The week after Mardi Gras, bandleader Derek Douget assembled an impressive lineup of prestigious music educators from the New Orleans area and headed up to Santa Barbara to spend a week visiting local schools to hold clinics for jazz student. They sat in with different jazz ensembles across Santa Barbara County, tailoring each class to best benefit the students’ skills, from Jr. High jazz class to semi-regular college-age performers. These masterclasses were fun; the guys were generous and open to sharing insights from their own careers–from everything from tips on chord choices to being confident in their playing, and perhaps most importantly, showed what it’s like to make a living as a jazz artist and keep performing at a high level.
“When we performed together, it really reminded me why I love jazz so much.” – Iyana, The Jazz Villains
Douget and his band topped off their visit with an unforgettable performance on February 23, 2018 sharing the stage with high school jazz artists, The Jazz Villains, and closed the evening in a second line parade around the auditorium that had the crowd on its feet (starts around 12 min).
Photos & Video by David Bazemore
The Lobero is dedicated to enhancing music education through our youth programs and is reliant on the generosity of supporters like you.
As our fiscal year nears its end on May 31, we look for your help. Please consider making a gift today to keep inspiring young musicians.
The Lobero may be California’s oldest continuously operating theatre, but that doesn’t mean we’re shying away from new media.
We’re got new features in place for you–from selecting your own seat to making a gift via text.
The Lobero is embracing online giving in a variety of new ways. We embarked on our first virtual “Lobero Give Day” on February 22, 2017, raising over $10K in online donations, and achieving a wide reach across several social platforms–#LoberoGiveDay was a viral success! Thanks to dozens of postings featuring photos, memories, and pledges from our patrons and fans, we estimate that the audience for Lobero Give Day was over 100,000+ impressions. It was so heartwarming to see friends and followers making gifts and sharing memories that the Lobero Theatre Foundation will make Give Day an annual tradition. Save the date for our next Give Day, February 22, 2018–the 145th Birthday of Jose’s original theatre.
Encouraged by the success of Give Day, we are engaging a new text donation service that allows patrons to make a gift right from their seats in the auditorium while attending Lobero LIVE events, or wherever a generous mood strikes. Starting on Wednesday, October 18 patrons can Text Lobero to 41444 to make a donation via text.
New improvements in the checkout process at include the ability to choose your own seat from a virtual map of the auditorium. Featuring bold and easy-to-understand colors and makings, this feature helps patrons to see their seat before purchasing and select the best seats in the Lobero’s intimate and inviting auditorium.
For several years, we’ve worked to improve their e-newsletter program, which has quickly become our most productive sales tool. The Lobero’s “eClub” members get first notice for newly announced events, ticket offers and special pre-sales. It’s not uncommon to see tickets get snatched up from online pre-sales and social media these activities alone, so if you’re not already receiving our enewsletters, we encourage you to sign up for the eClub here or, by calling the box office so they can assist in getting on that list.
In addition, ticketholders can look forward to automated ticket reminder emails, so they won’t miss that event they purchased six months before and now forgot about. Three days before the ticketed event, those who have emails in the system, or purchased online, will receive a little heads up reminding them of their plans.
For those who prefer Facebook as their preferred network, new integrations in place allow you to purchase by logging in with their Facebook credentials, meaning, fewer forgotten passwords and an easy way to share events with your friends after purchasing tickets.
Even though we’re working to improve the digital experience, you can look forward to great human interaction at the box office and at every performance.
Hale Milgrim is a rock ‘n roll raconteur and a die hard fan whose passion for music has never dimmed.
There is a lot we can say about Hale; beyond an incredible career that including being the President of Capitol Records, he is incredibly generous, supporting Lobero LIVE and Sings Like Hell, and giving his time to compile and share personal memories in several, “Go to Hale” evenings at the Lobero Theatre. We wrapped the first round of the Go To Hale Film series in January and wanted to share our thoughts as we head into Series 2 this summer.
Hale has amazing insights and stories, but, prefers to keep the spotlight on the musicians he so admires.
After David Bowie’s death in early 2016, Hale was reliving some of Bowie’s best performances and came across the incredibly touching opening of the Concert for New York City – a stripped-down medley of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” and “Heroes.” Seated on the floor with only a Casio keyboard, Bowie’s raw vocals soared as he sang to his own local FDNY Ladder before being joined by a full band. It was a standout performance in a brilliant career of standout performances, and it inspired Hale to craft a loving tribute to honor the fifteenth anniversary of September 11, focusing on how these incredible musicians came together to heal in the face of tragedy. Held on Sunday, September 11 to a packed house, this showing of hand-selected excerpts from the
Held on Sunday, September 11 to a packed house, this showing of hand-selected excerpts from the Concert for New York City featured performances from Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, The Who, and more. Hale shared stories about artists he knew and worked with and thanked Santa Barbara’s First Responders who enjoyed complimentary tickets.
As he worked on the Concert for New York City evening, Hale conceived of two more in the burgeoning film series, choosing to honor George Harrison and Bob Dylan. On the 15th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing, Hale led audiences through select performances from the moving concert film, Concert for George, featuring to Eric Clapton and friends giving the performance of their lives. Besides truly special performances by Anoushka Shankar, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, the Traveling Wilburys, and of course, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, there were bits of comedy from Monty Python, and clips of Dhani Harrison carrying on George’s legacy.
The third was the Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration comes on the heels of Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature award, which only adds to his growing mythology. Recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1992, the concert features many artists performing classic Dylan songs including members of Booker T. and the MG’s, Kris Kristofferson, Roger McGuinn, Ronnie Wood, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Eddie Vedder, The Band, and more.
“Go to Hale” has always been a celebration of the Lobero, held to thank our wonderful volunteers and raise needed funds. Each of these evenings featured a coordinated silent auction featuring items from Hale’s personal collection–from gold records and record industry sales awards on down to DVD’s and collectibles that tied into each performance. All proceeds went to supporting live music on the Lobero stage. Best of all, items went home with passionate fans, just like Hale.
Help us celebrate the Lobero by joining in our first Lobero Give Day on Wednesday, February 22–our 144th birthday!
“Give Days” are like a 24-hour digital pep rally, and we’re throwing our first this Wednesday. And, like any party, we want to invite all our friends to be there.
The Lobero is Santa Barbara’s community theater, a home for so many of our favorite memories; whether you performed on this stage, or watched a young performer here, so many of us got our first taste of the stage right here. The Lobero has been right here for 144 years, which, is pretty incredible. It’s been a big part of Santa Barbara history, standing proud since the big earthquake of 1925, seen each and every Old Spanish Days celebration, and remains the favorite venue for many top performers.
Making a gift on #LoberoGiveDay will help to ensure this community stage remains a viable community asset for many years to come. But don’t worry, if you can’t make a gift, there are other ways to get involved:
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We’d love to hear your stories on Wednesday, February 22. Please share a memory or story on Facebook and Tag us @LoberoTheatre. (Add the hashtag #LoberoGiveDay so we can keep track)
Would you be willing to share on your own page asking people to make a gift to support your favorite theater? Let us know, and we’ll send you everything you’ll need.
Encanto, All Things Beautiful, presents a Lobero Theatre Fundraising Event* to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the lovely shop located in La Arcada.
During 1st Thursday Art walk on November 6, Encanto will be starting the fun early with style salons beginning at 1PM and continuing with live music by the idiomatiques as they play Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. There will be a raffle with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Gypsy jazz afficionado’s Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars at the Lobero on November 11, as well as other great prizes. Plus, enjoy wine, Gypsy fortune telling and other gorgeous encounters.
*Encanto will be donating a portion of any sales that day to the Lobero Theatre, so we hope to see a packed shop next Thursday!
1st salon: 1:00 – 2:30 pm / 2nd salon: 2:30 – 4:00 pm Holiday Dressing Santa Barbara Style
There is very limited seating for the style salon events so book reservations asap by calling the shop @ 805.722.4338 or emailing email@example.com.
Big thank you to Event sponsors Peggy Mathis: hair stylist, Salon Marceline. Shannon Loar-Cote: make up. Hello Gorgeous models. Luna, Gypsy fortune teller extraordinaire
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1114 state street number 22 (located in La Arcada)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 / 805.722.4338 / firstname.lastname@example.org Shop hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 – 6 & Sunday 12 – 5
Watch more of Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars here, and get your tickets for this incredible evening of Gypsy jazz from the masters.
The Lobero Associates, a venerable group of women tirelessly devoted to fundraising for the Lobero Theatre, has hosted a wildly popular annual luncheon entitled, “Hat’s Off” for many years. This year, the Lobero Associates present an all-new and alluring evening event sure to entertain and delight.
This year’s glamorous event will feature a three-course supper, dancing, live music, photo booths, and a silent auction including hi-end items such as jewelry and a painting by Jonathan Winters. (pictured here.)
Painting by Jonathan Winters
Buzz is already building… make sure to reserve your seats today. This is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town.