Keeping the Blues Alive

The Ventura County Blues Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of blues music in Ventura County and surrounding areas. The society actively supports the community and hosts blues events to raise money for local charities.

24th Ojai Bowlful of Blues – Sept 16th

Saturday, September 16 at 4 PM
Bowlful of Blues
Libbey Bowl 307 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, California 93023
A celebration of the blues and community will take place on Saturday, September 16, when the Bowlful of Blues rolls and rocks into Ojai’s Libbey Bowl. Headlining the festival’s 24th edition, in an exclusive West Coast appearance, direct from Lafayette, Louisiana, acclaimed Zydeco blues band and Rounder Records artists, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas. Performances at the afternoon and evening affair include the downhome, Chicago-style harmonica and vocal sounds of Morganfield Burnett & Da Blues; the seminal soul/funk/R&B group, Raw Silk; Ventura all-stars, the Gypsy Blues Band with special guest Bill Flores; L.A./Austin recording artist, Cody LePow; and special guest emcee, comedian Denise Carter.

Ojai’s hometown American roots music festival, founded in 1983, will take place from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. with gates opening at 3:00 p.m. Bowlful of Blues is presented by the Community Advocacy Coalition of Ventura County ( and their affiliate FM and internet radio station, Rhythm of the Coast (, in association with the Kaufer Brothers, longtime producers of the event.

In 2016, proceeds from the 23rd Bowlful of Blues purchased instruments and amplifiers for the Ojai Recreation Center, enough to equip an entire blues-rock band, allowing them to expand their music program. Similar donations are planned this year with hopes of adding roots music workshops and assemblies in Ventura County schools.

As a nonprofit, locally produced event, the Bowlful of Blues counts on sponsors to help underwrite the costs and make instrument donations possible. Already on board as sponsors for this year’s event are DSR Audio, California Solar Electric, Oakridge Inn, Ojai Valley Community Bank, Papa Lennon’s Pizzeria, Cal-State Site Services, Attitude Adjustment Shoppe, La Barre Land and Development, Santa Barbara Blues Society, Ventura County Blues Society, Juan J. Lopez, D.D.S., Rainforest Plant Company, Topa Mountain Winery, Ojai Valley Imports, Ojai Deer Lodge, Parker Graphic Design, Ojai Images, and Pacific Western Bank. B

Cowboy John’s Smoken BBQ, L&T Catering, and All American Softy food trucks will be on hand to complement select Firestone beers on tap and fine wines by the glass. Arts, crafts, and blues music booths will round out the vending area. Picnicking on the lawn is welcome.

Volunteers are needed to staff the event in exchange for admission. Applications are available online. There are still spaces available for non-food vendor booths. Applications for vendors can also be found on the website. For further information, please visit

General admission tickets for festival seating are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate and can be purchased online at or at a number of ticket outlets throughout the area. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are also available. These tickets include select seating, reserved parking, VIP lounge with super premium wine and beer, complimentary snacks, exclusive artist access and more. Children 6 and under are free and youth prices (ages 7-15) are $20 at the gate only.

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