“Electric Ladyland” – OB’s New Music and Art Center Opens June 1st

by on May 5, 2011 · 4 comments

in Culture, OB Shop Talk, Ocean Beach, Popular

The main room of the Electric Ladyland Art and Music Center, scheduled to be opened June 1.

As I passed the Electric Chair and the neighboring tattoo shop, I noticed Paul Bolton up on a ladder putting some finishing touches to the fresh paint at the front of the old thoroughfare, that breeze way that took you from Newport to the Apple Tree parking lot.

What makes Paul Bolton think he's a painter? He's a musician and hair stylist.

But no more.  It is now – or will be – the lavish entryway for Electric Ladyland – the new music and art center – and music venue that Paul and Lynne Bolton, owners of the Electric Chair, will be opening on June 1st.  During Farmers’ Market days, Paul and Lynne allow local artists to show their wares in the thoroughfare.  Meanwhile, Lynne is painting portraits of famous musicians and artists along the walls in this new entryway.

Inside the art and music center itself, there is a music stage, and nearly wall to wall handsome and rich Indian style carpets, built-in benches along two walls with pillows, and comfortable standing space for about a hundred patrons.  The center will be open to all ages, and they’ll occasionally have art exhibits in there as well, Lynne Bolton told me while graciously giving me the guided tour.

Main studio room for the Electric Music School.

The Electric Ladyland is a byproduct, Lynne told me , of the Electric Music School that she and Paul run for kids.  They have 35 music students, ages 7 to 18, and 7 teachers – all of them working musicians.  She showed me the studios for the students, hidden in the back rooms of the labyrinth behind their busy hair salon.  More black and white portraits of famous artists lined the walls of this back area – more of Lynne’s work.

By the looks of it, Electric Ladyland will be ready to be opened in less than a month from now.  This new attraction and venue promises to bring new life to this middle sector of the 4900 block of Newport.  Everything Paul and Lynne touch seems to be successful, and this new venture may some day be a famous venue.

Check out the following gallery of shots I took in the entryway, the new venue, and the music school.  Remember to click on the images for a larger version.


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Rick May 6, 2011 at 1:52 am

I would like to be the first to wish Paul and Lynne good luck. When I moved to OB he cut my hair for several years. I bought his CD and it was really good so I bought a couple more for some friends. Rick


Allen Lewis May 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

Very glad to hear about the new music venue in OB. As a jazz trio I got my first job as a musician in 1971 at the People’s Place in OB, then as a dance band at Webbs (the name has changed but inside is about the same) I hope they pay the bands a fair wage. As a musician today I find I made a better wage back in the 70’s. Good luck, from the pictures it looks like a cool place.


paul bolton May 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Frank- On behalf of Lynne & I thanks for the kind words. You truly have a heart for OB. We just signed a multi-year lease so our new “all ages” venue will be here for many years to come long after were gone. We want everyone regardless of age to have a place to come & perform or enjoy live entertainment/arts.


Lynne Bolton May 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words and the beautifully written piece. We’ll surely post this where many will see it!


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