Lobero Theatre

Former Santa Barbara resident surfer and musician Jack Johnson made history on the stormy California night of Fat Tuesday, February 21st. The master of contagious acoustic pop hits played an extraordinary performance at the historic downtown Lobero Theatre as part of the venue's 150th-anniversary celebration. Johnson, a huge draw, especially in Santa Barbara, quickly sold out two nights at the 4500-seat Santa Barbara County Bowl last summer.

Fest Forums wrapped up their annual two-day conference in Santa Barbara on February 2nd with a marathon concert at the Lobero Theatre. The event was part of the 150th anniversary of the historic venue, California’s oldest, continuously operating theater. Fest Forums is the premiere conference for the festival industry in North America, established in 2015.

Los Lobos brought their dance-inducing rhythms to the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara for two nights on January 20-21st. The first night featured an all-electric set, followed by an acoustic set the second night. The shows were part of the 2023 celebration of their 150th anniversary. The Lobero Theatre is a historic performing arts theater in downtown Santa Barbara, California. It was built in 1873 and is the oldest continuously operating theater in California.

Before the staff announced the start of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd concert at the historic Lobero Theatre on March 12th, it was revealed that the venue had officially been recognized as the fourth oldest continuously operating performance hall in the United States. For many years, the theater has been well known as a diverse performing arts center.

English folk-rock icon Richard Thompson brought seven decades of songwriting genius to an intimate concert at the Lobero Theatre. Many residents already know that the historic theater is the longest continuously operating performance hall in California. But it was also recently confirmed that the theater is also one of the five oldest theaters in the entire country that are still in operation.

If singer-songwriter Colin Hay, (most famous as the frontman for Australian 80s hitmakers Men at Work) ever has to give up music, he could easily have a career in standup comedy. The feisty veteran pop star displayed his devilish wit with a Scottish twist at his opening concert on his latest solo tour. The sold-out show at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on February 27th featured songs from the prolific songwriters' long and storied career.

Hot Tuna continued their 50th-anniversary tour, which they began last year with a stop at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. The midweek show on February 19th featured an opening set by the iconic David Bromberg and his quartet. Both bands have made numerous appearances at the Lobero over the years, including past shows together, so it was no surprise that the event was a sellout.

One of Santa Barbara’s most successful homegrown bands returned to touring, playing the first of two sold-out nights at the historic Lobero Theater on January 30th. Toad the Wet Sprocket's show was packed with family, friends, and local fans of the band resulting in a sea of shoutouts throughout the evening.

Arlo Guthrie returned to Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater to play a sold-out concert on Tuesday, March 19th. The iconic singer-songwriter, most famous for his anti-war protest anthem, Alice’s Restaurant, celebrated that song’s 50th anniversary two years ago, with a concert that was one of many that he has played at the Lobero. This year’s concert celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant movie and featured three distinctive sets of music.

Just over four hundred lucky music fans filled the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara to hear Graham Nash perform on a sleepy October Tuesday night. The iconic singer-songwriter is currently touring in support of his latest musical release, Over The Years. The 30 song compilation features over 50 years of hit songs from Nash’s illustrious career, as well as 15 demo tracks, 12 of which have never been released.