|10:00 AM||ON THE FRONT PATIO|
AT THE GAZEBO
SPEAKERS (Tent by Back Info Booth)
Returning as emcee, Smitty is a well-known Ojai community leader, musician and producer. He has lived here for 20 plus years and has been selected one of “Ojai’s Living Treasures”. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Ojai, leader of Ojai Songwriters Anonymous, director of “Rockin’ It Old School” seniors chorus, and owner/manager of Euterpe Farms, a native plant farm where he lives and produces music and plants! He is one-half of the popular vocal duo “Smitty and Julija”.You can find more about Smitty here!
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
Richard is a local singer/songwriter, telling stories drawn from his life with a dash of the experiences of those around him mixed in. His songs cover a variety of styles ranging from blues and light jazz to country and rock, in spite of having grown up on a steady diet of surf music and psychedelic rock. The driving rhythms will get your feet tapping; the acerbic wit, bring a smile to your face. Richard has a way with words not often found, marching to his own drum and sharing his slightly off-center view of the world thru ballads, love songs, and sometimes even simple social commentary.
Eliya Frantz is a local artist who has been around music her whole life. The last few years she’s spent time developing her own style by blending jazz, pop and indie sounds, writing originals, and performing at local venues. She studies voice at The Voice Studio LA with Asunta Fleming, and guitar with her father Tim Frantz, owner of Mountain Dog Musicworks Recording Studio here in Ojai. She has had the opportunity to sing with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, the California Community Choir at the Thomas Fire Benefit concert, and regularly sings with a worship band at Jubilee Church in Camarillo. She is excited to continue to impact people through her music and to keep jamming out whenever she can!
ROSE VALLEY RELICS
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Meet the Rose Valley Relics- musicians whose careers span great divides. Multiple genres mastered at many times with many bands in order to come up with the best of the best: singers/songwriters/players of the highest calibre.
|Barney Tower- Telecaster, acoustic guitar|
|Rose Tower- Bass|
|Lynn Mullins- guitar, harmonica|
|Dave White – mandolin, harmonica, banjo|
Get set for a treat to the ears – Fine harmonies, mastery of instruments, a mix of pros you’ll want to get to know better and hear again and again.
CINDY KALMENSON AND THE LUCKY DUCKS
Cindy Kalmenson spent 14 years in Nashville where she recorded 3 critically acclaimed CDs. After Cindy moved to Ojai in 2009 she met Ray Magee when she knocked on his door asking permission to pick a Pomegranate from his bountiful tree. She noticed a stand up bass in his living room and 1 month later Cindy and Ray became next door neighbors and that was the beginning of what has become , The Lucky Ducks. Earning the award for best band of Ojai in 2013, The Ducks have become a mainstay on stages throughout Ojai and Ventura county. Cindy Kalmenson and the Lucky have played many of the popular music festivals in Ojai including the Storytellers Festival, The Lavender Festival, Ojai Day, Jammin at the Art Center and Art in the Park.
SMITTY AND JULIJA
Smitty and Julija are Ojai, California-based artists who perform beautiful music with paired vocal harmonies, and sensual interpretations of both original music and songs from their favorite singer/songwriters.
Julija Zonic (pronounced Yooleeya) is a Croatian singer, songwriter and actress now living in Ojai. A professional entertainer since childhood, her rich, sweet vocals and dynamic range cut across all song styles to move audiences around the world. Smitty West – Ojai-based keyboardist, vocalist songwriter, and film scorer. 2009 MAVRIC award winner for song of the year, comedy – Triple-nominated for song of the year, acoustic, foreign language, and comedy. Well-known throughout Southern California for his versatility.Smitty is the founder of Ojai Songwriters Anonymous, an Ojai Valley artist group dedicated to the support of local music.
Smitty and Julija have recently released a new album, “Made In Ojai,” a collection of original music written and produced entirely here in Ojai. This follows their popular album, “To Leonard With Love,” a tribute work to the songwriter Leonard Cohen.
VENTUCKY STRING BAND
Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental trio features Matt Sayles, Dave White, Rick Clemens, blending three part harmonies and original songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the roots of the country and western sound of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s.
Members of the Band have played professionally for over 30 years, with appearances on the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown.
JON GINDICK BAND
Jon Gindick is a world renowned singer/songwriter and blues harmonica author, instructor, and seminar leader. He has played harmonica and guitar everyday of his life since 1966 and that is one reason he is so dang good. For his performance at this year’s Lavender Festival Jon will be playing with journeyman musicians Pete Gallagher (drums) and Eric Monteith (bass). Along with his Ventura performance schedule, Jon puts on Blues Harmonica Jam Camps four times a year in the Mississippi Delta and Ventura. Jon’s award-winning CD of original tunes “When We Die, We All Come Back As Music” will be available at the stage.
ROGER PHELPS – SoundNEyes
Roger has provided the equipment and the sound engineering for multiple local events over many years including being listed as the Audio Engineer for the Ojai Film Festival which involves all the set up and sound at Libbey Bowl for the opening night film along with live workshops and ceremonies involving film professionals. This is his fourth year doing the set up and sound engineering for our Ojai Valley Lavender Festival, Gazebo stage.
As a Mobile Disk Jockey with 11 years professional membership in the American Disk Jockey Association, he has provided DJ, Entertainment and Master of Ceremony services for Weddings, Birthday Parties, and special events like the 5K, 10K fund raising runs for the American Heart Association, and the Ojai Hospital Foundation. He has been honored as one of “Ojai’s Living Treasures”, and supplies sound services at their annual awards ceremony. Roger runs professional sound and lighting almost weekly for other local area services.
LAURA MAHER – Greywater Action
Laura is an ecological landscaper based in Camarillo. She regularly teaches water harvesting workshops for Southern California homeowners and land managers. We will cover How to Design, Build and Maintain a Greywater Irrigation System for your home garden. Afterwards you’ll understand: What Parts you’ll need, How Much greywater you produce, How Many plants you can water and What Detergents are “greywater friendly”. The Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) greywater system is simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. Save water, time and resources. In our drought situation, this is important information for each of us.
Greywater Action is here to educate and assist in installing water harvesting systems. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of water conservation.
The views and opinions expressed by the speakers and entertainers at the OVLF and on their websites do not necessarily reflect the policy, position, or opinion of the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival.