Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are California Crafted Rock & Roll with
a sound that spans blues, country, folk, rock, and psychedelic
Americana. The band features frontman Hunter Ackerman, guitar players
Carmelo Bonaventura and Jon Siembieda, bassist Aaron Barnes, and
drummer Brian Lara.
Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are California Crafted Rock & Roll with
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.
The YeahTones is the tenacious rock ‘n’ roll brain- child of bandleader and frontman Jake Pinto. Born of a natural healer and a business schemer (read: Florida man), Pinto’s deep-rooted lust for“peaceful” resistance has been long in the making. In 2012, Jake graduated from private university with a degree in music, thousands of dollars in debt and an ample angst for the injustices of the world. Plagued by the typical anger and isolation of a 20 something New Yorker, Jake set aside his pricey jazz education in search of a new more liberating form of expression, enter The YeahTones.
On stage The YeahTones explode with punk energy to deliver the straightforward anguish of Jake’s unassuming songwriting. The band makes audiences thrash and scream then hands out a goody bag of catchy riffs and melodies to take home for later. They do all of this while wearing matching outfts.
With his rich baritone vocal and hopeful melodies, Los Angeles-native, David Rosales, comes from a place of deep content and shining optimism in his debut album, Brave Ones, released on April 27th, 2018.
Drawing on the wide-open spaces of the Southwest and the smooth textures of the Pacific Ocean, David Rosales & His Band of Scoundrels seamlessly weave an alluring landscape of American roots music when translating the album in a live setting. A sound that pairs well with contemporaries they have shared the stage with in Ben Harper, Matt Costa, The White Buffalo, Donavon Frankenreiter and Steep Canyon Rangers.
It’s impossible to deny the warmth and ease of Rosales’ songwriting prowess throughout the 11 tracks as he seamlessly blends his vintage sonic tastes with fresh vision. Crediting his love of classic Rhythm & Blues and Country & Western singers Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, coupled with his admiration for modern day troubadours the likes of Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Nathaniel Rateliff and Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) as being influential in the writing and recording process.
The Milton Kelley Band storms back to the World Famous Ojai Deer Lodge for a Sunday afternoon of Milton’s Blues-Based, Country-Rock originals and classic favorites. An original recording artist of Ojai’s own “Two:Dot” record label, Milton Kelley’s “Home Brew” was well-known on the local scene as a juke box favorite. Jim Landsman, Tony Cuccio, and Doug Schmelz have jammed with Milton and other local bands for years so they are ready to help get your Mojo working. Come on down to catch up on Milton’s new tunes and bring your dancin’ shoes!
Johnzo West is an Indiana-born, California based singer-songwriter and guitarist. West is also a member of Eric Burdon & The Animals and Fortress Social Club.
As a solo artist West has released two full length albums, an EP and numerous singles. Most recently West released the song "Fires and Floods", a tribute to those affected by the tragic wildfires in California.
As a globally touring musician West has shared the stage with a diverse group of artists such as Taj Mahal, Father John Misty, Dr. John, Leon Bridges, Bob Weir, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Dickie Betts, Eagles of Death Metal, Robert Cray, Jimmy Cliff and Jackie Greene.
West has also collaborated with Miley Cyrus contributing a cover of Bob Dylan's "You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" to Amnesty International’s compilation record, Chimes of Freedom: A Tribute To Bob Dylan.
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.
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.
“"Balto sound like the kind of band you’d want playing in the background as you cruise down the highway with a road soda clutched in your hand." - What Youth”
At 21, after a failed attempt to begin a journalism career in Moscow and an overwhelming heartbreak, Dan Sheron’s life collapsed. Without so much as saying goodbye to his friends or bothering to pack a bag, Dan took a train bound for Siberia and headed east with a child's guitar and journal that quickly filled with songs. At some point in those manic months, Balto was born, in a third-class train car, singing and drinking among strangers, somewhere east of Novosibirsk.
Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. Their interactive live performances have drawn comparisons to fiery indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe their most recent LP Strangers (2017) as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” They continue to describe Sheron as, “a roots-rock storyteller with the heart of an Edwardian poet—full of romance, sharp observation, knowing humor, and at least a slug or two of whiskey.”
Songs For Viktor, the latest 7” from Balto, is a brash statement of purpose from the newly transplanted Los Angeles band – written for a dear friend fallen on hard times in Moscow. Howling guitars and a heavy pocket of bass and drums recede to a boil, opening up the space for an almost Elton John-esque style of songcraft and storytelling. Balto is touring on the west coast in Summer 2018.
Ahee & Ash Tree's first conversation was in gibberish. Everyone has their own special gibberish snowflake, everyone has sounds unique to them. We communicated through sound to begin our journey, and now our sound has evolved into this live/electronic bass lovin' frequency. We both write the lyrics - Ahee writes some, Ash Tree writes some, and they write some together. Ahee is the beatsmith and production wizard, and plays electric charango and drums during live sets, while Ash Tree writes the vocal harmonies, and sings during live sets. We are theatrical choreography in our live sets. We tell a story with our music, remember the laughter and silliness, and dance while we do so!
Wanderlodge are two longtime Portland, OR roots-rockers who weave together musical styles from folk, country and classic rock. Their music features gritty, soulful vocal harmonies, fierce slide guitar work, and dark, vibey songs. Wanderlodge’s accessible and sophisticated sound makes them a great fit in any venue from barroom to main stage. On dozens of recordings and playing over 150 shows per year, this duo is sure to please any lover of great American music.
Bear Market Riot is the “Power-Folk” duo of Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil. Formed in 2014 on the Central Coast of California, their energetic blend of sounds from folk to funk resonates with audiences of all ages. They are two heartfelt voices singing in harmony playing five instruments with their hands and feet, telling tales of adventure, equality, and romance. With a driving beat and layers of melody, Motil and Nordby create a sound greater than the sum of its parts.
Bear Market Riot won SLO New Times readers poll pick for “Best Band” the last two years in a row! In 2017 they were runner-up in the High Sierra Music Festival Band Competition. As the emcees of Whale Rock Music Festival and frequent radio guests, they’ve earned a reputation as energetic hype-men. They’ve opened for the Brother’s Comatose, Fruition, The Lil’ Smokies, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lukas Nelson, and Nicki Bluhm, among others.
Their first full-length album “Power-Folk Americana” is set for release with Spectra Records in 2019. The duo’s upbeat songs and catchy lyrics are complemented by Motil’s toe-tapping beats and Nordby’s sizzling harmonica leads. Self-produced through a successful Kickstarter campaign, the album tells spirited stories of relationships and our place in the social fabric.
Underground Sessions returns a night of boomin' beats by guest DJs Joey Level, Serby and Deja Vudu. Resident DJ Elixir gets things started with some sultry tech house vibes. Special guest DJ Joey Edwards will bring his solid skills and deep vinyl collection to the stage, so you can bet the turntables won't get much rest at this party. Guest DJs Serby and Deja Vudu will come out swinging too, so don't forget your fly kicks for the dance floor!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hosted by resident DJ Elixir<<<<<<<<<<
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Sound by QSC Audio<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
>>>>Lighting & effects by CHAUVET DJ and Blizzard<<<<
21 + up
Ricky Montijo is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Montijo plays an eclectic mix of soul, rock, Latin, blues, reggae, pop, and world music and is known for his vocals, guitar-playing skills, live performances, advanced looping, and philanthropy. He has released two studio albums, numerous singles, and has toured nationally.
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.
Wordsauce is an 8 piece Live Hip Hop/Funk band, based in San Luis Obispo, California, formed by Drummer Bill Gerhardt and Bassist Wesley Price in 2009. With Guitarists Kevin Strong and Shawn Warnke, Saxophonist Samuel Franklin, Turntablist/Producer Eric Mattson, and Emcee/Vocalist/Producer Rick “Risko” Loughman all joining the band by 2010, Wordsauce began developing their own style of Hip Hop with live instrumentation. Emcee/Vocalist/Conga player Patrick “June” Braddock joined the band in 2012 after meeting Loughman in a music history class in junior college. With a diverse combination of musical backgrounds, Wordsauce has thrived on open-mindedness in the song writing process and has established a sound that captivates crowds of all demographics. Wordsauce mixes funky, soulful Hip Hop instrumentation with intensely rhythmic lyrical form. The variety of musical backings has driven group emcee Risko to expand his dynamics as a vocalist.
Joshua James Jackson and his guitar share all the best stories and jokes, the highest highs and the lowest lows of life on the road. His songs are honest and bare, driving and fun. He begs the difficult questions like “do we do away with the dewey decimal system?” and just what does it mean to live the dream? For the last decade and a half, it’s been easy to find Joshua James Jackson onstage with a bass, a trumpet, or a guitar. Like a good recipe for chicken JJJ has toured nationally and internationally as a sideman in some of California’s finest bands.
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.
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.
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
Let's throw Craze , Junior Chacon (sunny side up / sarcastic) ; the man behind Woolfy's cut Junior's Throwin Craze is making his long awaited debut at The Disco Den. So excited to make this one happen. Looking forward to seeing all the troops for a pre game banger before we say goodbye to 2018.
Inspired by the artists of "Now 6", "Jock Jams 4", and MTV's The Grind, we bring you Winter Informal - a chaperone-less night we may not remember, but it sure will be fun!
Join us as we travel back in time on a sexy audio sleigh-ride with co-pilots Nyrus and Project Pineapple! Just like the good ol days at the Rec Center, slowdance with your beau and this time... no chaperones! Saddle up to ride on that pony... cause you know we bringin sexy back!
December 23rd - 9pm - Close
$5 Entry goes directly to artists
Its time for another wonderful night of Jazz at the Ojai Deer Lodge, hosted by world renowned drummer Simon Phillips!
7:00pm, $5 entry fee. Call 805.646.4256 for reservations!
Simon will be joined by this wonderful group of talent:
Ernest Tibbs - bass
Joaquin Lievano - Gtr
Hanz Zermullen - keys
Jacob Scesney - Alto/Soprano
William Artope - Trumpet
Evan Waltmire - Tenor/Baritone
Our seasonal Bazaar is back!
This time we will be raising funds for the Ojai Valley Family Shelter. Check out their website to learn more about their mission.
Live performances by local bands:
David & the Goliaths
The Rose Valley Thorns
This year's vendors include:
Copper Daisy Glassworks (stained glass)
Deer Girl Designs (silver jewelry)
Plant Good Seeds (seed company)
Moon Flower Beauty (skin care)
Wyatt Amend Ceramics
Jayze Woodcraft (wood work)
Jen Grasmere Jewelry (silver jewelry)
Carmen Abelleira (artwork)
Ojai Sunday (home goods)
Creeptown Goods (vintage)
Cozy Caldwell (jewelry)
Leatherface Leather (leather work)
Born in Dayton Ohio and raised on funk, jazz and classical styles, Mr. Holbrook has truly found his voice as an artist over the past few years. He has perfected his raspy, steeped in the blues, brand of gritty Blues/Soul that is infectiously catchy.
Mr. Holbrook has held artist residencies at Mojo blues club Copenhagen (2017) Columbia City Music Theater Seattle (2017) Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Nashville (2013 through August 2017). He is currently touring throughout the U.S. and Europe with shows in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Chicago, Cleveland, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle and North Carolina.
The Al Holbrook Band will make you want to wallow down in the rain and mud until your shirt is torn, your jeans stained, and your shoes say you've been somewhere and were thankful for the party and the carefree good times. Every performance is new, engaging and entertaining.
There’s a mysterious thread connecting The Weeknd’s dystopic, album-closing ballad “Angel” from Beauty Behind The Madness and Kygo’s electric single “Stay” – a distinctive, sultry vocal belonging to nineteen-year-old Maty Noyes whose voice has a kind of old-souled texture and whose songwriting abilities are well beyond her years.
Noyes has always been a free spirit. A dreamy, music-obsessed kid, Noyes was barely out of elementary school before committing her life to music. Hungry for adventure with fearless abandon, Noyes set out to pursue her passion with uncanny resolve. “I just knew,” she remembers. “I knew staying in a small town wasn’t for me. I knew my life was going to happen somewhere else.” It was less that she was running away from a bad or troubled life – she had good friends and a close family – but more that she was responding to a genuine calling. She needed the freedom to delve deeper into her talents and fully get in touch with her distinctive, sultry indie pop sound.
Underground Sessions and Loud DJs present Imagika Om with resident DJ Elixir and visuals by Ojai’s own Altarbeast. A year in the making, this special evening promises to be a mind-blowing experience, combining Imagika Om’s unique bass-laden global sound with psychedelic visual projections. If you’ve ever been to Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man or any festivals on the west coast, you may have already seen her perform. If you haven’t, there’s no way to accurately describe the energy she brings to the dance floor. Suffice it to say Ojai has never seen anything like this before, and may never again.
Imagika Om is a sonic alchemist, music producer, dance floor unifier, & performer. Her alluring musical tapestries have taken her around the world many times, uniting sounds that span the globe. Whether she is creating tracks from scratch full of earthy primal beats & cosmic layers sparking ancient ancestral remembrances, or spontaneously activating the space with her potent blend of exotic world-fusion remixed rhythms & mystical vocal invocations. Some of the ingredients to her unique sound include tantric temple trap, tribal percussion, shaktifed sound configurations, primal midtempo house, latin world bruja beats. deep dakini devotional dub omstep, & kundalini-raising bass.
Imagika is based out of LA, & has played at countless underground gatherings, private parties, celebrity hotspots, festivals, & other large events. Imagika started her relationship with music as a dance performer & performance ritual producer in ‘99, & quickly added remixing and producing music for her dance performances & productions to her repertoire. She has performed with Lucent Dossier, Dream Circus, House of Kaya, Auracle, & Urban Gypsy. Her performance background is reflected in her musical style, & is heard in her ability to create compelling, unique, athmospheric soundscapes for performances, environments, & soundtracks. Imagika co-produced the score for Isis Vision, collaborating with David Block for a half hour multi-media performance at Burning Man 2011, and has played and performed in various camps at Burning Man throughout the years, and played at at Giza, Egypt for the Great Convergence Winter Solstice 2012.
She has co-produced music for Lucent Dossier Experience, "Maat Magic, which has been performed at Coachella main stage, & "Breathe your Dreams to Life" for the Dali Lama's 80th birthday. With Lucent Dossier, Imagika has delighted the denizens of Los Angeles as DJ for Lucent Dossier's nights at the Edison, creating exotic & surreal musical soundtracks for 2 years, Liberty Theatre in NYC's Times Square, as well as in a Palace on the Grand Canal for Elon Musk.
Imagika has co-produced events & collaborated with many others to create unique, cutting edge events, performances, & rituals, uniting music, dance, technology, spirituality, with multi-media for next level experiences, merging the exotic, sacred, & modern, the ancient & future into one.
Jeff creates vast sonic landscapes on the fly using new and ingenious ways of producing live sound with modern technology. Nothing is pre-recorded, and every performance is unique and spontaneous. His music falls somewhere in the spectrum between Jose Gonzalez and Radiohead, blossoming from his acoustic guitar into expansive ambient waves that wash around driving backbeats and haunting lyrics.
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”.