Two acoustic guitars pulsate with enveloping energy shaped by mystical auras and soothing soundscapes.
With roots in rock and roll and classical music, the captivating melodies and thoughtful storytelling carry the listener through a dynamic journey. This is Stillwater Sound.
A talented group of singers, songwriters, collaborators and performers, RISE is an LA based band that has been honing their craft for years. Seasoned pros, their unique originals, smooth harmonies and impressive performance are what audiences have been comparing to their favorite classic rockacts. They are one of those rare bands that can immediately connect with their audience, no matter how big or small, making new listeners feel like old friends.
Chris Clifford - guitars/vocals
Kevin Greig - keyboards/vocals, Jesse Luca - bass/vocals
MarkElson - guitar/sax/harmonica/vocals
Barry Portnoy - drums & amp percussion.
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.
Accompanied by a dynamic four piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area artists, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all it’s complexities.
hylah Ray Sunshine is an award-nominated influential vocalist, musician, mother and Soul Voice Singing coach. An Algonquin native of Canada, a move to California transpired creativity after years of singing karaoke, open mics, world travel and the birth of her first daughter at home. She began writing and sharing her music in the Los Angeles area, which would lead her to rapid success by composing a range of music that would be featured in film, documentaries and several social media platforms to be recognized.
Blending unique styles of Neo Soul, R&B, Reggae, Blues and Hip-hop, Shylah has inspired audiences with her gospel-like voice and ultra-moving lyrics. Her hit single “Existence” has achieved placement in dozens of advertisements and was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media award (Best Song with Message/Social Impact).
Will Logsdon is a performing and recording artist from Nashville Tennessee. His sound draws influence from artists like John Prine, Bob Dylan, and The Band. Logsdon's lyrics delve into the realm of everyday life, while at the same time offering some social commentary.
In the past Will has shared the stage with artists such as Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Vince Gill and Steve Cropper. Now based in the west coast, Will is collaborating and performing with pedal steel player Dave Mcpeters.
Known for his intimate tenor, fingerpicked acoustic guitar, and moody melodies, LA-based indie Shane Alexander has quietly made a name for himself with millions of Spotify streams, an extensive touring history in the US and Europe as both a headliner and as support for acts like Bon Iver, Suzanne Vega, Jewel, Seal and Yes, and dozens of film and TV credits featuring his alternative Americana.
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.
The Adobe Collective call the California Mojave Desert their home and inspiration. Their surroundings reflect a kind of no-frills authenticity that is baked into their cosmic Americana and rock music with flashes of country, psych folk and indie pop. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife duo Tim & Faith Chinnock at their historic adobe house just minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree Park, the group has performed in many incarnations but now has solidified around its current line-up including drummer Caleb Winn, multi-instrumentalist Chris Unck, and bassist Spencer Keizer. They have 2 full length albums to their credit and are touring the west coast and southwest to support the release of their third full length album entitled “All The Space That There Is” due out in 2019.
DASH is a progressive electro-soul duo, featuring lush synths, live keys, bass, and guitar, dynamic electronic percussion, and their signature vocal harmonies.
DASH began in February 2018, after lead members Kayti Korte and Ben Morris began writing songs together. The vocal powerhouse duo aimed for a full band sound rooted in rock 'n roll, soul, and funk. The band played their first show in March 2018, and released their debut single, 'Apathy', in May 2018, followed by their debut album, 'SUPER', in October 2018. 'SUPER' is the sound of that first, fiery rock band. Upon releasing their debut album, DASH hit the road. In their first year they were named "Best New Local Band" and had the #2 "Best New Album" by the Bozeman Magazine.
From Ventura County, CA, and heralded by the VC Reporter as “one of the most interesting artists working in the entire county right now, hands down and bar none”, Kyle’s music is influenced by delta blues and funk and he has studied other genres in depth like jazz, flamenco and bluegrass that also come out in his songwriting.
He co-wrote and performed on 6-time Grammy nominee, Robben Ford’s 2015 record “Into the Sun” selling at #2 on the blues charts when it was released, which also featured a cover of one of Swan's songs, "Same Train" and appearances from ZZ Ward, Grammy winner Keb Mo , Gov t Mule and Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, pedal steel guitar star Robert Randolph, six-string slide legend Sonny Landreth and up-and-coming star Tyler Bryant. Kyle is now writing for Robben's next record, and sang lead vocals on one of those upcoming tracks.
From the basement of “The Monroe Mansion” in Brooklyn, New York, 4 guys started throwing live music parties when a booking agent showed up and offered to book the them. A few months later they formed The Velvicks and debuted at Irving Plaza.
Since then, they have been growing exponentially through live performances alone. They are delivering an all original "stadium rock" experience to intimate and well known venues like Rough Trade, National Sawdust, Surf Lodge and Gramercy Theater without having released any music yet.
With influences from Pink Floyd, Queens of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and Radiohead, the band is delivering heart pounding rock that is familiar yet with a sound and vision completely singular. “Songs are making sense, the band is delivering badass live performances and people are responding to it.” says Vick Nader -Lead Vocals.
The band just finished their first album to be released soon. Check out their calendar for upcoming dates and experience them live.
Amber & Smoke is a folk n’ soul duo from Ventura County, California.
Amber and Bill ‘s vocal blend and performing style have made them very popular in a short period of time. They have been featured in a variety of newspapers and they perform throughout Southern and Central California. VC Reporter: “Imagine Tina Turner fronts The Eagles….good original songs…there’s a definite buzz about Amber& Smoke”.
THE TOLER GIBSON BAND
The Toler Gibson Band is from the mountains of Idyllwild, California. Finding it’s roots in classic country, country rock, & folk, the music generated from this group of LA transplants is it’s own brand of cosmic american music. Previously in LA bands such as Bell Gardens and Winter Flowers, TGB plays more to the roots side of the american song book then past projects.
From her first solo album on, Manda Mosher’s songs have always shimmered with pure rock & roll soul as channeled through a singularly grounded American Girl, inspiring one writer to dub her the “female Tom Petty.” That’s high praise, but she carries it well.
An award-winning songwriter, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, touring musician and entrepreneur, she was baptized in the river of real-time rock & roll, and has never abandoned that spirit. Like Tom Petty, her idol, she’s radiated a reverence for the purity and artistry of great songwriting and record-making since the start.
“Rock Cats Rock” is a tribute to the rebel voices of 1950's rockabilly/rock," a group staying true to the raw sounds of 1950's rock. The band performs songs by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, The Johnny Burnette Trio, Johnny Cash, and other artists of that time period.
With over 60 years combined musical experience, “Rock Cats Rock” recreates the sound and look of the decade that was the birth of Rock and Roll.
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.
New Orleans funk jam band. The inspiration for this group comes from the Meters, Neville Bros, Booker T. and the MG's, and Ernest Ranglin. Song selection features many instrumental funk jams by the Meters, Mardi Gras classics, familiar reggae jams, and catchy latin grooves. Perfect for any kind of event both big stages and small. This band brings the boogie and keeps it movin' and groovin'.
We’re excited to bring you a night of psychedelic rock bands from local and sister cities.
Killer Kaya is a psychedelic rock/blues/reggae band from Goleta, CA. Named after their rather large house cat, Killer Kaya is a love child of hippies and scientists all living under one roof. The band consists of Apoorva Chiplunkar on vocals, Zach Rengert on guitar/drums, Eric Engel on drums/guitar, Alex Pavellas on bass, Cory Lund on trumpet and keys, and Josh Sheltzer on saxophone.
Check out Killer Kaya’s latest album. https://soundcloud.com/killer-kaya
Killer Kaya (Goleta, CA)
Sci-Fi Country (Los Angeles, CA)
The Matter Baby (Ojai, CA)
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.
You can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty (with a slight detour along the way for chunks of the Rolling Stones circa 1969-72 and a speed-bump called Tom Waits in the '90s). The latest extension of this musical highway is paved by Patrolled By Radar.
On their new album, Cool Your Jets, the Los Angeles based band fuses the finer elements of the past four decades to craft rock songs whose appeal defies genre or classification.
Once again the band tapped Grammy nominated producer Peter Curry (Los Straitjackets) to record, mix & produce the album, as he's done with their first two releases, and the strength of that relationship translates to the confidence PBR displays in their songwriting and performance. Curry, who also plays bass (and sometimes drums) on the new release refers to Souza's song- writing as "flash fiction with music." Adding further praise, he says, "Jay has more in common with The Kinks than any of the current crop of 'Americana.' His songs tell stories that are simultaneously funny, sad and ironic, and the music rocks. He's one of those rare songwriters who crafts melodies as strong as his lyrics."
Self-described as a "consummate bar band in the '70s Pub Rock tradition," with multiple rounds of touring on their own across the entire country throughout 2013 and 2014, Patrolled By Radar has shared the stage with an eclectic array of artists such as Los Lonely Boys, Porter Wagoner w/Marty Stuart, Taj Mahal, The Jayhawks, Tim Finn w/ Richard Thompson, Holly Golightly & The Broke-offs, The Gourds, and a recently completed run of shows opening for the legendary Dave & Phil Alvin.
The man who never stops moving. First known as the founder and frontman of Soul Track Mind, Donovan Keith embodies the ideals of both stunning vocal ability and infectiously frenetic showmanship. The mystery has yet to be solved: How can a mild-mannered ginger sing AND dance like that?
A native Midwesterner, Donovan chose Austin, Texas, to cultivate his music dreams and moved across the country with no job, friends, or family to receive him and no experience in leading the band he was about to form. Soul Track Mind grew into an outlet for Donovan’s love of soul and R&B music and gave him the perfect vehicle for his first years of development as a songwriter and performer.
From 2008 to 2016, STM was eagerly embraced by the Austin music scene and expanded like a blast wave throughout Texas and the South, out to both coasts, and all the way back to the northerly states of his youth. Donovan’s one-of-a-kind, dance-infused stage show became beloved by fans and acknowledged by reviewers across the country, earning kudos from the likes of Performer Magazine which declared, “Aside from showcasing an impressive vocal range and blues-soaked sound, Keith can engage an audience with his unbridled enthusiasm and dance moves.”
Successes for Donovan with STM included winning the Music Prize in 2014; performing by special invitation at the 2015 Texas Governor’s Inaugural Ball; sharing bills with Enrique Iglesias, David Crosby, Erykah Badu, and other top talents; and five years closing out the Viva Big Bend Festival in Alpine, Texas.
A shift was underway with STM’s third album, Unbreakable (2014), on which Donovan began to assert his creative presence with more complex lyrics and themes closer to his heart and experiences. The album served as Donovan’s catharsis from a dark night of the soul and also as the impetus to launch the next era of his career.
Now this red-haired, soul-singing dynamo has a brand-new project all his own. Combining the voice and moves that fans have grown to crave with fresh new songs and piano skills you never knew he had, Donovan Keith is inviting you along for his next (r)evolution. In 2017 he released an EP, Carry Me On, which gave fans their first taste of Donovan’s latest songwriting direction, and those who knew him from STM embraced his new project in familiar venues and markets around the country, including his highly anticipated annual tours to Florida and West Texas.
2018 brought Donovan a massive infusion of attention, launched with an incendiary performance on the Mohawk stage in January for Black Fret, a music patronage organization whose members seek out the best Austin-based talent and support those artists with a wildly enthusiastic fan community, professional mentoring, and financial support to elevate them to the next level. In December, Black Fret members recognized Donovan with a $20,000 grant, opening more options and opportunity for a 2019 that is sure to be astonishing.
TACO TUESDAY! $3 tacos/$5 margaritas/$3 coronas
A little about touring duo, Nathan & Jessie
Music with a spirit of beauty, spontaneity, dance, and jazz improvisation!
From the city where they sun shines through the mist, Temecula, California, comes the jazzy folk duo Nathan & Jessie.
Born of the individuals, Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith, this duo is a unique blend of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, along with interesting interplay between male and female vocals. Often joined on tour and on recordings by their friends, Trevor Mulvey on Upright Bass, and Blake Armstrong on Drums.
Their performances not only include unique all original music, but stories of their travels and interaction with the audience that make for an unforgettable experience. Love of sharing music has taken Nathan & Jessie all over the world, frequenting places like Mexico, Canada, France, New Orleans, and the Pacific Northwest.
The upbeat tunes they write reflect the cultural, emotional, and inspirational images of their life experience and are rooted in the spirit of jazz, improvisation, storytelling, language, and humor.
What people are saying about Nathan & Jessie:
"Definitely a must see duo !!Their music, energy and charisma are wonderful!"
"They are so multi-talented and spirit filled. Love when they sing in French and Spanish. Always a treat to hear."
"So all around amazing, lyrics, melody, voices, songs, so much fun to watch."
GENUINE PARTS (Oakland, CA)
CHAR-MAN (Ojai, CA)
NO DIVIDE (Santa Barbara, CA)
A bit about touring band, Genuine Parts
Formed in 2014 by four Bay Area women united by a love of rock n’ roll, motorcycles, and the open road, Genuine Parts chew up the garage sound and spit it back out with heavy riffs and blaring guitar leads. While the band cites KISS, Girlschool and The Stooges as some of their their biggest influences, their sound is uniquely their own. Fresh off the release of their first single, the band’s second EP cassette released on Southpaw Records shows the band going in a heavier direction. Stay tuned because there is a lot more to come from Genuine Parts.
Formed in the Spring of 2013, FENTON cut their teeth in Virginia, quickly becoming a must-see act on the college circuit. In the tradition of their formative influences — The Strokes, The Stones, and David Bowie — FENTON puts on a live show that is equal parts rock and roll intensity and Beatlesque melodicism.
Ojai native Rob McCall aka Goodspeed has been DJing for 12 years now across South Korea, London and Los Angeles, developing a style rooted in psychedelic house and techno. Most recently, Rob threw monthly parties at nightclubs Pistil and Contra in Seoul, Korea, where he regularly played in support of internationally-renowned DJs such as Axel Boman, Jasper James, Fantastic Man, Culoe De Song and Bwana/Nathan Micay. He looks forward to bringing his “Off-kilter” event to the Ojai Deer Lodge before relocating to Hong Kong next month.