If you are into blues music, this is the event for you! Spend the day and evening of June 1st in Ojai listening to some world-class blues, the fun begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center and goes into the evening. Cocktails and food will be available. Performing will be: Crooked Eye Tommy, Rae Gordon, Laurie Morvan Band, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Kelly’s Lot. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. All ages welcome. Come, relax and enjoy lots of great music!
Sloan Hoffman, Ukulele Ensemble teacher at Villanova Preparatory School, is hosting a Ukulele Jam on Friday, May 3 6:00-9:00pm at Villanova. It is open to the public. His goal is to get as many ukulele players in the area as possible to come to the jam!
There are opportunities for soloists and for groups to perform in addition to participating in the jam.
Kacey Link, pianist and foremost published authority on the history of Tango, returns to the Ojai Art Center for her sizzling concert of… Tangos~ What else?!
Chamber music at the Ojai Art Center in our intimate gallery setting. This month we feature Karenza Peacock, internationally renowned violin soloist and recording artist, who will perform selected masterpieces of classical repertoire.
Kerenza’s album as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra reached the top of the UK Classical Charts. Her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was picked as Album of the Week on Classic FM. She has just recorded a disc of concertos with one written especially for her by Oliver Davis, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Kerenza led the Pavao String Quartet on five albums and 15 years of tours throughout the world. She is a regular concerto soloist with London’s St. Martin in the Fields.
Kerenza studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with First Class Honors and was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for two years. Her solo and chamber discs have all received 5-star reviews.
Kerenza also enjoys playing fiddle and singing in her bluegrass band, the Coal Porters. She wrote two songs on their latest album. Kerenza has played on many television and film soundtracks, including Downton Abbey and has performed with many artists including Paul McCartney and Kan Ye West. At one point she was playing on all top three albums in the Pop Charts, as well as number one on the Classical Charts. In 2016, as concertmaster, she completed a year long global tour with Adele.
Kerenza was recently appointed as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for making a “significant contribution to the music industry”. Kerenza will be accompanied by talented pianist Izumi Kashiwagi. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St. in Ojai. Tickets sold only at the door: $10 general admission, $8 Art Center members and students. For further information call 640-1158. www.ojaiartcenter.org/music
An Intimate Evening Performance
with Hawaiian Slack Key & Steel Guitar Legends Ken Emerson & Jim Kimo West
Ken Emerson & Jim Kimo West are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. This is a rare opportunity to see both master players perform together up-close and personal. As recognized masters of Hawaiian slack and steel guitar, Emerson & West will delight the audience with their masterful performances, blazing improvisation, humor and spontaneity.
The performance will feature Hula performed by special guest, Kumu Rona Koe.