2591 Main St,
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Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. May 19 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Latingrass with four-man string band based in Buenos Aires & members from Argentina, Mexico & USA

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS  

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage. Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, “Latingrass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.cheapalache.com


 

Dror Sinai & Friends take you on a musical tour of love songs of the world

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

SILK ROAD DINNER SPECIAL:   
Marinated Lamb or Chicken Skewers, Sweet & Hot Chutneys and Tzatziki Dipping Sauces, Saffron Rice, and Tabouli Salad -- Lamb $29 / Chicken $26

Dror Sinai and Friends will take you on an inspiring musical tour of love songs of the world. Beautiful melodies, variety of haunting rhythms that will transform you to unknown and familiar places that at times will feel like a dream. Songs in Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino, songs from Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Armenia to name a few. Come travel with as, enjoy the journey that will take you from deep within to an ecstatic state. Dror Sinai is an international performer, educator, leader, Healer and Energy facilitator. Percussion of the World. Dror Presents lectures, clinics, retreats, workshops and residencies to diverse audience including schools, universities, private groups including Jewish Communities.  Dror also leads" Mugical Morocco Tours” --  tours of Music and Magic. Dror plays Percussion, Frame Drum, Darbuka, Cajon, and vocal. Jamie Barsimantov plays oud and clarinet - his passion for Sephardic music traces back to his parent's birthplace in Turkey. Mathew Harmon plays Guitar, Bouzouki, Oud, vocal. Terre Lee plays Violin. Dan Cantrel plays accordion.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.DrorSinai.com and www.Mugical-Morocco.com


 

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

Thu. May 23  at 7:30pm
NO COVER  http://thejointchiefsband.com


 




Rich Cowan, Matt Wolf and Jerry Whitney bring you rip roaring classic blues
Fri. May 24 at 5pm
NO COVER  


 

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

Fri. May 24 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


 

Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Sat. May 25 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/


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. May 26 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Nancy Cassidy, Wendy Treat, Laura Devine, Patti Maxine, Midyne Spears

Wed. May 29 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent 

For the fifth year in a row, 6 of Santa Cruz's women songwriters will come together to create an evening of musical joy.  Taking turns sharing their songs, these multi-talented women provide back-up harmonies for each other, and Patti Maxine provides her extraordinary lap steel back-up. 

Nancy Cassidy's music is laced with love and loss, loneliness and community; ranging from feisty & romantic to blues, old-timey & sing-along's, sung with her rich, deep & warm voice & heart.

Patti Maxine : Western Swing Hall of Fame steel guitar player.  Very rare chance to hear Patti's original songs.

Wendy Treat composes many of her songs on an 8-string ukulele, which she plays in 3 Santa Cruz bands:  Menage, The Rivervale Ramblers and The Trolley Drops. Her songs come straight from the heart. Her years of teaching school in Jamaica and Hawaii have brought the influences of those musical styles into her original songs. 

Laura Devine has been singing and playing her mountain dulcimer since she was 19 years old! She was part of Hearts of the Dulcimer movie, and played in the Dulcimer Girls band for over 10 years.

Midyne Spear's blend of contemporary folk is infused with blues, pop, and jazz influences that sprout seamlessly from her folk roots while her lyrics “capture concrete images of life with surprising observations of human frailties” 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/Wendy-Treat-Singer-Songwriter-1173595109386940/


 

A dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm

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

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. Band Members: David Brewer (Highland bagpipes, border pipes, whistles, bodhran) and John Weed (Fiddle) and Stuart Mason (Guitar, mandola).

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






Blue Cowboy Folk Jazz

Fri. May 31 at 5pm NO COVER
    www.facebook.com/MenageauVale/



 

ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC DANCE BANDS OF SANTA CRUZ--BY WAY OF MOROCCO 

Fri. May 31 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA's performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals.

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

 


 

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

Sat. June 1 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



  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Saints of Circumstance   

Sun. June 2 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Singer-Songwriter-Storytelling-Bluesman / "The book is the real deal", Jorma Kaukonen

Wed. June 5 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Jorma Kaukonen on recording Book Binder's Song:  "Nobody writes in the idiom better than Roy Book Binder. He is a master player, singer, writer and teller of tales -- true tales. He wrote THE PREACHER PICKED THE GUITAR and passed it on to me. It is an honor to include it here.”  Roy's eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley. Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna & Bonnie Raitt?  Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He's been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.”  Roy is included in the “Blues Who's Who” and “The Big Book Of the Blues”. “When he rolls his  'Tour Bus'  to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We're privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music.”  (James Hip-Tiberon Daily)

Artist sites and sounds: www.roybookbinder.com


 

West African vocalist Shoko Blazeen fronts reggae-infused roots, funk and rock ensemble  

Thu. June 6 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance <21 w/parent

Hailing from West Africa, Vocalist Shoko Blazeen weaves a rich and complex tapestry of musical influences, genres, and partnerships. The ultimate result is his own brand of highly evolved hip hop-inspired, reggae-infused roots music, drawing on such a wide spectrum of musical ancestry (from Burning Spear to Roots Manuva) that its impossible to safely fit Shoko and his music into any one box. This musical hybridity is a perfect suit for the 40-year old vocalist/producer, who grew up splitting time between the worlds of village and city in the developing nation of Ghana, soaking in the freshly imported Jamaican reggae, British dance, and local Ghanaian high life scenes of the post-colonial 1970s. In 2014 he teamed up with Santa Cruz Trumpeter Garry Crummer and Dave Thompson to form Blazeen. In 2018 the band added new members Fred Tio/ Bass, Nick Tio/ Skank and Lead Guitar, Jeff Hefti/Lead Guitar, Jeff Broderick/Drums and longtime keyboardist Dave Mood to form Blazeen and Tribe.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/Blazeen-And-Tribe-1784138911809956/


 

Grateful Dead tunes and more featuring Anthony Arya of “THE VOICE”

Fri. June 7 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance <21 w/parent

Anthony Arya, the remarkable teenager from NBC The Voice, who ventured deep into season 15 of the hit television talent show, is an accomplished guitarist and super vocalist. Anthony has teamed up with well-known Dead enthusiasts Steve Sofranko (keyboards/vocals), Jim Lewin (guitar/vocals), Bret Bailey (drums), and Bill Laymon (bass) to bring creative new life to the spirit of the Grateful Dead.  Anthony's sweet signature tone together with the total combined 80+ years experience of the band members playing Dead tunes makes Chasing Ophelia a unique experience for Grateful Dead fans of all ages.

Anthony Arya - NBC The Voice, Season 15, Anthony Arya Band

Steve Sofranko - China Cats, Cosmic Pinball, Stu Allen

Jim Lewin - Edge of the West, Great American Taxi

Bret Bailey - Shady Groove, Cosmic Pinball

Bill Laymon - Edge of the West, David Nelson Band, Lacy J. Dalton, New Riders of the Purple Sage

Artist sites and sounds:  www.anthonyarya.com


 

A psychedelic, roots-rock band that evokes a sense of adventure and exploration

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

Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians. The band mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. The audience is part of the experience and the music inspires dance as well as other forms of self-expression. Every show features an original art poster, created by a well-known artist, and with its own unique Moonalice "legend".  Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with some covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres honed from years of experience playing with various major acts. Band members: Barry Sless - lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz), Pete Sears - keyboards, bass, guitar, vocals (Rod Stewart, original Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker), Roger McNamee - rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, bass (The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers), and John Molo - drums, vocals (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, David Nelson). The band manager is Big Steve Parish - Road Scholar, Medicine Man, Story Teller, Grateful Dead family member, and co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band. 

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


 

Anthony of “THE VOICE” and Taylor, Santa Cruz NEXTies "
Musician of the Year"

Sun. June 9 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Two of Santa Cruz's Favorite Songwriters

Anthony Arya: Santa Cruz teenager Anthony Arya is often described as an old soul - his original tunes appeal to all ages. 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. Shortly after Arya appeared on national TV on Season 15 of NBC's The Voice, he released his debut album, “Going To California”. Now, Arya has a growing fan base who love everything about his live performances and are streaming his music. Fans say you're likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance.

Taylor Rae is a guitarist/singer/songwriter born and raised in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California. She modernizes her unique 60s & 70's inspired sound while blending r&b, jazz, funk and blues/rock  into a beautiful melting pot of organic music she calls "Soul and Roll". In 2017 she was awarded the Santa Cruz NEXTies "Musician of the Year."

Artist sites and sounds: www.anthonyarya.com
and www.taylorraemusic.com



  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 9 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Wahl to Wahl Americana, Folk, Alt-Country and more

Wed. June 12 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Renee Wahl from Nashville and Lauren Wahl from Santa Cruz have never met until this one June 12 show came together around their love of Americana music and a shared last name

Renee Wahl & David Strayer : Renee Wahl is a teacher; she's a physics major; she's a former member of the Air Force, and she's a damn good musician. This skillset shown in the music she makes. Her brand of Americana is sharp as a tack. It's precise and carefully thought out, yet wrought with an emotional rawness that cannot be taught. Her soulful voice has a grit that'll give you goosebumps, and her innate gift of storytelling will make you feel like you've lived through every song lyric she sings. David Strayer, a Santa Cruz native who is a veteran musician in LA and Nashville, and who plays with Renee in her band “The Sworn Secrets” adds the rhythm flavor on his old school cowboy trap set. David has played with Mary Wells and Grammy award winner Gregory Porte. 

Lauren Wahl is Santa Cruz based singer-songwriter and lead singer of her band Simply Put.  A musician in the local circuit for many years, she has recently began to make a name for herself as a talented and passionate songwriter.  Her acoustic finger-picking guitar accompanies the surprisingly rich timbre of her voice.  Favoring minor key tonality and introspective lyrics, her songs range from soul-full ballads to the occasional comedic parody.  A natural entertainer and trained vocalist, Lauren's music is a powerhouse driving a musical narrative.

Artist sites and sounds: www.reneewahl.com and (Lauren) www.simplyputmusic.com


 

 

Legendary Queer Party Band

Thu. June 13 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

Frootie Flavors: Legendary Queer Party Band based out of Santa Cruz since 1997.  Frootie Flavors brings an original party startin' mix of eclectic, sing-a-long, dance party fun. Make sure you break out your black light friendly garb for night shows! A Frootie show is like a bunch of great friends just hangin' out & creating a happenin' scene together. Friendly positive vibes.  Hot grooves.  Poppin Dancefloor! At Frootie shows, you have "The Solidly Frootie Dancers" who are basically all ovah the place, all the time.  And then there's "The Psychically Frootie Dancers" who aren't visibly dancing but if you look real close, you can see the wild dance off behind the groovy neutral façade. Which are you Froo-Froo?  Frootie Flavors are Dirt "MANgo" Doogan on guitar & vocals
Val "Golden Delicious" Atha on bass & vocals Vnes "Boyz&Berries" on drums & vocals.

Artist sites and sounds: www.frootieflavors.com


 

 

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

Fri. June 14 at 5pm
NO COVER 
  www.facebook.com/bluetheband/


 

 

A mix of roots and emotional electricity with flickers of enthralling danger

Fri. June 14 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$20 door Dance– ages 21 + 

Possessed by Paul James: The mix of roots and emotional electricity at a Possessed by Paul James show is akin to a live electric socket missing its cover as stripped wires spark with flickers of enthralling danger. "Musically, Wert's reached a new level of possession. His violin: angelic. His banjo: a brothel romp. The lyrics present a thoughtful meditation on life from a most vulnerable vantage point, one that bombards you with realities of love, responsibility, isolation, and gratitude." “Timeless” - Austin Chronicle 2013 Konrad Wert came up with the Possessed by Paul James moniker as a way to channel the spirits of his late grandfather, Paul, and his father, James. Indeed, whether Wert is percussively stomping on an old wooden box, sawing a dusty fiddle, picking a banjo, or yelping a song as his head bobs and weaves from a seated position, fans are never under the impression they are seeing and hearing something of this earthly realm.

Tom Vandenavond is a contemporary ghost with a wisdom in his music that exceeds his years. His sound embodies the nature of solitary travel and the inevitable connections made from a life on the road. He has torn through his Midwest roots and created an auditory imprint of the highways and byways, truck stops and roadsides of the afforded white line spectacles of the American construct. 

Ona Stewart: Ona Stewart is a raw energetic performer his songwriting is a mix of heartfelt honesty, clever humor and stories of debauchery, tragedy and dirt. Born in the Santa Cruz Mountains he is a founding member of bands The Naked Bootleggers, Horchata and Rattle Can. He is a longtime contributor and supporter of the underground American roots music and progressive art rock movement. His performances are an energetic reflection of the audience surroundings. Known for late night picking and improv collaborations we can expect a few surprises. 

Artist sites and sounds:  http://ppjrecords.com/index.html and http://tomvandenavond.com and www.facebook.com/ona.stewart.5


 

 

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

China Cats: Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on th e fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey.

Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version. Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience."Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com



  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 16 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Spirit and spark--melding hit songs and sweet oldies in a unique love potion of harmony and soul

Wed. June 19 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

The Summit Sisters is an all-female rock/pop/folk cover band from the Santa Cruz Mountains. They literally "stopped the show" at January's Truth to Power Women's March in Santa Cruz with a street performance that turned into a boisterous celebration of music and women's energy. Their repertoire is a well-balanced mix of hit songs and upbeat dance music which spans the decades from the 60s to the popular songs of today. The fun rhythms and perfectly blended harmonies of this band will surely get you up on your feet!

Artist sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/summitsisters7


 

Creating magic through harmony, energy and a love of folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and country

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

The Real Sarahs:  As rising stars in the west coast Americana scene, The Real Sarahs have distinguished themselves as skillful harmony singers and evocative songwriters. With an organic sound that enchants and uplifts the spirit, they share their special gift of vocal synergy. This ensemble creates magic with voices in harmony, acoustic instruments, and the energetic connection between artists and audience. Embracing many genres of music, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and country running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own journeys and life experiences, their original music is honest, captivating and heartfelt.

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


 

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

Fri. June 21 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 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


 

Spirited Americana Rock Dance!

Sat. June 22 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



  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 23 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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w/ Crys Matthews & Heather Mae feat. JJ Jones (Girlyman) & Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace)

Wed. June 26 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

Ask anyone about the new generation of social justice music-makers and they'll mention either Heather Mae or Crys Matthews. Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has turned her personal struggle with mental health and body image into an empowering message of self-love, a universal light force that shines for every audience member. Matthews is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality". These two singer-songwriters have joined forces with JJ Jones (Girlyman) and Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace) for The Singing OUT Tour.  

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.flemingartists.com/artists/crys-matthews
 and  www.heathermae.net


 

Bill Kirchen, Andy Stein, Bobby Black, John Tichy, Buffalo Bruce Barlow, plus Austin de Lone

Thu. June 27 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Soaring out of Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen.
Check out their stunning mini-bios:

Bill Kirchen: Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen celebrates America's musical traditions of rock ‘n' roll, Western swing and California honky-tonk. He's been called a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, “an American treasure” and “one of our best” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Kirchen co-founded the original Americana band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His telecaster licks drove their version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top Ten of 1972. He has recorded and/or played guitar with a who's who of roots music, among them Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Dan Hicks, Nick Lowe and more.

Andy Stein:  Our 2-time Grammy winner joined Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in 1968 when Kirchen spotted him jamming at a coffee house with future Prairie Home Companion original Bill Hinkley. Two decades later Andy began his 22-year run on Prairie Home Companion's weekly national broadcasts with Garrison Keillor. Post CC & his LPA, Andy continued his unique quadruple-threat career, playing, writing and arranging for top names in Pop, Jazz, Classical and Country fields. Here are a few: Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Tony Bennett, Carole King, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Merle Haggard, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman etc. Andy sez: “But right now I'm right here back with my old buddies. The Best.”

Bobby Black: Master steel guitarist Bobby Black has played and recorded with an astonishing number of the stars of country music, from his pal George Jones' very first recordings in 1953, to Ray Price, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Asleep At The Wheel, Doug Sahm, and many more. Bobby has appeared on more than 130 albums, with artists from Asleep at the Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Elvin Bishop to Tom Waits. He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2004.

John Tichy: Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a Founding Father of the Lost Planet Airmen. With a long list of publications and research for NASA, he also continues to gig steadily, presumably with the research objective of rocking your ass off. Tichy is listed in the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (1998) for his work as singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Buffalo Bruce Barlow : bass player with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, plays blues, rock 'n' roll, country & Western, and a whole lot of boogie-woogie. He's played with Chicago bluesmen Magic Sam, Elvin Bishop, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker plus Roger McGuinn and Hoyt Axton.


Artist sites and sounds:
www.billkirchen.com and www.andysteinmusic.com


 

The Electrifying Tribute to Michael Jackson

Fri. June 28 at 9pm
$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Since 2009, Foreverland has been mesmerizing audiences around the country with their larger-than-life tribute to the one and only Michael Jackson. Featuring three dynamic vocalists, a powerhouse rhythm section, and the hardest working horn section in the biz, Foreverland recreates hits from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael's incredible career in a way that honors the King of Pop's musical genius and legendary showmanship like no other tribute band has ever done.

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



  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 30 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Big fun classic dance rock in original arrangements with R&B and psychedelic infusions

Fri. July 5 at 8:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

Groovity returns to Michaels on Main, bringing classic dance rock in original arrangements with R&B and psychedelic infusions for your soul.   This is an interactive, crowd-pleasing band that knows how put the bump in your trunk and get you grooving. Dress funky and get ready to boogie--it's time to have some FUN with Groovity!  Check out the short video montage from Groovity's thrilling show at the Warfield in San Francisco at link below. Groovity features Veda Ozelle on vocals, Joshua Drews on keyboards, Mike Grall on drums, Ken Mowrey on bass, and Dan Shugar on guitars.

Artist sites and sounds: https://groovityband.com/about/ and Warfield video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni8L0baaxpo


 

One foot planted firmly in funk as the other foot soars through a galaxy far, far away

Sat. July 6 at 9pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21

Space heater is a Santa Cruz based band with one foot planted firmly in the foundations of funk, while the other foot prefers a galaxy far, far away. While blending the funky sounds inspired from Prince, James Brown and Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, The Heat will likewise take you on a delicious journey careening through cosmic jams, landing you squarely on the dance floor with ecstatic revelers. With an expanding oeuvre of sultry original songs and the occasional cover, you won't have much choice but to shake that thang. The band features Mike Spooner on percussion, Joaquin Spengemann on drums, Steve Rogers on bass and Mason Hicks & Ron Work on guitars, Foxxy on vocals, percussion, and synthesizer. 

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


 

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

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Hank & Ella With 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


 

 

West Coast bluegrass and folk double bill with super vocalists AJ and Jimbo (of Poor Man's Whiskey)

Thu. July 11 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

AJ Lee & 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”.

Jimbo Scott: Have you ever been walking down the street, and suddenly heard a voice that made you walk into a venue to see whose it was? That is Jimbo Scott's voice - a bell, magnetic and the definition of a powerhouse.  Jimbo Scott was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Oakland, California. Steeped in traditions of folk, roots, country, bluegrass and rock, Jimbo songs are honest, soulful dedications to the world he sees and the world he wants to live in.  In his songs “The Parklands” and “Good and Kind”, Jimbo focuses on sharing his perspectives on relationships with nature and community. His keen sense of introspection makes his songs both revealing and relatable. When he is not playing under his own name, Jimbo plays as the newest member of the famous northern California band, Poor Man's Whiskey. In 2019, Jimbo will be releasing a new full length album, recorded to tape at San Francisco's famed Tiny Telephone Studios and set to release this fall.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.bluesummitmusic.com and https://jimboscottmusic.com


 

SOUL DANCE TONIGHT! Recreating the magic of “The King of Soul” live in concert

Sat. July 13 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Otis Redding Legacy plays more than beautiful renditions on Otis Redding's greatest hits.  They are a full-on horn band extravaganza that will keep you dancing through two big, long sets.  Otis had covered many other performers songs and wrote and recorded a couple hundred or more tunes in his own right, including songs for Arthur Conley such as  "Do You Like Soul Music" as well as Beatles covers " Day Tripper" and  "Hard Days Night" and James Brown's "Brand New Bag", Eddie Floyd "Knock On Wood", Jackie Wilson "Higher and Higher" and so many more. Otis Redding's recording career started in 1962.  His live tragically ended in a plane crash in 1967. During that brief five year period, this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer recorded more hits that most anyone ever has in the history of music. McKinley Moore is keeping the legacy of Otis Redding alive today. His style respectfully recreates the magic of “The King of Soul”, backed  by a world class 7 piece band.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.otisreddinglegacy.com



 

The music of JGB plus DDST with Lebo (of ALO), Roger (of Moonalice), Jason (of Phil Lesh)

Fri. July 19 at 8pm
$12 adv. /$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jerry's Middle Finger (JMF): a Los Angeles based band, has taken many forms over the last many years, but has settled sweetly into mastering their true calling --performing and celebrating the music of The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB). With some of the strongest players and vocalists in California's jam band community on their roster, they have been playing consistently to large audiences and getting rave reviews. Lead vocalist and guitarist Garrett Deloian has toured the world on the blues circuit, but in JMF he is allowed to truly shine and explore his passion for the work of Jerry Garcia. His guitar tone has been hailed by many of his musical peers, along with Jerry fans around the country, as one of the best “Jerry tones” out there. The energy Garrett brings to the stage is truly unique in the post-Jerry scene. Members of JMF have played with Stu Allen, Oingo Boingo, Mother Jones, Sugar Mountain, Grampa' Grass and more. This JMF line-up has been thrilling audiences with their authentic and passionate tribute to the music of the Jerry Garcia Band, keeping alive a concert experience that fans hope will last forever.

Doobie Decibel System Trio  (DDS) features Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz. The three seasoned musicians can be seen touring the country with various projects - Jason Crosby with Phil Lesh, Jenny Lewis, and Jimmy Herring; Roger McNamee with Moonalice: and Lebo with ALO, Jack Johnson, and Steve Kimock. Together the trio is a mighty force! On any given night, Doobie Decibel System play their original songs, such as “Wrong Side of The Road” by Crosby, “Couple of Puffs” by McNamee, or “Carry On” by Lebo and dip into the rock ‘n' roll archives, playing a variety of classics from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and The Grateful Dead. The trio's distinctive style is heard in every song while they continue to surprise the audience with their improvisations and unique arrangements.

Artist sites and sounds: http://jerrysmiddlefinger.com and www.ddsband.com  and https://www.facebook.com/events/275998486688311/



 

The music of JGB plus DDST with Lebo (of ALO), Roger (of Moonalice), Jason (of Phil Lesh)

Fri. July 19 at 8pm
$12 adv. /$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jerry's Middle Finger (JMF): a Los Angeles based band, has taken many forms over the last many years, but has settled sweetly into mastering their true calling --performing and celebrating the music of The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB). With some of the strongest players and vocalists in California's jam band community on their roster, they have been playing consistently to large audiences and getting rave reviews. Lead vocalist and guitarist Garrett Deloian has toured the world on the blues circuit, but in JMF he is allowed to truly shine and explore his passion for the work of Jerry Garcia. His guitar tone has been hailed by many of his musical peers, along with Jerry fans around the country, as one of the best “Jerry tones” out there. The energy Garrett brings to the stage is truly unique in the post-Jerry scene. Members of JMF have played with Stu Allen, Oingo Boingo, Mother Jones, Sugar Mountain, Grampa' Grass and more. This JMF line-up has been thrilling audiences with their authentic and passionate tribute to the music of the Jerry Garcia Band, keeping alive a concert experience that fans hope will last forever.

Doobie Decibel System Trio  (DDS) features Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz. The three seasoned musicians can be seen touring the country with various projects - Jason Crosby with Phil Lesh, Jenny Lewis, and Jimmy Herring; Roger McNamee with Moonalice: and Lebo with ALO, Jack Johnson, and Steve Kimock. Together the trio is a mighty force! On any given night, Doobie Decibel System play their original songs, such as “Wrong Side of The Road” by Crosby, “Couple of Puffs” by McNamee, or “Carry On” by Lebo and dip into the rock ‘n' roll archives, playing a variety of classics from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and The Grateful Dead. The trio's distinctive style is heard in every song while they continue to surprise the audience with their improvisations and unique arrangements.

Artist sites and sounds: http://jerrysmiddlefinger.com and www.ddsband.com  and https://www.facebook.com/events/275998486688311/








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