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A Tribute to Van Morrison
featuring Kevin Brennan & Wavelength

Plus Joshua Lowe & Patti Maxine



During the 1960's Kevin Brennan played in a band with Van Morrison himself called The Great Eight. They teamed up again in the 1980's

 

Fri. Feb. 5 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$19 door Dance – ages 21 +

PRESENTED BY THE WHEEL COMPANY

Kevin Brennan & Wavelength: Kevin's music career began in his hometown of Belfast, Ireland, where during the 1960's he played in a band with Van Morrison called The Great Eight. In 1974 he did a world cruise on the P.O. Cruise Line with his band and continued to tour extensively in Europe and Ireland. He came to the states to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late seventies, and made it his new home. There he formed his own band called Claddagh and played the S.F. club scene for years. He teamed up with Van Morrison again, performing and opening his shows throughout the 80's. He has played at many notable venues such as San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and at the Paul Mason Winery with Van Morrison and the Legendary Irish band The Chieftains. 

Joshua Lowe & Patti Maxine: Joshua Lowe and Patti Maxine are a folk and country duo from Santa Cruz. Patti Maxine's lap steel guitar blends beautifully with Joshua's voice and acoustic guitar. Whether it is a folk ballad or a rowdy country tune, Joshua and Patti bring a natural ease and joy to their performances.

Artist sites and sounds: www.wavelength-kevinbrennan.com   and www.joshualowemusic.com/joshua-lowe-patti-maxine/

Buy Tickets Now at:   www.thewheelcompany.com

Aja Vu plays Steely Dan 

and Stealin' Chicago plays Chicago



One Great band plays tribute to two legendary rock bands -- get ready to dance all night 

Sat. Feb. 6 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Aja Vu has long beautifully performed the music of Steely Dan and now they have added a generous set of Chicago Tunes to a long evening of stellar, totally danceable music.  That's right:  one great band, two great tributes. The San Francisco-based band won KFOX's Last Band Standing competition on the Bay Area's #1 rated Greg Kihn Show two years running! From "Reelin' In The Years" to "Deacon Blues" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and special treasures from Fagen's solo outings, you CAN buy a thrill when you hear the tight chunky horns, vocals and solos note for note and phrase for phrase backed up by an unparalleled rhythm section.The Aja Vu show recreates the combination of rock, jazzy blues and unique storytelling that has made the Steely Dan sound endure throughout pop culture for 30+ years!

Stealin' Chicago has an outsized respect for the music of Chicago and a dedication to re-create how it was recorded by Terry Kath, Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera and their different vocal styles. The unique sound incorporates gigantic melodic horn lines and is the sound of Chicago.  

Artist sites and sounds:
www.ajavu.com and  www.stealinchicago.com

MARDI GRAS FAT TUESDAY
CELEBRATION & FEAST

Big River

 



Cajun Honky-Tonk
& French Louisiana Dance Hall Music Tonight

Tue. Feb. 9 at 7:30pm
  $10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21 +

COME EARLY FOR
LOUISIANA MARDI GRAS GUMBO SPECIAL

Big River is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area Cajun/Zydeco scene who perform classic Cajun dancehall music , with electric guitar, bass, and drums added to the traditional fiddle and accordion. Fiddler Richard Chon (Saddle Cats, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks , Sons of the San Joaquin, Swamp Coolers) joins Creole Belles accordionist-singer Maureen Karpan, guitarist Luis Salcedo, bassist Bob Huberman, and drummer Sam Siggins. Most members played and studied with legendary accordionist and teacher Danny Poullard. Their dedication to the authentic Cajun honky-tonk sound and their vibrant, soulful performances have won them many friends and admirers among lovers of French Louisiana music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.courtableu.com

 

Laurence Juber

 



Two Time Grammy Winning Acoustic Guitar Great  of Paul McCartney & Wings.

Thu. Feb. 11 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Laurence Juber:  Often considered most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1980, he has since had a distinguished career as a solo fingerstyle guitarist. Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.  

Pete Townsend put it best in just two words: “A master!”

Artist sites and sounds: www.laurencejuber.com

Super Huey- The Ultimate Huey Lewis Experience

 



Is the Heart of Rock & Roll still beating? You bet it is! 

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

Is the Heart of Rock & Roll still beating? You bet it is! Huey Lewis and The News have carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans and earning them the right to mark their place in pop music history. With a nearly unbroken string of hit songs, their music became the soundtrack for a generation. During the 1980's and early 1990's, they scored a total of 19 top-ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Rock charts. Super Huey - The Ultimate Huey Lewis Experience is the only show of it's kind anywhere in the nation. This seven piece explosive show performs across the United States firing up appreciative audiences of all ages at fairs, festivals, sporting events, arenas, and showrooms with their super high-energy faithful renditions of feel good music that defined an entire generation.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.superhueyband.com

Tempest

 



Sat. Feb. 13 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

High Energy Celtic Rock and World Music from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic Countries

The last 27 years have seen Tempest release nine critically acclaimed CDs on Magna Carta, and play more than 2,000 gigs. 2016 will see Tempest continue touring and bringing their Celtodelic Rock to their established and new fans while supporting their new album, “The Tracks We Leave”, on Magna Carta Records.  Tempest were inspired by a Dakota Sioux proverb on the “The Tracks We Leave”, which has triple references to the environmental, spiritual and musical tracks we leave upon the world we live in.  Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date.  

Artist sites and sounds:
www.tempestmusic.com

Charmas  A Celtic Valentines Concert
7pm Concert

Songs From Cupid's Blacklist


Sun. Feb. 14 at 7pm

$12 adv./$14 door   seated <21 w/parent

$10 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Charmas presents a special Valentine's Day show of love gone wrong. Featuring fiddle, pipes, flute, low whistle, saxophone, guitar, bass, bodhran and vocals, the evening includes traditional Irish and Scottish ballads about romantic disasters, risque comedic songs, singalong sea chanteys, the odd limerick and lots of terrible jokes. Celtic vocalists Aaron Clegg and Richard Dwyer sing traditional ballads, chanteys and comedy songs about love's darkest and funniest truths. Be prepared to cry while you laugh, and rant while you sing. A fun show for sentimental lovers, boys' or girls' night out, and anyone who enjoys traditional Celtic music. Aaron plays Celtic wooden flute, low whistle and saxophone, with Richard playing low whistle and Irish bodhran hand drum, Elise MacGregor on fiddle and Scottish Great Highland bagpipes, Jim Powell on guitar, and Mick O'Broain on vocals, bass, and percussion toys.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.charmasband.com


Steve Wynn 

 

"The ex-Dream Syndicate frontman's a veritable Ph.D. of timeless rock songcraft" - Chicago Tribune



  Frontman of Dream Syndicate

Tue Feb.16 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

"One of rock's true heroes of the underground." - Philadelphia Weekly

"The ex-Dream Syndicate frontman's a veritable Ph.D. of timeless rock songcraft" - Chicago Tribune

"A force to be reckoned with and cherished." - London Sunday Times

"No contemporaries make classic rock records like Wynn" - AllMusicGuide.com

"A first-class songwriter in the simple-yet-profound tradition of Lou Reed, Neil Young and post-Beatles John Lennon, [with] an ear for balancing his pop sensibility with artful dissonance." - PopMatters.com

Artist sites and sounds:  www.stevewynn.net

Griffin House plus Sean McConnell



“I bought House's CD after a show in New York City,” said Flanagan, “and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend.”  Bill  Flanagan, CBS Sunday Morning

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

Griffin House: In August 2004, on CBS Sunday Morning, music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about Lost and Found, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. “I bought House's CD after a show in New York City,” said Flanagan, “and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out.” Several self-released albums followed, and in 2008 House released Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. House has released the majority of his records on his imprint label, Evening Records. House has toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. Since 2007 House has been a national headliner.

Sean McConnell :  Sean travels the states performing his own style of music that he describes as “Lyric Driven Roots Rock with Soul.” A live Sean McConnell show is truly a dynamic experience. One moment reckless rock, and the next an intimate acoustic pin drop moment.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://griffinhousemusic.com and http://seanmcconnell.com




Radim Zenkl plus Steve Baughman



USA Mandolin Champion Radim Zenkl plus Celtic Guitarist and old-time banjo player Steve Baughman make for a stunning double bill. 

Thu. Feb. 18 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Radim Zenkl - mandolin player extraordinaire and composer. Radim's style features progressive original and eastern European traditional music flavored with string jazz, new age, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, classical and other. The US Mandolin Champion is redefining the mandolin and its role in music by designing new mandolin-family instruments and creating new playing styles. He has invented a masterful technique, the "Zenkl style," in which a single mandolin sounds like two. Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin. In the recent years he added a variety of ethnic flutes to his concerts and recordings.

David Grisman says “Radim has reinvented the mandolin in several different ways.”

Jerry Garcia says “Imaginative and great.”

Bela Fleck says “Excellent technique and lots of great ideas!”

Steve Baughman is a Celtic finger style guitarist and old-time banjo player whose music has been featured on NPR and nationally syndicated music programs. He is the author of five books with Mel Bay Publications and recently returned from a tour of Switzerland and Brittany with German guitarist Peter Finger. Several of Steve's albums have made the yearly "Editor's Pick" list at Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Artist sites and sounds: www.zenkl.com and www.celticguitar.com/

Vaud & The Villains 

 

 



19 Piece 1930's New Orleans Orchestra & Cabaret Show

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

Vaud and the Villains is a19 piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret. They are one over the top, sexy, scintillating, dang good time. With echos of Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Session Band, they are Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge. A genre bending spectacle, at once seedy and inspiring, gritty and sublime. Bring your wretched souls, your sins and your dancing feet--they will save you and you will never be the same.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.vaudandthevillains.com

FOREVERLAND

 



An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sat. Feb. 20 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

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
 2pm matinee

 



 Powerful, unadorned, traditional bluegrass--Danny's voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today

Sun. Feb. 21 at 2pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. This coming year brings renewed excitement! With Danny Paisley on guitar Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny's son Ryan on mandolin, the next generation of up and coming pickers. Southern Grass also includes: Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen, and Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac) on banjo; Doug Meek from York County PA (inspired by his grandfather fiddler) on fiddle and Eric Troutman on bass. Eric Troutman (from Gratz, PA) on bass, who started pickin at the age of 9, when his grandfather gave him a mandolin. As a member of The Southern Grass, Eric is not only known for his driving bass playing but also for his fine lead and tenor singing.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, traditional bluegrass.  Danny's lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today.

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

Helm, Sese Egan, Helene
& Bellydance International

Plus members of Satinka , Persephone Dance Company , and the Sisters of the Desert Sky , plus stunning soloists Natasha Feldthouse and Yesenia Cardona-Müller .



Bellydance & Live Music Spectacular

 

Thur. Feb. 25 at 7.30pm
$17 adv./ $20 door  seated <21 w/parent

Helm: Since their beginnings in the early 1990's 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 region. During their recent visit with the Tribal Mafia Bellydance in Moscow, Helm performed several Russian Tzigan pieces and is currently working on a new release including these songs. Based in Marin County, Helm has been touring internationally, and in addition to their 8 albums they have provided sound for both film and television productions. With Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, accordion and vocals, and with Mark Bell and David 2Hawks Glazier on percussion, Helm brings eclectic textures of the middle east and beyond.

Sese Egan founded her dance school Bellydance Basics in 1987 and continues to train creative professionals and new shooting stars into the Bay Area Bellydance scene. Sese is a successful competition soloist and was named the 1994 Bellydancer of the Year, and in 1995 she won first prize in the Complete Bellydancer category at the Bellydancer of the Universe Contest in Long Beach.

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

Artist sites and sounds www.helmmusic.com and www.bellydancebasics.com and Bellydance International with Helene 

 

Téada's ReAwakening--
100 years of Irish Freedom

 



Irish Band  Téada's ReAwakening  is inspired by the remarkable artistic flourishing of the Irish at home and abroad in the 100 year period from the 1916 Easter Rising onwards.

Fri. Feb. 26 at 8pm
$25 adv./$27 door seated <21 w/parent

$23 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Irish Band Téada's ReAwakening is inspired by the remarkable artistic flourishing of the Irish at home and abroad in the 100 year period from the 1916 Easter Rising onwards. Reawakening sets historic musical and song material beginning from the early 20th century to a backdrop of archival video footage and still images from the 1916 Easter Rising. The program is enriched with extracts from a newly-commissioned musical piece by leading Irish composer Peadar O Riada reimagining the legacy of 1916.  Téada is a traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, The Middle East and Australia. 

Artist sites and sounds:  http://teada.com  Buy your tickets now at   www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475279

Spirit of '76  

 



Playing The Music of The Jerry Garcia Band Tonight

Sat. Feb. 27 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

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: https://www.facebook.com/gratefuldeadspirit76/

and here is the event page for show https://www.facebook.com/events/1092366017447826/

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

 



Ten, (10), TEN time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award

Mon. Feb. 29 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

It comes as no surprise that Michael Cleveland, ten-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award - the most awarded in that category, is considered one of the premier bluegrass musicians of his generation. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael's musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success.

He debuted at the Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss and was hand picked for the IBMA Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after guest, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Dale Ann Bradley in recent years. However, it wasn't until 2006, when Michael formed his band Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision. Since then, the band has earned numerous IBMA awards and nominations, toured extensively throughout the US and internationally, and achieved the number one slot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart for their second release Fired Up. Now, with the release of On Down the Line, their third album and first for new label home Compass Records, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are poised to add fuel to the fire they've already sparked in the bluegrass world.

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

Mustache Harbor

 



They call it Yacht Rock -- San Francisco's Hottest Party Band—Selling out Big SF Venues multiple nights!

Fri March 4 at 8pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

This is a soft rock party explosion.  Do you like the Eagles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, UB40, Boston, Toto, Jacson Browne, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Boz Scaggs? Do you like non-stop hits? Do you love a  band that puts on a big fun show? Do you like to dance non-stop all night long? 

Mustache Harbor is San Francisco's newest and most happening party band. With recent sell-out shows at Slim's, Bimbo's 365 Club and standing ovations received at appearances at The Fillmore and Outside Lands Festival Mustache Harbor have brought a whole new unstoppable party sensation to the scene.  In their own words: “Our mission, our destiny, is simple, to build a mustache army capable of creating a Soft Rock Explosion the likes of which has not been seen since the days when Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Ace, Kenny Loggins and The Little River Band, to name but a few, created A.M. Gold. So Join us! party with us, live with us, work out at the dojo with us, sing with us, slap on a stash and drink from our bountiful coconuts filled with delicious grooves and tasty hooks.”  

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

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel Grateful Dead Tribute

 



Sat. March 5 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

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

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

California Beach Boys  2pm Matinee



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

Sun. March 6 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 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


Pierre Bensusan 7pm Concert



French-Algerian guitarist voted "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine

Sun. March 6 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Pierre Bensusan is a French-Algerian guitarist. His family came from Spain, Spanish Morocco and French Algeria. The genre of his acoustic guitar music is often characterized as Celtic, Folk, World music, New Age, or Chamber jazz.   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. Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album "Encore" (2014). He also won the prestigious "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his album, "Près de Paris", "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine. Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time

Artist sites and sounds:   www.pierrebensusan.com

Old Blind Dogs

 



Celtic Legends of Scotland

Tue. March 8 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

$18 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Since forming in the early 1990's, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotlands roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs. "The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm," says The Scotsman, "as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion." Sixteen years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and true formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotlands Old Blind Dogs whose newly released Four on the Floor takes them bravely in many new directions.

Artist sites and sounds:
    www.oldblinddogs.co.uk/index.asp


Possessed By Paul James plus The Naked Bootleggers

 



Possessed By Paul James is a massive sounding one man band akin to a live electric socket missing its cover with flickers of enthralling danger

Wed. March 9 at 7:30pm
 $15 adv./$15 door   Dance – ages 21 +

Possessed By Paul James: Massive sounding one man band. The mix of roots and emotional electricity at a Possessed by Paul James show is akin to a live electric socket missing its cover as stripped wires spark with flickers of enthralling danger. Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people's lives doesn't.  Many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show refer to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show. "If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression 

The Naked Bootleggers: The Naked Bootleggers are reviving the standards of yesterday while writing the standards for tomorrow. Don Mackessy(banjo/vocals), Ona Stewart(guitar/vocals), S.T. Young(guitar/harmonica/vocals), James Mackessy (bass/vocals), Jeremy Lampel (mandolin/vocals) span the gap between old time and contemporary music with captivating vocal harmonies, lyrical creativity and that high lonesome sound of old.

Artist sites and sounds: http://ppjrecords.com and www.reverbnation.com/thenakedbootleggers

The Rayburn Brothers plus
Michael Martyn & Good Medicine
w/ Patti Maxine

 



Michael Martyn's 66 th Birthday Bash will be a bonanza of Americana, rock, folk and country

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

The Rayburn Brothers:   “--equal parts Americana, rock, folk and country. The spirit in their music is fun, infectious and genuine — and it's delivered with a heartfelt respect to the timeless songwriters in California's rich history.” — Andy Zenczak ~ Producer, Gadgetbox Studios

Michael Martyn & Good Medicine w/ Patti Maxine:  Roots Rockin' folkin' country Michael Martyin guitar and vocals, Patti Maxine-slide guitar, Carol Mayedo-violin, Keith Graves-bass, Fuzzy Oxendine-drums, Sean Woodard-guitar

Artist sites and sounds: www.rayburnbrothers.com and  www.facebook.com/michaelmartyngoodmedicine

China Cats Grateful Dead Tribute

 



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

China Cats:  This Bay Area tribute band performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene who have studied the Dead's musical nuances in great detail without losing any of their own individuality. Lead guitarist Matt Hartle has worked with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals as well as Cast of Clowns, Front Street and Shady Groove. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has worked with members of Galactic, Great American Taxi, David Nelson Band and many others. Bassist Rockin' Roger Sideman 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

Los Primos   2pm Matinee

 



Beautiful traditional, romantic & dance songs of Mexico

Sun. March 13 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Los Primos : Cousins Paul and Ray, along with their friend Carly, perform traditional romantic and dance songs of Mexico. The cousins, Los Primos, grew up in a large family of musicians.  Any party or gathering was a musical event, and the cousins learned the music of their grandparents, aunts and uncles. Paul and Ray relocated to Santa Cruz and revived the joyful tradition of playing these beautiful songs, playing guitar and mandolin.  Carly, a native Spanish speaker and gifted singer, joins them on vocals and completes the group.  These are the songs of their family and their culture.

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

Le Bruit Court dans la Ville
(The Buzz Around Town)

 



Legends of Quebec's traditional music scene 

Mon. March 14 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door
seated <21 w/parent

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec's traditional music scene. Fiddler Lisa and guitarist/singer André first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic trad super group which kickstarted Quebec's folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec's folk music scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville produce a music which is at once deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André's meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals compliment Normand's pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa's fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes until dawn learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters.

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

St. Paddy's Party Molly's Revenge 16 year Anniversary Celebration

plus The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers

 



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

COME EARLY FOR CORN BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER SPECIAL

 

Molly's Revenge:  They started this day March 17 fifteen years ago. What a music party it has been.  Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.mollysrevenge.com

Front Country plus McCoy Tyler Band

 



Dynamic instrumental textures and soulful vocals take flight with impactful songwriting and unique arrangements. Let's dance all night long. 

Fri. March 18 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Front Country: What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called "passionately intoxicating" and "orchestral" and Melody's bluesy vocals have been described as "rafter-shaking". Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country's new album Sake of the Sound is out now. 

The McCoy Tyler Band is a progressive acoustic trio based in Santa Cruz, CA. Their music fuses elements of traditional folk, bluegrass, old-school country, blues, and more. Tyler's impactful songwriting and unique arrangements paired with the band's high-energy live set make them one of the most intriguing up and coming bands in the Bay Area and beyond. The group formed in May 2011 when McCoy Tyler, who after spending six years performing strictly as a lead guitarist in rock and metal groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (most notably Trigger Renegade and Brother Pacific), began taking his own songwriting more seriously. He promptly recruited drummer and UCSC student Clinton Brown and Ohioborn upright bassist Chad Bowen. Both members acclimated quickly to Tyler's vision of a highly vocal-based style of acoustic music, utilizing three-part harmonies and a powerful rhythm section.

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


AZA

 



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

Sat. March 19 at 8pm
$12 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

Cruz Control plus Moonstone 2pm Matinee

 



Baby Boomer Music Heaven:  Covering everything from Kpig style favorites to classic roots rock favorites like Buddy Holly, Beatles  and Traveling Wilbury's and much more 

Sun. March 20 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door  seated <21 w/parent

Cruz Control trio with guitarist Stan Parola and Vince Tuzzi along with bassist Gary Cunningham will play Don Quixote's International Music Hall on Sunday, March 20th. This band puts their own twists on songs by musicians including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hank Williams, Neil Young, The Beatles, Guy Clark and the Traveling Wilbury's (just to name a few). Critics refer to Cruz Control as “Entertaining, smooth sound, harmonious and a Santa Cruz Favorite”. 

Moonstone: Dance to the music of the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Buddy Holly and more. Listen to the wonderful voice of Kelly Cuffe with Marilyn Hoyt and Kathleen Middleton harmonizing. Chris Pouls is on guitar and vocals. Hear the fabulous lead guitar of Dylan Sheehan and Pat Tracy on a mean bass. Our new great new drummer is Dan Sequin. Come join the fun.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/Cruz-Control-166542066831264/

Snowapple 7pm concert 

 



Three gals from Amsterdam. "Brimming with rich, luscious melodies and bizarre but beautiful chord changes. My mouth was left agape." Vic Galloway, BBC Radio 

Sun. March 27 at 7pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Sometimes the hardest part of telling a story is choosing what to leave out.. The three young Dutch women who make up SNOWAPPLE have done a lot of living, more so than many musicians twice their age. Dig beneath the surface of this earthy, almost unassuming, folk/chanson trio, and you'll find a tangle of rich and varied life experiences.

Laurien has an international career as an opera singer, but also finds time to moonlight with gypsy-punk groups.

Una is a talented jazz singer who has worked with numerous bands from across the Netherlands and France. She is also the daughter of the celebrated and much-loved South African jazz saxophonist/composer, Sean Bergin.

Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who has lived and worked as a musician in the Netherlands since 2007. Her musical background of Latvian folk music and 12 years of European academic music studies complements a strong interest in modern jazz and the popular music of Brazil.  What a mix.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.snowapple.nl

Slugs N' Roses  

 



April Fools Day Dance with the Music of the Grateful Dead

Fri. April 1 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Slugs N' Roses plays Grateful Dead music in an energetic, refreshing Santa Cruz style. Featuring Airy Larry and Doug Dirt from the Banana Slug String Band as Jerry and Phil on guitar and bass, Slugs N' Roses delivers high energy psychedelic rock with interwoven rhythms and impassioned vocals. Brett Packard as Bobby, Dave Faulkner as Brent-Keith-Vince, Paul Garcia as Billy, Mike Sammet as Pigpen, and August West as Jerry bring new spices and flavors to the delicious gumbo that is Grateful Dead music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/pages/Slugs-N-Roses/142224029206532

Heartless Heart Tribute plus Joyride Cars Tribute



Sat. April 2 at 8pm $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Heartless: 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) Mike Kelley (bass, vox), Brett Minkin (keys, vox), and Steve Scurrah (drums, vox).

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. 

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

Lynette Skynyrd 2pm Matinee

 



The World's One & Only All-Gyrl Lynyrd Skynyrd Trybute

Sun. April 10 at 2pm
$10 adv. /$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

This group of mega-talented female musicians express the unconquered spirit of Southern Rock. Lynette captures the essence of Skynyrd, tapping into those days-gone-by, when a rock concert was the experience of a lifetime. If the past is indeed a prologue to their musical journey, then Lynette Skynyrd is nothing less than timeless. With a badass rock-chick authority, these daisy duke damsels transport the Skynyrd classics into the modern era.  In fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd themselves had Lynette play the grand opening of their restaurant, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at The Excalibur in Las Vegas. If the original kings of Southern rock are giving these babes their blessing, then Lynette Skynyrd must be on the right track.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.lynetteskynyrd.com

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thompson

 



7pm Concert
  
CD Release 2016

They are a traveling roots festival: Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass

Wed. April 27 at 7:30pm
   $10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.danandlaurel.ca

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bluegrass Bash with Dave Holodiloff Bluegrass Band

 



A broad, danceable selection of songs and hot jams spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more

Mon. 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 7th 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

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