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Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
plus MAJK



Irresistible blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing

Fri. May 19 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 + 

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra: This four-man orchestra seamlessly weaves trance based blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works. Marty O'Reilly hail from Santa Cruz, California. In addition to O'Reilly on the electrified Resonator guitar and vocals, the band features Chris Lynch on the Fiddle, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff joining in on the drums. Within the three years since this project started, the band is touring nationally, internationally, and selling out venues along the West Coast and throughout the United Kingdom.

MAJK: The Good Times writes: Members of MAJK struggle to define their sound—reluctant to be lumped in with genres like “Americana” that are so all-encompassing as categories that they come off as unwieldy, maybe even a little lazy. When pressed, Hawks calls their style “pop-folk-chamber,” and band members sometimes joke among themselves that they are “mellow-comma-dramatic.”

Artist sites and sounds:   www.martyoreilly.com and www.facebook.com/MAJKmusic/

SPUN   Come Early SPUN plays all night

(The Spazztics had to cancel for medical reasons)

 

 



SPUN classic rock, reggae & more

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

SPUN is a Santa Cruz/SF Bay Area band with over 20 years of professional performance experience. Members of SPUN have performed with or opened for: Smashmouth, Third Eye Blind, No Doubt, Train, Jason Bonham, The Beat Farmers, REO Speedwagon, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Tokens, & Mother Hips, to name a few. As the name suggests, SPUN spins a mix of cover and original tunes: rock, reggae, blues, dance, & country. 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.spunsantacruz.com

 

Scotts Valley High School Music Production
 
2pm Matinee

 



High School Songwriters Rock The House and Raise Funds

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

The GRAMMY Award winning Scotts Valley High ROP Music Production and Recording Arts Class presents this year's students performing their original songs written in class. Songs range from singer/songwriter to rock and heavy metal. Students have also composed rap and electronic music. Something for everyone to listen to! Proceeds from the concert will go towards new equipment for the school studio.  A student CD of their songs will also be available for donations.  Come out and support music in our schools and these talented up-and-coming new artists.

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

Dangermuffin 7pm

 



From the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas easy, breezy melodies and soul-shaking grooves radiate

Sun. May 21 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Dangermuffin: From the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas easy, breezy melodies and soul-shaking grooves radiate from this genre-bending roots trio. Dangermuffin brings thoughtful tunes that are both heartfelt and truthful. Their haunting harmonies and go-with-the-flow vibe invite listeners to kick back, relax, and be consumed by the ethereal rhythmic backbone and inspiring messages Dangermuffin has to offer. Lyrically, they evoke themes of self-discovery, ancient knowledge, and true awareness, all within a unique and casual approach. Their latest CD “Songs for the Universe” was Recorded at Charleston, S.C.'s Truphonic Studios, the album contains the influence of Appalachia but still maintains the salty vibes of the Carolina coast, perhaps best heard in “Little Douglas,” a lighthearted song about ‘herbal' enlightenment that features Keller Williams on bass and backing vocals.Dangermuffin is:Dan Lotti (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Mike Sivilli (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals),Steven Sandifer (percussion, drums, upright bass, vocals)

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

James Lee Stanley Birthday Bash

 



“---great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” Village Voice

Mon. May 22 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

James Lee Stanley : “So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let's say something else, let's say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---and here is where the wasteland ends” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues . “It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” Village Voice.   James' pedigree includes 5 years on StarTrek Deep Space Nine as the singing Klingon amongst other roles, scoring the Emmy Award Winning Prime time CBS TV Cathy Specials; 3 years as Steven Wright's opening act; tours with Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Dregs, Robin Trower and Robin Williams, the composer of the hits Coming Out of Hiding, I Don't Want To Talk About It and Plenty of Reason, 26 solo CD's and duet CD's with Peter Tork, Michael Smith, Cliff Eberhardt and John Batdorf

Artist sites and sounds: https://jamesleestanley.com

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

 



Phoebe, of the Belleville Outfit, celebrates a new CD of Americana, with flavors of Texas Swing and Exotic Indian Rhythms

Thu. May 25 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./ $15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe makes an impressive creative leap with this record. It's the culmination of a five-year journey that has taken her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath.  Along the way, Phoebe found her voice and delivered her most inspired set of songs to date — the soundtrack to her self-discovery. Shanti's Shadow marks an arrival for Phoebe Hunt, whose artistic and personal journey has deep storylines. These masterfully crafted songs are brought to life by the musicians Phoebe has gathered – each a virtuoso in their own right. Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together into a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes and breathes organically under Phoebe's soulful, plaintive voice. Sounds of Americana and Texas Tinged Swing are woven with exotic rhythmic concepts culled from Phoebe's time in India.

Artist sites and sounds: www.phoebehuntmusic.com/the-gatherers

Santa Cruz's Dead



Paying homage to the Grateful Dead's historic acoustic/electric shows of the 1980's

Fri. May 26 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance- ages 21+

Santa Cruz's Dead featuring Matt Hartle, Jerry Brown, Arindam Krishna das, Roger Sideman and Mark Corsolini, will be paying homage to the Grateful Dead's historic acoustic/electric shows of the 1980's at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Warfield in San Francisco. The band will perform one long acoustic set, followed by one long electric set. 

Artists sites and sounds: http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

McCoy Tyler plus Scary Little Friends



McCoy's CD Release Concert-- McCoy's set will be accompanied by Santa Cruz's best band of 2017 The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

Sat. May 27 at 8pm
$8 adv./$10 door dance- ages 21+
A GRAPEVYNE MUSIC RENDEZVOUS

McCoy Tyler is a songwriter and guitarist whose musical backstory is one of unbridled change and expansion. Having performed in styles ranging from power metal (no joke...) to bluegrass, his skills as a lyricist and instrumentalist are reflective of an early immersion into music and live performance and a constant curiosity and willingness to learn. Having had little formal training, his stylings as a guitarist are entirely his own and while songwriting is his core focus, he maintains that his guitar playing is the driving force behind what he creates. Hailing from the coast of Northern California and rooted deep in the customs of American music, McCoy Tyler is simply one of the most intriguing songwriters in the bay area and beyond. This will be a special evening celebrating the release of a new record. McCoy's set will be accompanied by Santa Cruz's best band of 2017 The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

Scary Little Friends : Scary Little Friends is the rock brainchild trio of Chris Jones (vox, guitar), Charlie Knote (drums) and Jon Payne (bass). Three years of performing around the Bay Area has refined their blend of lilting power vocals, surfs-up guitar, and classic rock rhythms to create the new “San Francisco Sound”. The bread and butter of this band will always be great songwriting delivered with honest, unapologetic pop sensibilities that is both disarming and refreshing. Equally at home in the rock/jam/dance/pop worlds, SLF has garnered attention for being able to transcend genres. Think Neil Young, the Cars, and Jeff Buckley all in one: A little bit of swagger from the 70's, some sway of the 80's and lots of sweat off the 90's.

Artists sites and sounds: www.mccoytylermusic.com and   http://scarylittlefriends.com

The Golden RAGE
of Television featuring Pat McCormack

 



7pm Showtime—Holiday Weekend

A stunning guitar rock and visual tribute to classic television themes from the 1950's and 60's

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

The Golden RAGE of Television featuring Pat McCormack: is a guitar rock tribute to classic television themes from the 1950's and 60's. The performance renders an expressive artistic interpretation of these wonderful beloved themes as created and masterfully produced by Santa Cruz rock guitarist Pat McCormack. McCormack blends the classic TV themes with his own original style to create an entirely fresh new take on this legendary genre of American culture. The Golden RAGE of Television honors the golden age of TV in a fresh, innovative and visually exciting performance. The sonic extravaganza is accompanied by a totally remarkable and entertaining multi-screen video presentation.  


Artist sites and sounds:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7T_CvvKmuABKYuRQb7kYw


The Messiahs plus Tsunami Band

 



The Messiahs' Bob O'Neil and Ken Craft of SNAIL meet a rock and roll Tsunami

Fri. June 2 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Messiahs came into being when Bob O¹Neill and Ken Kraft recruited renowned drummer Jimmy Norris and bassist/vocalist extraordinaire, Craig Owens, to revive the great rockin¹ tradition of Santa Cruz¹s famed and fabled hard rock band, SNAIL. The result is a blend of the old, the new and the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts, you¹re in for a wild ride.

Tsunami Band  is an “out-the-gate, on-your-feet”, rock-n-roll dance band! Comprised of 5 eclectic veteran musicians, they play high energy music with roots in the 60's and 70's and 80's Classic Rock

Artist sites and sounds: www.tsunami-rocks.com

Joyride Cars Tribute plus Heartless Heart Tribute



Sat. June 3 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Joy Ride:  Joyride was assembled originally to pay special tribute to the greatest pop/new wave band of the 70's and 80's--"The Cars".  And, after rediscovering how cool and infectious all those other pop and power pop bands of that era were, the band decided to expand their repertoire. So now, the Joyride audiences can expect, and enjoy a complete ass kickin' night of music from the Cars and more. 

Heartless is Northern California's premier Heart Tribute Band inspired by 30 years of Rock & Roll from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson . Heartless takes you on a musical journey from the 70s to today. The Heartless Tribute Band is Linda Boudreau (vox), Gail Eaton (guitar, mandolin, vox), Jim Coyne (guitar) Dan Morais(bass, vox), Brett Minkin (keys, vox), and Kevin Seymour (drums).

Artist sites and sounds: www.joyrideband.net and http://heartlesstributeband.com

Patrick Landeza
Book & CD Release Concert –Music, Stories & Aloha

 



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

Tonight we are proud to celebrate the release of Patrick Landeza's new book, "From the Island of Berkeley," along with his new CD, Ho`mana`o , nominated for the prestigious 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award! This evening will be filled with music, readings from his new book and plenty of aloha! About "From the Island of Berkeley":   Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza says, “I'm not a writer, I'm a storyteller.” In his memoirs From The Island of Berkeley , his storytelling gives readers a glimpse of what it was like to learn the art of slack key guitar from some of the masters of the genre– Raymond Kane, Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui, and George Kuo. In the process of learning slack key, Landeza connected with his cultural roots and laid to rest the insecurities that were implanted in his mind by people who questioned his Hawaiian identity because he was not born in Hawaii. From The Island of Berkeley is an entertaining and moving insight to the struggles and triumphs of one of today's leading Hawaiian slack key guitarists who just happened to be born on the other side of the Pacific. Patrick Landeza became the first mainland-based artist to win the Na Hoku Hanohano award. In 2012 he played Carnegie Hall. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.patricklandeza.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQd4WOPEcpQ

Leftover Nelson plus Christina "Sweet Beets” Boyden

 



 Leftover Nelson: Vince from Leftover Salmon with David Nelson Band members Barry, Pete, John and Mookie Siegel

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

Leftover Nelson pairs Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, with David Nelson Band members Barry Sless, Pete Sears, John Molo and Mookie Siegel, performing music of Vince's, and the David Nelson Band. 

Christina “Sweet Beets” Boyden will open the show performing tracks from her debut CD, Sweet Aloha, which features Barry, Pete, John and Mookie. Christina is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Maui.

Artist sites and sounds: www.nelsonband.com and www.sweetbeetsmusic.com

Almost Cut My Hair 
Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

 



Fri. June 9 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

The Almost Cut My Hair Tour returns to Don Quixote's International Music Hall in Felton to dazzle the audience with a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Led by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame recipient Gary Burr, Almost Cut My Hair provides a spot-on rendition of CSN&Y tunes with amazing musicianship and vocal harmonies. Gary Burr, is currently on tour with his OTHER band The Blue Sky Riders, with Kenny Loggins, and Georgia Middleman. Almost Cut My Hair also features some great local favorites, such as, Scott Owens on guitar and vocals, his brother Craig Owens on bass and vocals, and Dean Newbury on percussion and vocals. Dean is also the executive producer of the show. Rounding out the band will be Michael Capella on pedal steel and vocals, Gary Henry on drums and vocals, Mark Mirando on keyboards and vocals, Joe Sita on guitar and vocals. 

Artist site and sounds: www.garyburr.com


Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash plus Carolyn Sills Combo

 



The "pure Americana heart and soul" of Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash meet the fresh twang of Carolyn Sill Combo

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

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash: Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.

Carolyn Sills Combo: Nominated for a 2016 and 2017 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group of the year and a 2016 Academy of Western Artist Award for Western Swing group and album of the year, fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan.  Their current release, Dime Stories Vol 2, was named by No Depression as one of the top new release of 2016. The combo includes top Monterey Bay area players Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Jim Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.bsojc.com and www.reverbnation.com/bastardsonsofjohnnycash

Robyn Hitchcock

 



One of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers

Sun. June 11 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated and standing–ages 21 + 

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in Storefront Hitchcock an in-concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to.' 

His most recent album The Man Upstairs is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut and The Quietus.

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

Joshua James

 



Songs of transcendence and mysticism from Willamette Mountain

Mon. June 12 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

“There is a mystic in the mountains high above the Great Salt Lake/ He's dancin' in the heaven far below his golden gates/ He's lookin' at our cars below/ And laughin' at our rock & roll,” sings Joshua James on the first lines of “Mystic.” The singer-songwriter is based in American Fork—where he co-owns Northplatte Records—and pens these songs from his personal spiritual epicenter, Willamette Mountain.  In From the Top of Willamette Mountain, James deals in the currency of mysticism, trading thoughts of life's repressiveness and his misgivings about organized religion for a search for the holy, a personal quest for transcendence or something similar. He does it openly on this, his third album.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.joshuajames.tv

Allah-Las

 



Grooving Psych band with strong ties to LA-centric sounds of bands like the Byrds, Love, and early Captain Beefheart

Tue. June 13 at 9pm
$18 adv./$18 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Allah-Las formed in Los Angeles in 2008 around a mutual love for records, Los Angeles history, and the beach. They are all surfers and cover the city from the East Side (Mt. Washington) to way out West (Venice Beach) - and their sound reflects the geography of the city. The group consists of Miles Michaud, singer and guitarist, Pedrum Siadatian, electric guitar and vocals, Spencer Dunham, Electric Bass and vocals, and Matthew Correia, drums, percussion and vocals.Since coming together as a band, they have cut their teeth playing numerous California dates with groups like Entrance Band, Tyde, Tijuana Panthers, and the Growlers, and have garnered the approval of original UK Psych founding-father Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Nirvana). In the Los Angeles musical community, they have gained a reputation as a laid-back, grooving band with strong ties to the authentically LA-centric sounds of bands like the Byrds, Love, and early Captain Beefheart.


Artist sites and sounds:   http://allah-las.com

The Freight Hoppers

 



Legendary Smokey Mountain string band presenting hard-driving Old Time music with an emotional, raw excitement

Wed. June 14 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

 

The Freight Hoppers are a four-piece string band presenting hard-driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that's only when they keep their feet still!  The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music four times a day, seven days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming in 1992. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The heart of the band is mountain fiddling complemented by the clawhammer banjo and vocals of Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of string bass and Allie Burbrink on guitar and vocals hold down the ensemble. This show will feature the band's original fiddler, David Bass, and guest bassist Chris DeVictor. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and they are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thefreighthoppers.com


Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

 



GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry has already been deemed a Zydeco legend.

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

After playing for 25 years and traveling all over the world GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry has already been deemed a legend. He is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, r&b, jazz, latin and rock. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past. Come on out for a guaranteed good time!

Artists sites and sounds: http://andrethierry.com

KPIG presents Monterey Pop Revisited
   
50 Year Anniversary Celebration

 




Fri. June 16 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 + 

It has been 50 years since Jimi Hendrix famously set his guitar on fire at The Monterey Pop Festival and set the music world on fire too.  KPIG radio will be celebrating the 50 th anniversary on air with songs and stories for weeks leading up to a live celebration at Don Quixote's on the anniversary of the historic festival tonight. The concert features tributes to Janis Joplin, The Mamas & The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, and Jimi Hendrix.

Pearl Essence as JANIS JOPLIN

Monday Monday as THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS

Jefferplane as JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

Van Animals as THE ANIMALS

Liquid Sky as JIMI HENDRIX

Artist sites and sounds:  http://www.summer67.com/summer_of_love_stageshow.html and   www.liquidskyatributetojimihendrix.com and  www.kpig.com

Jerry Miller Band

 



Jerry Miller was lead guitarist for the legendary rock band Moby Grape

Sat. June 17 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jerry Miller was lead guitarist for the legendary rock band Moby Grape which was recently featured prominently in the 40th Anniversary Edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. Eric Clapton called him the best guitar player in the world when he came to America in the 60's. Jerry was included in Rolling Stone Magazine's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  The Moby Grape hit Hey Grandma co-written by Jerry appears in the Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn movie “The Interpreter” 

Artist sites and sounds: https://myspace.com/mobygrapesjerrymiller

August Sun

 

 



A high-energy night of pure rock originals & covers

Thu. June 22 at 7:30pm
$10 adv. /$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

August Sun is a Santa Cruz / San Lorenzo Valley progressive hard rock band that sticks to true classic rock roots with their own modern original punk flavor. They were founded by three long-time friends: frontman-guitarist Christian Walsh, bassist Aidan Robinson, and drummer Jonny Hampton.  The trio now features Tony Whittakar on keys and Alexandra Thyberg on vocals. With loads of originals and covers and an album in the works, August Sun brings a high-energy night of pure rock.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://augustsuntheband.bandcamp.com/releases

The Medflys

 



Mixing sunny pop, upbeat ska and crunchy New Wave rock with quirky and over-the-top theatrics

Fri. June 23 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Mixing sunny pop, upbeat ska and crunchy New Wave rock with quirky and over-the-top theatrics, the five-piece band The Medflys hit it big in the 1980s with regional FM-radio hits such the teen-angst rebellion of “Belfast”, the upbeat dance groove of  “Compulsive,” the California love-in vibes of “State of Mine” and the clever, spaghetti western-inspired, “Don't Mess With The Mayor,” a tribute Clint Eastwood's 1986 mayoral campaign in Carmel. Throughout the '80's, The Medflys had multiple opening slots with high-profile artists such as Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oingo Boingo, Huey Lewis & the News, Violent Femmes, Night Ranger, Greg Kihn and Toto. The band has recently embarked on a successful reunion tour, playing venues in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Felton, Salinas, Sand City and San Juan Capistrano.

Artist sites and sounds: http://medflys.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=the%20medflys%202016

Spirit of '76   

 



Spirit of '76 is Matt Hartle's own Grateful Dead & JGB tributes.

Sat. June 24 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Spirit of '76  is Matt Hartle's own Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) tribute project. The band bills itself as either a JGB line-up or as a Grateful Dead line-up. Hartle scours the Grateful Dead music scene, putting together the finest combinations of Dead-musicians out there. Those who have seen either line-up know that when Spirit of '76 hits the stage, energy flows in waves, always fresh, new, and full of excitement about what is yet to come. Focusing on the late 1970's era of Jerry Garcia's work, Spirit of '76 often plays specific show set lists, although just as often they will create their own. Joining the band regularly are Amy Berry, Sunshine Becker, Matt Hartle, Jerry Brown, Steve Sofranko, Roger Sideman, Jeff Faust, Burt Lewis, Jimmy Hubbard, Paul Garcia, Mark Corsolini, Bret Bailey, Michael Owens. Special guests have included Melvin Seals and Tammi Brown. 

Artist sites and sounds:  http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Rachel Lark Presents: Studies Have Shown plus Whiskerman

 



Rachel Lark is the musical muse of the sex positive revolution and very entertaining. New Multi-Media Music Show

Sun. June 25 at 7pm
$10 adv./$12 door   seated –ages 21 + 

Rachel Lark:   San Francisco's Rachel Lark has made a name for herself as the musical muse of the sex positive revolution.  Her unique brand of socio-political commentary mixed with realist humor and deeply personal performances makes her shows totally unforgettable. She's been featured in Salon Magazine and is a frequent guest on Dan Savage's Lovecast.  She's currently touring with her band, The Damaged Goods, presenting their multi-media rock opera, "Studies Have Shown."

Whiskerman:   Whether entranced in a ballad or clawing out some frenzied rock and roll, Whiskerman is seeking the heart of the matter. Lush instrumentation combined with front man Graham Patzner's profound lyricism and unflinching delivery culminate in a sound that is soulful, mythical, and raw. Patzner's voice, both smokey and soaring, leads a passionate live show as the band's classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration. Whiskerman's shows tend to set spells, either sweeping the audience up in revelation, or dropping them into knee-slapping frenzy. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.rachellark.com  and www.whiskerman.com

Austin Lounge Lizards

 



Hysterical satirical skewering through song

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Thu.  June 29 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door  seated –ages 21 + 

The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown's slogan, “Live Music Capital of the World,” and its unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” Since 1980, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table: subjects like politics, religion, romance, and themselves. With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.

Artist sites and  so unds:   www.austinl oungelizards.com

AZA

 



ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC DANCE BANDS OF SANTA CRUZ--BY WAY OF MOROCCO 

Fri. June 30 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA's performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals.

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

NRBQ

 



David Fricke's Picks, Rolling Stone on NRBQ's High Noon: “exactly like a night on the town with the 'Q: great songs, hot chops and hair-trigger wit, fired at will."

Sat.  July 1 at 8pm
$25 adv./$25 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

NRBQ : “Their songs hold chromatic twists and wry wordplay, packed into smiley three-minute bundles. ‘High Noon' combines a best-of with many rarities, suiting a band that's both crafty and casual.” – The New York Times. NRBQ An endlessly creative band on a 50-year high that continually amazes and delights its listeners. There aren't many bands that have lasted for 50 years, and the list of those still at the top of their creative game is even smaller.  High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective offers fascinating look at one of the best. Street date for the set for High Noon was November 11, 2016. Over the past half century, NRBQ has proven to be a group of peerless and unique musicians, songwriters and performers, continuing to prove it with each new album and live performance. High Noon contains 106 songs and offers a new and fascinating look at a great band, with each disc a unique listening adventure unto itself. The set provides a unique perspective for devoted fans as well a for adventurous newcomers who might only know of NRBQ through other artists' versions of originals like “Me and the Boys,” “Ridin' in My Car” and “Christmas Wish” or from hearing their music on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Weeds or Wilfred. “---NRBQ is rooted in a 1950s of rockabilly, blues, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra, along with a 1960s of early Beatles and Beach Boys---“  New York Times

Artist sites and sounds:   www.nrbq.com


The Sun Kings

 



THE SUN KINGS – A BEATLES TRIBUTE AS NATURE INTENDED

Fri. July 7 at 8pm
$20 adv./$22 door Dance – ages 21 +

Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings' energy and spot on recreation of The Beatles' music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theatres and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances.  The Sun Kings are not a traditional Beatles tribute band. Every member of the band is a veteran musician who loves recreating The Beatles' music exactly as we all remember it. Their performance of is unique among the many theatrical tributes that exist today, foregoing the costumes and caricature but delivering the most energetic, note for note instrumental and vocal performances of The Beatles music you will ever hear. Experience The Sun Kings in concert and you will hear the concert The Beatles never gave! “The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I've ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977.” -Scott Lettieri, KGO Radio San Francisco “The only band that could come that close to doing Beatles music would be The Beatles!” -Richard Freedman -Vacaville Media News

 Artist sites and sounds:    www.thesunkings.com/The_Sun_Kings/index.html.html

Incendio

 



Explosive on-fire journeys with the celebrated Latin-Guitar-World-Fusion Group

Sun. July 9 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Incendio: Their live shows are explosive improvisatory journeys that create tremendous audience response across the U.S.. They are Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar, guitar synth), Liza Carbe (bass, guitar), Tim Curle (drums), and Nicole Falzone (percussion). Their influeces are Al Di Meola, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Jacp Pastorius, Weather Report, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Dio, Led Zeppelin, Paco De Lucia, Segovia, John McLaughlin, Percy Jones and Brand X, Allan Holdsworth, Van Halen, XTC, Elvis Costello, Elmer Bernstein, Journey, Stravinsky, John Dowland, Helen Reddy, and countless others. 

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

Mile High Club

 



A STONE IN THE ZEN GARDEN OF LA SLACK FUNK PSYCHEDELIA"- KCRW

Tue. July 11 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mile High Club About their album Skpitracing: In investigating the spirit of American music, Mild High Club re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. If Todd Rundgren was the primary touchstone for Timeline, Brettin and band now look to the wry, trenchant wit of Steely Dan, gazing deep into the dark underbelly of sun-bright L.A. and coming away with catchy songs underpinned by slippery jazz phrasings. 

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

Alash  Tuvan Troat  Singers

 



The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning”

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

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xo¨o¨mei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash's music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan. Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xo¨o¨mei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip. The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.”

Artist sites and sounds: www.alashensemble.com

CALICO The Band plus Flypaper Blues

 



LA cosmic country meets Santa Cruz bluegrass alt-country mix

Thu. July 13 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21

CALICO The Band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker (all caps, please) is shorthand for California country—as if that weren't vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group's resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. "The best of L.A.'s country past, present and future clearly emerges from Calico's debut, Rancho California." - Terry Roland, No Depression

Flypaper Blues:   Out of the Bluetail Flies comes Flypaper Blues, an Americana band featuring two part female harmonies, driving upright bass rhythms, flanked by a smokin' fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitars. This 100% homegrown, local band brings influences from traditional bluegrass, singer songwriter, to alt-county genres.  Songwriting is personal, comedic, and inspired by the existential need to transcend the hazards and pitfalls of modern life with soul nourishing music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.calicotheband.com and  www.facebook.com/Flypaper-Blues-203648733343499/

Naked Bootleggers, HILLSTOMP, Patrick Mcguire

 




Alt-Country & Alt-Bluegrass Dance-All-Night Jamboree

Sat. July 15 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Naked Bootleggers:  Local favorites from the Santa Cruz Mountains bring a fresh approach to OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC. Reviving the standards of yesterday while writing standards for tomorrow, local musicians Don Mackessy (banjo), Ona Stewart(guitar), S.T. Young(guitar, washboard, harmonica), James Mackessy (bass), Jeremy Lampel (mandolin) are bridging the gap between old time and contemporary music with captivating vocal harmonies, lyrical creativity and that high lonesome sound of old.

HILLSTOMP:  The Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works. Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act. Hillstomp's memorable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preachers.

Patrick Maguire plays in a folk and Americana style and has one of those rare super distinctive voices.  He was born to sing & play music. As a child, he grew up surrounded by all types of musical influences. From Bluegrass (Tony Rice, Ricky Scaggs & Doc Watson) to Folk (Kate Wolf, Bob Dylan, Donovan, and The Mama's & The Papa's) to Classic Rock (THE WHO) to Oldies (Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, The Everly Brothers, and Dion & The Belmonts).

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/The-Naked-Bootleggers-343579009074534/ and www.hillstomp.com and www.maguiremusic.com

Come Fly With Me The Songs Of Frank Sinatra

 

 



Performed by vocalist John Michael and conducted by pianist Will McDougal and his orchestra

Sun July 16 at 7pm
$15 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Come Fly With Me The Songs Of Frank Sinatra is performed by vocalist John Michael and conducted by pianist Will McDougal and his orchestra. John Michael has been performing Sinatra for the past ten years with various groups at clubs such as The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz, The Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA, and restaurants including Maggiano's Little Italy in San Jose and Alberto's in Monterey. John has worked professionally as an impressionist as well as a song and dance performer at The Great America Theme Parks in Santa Clara, CA and Chicago. For the past twenty years he has worked as a lead rock vocalist for various groups in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and Monterey, including his own band, The John Michael Band. He has performed John Lennon with The White Album Ensemble, The Santa Cruz Symphony and has opened up for national touring acts such as: Chris Isaak, Third Eye Blind, The Fix, Berlin, Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, The Tubes and Alan Holdsworth. Columnist Jerry Gervase, of the Monterey Herald wrote of a performance of John Michael's, From Pavarotti to Sinatra, “He was so good that if the Three Tenors had heard him, at least two of them would have hidden out in the witness protection program.” 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/737320929769329/

Claudia Villela Quintet: A Tribute to Elis Regina

 



Claudia Villela from Rio de Janeiro pays a Tribute to Elis Regina, plus her own astonishing compositions

Mon. July 17 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Brazilian Born Singer, Composer and Pianist Claudia Villela from Rio de Janeiro pays a Tribute to Elis Regina, flavored with her own remarkable original compositions.  The last time Claudia played the tribute to Elias Regina in Santa Cruz it sold out four days in advance. Get your tickets or make your reservations now.  

Claudia Villela's voice gets all the attention, and it's easy to understand why. Her glorious five-octave instrument is one of the wonders of jazz, lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she sings mostly in Portuguese, interpreting lyrics with keen emotional insight and supple rhythmic command. A supremely inventive scat singer, she has honed a vivid vocabulary of sounds that can evoke the hollow thump of a tabla drum, the muted trumpet of Miles Davis, the insistent twang of a berimbau, the ethereal call of a flute, or the Stratocaster licks of Jimi Hendrix.

Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. She commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters, who lined up for the chance to have her record one of their songs, and for much of her short life was the country's most popular female vocalist.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.claudiavillela.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elis_Regina

Cosmic Pinball plus Space Heater

 



Cosmic Pinball is a funky soulful band with one foot in the swamp and one foot in the Kuiper belt

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

Cosmic Pinball : This 8 piece blend of veterans and new blood grew out of the swampy, intergalactic heart of Santa Cruz, California. Vocalists Taylor Rae (local singer/songwriter) and Scott MacDonald (sessions pro) take turns bringing the lead-vocal fire.  Bassist Pete Novembre (Aza, OM Trio, Elephino, Phatty Lumpkin) and drummer Bret Bailey (Shady Groove, Elephino, Blissninnies) lay down tight, punchy grooves that get feet and hips moving. Guitarist Mike Johnson (Room 9, Root System, Amee Chapman, Blazeen) and keyboardist Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Shaky Zimmerman, Zyg, Spirit of '76) shred solos to round out the thick sound, and Betsy Levy-Adams and Carrie Browde add seasoning with their soulful backup vocals. Honoring their roots while looking to the future, Cosmic Pinball takes you on a trip that starts on your back porch, visits neighboring galaxies, and ends at a disco-tech in Paris.

Space Heater is a Santa Cruz-based band with one foot planted firmly in the foundations of funk, while the other foot favors a galaxy far, far away. The band features Mike Spooner on percussion, Joaquin Spengemann on drums, Steve Rogers on bass and Mason Hicks & Ron Work on guitars. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.cosmic-pinball.com

Breakfast Klub

 



Non-stop 80's nostalgia-- The Bay Area's most infectious dance band comes to town

Sat. July 22 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

Breakfast Klub :  The Breakfast Klub unleashes an array of 80's nostalgia, spanning the areas of New Wave and Top 40 hits of that decade. The crowds go wild as every song explodes into a blast from the past!  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.80s80s80s.com

The Goodbye Girls  featuring Molly Tuttle

 



Four Gals from US, Canada, and Sweden share a love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

Tue. July 25 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door   seated <21 w/parent

The Goodbye Girls are an exciting new quartet from Boston. These four musicians from the US, Canada, and Sweden formed the band out of a common love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. Lena Jonsson on fiddle, Allison de Groot on clawhammer banjo, Brittany Karlson on bass, and Molly Tuttle on guitar & lead vocals are individually some of the best acoustic musicians around, and together they create a sound that is exciting, fresh and full of energy.  With international tours under their belt, bookings at festivals like Newport Folk Festival & Stockholm Folk Festival, reaching #1 on the Americana airplay direct charts, The Goodbye Girls are turning heads right out of the gate. The band has a dedication to honoring the musical styles in which they are rooted, and together they are re-imagining the repertoire in a unique and exciting way. Their original material sits comfortably between a raging old-time tune, a traditional bluegrass song or a Swedish polska in a playful balance between new and old. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thegoodbyegirlsmusic.com

Flamin' Groovies

 





Since 1965 often considered one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever

Fri. July 28 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.  Now in 2017, Jordan, Wilson led quartet have gone back into the studio to cut an album of brand new material. Having toured the world for the past five years, fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list", including original songs the band has never performed before onstage. Newcomers are asking, "Why haven't I ever heard of this group?" It's hard to say just why the group hasn't gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA) but they're back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever.

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

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bluegrass Bash with Dave Holodiloff Bluegrass Band

 



8th Annual Bash featuring a broad, danceable selection of songs spanning Jerry's career with  the Dead, Old and In The Way & more

Tue. Aug. 1 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door   Dance – ages 21 +

Dave Holodiloff is bringing the bluegrass band to Don Quixote's for his 8th Annual Jerry Garcia Bluegrass Birthday Bash Tribute Concert. The evening will feature a broad and danceable selection of songs (and acoustic jams) spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more. Get ready to ride that train with "Casey Jones" all the way to Bluegrass country! Driven by Dave's high-energy mandolin and accompanied by a smoking hot string band, this annual tradition is sure to delight both "dead-icated" fans of Jerry Garcia and lovers of quality acoustic entertainment. Don't miss this once-a-year magical night of festive celebration and Bluegrass tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time! The band will be rocking the night away with two great sets, so get ready to party. Dave Holodiloff's "Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute" album will be available at the show. The CD features inventive arrangements of classic Grateful Dead favorites like "Friend Of The Devil" and "Scarlet Begonias" interspersed with original improvisations and even an acoustic Old-Timey psychedelic space jam on the more obscure "Mountains of the Moon".

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

When Dove's  Cry  The Prince Tribute Show

 



Sat. Aug. 5 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

When Dove's  Cry: More than just an impersonation, When Doves Cry, the Prince Tribute Show, is a dynamic and multi-talented 8-piece band that puts the integrity of the music Prince left us above all else.
Formed in late 2015 in Sacramento, California, the band taps into the heart of Prince's music like no other. We leave it all on the stage, every time we perform as audiences demand of his music. When Doves Cry - the Prince Tribute Show performs the iconic "Purple Rain" album in its entirety. Also performing all of his greatest hits as well as many songs other tributes won't touch. With a songlist of over 70 Prince songs (and growing), we can guarantee there's something in our show for both the casual and the die hard fans of Prince.We're proud to bring a live Prince tribute show that will take you through the illustrious career of one of the most prolific songwriters and performers that we will ever know.

Artist sites and sounds: www.whendovescrytribute.com

Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble with Michael Manring

 



Stunning lineup of world renowned players uniquely combining jazz, bluegrass, folk & world music

Wed. Aug. 9 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door   seated <21 w/parent

Todd Mosby: A guitarist's guitarist, Mosby is a 2x Global Music Award Recipient and made it on the 2017 Grammy Ballot in three categories. Guitarist, Composer, Improviser"---one of the most innovative musicians of this century..." - Imrat Khan.  Broadcast on radio stations throughout the world, Mosby's current album “On Eagle Mountain” entered #3 on the  Top 100 ZMR Charts for 2016 and placed in the top 10 albums of the year. He is an innovative guitarist, composer & improvisor who creates an intriguing combination of jazz, folk and world music.

New Horizons Ensemble is Todd's Acoustic Instrumental Jazz / Folk / Bluegrass and World touring ensemble with virtuoso performances.  

Michael Manring , one the most musically creative bass players on the planet, is not only playing with Todd and the New Horizons ensemble, he will be doing a set of his own material.

Artist site and sounds: www.toddmosbymusic.com and www.manthing.com


The Jerry Celebration Band

 




Celebrating the music and life of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

Sat. Aug. 12 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

THREE BIG SETS: 1 ACOUSTIC AND 2 ELECTRIC            

The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California are replete with super musicians playing in Grateful Dead tribute bands.  These musicians are traveling to Felton in Santa Cruz County and coming together on Don Quixote's stage on August 13 on the eve of his passing, to celebrate his musical legacy.  The musicians will rotate in various formations to present a non stop evening of musical magic.  

This all-star cast includes members of  Slugs & Roses, The China Cats, Front Street, Mars Hotel, Cryptical, Live Dead, Play Live Dead, Workingman's Ed, The Dead Guise, Totally Dead, Aardvark, Dedicated Maniacs, and more ! 

Taimane

 



She is a ukulele phenom—Hawaiian, to Bach, to Zeppelin to Flamenco

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

Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane's desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is.

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

Painted Mandolin  8:30pm Concert

 



ACOUSTIC GARCIA with Joe Craven (of Garcia / Grisman Band), Matt Hartle, Larry Graff, Roger Sideman

Fri. Aug. 18 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

How do you possibly spice up the acoustic musical gumbo cooked up by Jerry Garcia over his 50 years of pickin'? You need more than great players, you need highly creative, innovative, spice masters to make it hot and fresh and imminently danceable. You need Painted Mandolin! Painted Mandolin explores the acoustic side of Jerry Garcia from his Jug Band days to Old and In the Way through the Dead's ‘Reckoning period, and the Garcia Grisman Band. The Acoustic Garcia band includes: Matt Hartle, lead guitar in Spirit of 76, Chinacats, and Shady Groove; Larry Graff, lead guitar in the Banana Slug String Band, and Slugs n' Roses; Roger Sideman, Bass in the Chinacats, and David Gans & Sycamore Slough String Band; Joe Craven, Violin/Mandolin, was a member of the Garcia Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet from 1989-2004. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.paintedmandolin.com

Mischa's Country & Western Birthday Bash
Miss Lonely Hearts, Carolyn Sills Combo, Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners





Sat. Aug 19 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door    Dance – ages 21 +

Miss Lonely Hearts : Miss Lonely Hearts is a five-piece (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel/ fiddle, drums, upright bass) Honky Tonk band from Santa Cruz. Miss Lonely Hearts recorded their 4th full length album “Lost Highway” in the spring of 2016.In 2015 the boys went on their first USA tour and played over 150 shows in the last 2 years. They frequently tour the Pacific Northwest and recently toured with “The Devil Makes Three” incl. 2 shows in Canada. Tonight's Country & Western bash celebrates Miss Lonely Hearts' Mischa Gasch's birthday.

Carolyn Sills Combo: Nominated for a 2016 and 2017 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group of the year and a 2016 Academy of Western Artist Award for Western Swing group and album of the year, fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband,
Gerard Egan.  Their current release, Dime Stories Vol 2, was named by No Depression as one of the top new release of 2016. The combo includes top Monterey Bay area players Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Jim Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.

Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners: "Raised in an old barn, deep in a mountain range, Jesse Daniel possesses an authenticity one would only find in a person who has lived the highs and lows he sings about."  Good Times

Artist sites and sounds: http://misslonelyheartsband.com  and  www.carolynsills.com and www.jessedanielmusic.com

Country Joe McDonald featuring the Electric Music Band 50th Anniversary show celebrating Electric Music for the Mind & Body


 



Fri. Aug. 25 at 8pm
$20 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

The program will include in its entirety Country Joe & The Fish's landmark 1967 debut album “Electric Music For The Mind & Body,” along with an acoustic segment. On the former material, Joe will be backed by the Electric Music Band, a quintet led by Grammy-nominated writer and archivist Alec Palao. Joining him to accompany McDonald are guitarists Matt Piucci (Rain Parade, Hellenes) and Derek See (Gentle Cycle, Strangers In A Strange Land), Jozef Becker (Thin White Rope, Loud Family) on drums and Andrea Hensler (Flower Furnace, Jean Genies). EMB will be opening the show with a set of classic covers from the era. Palao assures that the proceedings will “exceedingly psychedelic”. Country Joe McDonald will make a rare appearance performing classic material from the era of Country Joe & The Fish – the Berkeley group who today widely acknowledged as pioneers of psychedelic rock music. Joe's band plays a set of historic covers from the era. Then Joe does a short solo set of songs & hilarious stories, then they come out & do the full Electric Music album along with Joe's best known songs. Country Joe McDonald straddles the two polar events of the 60s -- Woodstock and the Vietnam War. The first Country Joe and the Fish record was released in 1965, in time for the Vietnam Day Teach-In anti-war protest in Berkeley, California. He sang one of the great anthems of the era, “I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag,” to an audience of a half-million at the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival in 1969. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.countryjoe.com

Ruaile Buaile

 

 



From the heart of Ireland comes a fresh young Irish Trad / Pop / Folk group

Sun. Aug. 27 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day Trad / Pop / Folk group from Offaly in the heart of Ireland.The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date, with interest from festival organisers in Sweden, Austria, Australia , coming on board for next year. From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high energy ground thumping celtic beats with a little irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.After they're show at this year's Rose of Tralee festival organiser Peter Karim said “we were suitably impressed by the group's performance at the world-famous festival this summer . Ruaile Buaile never fail to blow the crowd away with their fresh upbeat and energetic show, that leaves every member of the audience with a smile on their faces. They are a breath of fresh air” 

Artist sites and sounds: http://ruailebuaile.ie

Pierre Bensusan

 



French Guitarist extraordinaire: "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine

Thu. Sept. 28 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Pierre Bensusan: Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976), "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today. Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then the horizons beyond. 

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

Light Rain, Crystal Silmi & Raks Arabi, Helene & Belly Dance International

 



Thu. Aug. 31 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Light Rain bring their unique hybrid of American and Arabic music to charm the dancers. With the moody violin of Doug Adamz, the haunting melodies from the guitar and banjo of Russ Gauthier, dynamic drumming of Tim Bolling, and the bluesy base of Bill Amanteek, they create mysterious and romantic music which sings to the gypsy in our souls.

Crystal Silmi:  International Bellydance instructor and performer Crystal Silmi currently resides in Madrid, Spain. She is director of the Raks Arabi Dance Company and is reunited in this spectacular show with members: Jill Baker and Amber Dratz. Also featured are stunning soloists: Janette, Sese, Kristy, Isadorah, and Chelsie.

Helene is director of Belly Dance International and has been teaching, performing, and promoting Middle Eastern and North African dance and music 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:  www.dougadamz.com and www.crystalsilmi.com and www.bellydancebyjill.com and www.bellydancebasics.com

It's A Beautiful Day

 



San Francisco Rock Royalty with songs like "White Bird", "Bombay Calling", "Wasted Union Blues" and "Time Is"

Fri. Sept. 1 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door   dance ages 21 +

It's A Beautiful Day along with Santana are considered to be "2nd wave" bands that emerged from the San Francisco bay area in the late sixties. Moreover, like Santana, IABD headlined at the Fillmore West prior to recording an album. Their debut 1968 LP the self titled "It's A Beautiful Day" was laced with classic cuts such as "White Bird", "Bombay Calling", "Wasted Union Blues" and "Time Is" The single off the LP "White Bird" quickly became part of the FM play lists and is considered a classic of rock music.   

Artist sites and sounds: www.davidlaflamme.com

Tony McManus 7:30pm Concert

 



Guitar Virtuosity from the Soul

Sun. Sept. 3 at 7:30pm
$16 adv. / $18 door seated <21 w/parent

$2 discount to Members of The Celtic Society on either price by way of rebate at door only

Tony McManus:  To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony's hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

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

George Kahumoku Jr.

 



Grammy Award winning Hawaiian master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer

Thu. Sept. 7 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

George Kahumoku: There's a reason he's been called Hawaii's Renaissance man: George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, teacher, artist, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly show on Maui called George Kahumoku Jr's Slack Key Show: Masters of Hawaiian Music which just celebrated it's12th Anniversary. He has recently recorded a new CD, Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy. He will be touring in February-March 2016 and will hold his week-long Annual Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop on Maui in June. Around all of this he cultivates taro and raises goats on his upland Maui farm.

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

Lee Benoit Family Band

 



Cajun Music Hall Of Famer from South Louisiana

Thu. Sept. 14 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Lee Benoit Family Band: Lee Benoit is a multi-award winning musician with the Cajun French Music Association. He has one of the most active Cajun dance bands from South Louisiana performing five nights a week at the most popular Cajun venues from Breaux Bridge to New Orleans Louisiana and occasionally takes his music on the road and performs at folk festivals and special events throughout the world.  He is proud of his Cajun heritage and is truly devoted to performing traditional and contemporary Cajun music with dignity and professionalism. His group is one of the smoothest sounding Cajun dance bands that you will ever hear . 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.leebenoit.com

Corky Siegel & Matthew Santos  
7pm Concert

 



Corky Siegel blues legend of Siegel – Schwall and Matthew Santos, voice of the platinum selling hit “Superstar”

Sun. Sept. 24 at 7pm
$15 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

Announcing the tour of Blues legend Corky Siegel, considered to be among the best harmonica virtuosos and superb jazz pianists and the only Bluesman to record on prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon which was a blockbuster in sales and likewise his chamber ensemble, Chamber Blues is the only classical group on Blues giant Alligator Records. Corky teams up with two time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos whose meteoric career was launched as the voice on the certified platinum selling hit, Superstar  with Lupe Fiasco.  If you are a fan of great artists like John Legend, Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver you are going to love Matt Santos.  What a dynamic duo with Matt and Corky Siegel of the legendary Siegel – Schwall band. 

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.corkymusic.com and www.matthewsantos.com

Zeppelin Live

 



The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience

Fri. Sept. 29 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Zeppelin Live : Experience the ultimate rock tribute to Led Zeppelin in this live musical performance starring 'Zeppelin Live,' (Fomerly 'Heartbreaker') the West Coast's most spectacular Led Zeppelin Tribute Show. 'Zeppelin Live,' is a national touring act selling out venues across the US - and their high energy stage show is not to be missed! You will believe Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham are playing right before your eyes! This ONE NIGHT ONLY special performance will feature hit selections from Led Zeppelin's legendary career spanning three decades of solid gold.

Artist sites and sounds: www.zeplive.com

Story Road

 



featuring Collen Rainey of Solas & John Weed  and  Stuart Mason  of Molly's Revenge

Thu. Oct. 5 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Story Road: Story Road is a collaboration between 4 of America's premier Irish traditional musicians, John Weed, Stuart Mason, Colleen Raney, and Ryan Davidson.  Known for their dynamic live shows, the band's repertoire of tunes and songs is culled from the rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the American South. Vocalist  Colleen Raney  has been referred to as “among the best in her genre,”  (Irish Music Magazine)  and “one of America's best traditional singers”  (Tradconnect) . Colleen has toured extensively both at home and abroad, and has recently been touring as a guest vocalist for the internationally recognized Irish band,  Solas .   John Weed  and  Stuart Mason  are members of Molly's Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. 

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

Foreverland

 



An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sat. Oct. 7 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

California Beach Boys 

 



Great music, Great fun and Good Vibrations--All the Beach Boys hits!

Sat. Oct. 14 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The California Beach Boys accurately create the fabulous music of the Beach Boys with authentic instruments, outfits and those famous harmonies.  Come experience Beach Boys music just like you remember it, in a live music concert! Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys Tribute influences come from growing up in the 60's and actually playing on stage with the Surf Legends such as: The Ventures, Surfaris, The Sunrays, and The Rivieras to mention a few.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.californiabeachboys.com

Gypsy Soul

 



“---they forge a musical journey of deep questions, curiosities and illuminations.” - Sue Ennis (Heart Multi-Platinum Songwriter) 

Thu. Oct. 19 at 7:30pm
 $15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Gypsy Soul: Authentic and excellence are the words most often used to describe Gypsy Soul and their music. The duo's multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Roots, Pop, Blues, Soul and Jazz.  Their wistful story began in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/US) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art.   

"They are a truly unique sound. Cilette takes "Hallelujah" to a new place!"  - Aaron Neville

"--- one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking.” - Orange County Weekly 

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com

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