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Jonathan McEuen

  • Ojai Underground Exchange 1016 W Ojai Ave Ojai, CA 93023 (map)

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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Earlier Event: December 21
With Out Rage, The Rays, & Chill Trigger
Later Event: January 4
Resolution Blues