Artists and Fans Agree

The Highbrow Lowdown from Executive Director, David Asbell

I’m always happy to hear that artists love the Lobero as much as we do. It was very affirming to travel back through all the photos of Jazz artists over the last 15 years to see that many of them have terrific things to say about the Lobero Theatre. When I get to speak with these talented artists backstage about how much they’ve enjoyed their experience and how they’d love to return, it reminds me of all the reasons we’ve decided to dedicate ourselves to this theatre.

We at the Lobero Theatre work hard behind the scenes so that musicians, dancers, actors, technicians and promoters can put on the best shows they can. We try our best to deliver an experience for those who attend and those who perform.

We still need help from you–our patrons, supporters and friends–to guarantee we can keep up with our mission to preserve and maintain the Lobero Theatre and facilitate the finest in the performing arts. I can guarantee that there is a way to support the Lobero that will line up with something that you’re passionate about. If you have an ear or an interest in jazz, become a Brubeck Circle member. If you want to keep seeing kids get up onstage and realize their dreams, then you can support our vibrant youth programs. You can leave your mark by naming a seat in our auditorium, or leave a lasting impression by contributing to the Lobero’s Endowment fund. If you would rather roll up your sleeves and spend your time to support the theatre, then maybe you should consider volunteering as an usher, or becoming a Lobero Theatre Associate.

There are so many facets to this great organization, and BACKSTAGE works to spotlight them all in each issue. Start by perusing this years’ annual report, and then read on about all the people and programs that make the Lobero sing.

As we get ready to raise the curtain on another season, just look at all the amazing events coming up. We’re looking forward to the return of the LOL Comedy Festival, another insightful evening with Pico Iyer, a benefit event with Michael McDonald, and new and inspiring seasons from CAMA’s Masterseries and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Plus, Lobero LIVE is thrilled to be presenting The Milk Carton Kids, Dorado Schmitt and Tierney Sutton – all return performances. In fact, many of the performers you’ll see this fall return again and again to this honored hall. (Just as we hope you will too.)

Don’t be a stranger,

David Asbell
Executive Director