2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073









  

A Beatles Tribute as Nature Intended
Sat. March. 28 at 8:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

All the hits plus the 50th Anniversary of 1970 will bring a generous amount of  Abbey Road & Let It Be

Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings' energy and spot-on recreation of The Beatles' music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theaters and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs, The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances. “The Sun Kings are superb! --as close to the Beatles live and in studio as possible! -- Ben Fong-Torres | Former Editor Rolling Stone Magazine “The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I've ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977.” -- Scott Lettieri | KGO Radio San Francisco

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

 

  

RECORDED GRATEFUL DEAD MUSIC FROM MICHAEL ' S ARCHIVES WILL BE PLAYED DURING GRATEFUL SUNDAY HOURS STARTING AT 5:30PM

Sun. March 29 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER


Tue. March 31 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and  www.matthartlemusic.com

 

Wed. April 1 at 7:30pm


  

 

 

Grammy Award Winning Spellbinding Acoustic Guitarist & Entertainer of Paul McCartney & Wings

Thu. April 2 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./ $25 door seated <21 w/parent

“Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements” –  Downbeat.

 “A Master!“-   Pete Townshend, The Who

“The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding.” –  Guitar Player Magazine

GRAMMY winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. A music graduate of London's Goldsmith's College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970's. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest,The Fab 4th, is his latest in a continuing series of solo fingerstyle arrangements of Beatles tunes. His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber's DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio. His ‘photo memoir' Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns' documentary The Tenth Inning.

Artist sites and sounds: www.laurencejuber.com


  

 

 

R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Rock Dance Tonight.  Don't doubt the soul!

Fri. April 3 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Soul Doubt is five groovin' musicians sharing our own fresh spin on the classics. From Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan, Al Green to Hall & Oats, we serve up an eclectic and danceable mix of R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Rock.  Don't doubt the soul!

Artist sites and sounds: www.souldoubtsc.com and www.facebook.com/souldoubtsantacruz/




Stormin' Norman Louis, Jojo Fox and Ken Kraft play a Great Acoustic Blend & Vocal Harmonies, Fun Tunes!  

April 3 at 5pm
NO COVER 

 



  

Snail returns celebrating their new CD, Snail Now! 

Sat. April 4 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Snail returns celebrating their new CD, Snail Now! Bob O' Neill and Ken Kraft have recruited bassist/vocalist extraordinaire, Craig Owens and renowned drummer/percussionist Gary (Killer) Andrijasevich to revive Santa Cruz's famed and fabled hard rock band, Snail. The result is a blend of the old, the new and the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts.--You're in for a Rockin' Ride! 

7th Wave is an acoustic trio that has been performing over 20 years in some of the finest wineries, clubs, and restaurants in the Bay Area along with private and corporate events and music festivals. We are three lead singers and our instrumentation includes guitars, flute and light percussion. 7th Wave is known for their amazing vocal harmonies and a vast array of songs that span the years from the 60's to current. 

Artist sites and sounds:  
www.reverbnation.com/7thwavemusic


  

Dance to Grateful Dead
tunes with Aardvark

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







Tue. April 7 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and  www.matthartlemusic.com

 

  

Wed. April 8 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Seated <21 w/parent

Nancy Cassidy:  “Striking, out-of-the-ordinary imagery…(Nancy) has a way of probing beneath the surface of things with the effective application of metaphor, whether it draws on water, storms, flight, time or space, all communicated via tunes that are not easily ignorable. I can't stress how rare this is in an era dominated by singer-songwriters who are usually more proficient at lyrics than tunes”— Jerome Clark, Rables.net , MULTI-PLATINUM singer and songwriter Nancy Cassidy, whose 15 projects combined have sold over 2 million copies, has just released her 9th album of original material, RIVER'S RISING, offering 13 cuts of comfort, community, compassion and hope during times that need it. Like right now. Her millions of fans will recognize her signature stamp and smoky alto through the whole ride, with styles ranging from folk and gospel to feisty rock-a-billy. Cassidy's mature songwriting talents are on full display. At times the tunes are tender, at others they're right back at you, but there's a river of strength and resilience that runs under all of it. Her material has been recorded by dozens of artists over the years, most notably by Bruce Springsteen. And no one-sheet of Nancy Cassidy would be complete without mentioning that one of her tunes is out of this world: “I Wanna Be a Dog” was beamed up to the shuttle astronauts, and “CHICKEN” was featured on the original series Orange Is the New Black!

Janet Croteau: Janet is a Santa Cruz, CA based songwriter, comedian,s poken word 
artist and psychotherapist. She is the creator of the spoken word troupe "Tell Me More,”  and recently released her first album “Wild Heart.” Janet's music is infused with her quirky and effervescent spirit.  She believes in the power of creative self-expression and says you can't stop being who you are or the real people will never find you. 

Deborah Crooks: Born and raised in a rural area of California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city's history of social, musical and political upheaval. Her lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana, as well as her study of writing at The Naropa Institute and travels in India, and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. She's released several CDs and EPs of critically noted original music, including the 2013 release, Little Bird, produced by Art Khu and described as "a masterful piece of work". She again worked with Khu on 2016's 7-song CD, Beauty Everywhere.  Regularly performing throughout the US, her music has appeared the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and several compilations including the Songwriters from the Fog Compilation V1. Her latest 11-song collection, The Department of the West, was released in December 2019. Along with her solo work, she's cofounded the band Bay Station and its “Love the Bay" Music & Sailing Video series.

Lindsey Wall was recently selected as 2020 Musician of the Year by the Santa Cruz NEXTies.  Her emotional performances of Americana and Folk music keeps audiences coming back and bringing along new friends. She frequently teams up with other locals and her voice always adds a special sound to the mix. Her original song “Honey” caught the ear of the American Idol scouts in 2017 and she was invited to audition. Lindsey progressed through multiple levels including the coveted Hollywood ticket. Her EP is available on Spotify.

Artist sites and sounds: https://nancycassidymusic.com and  https://deborahcrooks.com and  www.almostjanet.com and www.facebook.com/LindseyWallMusic/


  

Kevin was a bandmate of Van Morrison in the 60's and 80's—
This is a Great Dance Band


Thu April 9 at 7:30pm

$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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




Sing along to the Beatles with Jerry Whitney, Glenn MacPherson, Cheryl  D'Alessandro  

April 10 at 5pm
NO COVER 

 


  

 

 

Rock ‘n Blues with strings attached 

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Shady Rest:  Rock ‘n Blues with strings attached Guitar, bass, cello, violin, congas, drums, and vocals.  Cheryl Rebottaro on vocals, Joe Bac on guitar and vocals, Pat Greene on drums, Mary Rose Mackenzie on cello, Ariana Ebrahimian on violin, Max Ebrahimian on congas and Mike Westendorp on bass. Spinning classic tunes in such a way, that even Uncle Joe would be moving kinda fast to get to the music at the junction, Petticoat Junction that is.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://theshadyrest.band/


  

Blending the funky sounds inspired from Prince and James Brown to Sharon Jones & the Dapkings

Sat. April 11 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Space Heater is a Santa Cruz-based band with one foot planted firmly in the foundations of funk, while the other foot prefers a galaxy far, far away. Blending the funky sounds inspired from Prince and James Brown to Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, The Heat will likewise take you on a delicious journey careening through cosmic jams, landing you squarely on the dance floor with ecstatic revelers. With an expanding roster of sultry originals and the occasional cover song, you won't have much choice but to shake that thang. Space Heater members are Mason Hicks - Guitar, Vocals, Steve Rogers – Bass, Joaquin Spengemann – Drums, Mike Spooner - Percussion, Vocals,Ron Work - Guitar, Vocals, Foxxy - Vocals, Percussion,

Artist sites and sounds:
www.spaceheatersc.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 12 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









Tue. April 14 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and  www.matthartlemusic.com

 

  

 

 

Pay tribute to Neil Peart by air-drumming to a night of great Rush music

Wed. April 15 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Canadian prog rock trio Rush sold out arenas for 40 years, and R50 wants the incomparable music of Rush to live on. In the spirit of R30 and R40, landmark anniversaries and tours of Rush, R50 is committed to keeping this great music alive. In that spirit, R50 does the heavy lifting as a trio. All eras of Rush's journey are represented in R50's live performances.  If you're a fan of the hard rock of Fly By Night, the prog anthems of 2112, the memorable hits of Moving Pictures, the lush and tight synth sounds of Power Windows, or the rock return of Counterparts, R50 will bring all the best Rush has to offer.  Whether you're a hard-core Rush junkie or just a live music fan, R50 will rock out some tunes that will blow your mind.  " Awesome performance by the new Rush cover band R50. They totally nailed it! They covered the hits plus perfect renderings of faves like Natural Science, Entre Nous, Circumstances, and more. Definitely see them if you get the chance." R50 are Chris Meek - guitar, vocals, synths and Mike Carlington - drums, percussion and Mike Peattie - bass, vocals, synths

Artist sites and sounds: https://r50rushtribute.com


  

An Evening of Slack Key Guitar, Songs and Stories--Celebrating the release of his new release "Far Away"

Thu. April 16 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Come early for HAWAIIAN DINNER SPECIALS: Kalua Pulled Pork  (Served w/ Pineapple Rice, Sautéed Veggies and a Sweet n Sour Sauce) $19 or  Pineapple Beyond Burger  $15 (w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Fries) or  Ahi Tuna Burger $16  (Served with Wasabi Aioli, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Fries)

When Patrick Landeza became the first mainland-based artist to win the Nã Hoku Hanohano award in 2013, he told the audience that “being born and raised on the mainland never made me any less Hawai‘ian.” Having initially learned slack-key from family, Landeza later apprenticed with slack-key legend Raymond Kane and was mentored by slack-key masters Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi and George Kuo. Landeza has taught slack-key in classes and music camps nationwide, as well as having lessons published in Acoustic Guitar magazine. He authored a children's book, Danny's Hawai‘ian Journey, as well as his memoir, From the Island of Berkeley, CA. Landeza partners with school groups to provide cultural education through ukulele lessons in grade school classes. His efforts and enthusiasm have not gone unrecognized. Aside from the Na Hoku Hanohano award, he also became the youngest recipient of the Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit award at the age of 34. In 2011, he won the Hawai‘i Music Award, and in 2012 he shared his music and aloha spirit with an audience at Carnegie Hall. In 2015  the international music organization Listen for Life made him  the first Musician of the Heart awardee.  Patrick is the 2019 recipient of the Slack Key Legacy Award which is considered a life-time achievement recognition for his work and commitment to slack key guitar.  Patrick also has a successful clothing line called “Aloha Everywhere,” a fruit jam company, Kanikapila Jams, and a jewelry line, Patrick Landeza Designs' hand crafted earrings and bracelets. Patrick is in his 24thth year in education and teaches at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA. Tonight we celebrate Patrick's latest CD release "Far Away" which is a collection of songs he remembers from his childhood. It is a fresh look at Patrick's traditional side as he shares both his slack key and Hawaiian music renditions.

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




Brooklynbilly Music. Andy Fuhrman, Gary ‘Sweetpea' Cunningham, Tom Leitzke and Sean Woodward performing a mix of Oldies, Brooklyn Doo-Wop, Folk, Classic Country, Rockabilly, and Originals.

Fri. April 17 at 5pm
 NO COVER

https://andyfuhrman.com   

 

  

 

Collision of Brazilian Samba, Rock, Soul, and Funk featuring members of Samba Da

Fri. April 17 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Come early for Brazilian Dinner Specials

Papiba and Friends features three visionary and unconventional musicians with a long history of living and performing in Santa Cruz.“  A collision of rock, soul, funk and samba with members hailing from Brazil, Minnesota and Brooklyn, this group takes current world music and stirs it up to create a refreshing new sound.

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

and www.facebook.com/Papiba-Friends-1887544938237956/

 

 


  

Lacy is one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music

 Sat. April 18 at 2pm
$22 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Lacy J. Dalton was already a regional star in California when she went to Nashville. Her “overnight” national success was powered not just by her recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrified audiences.  She quickly became one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels. Lacy won the 1979 Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist award, has had numerous Grammy nominations, and won three prestigious Bay Area Music Awards for Best Country-Folk Recording.  Lacy's collaboration with Willie Nelson on his Half-Nelson CD was a high spot in her career, being the only woman on that recording, and was awarded 2 Gold Records for the album.  Dale Poune is a musician and songwriter who sings, and plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and dobro. In addition to touring with Lacy J Dalton, Dale has performed with The Fortunes, Buddy Miles, David Frizzell, Johnny Lee, Paulette Carlson (HWY 101) and Marty Haggard.

Brent Pierce & His Acid Grass Boys hail from Aptos, CA. and their roots run deep. Combining traditional Bluegrass and Country with genre-bending elements, they come together to create a unique and powerful sound that is all their own. Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Vocalist Brent Pierce is backed by longtime NorCal music scene veterans: Larry Robert (guitar, vocals), Clay Reed (guitar, vocals), Rob Ouse (bass, vocals), & Tracy Rose (percussion). When these boys start pickin', their audience is sure to be a grinnin'! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.lacyjdalton.org and https://acidgrassboys.wordpress.com


  



 

Pop, Up Tempo Rock & Roll, and Dance Party Favorites

Sat. April 18 at 8:30pm
 $10 advance / $10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Songs of Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Adele, Green Day, Beatles, Black Keys, Tom Petty, Joe Jackson. The Violent Fems, 311, and more!  

Cruz Patrol plays 90's to current Rock, Pop, and Dance Party music. Cruz Patrol combines powerful vocals with driving guitars and moving rhythms to keep clubs and parties dancing! Cruz Patrol plays high-energy music from bands such as Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Smash Mouth, Adele, Sublime, Walk the Moon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, The Offspring, OneRepublic, and Pink. 

Hall Pass is a hard-charging, fun-loving band that will keep you rocking through the night. They mix songs from the 80's, 90's and today and give them the Hall Pass treatment.  Blending rock, punk, and reggae, Hall Pass delivers classic covers, surprising song choices, and unique originals to keep the dance party going. They strive to maintain a unique set list that separates them from other bands. Hall Pass is a versatile four-piece band. Martin Sweet is the talented lead and backing vocalist, a solid rhythm guitarist, and a major contributor to the band's original songs.  Devin Avey is the creative guitarist who always exceeds expectations. Eddie Star, the bass guitarist, brings the boom to the room with his improvisational stylings. Pat McMillan rounds out the group by maintaining a steady groove on the drums while singing lead and backing vocals. A Hall Pass show will keep you dancing to songs from Sublime and The Violent Femmes to 311 and Tom Petty. From Rancid and The Beatles to The Black Keys and Johnny Cash. From Joe Jackson and Led Zeppelin to Blink-182 and Dramarama. Get your Hall Pass for the evening and enjoy the show!

Artist sites and sounds:  
  www.cruzpatrol-band.com and www.hallpassband.net

Buy your tickets now at:  https://cruzpatrolandhallpassapril18.brownpapertickets.com

 

 

 


  

Featuring Author/Photographer Rosie McGee's iconic early-days Grateful Dead photos
and the stories behind them

Sun. April 19 at 3:30pm
NO COVER

Author/Photographer Rosie McGee will take you on a dynamic journey with her 45-minute photo presentation, “ The Grateful Dead: Before, During and After the Summer of Love ”; showing you some  100 of her photos, while telling the stories of those photos by reading short excerpts from her book, “ Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir ”. In 1965, Rosie was working a straight job in downtown San Francisco when she was suddenly swept away into the Dead's inner circle. She soon quit her job, and in February of ‘66, “ran away with the circus” to L.A., where the band had joined Ken Kesey to put on some Acid Tests. Rosie spent the next nine years living, traveling and working with the band during their formative first decade. Camera in hand much of the time, she had unfettered access to take intimate photos, as she and the Dead experienced the early Acid Tests and those glorious times before and during the “Summer of Love”, when San Francisco's ballrooms and parks were rocking with music every weekend.  Rosie also shared many road adventures with the Dead through the late Sixties and the early Seventies, including international tours in Canada and all across Europe.  And yes, she did dance onstage during those early days, usually behind Jerry and next to Pigpen – leading her to give her book the title: “Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir”.

Let her tell you all about it! Following the presentation, Rosie will be available to answer questions; personalize and sign copies of her book; and will have a selection of mounted and signed photos available for purchase.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.rosiemcgee.com

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 19 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









Tue. April 21 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and  www.matthartlemusic.com

 

  

 

"Simply put, Hinojosa is a first-class songwriter" - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Hinojosa's blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam. She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs. With seventeen CDs to her name, Tish's distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. Tish has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience.

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

 


  

A very special evening of originals, covers, heart, and humor

Thu. April 23 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Seated <21 w/parent

Christie McCarthy is an award-winning songwriter who has opened for Melissa Etheridge, Janis Ian, Neale Donald Walsch and many others. Her shows are always filled with heart, humor and fine musicianship. Her band features Glenn MacPherson on guitar, Tracy Parker on bass, Jon Dryden on keyboards, Kinsha Em on percussion, and Patti Maxine on lap steel. Christie's blues-rock anthem “Forgiveness” is in rotation on KPIG, and Good Times' Aaron Carnes writes that Christie's “subtly complex hooks and lush harmonies” reveal a “wealth of influences from the realms of folk, Americana and rock ‘n' roll.”

Come join us for the 30th anniversary week of Earth Day!

Artist sites and sounds: www.christiemccarthy.com

 




Bob O'Neill, Ken Kraft and Craig Owens pay Messiah's original melodies, hot guitar riffs & killer vocals will transport you to Rock Nirvana

Fri. April 24 at 5pm
 NO COVER   

www.facebook.com/originalsnailrock/

 

 



  

 

The songs of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors

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

Locomotive Breath is a classic rock cover band: a tribute to an era 1967-1976 focusing on 7 Iconic bands of that period; Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. Locomotive Breath is led by local bassist Daniel Vee Lewis and joined by lead vocalist Ryder Webb, guitarist Del Smith Penny, guitarist Ted Welty, drummer Rob Ouse, and saxophonist / Flutist, Terrel Eaton.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://locomotivebreath.us


  

 

The “Viva Santana Show” --
A fiery tribute to the classic Santana sound

Sat. April 25 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The “Viva Santana Show” is a fiery tribute to the classic Santana sound, with a set list that plays like a Greatest Hits” CD!  From searing guitar solos, to smooth vocals and the rhythmic beat of the congas, timbales and drums, you'll hear everything from "Black Magic Woman” to “Jingo”, “She's Not There”, “Smooth” and much more! This is an award-winning tribute to the musical Genius of Santana. The band recreates the timeless music of Santana in a way that is authentic and powerful. Viva Santana continues to draw large audiences everywhere. If you're a fan of Carlos Santana, Viva Santana will take you on a journey that inspires and entertains. The “Viva Santana Show” has performed on billings with Los Lobos, War, Malo, Eddie Money, Cold Blood, Tower Of Power, Elvin Bishop, Lou Rawls, Craig Chaquico-Jefferson Starship, Mick Taylor from the Rolling Stones and more

Artist sites and sounds:  www.vivasantanashow.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy3yba84BPk


  

 

KPIG added four Mastersons Songs!  New Album is “No Time for Love Songs”

Sun. April 26 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door Seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

The Mastersons' Chris and Eleanor are also members of Steve Earle & The Dukes

The Mastersons are singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. When they're not touring the world as valued longtime members of Steve Earle's band the Dukes, the musical and marital twosome make inspired albums of their own emotionally vivid, deeply humanistic songs. The duo's fourth set of original compositions is the appropriately titled No Time for Love Songs. The Mastersons, who now call Los Angeles home after stints in Austin, Brooklyn and Terlingua, Texas; recorded No Time for Love Songs at L.A.'s legendary Sunset Sound Recorders with Shooter Jennings. Shooter had recruited The Mastersons to play on his albums Family Man and The Other Life and they'd recently reunited to work on Tanya Tucker's acclaimed comeback album While I'm Livin', which Jennings co-produced with Brandi Carlile. "I've known Chris and Eleanor since about 2010, and they're unbelievable musicians and lifetime friends," states longtime admirer Jennings.

Bonnie Whitmore may have a heart of gold, an outsize personality and a roof-raising laugh, but don't be fooled: her debut album has a body count. No fewer than two men die by Bonnie's own hand over the course of the record: one of them is burned alive, one the victim of a knife that, in Whitmore's own words, "just slipped." Take a look at that album cover and consider what secrets she's trying to get you to keep quiet. And then think twice before you spill 'em. Bonnie's album Embers to Ashes is full of sly, spry country music, whiskey-soaked songs that recall prime Loretta Lynn and early Neko Case and, in their more uptempo moments, Miranda Lambert at her rowdiest.

Artist sites and sounds: www.themastersonsmusic.com and http://bonniewhitmore.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 26 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Tue. April 28 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and  www.matthartlemusic.com

 

Melaku, In Love (Michael Shorbat & Rose Loveland), Gregg Meyers, Emily Lovell

A Night of Local Original Music

Wed. April 29 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Seated– ages 21 +

STONEHOUSE PRESENTS

Melaku's music is both classic and modern, pulling from the timeless sounds of the past and updating them with modern pop sensibilities. His music has been positively reviewed by BuzzMusic LA, Tattoo Magazine, The Indie source, AnR Factory, Guitar Magazine and more. Melaku records at his hometown studio in Santa Cruz and releases his material through his own independent record label” Angellion”. “Santa Cruz-based up and coming singer-songwriter Malaku has created a pioneering distinctive soundscape born through the utilization of everything from Soul to Classic Rock to Indie Pop” - Amelia Vandergast .

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In Love (Michael Shorbat & Rose Loveland): In Love music, media and live performances inspiring remembrance of the transformational power of love. Santa Cruz locals Amanda Rose Loveland and Michael Chorvat form In Love, a music duo and couple brought together by a common vision.  The duo's heart-opening vocal harmonies, combined with Amanda's magical flute and Michael's soulful guitar, create a unique and timeless sound. Inspired by a year living in West Java, Indonesia, In Love incorporates traditional Indonesian culture into their live performances with elements of dance, costumes, puppetry and storytelling. “Rainbows” is their new single. The “Rainbows” music video premiers on YouTube on March 19, 2020

Gregg Myers' music is bluesy with great hooks and a writing style that is complex and textured from a storytelling point-of-view. Intelligent twists-of-phrase are his trademark with a jazzy, lyrical depth to everything he does.” ~ Frank Ippolito . It has been said “He's like James Taylor meets John Mayer in a Jazz Club.

Emily Lovell writes songs with (and for) her dog. Her music is quiet, honest, and sometimes quirky - all an exposition of her own inner monologue. Although her dog can be a harsh critic, Emily's neighbors have been listening for years and haven't complained yet.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.melakuofficial.com and www.facebook.com/inlove2gether/ and www.reverbnation.com/peasantempire and www.facebook.com/emilyandthemutt/


  

 

Americana with a bit of modern pop, topped off by a healthy dose of reckless abandon

Thu. April 30 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Seated <21 w/parent

Chelsea Williams : With a vocal-coach mother and that Joni Mitchell-inspired name, it's hardly surprising that Williams embraced music early on. By 12, she was writing songs and hitting open-mic nights. At 14, she joined a band of blues players closer in age to the grandfather she never knew. At 21, she started busking at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade playing her dreamy-sounding pop for big crowds forming on the street to hear this remarkable talent. Chelsea wound up scoring a high-profile TV commercial, singing in Maroon 5's “Playing for Change” video version of their hit “Daylight,” and landing not one, but two record deals. Catching the appreciative ears of prominent Promenade strollers, including Ron Howard and the revered influence Sheryl Crow — to whom Rollingstone.com compared Williams in a 2017 ”10 artists you need to know” feature — was a huge bonus. “With an impossibly clear voice and lovely, poignant songs, she's the archetype of the gifted artist hovering on the fringes of greater attention, perennially expressing herself while the world makes up its mind.” The Californian.  Chelsea will be joined by her producer and husband Ross Garren (Ben Folds) and (Bon Iver).

Gary Blackburn :  Santa Cruz local celebrated singer songwriter Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals, and stylized guitar picking to his original compositions and cool covers in the Country, Rock, Folk, Blues genres. Blending old school with contemporary, Gary will weave a memorable musical performance of songs that tell stories of love, forgiveness, and the paths that we choose. Gary will also be performing songs off his CD,” Streak Of Gray”, it includes “Carolina”, which is currently aired on KPIG 107.5 FM in the rotation mix.  Kevin Taylor playing keyboards will accompany Gary.

Janean Christine Mariani writes and sings stripped-down bare-bones Americana songs of life, love, loss, and every now and again a touch of sass and blues. Her setlists are an aural tapestry of her original compositions delicately woven with select covers honoring her professional influences, the revered songwriters: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Brandy Clark, and Ashley McBryde. Her live performances are raw, loose, vulnerable and real.  Her intimate style makes folks feel at home, as though she's singing to them in the comfort of their living room or gathered 'round a kitchen table.  Traci Parker on bass will accompany Janean.

Artist sites and sounds: www.chelseawilliams.com and https://garyblackburnmusic.com and https://janeanchristinemariani.com

 


  

 

with Charlie Wallace and special guests

Honky Tonkin' jam band Edge of the West plays a special tribute show to their musical hero Gram Parsons.

Fri. May 1 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Gram Parsons: Honky Tonkin' jam band Edge of the West plays a special tribute show to their musical hero Gram Parsons. Gram Parsons was enormously influential in both country and rock music, being one of the first to blend the two to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. His work with The Byrds, with the Flying Burrito Brothers, his solo records and classic duet singing with his young protégé Emmylou Harris have proven to be seminal and lasting influences in the evolution of Country, Rock, Alt-Country and Americana. Parsons died of a heroin overdose in 1973 at the age of 27 and was cremated by his "road mangler" Phil Kauffman in Joshua Tree National Park as per his last wishes. While not achieving mainstream stardom during his lifetime, Gram's legend has lived on to inspire millions and the echoes of his sounds are still heard today. As his friend Keith Richards wrote, "This is why we're talking about him now"

Edge of The West: Musical adventurers Edge Of The West have been steadily touring the Western US, Alaska and Hawaii since 2016, exploring the deep American outback, exciting audiences and rocking their Americana-outlaw hippie jamband blend of originals and rootsy covers. Their energetic and danceable sound appeals to a wide variety of music fans, lighting up rooms and festival grounds. The four singers and writers in the group bring a bounty of songs of their own plus a deep repertoire of covers in many genres. Their eponymous first record was released in Spring 2016 with the next one in process for release later this year. This show will also feature Santa Cruz favorite Charlie Wallace on pedal steel. Featuring known musicians who've also played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider, Johnny Paycheck, Cake, David Nelson Band, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton and more, Edge Of The West brings some serious cred, history, family ties and deep musical roots to the table. And they know how to show ‘em a good time. That's what they do.

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


  

SANTA CRUZ'S VERY OWN ROCKSTARS IN WAITING

Sat. May 2 at 1pm
$7 adv./$7 door seated <21 w/parent

After 100 productions over the last 10 years, putting on large rock concerts has become a bi-annual tradition for the students of Be Natural Music. Youth musicians from around Santa Cruz County practice weekly in preparation for 10+ performances a year. Be Natural Music launched fundraising raffles and silent auctions at their popular youth rock concerts & garnered donations from businesses in and around the Bay Area. “It really is an incredible achievement,” exclaims Matthew Pinck, Music Director at Be Natural Music Academy. “Being present for our community has been a focus since we started the scholarship fund, I never thought it would grow this big!” Their upcoming fundraising raffle/concert on May 2nd will once again rock the Michael's on Main stage, showcasing not only the unique talent of 13 bands but conjointly raising money to fund their scholarship initiative to financially assist low-income  students in music lessons. The show, featuring a wide arrangement of covers from Nirvana, Metallica, & Van Halen to Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, & Dave Brubeck, to name a few, will involve 65 students & over 3 hours of crowd-pleasing tunes performed for an audience of family, friends, and fans. Creating stories, crucial skills, & lifelong experiences that students will bring into adulthood and beyond. With all proceeds raised from the raffle going towards the scholarship fund, it's a big deal. These kids wouldn't be exposed to musical opportunities otherwise hindered by a monetary wall.

Artist sites and sounds: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com


  

Motown to Rock from 60's to 2020 meets classic rock, country rock, blues, and more

Sat. May 2 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Vintage Point covers a deep selection of some of the best songs ever written.  From Motown to Rock, from 60's to Now, these are the beats, the riffs and the lyrics, that make you dance and sing along. VP is a group of talented Santa Cruz musicians who share the love of a well written song and throw their wide range of experience into performing it with a sense of freshness and urgency.   VP will make you dance, remember, and go searching.  

The FairWeather Band has been rockin' the Santa Cruz area for over 30 years! The band plays classic rock, country rock, blues, and other popular music, and features two guitarists, bass, drums, and keyboards, with flute and harmonica accents on many songs. Lead vocals are shared, with layered harmonies on most songs. Variety is the spice of life, and variety of sound is what Fairweather brings to its performances.      

Artist sites and sounds:  www.reverbnation.com/vintagepoint/videos and

www.facebook.com/The-FairWeather-Band-645077748986352/

 


  

 

Founder of the legendary Jim Kweskin Jug Band

Wed. May 6 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door Seated <21 w/parent

Jim Kweskin  is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman and Bruno Wolfe. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing. These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.

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


  

 

Uncovering great, overlooked songs, in exquisite three-part harmony

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

Backyard Birds performs its fresh blend of vocal harmonies in a wide range of music, from Americana, rock and roll, country and soul to jazz standards and surprising songs you'll be singing all the way home. Linda Baker (vocals and electric guitar), Jean Catino (vocals and ukulele), June Coha (vocals and ukulele), Larry Prather (bass) and Linc Russin (mandolin) formed in Santa Cruz in 2017, and have performed at Michael's on Main, Chaminade Resort and Spa, Davenport Roadhouse, and Felton Music Hall, among other venues. The three women's close-knit harmonies and the band's acoustic stylings have drawn comparisons to Rosanne Cash and the T Sisters, and their discerning selection of diverse and eclectic material is unique. Their shows include songs by Richard Thompson, Anna McGarrigle, First Aid Kit, the Louvin Brothers, Imelda May, the Zombies, and the Beatles.

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.backyardbirdsband.com


  

 

"one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices."  American Songwriter

Thu. May 28 at 7:30pm
$25 adv./$28 door Seated <21 w/parent

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Eilen Jewell: American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as "one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices." The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind. That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on Gypsy (August, 2019 Signature Sounds Recordings). By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell's first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Jewell seamlessly blends heavy electric guitars and dirty fiddles on the rollicking country rocker "Crawl" with the sweet and understated horn section of the tender "Witness. "79 Cents (The Meow Song)" skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor over a circus bed of musical saw and horns. Longtime fans who love Eilen Jewell in classic country mode will delight in the pedal steel driven "These Blues" and the sole cover on Gypsy, "You Cared Enough To Lie," written by fellow Idahoan and country legend Pinto Bennett. Rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these twelve tracks propel Eilen Jewell's eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full-length.

Artist sites and sounds: www.eilenjewell.com








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