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Lucinda Lane

Mercury Lounge, on the Hollister, Old Town Goleta, Friday, August 2, 2019, 8 p.m.


Headless Household celebrates the 25th anniversary of its pivotal album Inside/Outside USA at SOhO, Wednesday, March 20


What: Headless Household, toasting the 25th birthday of Inside/Outside USA

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: SOhO, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara (upstairs)

Cost: $10

Info: (805) 962-7776,,

Who: Dick Dunlap, piano; Tom Lackner, drums; Joe Woodard, guitar; Tom Buckner, tenor sax; Nicole Lvoff, vocals; and Randy Tico, bass (and guests tba).



Headless Household returns to SOhO, Wednesday, January 11, for a trip through its pile of years and albums, through the latest, Balladismo

What: Headless Household

When: Tuesday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: SOhO, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: $10

Info: (805) 962-7776,

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Chris Symer, David Binney, Tom Buckner, Nicole Lvoff, Tom Ball … and ?

 Headless Household, one of Santa Barbara’s strangest and longest-shelf-life bands, returns to one of its favorite rooms, SOhO, after a couple years’ absence, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. They are armed with new attitude and a new(ish) album, Balladismo--a "mostly ballads" project, with detours—the incurably eclectic band’s ninth album in its 33 years on the planet.

In the Headless world, jazz meets rock, funk, country/avant-Americana, torch songs, experimental ventures and outbursts, and other inklings, and kicks up some brainy-party dust. Onstage this time: the core unit of Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard and Chris Symer (coming down especially for the gig, from his current homestead in Seattle), ace tenor saxist Tom Buckner, lovely new Headless vocalist Nicole Lvoff and harmonica master Tom Ball. As a special guest, NYC-based alto sax master David Binney, who has graced several Household albums over the years, makes his first live appearance with the band.

            Familiar faces and voices appear on Balladismo, released in August of 2015. The guest list includes Buckner and Binney, trumpeter/vocalist Nate Birkey, guest vocalists Glen Phillips and Julie Christensen, bassist David Piltch, violinist Sally Barr, pedal steel man Bill Flores, and a new member of the Household family, the wonderful and flexible singer Lvoff (who will be at SOhO).

The SOhO show will include doses of Balladismo chapter, as well as songs and sidelines into the ongoing Headless Household discography, all on the in-house Household Ink Records label: Headless Household (1987), Inside/Outside USA (1993), ITEMS (1995), Free Associations (1999), mockhausen (2000), post-Polka (2003), Blur Joan (2005), Basemento (2010), Balladism (2015). The wayward adventure continues, heeding the headless impulse.

Next up, it’s rumored that, for its tenth record, the band is working on a blues album—hints of which will spill into its SOhO set. Well… blues, of a sort. The Headless sort.




HI@25 (and counting)


Lucinda Lane, with Spencer & Todd's Swingin' Moods, @ SOhO, Wednesday, July 16, 7:30      flyer     press release    soho


Nate Birkey at SOhO, Monday, July 28

presenting the CD release party for his brand new gospel-oriented album, Just a Closer Walk

Message from Nate:

Hello all,

The new album is finally here!
Stepping into some familiar musical terrain, Just A Closer Walk offers Jazz infused approaches to the realm of gospel music and spirituals. These are songs I've known and grown up with my entire life.
We recorded this album live last August when I was in Santa Barbara, CA., spending a day recording in the sanctuary of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Isla Vista. We did it the "old school" way - putting a stereo mic in the middle of the room, positioning ourselves accordingly and then just playing. The album features Tom Buckner on tenor sax, Jamieson Trotter on piano, Jim Connolly on bass, and Peter Buck on drums.
I believe we captured something special. I hope you'll enjoy listening to it, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming release shows. (see details below)

a "microfest," celebrating 25 years of Household Ink Records, SOhO, May 21

with Headless Household, Julie Christensen, Natalie D-Napoleon, Lucinda Lane, Zen Horse Repair, and ... ?   flyer    press release


--20th (sorta) annual Headless Household xmas concert at Center  Stage Theatre, Monday, December 3, 2012 ...  press release   flyer


--post-Polka, 3rd annual Nvemberfest, on a double-bill with Kalinka, November 15, 2012 at Muddy Waters  

flyer    press release         




    Headless Household, jazz division, plays at Muddy Waters, Thursday, September 13

At the invitation of Colter Frazier, intrepid founder of the "Santa Barbara New Music Series," Headless Household returns to its more seminal, "jazz" form, in an instrumental quintet, at Muddy Waters on September 13. Quintet in question: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Tom Buckner and Jim Connolly... press release





Headless Household goes for another "Spring Sing" at SOhO, Wednesday, June 6  

Santa Barbara's hopelessly eclectic and seemingly demise -resistant band, Headless Household returns to a favorite venue, SOhO, for its annual-ish "Spring Sing '12," on Wednesday, June 6. Santa Barbara's favorite (and only?) "etcetera-ist" band still mixes up elements of jazz, free improvisation, avant-Americana, Europeana, rock, soul, Braziliana, dada, yada yada.

press release flyer


Household Ink Records proudly announces the latest effort by the diversely-gifted Julie Christensen, Weeds Like Us... Following up her jazz album Something Pretty and the folk-rock-soul Where the Fireworks Are, comes a strong new song set of "great plains soul," with natural veins of Americana running through it...

CD release party:

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

McCabe's Guitar Shop

Julie Christensen and Cindy Lee Berryhill!      - 7:00 pm

3101 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica      California 90405

US    (310)828-4497

Price: $15

Looking forward to this reprise of a McCabe's Bill from a long time back. With me will be my band, including Jeff Turmes and Steve Mugalian! This will also be our Record Release Party for "Weeds Like Us"

Weeds like Us bio

...Headless Household plays Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, celebrating the new "Pacific Standard Time" exhibition, "Pasadena to Santa Barbara."     press release

Free Community Celebration

Sunday, February 26, 1-4 pm
Location:         Santa Barbara Museum of Art
                        1130 State Street, Santa Barbara


Members of Santa Barbara�s Headless Household featuring Dick Dunlap, Joe Woodard, and Tom Lackner (not pictured Chris Symer and Tom Buckner)

 In the Plaza: Enjoy live music from Santa Barbara�s own Dada-inspired band Headless Household, and a special re-visiting of Intersphere, a visual and aural project created for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art by Richard Dunlap in 1981. Interact with artist Patrick Melroy and his Fluxus-inspired team as they improvise from period performance art pieces.  Experience �Now and Then,� a re-invention and homage to the poetry- and jazz-laced performance created by artist Richards Ruben in Pasadena in 1962led by noted local poets Paul Willis, Perie Longo, David Starkey, and Chryss Yost, with jazz iterations by Jon Nathan.  Cheer for your favorite team in the Marcel Duchamp-inspired �Five Minute Found Object Sculpture Game.�



HH 2011 xmas concert press releaseflyer

post-Polka flyer, press release




Headless Household pays tribute to friend and ally Kenny Edwards with "Remembering Kenny," featuring the band, and guest singer-songwriters

Monday, March 21, at SOhO


What: Headless Household, "Remembering Kenny," with guest singer-songwriters

When: Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: SOhO,  1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776,

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, Jim Connolly, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, Tom Ball and ? Guest singers include Rebecca Troon, Natalie D-Napoloen,   , and more� (photo: Paul Wellman)

Members of the eclectic group Headless Household were among the many shocked and saddened by the passing of the wonderful musician Kenny Edwards last September. There was a highly personal connection in that Edwards had recorded and performed with the band for seven years, always game to join in the band�s style-hopping antics and enriching the band�s music�especially the "Americana" chapter of the band's songbook.

      In tribute to Edwards� contribution to the band, and to the music of other artists in his adopted hometown of Santa Barbara, Headless Household is hosting a tribute night, Monday, March 21 at SOhO. �Remembering Kenny� will feature a set of its own music which involved Edwards, live and on record (he was involved in the albums post-Polka, Blur Joan and Basemento). An opening set will feature singers connected with Edwards� work, as producer, guitarist, vocalist, mandolinist and all-around supportive, spiritually centered and deeply musical persona.

     Edwards,  who moved to Santa Barbara a decade ago and got enmeshed in its musical community (including with Headless Household) had finally begun recording as a solo artist in the last chapter of his life, releasing the wonderful albums Kenny Edwards (2002) and Resurrection Road (2009). This capped off a stellar resume including working with Linda Ronstadt, starting with her earliest public phase in the Stone Poneys, working as an important architect of the �70s country-rock sound in Los Angeles, and working as accompanist with longtime ally Karla Bonoff and Wendy Waldman.




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post-Polka plays "N�vemberfest"

at Muddy Waters, Friday, Nov. 26

 check Santa Barbara Independent listing

 After a booking mishap kept the �alt-Oktoberfest� from going down last month, the band post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household) is back in Muddy Waters action, for a special post-Turkey-day �N�vemberfest.� The band kicks up the polka at Muddy Waters on Friday, November 26. Opening for p-P is Eliza Rickman.

What: post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household), post-turkey day �N�vemberfest� show, with Eliza Rickman

Where: Muddy Waters, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara

When: Wednesday, November 26, 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5 (beer tariff not included)

On the worldwide interweb:


Headless Household, featuring Julie Christensen, plays for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society, at SOhO on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

 download press release

hh, paul wellman, march, 2010 (6), low resWhat: Headless Household, featuring Julie Christensen, for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society

When: Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m.

Where: SOhO,  1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $

Information: (805)-962-7776,,

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard (pictured), Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, Seve Nelson (photo: Paul Wellman)

 Veteran Santa Barbaran band Headless Household, featuring vocalist Julie Christensen, will be the special guest of the Santa Barbara Jazz Society, at SOhO on Sunday, October 17, 1 to 4 p.m.. Infamously eclectic but with strong jazz roots, the band will be leaning on the jazz side of the by-now hefty Headless songbook, including original tunes from the latest of its eight albums, the two-disc set called Basemento, which celebrates the band's 25th anniversary.

In the band will be core members keyboardist Dick Dunlap, drummer Tom Lackner, guitarist/composer Joe Woodard, along with longtime ally, tenor saxist Tom Buckner, bassist Steve Nelson, and Christensen. Christensen, a renowned solo artist in her own right, has worked with Leonard Cohen, Van Dyke Parks, and others, and her own discography includes the jazz album Something Familiar. That album, as with all Headless Household titles-- Headless Household (1987), Inside/Outside USA (1993), ITEMS (1995), Free Associations (1999), mockhausen (2000), post-Polka (2003), and Blur Joan (2005)--have been released on the band's independent label, Household Ink Records.

At SOhO, the band will dig into its diverse jazz bag of instrumentals, vocal tunes, moody ballads, swinging saloon numbers, straight ahead notions and gently twisted variations on the theme of jazz, America's greatest music.


julie Diego (low res)

  post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household) kicks up the polka in the second degree, at its 2nd annual "alt-Oktoberfest," at Muddy Waters on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. In 2003, Headless Household released the conceptual polka album post-Polka. Some loved it. Others didn't. Others are still snoozing in the jury box. After a couple of strictly-polka gigs, a resolve was made to create a spinoff band, hereby dubbed post-Polka. see press release

Nate Birkey to perform with his west coast group at SOhO, Wednesday, August 25

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16 (download WORD file)

Nate Birkey  |  Appearing at SOhO  |  Wednesday, August 25 2010  |  8:00p

 Nate Birkey returns home for a special evening of original and straight-ahead Jazz. Now based in New York City, the trumpeter, composer and vocalist will perform at SOhO one night only on Wednesday, Aug.25, 8:00pm - being reunited on stage with his West Coast quintet  of Jamieson Trotter - piano, Jim Connolly - bass, Justin Claveria - Sax, and Todd Wolf - drums.

 Nate is one of many musicians featured in a new book by Cicily Janus titled The New Face Of Jazz, published by Random House Inc.. Released in July 2010, it is an intimate look at today's living legends and the artists of tomorrow.

 Hot off of a successful East coast tour this summer, and an opening performance for the famed Jazz chanteuse and pianist Diana Krall last summer at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Nate will perform music from his latest CD Almost Home (2008) as well as some new additions to his repertoire. A fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace, he brings a quiet yet commanding presence to the stage, engaging his audience and ushering them into a more romantic time and place.

A Colorado native, Nate currently lives in New York City and has been working with some of New York's finest musicians, including saxophonists Dave Liebman and Phil Woods, Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa, and pianist Gerald Clayton. His East Coast quintet includes pianist Jim Ridl; saxophonist Sal Giorgianni; drummer Marko Marcinko; and bassist Tony Marino. With this group, Nate recorded two albums in 2008 (Almost Home and Christmas) - and has been building a loyal following across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Nate's list of albums on the Household Ink label over the years also include Indelibly You (1999), The Mennonite (2001), ballads (2001), and Shortest Day (2004) - recorded live at SOhO.

Critics have compared Birkey's subtle vocal and trumpet approach to that of Chet Baker and Miles Davis respectively - a sound poised and assured, powerfully stark and spare, creating an atmosphere at once solitary and electric. Birkey shows that his passion and dedication to making music is both endearing and enduring.

"Too many jazz recordings today reflect attempts to squeeze the last drop of virtuosity and clever turns of phrase from the proud legacy of the idiom, mixing it with various flavors of classical and world music. This album is instead straightforwardly a man's expression of who he is, and that is the true essence of jazz. Eminently listenable, Almost Home is also a valid musical expression of the human heart."        ~ Victor Schermer, All About Jazz

"Nate Birkey, he of mysterious charisma, subtle gossamer trumpet lines and understated voice, hunches over the microphone and leans into his phrases, shutting out the world."      ~Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times

 For info, photos, mp3s please contact Nate Birkey at:



Headless Household

What: Headless Household, "Spring Sing '10"

When: Wednesday, June 23, 8 p.m.

Where: SOhO 1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776,

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, Kenny Edwards, ... and ?,

(photo: Paul Wellman, at Knapp's Castle)



Fresh off of a March concert at the Lobero Theatre to celebrate the release of its 25th anniversary CD, the double-disc Basemento, Headless Household returns to another favorite venue, SOhO, for its "Spring Sing '10," on Wednesday, June 23. Santa Barbara's peculiar and ongoing, eclectic excuse of a band mixes up elements of jazz, free improvisation, avant-Americana, Europeana, rock, soul, Braziliana.  flyer   press release


Headless Household celebrates 25th anniversary (a year late) with new double album, Basemento, and their first concert at the Lobero Theatre, Friday, March 19, 2010 Headless Household, 25th anniversary concert (a year late)/CD release party for the double-disc Basemento

When: Friday, March 19, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Where: Lobero Theatre, E. Canon Perdido

Tickets: $15, general and $10, seniors and students. Box office: (805) 963-0408, or, web-wise, 963-0761,

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Chris Symer, Joe Woodard, Julie Christensen, Glen Phillips, Tom Buckner, Tom Ball, and more...

(photo: Kim Reierson, from Eighteen)

Time plows forward, as does the urge to make music, for some. Both can be unstoppable forces. So here we have the 25th anniversary (a year late, thanks to the Tea Fire, and other factors) of Headless Household, Santa Barbara's peculiar and ongoing, eclectic excuse of a band. Mixing up mixed-up elements of jazz, free improvisation, avant-Americana, Europeana, rock, soul and a new strain of Braziliana (in time for the bossa nova's 50th birthday), the band presents its first concert in the historic Lobero Theatre, on Friday, March 19, coinciding with the CD release party for its eighth feature-length album, the double-disc item called Basemento.

flyer, press release



The newly-launched band called post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household, focusing on the avant-polka segment of the songbook) makes its official debut at an "alt-Oktoberfest" show at the picturesque Mercury Lounge in Goleta, California, on October 29...


"alt-Oktobefest" press release  

post-Polka page

post-Polka on myspace:

Santa Barbara Independent blurb on the "alt-Oktoberfest" wingding"

: post-Polka (a subsidiary of Headless Household), in an "alt-Oktoberfest!" show
Where: Mercury Lounge, 5871 Hollister Ave., Goleta
When: Thursday, October, 29, 9 p.m.
Tickets: free! (beer tariff not included)

Contact: 967-0907,,



David Piltch... brings it back home, with CD release show at SOhO in Santa Barbara






David Piltch launched his debut album, Minister of the Interior this spring, on Household Ink Records (with guests including his pals and collaborators kd lang, Holly Cole, Bill Frisell, Petra Haden, and others). On Monday, December 15, Piltch brings his music back home to the live stage, starting with his first official show in Santa Barbara, at SOhO on Monday, December 15. Joining David will regular allies Gaby Moreno, on vocals and guitar, and ace guitarist Mark (Jackson Browne) Goldenberg--who join him at his regular residency shows at Largo in Los Angeles--with assorted guests dropping by--including Joe Henry and Brandi Shearer... and... ?

What: David Piltch (with Gaby Moreno, Mark Goldenberg, Joe Henry, Mark Anthony Thompson (aka "Chocolate Genius") and Brandi Shearer...

When:  Monday, December 15, 8 p.m.

Where: SOhO 1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776,

press release 

 Shelly Rudolph

In her first Santa Barbara show in two years, the wondrous Portland-based "world soul" artist--who released her album Water in My Hand in 2006--returns to SOhO on October 20. Joining Shelly will be her regular PDX guitar ally Chance Hayden, along with drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Jack Joshua, and guitarist Joe Woodard. Expect jazz, R&B, blues, trace elements of  country and other sensuous goodies.

What: Shelly Rudolph

When:  Monday, October 20, 8 p.m.

Where: SOhO 1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: $10

Information: (805)-962-7776,



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