2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073







“SOLD OUT"


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
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

Cruz Control started with Vince Tuzzi (guitar/vocals and ukulele), Stan Parola (guitar/vocals/and ukulele/harmonica) and Gary “SweetPea” Cunningham on bass/vocals/ukulele. 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, Boz Scaggs, 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. Stan Parola also plays in Island Breeze and Danceland. Gary Cunningham plays in the Swirly Girls.        

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

 

 


HAPPY HOUR

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

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



 


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

Fri. Feb. 22 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

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/





Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

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

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

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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












Aliza Hava, Song Nelson, Janet Croteau, Gina Rene

Wed. Feb. 27 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.  Each performer brings an authentic style to her handcrafted songs that promises to regale the senses and expand the mind.

Aliza Hava: Aliza Hava is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose breathtaking voice and driving rhythms create a sound that is at once both rootsy and ethereal. Influenced by the blues, classic rock, alt. rock, R&B and folk, she creates a soulful fusion of thoughtful lyrics combined with an inspirational and emotional appeal.  Currently based in Santa Cruz, CA, Aliza previously performed under the artist/band name Eve of Eden.  She has lived and toured internationally, working with various groups promoting peace through music.  Her performances have taken her from the Middle East to India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and more.

Song Nelson: Song Nelson is a multifaceted singer-songwriter. She came to the stage dancing, but songwriting has always crept into her rich, multimedia, dance-theater productions. Her songs are born of the natural world and smack of human vulnerability and the heartaches of our time. She delights in mystery, metaphor and thick vocal harmony and playfully dips into any genre; folksy dirges, bawdy blues, girl power murder ballads, blasphemous acapella hymns and the like. 

Janet Croteau: Janet Croteau is a Santa Cruz, CA based songwriter, comedian, and spoken word artist.  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.  Janet finds inspiration for her folk / Americana style songwriting from the beauty and madness of the world. She brings an authentic and humorous presence to the stage. She recently released her first album, “Wild Heart.”  

Gina Rene: Born into a multi-ethnic family, Gina Rene grew up in Santa Cruz. She was raised in the early Hip-hop era of the 80's when it was about raw creativity and truth. Combining these influences with her own melodies, flowing over beats with her own rhymes became second nature to Gina. Music runs in her family. Her Grandpa, Leon Rene, wrote the hit song Rockin' Robin, as well as Sleepy time Down South which became Louis Armstrong's theme song. He also owned the first black independent record label on the West Coast, Exclusive Records. Gina will sooth you with her sweet melodic tones before waking you up with the truth in her words. She writes and sings her own songs, blending R&B and Pop melodies with the wit and lyricism 

Artist sites and sounds:
 
alizahava.com and songnelson.net and www.almostjanet.com and www.reverbnation.com/ginarene1





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


Karin Phoenix, Ken Kraft, Jojo Fox -- dazzling harmonies, sultry ballads, rockabilly, country & more

Fri. March 1 at 5pm
NO COVER    



 

Utterly original traditional American music – guitar, banjo fiddle and voice

Fri. March 1 at 9pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Sam Amidon: The Following Mountain, Sam Amidon's sixth album overall and his third for Nonesuch Records, is his first album of original songs. A deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation, it “feels like a liberation” (Uncut) and “provides constant, jolting surprises” (The Guardian). But in his decade-long career as a recording and touring musician, the singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) has always managed to create work that's utterly original, even when, as on previous discs, he was digging through the sounds and stories of traditional American music. The Following Mountain features appearances by musicians such as Shahzad Ismaily, master percussionists Milford Graves and Juma Sultan, and psychedelic jazz musician Sam Gendel. Prior to The Following Mountain, Amidon released five solo albums on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels. Amidon's material for these albums consists primarily of reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with the New York Times writing that Amidon “transforms all of the songs, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors.” 

Sam Gendel:  “Sam Gendel smoothly psychedelic debut is dominated by the guitarist and saxophonist's tip-toed melodies and hushed voice. “ Pitchfork

Artist sites and sounds:  http://www.samamidon.com  and https://samgendel.com


Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin Tribute plus Liquid Sky Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Woodstock Relived
– Janis and Jimi

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

Piece of My Heart is a tribute to the legendary Janis Joplin which hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is composed of veteran musicians that felt the need to keep this brand of psychedelic blues alive. The band consists of Brad Torres (Shred Zeppelin, Liquid Sky) on drums, Mike Holland (Liquid Sky, Randy Hansen's Hendrix tribute) on bass, Fred Mabunga (Liquid Sky founder) and last but not least Julie Medeiros on vocals. Filling the task of Janis Joplin is not an easy task to do, but Julie has that special something about her voice that moves the soul. She has shared the stage and collaborated with Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company and Harvey Mandel to name a few. Piece of my Heart will be sure to bring you back to Woodstock.

Liquid Sky is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier Jimi Hendrix tribute band, formed out of the love and passion of Jimi's music and have dedicated themselves to carrying on his legacy. Liquid Sky will satisfy all you guitar enthusiasts but we also incorporate Jimi's many danceable tunes too. You'll get with all the hits, but there are plenty of surprises from the B-sides not even Hendrix played live. Of course Woodstock is one of Hendrix's most iconic and memorable performances and being that August 2019 will celebrate the historic 50 year anniversary, it's not too early to come out and celebrate Woodstock!

Artist sites and sounds:  https://pieceofmyheartrocks.com and https://liquidskyrock.com


2pm Matinee
Irish Music Magazine calls Realta “a full-bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”

Sun. March 3 at 2pm
$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

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “a full-bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames! 
Hailing from the Ulster city of Belfast, this award-winning multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. While Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, voice and bodhrán, making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today. 

The release of their second album, Clear Skies, has brought Réalta widespread critical acclaim, with the Irish Music Magazine summing things up by writing "Réalta have grown bigger, bolder and braver and this is one of the best CDs to have come out of Ireland this year". A performance by Réalta is joyous, energetic, foot-stomping, unforgettable and unmissable.

Artist sites and sounds: www.realtamusic.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 3 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  








Guitar superstar Tommy Emmanuel posted Clive Carroll's USA tour  including our Michael's on Main March 6 concert on his facebook site.   Tommy included a strong recommendation to  his fans to go see Clive Carroll on his facebook site where he has 250,000 followers.
See the post at this link

 

Tommy Emmanuel sites guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll's “The Red Guitar” as one of his desert island discs

Wed. March 6 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll's masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today's most admired and respected guitarists. Clive has established himself as one of the world's premier acoustic guitar players.  He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own groundbreaking compositions.  Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also taken Clive on the road, and similar nods to Clive's musicianship have been given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and the Sultanate of Oman.To date, Clive has released four solo albums; “Sixth Sense”, “The Red Guitar” (which Tommy Emmanuel cites as one of his desert island discs!), “Life in Colour” and "The Furthest Tree". 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://www.clivecarroll.co.uk/index.html


Pre-Saint Patrick's Day Concert with legendary brothers from Ireland

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

Come Early for
CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE DINNER SPECIAL

The Black Brothers:  Shay & Michael Black are singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances, & brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling”

The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dances, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.

Artist sites and sounds: www.black-brothers.com/


HAPPY HOUR

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

Fri. March 8 at 5pm
NO COVER   
www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/



 



Reggae Santa Cruz Style--influenced by our local surf rock scene, classic rock & reggae music

Fri. March 8 at 9pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Soulwise: Cousins Sean (Vocals/Guitar) and Kevin Eichhorn (Vocals/Keys) began jamming in local garages at age 10. Music was deeply rooted in their family and the thought of forming a group was inevitable. Influenced by the surf rock scene of Santa Cruz, classic rock, and reggae music, they began to compose their own original music at an early age. In 2014, while both training for professional baseball, Kevin and good friend Adrian Jerome DeMar (Bass) would reconnect and the band began solidifying a path of music.

 The group fuses together steady and mesmerizing reggae grooves alongside flares of heavy rock and shredding lead guitar. Soulwise features a deep rhythm section of bass, drums, keys, guitar and horns. Lyrically, the songs of Soulwise are born from life experiences, inspirations, and good times that provide listeners with a dynamic mood. In 2015 the group released their first EP "Talkin' Bout Love" that debuted at #12 on iTunes reggae releases and their recent first full length album "Good Day" debuted at #3 on iTunes reggae charts in December 2017. They have played in numerous festivals; Santa Cruz Music Festival, CruzFest, Ink at the Bay, Redwood Mountain Faire, as well as played up and down the California coast. They have also supported Jamaican greats Don Carlos, Warrior King, Jo Mersa Marley, and have shared the stage with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

Harbor Patrol:   West Coast reggae rockers

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


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

Sat. March 9 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/


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 10 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









featuring AJ Lee, Jim Lewin, Patti Maxine, Ginny Mitchell & Karin Phoenix

Tonight, we present a tribute to one of the giants of country music.

Wed. March 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

A MITCHELL COLLINS PRODUCTION

Emmylou Harris was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She reimagined classic country music; discovered new songwriting talent and recorded key songs; and created albums that served as guideposts to what is now called Americana music. Ginny Mitchell has put together an all-star lineup of beautiful voices and instrumental masters to pay tribute to Emmy Lou.

AJ Lee: songwriter extraordinaire, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year

Jim Lewin: guitarist, songwriter, and producer and Edge of the West bandleader. He has also worked a lot with Todd Snider, Frank Wakefield, and Lacy J. Dalton to name just a few.

Patti Maxine is simply one of our nation's finest lap steel guitar players and has a terrific voice

Ginny Mitchell's  music is a “rootsy” mix of Americana, folk and country. Ginny is an accomplished singer, writer and instrumentalist.  Her voice is a crystal clear, soulful gift of nature.

Karin Phoenix has performed with Brian Setzer, Tim McGraw, Doobie Brothers, Edgar Winer, Johnny Paycheck, The White Album Ensemble and fronts her own Phoenix Rising Band.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://ginnymitchell.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmylou_Harris


There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow, Scotland -based five-piece Ímar

Thu. March 14 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

There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.   “As soon as we all sat down to play together properly, it just worked,” says bodhrán player Adam Brown (RURA), originally from Suffolk. “We were a bit stunned, to be honest; all looking round at everyone else, thinking, ‘Is it just me, or was that really good?'”  “It's definitely more of a pure-drop trad sound than most of the other bands we're involved in,” adds Cork-born uilleann piper, flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy (Mànran), “but I think that's partly why it feels so natural. We're going back to the music we started out playing – which is ultimately the reason why we're all here as musicians.” 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.imarband.com


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


Fri. March 15 at 5pm
NO COVER    



 

Stone Fruit performs Dylan's classic 1975 Album & more Dylan selections

Fri. March 15 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

STARLETS WEB PRESENTS The Album of the Month Club

Stone Fruit is John Hanrahan, David Faulkner, Ian Thomas, Parks, Mike Trujillo, Daniel Talamantes.  This stellar ensemble perform Bob Dylan's classic 1975 album Blood on the Tracks in it's entirety live. However this will not be a mere reproduction but a re-imagining of the songs in the style of Stone Fruit. In addition to performing Blood on the Tracks, Stone Fruit will be performing select tracks from the Dylan catalog. Come on out and get Tangled up in Blue with Stone Fruit.

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.facebook.com/events/377153569738279/


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

Sat. March 16 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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Mar. 17 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









FIRST OF TWO BIG NIGHTS!!!

Jazz Fusion Jam Rock Legends          

Mon. March 18 at 7:30pm
$35 adv./$40 door seated <21 w/parent

DINNER RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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

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


SECOND OF TWO BIG NIGHTS!!!

Jazz Fusion Jam Rock Legends          

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

DINNER RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENED

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

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


Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Western Swing, and Blues

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.bluesummitmusic.com


 

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

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

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

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


HAPPY HOUR

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

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

 

 

The quintessential Santa Cruz worldbeat party band –very rare appearance

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

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

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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









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

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

 

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


Fri. March 29 at 5pm
NO COVER    



 

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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









 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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

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

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


 

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Simple Dreams delivers an evening of unforgettable tunes

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Sat. April 13 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

China Cats:  This Bay Area tribute band performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene who have studied the Dead's musical nuances in great detail without losing any of their own individuality. Lead guitarist Matt Hartle has worked with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals as well as Cast of Clowns, Front Street and Shady Groove. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has worked with members of Galactic, Great American Taxi, David Nelson Band and many others. Bassist Rockin' Roger Sideman also plays with David Gans, Stu Allen and bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer).   

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


 

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

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

A GRAPEVYNE MUSIC RENDEZVOUS

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

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

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


 

 

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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.freestonepeaches.com


 

 

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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.gurfmorlix.com


 

 

Cosmic Honky-Tonk & Roots Rockin' Dance

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.lyinis.com

 

An Intergalactic Bar Scene, Dance and Costume Extravaganza

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

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

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







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