If you love amazing musical performances Santa Barbara Music Foundation through our production company Ones to Watch Productions offers a unique live music experience in very special settings from intimate living rooms to outdoor festivals. Our shows support great causes - providing meals to a Veteran's program, donating canned goods to Food Banks or helping a family pay bills while their young child goes through chemo-therapy.
The founders Steve and Polly Hoganson have a passion for music. They owned a successful café and events venue in Ventura prior to forming the Foundation. For 9 years, Zoey's Cafe, known as a haven for up and coming singer/songwriters, showcased local and national touring artists. Zoey's won numerous awards as best live music venue in Ventura County. After a series of personal issues The Hoganson’s closed their beloved music venue in 2013 to concentrate on their family.
Life after Zoey’s. In 2014 the Hoganson's formed their Non-Profit - The Santa Barbara Music Foundation. Their mission remains the same, to create memorable experiences for both artists and audiences and to also give a portion of the net profits to local charities.
Partial proceeds and or donations benefit local non-profits such as: Turing Point Foundation www.turingpointfoundation.org, The Young and Brave www.theyoungandbrave.com, The Unity Shoppe www.unityshoppe.org
O.T.W. has produced events at The Plaza Playhouse Theater Carpinteria, The Libbey Bowl in Ojai (The Topa Topa Folk Fest,) The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, Topa Mountain Winery Ojai, Ojai Rancho Inn.
Topa Topa Folk Fest their largest project to date is scheduled each year on the first weekend in October at Libbey Bowl Ojai. Topa Topa Folk Fest 2016 we showcased The White Buffalo, Shane Alexander, Tim Curran and more. 2017 our headliner was Lucinda Williams band, along with support from Shooter Jennings, Lissie, Leslies Stevens, Doug Pettibone, The Brambles, Bryan Titus Trio and 8 other acts over 2 days. www.topatopafolkfest.com
Our promise is to introduce and share awesome artists whom we love that we hope you enjoy and donate to causes we believe in.
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Steve and Polly Hoganson
Santa Barbara Music Foundation