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Art of Music

Musical performances with conversation, education, and storytelling…

Jam on the Rocks Productions proudly presents The Art of Music at Old Town Artisan Studios. Inspired by the mission of OTAS, this series fuses musical performance with conversation, education, and storytelling. Each presentation will focus on an element of musical theory, history, genre or style by featuring expert musicians here to share their craft. Join us on the historic Old Town Artisan Studios campus and be swept up by the beautiful surroundings, engaging community, and world-renowned talent.

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Interested in joining us for the Art of Music?
We have important information about seating and tickets.

Standard Tickets – $50 – The best seats in the house!
Standard ticket holders are seated in the upper patio of our outdoor courtyard. Set under grand ficus trees and string lights, guests enjoy a more intimate experience with an excellent view of the performers. Not only is the view great, but you also receive complimentary wine throughout the evening. Not bad, eh?!

Cheap Seats – $10 – The view is not quite right, but the experience is a delight!
In every venue, there are seats that are less than ideal, with a view that is less than spectacular…and OTAS is no exception! Our Cheap Seats come at the stellar price of only $10! These seats are located in the lower courtyard, and face the back of our open-air stage. While most performers do their best to address the entire audience, the orientation of the stage makes it challenging to give as much love to the cheap seats. These seats give you a chance to enjoy the marvelous atmosphere of your surroundings–grand trees, glowing lights, enchanting sculptures, and beautiful desert air. Refreshments will be available for purchase. While the view isn’t the best, we certainly guarantee a wonderful experience. Take a look at the images of our space to see exactly what we mean!

Upcoming Performance:
Ken O’Malley

Irish Folk /  March 14, 2024   /   6:00 – 7:30 pm

His passionate and compelling voice is what they notice first. As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; with his band he also rocks the house. Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish News describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California” and the University of St. Thomas at Houston acknowledges him to be “widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today.” Arriving in Los Angeles from Ireland over 30 years ago, Ken O’Malley was immediately offered a spot at Molly Malone’s, the legendary Irish venue in the city’s Fairfax district, and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Through the years, O’Malley has performed solo and as part of The Mulligans, Blended Spirits and, currently, The Twilight Lords. He’s shared bills with such artists as Mary Black, The Chieftains, The Saw Doctors, Michael Flately and Pierce Brosnan and continues to be an ever-popular and near legendary constant on Southern California’s Celtic music circuit.

In addition to his musical performances, he can also be found on stage and screen in productions ranging from Ray Bradbury’s “Falling Upward” to the Paramount Pictures feature “Patriot Games”. Indeed, Ken O’Malley was born to perform. In Dublin at the age of 15, he opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub. By the time he turned 18, he was gathering professional credits, among them a stint with Trudy’s People, a group he formed that played Gaelic shows on RTÉ, Ireland’s national radio and television network. His fluency in the Gaelic language was earned from his education by the Christian Brothers and his summers in the West of Ireland.

A true ambassador of Irish culture, he infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight.” “If I’ve made people happy with my performances,” says O’Malley, “that’s success to me.”


The Art of Music series was created to kick start a much stronger music education program at OTAS that will include lessons, workshops, and performance opportunities. Our goal is to create a donor base with the primary intention of building and supporting this new music program in order to keep all current programming strong. We are seeking donors that would like to continue to grow this mission. We strive to bring the strength and healing power of music into the lives of all in our community. Thank you for being a part of this amazing program.

Masters Level ($1,200)
Underwrite an evening of The Art of Music and receive six tickets for that evening’s performance. You and your guests will be invited to a private reception, before the performance begins, for refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the featured artists. Underwriters will be recognized on our website, in printed material, and on the night of the event. Additionally, you will receive a private workshop for four people in the medium of your choice: pottery wheel, fused glass, or Paint Your Own Pottery.

Classical Level ($200-$500)
Support the new music education program! Your donation will be used to fund music classes for adults and children at OTAS. You will receive recognition in printed materials for The Art of Music.

Orchestra Level: Sponsor a Student ($150)
Sponsor a child to take a 4-week class at OTAS!

To become a sponsor for this season, please contact us at (760) 777-1444 or [email protected].

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