The 25th Bowlful of Blues is returning on Saturday, September 22, with a star-studded lineup. Tickets are on sale now online at the Buy Tickets page and in-person at ticket outlets listed on that page.

Our 2018 Performers

Heralded young blues star and Alligator Records artist Selwyn Birchwood will headline the 2018 Bowlful of Blues on his national tour.

April 2, 2018
For Release: Immediately

25th Bowlful of Blues announces 2018 lineup
for September 22 festival in Ojai

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Bowlful of Blues will extend a warm Ojai welcome to Alligator Records artist Selwyn Birchwood, described by Rolling Stone as a “major player” and “remarkable contemporary bluesman.”

Libbey Bowl will be filled to the brim with the blues of Texas-rooted showmasters Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, West Coast/Chicago style harpmeister James Harman with special guest Carl “Sonny” Leyland, the Louisiana mix of Hot Roux, and the electrifying Kwan Telifaro Project. So mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22, from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Ojai.

The Bowlful of Blues benefit festival is a joint production of Community Advocacy Coalition of Ventura County, Rhythm of the Coast 99.1FM and the Kaufer Brothers, in association with Hi-Hat Entertainment. Net proceeds are used to further music education for local youth. Tax-deductible business and individual sponsorship opportunities are described at

A limited number of vendor spaces are available for food, crafts, and blues-related items. Volunteers are welcomed to help staff the event. Tickets will go on sale June 12 at the website and at ticket outlets in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. For all information visit and


The Blues Angels Smiled in 2017

Thank you blues lovers of Ojai and beyond for helping make the 24th Bowlful of Blues a success. On behalf of our co-presenters, the Community Advocacy Coalition of Ventura County (CAC) and their affiliate internet/FM station, 99.1 Rhythm of the Coast, we appreciate all the support for this festival, from audience members to sponsors to volunteers to staffers to stellar performers to our A-1 stage and technical crew to ticket outlets and to the hosts of Libbey Bowl, the City of Ojai and their liaison Amber Young.

It was truly a joint effort that happened on a positive note, once again through the good graces of the community working together. We hope those who attended enjoyed the concert and Ojai’s version of celebrating this American musical tradition. Please watch for a forthcoming announcement about the distribution of the proceeds.

Local and area businesses who sponsored this year’s Bowlful of Blues, held on September 16, include, in alphabetical order: Attitude Adjustment Shoppe; California Solar Electric; Cal-State Site Services; Deer Lodge; DSR Audio; Don & Cheree Edwards, Realtors; JSL Technologies; La Barre Land and Development; Juan J. Lopez, D.D.S.; Nutmeg’s Ojai House; Oakridge Inn; Ojai Community Bank; Ojai Images, Ojai Lumber; Ojai Valley Imports; Pacific Western Bank; Papa Lennon’s Pizzeria; Parker Graphic Design; Donald Pavek; Rainforest Plant Co.; Santa Barbara Blues Society; Southland Blues E-Weekly; Topa Mountain Winery; Ventura County Blues Society; and Westridge Family Markets.

Thanks also to Julie Tumamait-Stenslie and the Tumamait Family, Joan Kemper, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae of Oxnard, Khaled and Waled Al-Awar of the Ojai Playhouse, the Ojai Valley News, Barbara Bowman, BD’s Earthtrine Farms at the Ojai Farmer’s Market, Villanova School, and Chisum Floors of Ojai.

How gratifying that so many local businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to making this annual event possible! In addition, further support came from the Bowlful family of ticket outlets: Cardinali Bros Music, Studio Sauvageau, Ojai Creates!, Attitude Adjustment Shoppe, Salzer’s Records, Coastal Postal on Seaward, Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery, Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks, Island Outfitters in Carpinteria and Jensen’s Guitars and Music in Santa Barbara.

Since the Bowlful of Blues is truly a local, homegrown, “people’s festival,” we welcome input from all interested parties, either on these pages or to Michael or Lanny as we plan for our 25th anniversary on September 22, 2018.

Michael & Lanny Kaufer

2016: Fans Prompt Ojai Bowlful of Blues Return

Lanny and Michael Kaufer, Ojai’s real-life “blues brothers” at Libbey Bowl. Photo by Megan Lee (Dualistic Photography)

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.

Selwyn Birchwood Band

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps

James Harman Band

Hot Roux

Kwan Telifaro Project