2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073


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

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

Fri. June 21 at 5pm


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 


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

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: 
 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

Americana and Folk Rockin' Favorites.  Drew Janecki on rhythm guitar/vocals, Donna Seda (of Simple Dreams) on vocals and Ron Work  (of Space Heater)  on  guitar

Fri. June 28 at 5pm


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


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

Sat. June 29 at 8:30pm
$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



Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 30 at 5:30pm 


Tribute to Traffic, Blind Faith and Steve Winwood

Wed. July 3 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jamming the highway from start to finish with all of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Traffic's smash hits. This accomplished all-star ensemble will drive you to the musical outer limits.  Traffic formed in Birmingham, England in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason and went on to superstar status with hits like Dear Mr. Fantasy, John Barrleycorn, You Can All Join In, Paper Sun, Feelin' Alright, Medicated Goo, Rock & Roll Stew, Freedom Rider, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and more. Heavy Traffic members are: Ajaya Davidson, keyboards/vocals; Peter Margen, guitar/vocals; David Margen (formally with the Santana Band 1978-82); Jeff Hobbs, horns/flute; John Hanrahan, drums/vocals; Steve Robertson, percussion.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/events/397074224471689/



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/


Master Storytellers on Aliens, Mean People, Public Nudity, Waxing and Psychics

Wed. July 10 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated – ages 21 +

Tell Me More:   Comedienne and spoken word artist Janet Croteau brings her cast of quirky characters back to Michael's on Main for a new installment of “Tell Me More,” outrageous comedy and autobiographical spoken word. This show consistently delivers laughs, provokes and has the audience muttering things like, “Did she really just say that?” Prepare to be entertained and not want the show to end. Everyone goes home wanting more. 

Janet Croteau  is the creator, producer and director of Tell me More. She is a songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist and psychotherapist. Janet, who believes in the power of quirky, creative self-expression, says you can't stop being who you are or the real people will never find you.  

Nicolette Nasr  is the co-director of Tell me More.  Nicolette Nasr escaped from Palo Alto and has found her home in Santa Cruz for the last 12 years. She works in arts education. Creating  and Performing is her passion.

Isabella Melo is an artist and devoted community member. She loves artistic expression in all forms. Music, painting, writing, theater, and dance. She has lived in Santa Cruz for the last 6 yrs and absolutely adores it.

Rick Cannon is an intrepid explorer of the human potential and the human psyche. After a career in tech, Rick traveled the world on a spiritual quest and eventually settled at the Esalen Institute to deepen his exploration of the human potential. A life coach, meditation and yoga teacher, Rick now lives the good life in Santa Cruz. 

Michele? Newman ?is a psychic healer,? ?singer-Songwriter, priestess? ?of? ?Isis,? ?cantorial leader, and ?sound? ?healer.  She works with cancer clinics as complementary medicine, leads groups and workshops and has private clients.  She is a former Bay Area jazz vocalist, actress and music teacher.

Haley Sage is one tough cookie who refuses to crumble. Writer, photographer, producer, global music tour manager, musician, dancer, yogini, businesswoman, muse, maven, and mother to an endless brood of lively brainchildren, she is thrilled to bring her unique perspectives from epic life journeys to Tell Me More.

Sun Marion  is a multi-talented artist, writer, editor, thinker and explorer of our world. She  (Mrs. Future) and her husband Dr. Future host a radio show and discuss science, technology, an the Internet on KSCO  

Steve Engle is a software engineer with an artistic and whimsical spirit. Steve, a returning member of the Tell Me More cast delights on the stage and off. 

Stacey Pratt brings an embodied presence and blends poetry and comedy into her spoken word pieces. She is a returning member of Tell Me More and an absolute hoot on the stage. 

Artist sites and sounds:  JanetCroteau.com and www.rickcannon.net


Legendary UK Based Global Balkan & Eastern Music Sensations

Tue. July 9 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21+

Sonically huge and visually arresting -- we've created The Turbans, now all you have to do is DANCE

International legends The Turbans bind together musics from ‘manywhere' with their interstellar live show which ignites the crowd. Sonically huge and visually arresting, they are a powerhouse of talent, bringing their vibrant and unique sound to audiences who can do nothing more than smile, dance and shout for joy. Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. It's members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece and England to perform in concerts and festivals around the UK, North America, Middle-East, Hong Kong, India and Europe. Their aim is to bring music to the people, young and old alike, mixing vibrant spontaneity and authenticity with multi-genre instrumental and vocal excellence.? We've created The Turbans, now all you have to do is dance.

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



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


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

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


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


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


Acclaimed songwriter Martha Scanlon has been covered by great artists – what a treat to hear her live

Tue. July 16 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent


Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld:  Anyone familiar with Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld's unique alchemy on stage will not be surprised by the sense of being taken into the moment their shows are in and of themselves a journey of improvisation; the way Jon Neufeld's brilliant innovative guitar playing weaves effortlessly around Martha's timeless songwriting is simply magical. They met playing together at Portland's Indie Roots festival Pickathon in 2010, shortly before recording Tongue River Stories, a beautifully stark album of field recordings captured on film at the 120-year-old family ranch where Martha was living and working in a remote corner of south east Montana. After touring with the innovative old-time string band Reeltime Travelers, Martha recorded her debut solo album The West Was Burning at Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York with Dirk Powell and Levon and Amy Helm, it was heralded as an instant classic, one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. After Tongue River Stories came The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, recorded in Portland with members of Black Prairie and The Decemberists. A featured album by World Cafe's David Dye and No Depression's Amos Perrine.

Will Fourt & Sheila Golden are an acoustic duo out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. They bring a little swing, a little bluegrass, and some good old fashion folk and they write a lot of songs. In 2016 they made an album, Mendocino Paintings, produced by Jim Lewin. They play festivals with their full bluegrass band, The Down Beets.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/marthascanlanmusic/ and https://willandsheila.bandcamp.com


Uninhibited California jams, swamp blues, old style twang, trad roots and southern soul

Wed. July 17 at 8pm
$15 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

California Kind: Jam-Veterans John Molo (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Phil Lesh & Friends, John Fogerty), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Moonalice), Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends), and Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Rod Stewart) team up with singer/songwriter Katie Skene, blending uninhibited jams, swamp blues, old style twang, traditional roots music, and southern soul into a musical truth that pushes forward the tradition of the California Jam Band movement.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.californiakind.net



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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.backyardbirdsband.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/



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

Sat. July 20 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



Songwriters in the Round — Singing' Stories, Sass and Songs

Wed. July 24 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Karla Hutton is a songwriter that writes tales from her heart, capturing both life's dark and light sides. Drawing from many of her own personal experiences, Karla strips life down to its essence through thought provoking songs of fear, hope, loss and love so they can be looked at through our own lens of hypocrisy and truth. Her unique, acoustic fingerpicking style helps reveal the bones of each song, which are sung with intimacy and passion. Her hope is that her music will spark a truth in the listener that is healing and familiar. She believes that's where the magic and the power of story-telling comes alive. 

Laura February Strange composes songs pretty much equally with either her heart on sleeve or her tongue planted enthusiastically in cheek and sometimes both. Always heartfelt and often whimsical, her Americana and folk songs tend towards reality seen through a warped prism. She plays in local singing duo Madrigal and Strange.  

Janean Christine Mariani writes and sings stripped-down bare-bones Americana songs of life, love, loss, and every now and again a touch of sass and blues. Her live performances are raw, loose, vulnerable and real. No matter the size of the audience or venue, her intimate style makes folks feel at home, as though she's singing to them in the comfort of their living room or gathered 'round a kitchen table.

Patti Maxine: is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and steel guitar legend.  The Sweetheart Of Steel will bring her magic to this special evening, backing this talented lineup of singer-songwriters in the round.

Artist sites and sounds:  Traci Artist sites and sounds:  
Karla https://soundcloud.com/user-533575467 and Laura www.facebook.com/watch/?v=717256378667299   and Janean https://janeanchristinemariani.com  and Patti http://PattiMaxine.com



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

Thu. July 25  at 7:30pm
NO COVER  http://thejointchiefsband.com


The Nation's Longest Running Grateful Dead tribute
Fri. July 26 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 + 

Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band CUBENSIS has carried the torch in celebration of one of America's most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs full sets of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band classics that retain all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead's material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band enthusiasts, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.cubensis.com





Sat. July 27 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 swing 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. He released his debut full-length album, Going To California in Jan 2018.  His songs are frequently played on KPIG radio.

Emily Hough: Emily's style is Indie folk/alternative. Her rich, sweet tone and gentle vibe leaves the audience delighted every time. Her original songs are full of emotion and intrigue. She performs regularly at local fairs, festivals, and cafes in her hometown in Springfield, Illinois. This past year she has frequently come out to join local artist Anthony Arya  at multiple venues in the Bay Area and together, they have a growing repertoire of amazing duets. Emily's EP, Glass is available now.

Artist sites and sounds: www.anthonyarya.com and www.facebook.com/EmilyHoughMusic and Live CD recorded at Michael' on Main at www.anthonyarya.com/anthony-arya-emily-hough

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



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

Sat. July 27 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.

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



2pm Matinee

Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist brings an ahead-of-the-curve take on classic country

Sun. July 28 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent


Jason Eady who knock ‘em out at the Rio Theater opening solo for Paul Thorne will be playing two solo sets this afternoon.  On his last two albums, Jason Eady earned major acclaim for his ahead-of-the-curve take on classic country, a bold departure from his earlier excursions into blues-infused Americana. Now with his sixth album, the Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist merges his distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting. The follow-up to 2014's critically praised Daylight/Dark—an album that “belongs on a shelf next to Dwight Yoakam's Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room, Joe Ely's Letter to Laredo, and yes, even Willie Nelson's Phases and Stages,” according to AllMusic—Eady's latest finds the Fort Worth, Texas-based artist again teaming up with producer Kevin Welch. Now longtime collaborators (with their past efforts including 2012's AM Country Heaven, a top 40 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart), Eady and Welch worked closely in crafting the album's acoustic-driven yet lushly textured aesthetic. “At the beginning I told everyone I wanted to make a record where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way,” says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only electric instrument featured on the album. Despite its subtle approach, the album radiates a warm vitality that's got much to do with Eady's gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.jasoneady.com



Hawaiian Slack Key Master Guitarist & Four-time Grammy-winner

Mon. July 29 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

“Kahumoku was an affable raconteur---mixed with passionate renderings of material--”   –LA Times.

 Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawai‘i's Renaissance Man”, is also a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, most recently in 2017. He is also a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, world-traveling performer, as well as a teacher, artist and sculptor, farmer, and Hawaiian chef. He is the producer and star of the long-running, weekly Slack Key Show® on Maui, which features the best of Hawaiian slack key and other music artists, now in its second decade.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://kahumoku.com and video at Ku'u Hoa




Dance to a broad selection of songs spanning Jerry's career with the Dead, Old and In The Way & more

Thu. Aug. 1 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Dave Holodiloff is bringing the bluegrass band to Michael's on Main for his 10th Annual Jerry Garcia Bluegrass Birthday Bash Tribute Concert. The evening will feature a broad and danceable selection of songs (and acoustic jams) spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more. Get ready to ride that train with "Casey Jones" all the way to Bluegrass country! Driven by Dave's high-energy mandolin and accompanied by a smoking hot string band, this annual tradition is sure to delight both "dead-icated" fans of Jerry Garcia and lovers of quality acoustic entertainment. Don't miss this once-a-year magical night of festive celebration and Bluegrass tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time! The band will be rocking the night away with two great sets, so get ready to party. Dave Holodiloff's "Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute" album will be available at the show. The CD features inventive arrangements of Grateful Dead favorites like "Friend Of The Devil" and "Scarlet Begonias" interspersed with original improvisations and even an acoustic Old-Timey psychedelic space jam on the more obscure "Mountains of the Moon".  Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and inspired partnerships with amazing musicians.

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




The songs of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors

Fri. Aug. 2 at 8:30pm
 $10 adv./$12 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Locomotive Breath is a classic rock cover band: a tribute to an era 1967-1976 focusing on 7 Iconic bands of that period; Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. Locomotive Breath is led by local bassist Daniel Vee Lewis and joined by lead vocalist Ryder Webb, guitarist Del Smith Penny, guitarist Ted Welty, drummer Rob Ouse, and saxophonist / Flutist, Terrel Eaton.

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




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

Sat. Aug. 3 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




– Rolling Stone C

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


There's a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time -- the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters' most trusted muse. “The years go by like days. Sometimes the days go by like years. And I don't know which one I hate the most,” she sings in “Arguing with Ghosts,” the hauntingly wistful opening cut on her new album, Dancing with the Beast . Between the melody and the melancholy, the song sets the tone for all that is to come after and lifts the album over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015's award-winning Blackbirds. Written with Matraca Berg and Ben Glover, “Arguing with Ghosts” began, as so many songs do, with one small grain of inspiration. “I think we were initially talking about how Nashville is changing, and Matraca said, 'I get lost in my hometown,'” Peters recalls. “And we went from there. Of course, it took on much more meaning, but I think that our starting point was just that sense of disorientation.” Whether a single sentence or a simple setting, once planted, even the tiniest seed can grow into a vision unto itself. Strung together and populated with strong and broken female heroines, those vignettes make up Dancing with the Beast and, indeed, Peters' entire discography. “The pictures and the details come first, and I think that's kind of necessary because they're sort of like little bombs of emotion,” she says. “It's like when you pull out a Polaroid that you haven't seen in 25 years, and your heart just kind of explodes because it brings back a whole world.”

Artist sites and sounds:  www.gretchenpeters.com



All-Star Tribute to Little Feat The nation's most recognized all-star collaboration celebrating 50 years of Little Feat music

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

Check out the All-Star pedigree of the members of FeatPrints.  FeatPrints is nation's most recognized all-star tribute to the wildly eclectic Little Feat. The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, and Robert Plant have called Little Feat their favorite band. FeatPrints features Loralee Christensen on vocals (Narada Michael Walden), Beth Reynolds vocals (Shana Morrison), Derrick "D'Mar" Martin drums (Little Richard), Marke “Jellyroll” Burgsthaler slide guitar/vocals (Gregg Allman), Paul Olguin bass/vocals (Mazzy Star), Mike Emerson keys (Tommy Castro), Vince Caminiti guitar (Souled Out). Come join FeatPrints as we pay tribute to 50 years of American music history with the music of Little Feat. Throughout the 70's and into the 80's, 90's and into the new millennium, Little Feat pushed the envelope of accepted styles blending rocks, blues, cajun, country and fusion into a tasty gumbo. Their hits like “Dixie Chicken”, “Willin”, “Oh Atlanta” and “Let It Roll” just begin to scratch the surface on what they could do live.

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


Celebrating the music and life of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

Fri. Aug. 9 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +


The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California are replete with super musicians playing in Grateful Dead tribute bands.  These musicians are traveling and coming together on Michael's on Main stage on August 9 to celebrate his musical legacy.  Jerry left us on August 9, 1995.  The musicians will rotate in various formations to present a non-stop evening of musical magic.  This all-star cast includes members of Slugs & Roses, The China Cats, Front Street, Mars Hotel, Cryptical, Live Dead, Play Live Dead, Workingman's Ed, The Dead Guise, Totally Dead, Aardvark, Dedicated Maniacs, and more ! 

Artist sites and sounds: https://www.facebook.com/events/337666340488234/


2pm Matinee
Benefit For The Compassionate Friends Of Santa Cruz, Along With Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness, Provided By Donor Network West

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

DONAR NETWORK WEST saves and heals lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation. We honor and respect the donors and families we serve with compassionate care, and inspire our communities to donate life.

Gary Blackburn: Local celebrated singer-songwriter, Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form his own personal sound in the Country, Rock, Blues genre for his annual benefit for The Compassionate Friends Of Santa Cruz. Gary's original tunes reflect his own style, blending old school with contemporary along with an intimate, and emotional stage presence. Gary will weave a memorable musical performance for his audience, connecting with songs that tell of love, forgiveness, and the paths that we choose. Along with his originals, Gary blends in cool selected covers from a wide variety of musical artist and genres. Gary will give his all in his performance of heart felt love songs to uplifting rock tunes. Gary will also be selling his CD, "Streak Of Gray", produced by Keith Greeninger. You can hear Gary's song, "Carolina", on KPIG 107.5FM. All CD sales to be donated to The Compassionate Friends.

The Compassionate Friends Mission: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://garyblackburnmusic.com and Compassionate Friends http://www.tcfsantacruz.com



A Tributes to Santana, Jimi Hendrix Janis Joplin take you back to Woodstock

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

ZEBOP!:  Taking their name from a classic Santana album of the same name, ZEBOP! consists of seven energetic and talented Bay Area Musicians who take great pride in performing the music of Santana with passion and dedication. ZEBOP! has gained the attention of Santana fans throughout California as evidenced by having been voted the Best Tribute Band in Northern California in the KFOX Last Band Standing Contest. Liquid Sky  is the San Francisco Bay Areas premier Jimi Hendrix tribute band. This tribute was formed out of the love and passion of Jimi's music. This tribute have dedicated themselves to carrying on his legacy ,not only for guitar enthusiasts but for everyone to appreciate his well crafted song writing. Liquid Sky does all the hits and a lot of the deeper cuts. The show is extremely guitar driven and will not disappoint. Piece of My Heart  is a tribute to the music of Janis Joplin. Be taken on a psychedelic journey back to the sixties to a time of peace, love and rock and roll. Piece of my Heart features San Francisco native Gayle Sutherland as Janis Joplin. Gayle was born in the Haight Ashbury and has been performing all over the Bay Area for decades. Her voice and presence are big enough to fill an arena. Gayle is backed by veteran musicians Fred Mabunga (Guitar), Mike Holland (Bass) and Brad Torres (Drums).

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.zeboptributetosantana.com  and  www.facebook.com/liquidskytributeband/  and  https://pieceofmyheartrocks.com



Of The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, Country Joe McDonald Band, and Musical Director of The Pickle Family Circus

Wed. Aug. 14 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Phil Marsh has been a fixture in Bay Area music for almost 50 years.  Songwriter, singer, guitarist, kazoo player, and bandleader, he was the original music director of the Pickle Family Circus and Circus Flora of St. Louis, singer/guitarist in The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band (Vanguard Records), bandleader and guitar playing singer for Country Joe McDonald, and an organizer and driving force for the notorious Masked Marauders rock super star spoof on Warner Bros. A longtime Berkeley and Santa Cruz resident, Phil is featured on the Folkways collection "Berkeley Farms" (rumors that he is dead are as yet unfounded.) With Phil Greenberg, he was half of the imaginatively named country duo, Phil and Phil in the 60's, and was a charter member of The Honey Baked Hams, legendary Paris street singing group in 1963 and 64.  His tenure with Berkeley's East Bay Sharks rabble rousing street opera group should not go unmentioned.  Phil has lived for 30 years in New York City where he has been singing, writing songs, performing, and providing soundtracks for documentaries.  Lap steel guitar great Patti Maxine and bassist, singer extraordinaire Terry Shields join Phil.

Artist sites and sounds: www.chickenonaunicycle.com/Cleanliness%20and%20Godliness.htm and https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cleanliness-godliness-skiffle/id331693318




Lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming Celtic, Nordic and American folk music

Thu. Aug. 15 at 7:30pm
$16 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

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


The New World String Project is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki). The new quartet presents a lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor and transcend the sum of its parts. Likewise, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. These four highly skilled and well - known multi-instrumentalists -- two veteran duo acts -- recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Singing is also a part of the show, with Stuart Mason sharing his unique arrangements of ballads as old as the hills where he was born. Fiddler John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional Irish fiddle styles.  John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill

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


Amazing group of renown psychedelic cowboys

Fri. Aug. 16 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jerry Brown and Friends feature Jim Lewin, Steve Sofranco, Bill Laymon, and John Hanrahan. This will be a true Santa Cruz dance party with an amazing group of veteran psychedelic cowboys jammin' your favorite versions of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead songs, roots rocking Americana and much more. Come enjoy that good ol' cosmic twang! Bring your dancin' shoes!

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/2316583758669333/?active_tab=about


A Beatles Tribute as Nature Intended
Sat. Aug. 17 at 8:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings' energy and spot on recreation of The Beatles' music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theatres and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs, The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances. “The Sun Kings are superb! --as close to the Beatles live and in studio as possible! -- Ben Fong-Torres | Former Editor Rolling Stone Magazine “The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I've ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977.” -- Scott Lettieri | KGO Radio San Francisco

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

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