Veteran Santa Barbaran band Headless Household, featuring vocalist Julie Christensen, will be the special guest of the Santa Barbara Jazz Society, at SOhO on Sunday, October 17, 1 to 4 p.m.. Infamously eclectic but with strong jazz roots, the band will be leaning on the jazz side of the by-now hefty Headless songbook, including original tunes from the latest of its eight albums, the two-disc set called Basemento, which celebrates the band’s 25th anniversary.

Tom Lackner, Dick Dunlap, Joe Woodard = Headless Household

In the band will be core members keyboardist Dick Dunlap, drummer Tom Lackner, guitarist/composer Joe Woodard, along with longtime ally, tenor saxist Tom Buckner, bassist Steve Nelson, and Christensen. Christensen, a renowned solo artist in her own right, has worked with Leonard Cohen, Van Dyke Parks, and others, and her own discography includes the jazz album Something Familiar. That album, as with all Headless Household titles– Headless Household (1987), Inside/Outside USA (1993), ITEMS (1995), Free Associations (1999), mockhausen (2000), post-Polka (2003), and Blur Joan (2005)–have been released on the band’s independent label, Household Ink Records.

Julie Christensen

At SOhO, the band will dig into its diverse jazz bag of instrumentals, vocal tunes, moody ballads, swinging saloon numbers, straight ahead notions and gently twisted variations on the theme of jazz, America’s greatest music.

Who: Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard (pictured), Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, Steve Nelson, Sally Barr

What: Headless Household, featuring Julie Christensen, for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society

When: Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m.

Where: SOhO, 1221 State St. Santa Barbara CA

Cost: SB JS Members $12 – Non-Members $15 – Students and Musicians $7 No Reservations – Purchase tickets at door

Information: (805) 570-1053,, (805)-962-7776,


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