Anchor & Bear are a three piece folk/rock band from Ventura California. The band consists of Katy Pearson on bass, guitar, & vocals; Brian Bringelson on guitar & vocals; & Eric White on drums. With the songwriting team of Pearson & Bringelson, Anchor & Bear recorded their debut album Ahoy in a 16 track analog recording studio over the course of a year. In between recording sessions the band played many high profiled shows around the Los Angeles & Ventura counties. Some of the venues Anchor & Bear have played include: Hotel Cafe (LA), The Watermark (Ventura), Sofar Sounds (SF), Discovery (Ventura), Whiskey Richards (Santa Barbara), San Fransisco Coffee Fest (SF). Anchor & Bear’s music is full of melodic hooks and indie rock twists sure to get the feet of young and old audiences alike tapping along. The band is currently finishing up their second record!
Join us the last Saturday of every month for Woolfy's infamous disco party!
"Playful and funky in all the right ways" – La.ga.sta
"Flies in the face of almost every prevailing trend in current dance music." -XLR8R
Simon James, AKA Woolfy, first made his mark under the Woolfy vs Projections alias, receiving rave reviews for the signature low slung balearic meets cosmic grooves LP “The Astral Projections of Starlight” fed to disco freaks worldwide by taste-making German powerhouse label Permanent Vacation. The LP was on high rotation amongst peers such as Jazzanova, Rub & Tug, James Murphy, Aeroplane & Todd Terje, with Fader marking Woolfy as one of our time’s most underrated disco wizards.
Sutton James Papanikolas has recently embarked on his first official solo endeavor. The San Diego Music Award-nominated singer/songwriter recently relocated from the sunny beaches of San Diego to the eclectic and scenic mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. SJP — known for fronting groups including Shaggin Wagon, Help I'm Alive, and most recently, Neighbors To The North — is a lover of all periods of music. Even though his most recent efforts fit quite nicely within the indie-folk/alt-country genres, the spirit of rock n' roll will always be alive and well in his songwriting, as well as his engagingly energetic live shows. He is currently recording his debut solo album, and will be releasing it mid 2018, followed by a coast-to-coast tour.
Roderick grew up playing piano, self taught by learning whatever MTV was playing in the early 2000’s. With no musicians in his family and no formal training, he took an “anything goes” approach to art. He discovered his voice by chance after being coerced into singing Ray Charles at a Filipino karaoke party. By high school, he adopted the guitar and songwriting above a GPA while spending time in various indie bands around Ventura County. Shortly after high school he was discovered by a small Nashville publishing company and was soon off to Tennessee to live the air conditioned and often, isolated life of a songwriter. All there was to do in Nashville for him was write, record, write, record and he began to wonder when things would shift back to a stage, an audience, an experience involving more people than himself. He began traveling back to his home state of California more often, initially as a release but all the back and forth began to have a strong pull on his sound. The carefree, let it flow sound he originally harnessed while in California was now being married to the roots and bluesy aura that grew on him in Tennessee. From Elton John to Dylan, Ryan Adams to Alabama Shakes, and in the spirit of honest songwriting everywhere, Roderick & The Dreamgoat is about something real. The underlying emotion of whats happening on stage is this, “boom!”.
Joanne Mackell is a veteran singer/songwriter with a voice that could stop a mack truck and songs that make you remember the first time you fell in love. Her passionate delivery, outstanding vocal range and commanding stage presence consistently raise the roof and rock the house.
Take heart with Balto’s Strangers. It channels a feeling — once pervasive in American and British music— that time is ultimately survivable. Whether the hours are flying by or looking bleak, Balto keeps moving on and moving forward, even as the mood roams from wild revelry, to wry forbearance, to the foolproof remedy of rock-and-roll blasted at full volume. From the first volleys on Lost on the Young, with eyes on the horizon and flags against the wind, Balto winds through their sailor’s songbook for the rock era, with gorgeously carved chants of being and nothingness, delivered behind the beat with force and honed flourish. The Balto story begins six years previous, when singer and guitarist Daniel Sheron wrote the first album, October’s Road, holed up in splendid isolation in Siberia, Russia. Sheron then returned to the States, assembled a band, and has since increasingly turned from his earlier confessional tone to a rowdier gonzo embrace of musical Americana. Taking root in Portland, Oregon, Balto expanded to a four-piece with Seth Mower, Devon Hoffner, and Luke Beckel on drums, bass, and guitar (respectively), and dropped an EP, Call it by its Name. For their next full album, Balto sought a little more alchemy in the recording process itself, something approaching the legendary sessions of yesteryear, a half-party kilter, free from the confines of a typical studio setup. Recently returned from a grueling tour of Alaska’s interior, they found a farmhouse studio, located in the fields of an agricultural island in Oregon, and sojourned there for nine days— stocked with a generation of new songs, dozens of borrowed instruments, and several hundred tallboys.
Watcher Moon blends a unique style of Psychedelic, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Reggae into a unique "Alternative Jam Band" style of music. With up to three hour shows filled with original compositions, Watcher Moon performs virtuosic improvisation sections taking audiences on a musical voyage. Watcher Moon is inspired by bands such as: Yes, Rush, Medeski Martin and Wood, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, 311, Phish, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Tool, STI, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Traffic, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice N Chains, Les Claypool, Primus, Metallica, Wes Montgomery, Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, Aerosmith, Rage Against The Machine and Sound Garden. Writer/Publisher Gordon James Turrisi (Guitar/Vocals) met Evan Joffred (Bass/Vocals) in 2016. Evan’s Funk Rock driven bass lines mixed immediately with Gordon’s Alternative Funk Rock Jam Band Style to make a unique sound. They auditioned Lamar Little at Bridge Family Studio's, Burbank CA, and immediately started recording music together. Each of the musicians has extensive experience playing in a plethora of music projects that landed them opening for national touring acts as well as music for film and television. Some of the acts include legendary names such as: Leon Russell, Ziggy Marley, Deftones, Iron Butterfly, Trevor Hall, W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Great White, All That Remains and Orgy. Their versatile styles and passion for all kinds of music formed a supergroup of talent called Watcher Moon. Recently, in 2017 Watcher Moon was booked to open for Robbie Kreager of The Doors at the Libby Bowl in Ojai. In 2016 Watcher Moon opened for Iron Butterfly at the Canyon Club, Gordon sat in with America The Band at a sold La Mirada PAC, was haled as one of the best bands at Topanga Days and booked their own West Coast/Middle American tour. While on tour they opened for Flow Bots and Kymani Marley in Boulder Colorado. While on tour they attracted the attention of multiple booking agents, producers and touring musicians for future collaborations. Watcher Moon also recorded an EP of funky jammy original tunes at Bridge Family Studios in Burbank called, "Jellyfish Ballon." Watcher Moon's two EPs and live shows have gotten props from A list music industry keystones such as members of Sir Douglas Quintet, 311, Tool, America The Band and Hani Naser (7 Walkers, Santana, Violent Femmes, The Doors). Watcher Moon also gotten the attention of A list film producer Darius Fisher (Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon, Cher, Prince, Rolling Stones, Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros) who has agreed to work with the band on music videos. Watcher Moon Released their first EP, Blood on The Mountain in (2104). The EP was produced by Gordon James Turrisi and Johnny Perez (Sir Douglas Quintet) at Skyline Studios Topanga. Watcher Moon has started the production of a full length LP, "Wisdom" to be released in 2017. Watcher Moon's goal is to inspire and heal the universe through music. Watcher Moon manifests multidimensional sound healing through their unique style of experimental, psychedelic, funk-rock fusion. Healing through the power of music is important to the members of Watcher Moon. In 2015 Gordon did a sound healing for actor, Tommy Chong which included a CBD injection healing ritual to fight Cancer. Watcher Moon's mission is to heal our planet and universe by opening sound portals of love and light to put a smile on listeners faces as they groove to subtile and climatic healing tonal vibes. Meet the Band: Gordon James Turrisi (Guitar/Vocals) sat in with America The Band on "Horse With No Name" at La Mirada Theater in 2016 and opened for the Legendary Leon Russell in 2015 before his passing. Gordon has enjoyed indy record deals with Johnny Perez of Sir Douglas Quintet, and is supported by A list artists and producers in Southern Califonia. Gordon is the band leader of Watcher Moon.
Outlaw roots n’ roll,..... that’s the best way to describe it. The sound is definitely not something you would normally hear while walking down main street, but it’s intriguing all in itself…….then, once you catch a glance at the band and realize there are only two members and one of them is (currently) 17 years old well,..... you gotta check it out!
Residing just outside of Ventura CA, The Hubcap Stealers consists of a two member, father & son duo. Neal Sowers on the guitar and vocals, and Ian Sowers on the drums. Together they possess an edgy sound with dirty reverberated slide guitars and thick chest punching drums accompanied by Neal’s vocals, be known- these guys know how to play it thick and raw.
The Hubcap Stealers initially took off mid 2012. Neal, tired of writing the same old rock songs and wanting to write in a style that would be a little more gritty and off kilter, knew right then, that this was not for a full on rock band to take the reigns on. This is where things got interesting…….turning to his son Ian, who was 11 years old at the time and was really starting to develop as a drummer, was asked if he’d like to embark on a vision - A father/son roots ‘n roll duo. We all know that answer.
So then it was on. The Hubcap Stealers were in the game to rock n roll. Pushing boundaries as a gritty two piece band singing about Bibles, Bullets & Devils. After getting down original material they wasted no time and went directly to Red Hearse Record Studios and started bringing their first EP to life, “Bad Ground.” The Bad Ground record is definitely an eyebrow raiser for sure. (Caught the eye of Reverend Horton Heat allowing them to join a leg of his tour!) It’s got the shock value that wants to make you keep listening to see where the road goes next.
Once this was established they were all over the Ventura and Los Angeles counties performing. One of the very first performances was with a leg of The Reverend Horton Heat tour! Quite a first show for a 13 year old drummer!
Now they are tearing up the road and promoting their trademark roots n roll power duo sound performing outlaw style songs about more hell raising activities whether it be rat rods, whiskey or redemption.
The cool thing about the studio recordings is that it’s not chocked full of shit that they can’t do live. The records have the simplicity of, sticking a microphone in the middle of the studio and what you hear is what you get
Sometimes great music just happens. Amber Olive’s voice happened into Bill’s music one night when she came to a venue to hear Bill sing. By the end of that very night, they were singing together. The chemistry was undeniable. The vocal blend was special. The energy was electric and genuine. Audiences and club owners knew something special was on stage. They formed a singing duo, named it Amber & Smoke, and have been performing and recording together since.
Noble Creatures was set loose in 2008, introducing a unique breed of Latin Alternative Pop and Soul-Funk grooves to the streets of Los Angeles. Their performances are passionate, raw, and electric with an unmistakable and intoxicating sound. Fueled by signature tracks like “Had Enough,” a rockin’ soul-groove track with a dance-inducing backbeat, and “Canta,” a bilingual summer anthem boasting the LA nightlife, Noble Creatures is an experience that leaves an impression with the senses.
The band hit the air waves with their debut full-length album release in September 2014 with promotional interviews on programs such as Wild Jones, LA Talk Radio, Rated G Radio, and Afroxander.com. Music Connection Magazine listed them as one of the Hot 100 Unsigned Bands of 2013, they’ve been featured on Business Rockstars Radio and they have secured a feature with Subsuelo at one of their global bass monthly events held at East Side Luv in the Boyle Heights area of L.A. This event series features the hottest up and coming world, Latin, funk and hip hop artists, most of whom have gotten notice from local radio stations and sponsors such as KCRW and Red Bull. Recently, the band produced a fan-made music video that involved roughly 60 people from 32 cities and 6 countries. Production is in full swing with a fall tour and several music videos in the works.
Noble Creatures are no strangers to the festival circuit, having performed at Pasadena’s Rock City Fest, Topanga Days, and the Santa Barbara World Festival among many others. The group is also heavily involved with charitable events such as the Rotary Club, Beads of Courage and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Together they have played countless shows entertaining crowds in and around the Los Angeles area.
Fans identify the sound of Noble Creatures to that of Ozomatli, Talking Heads, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and a rocked-out Jack Johnson. Their multi-cultural mix pulls in styles of the valleys of Colombia, the islands of the Caribbean, with urban American attitude, and the rich blues traditions of the central United States. With this mixture, Noble Creatures has created a sound distinctly their own. Determined, focused, hungry, and ambitious, Noble Creatures is gaining momentum and looking forward to what lies ahead.
Ruby Force, the musical brainchild of Erin McLaughlin, captures her personal journey of self-discovery...marked by a maturity and ease in tone, lyrics that elicit confidence in the midst of questions, and a flirty playfulness that will melt anyone's heart. All this - with an invitation to listen and engage in her twisted tales of life and love, lost and gained.
Evolutionary War is Ruby Force's debut ten-song record. It transports a listener through McLaughlin’s own experiences – from her upbringing in the yellow-hued fields of the Southwest, through the dank, fluoresced streets of urban metropolises, and across a myriad of international seas. Enlisting the collaboration of musical luminaries such as Elijah Thomson (Everest, Delta Spirit, Father John Misty), Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, The Archs, Foxygen), Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), McLaughlin keeps good company on the sojourn as these creative partners inject a wealth of heart, brains and guts into her already soul-wrenching compositions.
‘After the first pass through Evolutionary War, it is clear that we are witnessing only the emergence of an exciting new artist, as the songs weave through a host of familiar musical genres creating an exciting hybrid of past, present and future. If this independently produced release is any indication, the future is glittered with Ruby Force.’ - Eli Thomson
Teresa Russell is one of the hardest working entertainers in Ventura County. Described as "the most awesome Female rock guitarist...ever!" is simply an understatement - Teresa Russell is one of the best guitarists out there: male or female. Teresa, is the only female to ever qualify in the "top eight" for the national finals in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's lead guitar competition, Guitarmageddon.
Hailing from Ventura County in Southern CA, After the Smoke comes to you with an original style of Cali roots-rock Reggae music. After years of pursuing their own musical endeavors, long time friends come together to bring the world a new sound of reggae. What started out as a few jam sessions eventually led to an original blend of roots-rock reggae, with every individual member contributing a unique influence from their diverse backgrounds. Their message of peace, love and unity through music is what makes them such a joy to listen to and watch perform.
Scarlet is best known as the violinist who was discovered by Bob Dylan. Her gypsy style playing shaped the sound of his Gold Album 'Desire' including the hit song 'Hurricane' and she toured with him for two years. She has also recorded and toured with many other well known artists incuding The Indigo Girls and Keb' Mo', and is an in-demand session player. Scarlet's roots led her to Irish music and she has released several original Celtic CD's
Steven is an award winning Singer-Songwriter who plays guitar, harmonica, and ukulele. His original song 'Zydeco Shoes' is played regularly on WWOZ in New Orleans and several other radio stations in the region. Steven has performed all over the world and is known as one of the hardest working and most respected musicians in Ventura
Scarlet and Steven are both well versed in many musical styles, but it is their common love for Americana music that has united these two fine musicians. Their repertoire includes Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Alt Country, Blues, Swing, and original songs. Their high energy stage show featuring passionate vocals, lively solos, and humorous stories makes them one of the top live acts in the business today. They perform frequently locally and also tour in the US and internationally
Herbal Rootz is a roots, rock, reggae, dub band from Ventura, California with an authentic sound. They get you grooving and skanking to the immaculate mixture of Cristian Ortiz’s enchanting olive oil vocals and electrifying guitar riffs and leads, in sync with heavy and powerful bass lines and compelling cognitive rap verses from younger brother Giovanny Ortiz. The two young, spiritually driven, and highly motivated brothers linked up with Emmanuel Oliva and Marco Arroyo, adding a powerful horn section that was the perfect fit for their rootzy sound. Drummer Adrian Ibarra holds down their soul-moving reggae melodies with his heart pounding drum style. They put it all together to create a special blend of music for the people - the people’s music. Herbal Rootz music!
Pacific Range is rooted in the beautiful, sunshiny-coast of California. The band's style takes from many influences ranging from The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead, to The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Clay Finch (guitar & vocals), Seamus Turner (guitar & vocals), and Nate War (drums) met around 2013 while studying music up at Chico State. After discovering a strong musical connection they formed a band (Dakota Cree) and began recording at the university's recording studio and playing around town.
Since then the group has gone through several incarnations, and recently started up in Los Angeles as a 4 piece. Bassist Cameron Wehrle went to high school with Clay and joined the group after seeing one of Pacific Range's live performances. He has been with the band ever since.
It's time for our seasonal Backwoods Bazaar!
This time we will be raising funds for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy to help them rebuild our favorite trails.
Live music from 1PM-4PM.
Brother Earl & the Cousins
Dead Rock West
Local vendors will be set up outside on our patio and we anticipate a beautiful sunny day!
-Cats in Clothes (paintings, prints, & pillows)
-Creeptown Goods (vintage)
-Jaze Woodcraft (wood work)
-Copper Daisies (stained glass)
-Beadoff (beaded jewelry)
-Jen Grasmere Jewelry (silver jewelry)
-Stick n' Poke Shop (paintings & pillows)
-Deer Girl Designs (silver jewelry)
-Shai Ardebilchi (home goods)
-Red Mountain Beauty (skincare)
-Cozy Caldwell (wire wrapped jewelry)
-Carmen Abelleira (paintings)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a night of cumbia, reggaeton, Latin bass, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and an eclectic mix of irresistible grooves from around the globe.
Enjoy the best drink specials this side of the Rio Grande, including $3 Coronas and $5 house margaritas—all night long!
¡Wepa! founder DJ Elixir welcomes special guest DJs Glenn Red and Cali Pachanguero to the turntables on this special evening. They each bring a unique vision and style, and each has a music library that is as deep as it is varied. And you can bet they'll be digging way down in the record crates for this Cinco de Mayo party!
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GLENN RED (La Junta Sound System / Afro Funké - LA)
As a member of Los Angeles' long-running Afro Funké parties and now a member of the beloved La Junta Sound System, Glenn Red has a passion for music from around the globe that inspires people to dance without inhibitions. The depth and breadth of his music knowledge is nothing short of impressive, but he has a special place in his heart for Afro-centric rhythms. Glenn moves seamlessly across genres, effortlessly taking the audience on a aural journey from Brazil to Cuba to Nigeria, with layovers along the way.
CALI PACHANGUERO (TUMABO / Loud DJs)
ELIXIR (Resident DJ / Underground Sessions / Loud DJs)
21 & UP
With his 2014 album You, Me and the Silence Nate Leavitt emerged from the side of the stage and announced himself as a gifted artist in his own right. Already a respected guitarist on the Boston scene, the record showcased his rugged vocals and carefully crafted songwriting, gaining him a Boston Music Award nomination in the process. He now returns as the leader of his own gang, a confident frontman inspired by the talented musicians around him.
Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa have been the soul of Aloud since they were teenagers in Miami. A shared passion for rock classics like the Beatles, Oasis, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding led the pair to start writing and recording their own songs. After moving to Boston together to pursue making music as a full-time career, the two fell in love, eventually marrying. Years of writing, recording, and touring fostered deep ties to the Boston rock scene, and helped them connect with other musicians as passionate as they were, including Aloud’s bassist—and the pair’s closest friend—Charles Murphy.
Since their first show way back in 2008, critics and fans knew there was something unique about OldJack. Hailed as the most underrated band in Boston, with three guitars, bass, drums, organ/keys, and a front man from yesterday, OldJack belts out their original material with lots of harmonies, big vocals, and guitar solos galore.
The Ojai Deer Lodge presents the next installment of our monthly Jazz night hosted by renowned drummer Simon Phillips! This is not a night to miss!
To the stage we will welcome:
Jacob Scesney (saxophone)
William Artope (horn)
Brian Bromberg (bass)
Mahesh Balasooriya (keys)
There will be a $3 charge added to each table. For reservations, please call 805-646-4256. We will be accepting reservations for parties of all sizes.
The Deltaz have worked over a decade to master a wide spectrum of sounds, from heavy blues and psychedelic rock to classic country and folk. Brothers John Siegel and Ted Siegel spend many of their days perfecting new records at a handmade studio adjacent to residence in the hills of Mulholland Highway that overlook Los Angeles. They have become mainstays at a nearby Southern Californian institution, The Old Place, regularly performing for patrons at the ever-packed restaurant in the mountains. There, they caught the ear of the late bassist Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), who became a mentor to the group. They spend their remaining hours rigorously touring, headlining shows across the country while attracting the attention of sonic peers such as alt-country act The White Buffalo and Mississippi Blues legend Watermelon Slim, playing with both on several occasions. The Deltaz have had their music placed on CMT and MTV television shows such as Jersey Shore and Party Down South.
Combining blistering dobro and gritty lyrics, Matt Bradford weaves instrumental mastery and heartfelt songwriting into a genre-defying blend of Folk, Blues, Americana, Country, and Pop. The savvy listener will detect echoes of a wide range of artists from Townes Van Zandt to Bruce Springsteen, and Jeffrey Foucault to Chris Whitley. But ultimately, it is distinctly Matt Bradford.
In 2009, after 14 years in Nashville, Cindy and her family moved back to California, right next door to Ray Magee, a gifted musician in Ojai. Shortly thereafter The Lucky Ducks formed... The Lucky Ducks are composed of Cindy Kalmenson on guitar and vocals, Ray Magee on pedal steel and harmony, Patricia Cardinali on bass and harmony, Eric Sullivan on electric guitar, and Duane Livingston on drums. They play a mixture of jazz, folk, blues, and country originals with familiar favorites woven throughout... Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, John Prine, Linda Rondstadt to name a few.
The Mark Roberts Band showcases Original Rock with occasional cover tunes to match the mood of the audience. The band plays Rock and Roll with Blues blending a powerful mix for dance and a satisfying palette for the listener FEATURING Dynamic Solos on guitar, piano, and organ. Mark’s original music leans into rock and blues, as well as playing classic cover songs from this genre. Mark found many influences in Indianapolis, Indiana where he grew up and played many club dates.
Loud DJs is proud to welcome back J.FRVNCO from DJ Sneak's imahousegangster label down in the City of Angels! He was our guest at the very first night of Underground Sessions last year, and he absolutely crushed it with his fun, upbeat and energetic brand of deep, funky house music. This man has skills, and he knows how to keep the dance floor poppin' all night, so we're really looking forward to his return.
J.FRVNCO (imahousegangster) /// deep house • funky house
With your host and resident DJ:
ELIXIR (Underground Sessions • Loud DJs • Unfiltered Soul)
Lush instrumentation combined with front man Graham Patzner's profound lyricism and unflinching delivery culminate in a sound that is soulful, mythical, and raw. Patzner’s voice, both smokey and soaring, leads a passionate live show as the band’s classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration. Whiskerman's shows tend to set spells, either sweeping the audience up in revelation, or dropping them into knee-slapping frenzy. Joining Patzner (vocals, guitar, violin and piano), is Will Lawrence (bass and mandolin), and Charles Lloyd (guitar and sitar), Dan Schwartz (drums), and Trevor Bahnson (guitar).
"When they're revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you feel like raising your hands in the air in praise of its talent. In their quieter songs, there's a storytelling vibe with intricate melodies." (SF Chronicle)
Their latest release is Champions, a sprawling double-album masterpiece that takes the listener on a hero’s journey through barroom rock n’ roll, blue eyed soul, pastoral folk, workingman’s blues, and rainy day ragas.
“On Champions Whiskerman present ecstatic psychedelia, sturdily constructed pop-rock, pick-and-grin folk all together as a single picture.” (Flood Magazine)
The first of our monthly Jazz night series.
Hosted by Simon Phillips, known for his work with Toto, The Who, and Peter Gabriel.
Ernest Tibbs on bass. William Artope on trumpet. Hammadi Bayard on saxaphone. Mahesh Balasooriya on keys. Simon Phillips on drums.
Shylah Ray is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to music, blending grooves of Neo-Soul, Reggae and R&B. Her voice is moving, soothing to the ear, and healing for the heart. Her live performance is exciting as well as upbeat and playful. Her soul shines through the sound, captivating the audience and leaving them wanting more.
John Marx, an Ojai resident, toured the world for six years with Captain & Tennille in their 1970's hay day. A blues man at heart he then joined the late William Clarke, harmonica great and an important figure in the early west coast Blues scene. They traveled the world as well, as did he with his own band John Marx Blues Patrol.
Milo has been nominated three consecutive years for Best Blues category in the VC Music Awards, winning for Best Americana with his duo Tom & Milo Folk Blues Duo.
Together John and Milo get almost Jazzy to period correct Vintage Blues.
Alice Austin is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Vermont, currently living and performing in Los Angeles. Her sound ranges from vintage to modern, crossing over from a Classic Rock vibe to Americana. You will find Austin onstage in the great venues of Los Angeles singing and playing a suitcase drum set and guitar and simultaneously. Joined by "Charming" Charlie Peterson on pedal steel, dobro, or mandolin, this duo knows how to fill a space with the vibrancy of a full acoustic band. With them they bring a sense of intimacy as though they invited you over for dinner and an impromptu set of fine original music.
Catching the spirit of pioneering roots artists like the Byrds, Gram Parsons and the Band, Southern California revivalists Wish and the Well release their ambitious and utterly stunning debut, Darling, Darling, in January, 2017. Convening the sparse, elegant song structures of Americana with vibrant swaths of blues, soul and classic rock, the San Diego-based quintet have conjured a sound as arresting as it is weirdly beautiful.
Co-founded in 2015 by guitarist and principal songwriter Corey Leal and keys/pedal steel player Dillon Casey, Wish and the Well draw deeply from a wide spectrum of influences, ranging from Son House to Sam Cooke to Hank Williams, synthesizing these timeless styles into a sound that pays homage to the past while bringing it squarely into the here and now. “I grew up on soul and doo wop,” says Corey. “That focus on hooks and melody has always stuck with me. I try to write happy melodies with heartfelt and sentimental lyrics. You know, really depressing shit,” he laughs.
Sidestepping any attempt to pigeonhole their sound into a single genre, Corey says, “Americana seems to be the easiest term to throw at us because we’re not a rock and roll band and we’re not a country band.” And yet a what pitches Wish and the Well far beyond today’s rank and file Americana outfits are the ethereal melodic textures that emerge through the playing of lead guitarist Steven Crowle and Corey’s inventive acoustic riffs, creating a sound that owes as much to the Temptations as to Johnny Cash. Tracks like ‘Orange Grove’ burst with wide-eyed rustic fervor and sun-drenched hooks that invest each song with a warm intimacy. Elsewhere, songs like “Empty Vessel” tap into the vintage FM sound of the 70s, with a syrupy pedal steel drizzling achingly gorgeous melodies over Corey’s easy west coast croon. “‘Empty Vessel’ is about being empty inside and you’re looking in the mirror asking, ‘Who do I want to become?’ but not knowing who you are.”
Meanwhile, rollicking uptempo numbers like “Ain't That Something” and “Let It Burn” showcase Corey’s rough, expressive vocals and the thick, swinging bass lines of Trevor Mulvey. “When I wrote ‘Ain’t That Something,’” Corey explains, “it was more of a rocker. Then I saw saw this bitchin’ Tom Waits performance that had such a cool vibe, with a piano and sax. It was just steady like a train. I thought, ‘That’s it. That’s the vibe. We need to capture that.’ So Cheyne pulled out his brushes and starts going to town on this old, deep snare. Steady like a train.” Indeed, the arrangements are loose but assured, giving tracks like “Orange Grove” a stripped down and timeless appeal.
While the production coaxes a lush, full-bodied sound, there’s no studio trickery obscuring the performances; Darling, Darling’s wide open spaces and loose grooving perfectly captures the improvisational creativity of band’s expressive live set that has, in just a year, attracted sizable audiences in a slew of headlining gigs, festival stages and support slots. Wish and the Well release Darling, Darling on January 27, 2017, with supporting dates to follow.
- Words by Joe Daly