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12/7 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Richard Smith -- 1/28 ... One of the world's most talented acoustic guitar players, Richard Smith will treat you to an evening of the country music fingerstyle licks of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Kick back, close your eyes, and he'll take you into their world.
Richard Smith started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. As a protégé of the great Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he is uniquely qualified to present this special show dedicated to their work. Richard is a virtuoso in classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime, the blues and S...
11/29 - Exciting News from Opera Santa Barbara ... We are thrilled to announce that Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas has accepted a dual role with the company, and will serve as both General and Artistic Director for the company. Kostis was named Artistic Director in August 2015. In his new capacity as General and Artistic Director, Kostis looks forward to heading both the artistic and administrative teams.
He previously served as both Artistic and Interim Executive Director of Tulsa Opera, and he is looking forward to serving Opera Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara's arts community in a new way. “In its first 24 years Opera San...
11/22 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Richard Smith -- 1/28 ... One of the world's most talented acoustic guitar players, Richard Smith will treat you to an evening of the country music fingerstyle licks of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Kick back, close your eyes, and he'll take you into their world.
Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. As the 2001 National Finger­style Guitar Champion a...
11/22 - Save the Date! Up Close with LJ: A Guitar Workshop -- 12/2 ... This workshop is multi-level and addresses a range of fundamental concepts, some advanced musical information and general guitaristic ‘tune-ups’. Exploring contemporary and historical repertoire examples, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the chord progressions that are the foundation of musical expression.
LJ will address the principals of arranging songs for solo guitar: choice of register, key, tuning, texture and style, the use of inversions and voice-leading, with an emphasis on left hand fingering. There will be demonstrations of basic picking patt...
11/20 - Just Announced! Willem Dafoe Named 2018’s Cinema Vanguard ... Willem Dafoe will be honored with the 2018 Cinema Vanguard Award at the 33rd SBIFF on Thursday, February 1st at the historic Arlington Theatre. The actor will be celebrated for his remarkable role in Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, an A24 Films release, which opened in October to critical acclaim. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara International Film Festival ... Venue: Arlington Theatre
11/16 - Just Announced ... SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award -- Gary Oldman -- 2/2 ... Gary Oldman is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Oldman will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ Darkest Hour. Leonard Maltin, for who the award was recently renamed after, will return for his 27th year to moderate the evening. The award will be presented on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.
“Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant per...
11/13 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Holiday Swing with Maria Muldaur and John Jorgeson -- 12/9 ... Maria Muldaur and Grammy winner John Jorgenson will delve into jazz gems of the 20s and 30s on December 12 at 7:30pm in an uplifting holiday kickoff to their tour. Muldaur‘s extensive 40 album career has covered folk, blues, jug band, jazz and pop (“Midnight at the Oasis”). She has sang with many artists including David Grisman, Jim Kweskin, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and Peter Rowan. Jorgenson is “one of the most respected guitarists in the world” and has recorded or toured with Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Wi...
11/13 - Save the Date! Wooden Hall Concerts presents Laurence Juber -- 12/2 ... GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
LJ has released 25 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. He can be heard on recordings...
11/2 - Just Announced! SBJS presents Jazz Vocalist Janis Mann & Her Trio -- Sunday Nov 19 @ SOhO ... The Santa Barbara Jazz Society is pleased to present jazz vocalist Janis Mann and her trio on Sunday, November 19 from 1 to 4pm at SOhO. Award-winning vocalist Janis Mann is described by critic Andrew Gilbert as “brilliant,” and by critic Don Heckman as “one of the Southland’s finest jazz vocal artists.” Her warm alto voice imbues each choice song she sings with cool but concentrated emotion.
At once both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis Mann is that rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound. S...
10/25 - Just Announced! Lewis Black: The Joke's on US Tour -- Jan. 11 @ The Lobero ... LEWIS BLACK, GRAMMY Award-winning, stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. ... Presented by: Lober...
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