Gentle Yoga classes at OCA Offered Wednesdays 9 - 10:15 AM and Fridays 3 - 4:15 PM

Experience the skilled and nurturing teachings of Gail Saunders, CYT of Smiling Tree Yoga in OCA’s classroom; ongoing. Drop-ins welcomed. Mats and equipment provided. This is a popular offering!

Four classes for $50 or drop-in at $15 per class.
Classes are Wednesdays from 9 – 10:15 AM and Fridays from 3 – 4:15 PM

For more information, contact gail@smilingtreeyoga.com

OCA Reader’s Theatre Group 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, @7pm

readers theaterAll interested in learning, sharing and reading 2-3 short plays, please come!.  A fun opportunity to express yourself. FREE

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.

Regular READER’S CHOICE nights: Can be play, poetry, story, essay, your own writing,OR ??????

For more information, call Judith Reimuller 707-829-2176 or email Joan at joanjustjoan@hotmail.com

Meet in the OCA classroom.

 

Call to All Writers Book Launch Series

All genres will be considered: Prose (Fiction, Non-fiction), Poetry. Preference will be given to local Sonoma County writers or material about Sonoma County. Application Procedure: Send a sampling of 2-3 chapters if prose; 5-10 pages if poetry. Please include brief bio and any writing credits. You can email info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org, and/or hard copy to:

Occidental Center for the Arts
Attention: Book Launch Committee
3850 Doris Murphy Way
Occidental, 95465

This is an on-going series: Submitted work will be reviewed by Book Launch Committee. Writers will be notified as soon as possible. One or two writers will be featured at each reading.

Thursday Night Figure Drawing Thursdays, 7-9:30 pm

Bill Wheeler Figure Drawing GroupEvery Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Drop-in, $15 per person

Live models, 5- to 20-minute poses.
All experience & skill levels welcome.
Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.

Founded by Bill Wheeler, this class continues in his honor and is coordinated by a dedicated group of local artists.

 

The OCA classroom is at 3820 Doris Murphy Circle. Payment accepted at the door, cash or check only. No minimum requirement of classes.

For information on the class, contact Andy Rangle at arangel@sonic.net.

Occidental Fools Parade! First Saturday in April @ 1 PM

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2019 Fool’s Parade and Party – A Smash Hit!

As expected, the rain subsided just in time for the fun. Parading through town, more than 100 fools gallavanted and frolicked their way to Occidental Center for the Arts, where more fun awaited.

Psychic ‘Reeda DePalma’ shared her otherworldly knowledge from inside the gypsy caravan; children enjoyed the art contest, crowning of King and Queen of Fools; balloon animals, giant bubbles and playing with Miss Meghan from Big Fun Circus! Crowd pleasing, yummy food from Russottis and Lata Pagare – and great music by Gumbo Variations – along with the Sonoma County Bookmobile and more! This year’s event was amazing and we’re already planning more BIG FUN for 2020!

We are grateful to our event sponsors – their support is so important to the safety and success of this event.

Our 2019 Sponsors

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Hand Goods
Hazel Restaurant
Barley & Hops
Bohemian Market
Occidental Lodge
Open Door Insurance
KOWS
Sonoma Canopy Tours
Osmosis Day Spa
Occidental Community Council


Don’t miss this annual event celebrating community and creativity! Held the first Saturday in April, rain or shine.

Come frolic with us as we parade foolishly through Occidental-town, led by The Hub Bub Club, to wind our silly way to OCA for extreme frivolity and fun! Enjoy the crowning of the King and Queen of Fools presided over by Zero the Clown and more!

After the parade, enjoy free live entertainment, children’s activities and foolish community fun!

This event has been an annual tradition in Occidental for more than a decade. Dance like a fool at this family-friendly event! Meet at 12:30 pm at the Occidental Community Center to join the parade (children must be accompanied by parent/guardian). No fee to participate in the parade and foolish festivities. Refreshments for sale at OCA following the parade, proceeds benefit our art center. Come one, come all!

‘Barriers’ Art Exhibition Exhibit runs through Oct. 27; Gallery open Fri-Sun 11-4

Join us for a reception with the artists of our latest exhibit “Barriers”. This all-media exhibit features Sonoma County artists and their interpretation of the theme “Barriers”. Judged by Marsha Connell.

Artists include:

Beth Anderson
Sharon Cahn
Cher Church
Christopher Cheek
Tim Haworth
Alexandra McDonald
Marie Lindsay
Judith Kinsey
Patrick Fanning
Oak Reinier
Nancy Kees Dunn
Saroj Heron
Marsha Connell
Sabina Yates
Hemu Aggarwal
Lesley Pickford
Fred Jacobs
Eva Gretta Cooper

“Reaching Branches” by Christopher Cheek

 

Book Launch: Living On The Fringe: A Memoir by Abraham Entin Sunday, September 15, 2019 3 - 5 PM

When Ed Entin decided to torch his draft card, everything about his life changed. He had his whole life mapped out. It was 1966 and Eddie had just been accepted into Yale Law School — his ticket out of the Army and Vietnam and into a life of secure prosperity. It only took one day, one decision to change the course of his life. What follows is a sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, and always illuminating ten-year journey through the social, political, and spiritual turmoil of the era.

For anyone wondering how it was back then — or how to get through right now— Living on the Fringe provides a look at how one person who waded into the turbulent waters of his time came out whole, dry, and ready to face the future. And with a new name to match the person he had become.

Join us on Sunday, September 15th from 3 – 5 PM for music and song, selected readings, Q&A, book sales and signing. Refreshments are available by donation, beer and wine for sale. Admission is free, but all donations happily accepted!

About the Author: After the events described in this memoir, Abraham and his wife Rachael Flug went on to create Diaperaps Ltd., a business that helped revitalize cloth diapering for the benefit of babies and the environment. He founded the Sonoma County affiliate of Move to Amend and has written extensively about corporate personhood, money and debt. He is very proud to have received a certificate of appreciation from Occupy Santa Rosa for his “tireless support of the Occupy Movement and his work to end corporate greed and corruption”.

At seventy-four, Abraham Entin is still out rousing the rabble.

Abraham is a singer, a songwriter and a storyteller, and dances at every opportunity. He is a long-time student of Rudolf Steiner’s social ideas and is particularly interested in how spiritual perspectives influence and help bring about positive social change.

Abraham’s website is www.abrahamentin.com. where you can hear his music, read other work and find out how to bring him to your community for a performance.

 

Botanical Dimensions presents Drawing the Harvest: Botanical Illustration Saturday, October 12th 10 AM - 3 PM

 

Artist Paetra Tauchert will teach us how to draw a live botanical specimen chosen from the cornucopia of autumnal fare. We will use both Pan Pastels and colored pencils to complete our drawings. Create beautiful images among the plant books and lore of the charming Ethnobotany Library. Limited to 12 participants.

Learn more/register at https://drawing-harvest-2019.bpt.me/

Book Launch: Helen’s Crusade by Trula LaCalle Sunday, October 13th 3 - 5 PM

Eat Pray Love meets Wild meets Out of Africa, Helen’s Crusade is a courageous story of an ambitious woman seeking and finding her true self.’ (Jane Doughty)

Stuck in a deteriorating marriage with an ineffectual and apathetic husband, Helen tries with wavering success to fulfill her father’s last wish: to re-develop the wild chinchilla population. A radical animal rights group, an internal mole, and a mysterious, handsome, and worldly European all distract Helen and threaten to derail her plans. Yet, beneath her father’s last hope, Helen’s own dreams and desires re-awaken and emerge. Will Helen fulfill her father’s wishes? Can her marriage withstand external temptations and sexual desire? Can Helen follow her own heart by bravely putting herself first?

Local author and former OCA Gallery committee member, Trula M. LaCalle, will present her debut fiction novel and the seeds from which it evolved. A Q&A will follow with book sales and signing. Admission is free, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by donation, wine and beer for sale.

Trula Michaels LaCalle published her first freelance article when she was a young mother and a newly licensed psychologist. Writing freelance articles lead to her first book at the age of 36, Voices, a true story about her experiences with a client with multiple personality disorder. Following Voices, she continued writing articles until recently. Now retired from professional responsibilities, she set out to write a novel.

Her newly published fiction, Helen’s Crusade, draws from observations made during her careers as an educator, clinical psychologist, organizational development consultant, and nonprofit executive director. The novel is set in California locations where she has lived and South American countries she has visited. She incorporates Spanish, her second language in some of her characters’ dialogue.

About the author:

Trula has been a Sonoma County resident for 35 years. Until diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease nearly three years ago, she lived with her husband in Freestone. She now lives in Santa Rosa with better access to care. When she is not writing, she is creating and selling her abstract paintings (www.TrulaLaCalle.com). She has two accomplished adult children and four wonderful grandchildren, all of whom she sees frequently.

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante: Scottish Folk! Friday, October 18th 7:30 PM

 

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased bring back to our venue the internationally renowned folk music duo of Alan Reid and Rob van Sante, presenting a mix of traditional and original Scottish folk songs on piano, guitars and accordion. On tour from Scotland, Alan Reid is a founding member of the legendary Battlefield Band who has recorded over thirty albums with the band, and has toured the world collaborating with musicians such as Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. He was the first to use the keyboard in traditional folk/Celtic band performance, as well as playing guitar and acccordion. Reid’s warm vocals and traditional and original songs, with their beguiling melodies and strong historical content, blend seamlessly with Dutch-born guitarist Rob van Sante’s skillful guitar accompaniment. Van Sante contributes lead and harmony vocals as well as mandolin, bass, synthesizers and percussion. He was the sound engineer with the Battlefield Band and continues to be a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician based in Leeds, England. www.reidvansante.com

 

     Enjoy a memorable evening of well-crafted, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody in the Scottish tradition with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante! $20Adv/$25 at the door. Cabaret and concert seating. Fine refreshments for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org; 707-874-9392.

 

 

Redwood Arts Council presents The American Chamber Players* Saturday, October 19th 7:30 PM

Stephen Balderston, cellist
Miles Hoffman, violist
Joanna Maurer, violinist
Sara stern, flutist
Anna Stoytcheva, pianist

They have established standards of chamber music performance equal to any in the world, in the words of the Washington Post. And The New York Times said, They appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose.

Among today’s most exciting and innovative chamber music ensembles, The American Chamber Players quintet was formed in 1985 by Miles Hoffman from a core group of artists of The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival.  The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works. Its fascinating and delightful programs, with varied instrumental combinations, have been enthusiastically praised.

The American Chamber Players have toured throughout North America, engaged and re-engaged by prestigious concert series from Florida to British Columbia, and they have appeared in Paris for a series of special gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliothèque Nationale. They have also been heard many times on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and on local radio stations throughout the United States.  They are the resident ensemble of the June Chamber Festival at the Kreeger Museum, in Washington, DC.  The American Chamber Players have recorded music of Mozart, Bruch, Bloch, Stravinsky, Harbison, and Rochberg for a series of compact discs and cassettes distributed internationally on the Koch International Classics label.

Program:
Mozart: Quartet in D may for flute and strings
Max Raimi: Three Jewish Songs
Gaubert: Three Watercolors for flute, cello and piano
Beethoven: Variations on Là ci darem la mano
Guillaume Lekeu: Piano Quartet in B minor

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at this link.

Artists website:
http://www.atos-trio.de/atos/index.php?neuesprache=en

To hear the quintet:
http://www.acplayers.com/listen.html

Juanito Pascual Trio Friday, October 25th 8 PM

 

OCA is pleased to welcome back one of the most acclaimed flamenco guitarists on the international music scene today: Juanito Pascual, now touring with his powerhouse trio featuring bassist Sascha Jacobsen and percussionist Guillermo Marin.

His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences such as Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Recognized in both Spain and the U.S. as a unique and creative flamenco and jazz performer, Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, and passion for collaboration. Now based in Los Angeles, Juanito is also an accomplished composer, arranger and producer who scored the 2016 Netflix biopic about the Pope (Call Me Francisco). Environmental steward-ship is another of his passions (‘Earth Train’ Panamanian rainforest project) as he uses music to inspire and educate. Juanito regularly hosts flamenco workshops around the world, and has produced a popular method book, “The Total Flamenco Guitarist” (Alfred Press).

Formed in 2011, Juanito Pascual Trio seamlessly merges flamenco with elements of jazz, world music and even rock and soul influences. Do not miss the mesmerizing virtuosity and warm and evocative playing of this ‘flamenco phenom’ (Boston Globe) Juanito Pascual with his compelling trio at OCA’s intimate and acoustically excellent venue!

 

$20 Advance /$25 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. Reservations advised. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org; 707-874-9392.

 

 

 

The Quitters: Glenn Houston & Stevie Coyle Sunday, October 27th 4 PM

OCA is pleased to host the iconic Americana/acoustic & electric guitar duo of right-side up finger picker Stevie Coyle and upside down flat picker Glenn Houston, known in duo as The Quitters. Having each ‘quit’ some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks. Glenn was lead guitarist/co-founder of Bammie-winner Hearts on Fire and co-founder plus lead guitarist of the powerhouse Americana quintet Houston Jones. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer in music, including as frontman of The Waybacks; and in theater, television and comedy circuits. Both are renowned players in music circles , being perennial Strawberry Music Festival favorites who have happily joined their considerable talents to become a guitar picking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity. www.quittersduo.com

Be sure to get your advance admission for this very special Sunday afternoon concert by The Quitters at our acoustic sweet spot!

$20 Adv/$25 at the door. There will be fine refreshments as always, cabaret and concert seating, and OCA’s Art Gallery will be open for viewing. Wheelchair Accessible. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 707-874-9392.

 

 

Halloween Bash with The THUGZ Thursday, October 31st 7:30 - 10 PM

Put on your dancin’ shoes and costume, open your ears and join the Halloween party! A fun-filled evening of dancing and frolicking awaits featuring West County favorites The THUGZ (Tribal Hippie Underground Zone).

The THUGZ are purveyors of cosmic Americana and old-time psychedelic music, providing a fun time for all with their brand of original and classic jam rock.

Based in western Sonoma County this multi-faceted band has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes for many years. Rock, blues, country, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the “positive vibes” of the “60’s into the 21st century. Informed by the music of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz’ original songs and cosmic jams help to create a fun, communal spirit between band and audience.

No two Thugz shows are exactly the same but the spirit and love of music making are always present.

AND …. We’re giving a $250 cash prize for best Halloween costume!

Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door. OCA is wheelchair accessible.

Come shake your bones with us on Halloween!

Botanical Dimensions’ Annual Book Sale & Swap Saturday, November 2nd 1 - 5 PM

 

Are you a plant person? Or a bibliophile? Do you love reading about plants in history? Plant uses in different cultures? We will have books for sale on all these topics. Also: Fibers and dyes. Psychedelics and cannabis. Fungi of all sorts. Books to learn about ETHNOBOTANY. Many fine books will be for sale in the $5-20 range, and also some rare items (and art too). There will be a swap section as well. Find holiday gifts for gardeners and plant people you know. Live readings by authors. This is a much-needed fundraiser for our Ethnobotany Library.

Details coming soon at: botanicaldimensions.org
Location: Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library- 3830 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA 95645

Remembering Chester Aaron Sunday, November 3rd 3 PM

Please join us to celebrate the life of Occidental author, teacher and garlic aficionado Chester Aaron, in his own words.There will be selected readings and appearances by local authors Andrea Granahan, Raynetta James, Robert Kourik, Steve Fowler, and others. Five of Chester’s most recent books will be distributed. There will be ample amounts of Chester’s tasty garlic dip, made according to his recipe. He famously cultivated over 60 different varies of the stinking rose, from 20 different countries. This is a free event.

Marley’s Ghost Thursday, November 14th 7:30 PM

OCA welcomes Marley’s Ghost!

Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”

An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what theyve been doing to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians throughout their first quarter century as a working unit.

Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance. Visit http://www.marleysghost.com/ to learn more about this amazing group of talented musicians and vocalists!

Join us for this special West County appearance of this phenomenal group!

Tickets are $18 Advance/$23 at the door. OCA is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

 

Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp & Story Sunday, November 17th 4 - 6 PM

 

OCA is pleased to welcome back to our stage, direct from his home in Ireland, one of the premier Celtic harp players and spoken word artists in the world. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

In Celtic Harp & Story, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. The passion of the Irish for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to a mythical past, and their ability to find joy and humor in a dark and often supernatural world make for stories unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. Patrick Ball weaves the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment together with ethereally gorgeous instrumental harp melodies into a warm and magical performance that will leave the audience spellbound. www.patrickball.com

Patrick tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. He and his wife, artist Susan Ball, and their beloved dog Max have recently relocated to the magic isle of Ireland. Do not miss this spellbinding evening of glorious harp music and lyrical storytelling filled with laughter and mischief, politics and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 Adv/ $25 at the door. Fine refreshments. Art Gallery open. Wheelchair accessible.

 

 

Barbara Higbie & Cris Williamson Sunday, October 6, 2019 7 PM

Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer, Barbara Higbie, and the iconic singer/songwriter Cris Williamson bring a mixture of new material and old favorites to one of their favorite cities, Occidental. Without a doubt, the very real friendship binding these two brings a powerful mixture guaranteed to delight, inspire, cheer and comfort.

Tickets are $28/Advance and $34 at the door.

 

 

 

 

First Friday Live: SambaNoma! Friday, October 4, 2019 7:30 PM

SambaNoma is an exciting ensemble of accomplished local jazz musicians that play an eclectic mix of Brazilian music, and original works. Featuring Ruth Ahlers – sax/flute, Christian Foley-Beining – acoustic guitar, Jim Passarell – bass, and Kendrick Freeman on drums. Expect jazzy tunes by Toninho Horta, Joao Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gerry Mulligan, Airto Moreira, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more. Enjoy a Friday night out at our acoustic sweet spot, with cabaret seating and fine refreshments. $15 at the door.

SonoMusette! Saturday, September 28, 2019 8 PM

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to bring back to our stage the talented musicians of SonoMusette! Led by Parisian born singer Mimi Pirard, this exciting Sonoma County-based ensemble authentically recreates the moody, evocative sound of the Paris cafe scene of the mid 1900s, music made famous by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, Django Reinhardt and other iconic performers of the era.

This music has retained it’s power to enchant and transport audiences, and SonoMusette taps into that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation.

SonoMusette’s renditions of these timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original versions. Few singers are capable of doing justice to Piaf and Brel, and even fewer can match Mimi Pirard’s mesmerizing interpretation and delivery. The band features: Mimi Pirard – vocals; Robert Lunceford – accordion; Jan Martinelli – piano & bass; Isaac Vandeveer – guitar & bass, and Richard Andrews – drums. www.sonomusette.com

   SonoMusette will charm and transport you as they expertly recapture the moody and melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in OCA’s acoustic sweet spot with cabaret and concert seating. $20 Ad/$23 at the door.

 

 

 

 

Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod Sunday, September 22, 2019 4 PM

We are pleased to welcome back Jug Band legend Jim Kweskin in duo with rising Americana star Meredith Axelrod for a Sunday afternoon performance at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! Founder of the 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug band with musical cohorts Geoff and Maria Muldaur among others, Jim is well known as a singer and bandleader who also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician. He continues to tour solo as well as with many well known musicians, offering an endearing good humor that makes his shows a delight. Jimkweskin.com.

Chicago native and Bay Area transplant Meredith Axelrod, who last appeared as a soloist on our stage in 2018, is an authentic and engaging multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who delivers heartfelt renditions of ragtime, music hall, minstrel, pop standards, boogie woogie, jugtime, jazz, country, and old time blues from times gone by; bringing her own charm and humor with a large dose of devotion to these American cultural treasures. meredithaxelrod.com .

Don’t miss this delightful co-bill of talent representing Vintage Americana past and present! $25Advance/$30 at the door.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration Sunday, September 8, 2019 4 PM

Pre-sales have ended; tickets will be available at the door.

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon jazz concert! OCA is pleased to bring back to our stage the Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration. This stellar quartet of Sonoma County based musicians features Grammy winner Paul McCandless and renowned guitarist Christian Foley-Beining, joined by bass player extraordinaire Tom Shader with another local favorite, Tom Hayashi on drums. They will be playing original compositions by McCandless and Foley-Beining.

 

Paul McCandless is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (oboe, bass clarinet, saxophone, woodwinds) and composer whose soaring lyricism and grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines has been integral to the sound of the original Paul Winter Consort as well as the innovative quartet OREGON. His 1996 Grammy with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones was followed by two nominations in 2001 for a CD featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra. www.paulmccandless.com .

Christian Foley-Beining is a German native who studied at Swiss Jazz School and Berklee School of Music as well as being on the faculty of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood for eight years. He has taught and played guitar with Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Ted Greene, Larry Carlton and others and is now based in Sonoma County. www.thechristianfoley-beininggroup.com

Enjoy this exciting collaboration of gifted jazz musicians at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot with cabaret seating and fine refreshments for sale.

$18 Adv/$22 at the door. Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open for viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Prasada Festival Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, July 28

OCA welcomes back Prasada Festival with expanded offerings this year!

This two-day ‘feast for the soul’ features a stellar lineup of musicians and performers of kirtan, traditional Indian dance and sacred ceremony. Prasada Festival is a production of Bhakti Arts Collective: committed to supporting devotional arts of India with a focus on honoring source tradition, inclusivity and cultural exchange. 

Scroll down or visit the prasada-festival website for more information and for tickets.

This event will sell out so get your tickets now! Please note: this event is not eligible for OCA member discounts.

Featuring:​

Nagavalli – Mayapuris – Sheela Bringi – Jai Uttal – Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble – Śekhar Boddupalli – David Estes & Ananda Rasa Kirtan – Acharya Mangalananda – Revital Carroll – Radica Giri – Ganga Sheth – Shambhavi Dandekar’s Kathak Dancers & more!

 

Zulu Spear Band –Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute! Friday, July 19, 2019

Award-winning Zulu Spear Band’s vibrant South African music comes to our stage in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday! A pioneer of the 80’s World Beat scene (Capital Records hit ‘Welcome to the USA’), the group was created by South African musician /composer Sechaba Mokeoena and Soweto-born Gideon Bendile to play traditional South African rhythms and harmonies using modern electric instruments and dancers in costume. Singer/dancer Bendile, who worked with Hugh Masekela and Paul Simon and was featured in ‘The Lion King’, is still Zulu Spear’s leader along with original members Morgan-Nhlapo, Ron van Leeuwaarde, Jerome Leonard Sr., Jennifer Jolly, Scott Vento, Patrick Owens plus dancer/vocalists Piwa, Kemi, and Moekitse. The current San Francisco based band merges Mbaganga rhythms with pop, reggae, blues, jazz, world music genres and incorporates electric guitars, bass, keyboard and drums with vocal harmonies and mesmerizing dance in an exciting performance www.zuluspearband.com

 

Do NOT miss this inspiring and uplifting performance in honor of the great Nelson Mandela and the on going fight against oppression in all of our lands! Dance space, fine refreshments including wine and beer, wheelchair accessible.

Moonalice! Friday, May 24, 2019

Photo © Bob Minkin Photography

OCA is pleased to present an evening with Moonalice!

Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. They invented Twittercast concerts, which are free broadcasts to fans over social networks. Their single, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded more than 5 million times. They broadcast every show live via satellite in HD, so that fans can enjoy them on their iPhone, iPad or Android without an app.

Website: http://www.moonalice.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonalice
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moonalice

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/moonalice

Moonalice is:
* John Molo: Drums, Vocals. (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, David Nelson Band).

* Barry Sless: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass. (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz).

* Roger McNamee: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass. (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers) 
Special guest bassist Hutch Hutchinson will be joining the group at this performance!
* Big Steve Parish: Road Scholar/Medicine Man/Storyteller. (Grateful Dead crew for 26 years, co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band).

T Sisters: Sassy Sister Folk! Sunday, April 29, 2019

 

OCA is pleased to welcome back the Oakland-based singer-songwriter siblings Erika, Rachael and Chloe Tietjen, known as the T Sisters! With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three rising stars embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana music, with moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Andrews Sisters and the Pointer Sisters to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit.

www.tsisters.com

With the release of their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by Laurie Lewis), followed by their T Sisters album in 2016, the sisters have been in demand, with performances on ‘Prairie Home Companion’ and major folk/Americana festival circuits. They have collaborated with and supported acts such as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, The California Honeydrops and more. Enjoy their lively originals and covers of folk, Americana, gospel, soul, R & B, and country at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. Reservations advised! $19 Advance/$24 at the door.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Friday, March 8, 2019 7 - 9 PM

We are pleased to welcome back Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands! Grammy Award-winner Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as one of the finest, most diversely talented acoustic folk artists in traditional Americana and bluegrass music today. A tremendously gifted songwriter with an exquisite voice who is also a whiz on the fiddle and acoustic bass, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 acclaimed albums in a number of musical formats. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. www.laurielewis.com

Her latest album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions with her band The Right Hands was nominated for the ‘Best Bluegrass Recording’ Grammy in 2017. Laurie has been twice awarded Female Vocalist of the Year by The International Bluegrass Music Association. She has paved the way for many young women artists even while her music continues to transcend the formal limitations of the genre, and has produced albums by young Bay Area musicians such as Melody Walker and the T Sisters. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Consummate singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator…as Utah Phillips says:

“Laurie Lewis’ songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don’t hear often.    Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

The Right Hands features Tom Rozum on mandolin, fiddle and guitar and harmony vocals. Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Haselden Ciaccio round out this accomplished and talented ensemble. It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands at OCA’s intimate acoustic sweet spot.