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2pm matinee

Cello like you've
never heard before

Sun. Dec. 16 at 2pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

The Dirty Cello band comes back to perform in Santa Cruz.Since their last show in Santa Cruz, they've been all over the world collecting stories, new songs, and a couple misadventures. Come on out to Michael's on Main, for the bluesiest cello you've ever heard backed by a hard rockin' rhythm section. New songs, new stories, old favorites, old songs, and never a dull moment. From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!  “When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Nick Diamantides, Ashland Daily Tidings. "Dirty Cello's music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine. "The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman's playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you'll wonder why more bands don't have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz "The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." LA Times

Artist sites and sounds:  www.dirtycello.com

Black Dog:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6K9YV4oa1Y

Devil on My Shoulder:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXAmt9-2pR4&feature=youtu.be

Devil Went Down to Georgia:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K16hf1yWO7U

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Here Comes Sunshine

Sun. Dec 16 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Angela Blessing, Elisabeth Carlisle, Janet Croteau and Lydia Joy Davis
Wed. Dec. 19 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

 

"Women Who Folking Rock” returns to its new home at Michael's on Main for an evening of original music with original women. Join us for a night of music making featuring local gals, Angela Blessing, Elisabeth Carlisle, Janet Croteau and Lydia Joy Davis.  Each performer brings an authentic style to her handcrafted songs that promises to regale the senses and expand the mind.

Angela Blessing  celebrates beauty, nature and the sacredness of life in her art and music. She is a local treasure: culinary chef, jewelry designer and songstress. 

Elisabeth Carlisle has performed extensively for throughout the US, Europe and Japan for the last 20 years. She graduated with a degree in music from UC Santa Barbara, moved to LA and toured with Bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Meredith Brooks, Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) and the late Peter Banks (Yes). From Los Angeles she moved to Sweden where lived and recorded her last CD's. She released her new single “Beyond These Walls” in July 2018 followed by a Northwest tour from Montana to California.

Janet Croteau is a Santa Cruz, CA based songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist and psychotherapist.

Her music is infused with her quirky and effervescent spirit. She believes that if you stop being who you are that the real people will never find you. With lyrical abandon, Janet brings an authentic and humorous presence to the stage. The inspiration for her folk/Americana style songwriting comes from the beauty and madness of the world. Janet recently finished and released her first album, “Wild Heart.” She is the producer and creator for the “Women Who Folking Rock” series that has found its new home at Michael's on Main.

Lydia Joy Davis has been playing professionally for 20 years around the bay area. She attended music school at Mannes College of Music in New York City.  She also does studio work on violin/vocals. Lydia has several singles out on iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, Spotify and many other platforms.  She is working on self-producing and writing an album of Bluesy Freakfolk Anti-Heroine Anthems, and Badgirl Ballads. 

Artist sites and sounds:
https://elisabethcarlisle.wordpress.com and www.almostjanet.com and  www.lydiajoydavis.com



The Songs of Frank Sinatra featuring John Michael
Thu. Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

What a way to spend an evening in December-- his way!

Sinatra in December featuring Steve Abrams, (piano) Zack Olsen (drums) and Ben Herod (sax) will take you up to “Where the Air is Rarefied” with renditions of Frank's biggest hits like “New York New York” and “Fly Me to the Moon” and so much more including some of Frank Sinatra's favorite holiday chestnuts.   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 creates an atmosphere.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.johnmichaelband.com/sinatra-band.html

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
Come see this amazing duo on Guitar, Harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers plus Holiday Favorites.

Fri. Dec. 21 at 5pm
NO COVER   
https://harpinjonny.com



 



Celebrate Solstice with the Slough! Spirited
Americana Rock Dance!

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

The Apple City Slough Band is a Santa Cruz Mountain Jam Band that will tap into your rock & roll roots. Spirited songwriting layered with gutty rolling leads and keys--the Apple City Slough Band delivers a loud and proud Americana rock sound. Hailing from the original Apple City (Watsonville, Ca) they're a close-knit band that plays for the love of a good time.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.applecitysloughband.com



Smokey The Groove

Smokey the Groove is California's premier Six-Piece, Live-tronic, Dance-adelic, Jazz-Funk Band

Sat. Dec. 22 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

STARLETS WEB PRESENTS

Get your dance on with California's premier Six-Piece, Live-tronic, Dance-adelic, Jazz-Funk ensemble. Bringing in galactic grooves, honkin' horns, and booty shakin' bass.  Each show is a journey through time, space and the beyond.   From Chico, Smokey the Groove combines Funky Jazz, a Full Horn Section, and Get Down Rhythms to create an Immersive, Sexy, Sassy feeling that will change how you listen to music!

FUNKY SWEATER SHOWDOWN – PRIZE FOR BEST SWEATER

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/smokeythegroove/?tn-str=k*F and www.facebook.com/starletsweb/

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 23 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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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





The DC Trio ( formerly Acoustic Soul) Joint Chief ' s members  bring R&B, Jazz, and Funk, all the way live, straight to you!

Thu. Dec 27 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. Dec. 28 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 



Dance to the Grateful Dead

Fri. Dec. 28 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Rosebud is band of veteran musicians from the Grateful Dead scene including Scott Cooper (China Cats), Mark Corsolini (Spirit of 76), Lachlan Kane (Edge of the West) and Fred Rodriguez and Andy Birchett (Three-Legged Dawg). The band has a rockin', danceable, jazzy take on the Dead's repertoire and mixes in some Dylan, Beatles and originals inspired by the Dead. New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine wrote "Cooper can write material worthy of the bands he loves."  Indeed, his first CD reached #5 on the national jam band radio chart and continues to get airplay on KPIG radio.

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

 



One of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers

Sat. Dec. 29 at 9pm
 $25 Adv./$25 Door   Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Robyn Hitchcock  is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.  Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."  It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.  "A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings---" - Rolling Stone

Artist sites and sounds: www.robynhitchcock.com



AS SEEN ON SEASON 15 of THE VOICE

Sun. Dec. 30 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

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

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

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

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

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 30 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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The songs of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors

Mon. Dec. 31 at 9pm
 $30 adv./$35 door   dance ages 21 +

CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT & PARTY FAVORS


(DINNERS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE OF ADMISSION)

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




Heartfelt "Tear 'n yer Beer" Americana

Wed. Jan. 2 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Santa Cruz local celebrated singer songwriter Gary Blackburn, along with his band 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, foregiveness, and the paths that we choose. Gary will also be performing songs off his new CD, Streak Of Gray, produced by local great Keith Greeninger. Gary's band features the talents of Kevin Taylor on Keyboards ( Rayburn Brothers Band, Mofongo), Tom Duncan on Drums (UTURN), and Dan Besocke on Bass ( West Of Nashville). Gary and his band will no doubt connect with the audience for this sit down show. With a well rounded repetoire of songs, Gary will show both his versatile soft folk blues  and his edgy rocking side.

Artist sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/rpk/garyblackburn7



Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vocal & Ukulele Master, and Grammy Award Winner

Thu. Jan. 3 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Come early for KALUA PORK HAWAIIAN DINNER SPECIAL
  (note that tickets include entry to the show – Dinner Special is a separate charge)

Led Kaapana's  mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.   Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana,  there were few distractions. "We didn't have electricity, no television, not even much radio," says Led. "So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music." Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. "People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep," Led recalls. "You'd fall asleep to the music, wake up and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!" 

Fran Guidry's CD called Kaleponi, is all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, with a few choice originals. Fran will accompany Led for an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian music and more.

Artist sites and sounds: https://ledkaapana.com and www.kaleponi.com

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room

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

Fri. Jan. 4 at 5pm
NO COVER  

 



Eclectic, high-voltage rock 'n soul grooves and daredevil musical adventures from The Wayback's frontman and his band of Nomads

Fri. Jan. 4 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

 

James will be joined by an all-star ensemble: drummer Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani), bassist Angeline Saris (Narada Michael Walden), and pedal steeler David Phillips (Tom Waits)

James Nash's expansive musical vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre

bending, entertaining, approach that has served him well for over 15 years as lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for the electric rock 'n soul grooves of the Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillans. James' musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer. Guitar Player included him in their Superheroes of Wood, Steel, and Nylon: 50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists. The Chicago Tribune praised his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality.” Whether on electric or acoustic guitars, his inspired improvisational flights can be downright jaw-dropping.

Artist sites and sounds: www.jamesnash.com





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

Sat. Jan. 5 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.thefinecountryband.com 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 6 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Guitar great Muriel Anderson with stunning Bryan Allen visual show

Tue. Jan. 8 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

One of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel's unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles' tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Her video “Why Worry” has garnered a total of over 8 million views. In addition, her new program is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson's ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT®and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice: Santa Cruzian, Steve Palazzo, is this year's Santa Cruz County Arts Council Gail  Rich Awards winner in the music category. The show will feature Steve and Charlie sing old-time country duets with Charlie drawing heavily from the pre-Bluegrass 1930's era of classic "brother duets" by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys & Monroe Brothers, right up through the Louvin and Everly Brothers.

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



Cowboy Entertainer

First OF TWO BIG NIGHTS!!!

Wed. Jan. 9 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Dave Stamey: Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 True West Magazine named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. 

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Dave is joined by cowgirl vocalist Annie Lydon

Artist sites and sounds: www.davestamey.com



Cowboy Entertainer

First OF TWO BIG NIGHTS!!!

Wed. Jan. 10 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Dave Stamey: Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 True West Magazine named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. 

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Dave is joined by cowgirl vocalist Annie Lydon

Artist sites and sounds: www.davestamey.com

HAPPY HOUR

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

Fri. Jan 11 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 



Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Fri. Jan. 11 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

Catch Tammi Brown between her gigs with Quincy Jones

Local Motown and R/B dance band, Ten O'clock Lunch Band, bring their brand of funky fun, great harmonies and infectious groove-laden All Motown and R/B Revue . From Smoky to Gladys, Sam Cooke, Staples, Temptations, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Bobby Blue Bland and beyond! George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to 7 piece outfitthat includes James Jamerson infused basslines by Jerry Whitney, do-it-all lead guitarist Glenn MacPherson , sweet harmony vocals and harmonica by Richie the Lip , and rock steady drumming by Pat Scirappa with Special Guests Sax master Armen Boyd, Jr (Big Bang Beat) and local Keyboard legend Otis Coen .  Tammi Brown joins Ten O'Clock Lunch band between her appearances this year and last year with Quincy Jones at the Hollywood Bowl

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

 



Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces 

Cajun Aces from Lafayette, Louisiana and a big Louisiana Feast
Picnic Special: CORNMEAL CRUSTED CATFISH WITH WHISKEY REMOULADE, CEDDAR & JALAPENO CORBREAD AND COLLARD GREENS for $18.95   

Sat. Jan. 12 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door

(Children Under 13 Free)    Dance– <21 w/parent

NOTE: Tickets include entry to the show. Feast is a separate charge.

THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE:  Come dance and feast.  Bring the kids.  Michael's on Main family friendly afternoon matinee music series is called THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE.  Each matinee features 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.

Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces:  Blake has established a big-time reputation in the Cajun music world playing with The Revelers, The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys. Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. It's traditional Cajun music in a traditional setting, but more than that, it's a powerhouse trio having fun.  Finer musicians playing Cajun music cannot be found. In a world where it seems everyone is continually stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well-worn tracks of Cajun Music. From old fiddle tunes, to classic dance floor packers, to bilingual country classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan. 

Artists sites and sounds: www.oldfashionedaces.com



An infectious blend of Roots, Soul, Funk and World Music Rockadelia

Sat. Jan. 12 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 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.

The Puffball Collective is built to lift you up. Featuring members of the “Banana Slug String Band”, “Slugs and Roses”, the “Barrelmakers”, instrumental funk project “Velour,” Jim Lewin's Edge of the West , and a slew of talented local musicians,  "We present this music to soothe your souls , raise your spirits and rejuvenate & move your bodies so that we all can move forward and do great good in our lives.” – TPC.  The Puffball Collective celebrates as community, the power & healing of music & song, with happy-feet-dancing, spirit-lifting revival and unifying-revelry.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://achilleswheel.com  and https://thepuffballcollective.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 13 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room

Come see this amazing duo on Guitar, Harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers plus Holiday Favorites.

Fri. Jan. 18 at 5pm

NO COVER
https://harpinjonny.com

 


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

Fri. Jan. 18 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

 



A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. Jan. 19 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. Jan 20 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Legendary Country songwriter takes young, local songwriter on a once in a lifetime run

Tue. Jan. 22 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

Billy Don Burns' country music career started playing the role of Hank Williams at the Opryland USA theme park 1973. Soon country and rock luminaries were recording his songs:  Rick Nelson (Wild Nights in Tulsa), Mel Tillis (I Always Come Back To Loving You), and Connie Smith (Be Alright In Arkansas). Willie Nelson recorded Burns' (I Don't Have A Reason) To Go To California Anymore. Recordings by outlaw country artists Whitey Morgan and Cody Jenkins have caught the attention of a younger generation.  Billy Don started his career playing with one legend after another, now at 68, he is a legend—the quintessential country music warrior.  "Friend forever. Billy Don is wise beyond his years. Great writer. Great man. A leader in all walks of life. The best man to have on your side. No matter how dangerous the situation" - Billy Joe Shaver

Jesse Daniel: "Rambunctious, edgy, greasy and gritty in a good way, Jesse Daniel brings a lot of wild-eyed exuberance to a traditional country sound mixed with just enough of an old school rockabilly edge and true-to-life lyrics to keep it youthful and interesting." - SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC. Jesse Daniel grew up in the small mountain town of Ben Lomond, CA. Hard times hit and his parents split up, resulting in heavy, ongoing turmoil. Daniel and his brother would help their mother scavenge metal at the local landfill, which she would weld and sell at the flea market, to put food on the table. The winters were long and cold in the converted barn the family called home, making the summer season a respite to look forward to. “I learned at an early age what it meant to work hard, and to endure.” Said the singer of his youth.  With the blood, sweat and tears of past and present, Daniel cut and co-produced his debut self-titled album, playing many of the instruments himself, including all drums, percussion and guitar. The record holds true to Daniel's character, taking you for a ride through the singer's life, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek anecdotes.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/BillyDonBurnsMusic/  and www.jessedanielmusic.com




With Smith Dobson V -- jazz standards from “The Dobson Songbook” and new
songs their EP

Wed. Jan. 23 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Bay Area and Santa Cruz's very own, jazz vocalist, Gail Dobson, wife of the late great pianist, Smith Dobson, mom of vocalist, Sasha Dobson, and multi-instrumentalist son, Smith Dobson V, makes her first appearance at Michael's on Main.  Her band, which features Bay Area's top musicians, is a marriage of traditional jazz harmonies played straight ahead, and also with Latin rhythms, and highlights her philosophy and strong inclination to allow the music to unfold naturally. through encouraging player interaction and soloing. This is the tradition that she grew up with in jazz, and shared with Smith and the kids. Her band features her son, Smith, on alto and tenor saxophone, guitarist, Luis Salcedo, bassist Adam Gay, and drummer Omar Aran. The Gail Dobson Quintet has been described as "exquisite, to hard swingin'".  The repertoire consists of jazz standards from “The Dobson Songbook”; and new material and arrangements, from their new EP, "How Fragile We Are" songs written by Sting, Cure, Herbie Hancock.and Jobim to name a few.  Jazz vocalist/percussionist, Gail Dobson and her Quintet, featuring son, Smith Dobson-tenor and alto saxophone, playing the Dobson Songbook plus music by Sting, Cure, Abbey Lincoln.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.gaildobson.com

HAPPY HOUR

In the New Tap Room
The DC Trio ( formerly Acoustic Soul) Joint Chief ' s members  bring R&B, Jazz, and Funk, all the way live, straight to you!

Thu. Jan. 24 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. Jan 25 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 

Electric and Acoustic Alternative Folk and Roots Rocking Dance Tonight

Fri. Jan. 25 at 8:00pm
$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:
  www.mudfrog.com and www.facebook.com/southernpacificband/

Dance to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations

Sat. Jan. 26 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  dance- ages 21+

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.tempestmusic.com

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 27 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  












County Blues, Delta Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Folk Blues--Two Great Recoding Artists
Wed. Jan. 30 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS
 

Experience an evening of acoustic blues with pioneering singer-guitarists Catfish Keith and Preacher Boy. These acclaimed masters both honor and reinvent the country blues tradition through their innovative songwriting, fingerpicking, and slide guitar styles. This will be a foot-stomping showcase of raw, acoustic blues at its finest. Catfish Keith : World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music.

A three-time Blues Music Award nominee for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, both Catfish's Honey Hole and Mississippi River Blues albums were considered for GRAMMY AWARD nominations in three categories. Catfish has seventeen NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. A 2008 inductee into the IA BLUES HALL OF FAME, the 40-year veteran has performed thousands of gigs, touring the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others Preacher Boy:  Preacher Boy was one of the first modern artists to be classified as “Alternative Blues," and the label continues to apply.

For nearly a quarter of a century—and across eleven albums and counting—Preacher Boy has been both honoring and redefining the country blues tradition through his darkly poetic lyrics, the unmistakable sound of his National Resophonic slide guitar work, and the raw urgency of his ragged baritone voice. “The Rumble Strip” is Preacher Boy's latest release, and it's as funky and hard-hitting as anything he's yet done. "Preacher Boy is somewhat like Keb' Mo' in his jazzing up of Delta blues styles, but with a more contemporary sound akin to Kelly Joe Phelps or Chris Whitley. The best cuts highlight his wonderful work on National Steel." — Rolling Stone


Artist sites and sounds:   www.catfishkeith.com  and  http://preacherboy.com

Mira's song “Crazy Cat Lady” is a KPIG hit

Thu. Jan. 31 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Mira was born and raised in California, and you can hear it when she sings.  She writes lyrically-driven music, notorious in country, however she lacks the traditional twang, so she calls her style 'diet country'.  She has won songwriting competitions at international levels, and impressed audiences around the world over the last couple years.  She's excited to have teamed up this year with Artist Max (Ken Caillat), an independent label in Los Angeles, California, and is looking forward to their next steps together.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.miragoto.com


Funk, Acid Jazz and Classic R&B resulting in an
infectious dance party

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

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

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



Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton—one of the world's top Celtic acts

Wed Feb. 6 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$23 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

Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, for their album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, 'Among the top bands in the world - stunning on every cut!'. The Outside Track's marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.theoutsidetrack.com



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

Thu. Feb. 7 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), Linc Russin (mandolin), and Brian Stanley (drums) - 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 Michael's on Main, 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, Imelda May, the Zombies, and the Beatles.

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.backyardbirdsband.com





Brit Indie Pop meets current Rock, Pop, and Dance Party favorites

Sat. Feb. 9 at 8:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Adele, Green Day  

and more meets infectious Britpop

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. 

Common People Brit Pop Band: We are a Santa Cruz based band who play songs that we love, centered around Britpop; British Indie pop music from circa 1992-1997, with other 'commonly themed' songs from other times and places including those of our own composition. Come see us and celebrate this music together.

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.facebook.com/commonpeoplebritpopband and www.cruzpatrol-band.com



Marley's Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure – Roots, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel, Country

Wed. Feb. 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that's steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they've been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance.

Artist sites and sounds: www.marleysghost.com



Roots music heaven.  Acoustic stylings from KPIG Americana to Roots Classic Rock Chestnuts 

Wed. Feb. 20 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Cruz Control started with Vince Tuzzi (guitar/vocals and ukulele) and Stan Parola (guitar/vocals/and ukulele/harmonica). They have evolved into one of the most sought-after bands in Santa Cruz County. A big part of the band's popularity stems from the fact that they play a diverse genre of music from John Prine to Neil Young, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Eagles. Apart from the fact that each band member is an accomplished musician, they also have a unique vocal blend which lends itself to different kinds of music. Each member in the band has their own distinct following. Vince Tuzzi is a well-known solo artist and Jerry Whitney plays bass and vocals.     

Patti Maxine is simply one of our nation's finest lap steel guitar players.  She will be playing with Cruz Control.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/Cruz-Control-166542066831264/?ref=bookmarks



American roots music sprinkled with musical influences from around the globe

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

Moshe Vilozny was born in Portland Oregon and raised in Santa Cruz California; spending summers in Israel and winters throughout Latin America.  Moshe incorporates his life experiences into original songs steeped in American Roots Music and sprinkled with musical influences from around the globe.   In 2004, Moshe released his 1st studio album "Revolucion" with Universal Language.  An album featuring his original songs sung in English, Spanish & Hebrew.  2016 found Moshe returning to his acoustic roots with the release of "Lost & Found" one of the last albums recorded at Gadgetbox studios before it was purchased by STS9.  The album features 13 of Moshe's original songs performed live in studio on all acoustic instrumentation with some of Santa Cruz's finest musicians.  Moshe is currently recording his 3rd studio album WOOD&SOUL.

Amy Obenski : Amy's songs are timeless. With lyrics about the experience of being human, her music has a way of connecting with pretty much anyone on a deeply personal level. She's compared frequently to classics like Joni Mitchell and Carol King. And to describe her voice, it's common to hear words like “Clear”, “Pure”, “Haunting” and “Mesmerizing”. Amy's a California native. She's toured the U.S. and Europe, plus recorded and toured with her own French band (The Carbone Band), along with an Artist in Residence in Saint Herblain, France. You also may have heard her song, Carousel, on the hit TV Show, Grey's Anatomy.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.moshev.com plus www.amyobenski.com

 

 




Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings and Jerry Whitney

Thu. Feb. 28 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Tonight ' s Concert: On February 9, 1964 the Beatles invaded America and have occupied the hearts and souls of generations ever since. They truly have been the songbook of our lives. The memories created by the Beatles are unparalleled. So many of us can flash back to a moment in time that a Beatles song helped create  unforgettable moments in our lives. Get your ticket to ride and to enjoy and sing music from the Beatles songbook with Drew Harrison and Jerry Whitney.

Drew Harrison is the leader of the Sun Kings, a hugely popular Beatles tribute band.  He also the star of the one man show In The Sprit of Lennon , a remarkable John Lennon tribute.

Jerry Whitney of the Beatles trio Come Together has always been influence by Paul McCartney and Motown.  Tonight it is all about the Beatles.  Jerry anchors the Santa Cruz Beatles Jam group with 400 members.

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


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