Joanne Mackell & friends
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Joanne Mackell & friends

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.  

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The Freedom Ledges
Sep
22
to Sep 23

The Freedom Ledges

“The Freedom Ledges are a Los Angeles based "Dirty Blues and Rock n' Roll" band. Founded by actor/musicians Deacon Ledges and Juan Lozano, the band now features sexy powerhouse lead singer Catt Christine, a killer rhythm section and funky horns. They have performed at festivals and venues all over California, and regularly collaborate with burlesque acts, as in the music video for their single "I Want U Blues", now up on YouTube.  Their first EP, "Jailbreak", is available on all streaming services and they are currently recording a new full length album. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram & Bandcamp for shows, new music, videos & merch. 

Website: www.thefreedomledges.com “

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Radio Skies
Sep
25
to Sep 26

Radio Skies

Ojai’s own Radio Skies returns to where it all started to celebrate the upcoming release of their first full length record, Double Life, with a special five week residency.  Known for lyrical, melodic songs against the backdrop of long electronic infused psyc jams, every show has its own unique setlist and flavor.  The five gents will be hosting five of their favorite acts, one per week, with some special guest performances and DJs.  

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The Mystos|Alonzo Delano|Bad Leaf
Sep
28
to Sep 29

The Mystos|Alonzo Delano|Bad Leaf

The Mystos came to fruition when a couple weeks of casual jam sessions amongst friends evolved into something more structured. Based in Ventura, CA, their sound can best be described as modern indie prog-rock, with some blues, jazz, and pop elements peppered in. Their diverse musical backgrounds converge on a shared desire to push boundaries and create nuanced, often multi-movement tracks that are still easily digestible to the ear. They released their first EP, “Joey’s Garage”, in March 2018 and are currently working on their first full-length album.

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Woolfy's Disco Den
Sep
29
to Sep 30

Woolfy's Disco Den

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.

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Teresa Russell & Tom Buenger
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Teresa Russell & Tom Buenger

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.

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Pacific Range|The Hand Me Down Band
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Pacific Range|The Hand Me Down Band

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.

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Thelma & the Sleaze|The Hunchies|No Divide
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Thelma & the Sleaze|The Hunchies|No Divide

Thelma & The Sleaze: The name alone is enough reason to listen to this one-of-a-kind band from Nashville, Tennessee.  But these women are more than just a cool name—they’re a seriously talented musical trio. They’re rock n’ roll laced with riot-grrrl punk and southern edge; they’re raucous, and wild, and totally fucking badass in concert. 

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Smoky Knights
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Smoky Knights

Smoky Knights are an indie rock quartet based out of Los Angeles. In an attempt to achieve psychedelic feelings on their upcoming 3rd EP, the band's sound has arrived somewhere between California surf rock, 50's dinner club fluff, and 70's drug binge fuzz. In 2012, Smoky Knights was formed as a trio by original members Andy Fischer-Price, Seth Sylvester, and Adam Brooks. They added guitarist Jesse Cross in the fall of 2014.

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SWAY
Oct
13
to Oct 14

SWAY

SWAY is Dark Pop.

A sound that can move you in any direction in a wave of upbeat modern

80’s synth Pop with a touch of darkness.

SWAY is the creation of Freddy Hale, a Swedish-American singer/songwriter,

who combined elements from all of the music that he has loved and

transformed the sound of Pop into something real for our generation.

The music came to life in 2016 when Freddy and Niklas Myrback, a

Swedish guitarist with a very refined and powerful yet minimalistic

style, began shaping and perfecting the songs in Hollywood, California.

Cadu CJ was next to join the team, a Brazilian drummer living in LA,

he was drawn into the project by the unique music that Freddy produced

and ended up adding the right amount of punch to accentuate the sound

of SWAY.

The group became complete in early 2018, when Swedish bassist Daniel Juter

joined the project as the missing link the boys needed in order to have

their own personal SWAY Dream Team.

Since then, the group has been performing live shows in the greater LA

area, attracting many followers, and changing the way that people

experience Pop Music.

The group is set to release 3 singles in 2018, prior to the release of their

debut album coming in Spring 2019.

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LowDown Brass Band
Oct
26
to Oct 27

LowDown Brass Band

LowDown Brass Band (LDB) deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy second-line street beat of the Crescent City. LDB brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone. Combining the poetic ferocity of Billa Camp with stellar vocal harmonies, adventurous improvisation, movement, and grooves, LDB creates an infectious and diverse sound that has something for every listener.

Fresh off their appearance at The 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival, LowDown maintains a constant performing and touring schedule throughout North America. Recently performing with Dan Deacon at Lagunitas Beer Circus following an ambitious project titled “LowDown Sounds”  that included a critically acclaimed cameo by Roy Ayers on the track "Everybody Loves The Sunshine." LowDown Brass is now set to begin the next chapter with the release of their 5th self-produced full length studio album "LowDown Breaks." This new offering steps deeper into refining their unique sound, combining the hip hop sound with multiple world music and jazz styles.

 

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Gene Evaro Jr.
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Gene Evaro Jr.

Hailing from Joshua Tree, California, Gene Evaro Jr’s sound is a mixture of soul, folk, electronic and funk. Gene Evaro Jr has the power and dexterity of Earth, Wind & Fire, and the music has the soulful craftsmanship of Stevie Wonder. Evaro can sing, play and lead in a way that brings to mind Stephen Stills or Prince. Watching Gene Evaro Jr and his band feels like you are experiencing some grand force of nature spiritually, like making love in a hurricane or testifying to the heavens in a meteor shower

Gene Evaro Jr is currently touring in support of  his third full length album “Like its 1965” released in April of 2018. Gene Evaro Jr’s formidable and dedicated following is rapidly expanding beyond So-Cal, fueled by national tours supporting Milky Chance, Elle King, and Blues Traveler and prominent festival appearances at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Wanderlust Festival, Lucidity Festival, Hangtown Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, and Guitarfish Festival. Gene Evaro Jr’s works have been featured on the network television show Deadliest Catch and Ian Somerhalder’s Time Framed Series.

From the folk magic of Paul Simon, to the crazy funk fashion of Sly & The Family Stone, to the R&B nature of Bill Withers, this old-soul artist reminds us of what it once felt like to put on a record, press play, and then relish in every word from start to finish, without missing one

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Radio Skies
Sep
11
to Sep 12

Radio Skies

Ojai’s own Radio Skies returns to where it all started to celebrate the upcoming release of their first full length record, Double Life, with a special five week residency.  Known for lyrical, melodic songs against the backdrop of long electronic infused psyc jams, every show has its own unique setlist and flavor.  The five gents will be hosting five of their favorite acts, one per week, with some special guest performances and DJs.  

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Matt Armor & the Open Road/The Pullmen
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Matt Armor & the Open Road/The Pullmen

Matt Armor & the Open Road

MATT ARMOR, LEAD SINGER AND
SONGWRITER FOR SANTA BARBARA’S
PSYCOBILLY BAND BLAZING HALEY
FORMED HIS NEW SOLO PROJECT BACK IN
2011. HIS SONGWRITING STYLE EXHIBITS
AN AMERICAN ROOTS, ALT COUNTRY,
ROOTS ROCK VIBE! WITH HIS NEW BAND
“MATT ARMOR & THE OPEN ROAD”
HE HAS RELEASED A SELF TITLED ALBUM IN
2013, AND IS CURRENTLY FINISHING UP 13
NEW SONGS FOR HIS 2ND ALBUM RELEASE
BY EARLY NEXT YEAR! IN THE MEANTIME,
MATT ARMOR & THE OPEN ROAD WILL
CONTINUE TO PLAY LIVE SHOWS
THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA’S
ROCK/COUNTRY VENUES! AS WELL AS A
PLAN TO TOUR ACROSS AMERICA, SHARING
HIS ORIGINAL BRAND OF AMERICANA ROCK
N’ ROLL!!

 

The Pullmen

Elements of pure rock'n'roll a la The Kinks and lo-fi garage that recalls The Strokes are seamlessly folded into The Pullmen's Western thrash core with a pop flourish suggestive of The Jam, resulting in more dimension but no less grit. Like landscapes shaped by the unforgiving force of time, the best progressions are the natural ones, and the greatest albums are forged with the grime and glory of real life, the grip of loss and gain, the revelation of release. 
Their most recent album, Going Dark, is one of those albums.

 

thepullmen.com
thepullmen.bandcamp.com 
facebook.com/thepullmen 

https://www.youtube.com/user/thepullmenmusic

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CANTO
Sep
7
to Sep 8

CANTO

The three brothers that are CANTO can often be found extemporizing in their Pasadena home. Their sound seems indicative of their location: the mountain expanse that divides Southern California’s coast from her desert. Surf, psych, blues, and hip hop all bleed out from their tight-knit foundation.

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Jazz Night hosted by Simon Phillips
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Night hosted by Simon Phillips

Jazz Night at the Deer Lodge is back!

Join us for a wonderful evening of Jazz inspired by The Weather Report. There will be a $5 cover collected at the door or on your dinner bill. Please call 805.646.4256 for reservations, we will fill up fast!

On the bill for the evening we have the honor of hosting:

Simon Phillips - drums

Alphonso Johnson - Bass

Lenny Castro - Percussion

Mahesh Balasooriya - Keys

Jacob Scesney - Horns

Matthew Von Roderick - Trumpet

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Radio Skies
Sep
4
to Sep 5

Radio Skies

Ojai’s own Radio Skies returns to where it all started to celebrate the upcoming release of their first full length record, Double Life, with a special five week residency.  Known for lyrical, melodic songs against the backdrop of long electronic infused psyc jams, every show has its own unique setlist and flavor.  The five gents will be hosting five of their favorite acts, one per week, with some special guest performances and DJs.  

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WEPA! Dj YUKICITO & Dj ELIXIR
Sep
1
to Sep 2

WEPA! Dj YUKICITO & Dj ELIXIR

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with an eclectic night of Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms including cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, samba and more—all infused with a healthy dose of bass and old-school hip-hop.

¡Wepa! resident DJ Elixir welcomes special guest DJ Yukicito (a.k.a. Yuki Shimotakahara) to the turntables on this special evening. Yukicito brings a unique vision and style, and has a music library that is as deep as it is varied. You can bet he'll be digging deep in his crates for this special event! Whether he's reworking tracks on the fly or debuting one of his own newly produced tracks, Yukicito never disappoints and always knows how to light the dance floor on fire.

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YUKICITO (La Junta Sound System / Piña - LA)
Hailing from Osaka, Japan via Boyle Heights, CA, Yukicito is a diamond that keeps revealing shiny new facets. He first brandished his music production chops, then solid skill behind both the turntables and the soundboard, and again with his hands on a djembe, cuica, pandeiro and Colombian gaita flute. There are even rumors he gets around on a trumpet and trombone. Out on the floor, he dazzles the ladies with fluency in the dance languages--salsa, cumbia, merengue, forró, samba--he's got 'em all! Yuki's broad tastes span across music and, equally, food. He loves the fare from his homeland, but seems just as pleased ogling a dinner plate with anything from street tacos to fried chicken, not to mention an obsession with Cuties tangerines. Yukicito's plan for world domination is to travel all over with his music as the ticket.

https://soundcloud.com/yukicito

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ELIXIR (Resident DJ / Underground Sessions / Loud DJs)
www.mixcloud.com/louddjs
www.djelixir.podomatic.com
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$3 cover
21 & UP
Full bar

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Radio Skies
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Radio Skies

Ojai’s own Radio Skies returns to where it all started to celebrate the upcoming release of their first full length record, Double Life, with a special five week residency.  Known for lyrical, melodic songs against the backdrop of long electronic infused psyc jams, every show has its own unique setlist and flavor.  The five gents will be hosting five of their favorite acts, one per week, with some special guest performances and DJs.  

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Gypsy Stew
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Gypsy Stew

Outlaw country/ Roots rock

Don is a singer/songwriter originally from Ohio. He played with Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown in the late '70s and early 80's on multiple US and international tours. Don played the blues with various bands in Chicago until his move to Los Angeles and retirement from music in 1990. He returned to performance in early 2011 and is lovin' life.

Gayle was born and raised in southern California. She spent most of her career in the Hollywood music scene performing her own original compositions with various configurations of musicians. Gayle and Don began collaborating and performing together in early 2012.

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Spoonful
Aug
24
to Aug 25

Spoonful

A heaping helping of soulful rock n' roll with a dash of blues, a garnish of leafy improvisation, and a sprinkle of the unknown. Spoonful aims to dish out boogie you can dig with fresh original tunes all. night. long.

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Amber & Smoke
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Amber & Smoke

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.

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Noble Creatures
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Noble Creatures

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.

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Vanise Terry Band
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Vanise Terry Band

The Vanise Terry Band performs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties playing a wide variety of styles, from classic rock and contemporary to country and blues. There’s always something for everyone!   Vanise’s big voice gets the crowd moving, and she is backed by fantastic musicians, including Jon Francis on lead guitar and vocals, Glade Rasmussen on bass, and Roger Reid on drums.  Together they provide a fun night of songs you love to sing along and dance to.

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Trouble in the Wind
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Trouble in the Wind

Surf|Folk|Aloha Rock

 

A band raised in the Southern California sunshine, Trouble in the Wind has a sound that filters the

golden state’s surf-rock glow through layers of gritty folk with a twinge of country.

 

With momentum from their award-winning releases “Pineapple Moon” and the critically acclaimed “Lefty” the band is poised to release one of their most ambitious projects to date, a new full-length record called “Hammer On.” The new album releases July 20th, 2018 on In Your Neighborhood Music.

 

Recorded to tape over the course of two days at Rarified Studio, Hammer On’s dozen plus songs are built on the familiarity of the TITW sound and seasoned with added experimental elements. While the folk and rock backbone remain intact, the band doesn't shy away from incorporating components of blues and jazz on Hammer On. The result is a truly cohesive album that will surprise even their most diehard, fans.

 

Trouble in the Wind has also caught the ear of several San Diego media outlets. San Diego CityBeat named them Best Americana/Country Band in 2017; they were featured on CBS News 8's morning news the same year playing songs from “Lefty” and the band has made several “Best-Of” lists around town, including recognition from NBC SoundDiego in their list of “10 San Diego Bands That Should Be Signed”.

 

The group's identity is driven by powerhouse front man Robby Gira, whose voice conjures memories of David Byrne’s commanding delivery in “Stop Making Sense.” And like many of the great acts they've been compared to – including the Talking Heads, Roy Orbison and Neil Young – they deliver a style layered with rich instrumentation.

 

TITW's music ranges from solemn, mournful tunes layered with pedal-steel to fun-loving, upbeat numbers with quick-paced banjo plucking. TITW sways between genres, their album tracks include everything from party anthems to love songs. There is a cohesive nature to the band's sound, making it easy to identify a familiar Trouble tune within the first few notes.

 

Trouble in the Wind has been nominated for several San Diego Music Awards in recent past.

They were nominated for three more awards in 2018 – including a nod for “Best Live Performer” for the 2nd time and took home “Best Americana Album” for Pineapple Moon

and top honors, being recognized by the community as “Artist of the Year”.

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Will Breman|Taco Tuesday!
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Will Breman|Taco Tuesday!

Santa Barbara-based singer/songwriter Will Breman’s style is as eclectic as his background. HIs musical upbringing began with voice lessons from his mother and teaching himself guitar. Since then, Will has tried everything from screaming in metal bands to serenading at coffee shops, and most recently playing banjo in bluegrass groups and touring across the nation. 

Will’s live performance has evolved over the years, and he currently uses a technique called “live looping” - a process where he records and plays back multiple instrument parts in real time, creating a “one man band” ‘effect. Meticulous at arranging his songs, Will believes this setup is truest to what he wants to express to his audiences.

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Jen Waltz
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Jen Waltz

Drawing upon influences from across the rock, blues, and folk spectrum, Ventura native Jen Waltz and her band performs a soulful mix of classics as well as originals from her newly released EP. 

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Ruby Force/ Steven Denmark
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Ruby Force/ Steven Denmark

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

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Milo Sledge Trio
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Milo Sledge Trio

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.

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