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.