‘Chick Singer Night’ features local talent for benefit show in Oxnard

Men and women are invited to attend Chick Singer Night, a musical showcase this weekend featuring musicians from Ventura, Ojai, Conejo Valley and beyond.

The show – in aid of Food Share – will take place on Saturday from 7 p.m. at the Sound Palace in Oxnard, 1681 Beacon Place.

It’s the latest iteration of the Chick Singer Night event series, founded by Lori Maier in Chicago 33 years ago. After hosting her first show with friends and music students, Maier brought the show to Los Angeles when she moved to California a decade later.

“We wanted to be taken seriously. We wanted to be confident and creative,” Maier said. “It kind of became this event that everyone wanted to attend.”

Since then, she has expanded her network to 18 cities across the country with their very own Chick Singer Night.

Maier said she came up with the name Chick Singer Night as a way to reclaim expression, but said she didn’t limit the performances to female singers.

“Our theme is pretty much everyone is welcome: all levels of experience, all genres of music,” Maier said.

“Guys are welcome too,” she added.

Los Angeles singer Rosemary Butler will headline Saturday’s show. After beginning his musical career in high school when his band opened for the Rolling Stones, Butler sang backing vocals for Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and others.

Saturday’s lineup will feature additional performances by four women and one man, Ventura resident Michael Henszey. Other performers include Ojai singer Natalie Gelman; Melanie Taylor, who sang in Bette Midler’s backing band The Harlettes; Kiki Ebsen, singer-songwriter and daughter of actor Buddy Ebsen; and Sofia Lewis, a Newbury Park resident who recently competed to appear on “The Voice” and “American Idol.”

All proceeds from Saturday’s show will go to Food Share, a Ventura County food bank that serves more than 75,000 people monthly.

“We’re not here to make a profit, we’re here to help the community,” said Newbury Park resident Bill Davis, co-owner of the Sound Palace.

Davis said tickets are low and only a handful remain for Saturday’s show, which will be held inside Studio B. Tickets can be purchased for $20 each on the Chick Singer Night Eventbrite Page. The show will also be available to watch live with a suggested donation of $10. More information can be found at chicksingernight.com.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter who covers the Ventura County Star’s night shift. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing [email protected]. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

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