2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073







SECOND OF TWO BIG NIGHTS!!!

Jazz Fusion Jam Rock Legends          

Tue. March 19 at 7:30pm
$35 adv./$40 door seated <21 w/parent

DINNER RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENED

Brand X originated in England in the late 1970's, and became well known as "Phil Collins' Other Band" while he was making the transition in GENESIS from Drummer to Lead Vocal & Drummer.  Now the original founders of Brand X have reunited (Percy Jones/Bass & John Goodsall/Guitars) and have been mesmerizing audiences with their live show for the past two years.  A new Live Blu-Ray and a new album were just released at the end of 2018, both mixed by legendary Producer Stephen W. Tayler (Real World UK) Rave reviews have appeared in Huffington Post, Prog Magazine, Progression Mag, NY Times, Interviews with Anil Prassad. A virtual "Who's-Who of Rock" have come out recently to see BRAND X play live, including members of YES, KANSAS, DIXIE DREGS, DREAM THEATRE, KING CRIMSON, RENAISSANCE , and even  METALLICA .  It's always a fun show with Brand X.

Brand X is: PERCY JONES:  BASS /  JOHN GOODSALL: GUITAR / CHRIS CLARK: KEYBOARDS / KENNY GROHOWSKI: DRUMS & PERCUSSION
Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/OfficialBrandX/  and https://vimeo.com/276022717 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSGhi34qHXk


Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Western Swing, and Blues

Wed. March 20 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation of traditional bluegrass. The founding members met at bluegrass festivals, which they have been going to since they were toddlers. Through these festivals, they developed their friendships as well as a deep love and understanding of bluegrass music, and of music in general. Taking in elements from bluegrass, western swing, soul, folk, rock, and old time music, this band of friends puts their heart into their music, and has been recognized as the 2018 NCBS Band of the Year. At the head of the group is AJ Lee, songwriter extraordinaire, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year. The rest of Blue Summit's accomplishments can be accredited to the dedication, persistence, and passion of founding members Isaac Cornelius (bass), Jesse Fichman (guitar), and two-time Guitar Player of the Year, Sullivan Tuttle. Blue Summit has played at festivals all around California, including the CBA Father's Day Festival, the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, and the Kate Wolf Music Festival. They have recently released their first album, “Sweet Company”.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.bluesummitmusic.com


 

Christie and super band w/  Glenn MacPherson, Rhan Wilson, Jimmy Norris & Patti Maxine

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

Christie is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose gripping lyrics and catchy melodies are delivered by a “striking, honey-whiskey voice”. She has released five original records and performed for hundreds of audiences at diverse venues across the country, including Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry). Several of her songs are featured on compilations, and in movies and TV. Christie's newest record, Big Picture, was engineered by Keith Greeninger and produced by Jimmy Norris. Recorded in the Santa Cruz mountains, the album's folk-rock vibe is reminiscent of the ‘70's Laurel Canyon era. Christie left her hometown of Los Angeles to attend college at UC Berkeley where she lived for 20 years (with a brief stint in Athens, GA). She now resides in beautiful Santa Cruz where she's blessed to play and record with some of the area's finest musicians who will be joining her tonight. Her shows are always energetic and engaging.

Artist sites and sounds: http://www.christiemccarthy.com and w ww.youtube.com/channel/UCCDJw53kLdiHUfIzTsVbIjw?view_as=subscriber


HAPPY HOUR

Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana, originals & soul

Fri. March 22 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/

 

 

Good Time Non-Stop Dancing to R&B, Soul, Rock, Reggae, and Blues

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

Alex Lucero & Live Again: Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's, lead singer/frontman, Alex Lucero showcases his timber and rasp as well as high falsetto in his live and studio performances. Ryan Price's bass playing is unmistakable to the Live Again sound and is a crucial element to whatever setting the band plays.  For over 5 years Live Again has been portraying their love of music to fans and audience members all around California. From their wide array of showcasing covers to their own original compositions, this band is always striving for the absolute best.

SPUN is a Santa Cruz/SF Bay Area band with over 20 years of professional performance experience. Members of SPUN have performed with or opened for: Smashmouth, Third Eye Blind, No Doubt, Train, Jason Bonham, The Beat Farmers, REO Speedwagon, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Tokens, & Mother Hips, to name a few. As the name suggests, SPUN spins a mix of cover tunes: rock, reggae, blues, dance, & country. SPUN also has a selection of original material to bring to the table. We take the music seriously (but not ourselves) with three-part harmonies and precise instrumentation. It's all about having a good time.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.liveagainband.com and www.spunsantacruz.com/gig/


 

The quintessential Santa Cruz worldbeat party band –very rare appearance

Sat. March 23 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 +  

Special Fun was the quintessential Santa Cruz worldbeat party band in the 1980's. Gary Regina, Daniel Lewis, Gary Kehoe,  Bob Von Elgg, Michael Horne, and Renato Annicchiarico performed up and down the California coast, released four recordings and built a dedicated following over a 5 year run, performing with Spyro Gyra, Billy Ocean, Zulu Spear, Big City, Steel Pulse and many more. Some of the members reformed in 2002 as “SOLCIRCLE” playing with String Cheese Incident and releasing “Solcircle” and “Live at Monterey Jazz Festival”

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Mar. 24 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









 

Master Storytellers  "Naked People, Astrology, Couples Therapy & Piano Lessons"

Wed. March 27 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$12 door seated – ages 21 +

Tell Me More: Brace yourself for a wild ride of “depth comedy” and autobiographical storytelling. Join us as we delight in navigating the human experience.  Hearing another's story is often the most profound entry into the recognition of the bonds we share as human beings. Stories are archetypal and universal and authentic.  Storytelling touches the collective spirit of humanity. Tell Me More was created by local artists and writers Janet Croteau and Laurie Guerin who both believe that the creative process is healing, transformative and funny. 

Janet Croteau: Janet is the creator, producer and co-director of Tell Me More. She is a songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist and therapist. She believes in the power of authenticity and self expression and that if you water down who you are, the real people will never find you. 

Stefano Engle:  Stefano works as an undercover writer, painter, writer, and performer. A guarded few know his assignment at any particular time, though he has occasionally been sighted commuting on Highway 17

Serena Fennell: Serena was born and raised here in Santa Cruz and many stories to share about our unique town.

Sara MacEwan : Sara is a therapist who believes in self-expression as a path to healing and wholeness. Sara loves being on stage, talking about feelings and any joke with “your Mom” in the punchline.

Sun Marion : Sun believes in new beginnings and cultivates life with a deep appreciation of nature, love, and precious opportunities. She is a media mentor, digital artist, and radio star known as 

Nicolette Nasr: Nicolette is the co-director of Tell Me More. She escaped from Palo Alto to find her true self in Santa Cruz where acting, writing and loving her community and family is her focus.

Henry Seltzer : Henry is a local astrologer, who invented the popular astrology software TimePassages and writes and lectures regularly. He has been researching the meanings of new planets, and has a book out on Eris called  The Tenth Planet.

April Stearns : After a breast cancer diagnosis at 35, April longed to hear the stories of other young women making a life after diagnosis. In 2015 she founded WILDFIRE Magazine to be a beautiful print & digital platform for young women to tell their breast cancer stories. She has published the stories of more than 300 women and has attracted readers from all over the world.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.janetcroteau.com and www.drfutureshow.com and https://astrograph.com and www.wildfirecommunity.org


Joint Chief ' s members  bring R&B, Jazz, and Funk, all the way live, straight to you!

Thu. March 28  at 7:30pm
NO COVER
  http://thejointchiefsband.com

 

Ted Welty of Spun
and Lenny Ruckel of The Breeze Babes rock out!


Fri. March 29 at 5pm
NO COVER    



 

   Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

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

Ten O'clock Lunch Band's Farewell to Glenn MacPherson

Local Motown and R/B dance band, Ten O'clock Lunch Band, bring their brand of funky fun, great harmonies and infectious groove-laden All Motown and R/B Revue . From Smoky to Gladys, Sam Cooke, Staples, Temptations, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Bobby Blue Bland and beyond!

George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to outfit that includes James Jamerson infused basslines by Jerry Whitney, do-it-all lead guitarist Glenn MacPherson , sweet harmony vocals and harmonica by Richie the Lip , and rock steady drumming by Pat Scirappa with Special Guests Sax master Armen Boyd, Jr (Big Bang Beat) and local Keyboard legend Otis Coen .

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



Celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead
Sat. March 30 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

MATT HARTLE BIRTHDAY BASH Veterans of the Bay Area Grateful Dead musician community, performing music from the Grateful Dead's late 70's era. Guitarist MATT HARTLE has explored roots rock, jazz, country, and blues with many talented players (Joe Craven, Melvin Seals, Donna Jean Godchaux, China Cats among others). For his Spirit of 76, he teams up with a stellar cast of veteran Bay Area musicians to bring a fresh, improvisational sound and their stellar vocal harmonies weave throughout the exceptional instrumentation. Spirit of ‘76 is contagiously fun, satisfaction guaranteed.

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


 

AS SEEN ON SEASON 15 of THE VOICE – Returning after a sold-out show in December

Sun. March 31 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Voice – A Love Story: Anthony and Emily met in Los Angeles, at the first round of call backs for Season 15 of The Voice.  They quickly became friends and spent months trading songs and singing together as they progressed through the competition leading up to multiple performances on National TV. They shared many of the same favorite current artists as well as a love for the oldies from the 60s and 70s. As songwriters, they turned their experience into songs about their relationship – now long distance but still going strong.  An evening with them will touch your heart too!

Anthony Arya: People often describe Anthony as an old soul. His original tunes appeal to all ages and you're likely to walk away humming one of his songs for days after a performance. His genre is folk/rock with an infusion of jazz and blues. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from the swinging jazz of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice – a unique tone with a natural rasp – makes for captivating performances. He plays his original tunes in a variety of venues all around the Bay Area in Santa Cruz and San Francisco and is the Singer for the legendary Harvey Mandel. His full-length album is due out by the end of 2018

Emily Hough: Emily has been playing guitar and singing since she was seven. Her rich, sweet tone and gentle vibe leaves the audience delighted every time.  She's been performing at local fairs, festivals, and cafes in her hometown in Springfield, Illinois and now has come out to join local artist Anthony Arya for an unforgettable night.  Emily's style can be described as Indie folk/alternative.

Artist sites and sounds
: www.anthonyarya.com and www.facebook.com/EmilyHoughMusic


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Mar. 31 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









 

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio

Wed. April 3 at 7:30pm
$25 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio's questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio's (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they're part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group's goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.CGT's 15 albums, streamed over 59 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group's mercurial muse.

The trio's most recent release Komorebi showcases its acoustic side, with beautiful lush originals and innovative cover arrangements of Beatles, Beach Boys and more. Other highlights include Masterworks and album of classical works, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert. Andromeda, which combines their many influences into a visionary album of original material; CG3+2, an exploration of kinetic rock territory in collaboration with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto; and Echoes, which re-imagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Queen. The trio's output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Artist sites and sounds: https://cgtrio.com and videos at https://sroartists.com/artists/californiaguitartrio/#media


Dual CD Release Concert.  Tenacious, innovative string musicians—Appalachian & Americana

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Evie Ladin Band: Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band – Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson – throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, audiences are captivated by the Evie Ladin Band concert experience. Heard from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Prairie Home Companion, with a silver medal from Clifftop, WV's illustrious Neo-Trad Stringband contest, the group celebrates the release of their fourth record, 13 original songs with a truly original sound in new old-time Americana.

Paper Wings captivates their listeners with a sound that is delicate, powerful, and refreshingly intimate. The stunning vocal blend of Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda soars over a rotating cast of banjo, guitar, and fiddles. These two blossoming songwriters have a distinctive way of weaving traditional Appalachian music in to their thoughtfully crafted songs leaving you feeling nostalgic and exhilarated. Both exceptionally accomplished multi-instrumentalists, they walk the line between vibrant originality and a deep care for traditional music and its history. They are the 2018 recipients of "A Good Idea" fund from Australian Folk-Pop duo Oh Pep! to sponsor a week dedicated to songwriting. Paper Wings' released their self-titled debut album in 2017 and their second album is set to drop in April 2019. Paper Wings is a genuine intertwining of two souls you won't soon forget.

Artist sites and sounds: www.evieladin.com/evie-ladin-band-w-keith-terry-erik-pearson/ and www.paperwingsmusic.com


 



Dance the Night Away to Vintage Country and Original Americana music! 

Fri. April 5 at 8pm
  $12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Hank & Ella With The Fine Country Band: This musical group is sure to get you moving on the dance floor! And maybe waltzing with your darling to one of Hank Warde's heartfelt, dreamy melodies. The band also features boogie woogie, honky tonk, and classic duets. Hank and Ella With The Fine Country Band have just released their self-titled debut album. The album is made up of 13 original, vintage-inspired songs that explore themes of Love and Loss, Dimly-Lit Honky-Tonks, Working Hard and Having a Good Time. Imagery throughout the album transports the listener back to the era when the rock and roll sound was still being created. The band puts their own stamp on this early rock and country sound by injecting unique, dreamy melodies that soar over Hank's vocal lines. The distinct chord progressions and The Diamond Sisters' harmonies push the songs into dream land. “We really like the sounds that take the listener to new, uncharted places--sounds that bring up uncertain, joyful emotions.”

Gerard Egan:   Western Swing / Juke Box country vocalist and guitar ace of the Carolyn Sills Combo.  Gerard is also a DJ on KPIG and if you ever treated yourself to the radio show he shares with Carolyn, you know how much fun you can have with vintage, traditional and timeless country music.  Now you will get to treat yourself to Gerard's loving take on Western Swing and good old juke box honky-tonk music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thefinecountryband.com  and www.carolynsills.com


 

Funk, acid jazz and classic R&B resulting in an infectious dance party


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

The Joint Chiefs are one of the most versatile and exciting dance bands currently performing on the Northern California music scene. Since their inception in 1990, The Joint Chiefs have built a loyal following based on their live performances as well as their wide range of styles and influences. Their sound fuses elements of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B with their own signature groove. The result is a dance party of infectious grooves. Since members of the band were raised on 70's funk, the band captures the natural funk feel that all the other bands try to imitate.

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


Bluesy Americana Juno Award Winner is “Like gunpowder and opium” - Ray Wylie Hubbard

Wed. April 10 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Ray Bonneville:  Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville's deep, evocative voice confesses life's harsh realities. Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Often called a “song and groove man,” he began writing his own music after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard. He's since released nine albums, won Canada's Juno award and other prestigious honors, earned wide critical acclaim, and garnered an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Ray is joined by Richie Lawrence , who's new release, Rue Sanxay, is a flat out love fest; new love, old love, New York love, Parisian love, Bayou love and eternal pining.

Artist sites and sounds:   https://raybonneville.com and http://richielawrence.com/


Simple Dreams delivers an evening of unforgettable tunes

Thu. April 11 at 7:30pm 
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Simple Dreams is a group of talented musicians paying tribute to the music of Linda Ronstadt. Focusing on her early years starting with the Stone Poneys and moving through her career to the early 80s, Simple Dreams covers her folk, rock and pop hits as they may have been played live. From her breakout song "Different Drum" to a rocking version of "You're No Good," Simple Dreams delivers a show of memorable tunes. Band members include Donna Seda on lead vocals, Jeff Ebbage on lead guitar and backup vocals, Eric Gilmore on bass, Will McDougal on keys, Kerry Johnson on pedal steel, Brendan McQueeney on drums and Angela Fisher on backup vocals.

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


 

CD Release concert for Joe's debut album “Time Spent In Between”

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

Joe Kaplow and his 4 piece indie-rock band, only yearlings, have already established themselves as one of the best bands in Santa Cruz.  Described as 'transcendental trailer park' and 'blue collar art' their music utilizes four-part harmony, strong rhythm and great songwriting." For Kaplow, becoming a full-time musician - and adopting the lifestyle that often accompanies it - didn't happen by accident. Having moved from farm life and family in New Jersey to the rich Santa Cruz music community, Kaplow has often found himself living paycheck to paycheck as he tours, records music in various bedrooms of the house where he lives, rehearses with his band.  The band, consisting of drummer Mikey Whalen, bassist Elliott Kay, and keyboardist Rob Armenti, expertly and soulfully execute the arrangements off Kaplow's debut album. “Time Spent In Between” creates a sonic space of its own where lo-fi bedroom intimacy converges with Sgt. Pepper-like production, driven by cathartic songwriting of a folk nature.  You might find a little Beck, Shakey Graves, Paul Simon or Bob Dylan. The songs on the album range in mood, emotion and maybe even genre, but in a good way, in a way that is rare in the alternative music scene today. 

Willy Tea Taylor: Blackwing Music is proud to announce the release of Knuckleball Prime, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Willy Tea Taylor. Recorded in Nashville, TN, Knuckleball Prime features eleven original compositions that highlight Taylor's brilliant storytelling and heartfelt vocals.

Artist sites and sounds: www.joekaplow.net and www.facebook.com/joekaplowmusic   and https://willyteataylor.com


 

 

Sat. April 13 at 8:30pm
$15 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 bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer).   

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


 

Gaelynn is the Winner of NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Concert

Wed. April 17 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

A GRAPEVYNE MUSIC RENDEZVOUS

Gaelyn Lea: Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea  has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Concert a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music's second-ever Tiny Desk Contest.  The video entry of her original song “Someday We Will Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest's six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show's host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.” Gaelynn Lea's musical reach has expanded significantly because of the Tiny Desk Contest. She began touring nationally in September 2016 with her husband Paul in their 2002 Ford Econline – and they've been on the road ever since!  “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I've ever heard before.”  – Jess Wolfe (Lucius).   Gaelynn also speaks across the country on disabilities and empowerment. There is a link here to her Ted Talk at Yale.  In her talk, she recounts the epiphany that empowered her to pursue life, love, and a musical career on her own terms.

Mike Rufo  is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Rufo's songs and poems arc across the waves of life.  His music is gripping and eclectic, reflecting his impassioned engagement with the world. Mike's musical language builds upon powerful lyrics, soaring vocals, driving rhythms, and melodic riffs that explore emotional depths and transformation.  He also mixes things up with a knack for the well-conceived parody, like his popular single - Spyin' Eyes.  Mike's recent CD, Nothin' But Now, features a return to his early folk roots.  As noted in The Prelude Press:  "The songs on Nothin' But Now weave together in deeply resonant and beautifully conveyed stories of uplift, loss, transformation, and connection."      

  Artist sites and sounds: https://violinscratches.com and Gaelynn's Ted Talk at Yale: https://youtu.be/akGYugciSVw and https://youtu.be/Pk9lgimztD4  and https://mikerufomusic.com


 

 

The feel, excitement and raw energy of the Allman Brothers Band live in concert

Thu. April 18 at 8:00pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Allman Brothers Band tribute: Freestone Peaches captures the feel, excitement and raw energy of the Allman Brothers Band live in concert. The SF Bay Area based band is comprised of veteran jam, jazz, blues, rock, country and Allman Brothers Band enthusiasts, Freestone Peaches features Ned Patchett on lead/slide guitar (Duane Allman), Jeff Faust on bass (Berry Oakley), Michael Berry on lead guitar (Dickey Betts), Mark Corsolini on drums (Butch Trucks), John Hanrahan on drums (Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson), Jefferson Bergey on vocals (Gregg Allman) and Paul Rustigian on B3/keyboards (Gregg Allman).

Artist sites and sounds: www.freestonepeaches.com


 

 

American Prayer (1 st Set)
and The DOORS Classic Hits (2 nd Set)

Fri. April 19 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

STARLETS WEB PRESENTS The Album of the Month Club

Santa Cruz's own Stone Fruit band will carry on ”The Album of the Month Club” with tonight's presentation featuring singer Eddy Strickler performing The Doors "American Prayer" as well as a set of classic Doors hits.  This will be an exclusive performance not to be missed!  Starlets Web is the production company that has brought you the extraordinary and creative evenings with Tom Petty and David Bowie.  Stone Fruit is a band of a-list players who, along with special guests, create imaginative, exciting presentations.  The first set will be a rare salute to Jim Morrison's “American Prayer” Music by The DOORS. The second set is loaded with rocking, reimagined DOORS. 

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


 

 

Roots rock reggae delivered with resounding rhythm, blazing brass and gnarly leads

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

Sound Reasoning  will pull you out of your seat and propel you to the dancefloor chugging like a locomotive. This original roots rock reggae band delivers spirited conscious music: resounding rhythm, blazing brass and gnarly leads that are as limitless as the ocean waves of their hometown Santa Cruz, California. Sound Reasoning recently released their full length debut album "Have You Heard?" in 2018.

Brainfood  sprouting from the mystical Santa Cruz Mountains, Brainfood brings a heavy roots reggae groove and fuses it with colors of jazz, R&B and funk. Founded by Vince DeAndrea and Joey Storm, their mission was to preserve the ever fading "roots reggae" music in a swinging style for everyone. EP "Food For You" is coming soon.

Artist sites and sounds: https://soundreasoning.bandcamp.com and www.instagram.com/brainfoodband/ Buy your tickets now at:


 

 

Americana Rockers Jerry Best, David Adams, Jimmy Jackson, Ken Margolis –New Album is “Walking on Water” 

Wed. April 24 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

Restless Souls: Americana Roots Rockers are Jerry Best, David Adams, Jimmy Jackson, Ken Margolis 

Tonight's concert supports the release of their new album of original music, Walking On Water  Jerry and David grew up in Santa Cruz, hanging out at the beach, surfing and playing music. They had their first band together in a time that is reflected lyrically in the new songs.

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


 

 

“Impossible Blue” is 10th solo album from the Austin-based songwriter

Thu. April 25 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Never mind the fact that his perspective on the matter was inevitably skewed by his years of working with such grading-curve-blowing talents as Blaze Foley, Lucinda Williams, Butch Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, and Ray Wylie Hubbard: a high bar is a high bar, and Morlix, for all of his famed minimalist aesthetic both onstage and in the studio, has never been one to cut corners when it comes to quality. So by the time he finally did feel ready to step out with 2000's Toad of Titicaca , there was no mistaking his debut for the work of an artist content to make due with just good enough. And now, nearly two decades later, when Morlix deems the nine new cuts comprising his 10th solo album, Impossible Blue (due Feb. 8 on Rootball Records), to be “the best songs I've ever written,” take it as a matter of fact that every word, line, and note has been duly vetted by the toughest critic he's ever encountered in his 50-odd years of making music: himself.

Artist sites and sounds: www.gurfmorlix.com


 

 

Cosmic Honky-Tonk & Roots Rockin' Dance

Fri. April 26 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Edge of the West is a Rock n' Roots Honky-Tonk Jamband. Their catchy, quirky originals and outlaw hippie sound strikes a chord with lovers of alt-country, Americana & the Grateful Dead. The live shows rock. The group writes original tunes and draws from from a deep well of eclectic covers, never playing the same show twice. The first record, still in play on Americana radio, was released May 2016 and the next is in process. The band features members who also play with Great American Taxi, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider, Jefferson Starship & more. When playing together these guys get cookin' and the audience lights up.  Just try and sit still.

Southern Pacific: We are Southern Pacific, we began with the intention of being a Southern Rock focused band and have since morphed into a more diverse landscape of sound.  Covering tunes by Little Feat, Clapton, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, the Stones, Lucinda Williams, The Allman Brothers, Al Green and more.  So, while we are hard to define, our sound is impossible to resist with rocking danceable sounds.  We are Fred Rodrigues (of 3 Legged Dawg, & Rose Bud) on lead Guitar & vocals, Skippy Sherred (of Medicine Road and Aardvark) on bass & vocals, Michael Owens (of the China Cats & The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers) on drums, Michael Enos (of Mudfrog) on Keys & vocals and (me) Michele Murphy sings!

Artist sites and sounds: www.edgeofthewest.band   and www.facebook.com/southernpacificband/


 

 

 

The music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship

Sat. April 27 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Lyin' I's is an Eagles Tribute band from Northern California.  Lyin' I's faithfully recreates the music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship.  Most members of the band play 2 or more instruments so every song comes to life with its original instrumentation and sound.  Lyin' I's' song list is comprehensive with songs from every Eagles album as well as the hits from the Eagles members solo records like Funk '49 from Joe Walsh's James Gang era and Boys of Summer from Don Henley's hit solo album Building The Perfect Beast.  Add in the charismatic, audience engaging personalities in Lyin' I's and you'll have an event where the crowd will be dancing and singing along from the very first song to the last! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.lyinis.com


 

An Intergalactic Bar Scene, Dance and Costume Extravaganza

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

Don your favorite
INTERGALACTIC COSTUME.  
We'll be giving out prizes for best outfits. 

Block Party:  This band loves playing classic songs that make you wanna get up, dance, and have a good time!  Andy Kay - Lead Singer/Keys; Dwight Lynn - Lead Guitar/Vocals; Frank Vickner - Drums/Vocals; Alan Deeter - Harmonica; Ted Gauthier - Tenor Sax/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals; Doug Picard -bass.

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


 

each-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor

Fri. May 17 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets' busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a lineup that have included Shayde Sartin, Ryan Browne, Kelley Stoltz and Tahlia Harbour. Adopting a range of sounds Smith's sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.sonnysmith.com/home/

 

Latingrass with four-man string band based in Buenos Aires & members from Argentina, Mexico & USA

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage. Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, “Latingrass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.cheapalache.com


 

w/ Crys Matthews & Heather Mae  feat. JJ Jones (Girlyman)  & Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace)

Wed. June 26 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Ask anyone about the new generation of social justice music-makers and they'll mention either Heather Mae or Crys Matthews. Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has turned her personal struggle with mental health and body image into an empowering message of self-love, a universal light force that shines for every audience member. Matthews is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality". These two singer-songwriters have joined forces with JJ Jones (Girlyman) and Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace) for The Singing OUT Tour.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.flemingartists.com/artists/crys-matthews and www.heathermae.net








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