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Who's Holdin' plus The Devil Himself

AN ARTISTREE
FIRST FRIDAY AFTER PARTY

 

 



It's Rocks and as it peaks, muted colors explode forth, licking the senses with fire, with passion, with longing.

Fri. May 1 at 9pm
$7 adv./$7 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Who's Holdin' has been entertaining audiences for over 15 years with their brand of high energy music.  Hitting several genres of rock-with some funk, reggae, country, and hip-hop thrown in for good measure- they'll keep things interesting while you get your dance on.  Their style can be summed up as “Slammin' rock with a hint of punk, funk, and just the right amount of ba-dunk-a-dunk that's laced with grooves to keep you partyin', playin', drinkin', chillin', screamin' and everything in between.”  Come out and see for yourself.  Shows are a party and everyone's invited!

The Devil Himself:  It begins with a low rumble, almost immediately discountable as nothing more than distant thunder. A trembling vibration which builds, akin to that which must have accompanied Dante in his explorations of the many levels of Hell. It grows, adding layer upon layer of sonic menace, building, surging, flowing. As it peaks, muted colors explode forth, licking the senses with fire, with passion, with longing.  This is the Devil Himself

Artist sites and sounds:  www.whos-holdin.com and   www.reverbnation.com/thedevilhimself

Eprom An-ten-nae

The Originalz, Little John, Northstar, Sosay, Marblemouth

 

 





ILLevated productions is coming back with a bang! It's been a while, but we decided to join forces again to bring you an amazing night of next level music!

Sat. May 2 at 9pm
  $15 adv./$20 door   ALL STANDING- – ages 21 +

Eprom is back on Rwina for a second album, Halflife.  Halflife continues the producer's mad scientist approach to what makes a dance floor move: synthetizing the warmth of vintage computer sounds, the energy of African rhythmic traditions (including modern evolutions such as Kwaito and Shangaan Electro), the swagger of southern rap and the intricacy of pioneering electronic music from the likes of Richard Devine or Curtis Roads. The result is a heady melting pot, a unique sound that has some of the best DJs in the world – Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah, D-Styles – and the crowds always wanting more.

An-ten-nae is one of San Francisco's most sought after DJs and live performers. He has taken the art of live remixing to new heights with his own customized setup, that bends genres in ways seldom heard. His sound is called Acid Crunk, and there are no rules, no restraints in its quest for a pure sound that is not Homogenized.

The Originalz: Michael D. Rivera & Troy Prokopowich bring the beat ranging from hard hitting bass to more etheric melodic, futuristic purple sounds. Reaching into funky glitch hop and slower sexy club tunes.

Little John: from Santa Cruz, Genre hopping like a kangaroo

Northstar's deconstructed geometric melodies are woven over psychedelic minimalist basslines; prepare your cosmonaut suit and get ready for an existential deep bass exploration.

Sosay create next level jams so sick, you might need a vaccination prior to listening. Songs so buttery, you might wanna order them with a side of biscuits.

Marblemouth:  Check out his Mix Cloud link just below to get the sonic story

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/913761048681907/   and https://soundcloud.com/eprom and https://soundcloud.com/an-ten-nae and https://soundcloud.com/the-originalz and https://soundcloud.com/djlittlejohn and https://soundcloud.com/northstar and https://soundcloud.com/sosay51 and   www.mixcloud.com/MarbleMouth/

I Sing Walt Whitman

 

 

 

 


A play with music in two acts.   An Entertaining Walt Whitman Chautauqua-Tent Revival in Song, Spirit & Stories

Sun. May 3 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


In his youth Walt Whitman wanted to be an orator, like Daniel Webster, and to "sing" his poems like opera diva Marietta Alboni. That did not happen in Walt's first life.  Now he's back--thanks to entertainer, actor and singer John Slade-- to sing, chant, and rap his amazingly modern worldview, preaching from the Gospel According to Walt. Using a great author's own words in the tradition of "Mark Twain Tonight" and Emily Dickinson in "Belle of Amherst," actor/singer John Slade embodies another titan in American literature, Walt Whitman. Twain was the funniest; Dickinson the wittiest; but Whitman was the most inspiring. His times were more divided than our own, but he never lost his faith in America, in life, and the possibility of things getting better.  

Artist sites and sounds:  http://slademan.com/i-sing-walt-whitman/

EXTRA LARGE

Celebration

COME EARLY FOR
CINCO DE MAYO DINNER SPECIAL CHICKEN MOLE

 



Hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely “Santa Cruz” and irresistibly danceable

Tue. May 5 at 7:30pm
$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” .  Extra Large blends original material, with their own creative take on covers that compliment their style. The key is that everything they play is lively, fun, and danceable.  Extra Large is led by the dynamic front man, Russ Leal. His energy and positive vibe steal the show. One can't help but to be captured by his relentless positive and high-energy spirit. He wins over even the toughest of crowds and first timers to the Extra Large experience. Extra Larges upbeat and positive music is infectious and leaves the crowd happy and wanting more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.extra-large.net

 

Austin Lounge Lizards

 

 

 

 

 

 



Satirical skewering the world through song with pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown's moniker, “Music Capital of the World,” and its motto: “Keep Austin Weird.” For 33 years, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table; subjects like politics, religion, romance, the music industry, and their crazy/stupid relatives. With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.austinlizards.com


China Cats Songs of the Grateful Dead

 



Sat. May 9 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

Chris Doud plus Cole Thomason

 

 



Chris Doud,  better known as the singer with the big hat in the The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, shares the bill with Cole Thomason's Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Rock, Soul, and Americana

Sun. May 10 at 7pm
$8 adv./$8 door seated <21 w/parent

Chris Doud, better known as the singer with the big hat in the The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and solo performer. A largely self-styled musician, he calls himself "a writer of folk tunes, in the olde-country, storytelling, roots version of the genre." His eclectic musical arrangements, though, make "Americana" and "alt-country" appropriate descriptions of his music as well.  He spends most of his lyrical output describing adventures old and new, recollections of all things beautiful, and ponderings on the high seas.

Cole Thomason: Cole's infectious energy translates well through his high charged up-beat songs as well as through his soulful ballads. Cole has hoped to expand his collection of homespun original songs into an eclectic mix of genres including; Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Rock, Soul, and Americana that will appeal to a broad range of audiences. Cole can currently be seen performing across America.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.heckabad.com/chrisdoud.htm and  www.colethomason.com

Show Cancelled - Old Blind Dogs

 

 



From Scotland: Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the music and ignite the Celtic night 

Tue. May 12 at

 

Kris Delmhorst

plus Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Kris celebrates her seventh album, BLOOD TEST (Signature Sounds)

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

Kris Delmhorst grew up in Brooklyn NY, but her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has released six albums on respected indie label Signature Sounds. Delmhorst now lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird.  On May 13th, Delmhorst will release her seventh album, BLOOD TEST (Signature Sounds) – her first of original music since 2008's critically acclaimed album SHOTGUN SINGER. A prolific writer and constant collaborator, Delmhorst continues to share her unique perspective in this new work. The album describes a moment of reckoning and centering in the songwriter's life, and in society as a whole. In a collection of songs which move between triumph and heartbreak, restlessness and responsibility, Delmhorst acknowledges the weary work of an intentioned life – and the new American dream of presence and perspective in a frenetic time.

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer: Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer's latest album, Maritime, captures a moment in time and place from their seaside home. Upon early release in Europe, Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and ranked among the Best Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph , praising it for “--soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.”

Artist sites and sounds: http://krisdelmhorst.com  and www.daveandmandymusic.com

 

 

Bill Kirchen & Bobby Black Songs & Stories

 



Songwriter supreme and Commander Cody guitar great joins up with all time pedal steel guitar superstar Bobby Black in and evening of Songs & Stories.  This will be TOO MUCH FUN

Thu. May 14 at 7:30pm
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS"

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

Bill Kirchen, songwriter and Commander Cody guitar ace (Hot Rod Lincoln, Too Much Fun) talks about this special evening of Songs & Stories: “Steel guitarist Bobby Black's career spans an extraordinary 7 decades. He played on the very first George Jones sessions and shared the stage with Hank Williams I and II. Against all odds, in 1972 Bobby joined and became the musical adult supervision with Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. Since then he's played with a who's who of musical icons including Merle and Willie, the Wheel and Sir Doug. Bill started a couple decades later, but has his own eye-popping stories from days with the Commander, Gene Vincent, Hoyt Axton, Elvis Costello and more. Hear first-hand tales of two lives rich in music and select songs from two master guitarists. As Bill puts it - my pal Bobby is the last of a breed, a wonderful story teller and perhaps the most sublime musician I have ever known.”

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.billkirchen.com and www.vintageguitar.com/12628/bobby-black/

 

John Craigie plus McCoy Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 



Humorous Storytelling, Serious Folk

Fri. May 15 at  8pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

John Craigie: For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

McCoy Tyler of the McCoy Tyler Band opens with a special solo set.   “McCoy's voice reminds me of Gram Parsons when he wasn't trying to twang so hard. That's what I like about the MTB sound. They achieve pleasing harmonies, solid ensemble sound, and a homespun original sound effortlessly. Folk music for people who think they are tired of folk music.” -Richard Rice, SF Free Folk Festival 

Artist sites and sounds:   http://johncraigiemusic.com and  http://mccoytylerband.wix.com/other-final

 

 

Spirit of 76 celebrating The Jerry Garcia Band

 



Members of China Cats, Shady Groove and JGB recreating the March 6, 1976 Jerry Garcia Band show at  Moore's Egyptian Theater, in Seattle, WA

Sat. May 16 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Come and join Spirit of '76 for a great night of music at Don Quixote's on May 16th.  The band will be recreating a show originally played by the Jerry Garcia Band on March 6, 1976, at Moore's Egyptian Theater, in Seattle, WA.  This show's lineup features Jimmy Hubbard (formerly of JGB) on bass, Amy Gabel on vocals, Paul Garcia on drums, Steve Sofranko on Keys, and Matt Hartle on guitar and vocals.

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

Scotts Valley High School Music Production

 

 

 

 


2pm Matinee

High School Songwriters Rock The House and Raise Funds

Sun. May 17 at 2pm
$7 adv./$7 door seated <21 w/parent

 

The ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Music Production and Recording Arts class at Scotts Valley High School will be performing original songs at Don Quixote's on Sunday, May 17th at 2pm. The afternoon will feature students in a variety of combos representing styles from Pop/Rock to Punk. Funds raised will go towards the school recording studio for new equipment.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.svhsmusicdept.wordpress.com

 

Houston Jones 7pm Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



"A confluence of sublime talent." - San Francisco Chronicle.  Welcome to a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling. 


Sun. May 17 at 7pm
$17 adv./$20 door   seated <21 w/parent

WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas.  The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.This explosive, wide-ranging performance will touch your heart and get your feet moving of their own volition. The Bay Area based high-octane Americana quintet performs a repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. 

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

 

Box Set Duo

 

 

 



Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson of Box Set /  Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls once described them as “a cross between the Grateful Dead and The Smothers Brothers.”

Wed. May 20 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson met in a San Francisco cafe 23 years ago and almost immediately fell into a musical relationship. That connection has been responsible for 12 albums of original music, thousands upon thousands of miles on the road, a handful of awards, several ill-fated record deals and two houses built of broken B strings. The Box Set Duo has been entertaining audiences these many years with their powerful songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and vocal harmonies that warm the senses. The subject matter, as with the finest folk music, ranges from politics to relationships and everything in between, all delivered with a heart and wit that has brought rave reviews. Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls once described them as “a cross between the Grateful Dead and The Smothers Brothers.” Though Jim and Jeff have both been busy pursuing other endeavors the last few years, (Jim owns and operates his own music venue, Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon and Jeff is a member of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's band, Furthur), Box Set Duo will engage your hearts, burst your sides and leave you with a song on your mind.
Artist sites and sounds:   http://boxsetduo.com

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz

 

 



Thu. May 21 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. "I like to think of myself as the Victor Borge of the blues," states the Reverend, but Billy goes way beyond Borge both in scope of subject matter (from politics to social commentary) and, of course, in taste. In fact, no theme is too extreme, taboo, or undignified for the Reverend, so long as it garners a good laugh.

Artist sites and sounds: https://myspace.com/rbcw and www.blindpigrecords.com/index.cfm?section=artists&artistid=66

The Inciters plus Swamp Angel

 



Foot stompin, hip shakin, horn driven original soul meets Re-Verb Drenched Voodoo Rock-N-Roll

Fri. May 22 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Inciters are an eleven piece soul band from right here in Santa Cruz that can set any dance floor a fire with their foot stompin, hip shakin, horn driven original soul. They have a new recording coming out and are getting ready to tour Europe this July for the 7th time. They bring the party to wherever they are performing and it is contagious, so come join the fun.

Swamp Angel:  From San Francisoco, "Re-Verb Drenched Voodoo Rock-N-Roll" We tell tales of mad science, conspiracy, voodoo witch doctors, ryhthm & booze, zombie women, and the hairpieces they wear.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.reverbnation.com/theinciters  and   www.reverbnation.com/swampangel

The Sun Kings 

 



A Musically Remarkable Tribute to The Beatles

Sat. May 23 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door  Dance – ages 21 +

The Sun Kings ask one simple question: What if the Beatles had reunited in concert? For over a decade, the Sun Kings have been thrilling audiences throughout the Golden State with their uncanny channeling of the Beatles' music. With a repertoire of over 100 songs, the Sun Kings shine with spot-on arrangements and vocal harmonies, delivered with a driving energy that recalls the earliest Beatle shows yet covers the entire history of the band. From clubs and festivals to concerts and live radio performance, the band has won over fan and skeptic alike with their obvious love of the music they play and delight in sharing it. You can expect to hear your favorite Beatles songs performed brilliantly, hits and album cuts as you've come to know and love them. 

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

To Linda With Love

Tribute to Linda Ronstadt



Santa Cruz heavyweight all star band brings you "An Evening With The Music Of Linda Ronstadt"

Sun. May 24 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

Linda Ronstadt is a 11-time Grammy Award winner and superstar of both pop and country music.  What a lists of hits.  What a voice. From the production people who brought you "Almost Cut My Hair," (the outstanding CSN&Y tribute) they proudly present "To Linda with Love--A Musical Tribute to Linda Ronstadt.”  The all star band is: Barbara Gerry, Nancy Heth, John Tindel, James Jackson, Randy Tupper, Dean Newbury, Peter Goodman with special guests Annie Steinhart, Scott Owens andJon Nordgren. Don't miss this show.  

Artists sites and sounds:    www.facebook.com/events/947749658593363/

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

WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

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 +

A GRAPEVYNE MUSIC RENDEZVOUS

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



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 +
COME ON OVER AND PARTY AFTER THE REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE

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

 



Song tales of whisky poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds

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

WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

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

 

THE MOUNTAIN STOMP

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



CHECK OUT THE HISTORY OF THESE ROCK LEGENDS PLAYING  FOLK, AMERICANA,  
ROOTS ROCK N' ROLL 

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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

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

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

 

Foreverland



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

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

TONIGHT' SHOW IS DEDICATED TO HELEN LANCASTER, MASTER CAJUN DANCER AND TEACHER WHO IS MOVING TO THE DEEP SOUTH 

 

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

Matt Flinner, Sam Bevan, Scott Nygaard

 



Acoustic Jazz, Bluegrass, Spacegrass, Psychograss, Super Grass A

Thu. July 9 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 

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

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 Lopono-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

 

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

 

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

 



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.” 

Artist sites and sounds: www.pokeylafarge.net

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

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

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

$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

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