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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ben Bostick is a Carolina-raised, California-based outsider country songwriter, musician, and busker. His influences range from Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen to Waylon Jennings and The Band.
After leaving South Carolina for a decade of rambling, writing, and odd jobs—roofing houses, working on ranches, working on movie sets, to name a few—on a whim he went busking on the Santa Monica Pier, and his life changed. As he wrapped up three hours of playing his original music to appreciative audiences, he discovered he had a full tip jar. Busking was everything the music industry was not: fun, honest, lucrative, and artistically free. A street performer was born.
Ben saved his busking money and recorded his debut EP, My Country (2016). No Depression says, “he comes on like an unholy alliance of George Jones and Merle Haggard.” My Country was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Roots/Country category and earned Ben a spot in the Songwriter Serenade songwriting competition in Moravia, TX.
Ben Bostick’s self-titled debut album (2017) takes on a more progressive country tone, recalling such artists as Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. “This eponymous album is so well written that it is to look into the heart of the divine, a true great,” says Liverpool Sound & Vision.
Grest is a five-piece classic rock and folk cover-band. A chance encounter at a music store first brought together this diverse group of individuals who share a passion for music but not much else: the electrical engineer and lead guitarist Joe Adler who grew up on the Greenwich Village folk scene and bluegrass and likes to pull out his guitar whenever he gets the chance; the property manager and bassist Mike Havas who is a fan of blues and classic rock and plied his trade in Greenwich Village clubs as a youth; the character actor and lead vocalist Stephen Mendel who digs folk music and was a busker and bar-singer in Montreal as a teenager; the fire captain and rhythm guitarist Tony O’Hagan who loves the blues but first played trumpet in a local big band, and the philosophy professor and drummer Alan Vincelette who prefers prog rock and formally studied jazz, orchestral, and rock drumming in college. Somehow this collection of oddities clicks and loves to make music together and to share it with an audience.
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.
Jim Gustin is a blues singer and guitarist from Santa Clarita California. He has a distinctive, powerful voice; soulful and deep with a smoky rasp, he is a passionate and energetic performer. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky feel.
Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones, has been singing since she was a little girl, although at over six feet tall, it’s hard to imagine her as a knee high, little red-headed child. She has a big voice to match her impressive stature. She can belt out gospel and soul seldom heard from suburban white girls.
Together, they provide a powerful one-two vocal punch that is rare amongst blues acts. They sound great blended together as well as each bringing a distinctive flavor to create the band’s unique sound. They have well written catchy songs that come from the heart and performed with passion.
Jim has been playing music for nearly 40 years up and down the west coast. His first gig on guitar was at the age of 18 at the Los Angeles Sports arena in front of 10,000 people.
They have performed at many festivals, events and clubs including, Staples Center prior to an LA Kings game
SCV Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Winter Blues Festival, Ojai Blues Festival, Thunder on the Lot, Glory 2016, GIVE-Apalooza, Gracefest AV, Gracefest SCV, Antelope Valley Fair, Porterville Fair, LA County Fair,
The Canyon Club, The Rose, The Saban Theater, The Coach House, Arcadia Blues Club, The Birk, Malarkey’s, Sagebrush Cantina, Otter Rock Café, The Bottleist, Maui Sugar Mill, and many more.
They have opened for, or performed with many notable performers including; Three Dog Night, Foghat, Tommy Castro, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Chris Duarte, Teresa James, Coco Montoya, John Nemeth, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Delgado Bros, Deb Ryder, Dallas Hodge, Phantom Blues Band, Chris Cain, The 44s, Shari Puorto, Chase Walker, Darrell Mansfield, Ray Goren and many more.
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.
Underground Sessions takes you on a rhythmic journey, weaving wicked beats and grooves from the Caribbean to Africa and beyond — all with a little extra bass to get the dance floor shaking properly! Our special guest DJ this month is Glenn Red from Los Angeles, who will be taking over our turntables alongside resident DJ Elixir.
Known primarily for his work as half of Santa Monica’s legendary Afro Funké and one-third of beloved Afro-Latin deejay/producer collective, La Junta Sound System, Glenn continues to forge a loyal following among fans of eclectic music, one beat at a time. For over a decade he’s been steadily rocking crowds in the city’s most respected venues alongside the finest selectors and musicians from around the world. With the honest music of passionate artists as a common thread, his deejay sets weave fluidly through time and across genres, connecting the traditional sounds of Africa and the Americas with their modern expressions around the globe. Afro-beat, Cumbia, Rumba and Samba rhythms embrace Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop and Reggae, as Glenn’s rhythmic and multifaceted sound echoes the deep, colorful and spirited energy of L.A. and its soulful people.
If you’ve ever experienced an Afro Funké, La Junta or Piña event in Los Angeles, you know what’s in store. You already know to bring your comfy dancing shoes and a perhaps a towel to wipe off the sweat! One thing’s for sure: Glenn will dig deep into his music crates to find the perfect tracks to keep you smiling and groovin’ on the dance floor.
21 & up
It’s twenty-seventeen in the southwestern corner of America. There’s snow in the distant mountains and the slow desert sunset creeps through the windshield of the Mercury on 40 West. The young man is driving home, wherever that is.
He was born in a small woodland house in the Hudson Valley, raised in rural Maine, and enlightened by time spent in New York City. He’s landed in Los Angeles for now, where the Sunset Strip is a wasteland, Silverlake has peaked, and the spirit of Laurel Canyon echos through the hills of Highland Park. The end of the world is a damn inspirational place to be.
He writes and records. The hard work shines through in his craft without a scrap of it being over-thought. It’s American music. It’s conceived on highways between cities past their prime. It’s born from memories and dreams of fresh starts. There’s rich history to draw from in Nashville, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Bakersfield and Austin, but he doesn’t desire a repeat. He celebrates the richness of a multi-generational record collection while adding a fresh voice to the conversation, and the music is new.
Every year Elijah Ocean crisscrosses the country singing his songs and making memories. With three full-length LPs under his belt and a fourth in the chamber, Ocean is just hitting his stride.
For now there’s a much-needed diner booth in Needles on 66. Welcome to California. Set your clocks.
MATT JAFFE is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when JERRY HARRISON of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.
Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for the likes of MAVIS STAPLES, WILCO, and BLUES TRAVELER), and collaborated with the likes of CHUCK PROPHET and TOM HIGGENSON of the Plain White T's.
Having toured the country playing places like The Fillmore and your local hipster's basement, Matt is back in the studio with his band, readying his third record and preparing to bring the guitar gospel back to the masses.
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Born in France October 29, 1979. Jodorowsky is the son of the renowned Chilean avant-garde film
director Alejandro Jodorowsky, best known for his films The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, El Topo and
more. Jodorowsky's first guitar lessons were given to him by Th eatle guitarist Georg arriso.
When he was sixteen he joined the punk band The Hellboys.
In 2011 he released his solo album Amador and won the UFI award for "Best International Artist Of The
Year" and "Best Live Show". Then he met Devendr anhar, and together, they recorded the song
"You are the one" and "Dime Cuándo".
In 2012 he produced the first platinu solo album of Leó arregu (lead singer of Mexican band
In 2015 Adán Jodorowsky directed a video for his song "Would You Be Mine" with the porn actress Stoya,
a sex fueled video that generated a strong positive reaction from the press. .
In 2016 he a new album with French rocker Xavier Polycarpe, lead singer of Parisian band; "Gush".
The album and project titled: "Adan y Xavi & Los Imanes", toured throughout the UK, France, Costa Rica,
Mexico, and the US. Adán produced León Larreguí's second album: "Voluma", which in a short time was
certified Gold and proved Adan's success as a producer. This 2017 marks the return of Adan as Adan
Jodorowsky, leaving behind the Adanowsky moniquer and embracing his last name to the fullest.
Rudy De Anda is bursting out of the musical melting pot of the LBC. As frontman for the Long Beach psych-prog group Wild Pack of Canaries Rudy felt the creative pull to begin a solo project that is currently catching fire and hitting the festival circuit with plays at last year's Noise Pop, SXSW, and Music Tastes Good.
Delay, Cadaver of a Day is De Anda's full length follow-up and broke into the Top 100 in the CMJ charts, coming in at #94. "The albums have earned de Anda a rightful place in L.A.'s emerging alt-Latino movement, a growing collective of bands — including "big brothers" Chicano Batman, for whom de Anda has opened — that dabble in non-Latino scenes and support one another's efforts while charting individual paths so distinct it might be a stretch to call it a movement at all."
In 2013, when the band was treading on and off hiatus, De Anda started writing his own songs and was approached by one of his musical mentors, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White) to record. Lost in their effortless chemistry, the two friends setup sessions in Ikey's living room in-between his Nashville trips and his Jack White tour schedule.
Additionally, De Anda is part of a budding Los Angeles artist management group called Qvolé Collective representing and celebrating progressive Latino music from the US.
The band has shared the stage with established acts Warpaint, The Specials, Chicano Batman, Dr. Dog, and No Age to name a few.
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.