Announcing Music in the Gardens – American Rhythms on October 13


The Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West presents their second annual benefit event: Music in the Gardens – American Rhythms on October 13


Santa Barbara, CA — The Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West is pleased to introduce their second annual benefit event Music in the Gardens, held within the iconic gardens of the Music Academy. Taking place Sunday, October 13 from 3 pm – 6 pm, this exciting fundraising event, themed American Rhythms, will feature an eclectic program including (pictured above) vintage jazz and swing by the Amanda Castro Jazz Band, rocking dance music by The Roaries, bluegrass by Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Boys, blues by Kelly’s Lot, and New Orleans jazz by Ulysses Jasz.

Patrons will stroll the campus gardens to enjoy the various performances while sampling Americana cuisine and wines, prepared on-site within five gardens by masterful chefs from Rincon Events. Menu highlights include Snake river farm wagyu beef sliders, Pulled pork po boys with watermelon slaw, Cajun shrimp, Dixie black eyed pea caviar, Okra and green tomato fritters, Fried chicken on biscuits, Watermelon mint juleps, and S’mores.

Music in the Gardens proceeds will support scholarships for Music Academy fellows as well as benefit the Music Academy’s Community Access Program, which provides subsidized $10 tickets and 7-17s Free tickets to all Music Academy events. To further bolster support of these Music Academy endeavors, the event will also include an online silent auction, on-site auction, and wine grab.

Women’s Auxiliary members spearheading this year’s event include event co-chairs Nancy Schultz, Christina Leveque, and Debra Cochrane-Vercammen; music co-chairs Nan Holt and KC O’Donnell; catering chair Judy Astbury; marketing co-chairs Claire Johnson and Patti Cerf; and auction captains Judy Weisman, Kaye Willette, Ann Sarkis, Sandra Walther, Jane Giles, Patty Jacquemin, Heather Abed, Kathie Organ, Kay Lemke, Carole Halsted, Minnie Pompe Van Meerdervoort, Virginia Farthing, and Carmen Young.

The event is generously supported by corporate sponsors Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP, Chaucer’s Bookstore and Goldman Sachs & Co. along with individual donors Pat Yzurdiaga, Meg Di Napoli, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, and Priscilla Gaines.

Tickets, $125 per person, which includes music, food, and wine, are on sale now, and are available at or by contacting the Music Academy Carsey Ticket Office at 805-969-8787.

Music in the Gardens – American Rhythms

Presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West

Sun, Oct 13, 3 pm – 6 pm

Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road

$125 per person, advance tickets recommended

About the Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West

Music in the Gardens is organized by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West, one of the largest and most successful supporting volunteer organizations in Santa Barbara. The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts generate net proceeds exceeding $200,000 annually to help support programs at the Academy, including scholarships that enable 140 outstanding fellows from around the world to study in Santa Barbara each summer.

About the Performers

The Amanda Castro Band brings music of the past and present back to life in a vintage, but still modern fashion. Amanda fuses vintage jazz, New Orleans jazz, swing and pop songs into a new musical experience.

The Roaries play classic rock and roll from the 1950’s to the 1990’s and have been performing throughout Southern California since 1995, specializing in “rocking” dance music from the past six decades.

Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Boys perform a wide variety of music, primarily in “traditional” bluegrass style, heavily influenced by old time Appalachian string music. Their repertoire ranges from Elizabethan-era ballads to Appalachian songs and breakdowns; from country blues to modern bluegrass and beyond.

Kelly’s Lot features blues vocalist Kelly Zirbes and guitarist Perry Robertson, who have been writing music and performing together since 1996. Their blues selections evoke the influence of blues masters over the generations.

Ulysses Jasz has entertained crowds at the James Joyce pub on Saturday nights with its New Orleans jazz for two decades. Led by Alex Marshall, a Scotsman, the band swings with happy music from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s.

About the Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West advances the development of 21st-century, classically trained musicians and cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Founded in 1947, the Academy operates on a ten-acre, oceanside campus in Santa Barbara, California, where its world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival comprises nearly 200 events. Programs comprise voice, vocal piano, collaborative piano, instrumental, and solo piano. In 2018, the Academy launched a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, focusing on education and performance on both sides of the Atlantic. For more information, visit

Kate Oberjat
Director of Marketing and Communications
Music Academy of the West
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