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It ’s an Ovation Year! Shaping American culture for almost a century and a half, the Lobero Theatre will commemorate its 150th birthday in 2023, making it the 4th oldest performing arts theater in the country. It all started in the 1840s, when a young Italian trombone player named Giuseppe Lobero arrived in San Francisco. By the 1850s, Lobero had moved to Santa Barbara, changed his name to Jose, and converted an old adobe schoolhouse into California’s 2nd opera house. For more than a decade, LA residents were extremely jealous. The Lobero Opera House days were full of vaudeville and minstrel acts, but there were also events of great societal importance. From the 1890s-1910s, the Lobero was an important venue for the women’s suffrage movement. In 1896, Susan B. Anthony urged a standing room only audience to vote for California Amendment 6, which would allow women the right to vote.

From the 1920s-40s, the Lobero was a favorite venue for theater previews, with producers like David O. Selznick previewing plays before opening them in LA. Lobero performances helped jump-start the careers of Hollywood legends like Ingrid Bergman, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and many more.

The Lobero also has a first-class pedigree with classical music and opera – thanks to partnerships with CAMA, Opera Santa Barbara, and the Music Academy. Most of the great classical musicians of the 20th century have appeared on our stage – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Leopold Stokowski, and numerous others. Paul Robeson sang at the Lobero in 1931, and Marion Anderson in 1938. And finally, the Lobero has always been an influential jazz venue. Dave Brubeck captivated audiences here in 1953, and in the following decades, the theater helped popularize the west coast style of jazz. Over the years, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and various other notable jazz legends have also graced our historic stage.

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Cover Artist Brad Nack By Anne Wilde

Artist Brad Nack has always considered the Lobero to be a pillar of the performing arts community and felt it was a huge honor to be invited to take on the rewarding endeavor of painting this iconic landmark. Exposed to an onslaught of art from infancy, Nack travelled extensively throughout Europe with his parents while growing up – talented artist Jonella, and abstract painter/art professor Ken, who exhibited in numerous prominent museums across the globe. What resonates most with Brad is midcentury art, which is a core part of his identity. The artist’s goal is to create art that is free of pretense – based on a foundation of craft, experimentation, and curiosity. As unique as it is for a musician to identify perfect pitch, Nack has an exceptional aptitude for creating palates utilizing nuances of color, crediting late artist Robert Frame as an influential mentor.

Brad’s father, who studied with Fernand Léger in Paris, had always encouraged his son to give each piece of art the time it deserves, and emphasized that the real challenge is knowing when to stop. When Brad creates his paintings, he has a concept of how the piece will look when it is finished, but allows himself to take a journey with the artwork rather than predetermining the route he will take to get there. At first glance, Nack’s paintings may be perceived as whimsical or carefree creations – but upon closer reflection, the insightful viewer experiences a deeper realization, as one cannot deny the juxtaposition of image and perspective. His captivating choice of colors, mingling brilliant shades and hues with a provocative usage of specific understated tones, adds an intriguing storyline to the painting’s subject – beckoning the viewer to stop and observe the subtext behind the image. With the mastery to create such absorbing pieces that are universally relatable, yet unique, bold, and fresh, often evoking unexpected emotions in their observers, it’s no wonder Nack’s paintings are now piquing the interest of serious collectors. Facebook @bradnack Instagram @bradnack Twitter @Brad_Nack


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For 150 years, through the leanest times and grandest evenings, the Ghostlight has cast a warm glow over our intimate stage. It’s a beacon for the muses of drama, dance, and music – a spark of brilliance to keep creative spirits company from curtain-down to curtain-up. The strong and steady support of the Lobero Ghostlight Society illuminates our behind-the-scenes efforts and – like the steadfast bulb at center stage – keeps our vibrant theatre from ever going dark.

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8.11.22 Hot Tuna Acoustic No one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders of Hot Tuna – which started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days. They’re joined by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer Justin Guip. Presented by Lobero LIVE

8.12.22 The Kingston Trio The iconic folk group performs their best-loved songs as part of the ‘Keep The Music Playing’ national tour. The Trio released 19 albums that made Billboard’s Top 100, 14 of which ranked in the top 10, and five of which hit the number 1 spot. Presented by Paul Mitchell Systems

8.24.22 Jesse Cook Global-guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook has sold out concert halls worldwide, produced five PBS television specials, and five live CDs. A career spanning 25 years has brought this Canadian artist multiple accolades, including a coveted Acoustic Guitar Magazine ‘Player’s Choice Silver Award’ and 10 platinum and gold studio albums. Presented by Emporium


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9.2.22 Tab Benoit with special guest JD Simo Benoit is a GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty, soulful Delta swamp blues. He has received numerous awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year, and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Presented by Lobero LIVE

9.9.22 Cat Power with special guest Arsun With a catalogue of songwriting that’s unparalleled in the worlds of indie rock and American music at large — spanning several decades and ten studio albums — Chan Marshall’s work as Cat Power has defied genre and convention. Presented by Goldenvoice

9.15.22 Accentuate the Positive Enjoy an evening of unforgettable tunes from the American Songbook — the unofficial catalogue of music that comforted, inspired, and connected Americans at home and abroad between the 1920s-1940s. Presented by Jazz at the Ballroom

9.17.22 PLA Central Coast Classic PLA is a Natural and Drug-free Bodybuilding competition league, presenting their first show on the Central Coast. Presented by Physique League of America

9.24.22 TRAP @ 25 Pockets who’ve supported The Rhythmic Arts Project for 25 years, is a band of studio players and vocalists who, combined and individually, have graced the albums/CDs of over a thousand artists throughout the years. Presented by The Rhythmic Arts Project

9.28.22 An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Suzanne Vega As a masterful storyteller, Vega’s work is immediately recognizable — as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago. Presented by EARL MINNIS PRESENTS and Lobero LIVE

9.30.22 Get The Led Out The Philadelphia-based group, which consists of six veteran musicians, delivers a high-energy Zeppelin concert with heart-thumping intensity — performing blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems with passion and fury. Presented by Lobero LIVE


10.1.22 Benise - Spanish Nights The Emmy Award-winning show returns with a new production, featuring the passion and grace of flamenco combined with fiery Spanish guitar. Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately

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10.7.22 An Evening with The Wallflowers The Wallflowers have held their ground as one of rock’s most dynamic and purposeful bands — continually honing a sound that meshes timeless songwriting and storytelling with a hard-hitting and decidedly modern musical attack. Presented by EARL MINNIS PRESENTS and Lobero LIVE

10.13.22 Humanity Inspired by Charles Dickens’ “The Child’s Story,” Humanity is an exploration of living one’s truth, being present, and celebrating our differences. Choreography by Chloe Roberts, under the direction of Devyn Duex, with special guest performances. Presented by Nebula Dance Lab

10.18.22 The Lobero Theatre Chamber Music Project The Lobero’s annual Chamber Music Project features some of the most talented and celebrated international soloists – Lucille Chung (piano), Benjamin Beilman (violin), Heiichiro Ohyama (viola), and Edward Arron (cello). Presented by Lobero LIVE

10.20.22 Vir Das Vir has become a global comedy sensation as a stand-up comedian and actor. He’s gained worldwide appeal with his five specials on Netflix and his starring roles in over a dozen films. He’s also been hailed by Variety magazine as a “Top 10 Comic To Watch.” Presented by AEG

10.24.22 Juilliard String Quartet With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet — celebrating its 75th Anniversary this season — ​continues to inspire audiences around the world. Presented by CAMA


11.13.22 La Scala Di Seta (The Ladder Made of Silk) In a blast of Rossini’s glorious vocal acrobatics, this comedy (sung in Italian with English supertitles) involves a series of misunderstandings that turn a couple’s little love nest into a circus. Presented by Opera Santa Barbara

11.18.22 An Evening Honoring Spencer Barnitz, featuring “Spencer the Gardener” and Special Guests The night will showcase a Film Documentary, Live Concert, and VIP Reception. Presented by Hello Santa Barbara Prod.

11.20.22 The Immediate Family The unique group of iconic musicians, known for their long, illustrious careers backing up countless Hall-of-Fame artists, have come together to create their own band, which can legitimately be called a supergroup. Presented by EARL MINNIS PRESENTS and Lobero LIVE


12.2.22 Holiday In Join us for a concert reminiscent of the holiday variety shows, with music legends like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. This live performance is a tip

of the hat to the old Hollywood holiday movies and songs we all know and love. Presented by Jazz at the Ballroom

12.4.22 The Sound of Christmas Sing-Along A festive event for the whole family! Enjoy a fun-filled sing-along with orchestra and choir, featuring Emmynominated conductor Charles Fernandez, The Sound of Christmas Chamber Players and Choir, and narrator Sheelagh Cullen. Presented by Sound of Christmas Prod.

12.5.22 Daniel Howell: We’re All Doomed! As stressed and depressingly dressed as ever, Daniel Howell is back with his epic new solo comedy stage show. Prepare for a night of savage self-deprecation, soul-searching, and Dan over-sharing his deepest fears and desires. Presented by AEG

12.7.22 Hélène Grimaud - Piano A deeply passionate and committed musical artist, Grimaud’s contribution to and impact on the world of classical music were recognized by the French government when she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s highest decoration) at the rank of Chevalier (Knight). Presented by CAMA

12.10.22 & 12.11.22 The Hallelujah Project The festive program, now in its 7th year, includes a youth choir, delightful arrangements of traditional holiday music, and a wonderful selection of carols from around the world. Presented by SB Choral Society

12.17.22 & 12.18.22 The Christmas Revels: A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice The clans gather. Old stories are shared. Favorite songs are savored. The pipes sound their haunting refrains. Treasured traditions are revisited and congenial company is cherished as a new year is welcomed. Come celebrate the season!

12.23.22 An Irish Christmas Experience a celebration of family and community, showcasing some of the great Irish holiday traditions, and featuring award-winning dancers from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Wings. Presented by Kerry Irish Productions, Inc.

Presented by Santa Barbara Revels Lobero LIVE is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

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