by none other than the future of music...Ojai teenagers! These musicians are serious about their craft, and you will be wowed by their ability, talent, and passion. Punk and rock inspired, this will be a night of dancing, cheering, and high energy. Come see what the future of music looks like, and support your future generation of musicians. The show begins at 8:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

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Shane Alexander with Jamie Drake
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Shane Alexander with Jamie Drake

Saturday October 6th we are proud to present Shane Alexander! Touring the US and 11 other countries both as a headliner, and supporting acts like Bon Iver, Jewel, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Seal, Styx and Yes, the fiercely independent artist has developed a loyal international fanbase, further enhanced in recent months when 'Skyway Drive-In', a solo acoustic track from the album Ladera, crossed over 14 million streams on Spotify. The new album – Alexander's first self production, was the first record made at his new Buddhaland Studios facility in Southern California. Bliss is a timeless tribute to the artist's classic rock influences, featuring Alexander’s crystalline tenor and deft acoustic guitar work at the heart of all the tracks. For all of the heartache and lessons learned on the album, the closing title track leaves the listener on a sublime note of peace and forgiveness, one that is mirrored in the cover image, hand-drawn by veteran rock and roll artist Alan Forbes. Since the release of Bliss, and tours in The United States and Europe, Shane produced Shelby Figueroa’s debut Highwire (which reached NUMBER ONE on Amazon’s Singer/Songwriter chart) and Sallstrom’s EP Strangers Like Us - to be released in late spring.

The Freedom Machine, the politically-charged new musical, written and directed by Emmy-winner Larry Carpenter, featuring songs written by Shane Alexander, is currently in pre-production in Los Angeles. The show will begin at 7:30 with LA artist Jamie Drake. After a decade behind-the-scenes in Los Angeles, co-writing and collaborating with the likes of Jim James, Peter Yarrow and Moby (in addition to lending her vocal talents to various industry projects, including the theme song to the CW's Life Sentence), JAMIE DRAKE has all the while been carefully honing her craft and preparing to take center stage. What has culminated is EVERYTHING'S FINE: a breathtaking embrace of heartbreak and hope, wrapped in lush orchestrations reminiscent of Jon Brion and Van Dyke Parks and delivered with rich vocals, derivative of her varied musical influences ranging from Harry Nillson to Sufjan Stevens; from Cat Power to Joni Mitchell. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Michael Rider
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Rider

We are thrilled to host Michael Rider at the Underground Exchange on Friday October 5th! Rider was born in Detroit and grew up in Chicago. He first performed with a band in 1965 at the age of 12, doing rock and R&B songs, including Muddy Waters tunes. Seeing Paul Butterfield play live got him hooked on learning to play harp. Later, he worked on his chops while driving a NYC cab with one hand and riffing a Marine Band with the other. Went to Juilliard to study Shakespeare and slide guitar. Came to California to get acting work. Moved to the mountains to keep the music alive. Fled Hollywood. Featured Artist at the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines several times. Lots of roadhouses, saloons, and small clubs in Riverside County. Infamous as a goon in the cult-classic Roadhouse, and as a trivial pursuit question of StarTrek Next Generation. Now writing songs and blowing harp while celebrating the roots of jump, jazz, shuffle and western swing blues. Happy to be in Ojai playing with some very fun and funky people. Who also happen to kill it. Join us for this great night of music at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door.

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John Zipperer with Melinda Gibson
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

John Zipperer with Melinda Gibson

A former tv actor and stuntman, John Zipperer’s second chance came rolling down the highway of life, not on a carefully controlled movie or commercial set, but while changing a tire for a friend along the 285 freeway in Atlanta, GA. John was hit by a ten-wheel oil truck. After flying forty feet and landing in the hospital, John was told by the critical care doc, “You should be dead!” To John this seemed like a clear sign that life is, or could be, too short.  He packed everything he owned into his 1976 Camaro and headed out to Los Angeles to pursue a life in music. It was ZipTime! John’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping. Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when John is on stage – joy in playing, joy for their audience, joy from the audience. John Zipperer delivers a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. Opening the show at 7:30 is Melinda Gibson. At first glance one might expect soul-baring, acoustic-guitar based introspection...Nope. Melinda prefers guitars that generate voltage, and displays an enviable, natural talent for writing infectious hooks and songs that rock. Though she credits Tom Petty, Green Day, Weezer and Led Zeppelin as inspiration, Melinda's sound is all her own... Fun, catchy, and accessible. Her wide-ranging guitar influences include Jeff Beck, Andy Summers, James Hurley, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery and of course, The Ultimate Riffmaster - Jimmy Page. Join us Saturday, September 29th for this great night of music! There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Eddie Chaffin & Friends
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Eddie Chaffin & Friends

New to Ojai, we are excited to showcase the musical talents of Eddie Chaffin and friends Friday, September 28th! As a prolific piano player, Eddie has lead and played in bands ranging in a multitude of genres, but his heart is in jazz. His music evokes those such as John Zorn, Frank Zappa, and Ornette Coleman, this evening of experimental jazz will be one for the most sophisticated music aficionado to anyone interested in where music can be stretched. He will be joined on stage with the likes of Daniel Masiel, Rob Magill, CWG, and Embryonic Death Trip to bring you a mind opening evening of music while also celebrating the record release of both CWG and Embryonic Death Trip. The show will begin at 7:30, and there is $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Tom Freund
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Freund

Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund's intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path form self doubt to enlightenment. "Time to take the whole and turn this thing around?Time to make a deal and see what's going down", he affirms on "Runaround". Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that-along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players-is a big part of the record's charm. In many ways. Freund's entire life and career have been leading up to this moment. He's spent much of his time traversing genres, melding whatever sounds have happened to catch his whimsy with his unmistakable, earthbound songwriting. Tom will be joined by world renown musicians Wally Ingram, Ben Peeler, and Ethan Peeler. Local up and coming singer/songwriter with an incredible voice Mikayla Sullivan opens the show. Join us Friday, September 21st at 7:30 for this magical night of music. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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