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Santa Cruz Percolators

CD release dance party!


Fiery old-time dance music from the far corners--Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, Puerto Rico--with Erik Hoffman calling square and contra dances

 Wed. May 27 at 7:30pm
 $10 adv./$10 door   Dance – ages 21 +

Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar) formed the Santa Cruz Percolators in 1986 as a contra and square dance band. This dynamic trio specializes in lively dance music gleaned from disparate sources. This event will celebrate their brand new recording - Step Out, with a dance party and concert. Expect to hear driving Quebecois reels, old-time bust down tunes and songs, and soulful waltzes, woven together with rare melodies from Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The second half of the evening will feature Erik Hoffman (Oakland, CA) calling square and contra dances. Don't miss this chance to spend an evening of rollicking music and dance with this notorious band of Santa Cruz locals. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.santacruzpercolators.com

Front Country plus The Down Beets









Front Country, Winners 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and the return of Santa Cruz Favorites The Down Beets.  Hot picking and super singing' tonight

Thu. May 28 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent


Front Country :  Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area's finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco's Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012 they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013 lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana".

The Down Beets are a Santa Cruz based bluegrass band.  Formed in 2005, singer-songwriter Sheila Golden teamed up with former twin pickers, Jeremy and Jason Lampel formerly of Strung Over.  After a two-year hiatus, the band is back in action with Bay Area transplant, Will Fourt, and Mason Hutchinson of the Abbot Brothers.  With creative originals and complex arrangements, The Down Beets keep Santa Cruz musically weird and wonderful.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.frontcountryband.com   and www.thedownbeets.com


EXTRA LARGE plus Sweet HayaH



Hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock meets  impassioned blend of Rock, Soul, and World Music -- Wanna dance?

Fri. May 29 at 8pm
  $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +


Extra Large , from Santa Cruz, California, is a hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely “Santa Cruz” and irresistibly danceable. Extra Large has been voted best band in Santa Cruz for many years by Santa Cruz's two weekly newspapers, “The Santa Cruz Weekly” and the “Good Times”.  In 2013, they were voted Best Band for the ninth consecutive year by the readers of the “Good Times” .

Sweet HayaH is an impassioned blend of Rock, Soul, and Funk. Bringing unexpected World nuances, hard-hitting rhythm and blues beats, and passionate, spirited performances that leave audiences begging for more. The band is lyrically multilingual—their dynamic lead singer, Nehal Abuelata, was born in Egypt and she grew up in Europe and America.  The word ‘Hayah' is universally known to mean “life”, and when it comes to this band, life has never been so sweet.

Artist sites and sounds: www.extra-large.net   and http://sweethayah.com

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Grateful Dead Tribute

See the outstanding Redwood Mountain Faire lineup at:   www.redwoodmountainfaire.com

Out of the San Francisco Bay Area, emulating the feel, excitement, and energy of the Grateful Dead at their peak

SSat. May 30 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel , a tribute band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, emulates the feel, excitement, and energy of the Grateful Dead at their peak.  Filled with a rotating cast of jam band veterans and Grateful Dead enthusiasts, this band is sure to please even the most discriminating Dead-Head time after time with fresh takes on classic music.  Featuring the ever-popular and always inventive Stu Allen (formerly of Melvin Seals & JGB), Mars Hotel presents familiar and obscure Dead songs which they use as launch pads for flights of improvisation.  Come join Stu Allen & Mars Hotel for a far out journey that's sure to hit home.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.jambase.com/Artists/49452/Stu-Allen


Corinne West & The Bandits

See the outstanding Redwood Mountain Faire lineup at:   www.redwoodmountainfaire.com

Song tales of whisky poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds

Sun. May 31 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


Whisky poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds, West's characters chart the tides, test the winds, and weather severe storms; all given life by her compelling stage-presence and luscious voice. West's deep Americana sound, informed by nomadic-roads traveled, continues to radiate her respected reputation within the global acoustic-roots music-scene. The songs on West's latest recording came about after a year-long sabbatical in Austria, which culminated in the new disc. “Starlight Highway is my first completely self-produced record,” West says about the sessions. “I wanted to create a body of songs that moved my music forward in new directions, while paying tribute to the music I have done in the past. This influenced my decisions regarding the instrumentation; piano, organ, acoustic rock angles, heavy harmonies, the deep-drive of drums, the laid back floating ballads-- I wanted to play with many flavors, and I didn't hold back on using any spices while in the sonic kitchen.”

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.corinnewest.com

Cruz Control w/ Patti Maxine





Creative takes on everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Hank Williams, and Guy Clark to The Beatles, J.J. Cale, and Roy Orbison--to name just a few

Wed. June 3 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Cruz Control may have started out as just another Santa Cruz ukulele band, but they have expanded into a multi-genre force. Consisting of guitarist Stan Parola, bassist Gary Cunningham, and Vince Tuzzi on guitar – this trio has all it needs to keep you entertained. They stamp their own creative mark on tunes from just about every musical artist you can think of from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Hank Williams, and Guy Clark to The Beatles, J.J. Cale, and Roy Orbison--to name a few.   Patti Maxine, steel guitar great, will be joining Cruz Control tonight

Artist sites and sounds:  Cruz Control   www.vincetuzzi.com at  www.facebook.com/pages/Cruz-Control/166542066831264?ref=bookmarks and http://pattimaxine.com


Bird of Prey plus Nanda

Unique, Powerful, Electronica  transforming our every day experience into something magical

Fri. June 5 at 9pm
$15 adv./$20 door  All OPEN FLOOR – ages 21 +


Bird of Prey is bay area native Torin Goodnight. Pursuing electronic music for over a decade, he has refined his sound and style to offer something unique and powerful to the electronic music community. He provides an alternative to the current trends, where focused intent and sound waves convene to create the circumstances for magic. Bird of Prey offers a cohesive blend of organic qualities with modern psychedelic bass music. His fusion of elements, natural and synthetic, create a bio-digital landscape that leaves little to the imagination and transforms our every day experience into something magical.

Nanda Resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. A striving Producer, Remix artist and DJ who is often on the road going to and fro vibrating subwoofers with crystallized sonic frequencies. His music is best described as journey music mixed with global Bass. It is somewhat of a time machine that captures the moments of our ancients revisited through teleportation into the modern complexities of today's electronic music. His intention is to serve the Sub wookies and gentle creatures inspired by the mystery of life or Those looking for something out side of mainstream EDM.

Artist sites and sounds : https://soundcloud.com/bird-of-prey and https://soundcloud.com/nanda-music

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The Leftovers, Medicine Road, Taylor Rae


Welcome to the first annual Mountain Stomp -- get ready to rock, roll & reggae 

Sat. June 6 at 8pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Leftovers: We are The Leftovers from the Santa Cruz Mountains! We fuse Reggae and Rock & Roll to make awesome music! So crank up those speakers and get the party started!

Medicine Road: There is no secret to the rising popularity of Medicine Road.  From introspective soothing melodies to booty shaking rock and roll, this band has something for every taste and mood. Hailing from Boulder Creek, Medicine Road winds it way from native American spirituality through  blues, rock, psychedelic, and improvisational jamming.    Original songs by Pablo Eagle are both fresh and familiar, interspersed with a few interpretations of classic covers.

Taylor Rae: Soul & Roll. Taylor grew up in the San Lorenzo Valley and is coming home to rock these hills with her own brand of soul and Southern Rock and blues.

Artist sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/theleftoversSCM and www.reverbnation.com/medicineroad and http://taylorraemusic.bandcamp.com


Freddie Steady Krc plus Peter & Arwen Lewis
2pm Matinee


Sun. June 7  at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


Freddie Steady Krc: Austin Music Awards Hall-of-Famer Freddie Steady Krc (rhymes with search) comes by his name honestly. This singer / songwriter / guitarist / drummer / renaissance Texan has plied his musical wares all over the world and is a  charismatic live performer. His first love was rock and roll, which had first found its way into his native Southeast Texas by way of the Beatles. He has played in the bands of the Sir Douglas Quintet , the 13th Floor Elevators , B. W. Stevenson and Jerry Jeff Walker . Freddie Steady has went on to pave his own original path through the Austin scene.

Peter Lewis Of Moby Grape & daughter Arwen: Peter Lewis is the son of legendary Hollywood star Loretta Young and ended up being a founding member of Moby Grape - one of the greatest American bands of all time. Moby Grape released their debut album in 1967 and it's still one of the most revered rock albums ever. In 1993 Peter released his first solo album "Peter Lewis".  Rolling Stone gave the album their maximum of five stars.

Artist sites and sounds:   http://freddiesteadykrc.com and https://myspace.com/mobygrapespeterlewis


Shelley King Trio 7pm Concert


Rooted in southern gospel-blues mixed with the Gulf-borne humidity of Louisiana, the river loam of Muscle Shoals and the hot springs of her native Arkansas

Sun. June 7 at 7:00pm
$10.00 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


Some people enter a room and blend right in. Not Shelley King. She sweeps in, carrying herself with the strength and assurance of a woman who knows how to step up and get it done. In Austin's exalted music scene, Shelley King ranks among the royals; in 2008, she even received a title: Official State Musician of Texas from the Texas Legislature.   King co-produced her album Building A Fire with Subdudes John Magnie and Steve Amedee, with whom she also recorded her lauded 2009 release, Welcome Home. Together, they capture her warm, earthy Americana style via 10 originals, one traditional and one cover: a Larry Campbell-penned spiritual previously sung by Levon Helm. It's a soulful sound, rooted in southern gospel-blues mixed with the Gulf-borne humidity of Louisiana, the river loam of Muscle Shoals and the hot springs of her native Arkansas, with a little Texas country bubbling underneath.  

Artist sites and sounds:   www.shelleyking.com

Cahalen Morrison & County Hammer 

Cahalen Morrison makes new roots music that walks the same line as John Hartford and John Prine.”  Tim O'Brien

Think George Jones meets Motown & The Band at a Honky-Tonk 

Mon. June 8 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +



Country Hammer is the collaboration of three lead singers and writers, each bringing their unique take on American music, backed by a group of incredible instrumentalists. Their songs, nearly all original, touch the full range of emotions. One minute they can silence a rowdy roadside honky-tonk, inducing tears in beers, and the next they can burn the place down. Drawing on the sensibilities of everything from The Band to George Jones, and from Motown to Norteño, Country Hammer knows no boundaries, but it's country just the same. They deliver lonesome heartbreak and the best two stepping around! Their new CD “The Flower of Muscle Shoals” swings through graceful arrangements of guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and percussion, with a rich texture and genuine approach that is sure to rouse any fan of country and old-time music.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.cahalen.com/country-hammer/

James McMurtry

plus Max Gomez


James McMurtry in on an extensive U.S. tour supporting his elegant new release "Complicated Game" with stops in New York City, Nashville, FELTON and other major markets. 

Fri. June 12 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door ALL STANDING - 21 +

James McMurtry in on an extensive U.S. tour supporting his elegant new release Complicated Game with stops in New York City, Nashville, FELTON and other major markets. “Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales,” McMurtry says. “Now we make records to promote tour dates.” Clearly, the sea change has only inspired the singular songwriter. “At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise,” Texas Music magazine recently noted. “[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.” Indeed, McMurtry's first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I've Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” the longtime Austin resident says. “It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman.”  

Max Gomez: Gomez got his start at age 15 performing in the local bars around his hometown of Taos, NM where he played originals and covered songs of his musical heroes including Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and John Prine

Artist sites and sounds:   www.jamesmcmurtry.com
and   www.maxgomezmusic.com

Spirit of '76

  Tonight's show Grateful Dead  from 1976

 Members of China Cats and Shady Groove bring you customized specialty tributes to the Grateful Dead in specific times and spaces

Sat. June 13 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Spirit of '76 is excited to present to you Grateful Dead music from the year 1976.  This lineup features Amy Berry, Jerry Brown, Steve Sofranko, Mark Corsolini, Paul Garcia, Roger Sideman, and Matt Hartle.  They are members of China Cats and Shady Groove and the shows are crafted and customized specialty tributes to the Dead in specific times and spaces.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/thechinacats

David Beaudry & Jewl Sandoval


Songwriter David and dobro & harmonica ace Jewl regale playing blues and roots and folk genres

Sun. June 14 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

David Beaudry sounds like: to quote one of his songs, “A boy who learned to fish in a wishing well” and like Jesse Winchester, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, Darrell Scott.  A true storyteller in song.  Songwriter and musician David Beaudry has been writing songs since he was 13 and has over 100 songs signed to Universal Nashville and the C.D.  His tune Alien Man received air play world wide.  Music is in his genes. David is the grandson of Al Fox, the first all night radio D.J in the city of LA on Radio station KGFJ. His mom, Jean Fox, was a folk songwriter and great performer.  His dad, John Bennett, was a jazz session player in LA and was the sax player for Demita Jo.  

Jewl Sandoval: exquisite harmonica and dobro player.  Together David and Jewl will regale playing blues and roots and folk genres.  

Artist sites and sounds:   www.reverbnation.com/davidbeaudry

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley


Dobro Giant meets powerhouse vocalist & guitar phenom --  classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions

Tue. June 16 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts.  Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist.  Their new album, Before the Sun Goes Down, is slated for release this winter. From his powerful yet sympathetic vocal interpretations of traditional and contemporary material to his jaw-dropping instrumental skills on both acoustic and electric guitar and considerable songwriting talents, Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement.  His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions.  Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11.  He has come a long way since then. Trey has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys ,and Janie Fricke.   Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times.  Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss.  His most recent album Three Bells is a true dobro summit, collaborating with fellow greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.robickes.com and http://treyhensley.com

Tom Russell







CD release for “The Rose of Roscrae" -- The legend returns rarely these days, don't miss the show

Wed. June 17 at 7:30pm
$25 adv./$30 door seated <21 w/parent

Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”  Tom Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show five times in the last few years, and his songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: The new Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere, Tremors, Songcatcher and Northern Exposure.  

Artist sites and sounds:    www.tomrussell.com

Mark Hummel, Little Charlie, Corky Siegel

Blues kingpins Mark Hummel, Little Charlie, Corky Siegel come together for a Big Blues Blowout tonight! Joining the fun will be Aki Kumar, RW Grigsby & June Core


A Big Blues Blowout!

Thu. June 18 at 7:30pm
$20 adv. /$20 door   Dance – ages 21 +

Mark Hummel : Grammy Award nominee and winner of two Blues Music Awards in 2014, Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 & has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. Thanks to over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording "Remembering Little Walter", part of the Blues Harmonica Blowout CD series Hummel started in 1991. These events have featured every major legend (Mayall, Musslwhite, Cotton, etc.) on blues harp as well as almost every player of note on the instrument - a who's who of players.

Little Charlie: Guitar great of Little Charlie & The Nightcats.  Baty's wild, seemingly impossible guitar excursions. From jazz to blues to rock to surf, Baty has all the styles mastered. He seamlessly blends various elements into a guitar sound that is his alone. Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping---he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down." "Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together," raves The Village Voice . "He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre."

Corky Siegel: From Chicago, Corky Siegel (of the legendary Siegel-Schwall band ) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. He plays harmonica and piano. He plays and writes blues music, and has extensively combined blues with classical music and played them in big symphony halls. Along with the first-wave British Invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and stateside groups like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Band were instrumental in The Great Blues Revival of the 1960's. Like Paul Butterfield, Siegel-Schwall were Chicago-based, serving as the house band at the famed Pepper's Lounge. They earned their spurs backing greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Willie Dixon.

Artist sites and sounds: www.markhummel.com and www.alligator.com/artists/Little-Charlie-and-The-Nightcats/ and Corky at https://chamberblues.com

Mike Doughty




Soul Coughing founder Mike Doughty is a man of multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982 

Fri. June 19 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, a covers album, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing. He most recently released “Circles Super Bon Bon--” an album of re-imagined Soul Coughing songs recorded with the hip-hop/house DJ Good Goose, in September 2013. Two new albums are coming out in fall 2014: an album produced by Good Goose, STELLAR MOTEL, and a live album called LIVE AT KEN'S HOUSE.  Doughty founded Soul Coughing who released three critically and commercially successful albums, Ruby Vroom, Irresistible Bliss and El Oso and a greatest hits album Lust in Phaze. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.highroadtouring.com/artists/mike-doughty-2/


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PaPa'S BaG, "A James Brown Experience






Celebrate FATHER'S DAY EVE with  PaPa'S BaG -- The  Dynamic S how Band that captures the live sound and performance of the "Godfather of Soul"

Sat. June 20 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Experience the best, soulful and funkiest James Brown tribute this side of the Mississippi. PaPa'S BaG captures the live sound and performance of the, "Godfather of Soul". Michael Jackson, Prince, MC Hammer, Usher, Rick James and Bruno Mars all owe their success in part to, "The Hardest Working Man In Show Business". Come enjoy an evening of excitement, great music and of course dance. You will be kept on the edge of your seat, only if you can keep sitted. You say you need some SOUL! Don't you worry, PaPa'S BaG will lend you some.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.papasbag.com and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0phsgeqqLQ&feature=youtu.be

Choro das 3 7PM concert







A Family based Brazilian Music Group that has played to millions of people including presidents, governors 
and soccer stadiums crowds in Brazil

Sun. June 21 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent


Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that have played for millions of people, including Brazil's Presidents, Governors and Ministers, TV and Radio Shows, Soccer Stadiums, plus concerts in Europe and the United States. Corina plays flute and piccolo. Lia plays 7-string guitar. Elisa plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine). The music they play is called Choro which is a form of urban jazz native to Brazil that shares a similar feel with New Orleans jazz or ragtime or bluegrass. Choro das 3's mission is to revive the Choro tradition in Brazil, where they join several other young people in rediscovering this music, and to spread Choro around the world. 


Artist sites and sounds:   www.chorodas3.com.br/#!english/cvz6


Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins


Live! On Stage  Jonathan Richman  featuring Tommy Larkins on drums!

Jonathan's music has absorbed a multitude of influences, from doo-wop to country to a variety of international styles, without sacrificing the artist's effervescent personality

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents 

Mon. June 22 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The records that Jonathan Richman has made over the past 30 years have long held a special place in the hearts of his fans. He began playing guitar at the age of 15, and in the early 1970s formed the Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for punk rock. But by the time the group's landmark debut album (including the much-covered “Road Runner,” a Top Five single in Europe) was released in 1976, Jonathan had already moved on to a quieter sound and a gentler lyrical focus. Since then, he's continued to record and tour prolifically, first with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, later on his own, and eventually as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins. Over the years, Jonathan's music has absorbed a multitude of influences, from doo-wop to country to a variety of international styles, without sacrificing the artist's effervescent personality.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.highroadtouring.com/artists/jonathan-richman/

Buy your tickets now at http://folkyeah.com/#/jonathan-richman-don-quixotes-music-hall-felton-622/

John Doe of X and The Knitters celebrates new CD The Best of John Doe: This Far plus Jesse Dayton


Thu. June 25 at 8pm
$18 adv./$20 door  Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents 

John Doe's sizable contribution to the music of X and The Knitters, which first brought him to international attention, made clear what was important to him: haunting songs, heart-rending vocals, pronounced country/rockabilly underpinnings, and no-frills production. His commitment to these values only deepened as he branched out on his own. Part scrapbook, part roadmap,The Best of John Doe: This Far – available May 6, 2014 via Yep Roc – guides listeners through Doe's solo catalog. Compiled by Doe himself,  the generous track listing (24 songs on download and double vinyl, 21 on CD) encompasses nearly a quarter century, highlighting songs from from nine records on six different labels. But, Doe is quick to point out, this is no epitaph. “I wanted to convey the idea of the best: this far,” he says. “This is not ‘I'm done, I'm over, this is the best I'm ever gonna do.' This is more like a celebration of the not-so-distant past.”

Jesse Dayton :  Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals in North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic's darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin' Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he's been featured in many guitar magazines.

Artist sites and sounds: www.theejohndoe.com and www.yeproc.com/artists/john-doe/ and http://jessedayton.com


An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson

Fri. June 26 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Foreveland is a 14-piece tribute to one of the most amazing entertainers in the world, Mr. Michael Jackson.
Based in San Francisco, the group was formed in March of 2009 to honor Michael's musical genius and legendary showmanship. With four lead vocalists, four horns and a six-piece rhythm section, the ensemble is best described as a "Remarkable and Rocking Michael Jackson Revue."  Rather than be limited by a MJ impersonator and pre-recorded backing tracks, the band's unique approach is to celebrate the larger than life performances, imagination and infectious spirit of this legendary artist. The result is a fabulous and thumping 14-piece show band that pays homage to MJ's undeniable talent and timeless dance music.  And as the band likes to say, "Don't Blame It On The Sunshine, Don't Blame It On The Moonlight, Don't Blame It On The Good Times, BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.foreverlandsf.com

Awna Teixeira







Po'Girl multi-instrumentalist Awna Teixeira is celebrating a new album "Wild One"

Sun. June 28 at 7pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent


Portuguese-Canadian, multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira began her musical career in 2001 performing all over North America and writing songs with various bands before joining Po'Girl, one of Canada's hardest working international touring acts, in 2005. Over the course of creating five albums and seven years of solid-touring in 15 different countries, on 4 different continents, and playing between 200 and 250 shows a year, Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira have become the core of the highly-esteemed and internationally-recognized band, Po'Girl. Awna, while still working with Po'Girl, released her 1st solo album 'Where The Darkness Goes" in 2012, her EP 'Thunderbird in 2013, and is releasing her 2nd solo album 'Wild One' March 2015. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.hazytales.me

Sugarcane Jane"> Sugarcane Jane featuring Anthony Crawford of Neil Young & Steve Winwood Bands plus Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen

Sugarcane Jane's Multi-instrumentalist Anthony Crawford is known as sideman to the stars. Over the last 25 years, he has performed with Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and more

Mon. June 29 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Sugarcane Jane are Anthony Crawford-- of Neil Young's band -- and Savana Lee Crawford). the Alabama Gulf Coast-based duo, released their new studio album, Dirt Road's End on April 28. Their rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock.  Multi-instrumentalist Anthony Crawford is known in most circles as a sideman to the stars. Over the course of the last 25 years, he has performed with Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell, and has written / co-written songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Lee Greenwood, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a few. Yet, even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford feels Sugarcane Jane – his musical venture with multi-instrumentalist wife Savana Lee Crawford, is his life's calling .

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen: Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a rare musical chemistry, Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, both powerful and magnetic talents in their own rights, prove that musical magic is alive and well. In a relatively short time frame, the Alt-folk duo has circumnavigated North America, logging over 25,000 miles, 130 concerts, and releasing their debut CD.  With influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods with virtuosic command. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.sugarcanejane.com  and www.danandlaurel.ca

Big River


A Cajun, New Orleans Boogie, R&B, Blues, Zydeco, Pop Party

Wed. July 1 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Big River shows their love for a variety of dance music, including Cajun, New Orleans blues and boogie, R&B, blues, zydeco, and pop. The lineup of musicians includes Maureen Karpan, who has played accordion and sung in Bay Area Cajun/Creole dance bands since 1996, including the Creole Belles, Frog Legs, and Courtableu; Richard Chon, a versatile fiddler and vocalist who is a veteran of the Bakersfield honky tonk scene and currently also heads the Saddlecats and the Moonglow Trio;Sam Siggins, a veteran Bay Area drummer and vocalist who was a member of the late Danny Poullard's California Cajun Orchestra; bassist Patty Hammond who also heads the R&B band Kickin' The Mule; and young guitarist Lu Salcedo a soon-to-be graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.bigrivermusic.com



UTURN plus Lenny’s Basement



Classic Roots & Americana Rock Dance Party

Fri. July 3 at 8pm
$7 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

UTURN: The rocking rhythms, solid grooves and all out sincere fun are what puts UTURN in the drivers seat when it comes to getting the party started - and keeping it going. They might play songs you know but you haven't heard them like this. The band is built on the hard hitting beats laid down by John Dell'Acqua (JD) on drums, Dan Waller on bass and Tim McNulty on rhythm guitars. Bud Denton and Gary Blackburn hammer out the lead and rhythm guitars. Everyone sings. This lends itself to naturally offering a wide variety of song selection. There is a lot of experience in the collective UTURN but none of that would matter if the rockin' ever stopped. U-TURN intends to never let that happen. 

Lenny's Basement :  At a recent show, Lenny's Basement was told: “Every single song is totally danceable!” And: “You have a great variety, and don't play the same old songs that everybody else does!”  A group of talented and experienced musicians from a wide range of stylistic choices, Lenny's Basement started rehearsing in lead guitarist Lenny Ruckel's living room (the basement was too damp that winter), but what started as a joke for a name, stuck. With four lead vocalists and plenty of harmony, the group started selectively choosing great up-tempo rock n' roll for a batch of “totally danceable” tunes. They get rave responses everywhere they play.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://www.reverbnation.com/uturn2 and www.reverbnation.com/lennysbasement

Rayburn Brothers plus Jennings and Keller


Fourth of July lineup promises a  one evening festival of rock and folk and Americana --get ready to dance, boogie and have big fun 

Sat. July 4 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Rayburn Brothers:   Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn bring a broad range of influences to their music palying songs that are mix of folk, rock and Americana.  Their voices harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation.  The Rayburn Brothers Band has created a brand of California roots rock that has depth and energy.  Their songs convey the essence of love, longing and pain that only seasoned songwriters can express in such heartfelt terms.

Jennings and Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, FL. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky-tonks of West Texas. Their music is called 'Fusion Folk Americana'—a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.rayburnbrothers.com   and www.jenningsandkeller.com


The Artistocrats Tres Caballeros Tour
The Members of Joe Satriani's Band
plus The Travis Larson Band








The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today

Wed. July 8 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Artistocrats: Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros. After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums. The result: Nine new compositions of greater sonic depth and breadth than ever before, with unique textures and lush layering augmenting the band's preternatural ability to improvise both individually and as a group at the highest levels possible. But not to worry – it's all still tempered with a steadfast refusal to take themselves too seriously, and The Aristocrats are still having more fun than a fusion band has any right to have. The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band's new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet.

The Travis Larson Band: Combining sheer musical pyrotechnics with tuneful musicality, the Travis Larson Band exemplifies the very best of contemporary instrumental rock and fusion.    

Artist sites and sounds:   http://the-aristocrats-band.com/ plus    www.travislarsonband.com

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys


Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Doo-Wop

Fri. July 10 at 8pm
  $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Big Sandy in his own words:  Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it's been. When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never dreamed that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band  that formed that afternoon. Yet here I am, looking back over a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times, that has put us in front of national television audiences, and - most importantly - that has given me the opportunity to play the music that I grew up having such a passion for - Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Doo-Wop and now with the release of our new all-acoustic album “What A Dream It's Been”, even a touch of Jamaican Rocksteady. Putting together the new record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP's, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentations. In many ways , it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.bigsandy.net

China Cats Songs of the Grateful Dead



Sat. July 11 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

China Cats:  This Bay Area tribute band performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene who have studied the Dead's musical nuances in great detail without losing any of their own individuality. Lead guitarist Matt Hartle has worked with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals as well as Cast of Clowns, Front Street and Shady Groove. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has worked with members of Galactic, Great American Taxi, David Nelson Band and many others. Bassist Rockin Roger also plays with David Gans, Stu Allen and others including bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Burnt Toast, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer). 

 Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/thechinacats

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel


CHECK OUT “ SOL FEST”  SUPER LINEUP AT www.santacruzmountainsol.com

Grateful Dead Tribute


Sun. July 12 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel , a tribute band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, emulates the feel, excitement, and energy of the Grateful Dead at their peak.  Filled with a rotating cast of jam band veterans and Grateful Dead enthusiasts, this band is sure to please even the most discriminating Dead-Head time after time with fresh takes on classic music.  Featuring the ever-popular and always inventive Stu Allen (formerly of Melvin Seals & JGB), Mars Hotel presents familiar and obscure Dead songs which they use as launch pads for flights of improvisation.  Come join Stu Allen & Mars Hotel for a far out journey that's sure to hit home.  Artist sites and sounds: www.jambase.com/Artists/49452/Stu-Allen


Matt Flinner, Sam Bevan, Scott Nygaard


Acoustic Jazz, Bluegrass, Spacegrass, Psychograss, Super Grass

Thu. July 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. Matt is now widely considered one of the hottest and most creative mandolin players on the acoustic scene.  Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings.  "a phenomenally talented stylist"— Downbeat.   Sam Bevan has played bass with Throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including: David Grisman, Roswell Rudd, Joshua Redman, Kenny Washington, Stacey Kent, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Meklit Hadero, Joe Craven and so many more.  He is beyond hot.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.mattflinner.com and www.scottnygaard.com and www.sambevan.com

De Temps Antan

Bastille Day Celebration


The Bastille Saint-Antoine is a long red-eye from Quebec, but when you have one of the great French language bands on the planet available on Bastille day, it is time to party.

Tue. July 14 at 7:30pm

$18 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

$16 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate 


Yes we are playing fast and loose with history.  The Bastille Saint-Antoine is a long red-eye from Quebec, but when you have one of the great French language bands on the planet available on Bastille day, it is time to party.  It takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear! Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan! Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec's musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So come enjoy an evening unlike any other with De Temps Antan.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://detempsantan.qc.ca/en/

The Rough Riders are Henry Kopono-John Cruz-Brother Noland


Hawaiian Legends  Independent by nature; connected by music; bonded by skills, determination & style

Wed. July 15 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

The “Rough Riders”  name is inspired by the 1908 Hawaiian Rough Riders (Ikua Purdy, Archie Ka'aua & Jack Low),  three Paniolo (cowboys) who combined their skills, determination & style and became World Rodeo Champions.  Today's Rough Riders, Henry, John & Brother Noland, have come together to create an exceptional musical style.  From their vast catalog of original hits to some of Hawaii's treasured classics to their new sound and provocative collaborations, The Rough Riders offer an intoxicating experience of music & legacy.   Hawaii Music icons and award winning artists, Henry Kapono, John Cruz and Brother Noland bring to the stage the well-honed craft and power of 3 inspiring songwriters, 3 distinctive voices and the perfect blending of guitars to create an exceptional musical style. 

Henry Kapono: Hawaii music icon Henry Kapono Ka‘aihue is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and a multiple (Hawaii) Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner.  Also known as “The Wild Hawaiian”, Henry is also an actor and author and his wide renown includes works from his Columbia Records days as Hawaii's Legendary, duo Cecilio & Kapono

John Cruz is a Grammy award winning artist as well as a multiple Hawaii Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner.  John's musical accomplishments are many; he has performed for the President, is a favorite stage partner of Jack Johnson, was named Best Singer/Songwriter in Hawaii in 2008 by Hawaii Magazine and his album, “One Of These Days”, and was noted as one of Hawaii's greatest albums of the new century by Honolulu Magazine. Known for his soulful vocals, John is also a “Ki ho'alu” (slack key) master and has distinguished himself with his unique acoustic style. 

Brother Noland is an impactful player in Hawai'i's music scene and one of Hawaii's most respected artists.   Credited with the birth of “Jawaiian” (fusion of Hawaiian & Reggae) music, Brother Noland also excels in traditional Hawaiian music, slack key and Hawaiian swing    

Artist sites and sounds: http://henrykapono.com and http://johncruz.com and http://brothernoland.com


Daniel Champagne


Australian stunning guitar phenom and soulful singer has been touring with Tommy Emmanuel

Thu. July 16 at  7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Daniel Champagne delivers one of the most impressive one-man-shows out there!  Reaching to musical depth's far beyond his years and a way with the guitar that can only be seen to be believed. Champagne often sounds closer to a three-piece band then a 20 year old singer songwriter guitarist. His current release The Gypsy Moon – Volume II

“His on-stage presence radiates a musical maturity well beyond his years and a phenomenal method of playing the guitar leaves audiences thrilled.” TE Herald, Newcastle.

“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to  witness a young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper.” The Firefly Column

“This superb talent can't be explained by mere words, it must be seen to be believed.” FasterLouder

“Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays  like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art” The BW Review

Artist sites and sounds:   www.flemingartists.com/artists/daniel-champagne

Bob Bralove & Henry Kaiser and The Psychedelic Cabaret plus Big Stone Soup



Sat. July 18 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Bob Bralove and Henry Kaiser have been collaborating in improvisation magic for 20 years. Grammy winner  Henry Kaiser  is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, world, and contemporary experimental musics.  Bob Bralove is best known in the Bay Area for updating the synthesizer sound of the Grateful Dead. Producer of the critically acclaimed CD “ Infrared Roses ”, Bralove became an integral part of the Drums and Space section of Grateful Dead shows. Together they will lead the Psychedelic Cabaret , a band of Ace players, through improvised musical adventures based on danceable original songs and classic tunes.

Big Stone Soup is a new psychedelic band from Santa Cruz with a veteran cast.  Featuring Jerry Brown, Matt Hartle and Steve Sofranko of Shady Groove, and the China Cats, as well as Paul Garcia from the Slugs and Roses, and Keith Graves from darn near everywhere, this band promises to blow your mind.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.bobbralove.com and www.henrykaiserguitar.com and www.facebook.com/BigStoneSoup?ref=hl




Unreal 10-year-old East Tennessee deep roots prodigy who has captured the nation's attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Sun. July 19 at 7pm
  $10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


It's impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, a 10-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation's attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul's presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss or members of the Carter Family. Whether she's performing on the Today show or the Grand Ole Opry or taking the stage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, she is fearless, confident and firm in her musical direction. As she says, she sings “old-time music,” but it's her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure. Her talent is indescribable and inexplicable. 

Artist sites and sounds:    http://theemisunshine.com

Q Morrow


Guitarist & Composer From NYC – come travel the world riding on his guitar

Tue. July 21 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 seated <21 w/parent

Q is a rare breed of guitarist who feels at home in any style of music, on any guitar. Having studied extensively jazz, funk, pop, rock, and classical guitar here in the far West, Carnatic (South Indian Classical) and Hindustani music in the far East, Brazilian and Cuban music on the side, it would be no stretch to say that he is stunningly versatile. He comes to you from his home in New York City celebrating his new CD “All Around Dude”.  Check his tunes out on his website.  Check him out live for a big treat. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.qmorrow.net

Pokey LaFarge plus Quiet Life



Early Jazz, Ragtime, Country Blues, Western Swing and Way Beyond

Thu. July 23 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Pokey LaFarge: Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own. He's also earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing, celebratory live shows. After making a grass-roots splash with his self-released debut album Marmalade and moonlighting as mandolinist with the Hackensaw Boys, he continued to gain notoriety with his widely acclaimed longplayers Beat, Move, and Shake, Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere—the latter two were both named Best Americana Album by the Independent Music Awards—and the concert set Live In Holland. Longstanding admirer Jack White added LaFarge to the roster of White's Third Man label for the 2011 EP Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County (which White produced) and the 2013 album Pokey LaFarge.  Pokey's new CD is “Something In The Water.” 

Quiet Life: Wild Pack is Quiet Life's follow up to 2011's Big Green.  Big Green was called both “loose and affectionate” and “rambunctious” by critics, and hailed as one of the best independent releases of 2011. Roots rock n' roll.

Artist sites and sounds: www.pokeylafarge.net and http://quietlifeband.com

Moonalice plus Achilles Wheel


You are going be dancing over the moon when this psychedelic roots rocking double bill rolls in

Fri. July 24 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Moonalice  is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians. The band mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. The audience is part of the experience and the music inspires dance as well as other forms of self expression. Every show features an original art poster, created by a well-known artist, and with its own unique Moonalice "legend". Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with some covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres honed from years of experience playing with various major acts. Band members:  Barry Sless  - lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz),  Pete Sears  - keyboards, bass, guitar, vocals (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, original Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh & Friends, John Lee Hooker),  Roger McNamee  - rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, bass (The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers), and  John Molo  - drums, vocals (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones). The band manager is  Big Steve Parish  - Road Scholar, Medicine Man, Story Teller, Grateful Dead family member, and co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band.

Achilles Wheel: Achilles Wheel is a stunning high energy Roots and World music/Rock and Roll band from Northern California, featuring award winning songwriting played on numerous stringed instruments and the rhythmic earthquake of two full drum sets. In the wake of their breakout performance at the 2012 Kate Wolf Music Festival, the band has been burning up stages all across California, including the Strawberry Music Festival, the Redwood Mountain Faire, the legendary Sweetwater Music Hall and a repeat performance at the Kate Wolf Festival in 2013 that is still being talked about.

Artist sites and sounds: http://www.moonalice.com and  http://achilleswheel.com

Chick Jagger plus Pretending 



Chick Jagger America's only chick fronted Rolling Stones Tribute

Pretending  Pretenders Tribute

Sat. Aug. 1 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Chick Jagger: Chick Jagger is America's premier chick-fronted Rolling Stones tribute band. Based in San Francisco, the band infuses every performance with a passion for the music, style, and lore of the Stones. Chick Jagger infuses fresh energy into the classic songs that millions of Stones fans know and love, while remaining true to the Stones' own musical arrangements and fashion styles. Covering all eras of the Stones' phenomenal career, the band delivers a powerful performance guaranteed to entertain.

Pretending:  The face and voice of Pretending, Karen Alvarez in the role of Chrissie Hynde, replicates the sound of all of the band's hits from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. Karen particularly does well with songs from the early catalog, including 'Mystery Achievement' and 'Up the Neck', but also spans the range to give the more pop-ish / polished later songs like 'Back on the Chain Gang' and 'I'll Stand by You' their due accord.

Artist sites and sounds: http://chickjagger.com and   www.pretendingtribute.com

Ty Segall


"one-man dynamo Ty Segall has been in search of irony-free, utterly joyful rock'n'roll that rules in the purest sense" Spin

Mon. Aug. 3 at 9pm
$18 adv./$20 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

"Practically born in the surf of Laguna Beach, and transplanted to the garage-punk nexus of the Bay Area, one-man dynamo Ty Segall has been in search of irony-free, utterly joyful rock'n'roll that rules in the purest sense. And with his latest album, the relentless true believer may have cracked the code." Spin   Segall began his recording career as a part-time musician in various underground bands in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area, before beginning a solo career in 2008. Segall's first solo release was the cassette Horn The Unicorn released on the Wizard Mountain label.  In 2012, Segall released three LPs: His solo album, Twins; a collaboration with White Fence  titled Hair and Slaughterhouse, an album with the Ty Segall Band. 

Artist sites and sounds: http://ty-segall.com and https://myspace.com/tysegall

Buy your tickets now at:  www.eventbrite.com/e/ty-segall-don-quixotes-music-hall-83-tickets-16945954807

Danny Green Trio with Harvey Wainapel


A captivating performance of original music and Brazilian jazz classics that the audience won't soon forget

Sun. Aug. 9 at 7pm
$10 adv./$12 door  seated <21 w/parent

Danny Green Trio: San Diego-based Danny Green Trio and the legedary Harvey Wainapel team up for a captivating performance of original music and Brazilian jazz classics that the audience won't soon forget. Called “a musical mind of rare sensitivity and rigor” by CD Hotlist, pianist and composer Danny Green is quickly scaling the ranks of new jazz talent with works that sound simultaneously seasoned and fresh. A brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical elements, Green's music engages listeners with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. Joined by bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, this virtuoso group is on tour promoting their highly acclaimed album After the Calm.  All About Jazz described Green's music “as engaging and intriguing as if penned by a veteran icon of jazz.”

Harvey Wainapel:    A supremely eloquent clarinetist and a saxophonist of unusual presence and power, Bay Area legend Harvey Wainapel is a truly ambidextrous artist who has delved deeply into the vast and variegated traditions of jazz and Brazilian music. Over the past three decades, Wainapel has performed with masters such as pianists Kenny Barron and McCoy Tyner, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, drummer Billy Hart, and fellow reed expert Joe Lovano, as well as touring widely with Brazilian jazz giants Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.

Artist sites and sounds: www.dannygreen.net and www.harvjazz.com

Phil Marsh


   Of  The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band,  Country Joe McDonald Band, and Musical Director of  The Pickle Family Circus

Wed. Aug. 12 at 7:30pn
  $10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Phil Marsh has been a fixture in Bay Area music for almost 50 years.  Songwriter, singer, guitarist, kazoo player, and bandleader, he was the original music director of the Pickle Family Circus and Circus Flora of St. Louis,  singer/guitarist in The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band (Vanguard Records), bandleader and guitar playing singer for Country Joe McDonald, and an organizer and driving force for the notorious Masked Marauders rock super star spoof on Warner Bros. A longtime Berkeley and Santa Cruz resident, Phil is featured on the Folkways collection "Berkeley Farms" (rumors that he is dead are as yet unfounded.) With Phil Greenberg, he was half of the imaginatively named country duo, Phil and Phil in the 60's, and was a charter member of The Honey Baked Hams, legendary Paris street singing group in 1963 and 64.  His tenure with Berkeley's East Bay Sharks rabble rousing street opera group should not go unmentioned.  Phil has lived for 30 years in New York City where he has been singing, writing songs, performing, and providing soundtracks for documentaries. His live CD from a recent sold-out solo show at The Gershwin Theater will be available shortly.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.chickenonaunicycle.com/Cleanliness%20and%20Godliness.htm and https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cleanliness-godliness-skiffle/id331693318

Jimmy Breaux with The Cajun Cotton Pickers




Michael Doucet & Beausoleil Accordion Great  teaming up with The Cajun Cotton Pickers who are super packed with all star players

Thu. Sept. 10 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jimmy Breaux-- Accordion great from Michael Doucet and Beausoleil teaming up with The Cajun Cotton Pickers  “Stemming from a long genealogy of Cajun musicians, accordionist Jimmy Breaux is royalty when it comes to the Cajun music scene. His great-grandfather was Auguste Breaux; his great aunt, Cléoma Falcon Breaux, sang and played on the first Cajun recording “Allons à Lafayette.” His grandfather, Amédée Breaux, made the first recording of “Jolie Blonde.” Breaux's parents and other family members were also musicians, and his stepfather, the late U.J. Meaux, was another inspiration. But, while Cajuns have great respect for their ancestors and their traditions, they judge people for who they are today, and by that measure, Jimmy Breaux is one of the top musicians anywhere.” Alison Richter, AXS

The Cajun Cotton Pickers:    The Cajun Cotton Pickers play Cajun music, honky tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues and swing. Multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson plays accordion and pedal steel guitar. Billy has played with Dewey Balfa, Tom Waits, Charlie Louvin, Motordude Zydeco and more. Drummer vocalist Willy Jordan has performed with John Lee Hooker and Elvin Bishop. Bassist Steven Strauss backed R and B legend Charles Brown and toured with punk rocker Penelope Houston for a decade, Guitarist vocalist Mitch Polzak has played with Deke Dickerson Lazy Lester and more. Fiddler Woody Vermiere has worked with Junior Brown and  Bill Kirchen. Special guest vocalist accordionist Andrew Carrier is Cajun royalty. His father Bebe Carrier made pioneering recordings for the Arhoolie label. He has performed with California Cajun Orchestra, Creole Belles and his own group The Cajun Allstars. They bring high energy rockin twanging fun where ever they go. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.allmusic.com/artist/jimmy-breaux-mn0000852439/biography

Clive Carroll 7pm Concert


UK Acoustic Guitar Phenomenon toured the world with Tommy Emmanuel--see him up close tonight while you can

Sun. Sept. 13 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door   seated <21 w/parent

When the music press describes someone as an ‘Incredible acoustic talent' and ‘Peerless – no other word for it--' and when people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking that same someone for their private parties then you know that something pretty special is going on. Welcome to the world of UK acoustic guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll.  His solo album, ‘The Red Guitar' appeared in 2004 and this time it was guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel's turn to invite Clive to tour with him. After a jaunt across Australia together, the pair continued to perform all over the world.  Clive's newest album ‘Life In Colour' was recorded in the prestigious Highbarn Studios in Great Bardfield, Essex with whizz engineer Simon Allen. The result is a roller-coaster ride of six string virtuosity that takes the listener from the dusty roads of ‘Mississippi Blues' one minute to the wide epic open space of ‘Oregon' the next. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.clivecarroll.co.uk

Crystal Silmi & Raks Arabi, Helm, Persephone Helene & Bellydance International

Persephone, Helene
& Bellydance International

Playing and dancing their way through the Mediterranean World 

Thu. Sept. 17 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Crystal Silmi has become known for her unique style of hip hop infused movements and has performed for audiences around the world. Skilled in both the art of classical Middle Eastern dance and modern fusion, Crystal puts her Arab American roots to the stage with a deep sense of rhythm and powerful athleticism. She is visiting from her home in Madrid, Spain.

Helm:  Helm has been continually expanding their repertoire, from original compositions, which have become classics in the world of Tribal Bellydance, to traditional music from throughout the Mediterranean world. Based in Marin County Helm has been touring internationally, most recently in London, Rome, Lima, Istanbul, and La Reunion. With Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, and accordion and vocals, and with Mark Bell and David Two Hawk on percussion, Helm brings to the stage the eclectic texture of the Middle East and beyond.

Persephone Dance Co. is an Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) belly dance troupe rooted in American Tribal Style

Helene is director of Bellydance International and has been teaching, performing and promoting Bellydance for over 25 years. She was a recipient of The Gail Rich Award in 2002 for her significant contribution to the arts in Santa Cruz County.

Artist sites and sounds: http://crystalsilmi.com and   www.persephonedance.com and   www.helmmusic.com  and   www.facebook.com/BellyDanceInternationalWithHelene


Antsy McClain & Friends


Singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life.

Sat. Sept. 19 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Staging his live shows from a small, fictitious trailer park called Pine View Heights (patterned after his own childhood surroundings and experiences), McClain is free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends. Sharing his mantra of “Enjoy The Ride,” McClain has won friendship and collaboration with some of the most talented musicians in the world. With such a wide circle of mentors like Waylon Jennings, Tommy Smothers, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and cowboy poet Baxter Black, it's no wonder McClain marches to the beat of a different drum. And his influences don't stop there. His live shows touch upon Country, Rockabilly, Jazz, Swing, and a number of Pop culture references. McClain's poetry, heart-felt ballads and humorous tales have garnered praise from such artists as Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Lindsay Buckingham, and David Wilcox, to name a few.

Artist sites and sounds: http://unhitched.com

Claudia Schmidt 7pm Concert


Exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing

Sun. Sept. 20 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.  “New Whirled Order”   on Red House Records is Claudia's latest and by far most compelling work.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.claudiaschmidt.com

One Lane Bridge

William Coulter, Aria DiSalvio, John Weed 

Fusing folk styles from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain

Wed. Sept. 23 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door  seated <21 w/parent


$13 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

One Lane Bridge, guitarist William Coulter, cellist Aria DiSalvio, and fiddler John Weed will mesmerize and delight with their unique, artful arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes. Fusing folk styles from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain with modern influences results in something both ancient and cutting edge — a rhythmically vibrant, melodically engaging chamber-folk music at home in the concert hall or on the dance floor.

Artist sites and sounds: http://williamcoulter.com/onelanebridge



The music is fire. The Music is a world scape of sound. The music is cinema. It is sound given shape and color. This is the music of Incendio.

Thu. Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

An exotic melody accompanies a desert caravan moving beneath a blazing sun. The sound of waves wash against a pristine South American beach. A lone flamenco guitar echoes through the cobbled streets of old Sevilla. And a lilting three quarter time rhythm conjures images of the rolling green hills of Ireland. The music is cinema. It is sound given shape and color. This is the music of Incendio. Incendio, simply put, is instrumental world music. The primary “voice” of the band is the guitar, but to say the music of Incendio is solely guitar music would be an oversimplification. The guitar is certainly present, but other instruments such as the mandolin, bouzouki, violin, Celtic harp, piano, bass, synthesizer and various ethnic percussion instruments play a huge role in the ensemble's sound.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.incendioband.com

Concert Programmer and Booking Contact:
Tom Miller: email tmm@cruzio.com
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