This year we will have done over 90 concerts in our ten years of making the music happen. We started this series in March of 2007, with apprehension, enthusiasm, nervous excitement, and boundless energy.
The apprehension comes from the daunting realization that we could never fill the shoes of Tom and Becky Lowe, who for so many years have tirelessly worked at bringing the best in Celtic and Folk music to the beautiful town of Ojai.
The enthusiasm goes into everything we set our minds to. Whether it be making our home in the wilderness (the hills above Lake Casitas). homeschooling our daughters (Casara and Teralyn) or running successful contra dance camps in Santa Barbara and up in the Napa Valley.
The nervous excitement is how we feel about making this series as good as it can be. We had many marketing ideas and are encouraged by good friends who are eager to help us. We also have the boundless energy to give this venture what it takes to succeed.
Kelli and I have been married since 1995 and live in the hills above Lake Casitas. I am a retired carpenter and Kelli is an Occupational Therapist working in Ventura. We are involved with the Ojai Mardi Gras, help organize a Burning Man musical theme camp called the MINSTREL CrAMP, and still do quite a few contra dance camps every year. Our daughter, Casara is 21 and currently at San Jose State University studying International Business and Teralyn, 18 has just move up to Davis and wants to work in Environmental Design.
We have made some wonderful friends through these shows and the Ojai Mardi Gras which has given us a strong connection to the Ojai community, and a desire to be apart of what makes this such a magical place to live. We hope that our love of music, dancing, and Ojai will help us keep the Ojai Concert Series alive and strong for many years to come.
With your help, we know we can.
Shane & Kelli Butler