2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073








Aussie acoustic guitar great, singer and consummate performer

Wed. Aug. 22 at 7:30pm
$12adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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' ( themusic.com.au )  The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Tommy Emmanuel, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.danielchampagnemusic.com





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

Thu. Aug 23 at 7:30pm
NO COVER  

http://thejointchiefsband.com


 

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. Aug. 24 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 



Dance All Night to this Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's Lifetime Repertoire

Fri. Aug. 24 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door Dance – ages 21 +

Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's repertoire, with original arrangements and surprising twists and turns, with jams that rise up your spine. Painted Mandolin keeps you on your toes, and heels, and soul---dancing all the way thru this music that we love. Painted Mandolin is: Joe Craven--Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals and Percussion. Joe was a member of the Garcia/Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet, from 1989-2004. Multi-instrumentalist, Story Teller, consummate side man, band leader, Festival MC and fashion guru, Joe has been around the block---Twice! Larry Graff--Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals. Larry is the founding member of the world-famous Banana Slug String Band, for 32 years the Slugs have toured North America, bringing Eco-Science to kids and families. Larry, a Deadhead for 40 years, brings experience, knowledge, passion, energy and love to the stage, every time. Matt Hartle--Guitar, Banjotar, and Vocals. Matt is leader and lead guitarist in at least 5 Grateful Dead bands! His emotive and skillful playing, leaves audiences dancing, gasping, and wondering where he is playing next! He has performed in hundreds of Grateful Dead inspired shows in the last 15 years!  Terry Shields--Upright Bass and Vocals.  Comfortable in any musical situation, Terry's years of experience and harmony vocal ability have made him a favorite accompanist for acts throughout the West Coast for the past 20 years.  A true professional, Terry is known for keeping the groove and loving every minute of it.

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



Bluegrass, Alt-Country, Honky-Tonk, Americana Festival

Naked Bootleggers, Crooked Branches, Dan Too, The Steelehouse Stringband

Plus a whole lot more to be announced.  Keep posted.

Sat. Aug. 25 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Naked Bootleggers: American Roots music from the Mountains and coastal areas of Northern California. The Naked Bootleggers play original songs inspired by life, love, loss and fun.

Crooked Branches : "A killer six-piece band that takes the line that separates folk and soul, and obliterates it."   ~Santa Cruz Good Times

Dan Too: A country-rock, alt. country outfit with a thinly veiled tendency towards yacht-rock with members from American Starlet, Painted Horses, Dan Juan, Grand Larson, Slow Ocean, T Sisters, Birdhouse, and Dos Osos

The Steelehouse Stringband play in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. They are: Alison Steele~ Banjo picker Sugar By The Pound, Anders Steele~guitar, David Chadwick-fiddle, Steve Perez~Guitar, mountain dulicimer

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/n8kedbootleggers/ and www.crookedbranchesband.com and www.dantooband.com and www.facebook.com/Steelemountainmusic/

2pm Matinee



Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist style spans blues-infused Americana to bare-bones classic country

Sun. Aug. 26 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Since the 2005 release of his debut album, Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Jason Eady has brought a rare balance of unguarded honesty and poetic sophistication to his songwriting. With his catalog spanning from blues-infused Americana to bare-bones reimagining of classic country, Eady's seventh full-length takes on a looser, livelier, more groove-driven sound than ever before. But while I Travel On brims with a feel-good spontaneity, the Fort Worth-based artist continues to instill each song with the subtle insight and emotional depth that makes his music so powerful. The follow-up to his 2017 self-titled effort, I Travel On marks the first time that Eady's recorded an album with his road band—a lineup whose rhythm section is made up of musicians from an R&B/roots background, and whose lead players hail from the bluegrass world. With Grammy Award-nominated duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joining them in the studio, I Travel On wholly captures the unbridled energy and kinetic camaraderie that the band's recently displayed in their relentless touring and in sharing stages with the likes of Sturgill Simpson.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.jasoneady.com

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 26 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76











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

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 
& WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

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.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.cheapalache.com



Electric and Acoustic Alternative Folk
& Roots Rocking Dance

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

Mudfrog has a unique and dynamic sound that comes from well blended vocals supported by electric and acoustic guitars and basses, keyboards and accordion, on top of solid drums and percussion  With a repertoire of over 300 original, well crafted, alternative folk-rock songs Mudfrog is something very special. Mudfrog has played all throughout California as headliners and with such acts from The Subdudes to Rusted Root. Mudfrog's live performances feature a natural, often funny camaraderie shared on stage that transcends through soft beautiful ballads as well as their eclectic songs intertwined within many groove jams.

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:  http://www.mudfrog.com  and www.facebook.com/southernpacificband/



Happy Hour

In the New Tap Room

They play it all: rock n' roll, R&B, C&W, Rockabilly, Calypso and more

Fri. Aug. 31 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.facebook.com/bluetheband/

 



An infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia

Fri. Aug. 31 at 9pm
 $15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia. Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life.

Sol Nova : Sol Nova is a Santa Cruz based funky rockin' rootsy soul band. Members include:

Steve Belick- Guitar, Aaron Webb- Bass and vocals, John Thomas- Drums, Michael Alden- Keyboards and vocals,

Brad Martin- Guitar and vocals

Artist sites and sounds:
  https://achilleswheel.com  and www.facebook.com/SolNovaBand/


Upbeat, versatile dance band, playing Rock, Funk, Soul, Blues and Reggae

Sat. Sept. 1 at 8pm
$7 adv./$7 door Dance – ages 21 +

John Michael, from Dún Laoghaire Ireland, is an eclectic and proficient vocalist.  He began vocalizing at the age of four and has been performing ever since.  He is extremely versatile in many genres including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Celtic, Heavy Metal, Blues, Funk, Soul and Opera. More than just a vocalist, John is adept at creating an atmosphere with his audience resulting in a dedicated following.  John Michael Band was formed in 2010. The Band plays clubs from Santa Cruz, Monterey to Los Gatos and San Jose. It is upbeat and versatile band, playing Rock, Funk, Soul, Blues and Reggae ranging from bands such as, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Allman Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sublime, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, Temptations, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Doobie Brothers, Ozzy Osbourne, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, Chris Isaak and more!!!

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/JohnMichaelBand1/ and  www.johnmichaelband.com/

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Sept 2 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76










Indie-folk & rock with searing finger-picking, absorbing lyrics, and playful high-energy

Tue. Sept. 4 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./ $20 door seated <21 w/parent

Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. From the release of his breakthrough album, 1994 ' s Dog Eared Dream, to the launch of his own record label, Weasel Records, in 2005, Willy is an artist dedicated to delivering high-test, original musical experiences. His 2015 album, Human Kindness, featured the songs “ Train ” and “ Chippewa Boots, ” performed live on NPR ' s A Prairie Home Companion by Willy and his singing/songwriting partner, Carmen Nickerson. The pair teamed up again in 2016 to make Bonfire to Ash, a record of co-writes produced by Grammy award-winner Ben Wisch “ I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted. “
— Al Kooper (Bob Dylan/Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Artist sites and sounds:  http://willyporter.com and "Flying"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PctjXCksVao   and  "Jesus on the Grill"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_EhI9Wkww and "AvailableLight"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_dNtcXhn28



“What a relief! Country music is alive and well—”  
Willie Watson

Wed. Sept. 5 at 7:30pm
  $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Western Centuries players come with great pedigrees: Ethan Lawton worked with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Cahalen Morrison with Eli West, and Jim Miller with Donna the Buffalo. With their new album Songs from the Deluge , out April 6, 2018 on Free Dirt Records, Western Centuries brings three powerful songwriting voices together. “What a relief! Country music is alive and well. Great players, fine songwriting, and honest singers. These guys are doing it right.” — Willie Watson. "If it seems crazy to compare any band today to giants like the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers, then call me crazy, but Western Centuries is the country supergroup we've been waiting for: three first-rate lead singers, each of whom writes solid, heartwarming and heartbreaking country songs, together in one band.” — Exclaim! Magazine.  Western Centuries' music crosses vastly differing geographies–the city, the southwest, the metaphysical. Their musical influences are diverse. Together, they weave a tapestry of western music, without sacrificing their hard-earned country dancehall sound. Songs from the Deluge will levitate heavy hearts, turn spilled beer into ballads, and bring country music home as literate, epic odysseys from parts unknown.

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



With thick, deep grooves and big, soulful vocals, smashing funk, soul, rock & roll boundaries

Thu. Sept. 6 at 7:30pm
$7 adv./ $9 door  Dance – ages 21 +

From the farthest reaches of the funky universe comes Cosmic Pinball. With thick, deep grooves and big, soulful vocals, Cosmic Pinball smashes the boundaries between funk, soul, and rock and roll. This 7-piece blend of veterans and new blood grew out of the swampy, intergalactic heart of Santa Cruz, California. Vocalists Taylor Rae (local singer/songwriter, 2017 NEXTies Artist of the Year), Scott MacDonald (sessions pro), and Sydney Gorham (classically trained voice teacher) take turns bringing the lead-vocal fire and backing each other up. Bassist Pete Novembre (Aza, OM Trio, Elephino, Phatty Lumpkin) and drummer Bret Bailey (Shady Groove, Elephino, Blissninnies) lay down tight, punchy grooves that get feet and hips moving. Guitarist Mike Johnson (Room 9, Root System, Amee Chapman, Blazeen) and keyboardist Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Shaky Zimmerman, Zyg, Spirit of '76) shred solos to round out the thick sound. Honoring their roots while looking to the future, Cosmic Pinball takes you on a trip that starts on your back porch, visits neighboring galaxies, and ends at a disco-tech in Paris.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://cosmic-pinball.com/#home

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. Sept 7 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 


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

Sat. Sept. 8 at 8pm
$6 adv./$6 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



An unprecedented mashup of Retro Bollywood Music & American Blues

Fri. Sept. 7 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

"Really really, really hot stuff---it is a barn burner."   Dan Aykroyd (aka Elwood Blues)

This remarkable show is taking off all across the USA.

Launch Party for NEW ALBUM "Hindi Man Blues" 

Aki Goes To Bollywood blends Retro Bollywood hits with Delta blues jams and ferocious blues harmonica. Though some instrumental albums and DJs have attempted to rearrange Bollywood music mixed with other genres, never before has an Indian blues musician fronting an American band so triumphantly recorded songs by the Indian film industry's biggest stars. Kumar notes, “I realized that many of the retro Indian songs I loved had, in fact, been influenced by American blues music and I wanted to bring them together.”

Hailed as one of the top blues artists of the West Coast scene, the dynamic, charismatic and hard-hitting blues singer/harmonica player Kumar truly represents his musical DNA in this project — classic 1950s/60s Bollywood and down-home American blues. "Aki Kumar has combined the two disparate genres in an unforced musical fusion never before attempted and has pulled it off with breathtaking aplomb." Lee Hildebrand . Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar, aka "The Only Bombay Blues Man," left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.

Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed. With his Little Village Foundation debut, Aki Goes to Bollywood, he began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation. Kumar's follow-up album, Hindi Man Blues, boasts his most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar has performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI “The World,” and has toured in Russia and Scandinavia.

Artist sites and sounds: www.akikumar.com/aki-goes-to-bollywood (THERE IS A GREAT VIDEO HERE) and another one on Billboard site here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8468096/aki-kumar-dilruba-video

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Sept 9 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76









 


A spicy mélange of Gypsy Jazz, New Orleans Second Line, Funk, and Swamp Rock.

Wed. Sept. 12 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Marla Stone (Lyons) adopted the name Star La'Moan for a songwriting contest years ago and the loose spoonerism stuck.  Now she is the band leader of her own outfit. The Kitchenettes (born in the kitchen of the Kuumbwa) are as varied as the music and are working on the first CD, "Outta the Kitchen, Into the Streets!"  Tonight's dance features everything AND the Kitchen Sink! 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://stonelyonsproductions.com/kitchenettes/



Blues Legend Corky
& Pop Diva, Eric Clapton and Elton John Collaborator Marcella

Thu. Sept. 13 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Corky Siegel & Marcella Detroit will each be performing their famed singer-songwriter repertoire together with both on blues harp and piano, and with Marcella on guitar and ukulele, in a rare intimate evening with two of the country's most dynamic virtuosos and originators.  

Marcella Detroit:  

1. Co-wrote “Lay Down Sally” and toured with Eric Clapton for 7 years and contributed songs for his albums No Reason to Cry, Slowhand and Backless. 

2. Wrote and / or sang with Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, Chaka Khan, Bob Seger, Leon Russell.

3. Recorded a CD with Elton John.

4. Was a member of the hit band Shakespears Sister with Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama

Corky Siegel , of The Siegal Schwall band,  is known internationally as one of the world's great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author. Born Mark Paul Siegel in Chicago in 1943, Corky's professional music career began when he founded the now legendary Siegel-Schwall Band in Chicago in 1964 with guitarist Jim Schwall. The group was a major component of the young generation of white blues artists—also including Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield—who learned the historic Chicago blues style at the feet and hands of such towering figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Willie Dixon

Vocal  Diva Marcella Detroit: “ .. .has wow-inducing control of her voice, which imbued the song with breathtaking emotion and had the power and range of a gospel singer's voice overtaken by the Spirit … .spellbinding. ”   - S OUTH BEND TRIBUNE 
Harmonica ace Corky Siegel :   improvisational flash and bent tones that Paul Butterfield would have admired." -   LOS ANGELES TIMES

" Siegel plays wonderfully on piano as well as harmonica. He has a fine blues touch, and he combines it all with a grand sense of humor and showmanship.  -  SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

"Fans offered more than one standing ovation during the unforgettable evening."  - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - January 2016

Artist sites and sounds:  http://www.chamberblues.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcella_Detroit

Corky and Marcella “Lay Down Sally” Video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPfeFGxvUL8



HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room

Michael's unique style blends country, folk and blues into the modern Americana music format

Fri. Sept. 14 at 5pm
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/michaelmartyngoodmedicine/


 



A hip, fun
blend of reggae, Latin,
hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely Santa Cruz

Fri. Sept. 14 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

EXTRA LARGE: from Santa Cruz, California, is a hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely Santa Cruz.  One can't help but to be captured by their relentless positive and high-energy spirit. They win over even the toughest of crowds and first timers to the Extra Large experience. Extra Large's upbeat and positive music is infectious and leaves the crowd happy and wanting more.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.extra-large.net

 


Americana, alt-country, bluegrass, smoky, folky, rockin' dance tonight

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

Crooked Branches :    Born in 2014 and based out of the Santa Cruz mountains, Crooked Branches features a soulful, acoustic sound that weaves lyrical storytelling with danceable down-home grooves.  Their energetic live performances are a mix of heartfelt Americana, funky country, and fresh new folk.

Wild Iris is a songwriting collaboration between Kate Mullikin and Bryan Shelton from Santa Cruz, CA. Wild Iris is an acoustic mix of musical genres. Local guitarist Bryan Shelton's folksy picking style along with Kate Mullikin's evocative lyrics and smokey vocals make their duo a fresh listening experience. Formed in the Fall of 2013 at a beach-side convenience store, Wild Iris released their first full-length album in 2016 and another is coming soon

Artist sites and sounds:
www.crookedbranchesband.com and  www.wildirissantacruz.com

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Sept 16 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76









 

From Nashville & Northern California--Mira brings a folksy sound to her country style

Wed. Sept. 19 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Mira grew up in the mountains of Northern California, and you can hear it too when she sings.  She brings a folksy sound to her country style, and has settled quite comfortably into her new home the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee.  Mira's first love, the acoustic guitar, has been instrumental in her career as a songwriter.  Mira's upcoming EP, “Nobody Warned Me,” is expected summer of 2018. She grew up with her violin and guitar, writing and drawing inspiration from her folk, pop and country idols. Mira plays coffeehouses, festivals and pubs throughout the West Coast. She is currently splitting her time between California and Nashville, cowriting with a wide range of talent.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.miragoto.com



Rock out and dance all night to all the great songs of The Kinks

Thu. Sept. 20 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

BENEFIT GUITARS NOT GUNS SANTA CRUZ
—ALL CD SALES DONATED TO GUITARS NOT GUNS SANTA CRUZ

The Village Green is a group of premium musicians living in Santa Cruz; some of Santa Cruz's finest.  When Greg Brown was 17 years old his friend gave him 17 cassette tapes of The Kinks; a lifelong fan was born.  As a teacher and a musician Greg felt that people, including his friends should remember or be aware of The Kinks and how great they were as a band.  As Greg prepared to make his tribute album he enlisted many of Santa Cruz finest musicians to participate.  They did; 16 of them.  All of the musicians and artists have gratefully donated all of their time to this project, for our love of the Kinks.  This show is a Record Release Party.  CD's are $10 and we are donating all sales (100%) from this album to Guitars Not Guns Santa Cruz; a local chapter of a national organization that keeps kids off of the streets in the afternoons by teaching local youth to play the Guitar.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/TheVillageGreenKinks/   and Hear online album here: https://soundcloud.com/greg-brown-37/sets/santa-cruz-heroes   Guitars Not Guns: www.facebook.com/gngsc/

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. Sept 21 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 

 


Dance to the music of the Dead, Dylan, Van Morrison, Eagles, Rolling Stones & more BLUEGRASS style

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

Grateful Bluegrass Boys are a string band that plays traditional bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show.  The band consists of Aaron Redner, violin, mandolin, and vocals, who is known for his work with Hot Buttered Rum with whom he toured for 13 years. David Thom, who fronts the David Thom Band and Vintage Grass, plays mandolin and guitar, and sings like an angel. He also spent two years working with David Grisman. Isaac Cantor, banjo, also plays in Dusty Green Bones Band. Ben Jacobs, accordion, can be seen with Poor Man's Whiskey and Achilles Wheel. Special guest red-hot blazing guitarist Sean Lehe (Poor Man's Whiskey, Jelly Bread) with join the boys for this show!

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

plus Rudy & The King (URS Salute to ELVIS)

 


Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry and a Big Louisiana Feast

Sat Sept. 22 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door (Children Under 13 Free)   
Dance– <21 w/parent

THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE:  Come dance and feast inside and outside. Our music room opens to a giant deck under the trees with a creek running around the edge.  Bring the kids.  This is the third installment in a new Michael's on Main family friendly afternoon matinee music series we are calling THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE.  Andre played the very first one and made it a very special event.  Each matinee will feature world class Zydeco, Cajun and Creole dance music and a big Cajun Style Louisiana Feast served up by Michael's on Main's chef.  Tickets include entry to the show. Feast is a separate charge.

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

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

 

plus Rudy & The King (URS Salute to ELVIS)

 


Bringing the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones (and ELVIS) Concert

Sat. Sept. 22 at 8pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Unauthorized Rolling Stones : Since their beginning in 2001, Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones have brought the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones show to stages across the country. Their show holds in reverence many legends of the classic rock years, while maintaining their Rolling Stones core. Colombini's staggering, Jaggeresque showmanship is hands down the best salute to Mick. Colombini, who has seen the Rolling Stones live 20 times said. “It's been a deep drill into little nuances and movement. Frankly, it's nearly impossible to find a better mentor than Mick Jagger for a performer. He's an incredible entity.” “It's a big show,” Colombini added, “A real Rock and Roll event.

Rudy & The King:   The Unauthorized Rolling's Stones play the songs of ELVIS. Imagine for a moment that Elvis survived and found himself performing his greatest hits in our day! Everything from “That's Alright Mama” to “Suspicious Minds” and more, with a rockin' rhythm section as only “THE KING” could do! So sit back, relax, and enjoy, RUDY and THE KING– A SALUTE To Elvis Presley! 

Artist sites and sounds: http://theunauthorizedrollingstones.us and URS video https://youtu.be/OQho3UT5iDw   and Rudy and The King video https://youtu.be/gdH164aX9XI

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Sept 23 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76











Dave Curley (Galway, Ireland), Tadhg Ó Meachair (Dublin, Ireland) & Joanna Hyde (Denver, USA)

Tue. Sept. 25 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent
Celtic society members receive $2 discoun
t on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

An exciting & dynamic new transatlantic trio consisting of Dave Curley (Galway, Ireland), Tadhg Ó Meachair (Dublin, Ireland) & Joanna Hyde (Denver, CO, USA), presenting a tasteful blend of Irish, American and other folk musics from around the world. Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair & Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin's Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway's Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado's Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song—both traditional and newly-composed—presented in an energetic and engaging manner.

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



“The American Songster”
 Co-Founder Carolina Chocolate Drops  

Wed. Sept. 26 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia. In 2018, Flemons will release his first solo album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on GRAMMY Award winning record label Smithsonian Folkways. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010.

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

Record Release Concert



Ezra Lipp of Phil & Friends, Steve Adams of ALO, Roger  Riedlbauer of Jolie Holland

Thu. Sept. 27 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

Psych and Dance
Infused Indie Rock Trio

Magic In The Other: “An intelligent music listener's dream. The music is danceable but also worthy of focus to see their communication in real time. It is something special to bear witness to the birth of a band that could potentially take a scene by storm, you feel like you're in on something, witness to something great.” - Glide Magazine. Magic In The Other was born out of the idea that it is in the unknown where the most potent ground lays for magic and discovery. Assembled in early 2017 consisting of in-demand Bay Area veterans - drummer and bandleader Ezra Lipp (Phil Lesh & Friends, Sean Hayes), bassist Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers) and guitar wizard Roger Riedlbauer (Jolie Holland), this innovative trio from Oakland, CA sets out to connect with their listeners, creating a mentally-stimulating, emotionally-resonate, highly-danceable, and distinctly-transformative experience where everyone feels just a little more magical. An indie-rock trio at its core, MITO combines a slew of diverse influences to create an original sound of intelligent songwriting and heart-felt, improvisational fearlessness. Magic In The Other's debut record What We Know Is Possible will be released 9/14/18 with subsequent touring to celebrate the completion of one chapter and the unknown of the next.

Artist sites and sounds: www.magicintheother.net



HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
Fri. Sept. 28 at 5pm
No Cover

Motown, blues, 60's pop tunes and original music.  High energy, fun show.

www.facebook.com/TenOClockLunchBand/

 



Dance tonight—Live again is heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's

Fri. Sept. 28 at 8:30pm
 $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.

Artist sites and sounds: www.liveagainband.com



Sat. Sept. 29 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

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Sept 30 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76











From SCOTLAND—dynamic young band playing Traditional Celtic flavored with Folk and Bluegrass

Tue. Oct. 2 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Heron Valley are an energetic, young traditional band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. The five-piece, energy fuelled group comprises piper/guitarist/whistle player Euan McNab, banjo player/drummer Nick Hamilton, pianist Arlene Mackechnie, guitarist/vocalist Abigail Pryde and bassist Callum Cronin. Heron Valley released their debut album, Roam, in May 2017.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.heronvalleyband.co.uk



Eliza's new album SECULARIA releases on July 13

Wed. Oct. 3 at 7:30pm
$30 adv./$33 door seated <21 w/parent

Eliza Gilkyson:  Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014's Songwriter of the Year. Eliza's music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”  In 2014, she received a Grammy-nomination for her Red House Records release, The Nocturne Diaries.  Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, it is a restless contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate.

Nina Gerber:  "Nina's guitar style is wide and brave. As she glides thru this record project, she uses each of her guitars as if it's the one she was born to play. Acoustic or electric, she sounds beautiful, smokey, precise, full of the licks you love to hear, even though it sounds like you're hearing them fresh, for the first time, and some of them--you are. She's a player, folks--we're lucky to have her near---" Herb Pedersen.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://elizagilkyson.com and www.ninagerber.com



Honky-Tonkin'
Outlaw Country, Bluegrass
and Acoustic Classic Rock

Thu. Oct. 4 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Whiskey West: Whiskey West combines the sounds of outlaw country, bluegrass and honky-tonk to create an edgy toe tapping, good time acoustic honky-tonk sound. Kinda like if Johnny Cash & June Carter adopted a freight train, gave it some acoustic instruments and a drum kit asked Tom Waits to conduct the combo and said "play something that swings.

Still Searchin' has been serving up locally brewed bluegrass, country, and acoustic classic rock for over a decade in the Santa Cruz area. They just released a self-titled album of original songs featuring Gary "Sweetpea" Cunningham on bass, Liz Smith on fiddle and guitar, and Bradley Richter on guitar and mandolin.

Artist sites and sounds: whiskeywestmusic.com   and    www.stillsearchin.com

 


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

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

Backyard Birds: Linda Baker (vocals, electric guitar, ukulele), Jean Catino (vocals and ukulele), June Coha (vocals and ukulele), Larry Prather (bass) and Linc Russin (mandolin) - perform their fresh blend of vocal harmonies in a wide range of music, from Americana, rock and roll, alt-country and R&B to jazz standards and surprising songs you'll be singing all the way home. Formed in Santa Cruz, California, in 2017, the Birds have performed at Chaminade Resort and Spa, Davenport Roadhouse, The Food Lounge, and Bocci's Cellar, among other venues. The three women's close-knit harmonies and the band's acoustic stylings have drawn comparisons to the music of the T Sisters and Rosanne Cash, and their discerning selection of diverse and eclectic material is unique. Their covers include songs by Richard Thompson, Anna McGarrigle, First Aid Kit, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Imelda May, the Zombies, and the Beatles.

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



Coming to you from Austin and described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul"

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

Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD "Walk Alone" in 1999, the Bastard Sons quickly proved they were no novelty act. With strong songwriting and great musicianship, the Sons' quickly jumped to the forefront of the growing Alternative Country scene. No stranger to the road, their constant touring and hard work have built the band a loyal grass roots following both in the States and abroad. Whether performing in front of thousands at a festival in the US or Europe, or playing all night in a Texas dance hall, for Stuart it's all about respect. "The Bastard Sons never were, and never will be, a Johnny Cash tribute band." It's always been about honoring the musical ideals of our heroes, and paying respect to the originality, integrity, and independence that made those artists who they are. Our goal was always to find our own road, and to continue to keep the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive."Stuart and the Bastard Sons have released five outstanding CDs. Their new full-length record, "New Old Story".

Artist sites and sounds: www.bsojc.com

 



All-Star Tribute to Eric Clapton's Career: 

John Mayall, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, The Solo Years

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

Drew Zingg of Boz Scaggs and Steely Dan – Guitar

Dave Gonzales of Greg Allman– Guitar

Dale Ockerman of The Doobie Brothers and White Album –Keys and Guitars

David Tucker of Maria Muldaur and Tommy Castro --Drums

Kevin Krilanovich of Beggar Kings – Vocals

Bob Wider – Bass Ace

Imagine rocking out to Eric Clapton's life in music.  The blues of John Mayall, the power of Cream, the innovative blues-rock fusion of Blind Faith, the roots-rocking heaven that is Derek & The Dominos and the multi-hits of his solo years.  Imagine the incredible song list. Imagine it being delivered by an all-star band with this pedigree.

Artist sites and sounds: https://drewzingg.bandcamp.com and https://drewzingg.bandcamp.com



Chris Webster is a soul singer beyond genre and Nina Gerber is a soulful guitarist beyond belief

Wed. Oct. 17 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$23 door seated <21 w/parent

Chris Webster is a soul singer beyond genre. In the course of recording over 20 albums on her own and with others, she has drawn equally from classic R&B thumpers and gospel-grass prayers, from rockabilly rave-ups and singer/songwriter confessions. Webster's work is rooted in the classic American tension between a yearning for transcendence and a lusty connection to the here-and-now.  Her voice conveys a passion that connects with the longings of her audience. She expresses sometimes-troubled feelings that everyone understands. But Webster goes beyond pain to hope; her voice can be a compassionate balm to the troubled soul. Performing live, her intensity brings a hush to every room she plays. Those who see her hear it: Chris Webster is the real deal.

Nina Gerber: ".--the epitome of a perfect musician! It is so Zen the way she perfectly under-girds and complements whatever music is at hand, never playing an extraneous or superfluous or irrelevant note, & always being perfectly in the flow with whatever she is playing & whomever she's playing with! Playing Music together on that level is Divine!--- everything else is a more or less skillful filling the air with a more or less pleasant bunch of notes!" Maria Muldaur,/ Los Angeles Feb 10, 2018

Artist sites and sounds:  www.chriswebstermusic.com/ and www.ninagerber.com



“Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset.” New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross  

Thu. Oct. 18 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Frank Barter writes, sings, and performs like a guy who's been beat up and still won't quit, like a guy who's been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his Valley Entertainment release "Ready" feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn't hold back for anyone or anything. New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as “Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset.” If you've never seen one of those, they're burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That's where Frank Barter takes you. He has toured the west coast and Pacific Northwest extensively and opened for Chuck Berry, John Haitt, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Johnny Copeland, Curtis Selgado, and Duffy Bishop to name a few. “It's possible to compare Frank Barter to any number of distinctive singer/songwriters: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Seger are names Barter's honest, simple-yet-complex songs most often evoke.” - Seattle Times

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




Spanning the American musical landscape: Americana Rock, Folk, California Roots Rock Dance

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

Levi Jack:   Founded in 2015, Levi Jack is all things Americana Rock--powerful melodies, lucid lyrics, haunting vocals, infectious rhythm, spanning across numerous eras in the American musical landscape. It is a testament to the American songwriter that embraces numerous styles of expression: blues, folk, soul, 'twang, bluegrass, rock, scat, with hints of Latin, Celtic, & French influence. The melting pot being the backbone of the band, it is truly Americana. A rich mixture of originals and choice covers, Levi Jack looks to shake you up, make you think, and have a great time all at once!

Rayburn Brothers Band: Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn bring a broad range of influences to their music.  Hailing from the Monterey Bay, they play songs that are a mix of folk, rock and Americana.  Their voices harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation.  The Rayburn Brothers Band has created a brand of California roots rock that has depth and energy.  Their songs convey the essence of love, longing and pain that only seasoned songwriters can express in such heartfelt terms.  The Rayburn Brothers sing from the soul, touching in their audiences a chord of the human experience.

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



Very funny songs — Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed?  "Write funny songs," says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. His YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He's calling his show "ReZist," bringing laughter and encouragement to communities everywhere.  "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change." Zimmerman has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers and George Carlin.

Artist sites and sounds: www.royzimmerman.com



Very funny songs — Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie

Thu. Nov. 1 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed?  "Write funny songs," says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. His YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He's calling his show "ReZist," bringing laughter and encouragement to communities everywhere.  "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change." Zimmerman has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers and George Carlin.

Artist sites and sounds: www.royzimmerman.com


"Simply put, Hinojosa is a first-class songwriter" - CHICAGO TRIBUNE / New CD is “West”

Wed. Nov. 14 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



New Album is
“Rifles & Rosary Beads”

Wed. Dec. 5 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

“YOU'LL BE HARD-PRESSED TO HEAR A MORE POWERFULLY MOVING WORK THAN RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS THIS YEAR — OR ANY OTHER.”   LA TIMES

"The importance of this effort cannot be overstated."
- Country Standard Time

"The album's honesty and insight into an often overlooked aspect of American democracy - the on-the-ground experiences of soldiers and, especially, the aftermath of their time in combat - is a gift in a contemporary moment full of chatter and political rhetoric." NPR World Café

"Rifles & Rosary Beads' gives veterans and their spouses a voice, a chance to find in song the words that foster growth in the midst of trauma---Gauthier and her co-writers deliver an album of songs that momentarily make the burdens of these men and women lighter, for in these songs they've found the care and empathy of a listening stranger who sits not in judgment but embraces in love."  No Depression
Artist sites and sounds:  www.marygauthier.com



“Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide. Julia's voice and fiddle are thrilling.

Wed. Dec. 12 at 7:30pm
$18 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent
Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Tony McManus : "One of the premiere purveyors of Celtic music, McManus displays an incredible ability to capture the melodic nuances of that ancient genre" --Guitar Player Magazine “ Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. While Tony is known as a soloist his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work. 

Julia Toaspern's bell like voice and her filigrane fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, her solo is impressive.” SalonFestival . Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make and exciting fit with Tony's.

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



Guitar Player Magazine cover story: “one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time.”

Wed. Dec. 26 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door seated <21 w/parent

Peppino D'Agostino: "Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound--he gets the resin and the wood.”  ~Leo Kottke. July 2017 Guitar Player Magazine cover story lists Peppino as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time. A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 31 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist, and Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards graced him with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his release “Every Step of The Way”. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide.  To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD's, performed in over thirty countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D'Agostino's latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.peppinodagostino.com

Guitar Player Magazine Cover Story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zm8ku900q0mcn5b/Guitar%20Player%20article.pdf?dl=0

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