Author: Chris Jay

NIGHT MOVES | Songs, Singers and Social Awareness

While the Rubicon Theatre is primarily known for theatrical productions, music was the focus last week as the Music for Changing Times festival descended on the intimate theater. The event was presented by Music2Life and featured a host of activities throughout the week, including readings of the Rubicon’s upcoming play-in-progress, The Folk Rock Project (performed by The Lonesome Travelers, pictured), a songwriting class and showcase, a national songwriting competition concert and an awards ceremony that saw Joel Levin, Justine Bennett, Robert Quindaro and C.h.a.d. the Change take home honors. The closing-night benefit concert included a diverse selection of artists...

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF LITTLE FEAT | Legendary band members come to Ojai

Little Feat is a curious note in popular music history in that, despite its initial run in the 1970s, it’s been the Southern California-based band’s second incarnation that’s made it just as popular today, if not more so, than in its heyday. With an eclectic mix of southern rock, blues, folk, R&B, soul and more, Little Feat, led by guitar virtuoso Lowell George, didn’t quite get its due respect or commercial success on its first round despite being a “musician’s band.” Due to some intense creative and personal differences among members of the core lineup, Little Feat disbanded in...

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UNDERGROUND IS OFF THE GROUND | New Ojai venue is up and running

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away (i.e., 2007), musicians affectionately called Ventura County, Venue County. From theaters to coffeehouses to taverns to clubs to fairgrounds to wine bars to restaurants to skate parks . . . well, you get the point. But fast-forward a decade and the Ventura County we’re living in, when it comes to places to play, couldn’t be further from that boom period. The venue obituaries over the past few years, including places that still exist but have ceased having live music, make up a long list. There are, however, still...

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ON THE RECORD | Rachel Flowers, Listen

Rachel Flowers is practically a household name in Ventura County. The gifted multi-instrumentalist, who is also blind, has been on the cover of this very paper, has had a legitimate documentary film, Hearing Is Believing, made about her, and has appeared at a host of events. Even at a young age, she’s certainly an inspiration as to what one can achieve. But what about the actual music? Good news is, Flowers is first and foremost a composer and musician — and a damn good one at that. Playing all the instruments on her debut release, Flowers’ tastes are clearly...

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ON THE RECORD | Donna Lynn Caskey, The Love Still Shows

Donna Lynn Caskey’s debut release in 2014 was a fairly straightforward effort. Simple arrangements and sparse accompaniment over a handful of banjo-driven songs. It showed an artist with definite promise, but overall it felt like someone who was still trying to find her sound and develop her writing. It is with her sophomore release that Caskey has really come into her own. The Love Still Shows displays a tremendous growth as a writer tackling a diverse number of subjects. There are uplifting near-anthems like “Break Free” and “Beauty Queen,” personal confessional songs like “Look at Me” and “The Book.”...

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