Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is an American Roots & Blues band from the Central Coast of California. OJATA is quickly becoming a go to band because of the high energy and passion they display while performing. Roots and Blues is their life blood, and it shows in their ever popular originals; and the few selective covers, they bring to every show. It is the bands goal to captivate the audience from the first note struck until the last chord is played while entertaining them both musically and visually. OJATA simply put, is a very unique band. Unique in that they express themselves in such a way; that’s so different, that many have said after seeing them perform live, they’ve never seen nor heard anyone like them before. And not only do they capture the traditional fans of the blues; which they so love and cherish, but also have been gaining more and more of a younger audience due to the Roots style of music they showcase everywhere they’ve been honored to play. When you see and hear OJATA you will be taken on a journey through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, peaks and valleys of the vibrancy of love and everyday living through their music. They are a rare breed full of spirit and charisma, and they put on a show that is both energetic and captivating with a tight sound like no other.
Front man Jon English aka Orphan Jon, can be moving, emotional, heartfelt and intense at one point, and then soothing, soulful, lustful and desiring at another point in both his body language, lyrics and vocals.
Add to Orphan Jon’s performance the journeymen experiences of Bruce Krupnik (Stratatones); with his flowing, rhythmic, harmonious blend of guitar string manipulations that invites your soul on a cosmic colorful expedition to places you might’ve never been before, the rhythm section of Tony Jack Grigsby (Jack Roberts Harvey Band); with his steady uplifting, driving, both subtle and powerful, bass playing that takes your heartbeat on a vast rousing journey, and Stan Whiting (Stratatones); with his energetic, captivating, influential dynamics of the drums and you have The Abandoned.
Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is a band that totally captures the essence of what the blues is all about; hard work, rough life, grinding days, moving souls, touching hearts and heartfelt love, day to day, and all the time.
“A must see, a must hear band that is turning heads everywhere they perform”- Al Factorman- Well Respected Blues Enthusiast and Historian of Los Angeles, Ca.
OJATA will be opening for one of today’s top blues rock bands; The 44’s, on their Midwest Summer Tour. The 44’s have been touring both state side and across the pond for over 10 years now. And during this time, they have acquired a huge following of enthusiastic blues loving fans. They’re unique in both their style and delivery and they always leave the audience begging for more. And you know about us, so come join in the fun with The 44’s and OJATA for a great time of greasy lowdown roots and blues. Check out the tour dates on our “SHOWS” page.
Friday Feb. 24, 2017 OJATA played the legendary club The Mint in Los Angeles, Ca. The club has hosted many up and coming artists, as well as legendary performers over the years since it’s doors opened in 1937. Artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Brown, George Clinton, Ivan Neville, BB King, Willie Dixon, Keb Mo, Justin Timberlake, Ben Harper, Taj Majal, Ron Wood, The Yellowjackets, Johnny Depp, Robben Ford, Jackie Greene, Guitar Shorty and Jonny Lang just to name a few. So to say this was a highlight for the band, would be putting it mildly. The night was captured on video and will be released in a few weeks, but until then, here’s a shot that was captured by professional photographer Mathias Fau; who has shot for bands as KISS, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses, as well as many other Los Angeles bands. To see more pictures of the show, please go to our “NEWS, REVIEWS & EVENTS” page.