Singer Songwriter Night & Wine at NABU

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
NABU Wines
2649 Townsgate Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Singer Songwriter Night & Wine at NABU @ NABU Wines | Thousand Oaks | California | United States

NABU Wines and Live Music Ventura County

Our popular Singer Songwriter Night returns to the winery stage showcasing with 6 very talented local musicians to our stage at the winery Friday Night’s Showcase September 21st. Music starts at 8pm!

CDs for purchase by each artist if available that night or will let you know where to buy online.

Saturday Night’s Showcase
• James Zota Baker
• Josh Damigo
• Matthew Lake
• Alex Nester
• Billy Whitaker
• Drewin Young

Happy Hour Starts at 5pm to 7pm

Food Truck
Freda’s Pizza and Woodfired Kitchen at 5pm

Show starts at 8pm.

See you there!

• Free Parking (Parking in front and back of winery & street)
• Please Ignore Reserved parking signs
• NO COVER Charge
• 21 Years and Over Only


James Zota Baker

James Zota Baker started playing guitar at the age of 12. He studied guitar with Robben Ford, Joe Pass, Scott Henderson and Jeff Richman to name a few.
James studied Jazz and Classical Guitar as well as Harmony and Theory at Santa Monica College and Graduated M.I.T. (Guitar Program) in 1985.

James toured the world with the legendary band WAR from 1998 to 2002 and shared the stage with such acts as: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Average White Band, Joan Jett, Hootie and the Blowfish, Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, David Lee Roth, Jethro Tull, Motorhead, Los Lobos, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Cheap Trick and Perry Farrell as well as doing numerous radio shows and television appearances.

In 2008 James co-wrote and played guitar on Edgar Winter’s new CD “Rebel Road” Featuring Slash, Clint Black and Johnny Winter.

James released his first solo record “Better Than Never” in 2013 available on iTunes, CD Baby etc and is also writing, composing and producing for new and established artists, Television and Film.

His new untitled CD will be out later this year.


Josh Damigo
Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way.

After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed – Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Acoustic” and “Best Local Recording,” opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over.

A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy-hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts.

One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records.

From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started – to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.

Latest album “I Will Be There” available now, at


Matthew Lake

Matt Lake has been playing his guitar in Los Angeles since 2000. He grew up playing in rock bands in the mid west and eventually travelled throughout the states and Europe with groups like the B-Movie Rats. In his late 20’s, Matt ‘retired’ from the road and went back to school (USC) to explore a newfound passion for jazz guitar playing after getting into Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. All while playing jazz, original music in groups such as the Atomic Sherpas, and of course he still plays rock. Today he continues to play and teach a variety of styles and is passionate about composition, tasteful playing, and great tone.

Concept for ‘Midlife Crisis’- I really wanted to put to together a collection of guitar oriented instrumental tracks with the hope that the average music fan (and not necessarily guitarist/musician) can appreciate. Yes I improvised solos on just about every track, but I think that is secondary to the writing, arranging, and interplay between myself and the other musicians on this recording.

The album ‘Midlife Crisis’ is available through i-Tunes & CD Baby. Website:


Alex Nester

In an industry saturated with fly-by-night singles, auto-tune madness, and packaged artist-development, Alex refuses to conform and instead brings back the musicians to the art of music-making. Her music can only be described as a Hell-hath-no-fury collection of original music chronicling her trials and letdowns with the state of music business today. But the industry is not the only factor surrounding the creation of this musical tour-de-force.

Alex’s bout with cancer has helped shape her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 60’s and 70’s… Which only makes sense as she is currently touring with Salvador Santana, recently toured with Tito Jackson (of Jackson 5 fame), and has opened as a solo artist for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, The Rascals, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Stylistics, and Dave Mason. Most recently she has added multi-platinum selling artist Rachel Platten to that list as well. Her resume already includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established musicians such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Brandon Fields, and Eric Marienthal.

As the music industry settles for what’s “safe”, Alex will continue to push the boundaries of music making. Her songs are a musical testament of loss and hope, failure and triumph. It is a promise to the listeners that her music will never be anything less than sincere and honest. And most importantly, it’s 100% Alex Nester groove!


Billy Whitaker

Originally from Washington state, Billy grew up during the tail end of the hair band era, but even more so was influenced by such Seattle bands like Nirvana, and Alice n’ Chains. In his youth he performed with friends that shared common interests in music, playing at different events.

Since his shift from rock to modern country, Billy had found a genre he could really sink his teeth into. In his twenties he professionally recorded his first song with Bay Area producer Mike Mosley, which he debuted at his wedding with his wife Julie. Even though he never pursued a singing career, his love for music has never waned. He continues to write songs in his leisure, and enjoys performing with his family, friends, and band mates.

Billy is currently in the band Crossfire Band that plays at NABU


Drewin Young

Drewin Young is an American musician, singer and songwriter born in Northridge, California. He grew up surfing the West coast while discovering his passion for music and film narrative. After graduating college, Drewin found years of success performing live nationally and locally as front-man and leader of the Johnny Cash tribute band The Walking Phoenixes. He is also well-known everywhere for his cover bands Young Dempsey and Red Muffs. All of his bands dedicate a large portion of their time and proceeds to various charities locally and around the nation. Young says, “The goal is to always give what we can when we can.” The caliber of their clients and the company they keep is very special to them. Whether it is actor Danny Trejo singing with the band on Folsom Prison Blues at the TATUAJE Festival, or producers JD Roth and Todd Nelson of The Biggest Loser hiring them for their corporate events, the bands deliver. JD Roth states,“The band ROCKS! Serious talent and pure entertainment!”

Visit for more information on Drewin’s bands and business.