The Crooked Path
A Music Sanctuary at the center of Los Olivos (2885 Grand Ave)
It’s all about the music.
The Crooked Path is not a business, but the home of Bent Myggen, Karen Seeley and Jerry Sticle – open during spring, summer and fall on Saturdays and Sundays for music performances by local bands and artists. There is no charge to enter, stay, exhale or listen – but since we rely on tips and donations to keep the music going, kindly support us when you can.
Visitors are free to bring food and drink for themselves. Four-leggeds and/or children on leash are also welome.
NOTE: Members of TheCrookedPath Tribe will be able reserve seats.
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The Crooked Path is the home & Music Sanctuary of Bent Myggen, Karen Sealey and Jerry Stickle and a place of renewal and inspiration. We are not a business, not a shop, not a winemaker, nor seller of time-shares. We offer a peaceful setting and extraordinary music performed by gifted performers.
Usually open to the public on weekends there is no cover charge, but donations and memberships are gratefully appreciated. Our guests are welcome to bring their own wine or food from nearby restaurants (but no smoking, please).
Your host, Bent Myggen started his musical career in Denmark, then emigrated the America and has written music for a number of films and TV shows. Bent performs his own songs on keyboards and guitars in many styles. Co-Host and manager of the garden and in charge of scheduling, Karen Seeley is available most weekends. You may also run into Ronn Cobb (keyboards and Hammond) who has performed around with world with acts like Bonny Rait and James Taylor.
Bands and performers coming to The Crooked Path play R&B, Reggae, Indie-Rock, Rock, Americana, Blues – all in all beautiful music.
For the 2022 music season we offer a membership-package to those who love and support the Crooked Path. Several nice “perks” and privileges are included – click the “Members” button for more details.
Kids & Dogs
The Crooked Path welcomes guests with young humans and four-legged beings. At times things have gotten a little out of hand with dog-derbies, so we ask to keep yours leashed. Kids listening, dancing is fine, while running wild is much better in the park next door.
Music is a gift, but contributions make the music possible. The Crooked Path is a sanctuary and does not sell anything. Instead, we offer gifts such as the music itself, CDs, T-shirts, downloads, beads and trinkets if we have them. We are grateful when our guests leave offerings in the contribution-boxes (or Venmo). For 2022 we are raising funds through memberships – to be able to invite outstanding musicians as part of our events.
From Bent Myggen:
Music has been part every tribe, religion and civilization in all of human history. Today the sound of music (recorded music) is everywhere, but the spirit of music only exists when the music is live. Music connects and heals us all – and the more we are that listen, the greater is the music.
What people say
From the Crooked Path Guest Book:
Just what I needed this Sunday. Never have I seen such a hospitable and welcoming place. Hard to imagine in this world of today. Many, many thanks.
Maggie & James
Love your music!!! Perfect way to spend the time listening to your cool tunes and enjoying the vibe.
Much better than Cold Springs Tavern! Great music and relaxing atmosphere.
Bob and Val
Wow! Great times. Thanks.
Steve and Sandy
Another lovely afternoon in your marvelous sanctuary. Thank you so much!
Awesome sounds – both instrumental & vocals – Thanks!
Your music is amazing! Better than Eric Clapton.
Thank you for sharing your gift and a touch of your soul. Beautiful!
Wow wow wow! What a delightful surprise to drive by and hear your music! Had to stop and visit for a while. Thanks!
Bent – your music brought tears to my eyes. Your voice and lyrics are so beautiful. This sanctuary you have built makes me happy. Thank you for your creativity. It was much appreciated by us.
Matt & Perry
Dropping by on our way home to LA. Such an unexpected gem! Keep being a beautiful sanctuary!
Your talent is amazing!!!!
Beodriz and Jeff
The Crooked Path you moved us with your music and welcoming energy. What an amazing venue. Brought us so much joy! You are amazing! Thank you for touching our souls!
Your ability to draw us in from the street with your amazing talent is something very special.
Lori, Bek & /Cliff
Thanks for the moment of beauty & sharing your art & love of music.
Matt & Vicki
What a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Great atmosphere. Lovely songs & just overall fabulous. Thank you!
This is such a special place. I am so thankful thing like this still exist. It’s grounding and brings people back to the moment. I can’t wait to spend more weekends listening to your amazing music. Thank you.
Why become a Member?
We ask for your support in becoming members of our “Tribe among the tribes”. A Donation of $100.00 will help us invite more performers for the 2021 Music Season and make you an insider of The Crooked Path.
Membership – also means special access:
- Access to member pages to play or download music from Bent and TCP artists (You can do that anyway, but this way you don’t feel guilty doing it.
- Ability to reserve seats and tables in advance.
- See live webcam when we webcast just like everyone else.
- Book The Crooked Path for special events.
Info for performers about playing at TCP
We say, If you can listen, you can play
Players, singers, combos & bands are welcome to contact us and possibly schedule a performence, or sitting-in at The Crooked Path. For groups/bands we are particularly interested in original music with a gentle, style of performance. Jazz, folk, indie-rock, funk, R&B, reggae is spoken here and we are open for musical co-creation. Text message Karen Seeley (805) 540 0909 or Email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have the ability to stream live video & audio (mixed from the PA).
Payment for performances vary, as TCP is open to the public and take contributions from the audience. For guest bands and combos we usually share 60% of all contributions made in-person and on Venmo during the event.
The music is free, but gas, strings, equipment, water, electricity costs money, so contributions are most appreciated. Become a member or make a donation via Venmo/PayPal. Thank you!