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R. Carlos Nakai Trio
featuring William Eaton & Will Clipman



The world's premier performer of and composer for the Native American flute

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

R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier performer of and composer for the Native American flute. Nakai has released thirty-six albums on Canyon Records, including two Gold Records, and has sold over four million albums worldwide. Nakai has received 10 GRAMMY nominations. William Eaton, a musician, composer, recording artist and instrument maker whose imaginative harp guitars and multi-stringed instruments have been recognized world-wide, is the Director and co-founder of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school in Phoenix. Eaton received the Arizona Governors Arts Award in 2015. Will Clipman has been a drummer since the age of three, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. He has recorded over fifty albums, half of those for Canyon Records, and has received numerous awards including 7 GRAMMY nominations. 

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

Stan Ridgway Trio

 



Wall Of Voodoo front man is compared to Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Raymond Chandler, David Lynch & Quentin Tarantino

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

Stan Ridgway Trio joined by Pietra Wexstun & Rick King:  It's been a long and influential road for the songwriter/guitarist and original Wall Of Voodoo vocalist. His darkly humorous, and richly cinematic musical tales of the ironies inside the American Dream have been compared to other classic songwriting iconoclasts like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and even hard boiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, as well as twisted film makers like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. The San Francisco Chronicle said, "He conjures "Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht," while LA Weekly has called him "the Nathaniel West of rock." Pulling numbers from his own revolutionary past and moving into his own honed, sardonic style of present, Ridgway will be accompanied at the shows by Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, electronics and vocals; Rick King on guitar, bass and vocals. Wexstun and Ridgway have lived and worked in tandem for more than 30 years; her keyboard and vocal sounds are perfectly in tune with his not-so-typical stories of proverbial American tragedy and triumph. "I've always thought of songs like films in the mind really, except I'm the actor and the director, the lighting and prop person and DP too. When it's working, you should be able to see the song as well as hear it." A mad scientist of sound and vision, Ridgway possesses a style unparalleled, at least in our known universe. Making his musical pictures for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song. "It's a hybrid of all the music I've loved and admired," he says. "There are no boundaries on art and no rules to follow in music. A song is really just a strong point of view."

Artist sites and sounds: www.stanridgway.com

Willie Watson plus Mapache



Old Crow Medicine Show Alumnus brings you Southern gospel, Railroad songs, Delta blues, Irish fiddle tunes, Appalachian music

Fri. Sept. 22 at 8:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door SEATED & STANDING ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Willie Watson: For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He's a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don't actually belong to those artists, though. They don't belong to anyone. Instead, they're part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson. And what a singer he is. 

Mapache: California County folk, psychedelic tunes

Artist sites and sounds:  www.williewatson.com and www.facebook.com/Mapache-214857241892832/

Spirit of ’76
Official After Party of Mountain Sol Fest”

 



Matt Hartle's get down and groove to mid 70's Jerry Garcia Band and more

Sat. Sept. 23 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Spirit of '76 is Matt's own band and features Amy Berry on vocals, Steven Sofranko on keys, Mark Corsolini on drums, and Burt Lewis on bass.  We love to get down and groove in the spirit of the mid 70's era Jerry Garcia Band, and the lineup of the band reflects this, with the wonderful Amy Berry singing beautiful harmonies.  As time goes on, our repertoire keeps growing, adding great songs by different artists as well.  

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

Check out Santa Cruz Mt. Sol Festival lineup at: www.santacruzmountainsol.com/2017/


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
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

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

Y La Bamba

 



Y La Bamba's Ojos Del Sol screams of radical transformation on every level

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

Y La Bamba's Ojos Del Sol screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act's fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that's ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of “Ostrich,” this is an album that's painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw. Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the Y La Bamba frontwoman's continuing exploration of her identity as Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza's parents grew up in Mexico—Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California's San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three-part harmonies. These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents “a celebration of family and community.” 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.ylabamba.com

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

Loose With The Truth

An Evening of Grateful Dead Music

 



Hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves and Psychedelic Light Show by "Liquid Steve"

Fri. Sept. 29 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Loose With The Truth is a San Francisco Bay Area band in the spirit of The Grateful Dead.  The band's history with the music goes back to the early seventies and the Wall of Sound era.  Band members have been on the bus for several decades, and have deep connections with the music and the scene.  “LWTT” presents an authentic depiction of the San Francisco Sound over the years, with attention paid to the evolution of this style of music.  There is an emphasis on improvisation, creating new energy around old favorites, especially the Grateful Dead songbook.  The group started as part of Michael Lamachia's Crossroads Musical community in Mill Valley, CA and has received hands-on musical and spiritual coaching from Mark Karan from RatDog and LiveDead '69.  Featuring strong vocal harmonies, the band shares its collective magic

with hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves! Hank Biddle – Bass & Vocals, Louie Visco – Guitar &Vocals, Christy Silness – Keyboards & Vocals, John Sassano – Guitar & Vocals, Neil Campisano – Drums, Mike Worrall– Drums,

Artist sites and sounds:   https://loosewiththetruth.wordpress.com

The Beggar Kings Rolling Stones Classics
plus The Beggar' Kings Tribute to Gregg Allman


Sat. Sept. 30 at 8pm
$15 adv./$18 door dance ages 21 +

The Beggar Kings Rolling Stones Classics: The Beggar Kings return to Don Quixote's for a special night covering The Rolling Stones classic era, with horns, keyboards, female vocals, a large production, in the style of the White Album Ensemble's Beatles shows. The Kings perform music from the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones music, from the late 60s to early 70s, “Let It Bleed”, “Exile On Main Street”, “Sticky Fingers” and of course “Beggar's Banquet” with keyboards, horns, multiple guitars, female vocals, percussion, a large scale production.

The Beggar' Kings Tribute to Gregg Allman :  Opening will be a Beggar Kings tribute to the late Gregg Allman of the Allman Bros. Special guest Dave Gonzales will sit in for this portion.  Dave played with Gregg in some early Bay Area shows, as did keyboardist Dale who backed Gregg at the Blues awards. Some of Gregg's solo tunes will be included, as well as his Allman Bros hits like “Whipping Post”, “Im No Angel”.

More special guests include The Pleasure Point horns; Dan Young, John Hensley, Jim Hannibal and The Nasty Habits choir. The Beggar Kings are Kevin Krilanovich, vocals; Dave Gonzales, guest guitar; Caleb Larsen, guitars; Dale Ockerman, keyboards, harp and guitars; David Tucker, drums; Bob Wider, guest bass. These musicians have played with the Doobie Bros, Sista Monica, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Marriott, Gregg Allman, James Durbin and many more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thebeggarkings.com and www.facebook.com/pages/BeggarKings/672508919521606?fref=photo

Low Lily with John Whelan



 



Masterful players fusing styles ranging from Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds

Wed. Oct. 4  at 7:30pm
  $15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

Members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door
PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Low Lily: "(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing... (respectful) of another time with modern clarity and restrained power." –No Depression.  The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds.  When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

John Whelan a winner of several Irish and English button accordion championships, was a featured musician in the spectacular Irish music and dance show “Riverdance,”Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland's County Wexford.  
  Artist sites and sounds:  www.lowlily.com and http://johnwhelanmusic.com

Story Road

 



featuring Colleen Rainey & 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

Shakedown Street
Grateful Dead Tribute from The Rocky Mountains

 



Shakedown Street is one of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands on the planet

Fri. Oct. 6 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Shakedown Street: One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world, Shakedown Street, makes its home in and around the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. Shakedown Street embodies the Grateful Dead ethos of improvisation and discovery, while maintaining an intimacy and open rapport with its audience. In its 28 years together, Shakedown Street has performed alongside Grateful Dead members Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten, as well as Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. Able to perform multi-night runs without repetition, the band draws equally from the early and modern Grateful Dead repertoire, and weave together unique and unforgettable performances.

Artist sites and sounds: http://shakedownstreetband.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

James Lee Stanley & Bob Lind 2pm Matinee


In 1966, Bob Lind helped define Folk Rock, writing and singing the megahit “Elusive Butterfly.”   Two super entertainers.

Sun. Oct. 8 at 2pm 
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Bob & James:  Together for one lyrical, passion-filled night: Two veteran singer songwriters whose phenomenal creativity and guitar/vocal chops have only improved over the years. Both carry the ‘60s acoustic-folk tradition in their DNA. But they haven't stopped there. Their music has continued to evolve. They're at the top of their game. You may think you know them from their critically acclaimed records and CDs. But wait to you see them in person.

Bob Lind: In 1966, he helped launch and define Folk Rock, writing and singing the groundbreaking megahit “Elusive Butterfly.” It began an illustrious career as a songwriter that still continues today. His songs have been recorded by more than 200 top artists including Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton, Cher, The Four Tops, Petula Clark, Richie Havens, Marianne Faithfull, Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Johnny Mathis, and Nancy Sinatra. His lyrics have been taught in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and translated into nine languages. His “Cheryl's Goin' Home” has become an international cult classic. It was covered by The Rokes and sold a million records in Italy. The legendary John Otway created the rock opera CHERYL around the song. Bob Lind is always unpredictable and disarming onstage – making you laugh one moment; bringing you to tears the next. Music critic Walter Savinski writes, “Come see why this engaging poet/philosopher/guitarist/singer/wise-ass has endured in the sometimes-cruel and always-fickle music business for [five decades] But be prepared to feel emotions you might not have let yourself feel in awhile. His songs hit the heart like a wrecking ball.”

James Lee Stanley combines hilarious stories with riveting music. His wonderful compositions and his heartfelt interpretations of songs by other great writers make him a unique and amazing performer. Famed novelist Tom Robbins says of him, “A diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---And here is where the wasteland ends.” Believe The Village Voice when they say that when you come to hear James Lee, “You're in for a very entertaining evening.”

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

The Lil Smokies plus Mipso 8 pm Concert

 



Trad bluegrass, newgrass, sheer raw energy meets alt-country mingled with Appalachian tradition

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Sun. Oct. 8 at 8pm
$20 adv. /$20 door dance ages 21 +

The Lil Smokies: With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil' Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you'll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you'll have to pick up off the floor. The Lil Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin' McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, and dozens of others. The Lil' Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast. 

Mipso: Chapel Hill's indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain (April 7, 2017), Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition.  Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thelilsmokies.com and www.mipsomusic.com

Joe Robinson plus Mark Mooney



Ultra-talented 25 year old Aussie Guitar virtuoso and singer / songwriter

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Mon. Oct. 9 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Joe Robinson  is a self-taught virtuoso guitarist acclaimed by many of the world's great players and singer with a story to tell. Joe, is an Australian guitar player and vocalist. He is from Temagog, New South Wales. He won the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own. Joe's six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. Robinson started playing guitar at age nine. He quickly outpaced his guitar instructor and began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors

Mark Mooney: Singer songwriter Mark Mooney, a familiar voice from KPIG radio, delivers original Americana music

Artist sites and sounds: www.joerobinson.com and https://myspace.com/marksmooney

 

Jon Stickley Trio


Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Rapid-fire Flatpicking, Super Fiddle & Sultry Wild Melodies

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

The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley's rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers. Lost at Last was recorded in the band's hometown of Asheville, NC at the iconic Echo Mountain Studios under the watchful eye of producer Dave King (The Bad Plus). 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.jonstickley.com

The Risky Biscuits plus The Good Bad

 



Fresh off  Strawberry Music Fest The Risky Biscuits join The Good Bad for heel-kicking Newgrass, Bluegrass & Americana

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

The Risky Biscuits: From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Risky Biscuits bring an original mix of heel-kicking stompers and humble ballads, creating an eclectic mix of Americana, bluegrass, and country. With six members total and guest musicians sitting in on every show, we never deliver the same performance twice. Catch one of our shows and you'll know we're in it for the music. They are making their second appearance on the mainstage at the Strawberry Music Festival this September.

The Good Bad: "Hailing from San Francisco CA, The Good Bad have been a part of the exploding newgrass/bluegrass scene on the west coast since 2010. They have shared the stage with favorites like The Brothers Comatose, The Lil' Smokies, The Last Revel, One Grass Two Grass and Front Country. The Good Bad bring a raucous and high-energy take on the string band sound. With mesmerizing stage presence and songwriting that combines influences ranging from Scruggs to Sublime, from The Devil Makes Three to The Delta Blues. Vocal Harmony and versatility is staple to their craft and they've honed it to deliver a true good time sound that goes best with a dash of whiskey. The five-piece progressive bluegrass/newgrass ensemble features Aaron Lanes (mandolin, guitar), Thomas Beneduci (guitar, dobro), Paul Geoghan(bass), Shane Kalbach (fiddle), and Peter Dominici (banjo).” 

Artist sites and sounds: www.theriskybiscuits.com and   www.thegoodbad.net

The Leftovers, Monkeyhands, Brain Fluid, North Coast Rovers

 

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Let's Dance All night! Reggae, Rock & Roll, Funk, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, and Irish Pirate 

Fri. Oct. 13 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Leftovers: We are The Leftovers from the Santa Cruz Mountains! We fuse Reggae and Rock & Roll to make awesome music! So crank up those speakers and get the party started! Sounds Like: The Expendables, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Dirty Heads or a really fun dance party

Monkeyhands: Monkeyhands is a unique five piece Santa Cruz band that consistently delivers excitement and inventiveness, both lyrical and musical. The band has infectious enthusiasm during shows which easily transfers to audience members. Their influences include such diverse genres as Funk, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, and Folk. Michael Hulter is lead singer and guitarist but their unique sound is partially generated by each person writing their own parts. Some of the Monkeyhands sound has come about due to members past participation in such local bands as The Leftovers, Mark London & The Supergreens, Andy Pancakes & the Continental Breakfast, Ginger & Juice, and Dead in 100 Years to name a few.

Brain Fluid is dedicated to preserving the legacy of roots reggae.

North Coast Rovers: Irish Pirate music

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/Theleftoversca/  and www.reverbnation.com/monkeyhands

Be Natural Music Youth Rock Concert & Halloween Fundraiser! 1pm Matinee

 



Join us for our biggest show of the year! 10 Youth Rock Bands!

Sat. Oct. 14 at 1pm
$7 adv./$7 door Children Under 3 Free seated <21 w/parent

Join us for our biggest show of the year! Come see 10 Youth Rock bands and participate in our costume contest and raffle with big prizes. Fun for kids & the whole family! Be Natural Music is Santa Cruz's School of Music! Specializing in the teaching of musical instruments as well as directing rock & Jazz band classes and producing concerts through the Real Rock Band Program. This program consists of musicians of various skill levels and ages who form bands for the enjoyment of playing music together. Currently, we teach 10 Rock Band classes a week!

Artist sites and sounds: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.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

In the Spirit of Lennon plus Come Together

 



The Sun Kings' Drew Harrison presents an acoustic celebration of the life & music of John Lennon with Come Together opening with an acoustic set of Paul McCartney & George Harrison

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

Drew Harrison of The Sun Kings presents a loving, emotionally charged retrospective of the life and career of one of the most popular artists of all time, told through songs, stories, and images from The Beatles through the final recordings of his life. Gifted with the most natural, effortless Lennon voice in the music world, Harrison has been performing John's songs and telling the stories and anecdotes that go along with them for well over a decade.

“--A very talented musician with an amazing voice. I enjoyed him very much.”  Bonnie Raitt

“Drew has a great voice. His Lennon is impeccable. I feel like I am in the room with Lennon himself.”

Bob Brown, former Manager – Huey Lewis and the News

Come Together with an acoustic set of Paul McCartney & George Harrison. Come Together are Jerry Whitney, bass and back-up vocals, Glenn MacPherson, lead and back-up vocals along with rhythm/ lead guitar and Cheryl  D'Alessandro, lead and back-up vocals. Jerry's musical influences were Paul McCartney, James Jamerson of Motown fame and many of the sixties rock n roll music groups. Jerry is presently involved with a regular gigging group known as The Ten O'clock Lunch, a dance band playing 60's Motown, blues and pop.   Jerry is also the bass player for a Santa Cruz Beatles Jam Group, a Facebook group with 400 members. Glenn Plays in several Santa Cruz based bands including the Ten O'clock Lunch and The Brave Mystics. Cheryl D'Alessandro-  Cheryl grew up singing gospel in church choirs. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.itslennon.com    and www.facebook.com/drewharrisonmusic

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys  2pm matinee

 



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

Sun. Oct. 22 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Big Sandy in his own words:  Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it's been. When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never dreamed that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little bandthat formed that afternoon. Yet here I am, looking back over a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times, that has put us in front of national television audiences, and - most importantly - that has given me the opportunity to play the music that I grew up having such a passion for - Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Doo-Wop and now with the release of our all-acoustic album “What A Dream It's Been”, even a touch of Jamaican Rocksteady.

Putting together the new record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP's, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentations. In many ways , it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. 

Rocky Horror Show Live in Concert
  7:30pm Show

 



Cult Classic with a Live Band, all the costumes. make-up and choreography - IN CONCERT

Sun Oct. 22 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

The Cast of All About Theatre's production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show presents the ORIGINAL staged version of this Cult Classic with a Live Band, all the costumes. make-up and choreography - In Concert on Don Quixote's.  Join us!  Do The Time Warp Again!  Hot Patootie!  Sweet Transvestite! This scintillating cast of local luminaries will rock your socks (or fishnets, rather) off!!  Directed and Music Directed by Santa Cruz's own Rock Musical Maestro Arindam Krishna Das just in time for the Halloween Holiday Season. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/1604325089637994/

Paul Collins --  The Hits & Stories of 40 Years of Rock n' Roll

 



An Intimate Evening with The King of Power Pop – founder of “The Beat” and The Nerves”

Mon. Oct. 23 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Hello friends and fans! I am very excited about my new show that I am bringing to Felton in Santa Cruz County on October 23! As most things in life, my new show is born out of necessity. I recently did 31 shows in 8 different countries over in Europe and I did it all alone, Solo! I wanted to make my set more than just banging out my songs that I have written over these last forty years, so I decided to include little stories about the songs, where they were written, what was going on with me and how I felt. To my surprise the crowds loved it and people really felt that they got to know and understand what I do much better and the concept show drew people who had never heard of me! So come out and let me entertain you with all my hits and the stories that go along with them. The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, independently releasing their own 4 song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie.

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

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards CD Release, Paper Wings, Evie Ladin



String band heaven tonight--rough and ready, innovative and timeless, bold and elegant

Wed. Oct. 25 at 7:30pm
$12 adv. /$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their new album California Calling comes out on October 6th. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

Paper Wings : Paper Wings is a new old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. Now they are joining forces to create music that's based on their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Their duo features classic vocal harmonies over a rotating cast of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them they have had the pleasure of performing with Aoife O'donovan, Darol Anger, Sean Watkins, Darrell Scott, Laurie Lewis, Tim O'Brien, Mike Marshall, Kai Welch, John Reischman, and Rushad Eggleston. Their debut album was just released in February 2017. Their music is fine and supple, rough and ready, innovative and timeless.

Evie Ladin : The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010), co-produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry, was quickly followed by Evie Ladin Band (2012), which won Americana Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote. The 2016 release of JUMP THE FIRE showcases the ELB evolving into a tight trio, with mature, playful, driving songs, and a 4-dimensional live show.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thisislauracortese.com plus www.paperwingsmusic.com and www.evieladin.com

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours

 



Antsy brings the whole band--The Trailer Park Troubadours—for a night of vintage Antsy 

Thu. Oct. 26 at 7:30pm
$25 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

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

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

Earthless

 

 



A psychedelic sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning

Fri. Oct. 27 at 9pm
$20 adv./$20 door all standing 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Award-winning San Diego innovative psychedelic rock band EARTHLESS has completed work on its brand new album From the Ages. Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS‘ sound has been called  “A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning”. The group delivers “one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock,” leading to one reviewer stating that the band's “epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn't afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return.”

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/pg/earthlessrips/about/?ref=page_internal

HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA
China Cats 
A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

 



NEW THIS YEAR--$250.00 CASH PRIZE FOR 1 ST PLACE IN COSTUME CONTEST

Sat. Oct. 28 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

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.

COSTUME CONTEST:  First prize $250.00 Cash for Best Costume, second place $100.00 Cash: dinner for two and tickets to a concert. Also show tickets or CD prizes for winners and runners up for Scariest Costume, Most Colors in a Costume, Sexiest Costume, and best Grateful Dead related costume.

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

California Kind   7 pm Show

 



Monster jam greats and members of David Nelson Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh, Jefferson Starship, Moonalice & more

Sun. Oct. 29 at 7pm
$17 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jam veterans Barry Sless, Rob Barraco, Pete Sears and John Molo team up with singer/ songwriter/guitarist Katie Skene to perform original music, classic Americana and rock n' roll, blending uninhibited jams, swamp blues, old style twang, traditional roots music, and southern soul into a musical truth that pushes forward the tradition of the California Jam Band movement. 

Barry Sless (David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh, Moonalice, Cowboy Jazz)

Pete Sears (David Nelson Band, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Moonalice)

John Molo (Phil Lesh, David Nelson Band, Bruce Hornsby, Moonalice)

Rob Barraco (Phil Lesh, The Dead, Dark Star Orchestra, Chris Robinson)

Katie Skene (Col Bruce Hampton, Tommy Talton, Vinx)

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

ALL STRUNG UP TOUR  Daniel Champagne, Christie Lenée, Hussy Hicks 

 



Mind Blowing Guitar Virtuosity Meets Soaring Vocals

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

Daniel Champagne :  One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical'

Christie Lenée : Her unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie's pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few.

Hussy Hicks are Australia's Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz. Julz is regarded as one of her country's finest guitarists and has traded licks with everyone from street performers to Phil and Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson, Lulo Reinhardt and Joe Robinson. Leesa is most recognised for her soaring vocals and joyful, endearing stage presence and she has been steadily earning respect as one of the most captivating vocalists in her field.

Artist sites and sounds: www.danielchampagnemusic.com and http://christielenee.com and  www.hussyhicks.com

The Steel Wheels

 



Super string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Wed. Nov. 1 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

“Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels---” – NPR's Mountain Stage
“What sets The Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Trent Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.” -  Country Standard Time.  New CD is Wild As We Came Here, 2017. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they've been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thesteelwheels.com

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Levi Jack, McCoy Tyler

 

 



"A Evening Of Americana Rock"

Fri. Nov. 3 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door dance ages 21 +

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers: Fun and spontaneous performances of high energy bluegrass and beyond. Requests, audience participation, dancing, joy, laughter, and even tears. Y'all come! We love Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, The Seldom Scene, The Steel Drivers, the Carter Family, Hazel Dickens, the Osborne Brothers, Hank Williams, the Grateful Dead, Gillian Welch

Levi Jack: Founded in 2015 by long time musical partners Marty Martin' (guitar and vocals) and Rich Thomas (lead guitar and vocals) of Corduroy Jim, Levi Jack brings out a more Americana roots side of their music, all the while exploring their modern influences and contemporaries.  Equal parts ambient rock, country-blues, alt folk, and singer-songwriter genre alike, Levi Jack has a fresh and raw energy that is gaining favorable results.

McCoy Tyler: RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE – COME EARLY ! 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. 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. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/wildcatmountainramblers/   and www.facebook.com/levijackmusic/?ref=py_c and http://www.mccoytylermusic.com

Wake The Dead
 
Grateful Dead Dance Celtic Style

 



The Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love Party Band

Sat. Nov. 4 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Wake The Dead: The Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love party band, is returning to Santa Cruz, dishing up a raft of sizzling new material from their recently released fourth CD, "Deal".   This hot sextet combines Irish jigs and reels with the songs of the Grateful Dead and other '60s iconic bands, delivering them with unique power and joy.  Soaring vocal harmonies and daring instrumentals fuel Wake the Dead's singular groove engine, delighting Celtoids and Deadheads alike. With 18 years of ever-wider success and touring, the World's First Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band has grown to embrace the entire Summer of Love. The Airplane, the Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, and even the Beatles are now joyful parts of the mix.  Local fans are guaranteed many brand-new surprises. “Wake the Dead is a thorough delight.  You've never heard songs like ‘Bertha' and ‘Bird Song' quite like this, and you'll never listen to them in quite the same way again.”—Gary Lambert, GD Almanac & Sirius XM Radio. Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) & Brian Rice (exotic percussion).  Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinary—a rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.  

Artist sites and sounds:    www.wakethedead.org

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton 8pm Concert

 



Original Be Good Tanyas Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton new CD is ‘Wildflower Blues' ,

Sun. Nov. 5 at 8pm
$16 adv./$16 door SEATED & STANDING ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton: Samantha Parton, sulti-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo) and vocalist isa founding member of of The Be Good Tanyas along with Jolie Holland. The two are re-united around a great new CD “Wildflower Blues.”  Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that's where the beauty lies.

Artist sites and sounds: https://joliehollandmusic.com and www.begoodtanyas.com

Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault

 



Kris & Jeffrey special rare appearance celebrating Delmhorst's newest album, "THE WILD"

Fri. Nov. 10 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault: In the fall of 2017 Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault share the stage on a special split bill to celebrate the release of THE WILD, Kris Delmhorst's 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and THE WILD marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst's darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault's lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway - the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums - and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music every night, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other's sets, the tour offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country's foremost songwriters.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.krisdelmhorst.com and   www.jeffreyfoucault.com

August Sun, Light The Band, Urban Theory

 



Fri. Nov. 17 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

A true love of pure rock and roll and funk rock energy meets funky dance party rage music

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.

Light the Band formed in late 2013, when guitarist Dan Guzman & drummer Logan Tyler began jamming at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios.  James Tashnick joined shortly after and the first version of Light the Band was formed.  Powerful, technical, funky, fast and raging, Light the Band was a powerhouse from the very beginning.  Tim Gan's ultra funky, rhythmic style helped LtB develop their own unique brand of funky dance party rage music.  Pat Blizinski is on keys. When on stage, Light the Band is sharp, musical, and always evolving.  Covering multiple styles and drawing from influences like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, Phish, The Meters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Tool, & Fela Kuti, Light the Band always delivers a high-energy dance show.

Urban Theory: Ryan, Jake, Christian, Evan and Rory have been influence by a range of artists such as Young The Giant, Coldplay, The Beach Boys, John Mayer, The Strokes, Rogue Wave, , Jack Johnson, Queens of The Stone Age and Beck

Artist sites and sounds:   https://augustsuntheband.bandcamp.com/  and www.lightthebandmusic.com and  www.facebook.com/Urbantheory/

Incendio 

 



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

Sun. Nov. 19 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Incendio: The acclaimed Los-Angeles-based group INCENDIO performs original “world guitar” compositions, featuring incredible guitar-playing across a variety of genres: latin, middle-eastern, and celtic grooves.  Formed in 1999, the group has 9 CD's and 2 DVD's available internationally, variously hitting the Billboard, CMJ, NAV, and  Amazon.com  charts.  Averaging over 150 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO's live performance is an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, California World Festival, the national Levitt Pavilions and many more across the U.S. Their ninth international release, the recent Christmas-themed “O Night Divine”, came out in December 2015.  Their previous release,  June 2013's  “The Shape of Dreams”, stayed at or near the top of the Amazon flamenco and world charts for the remainder of that year.  They have reached 80 million spins on streaming radio and have over 10,000 facebook likes.  Their music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, and other streaming

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

Trace Bundy



Astonishing guitarist: 35,000,000 (yes, 35 Million) YouTube views to date

Fri. Dec. 1 at 8pm
$16 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Trace Bundy's music must be seen to be believed, using harmonics, looping, and multiple capos to confound even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers. Trace's witty banter and stage presence delivers an unforgettable live concert experience. Bundy's unique career has brought him across the world, with sold-out concerts in 26 countries and counting — from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 99,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 35,000,000 YouTube views to date.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.tracebundy.com

Nora Jane Struthers

 



Blurring the lines between folk, roots, and rock -- Nora Jane Struthers' new album is “Champion”

Mon. Dec. 4 at 7:30pm
  $15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Nora Jane Struthers:  Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners' lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers' new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs. The 13-song collection is the follow-up to 2015's Wake, which earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, and “Fresh Air.” Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. The album, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the studio is having a damn good time. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.norajanestruthers.com

Mike Renwick's Holiday Deluxe

 



Dazzling synthesis of acoustic 60's and 70's folk and rock with a hard-hitting R&B horn section

Wed. Dec. 13 at 8pm
$20 adv./$25 door dance- ages 21+

The legacy grows with a new show every year.  Dazzling synthesis of acoustic 60's and 70's folk and rock with a hard-hitting R&B horn section.  Mike opens the evening with an acoustic set adding one musician at a time until the full blown ensemble rocks your socks off.  Enjoy holiday cheer and dig this electric & acoustic extravaganza! Mike Renwick's musical education started in Europe in 1965 playing rhythm and blues with various English bands. Mike has been touring since 1967.

Artist sites and sounds: www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikerenwick

Zeppelin Live

 



The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience

Fri. Dec. 22 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

Tom Russell

 



Tom Russell celebrates his new release - "Folk Hotel"

Thu. Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
$30 adv./$35 door   seated <21 w/parent

Tom Russell's new recording of original songs, "Folk Hotel," will be released worldwide August 25. A year-long world tour in support of the album commences in Boston, rolls across the USA with fifty dates, then goes to Ireland and the UK in November and DecemberThe new record features 13 new Tom Russell originals and a bonus track of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," a duet with Joe Ely, featuring Joel Guzman on Tex-Mex accordion. Augie Meyers and Eliza Gilkyson also make guest appearances on the album. The album was recorded at Congress House studio in Austin, Texas. There are songs and stories about: the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Tom's journey from El Paso to Santa Fe, Ian Tyson refusing to "leave his old horses," a song for Dylan Thomas that melts into a Joycean landscape about a day in the life of Belfast, Ireland, Tom's meeting J.F.K., and even a song using only 16th century slang! Tom considers it his best record to date both from a songwriting and performance standpoint. Meanwhile! True North Records just released Tom's tribute to Ian and Sylvia - "Play One More - The Songs of Ian and Sylvia," including two Tom Russell co-writes, one each with both Ian and Sylvia, plus forgotten classics of folk music and two rare Ian and Sylvia demos.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.tomrussell.com

ALTAN

 



No Irish traditional band in the last thirty years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.The seeds of the band lie in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy - it is here that the band's heart lies still whether they are performing on tv in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States. 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://altan.ie

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