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Preston Smith & Bernie Larsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earlier Event: June 8
Atmasandhi & Dave Cipriani