On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the 24th BOWLFUL OF BLUES will return to Ojai's magnificent Libbey Bowl! Here's our exciting lineup for this year. Tickets on sale May 1.
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2017 Bowlful of Blues
Bowlful of Blues is a nonprofit music festival founded in 1983, held in Ojai’s historic Libbey Bowl, and dedicated to the preservation and furtherance of a traditional genre of American music, the Blues. A wide variety of regional blues styles and related music is presented, including Texas, Louisiana, Chicago, West Coast, Zydeco, Piedmont, Mississippi Delta, Country Blues, Latin Blues, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Boogie Woogie, Black Gospel, Soul, Funk, and Jazz. International, national, regional and local artists are featured. Vintage and contemporary roots music recordings, authentic food, spirits, memorabilia, arts & crafts, and cultural information round out the event.
A significant portion of proceeds from Bowlful of Blues supports American roots music workshops and assemblies in Ventura County Schools as well as the acquisition of instruments and amplifiers for community recreation center music programs.
Of significant note is the role Bowlful of Blues played in producing two concerts in the mid-1990s for the Ventura County Library Services Agency in the midst of a massive closure threat. Over $10,000 was raised and these events acted as a catalyst for local and state government agencies to allocate vital funding for Ventura County libraries.
Original and long-standing presenting organization, the nonprofit Foundation of American Roots Music, went on hiatus after 23 years in 2016. The Ojai Bowlful of Blues is now presented by nonprofit Community Advocacy Coalition and their affiliate radio station, Rhythm of The Coast, one of three black-owned FM/internet stations in California. The festival is still produced by the Kaufer Brothers: original founding producer Michael Kaufer with his brother Lanny.
2016: Fans Prompt Ojai Bowlful of Blues Return
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, after an 11-year hiatus, Ojai’s Bowlful of Blues returned to Libbey Bowl, in Ojai’s Libbey Park.
“A big part of our reason for the return of the Bowlful of Blues after all these years is the fans,” said Michael Kaufer, Co-Founder/Producer of the festival in 1983, with the late Clarence Sterling. “Since the last concert in 2004 after Clarence’s death, people have continually stopped me on the streets asking for the concert’s return. Due to the event’s immense popularity, and the circumstances being right, the decision was made to reinstate the concert. The 2016 event will mark Bowlful of Blues 23rd year.”
Those circumstances included the other half of the duo known as the “Ojai Blues Brothers,” concert promoter Lanny Kaufer, rejoining the team as Assistant Producer.