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The Lonesome Travelers Play the Lobero Theatre

Pictured from (l. to r.) are Justin Flagg, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Brendan Willing James, Anthony Manough, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Justine Bennett, and Sylvie Davidson in The Lonesome Travelers. (Photo Credit: Jeanne Tanner)

Celebrate Memorial Day next Monday at the Lobero Theatre with an evening of great American folk music, beginning at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a buffet from Woody’s Bodacious BBQ at 5:30 p.m. in the tent behind the Lobero. There’s a second performance  on Tuesday evening, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. “The Lonesome Travelers in Concert” is a musical event that takes audiences on a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk — from the hills of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York; from the 1920s to the 1960s. Written and directed by third-generation Santa Barbara native James O’Neil (an Ovation and NAACP Award-winner), with Musical Direction by Tony nominee Dan Wheetman and Trevor Wheetman, the concert is by nine artists who create musical portraits inspired by folk immortals such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Cisco Houston, The Almanac Singers, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary and others whose music and influence changed American music – and America itself – forever.

The company includes Jennifer Leigh Warren, L.A.-based singer/songwriters Justine Bennett and Brendan (B. Willing) James, Sylvie Davidson, second-generation musicians James Webb and Trevor Wheetman, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, and New York-based actor/musician Justin Flagg (who plays the title character). All of the artists play multiple instruments and sing.

Regular ticket prices for the concert range from $29.50 to $49.50. Student tickets are $20. Preferred seats at $59.50, and premium tickets are $79.50 and include the pre-show meal. The buffet may also be purchased separately for $35 and is catered by Woody’s Bodacious Barbecue. The menu includes oak-smoked chicken and tri-tip, tossed salad, potato salad, cowboy beans, garlic bread, Boston crème pie and non-alcoholic beverages.

Veterans save 50% on tickets, and groups of 12 or more save $10 per ticket. Performances and the dinner take place at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido (the corner of Anacapa and Canon Perdido) in Downtown Santa Barbara. For tickets, call(805) 963-0761 or purchase online at

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