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Best Jazz & Blues in Santa Barbara

Joe Bonamassa at Granada Theatre

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is the guitarist's guitarist. A master of the blues, Bonamassa easily ranks alongside the more well known Clapton or Jeff Beck. Such was his prodigious talent that he supported B.B. King at the tender of age of twelve in 1989, and was christened by King as "one of a kind." Since then, he's played with anyone who is anyone and released a formidable catalogue of studio albums.

Amos Lee at Santa Barbara Bowl

Amos Lee

One of the shining stars of modern folk, Amos Lee crosses the genres of folk, soul and jazz and calls on Stevie Wonder and James Taylor as major influences. His 2011 album 'Mission Bell' topped the Billboard charts and included contributions from Willie Nelson among others. His follow-up may have been met with mixed reviews, but as with any singer-songwriter of this genre, it's at a live performance where the magic is truly made.

Andre 3000 at Arlington Theatre

Andre 3000

Andr 3000, renowned for his infectious hip-hop style as part of Outkast, took a bold artistic turn in 2023 with the release of his debut solo album "New Blue Sun.". Moving away from groovy beats and emotional wordplay, Andre released an entirely instrumental album (featuring lots of flutes). Andre 3000 will be bringing the New Blue Sun to life with Carlos Nio, Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, and Deantoni Parks.

Pink Martini at Arlington Theatre

Pink Martini

Pink Martini are the brainchild of Thomas Lauderdale, who in the early 1990s was thinking of running for Mayoral office. But he slowly became frustrated and fascinated by the musical entertainment during political society events. So he formed Pink Martini to address this and make music that appeals to everyone, from liberals to conservatives, all over the world. Over 20 years later, they're still going strong!

Snarky Puppy at Arlington Theatre

Snarky Puppy

Five-time Grammy Award-Winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy formed in 2004, shaking up the underground contemporary jazz scene with a bold, new flavor of funk fusion that saw them rise swiftly to the upper echelons of the music world. Don't miss them as they head out on a brand new tour that's set to feature your favorite songs!

John Hiatt at The Lobero

John Hiatt

John Hiatt's legacy reaches far and wide across the Great American Songwriter's landscape. The Indiana native has long been respected as one of the most respected and gifted songwriters of our time, yet his tendency to shy away from celebrity means his music has often flown under the radar, enjoying a steady cult following instead.

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