2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

Inspired by The Police, Sublime, Elle King, No Doubt, Amy Winehouse, Pretenders, Blondie & more

Wed. March 21 at 7:30pm
$7 adv./$10 door dance- ages 21+

Sasha's Money is a hot, new dance until you drop band from Santa Cruz, CA. The band formed in 2015 with Michelle (Sasha) Kraft (lead vocals, percussion), Mike Kelly (bass, lead vocals), Bill McBride (guitar), and Randy Solomon (drums) and started playing an eclectic mix of great dance songs ranging across several decades (from The Police and Sublime to Elle King and No Doubt). The band was joined by legendary local guitarist, Johnny McCullough, in 2016 and immediately solidified the band with his multi-band experience from the early 80's (The Batteries) through the turn of the century (The Spell, Roomshakers). In October 2016, Sasha's Money had the honor of opening for James Durbin at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Inspired by the music of Amy Winehouse, The Pretenders, and Blondie, Sasha's Money will get everyone out to the dance floor and leave wanting more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.sashasmoney.com

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

Thu. March 22 at 7:30pm


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

Fri. March 23 at 5pm
~HAPPY HOUR~ Drink specials from 4-6 pm
$4 Draft Beers   $5 House Wines $4 Well Drinks  $5 Margaritas


A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Fri. March 23 at 8:00pm
$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.facebook.com/thechinacats



Rocking and grooving, get up & get down Folk-Americana & Soul-Blues Dance Tonight

Sat. March 24 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Patrick Maguire & Rye Dawn have created a sound that is a game changer for Folk-Americana/Soul-Blues. "The music was strong and purposeful, it begged the audience to listen closely to Pat's singular vocal style that delivered lyrics to the gut. The music begs for a real listen, in which one can hang on the words, feel the notes and think about what is being offered.”  Andrew Quist, Glide Magazine.  Patrick's distinctive soulful inflection compliments an almost effortless, tenor voice.  With a deeply rooted passion for writing, singing & playing music, Patrick's Folk-Americana Style songs reflect a vulnerability in his words as he tells the story of his journey & life experiences.

Hilary & Kate: Rich and melodic, Hilary and Kate's latest offering, 2017's Forgive Me If I Go, provides an exciting departure from their previous work. With a nod to the greats before them, Hilary and Kate's work has the cadence and storytelling of Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Sara Jarosz while still creating a unique blend all their own. Marrying the influence of Celtic and Appalachian with the energy of a live show, If I Go creates a deep, soulful and lively blend of songs.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.ryedawn.com   and http://hilaryandkate.com



Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 25 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Soaring vocal and guitar duo blending roots, pop, blues, soul and jazz

Wed. March 28 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Gypsy Soul: Authentic and excellence are the words most often used to describe Gypsy Soul and their music. The duo's multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Roots, Pop, Blues, Soul and Jazz.  Their wistful story began in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/US) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art.   

"They are a truly unique sound. Cilette takes "Hallelujah" to a new place!"  - Aaron Neville

"--- one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking.” - Orange County Weekly 

“---they forge a musical journey of deep questions, curiosities and illuminations.” - Sue Ennis (Heart's Multi-Platinum Songwriter) 

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com


Forthcoming CD
is “Travelin
'  Shoes” 
produced by Larry Campbell

Thu. March 29 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 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


 A warm acoustic trio that plays rock, folk and Americana covers that everyone knows and loves    

Fri. March 30 at 5pm
No Cover

~HAPPY HOUR~ Drink specials from 4-6 pm
$4 Draft Beers   $5 House Wines $4 Well Drinks  $5 Margaritas


Bringing the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones show to stages across the country

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

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

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



Cosmic Pinball smashes the
boundaries between funk,
soul, and rock and roll

Sat. March 31 at 8pm
$7 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

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

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


Easter Greetings

Sun. April 1st

The owner and Staff at Michaels in main wish you a wonderful day of food, family and friends today. Join us for dinner.


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Scott Cooper & Friends

Sun. April 1st at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

An intimate evening of Naughty
Bawdy Blues & Vintage
Classic Jazz 

Wed. April 4 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door   seated <21 w/parent

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 52-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 42 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Jazz and Big Band, Blues, Gospel, R&B, (not to mention several award-winning children's albums). Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.mariamuldaur.com

A Tribute to Neil Young

Feel The Neil -- Full on electric open dance floor concert

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

Not So Young, out of Santa Cruz Ca, is a dedicated group of musicians that capture the mood and raw energy of the classic Neil Young song book. Representing over 40 years of Neil Young music, Not So Young delivers a wide assortment from the Godfather of Grunge. Every time you see “Not So Young” perform, you will be glad you came out to “Feel the Neil”!

Artist sites and sounds:  www.notsoyoungband.com


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

Fri. April 6 at 5pm
~HAPPY HOUR~ Drink specials from 4-6 pm
$4 Draft Beers   $5 House Wines $4 Well Drinks  $5 Margaritas



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

Fri. April 6 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Grateful Bluegrass Boys are a string band that plays traditional bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show. 

The band consists of Aaron Redner, violin, mandolin, and vocals, who is known for his work with Hot Buttered Rum with whom he toured for 13 years. David Thom, who fronts the David Thom Band and Vintage Grass, plays mandolin and guitar, and sings like an angel. He also spent two years working with David Grisman. Isaac Cantor, banjo, also plays in Dusty Green Bones Band. Ben Jacobs, accordion, can be seen with Poor Man's Whiskey and Achilles Wheel.

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

Hip shakin' Newgrass,
Bluegrass &Americana
—Risky Biscuits just played
main stage at Strawberry

Sat. April 7 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Naked Bootleggers:   Local favorites from the Santa Cruz Mountains bring a fresh approach to OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC. Reviving the standards of yesterday while writing standards for tomorrow, local musicians Don Mackessy (banjo), Ona Stewart(guitar), S.T. Young(guitar, washboard, harmonica), James Mackessy (bass), Jeremy Lampel (mandolin) are bridging the gap between old time and contemporary music with captivating vocal harmonies, lyrical creativity and that high lonesome sound of old.

The Risky Biscuits: From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Risky Biscuits bring an original mix of heel-kicking stompers and humble ballads, creating an eclectic mix of Americana, bluegrass, and country. With six members total and guest musicians sitting in on every show, we never deliver the same performance twice. Catch one of our shows and you'll know we're in it for the music. They are made their second appearance on the mainstage at the Strawberry Music Festival this past September.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/The-Naked-Bootleggers-343579009074534/and www.theriskybiscuits.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Aardvark

Sun. April 8th at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76


Roger Kabler is "An astonishing Robin Williams' impressionist!”  - Variety

Wed. April 11 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Roger Kabler: Roger Kabler has had a long career in comedy, TV, and film. Famous for his celebrity impressions - you won't want to miss his most notable impression, Robin Williams.

Roger appeared as a member of the repertory company on The Carol Burnett show and starred in his own sit-com Rhythm & Blues on NBC.  He does a full set of Robin Williams and comes out for an encore doing a hilarious array of other celebrity imitations. 

"An astonishing Robin Williams' impressionist!”   - Variety

"Best new act of the year."     - New York Post

Marc Price Loved by millions as Skippy from the hugely popular 80's sitcom Family Ties starring Michael J Fox. Check out his stand up comedy tour to find out why the Los Angeles Times calls him "refreshingly bright" and the Boston Globe says he's "wickedly funny."' As a stand-up comedian Marc has opened for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. He's starred in movies, hosted late night talk shows and more recently he's been behind the cameras writing and producing for E! TBS, Disney Channel, Animal Planet, GSN, Showtime and more.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/The-Ultimate-Robin-Williams-Tribute-Show-1535646593187365/

Check out Roger as Robin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGs6-rEBihk



Rock anthems and originals, to old-time standards with a wild and very distinctive CZC twist

Thu. April 12 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  Dance– ages 21 +    


Coffee Zombie Collective was formed with one thing in mind: bringing music to the people. Our ever-expanding set list sweeps from rock anthems and originals, to old-time standards, and right back through 80's and 90s hits, all with our distinctive CZC twist. Our live performances energize festivals, light up local street corners, invigorate house parties, and make weddings the boisterous sing-alongs they should be.  With our lineup of acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, upright bass, trumpet, boomslap, and melodica, crowds quickly form and sing-alongs ensue. 

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

Soft rock trio Cynthia Larson, Deenie Rose, Stephen Krilanovich bring amazing vocal harmonies and vast array of songs that span the decades

Fri. April 13 at 5pm
Happy Hour



Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Fri. April 13 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/

Andre Thierry
& Zydeco Magic

GRAMMY nominated
Andre Thierry and a Big
Louisiana Feast

Sat April 14 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door
(Children Under  13  Free) Dance  <21 w/parent

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

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

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

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

Funk & R&B Dance Party

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

Sat. April 14 at 8pm
$6 adv./$6 door dance- ages 21+

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

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



Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 15 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76


New CD is “Backstage at the Resurrection”

Wed April 18 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent  

“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.”  Village Voice

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let's say something else, let's say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---and here is where the wasteland ends” –  Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. It is only a long-lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. 

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

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

Thu. April 19 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 +    

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.bsojc.com

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

Fri. April 20 at 5pm
~HAPPY HOUR~ Drink specials from 4-6 pm
$4 Draft Beers   $5 House Wines $4 Well Drinks  $5 Margaritas


Ultra-talented 25-year-old Aussie Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter-- rock, blues, jazz, and R&B

Fri. April 20 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent


Joe Robinson  is a self-taught virtuoso guitarist acclaimed by many of the world's great players and singer with a story to tell. Joe, is an Australian guitar player and vocalist. He is from Temagog, New South Wales. He won the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own. Joe's six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. Robinson started playing guitar at age nine. He quickly outpaced his guitar instructor and began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors

Artist sites and sounds: www.joerobinson.com




plus Kelly Stoltz

Each song shimmers with a distinctly Wooden Shjips sound, a relaxed summer vibe

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

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents   

Wooden Shjips , long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. The quartet of Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, Nash Whalen and Ripley Johnson augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. There is movement and urgency in these tracks without aggression, a rolling foundation of rhythm over which Johnson's voice floats and elongated melodic guitar lines soar. Each song shimmers with a distinctly Wooden Shjips sound, a relaxed summer vibe. This was a conscious choice, an atmospheric goal that influenced nearly every detail: the tones, the delay types and reverbs used, as well as the synthesizer elements that color the songs.

Kelley Stoltz is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He currently resides in San Francisco, California. His music has been compared to that of Brian Wilson, Velvet Underground, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.woodenshjips.com and www.kelleystoltz.com



Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 22 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Singer, Songwriter, Performer and Governor Of The Heart Of Texas

Mon. April 23 at 8pm
$25 adv./$25 door ALL STANDING– ages 21 +  

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents 
seated <21 w/parent

Kinky Friedman is a man who dons several hats. He started out as a country musician and achieved cult fame for his satirical and Jewish-themed lyrics. Blessed with a great sense of humour he has the ability to drive home important messages in a humorous and lighthearted manner. Born as Richard Samet Friedman, he acquired the nickname ‘Kinky' due to his mop of curly, unruly hair. He formed a band called Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, and gave each of his band members funny nicknames like Snakebite Jacob and Rainbow Colours. One of his most famous songs is ‘They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore' in which he berates a white racist who insults blacks, Greeks and Jews. A highly creative and talented man, he took to writing novels once his musical career stalled. His novels were primarily detective stories in which a fictionalized version of himself would solve crimes in New York City. In a bid to fulfill his political aspirations, Friedman ran for the position of Governor of Texas in 2006.. A devoted animal lover, he founded the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch where abused and aging animals are cared for.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.kinkyfriedman.com

Kevin was a bandmate of Van Morrison in the 60's and 80's. These guys rock. 

Wed. April 25 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +    

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

Artist sites and sounds: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kevinbrennanwavelength

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

Thu. April 26 at 7:30pm



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

Fri. April 27 at 5pm




Ultra-talented 25-year-old Folk legend wrote “Thirsty Boots”, "Violets of Dawn", "Come to My Bedside" and much more

Sun. April 29 at 2pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent   


Eric Andersen is an American folk music singer-songwriter, who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, the Grateful Dead and many others

“Andersen is the most elegant of singers.” - ROLLING STONE

“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” - BOB DYLAN 

Eric Andersen's voice, songs, and guitar created a career that has spanned over 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs, and made numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. 

Sony/Legacy Recordings will be issuing ? THE ESSENTIAL ERIC ANDERSEN ? – A 42-track retrospective release covering fifty years of his recorded history.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.kinkyfriedman.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Hartle and Friends

Sun. April 29 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

An all-out crazy 80 ' s dance party—Costumes and All.  80's Dance Hits All Night!

Fri. May 4 at 8pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +

Beat Street is a Santa Cruz party band that plays all 80's and more!  Beat Street is a high energy, extremely versatile dance band featuring male and female lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, and a thumpin' rhythm section. Since forming in late 2003, they have been having a great time wowing crowds and getting parties started with their infectious grooves and soaring four and five-part harmonies.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/beatstreet80s/

Stunning, innovative acoustic
guitarists are taking off
across the USA & the World

Wed. May 9 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$25 seated <21 w/parent

Luca Stricagnoli: born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 60 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe. Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, Luca continually leaves his audiences in awe and wondering what's next for the up-and-coming guitarist. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world. His debut single received over 14 million hits on YouTube and Facebook in just a couple of weeks — an especially impressive feat for an instrumental music video.

Antoine Dufour : Montreal, Canada based guitarist Antoine Dufour is known colloquially among the best guitar players in the world as a musician's musician. To fans of popular music, he deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions that reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures and languages. That he does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style has endeared him to a broad spectrum of fans of popular music. Via his six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, 6 years of global touring and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity.  

Artists sites and sounds:    www.lucastricagnoli.com and www.antoinedufourmusic.com/intro/


Santa Cruz legends come together for a special evening of
Tropical American &
Roots Originals

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

We grew up in the 60's & 70's surfing and making music together around Santa Cruz, California. Our new just released album is Walk On Water. Jerry Best and David Adams experienced a lot of firsts together. Last year we got together to write a bunch of new songs very much inspired by those experiences, lyrically drawn from that time of our lives. We were determined to write and record the songs in a fashion that crossed through generations and that were musically diverse and accessible. Jerry and David (both of The  ‘ Chokes), joined by guitarist Jimmy Jackson (of Lacy J Dalton and Michael Nesmith), collaborated to complete the project resulting in 11 original songs on the new album.  Jerry Best : lead vocals, guitar /  David Adams : bass, vocals /  Jimmy Jackson : lead guitars, resonator guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin //  Ken Margolis : keyboards and vocals.

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

A One Night Festival of Rockin' Americana, Folk and Blues

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


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

Gary Blackburn Band : Local celebrated singer-songwriter, Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking culled from his own unique sound in the country, blues, and rock genres. His influences are from the great performers of the classic country, folk blues, and rock communities, Gary's original tunes reflect his own personal style, blending old school with contemporary. Gary will weave a memorable musical performance for his audience, connecting with songs that tell of love, forgiveness and the paths that we choose. Gary's band includes local talents Kevin Taylor on keyboards, Dan Waller on bass, and Tom Duncan on drums.

Artist sites and sounds: www.rayburnbrothers.com and   www.garyblackburn.net

Reinventing pre-radio American and old-world music for a modern age, with their fiery, soulful performances


Thu. May 17 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.crookedjades.com


2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073
Hours of Operation
Tue-Fri 11am-Late
Sat-Sun 9am-Late
Closed Monday
Phone: (831) 479-9777
Fax : (831) 479 9773
EMAIL: info@michaelsonmain.net