2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073






 



 

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

Thurs. Dec. 5 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, and Felton Music Hall, 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


Honky Tonkin' Fun

Fri. Dec 6 at 5pm
NO COVER 
www.jlawtonmusic.com/bio/

 

 

 

Cosmic Honky-Tonk & Roots Rockin' Dance

Fri. Dec. 6 at 8:30pm
  $10 adv./$10  door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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

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

http://rayburnbrothersband.com

 

 

Youth bands performing a wide range of Classic Rock, Indie, Heavy Metal, Jazz & Funk

Sat. Dec. 7 at 2pm
$7 adv./$7 door seated <21 w/parent

Come and support Santa Cruz's finest up and coming musicians! Since 1998, Matthew D Pinck AKA "Yoga Matt,” has been teaching a variety of musical instruments and styles & developed his teaching style into a music school called Be Natural Music, based in Santa Cruz County. BNM now has five teachers and is offering private music lessons, band classes, music camps, group classes, theory and composition, as well as hosting large performances with audio recording, video and photography. Our bands are year-round and bands typically stay together for years, something that sets us apart from any other music school out there. We even have 1 band that's been together for 7 years! Each band develops their own band name, logo, band page and manages their own media.

Artist sites and sounds: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com and www.facebook.com/events/505435140036133/

 

with special guests:
Sharon Allen, Ginny Mitchell, Patti Maxine, Joshua Lowe, Hank & Ella with the Fine Country Band, DJ Ralphie From KPIG, Eric Winders, Billy Pitrone, Henry Chadwick, and Santa Claus

A big night of Americana music, vintage holiday songs, special guests, comedy, and hijinks galore

Sat.  Dec. 7 at 8pm
$15 Adv. $15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

It's the KPIG Humbug Hoedown!!! Dust off your Christmas sweaters and get those old fruitcakes out of the basement. We're going to get you in the mood for the holidays in the best way possible--by giving back to the community and partying with The Carolyn Sills Combo and Friends! Get ready for a big night of Americana music, vintage holiday songs, special guests, comedy, and hijinks galore, all for a great cause. 

The KPIG HUMBUG HOEDOWN will benefit Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes and The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter's food bank for low income pet owners

WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO DONATE FIVE CANS OF PET OR PEOPLE FOOD NIGHT OF SHOW!

Artist sites and sounds: www.carolynsills.com

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 8 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Tue. Dec 10 at 7:30pm
 NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and   www.matthartlemusic.com

 

 

 

A Night of Rat Pack &
Frank Sinatra
Christmas Carols

Wed. Dec. 11 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Presenting a night of rat pack and Frank Sinatra Christmas Carols. The band Come Fly With Me band consists of vocalist John Michael, leader, arranger, and pianist Will McDougal as well as some of the best talent around the central coast including Olaf Schiappacasse, Tiran Porter, Brian Stock, and Paul Tarintino. John Michael has been performing Sinatra for the past ten years with various groups at clubs such as The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz, The Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA, as well as restaurants including Maggiano's Little Italy in San Jose and Alberto's in Monterey. John has worked professionally as an impressionist as well as a song and dance performer at The Great America Theme Parks in California and Chicago. 

Artist sites and sounds:
www.johnmichaelband.com and  www.willangelmusic.com

 

 

John and Mick's telepathic musical connection began in the groundbreaking Irish-American band, Solas.

Thu. Dec. 12 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

If you are interested in Irish music at all, you'll surely know the name John Doyle. Guitar wizard extraordinaire, John started his career as a founding member of Solas and in recent years has toured solo and with many different performers, including Liz Carroll, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Eamaon O'Leary, Nuala Kennedy and others too numerous to mention. John and Mick's nearly telepathic musical connection began in the early '90's in the truly groundbreaking Irish-American band, Solas. Now, both have flourishing high profile solo careers but periodically come together to brush off some Solas standards and lots of their individual material, played together, for these magical musical offerings. It's impossible to describe John's guitar playing whether picking out a tune or accompanying with chords nobody but he could come up with. The only way to get a taste is to click on the video link above, imagine yourself sitting in Michael's On Main, then click the Buy Tickets button to make it real

Artist sites and sounds:  www.johndoylemusic.com

 

Brett Mechanic, Rich Cowan, Matt Wolf and Jerry Whitney bring you rip roaring classic blues

Fri. Dec. 13 at 5pm
NO COVER  

 

 

 

 

Americana, alt-country, bluegrass, smoky, honky-tonkin', rockin' dance tonight

Fri. Dec. 13  at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Apple City Slough Band:   The Apple City Slough Band is a Santa Cruz Mountain Jam Band that will tap into your rock & roll roots and have you dancing wildly.  Spirited songwriting is 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.

Whiskey West: Whiskey West combines the sounds of outlaw country, bluegrass and honky-tonk to create an edgy toe tapping, good time acoustic honky-tonk sound. Kinda like if Johnny Cash & June Carter adopted a freight train, gave it some acoustic instruments and a drum kit asked Tom Waits to conduct the combo and said "play something that swings.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.applecitysloughband.com
and whiskeywestmusic.com

 

 

Scott of Phil Lesh brings Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester & Greg Anton playing Grateful Dead & related music

Sat. Dec. 14 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Scott Guberman & Friends  consists of the best musicians playing Grateful Dead & related music.  Guberman himself is an important member of the Bay Area music scene. His shows with Phil Lesh have allowed him to form tight musical bonds with the best musicians out there.  His prior relations with the East Coast music scene that he came from, allows Guberman to regularly rotate the best musicians, from both coasts, through Scott Guberman & Friends. Scott Guberman has become an outstandingly important member of the Bay Area music scene in between his shows with Phil Lesh, appearing most often at Terrapin Crossroads.  In addition to this, Guberman can be found touring the national circuit joining up with just about every professional level Grateful Dead project out there.  Scott Guberman's history finds him breaking into the Grateful Dead scene at the turn of the millennium. He first gained recognition as a Hammond organist performing heavily with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and former Grateful Dead keyboardist, Tom Constanten; and touring with Grateful Dead's final keyboardist, Vince Welnick.

Mark Karan of Bob Weir & Ratdog. Mark also worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, The Rembrandts, Huey Lewis, Delaney Bramlett, Jesse Colin Young, and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Robin Sylvester is an English musician, based in San Francisco, who is best known for his ongoing work with RatDog and has worked alongside Ry Cooder, the Beach Boys, JGB, David Nelson and many more.

Greg Anton is a drummer, composer and co-founding member, with guitarist Steve Kimock, of the band Zero. He has published more than 50 songs,  many co-written with Robert Hunter.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.scottguberman.com

 

 

Celebrating his new book JUST JERRY and presenting his “My Life Photographing The Dead” slide show

Sun. Dec. 15 at 3:30pm
/ doors at 3pm  NO COVER

Photographer Bob Minkin will be selling and signing his new book, Just Jerry, and present his “My Life Photographing The Dead” slide show leading into our weekly Grateful Sunday with Matt Hartle & Friends.   Just Jerry  is a limited-edition coffee table book featuring photos of Jerry Garcia taken by Minkin between 1977 – 1995 that includes a number of never-before-seen images of the Grateful Dead guitarist. The Foreword is written by Garcia's bandmate, Bob Weir and the Introduction is by official Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally. Additionally, there are essays and stories to accompany the photographs from people and musicians who were close to Jerry or who were influenced by him including his daughter Trixie Garcia, David Nelson, Bill Walton, Melvin Seals, Maria Muldaur, David Gans and many others.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://minkinphotography.com and www.facebook.com/BobMinkinPhotography

 

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 15 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









 

 

Tue. Dec 17 at 7:30pm
 NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

Cripple Creek Open Mic Acoustic Jam is happening at Michael's On Main on almost all the Tuesdays going forward, with just a few exceptions here and there.  Signups start at 7:00 and jams begin at 7:30. Bring down your acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, digital piano, bass, ukulele, harmonica, bagpipes whatever (well, maybe leave the bagpipes at home).  Matt Hartle and the Unusual Suspects will be there to play along.  We will combine different groups of musicians to jam on any songs you like.  If the song is kind of obscure (or one of your own) bring charts so your friends can play too.  We will go around the circle with everyone getting a chance to solo.  Bring your friends along to have dinner and dance to great music.  $5 suggested donation 

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.facebook.com/events/540333013405801/   and   www.matthartlemusic.com

 

  

Tammi Brown, Ginny Mitchell, Woody Bell, Sean Seman, Carolyn Sills. Gerard Egan & Tom Fedele

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

BENEFITTING YOUNG AT HEART PROJECT

Come sing with Santa Cruz Stars.  Lyrics provided. Show produced by Ginny Mitchell. Fun produced by everyone in the room.  

Tammi Brown: Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi's voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility

Ginny Mitchell: Ginny's music is a “rootsy” mix of Americana, folk and country. An accomplished singer, writer and instrumentalist

Woody Bell: Roots and folk singer and longtime Santa Cruz area bandleader

Sean Seman: Founder and Artistic Director of Young at Heart Project, Loyola University graduate and Chicago born Sean Seman is a vocalist and guitarist with 23 years professional experience specializing in guitar flat-picking and traditional Irish and American bluegrass music. He has toured extensively throughout the western U.S. and Canada, performed on Canadian television, and recorded albums with Fred Koller and Shel Siverstein. His concert credits include openings for Leo Kotke, Steven Stills, Dave Mason, Jesse Colin Young, Doc Watson, Marshall Tucker, Maria Muldaur, and Ry Cooder.

Young At Heart Project:   Since 1985, Young at Heart Project has entertained over 100,000 seniors in senior and day care centers and skilled nursing, convalescent, memory disorder, Alzheimer's, and residential community facilities throughout Santa Clara, Monterey, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties.

YAHP offers the healing power of music to the confined and often ignored elderly within our senior community.

Artist sites and sounds: www.tammibrown.com  and www.young-at-heart.org/musicians and https://ginnymitchell.com and   www.young-at-heart.org

  

Gina René, Janet Croteau, Karla Hutton, Haley Sage, and Lyndsay Stone
Thu. Dec. 19 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  seated <21 w/parent

Women Who Folking Rock are back for a special holiday show featuring the ever dazzling and intoxicating Gina René, Janet Croteau, Karla Hutton, Haley Sage, and Lyndsay Stone. Come join us for a sweet evening of original music by original women - and a holiday tune or two.  Janet Croteau:   Janet is a Santa Cruz, CA based songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist, and psychotherapist. Her music is infused with her quirky and effervescent spirit. She brings an authentic and humorous presence to the stage and believes that if you stop being who you are that the real people will never find you. Janet recently released her first album, “Wild Heart.”   Karla Hutton:  Drawing from her personal experiences, Karla strips life down to its essence through thought provoking songs of hope, loss, love and fear. She sings each song with intimacy and passion, hoping to evoke emotions that are often healing, sometimes haunting, but all universally familiar. Originally from Ohio, Karla now lives in Bonny Doon on 2 beautiful acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is currently in production for her first album due out in 2020. Gina René:  Gina is a local & internationally known singer-songwriter, speaker and women's empowerment facilitator most celebrated for her unique style and ability to weave a common thread between her own life experience and that of the collective. Gina's name means Queen Reborn which she views as a call to practice being an authentic, courageous and empowered woman. With class, grit and mad skills in the music and vocal talent departments Gina René delivers an uplifting message of inspiration and possibility that leaves listeners buzzing for more. Gina René will be premiering classic songs and some from her forthcoming album with music producer Million 7. Haley Sage  started her career in music Santa Cruz's own Dancing Cat Productions, and has since taken her talents internationally, circling the globe over two dozen times! She brings her effervescent personality, vocal talent and musical skills on an array of instruments to the stage.  Lyndsay Stone:  Singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Lyndsay Stone was raised on the east coast by a folk singer and a blues-rock guitarist, and began playing instruments at the age of 7. Stone draws inspiration from folk singer/songwriters such as Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell, and Laura Marling, and her debut album, “Feather”, has been applauded as “poetic”, “emotionally kinetic,” “haunting”, and “giving”. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.almostjanet.com   and  www.facebook.com/KarlaHuttonMusic/    and  https://lyndsaystone.bandcamp.com/releases  and  www.facebook.com/MsGinaRene/


Bob O'Neill, Ken Kraft and Craig Owens are The Messiahs, an offshoot of Santa Cruz's iconic rock band Snail. The Messiah's original melodies, hot guitar riffs & killer vocals will transport you to Rock Nirvana

Fri. Dec 20 at 5pm
NO COVER 
www.facebook.com/originalsnailrock/

 

  

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

Fri. Dec. 20 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. Dec. 21 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 Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 22 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









Merry Christmas to You

  


  

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

Thu. Dec. 26  at 7:30pm
NO COVER  http://thejointchiefsband.com



Beatles experience covering their songs of the mid- 60s other notable bands

Fri. Dec 27 at 5pm
NO COVER 
www.facebook.com/The-Paperback-Ryders-1686446674940891/

 

  

Collision of Brazilian
Samba, Rock, Soul,
and Funk featuring
members of Samba Da

Fri. Dec. 27 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Papiba and Friends features three visionary and unconventional musicians with a long history of living and performing in Santa Cruz.“  A collision of rock, soul, funk and samba with members hailing from Brazil, Minnesota and Brooklyn, this group takes current world music and stirs it up to create a refreshing new sound.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://papibaandfriends.wordpress.com

and www.facebook.com/Papiba-Friends-1887544938237956/


  

A Tribute to Neil Young

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

Sat. Dec. 28 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 songbook. 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



  

Guitar Player Magazine cover story: “one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time.”

Sun. Dec. 29 at 2pm
$15 adv./$17 door seated <21 w/parent

Peppino D'Agostino:   A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 34 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. The CD “Every Step of The Way” was awarded by Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide. Top leading publishers such as Truefire, Alfred Publishing, Hal Leonard and Acoustic Guitar Magazine Books have published his compositions and instructional methods. To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD's, performed in over thirty-three countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D'Agostino's latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.peppinodagostino.com

 


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 29 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









  

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Tue. Dec. 31 at 9pm
 $30 adv./$35 door Dance – ages 21 +

Dinner Special & Show Combo Tickets $70.00

CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT AND PARTY FAVORS

The 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.

NEW YEARS EVE DINNER SPECIALS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


  

A wild string band, adventure into Bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, Latin and more

Thu. Jan. 2 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door SEATED <21 W/PARENT 

Join the Dave Holodiloff Band for their return to Michael's on Main. The all-star band features Elijjah McCullar on violin and saz, Michael Martinez on piano, and Dave Holodiloff on mandolin and guitar. The group will be performing a unique and diverse blend of originals, Latin, Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, and more, all fused together with Dave's signature funky mandolin style. Get ready for a wild musical adventure that will be sure to delight and surprise music fans of all kinds.  Let's get in the groove and let the good times roll. Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and ability to inspire partnerships with amazing musicians.. A devoted craftsman on the mandolin, his diverse recordings include Original Music, Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, World Favorites, and even a Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute.

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


  

Rock n' Roll, Standards and Gospel – A Unique Band That Covers It All

Fri. Jan. 3 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Mike Hadley is a very accomplished singer and has a passion for worship music and leads worship at Calvary Chapel Capitola and is also an associate pastor there. He and the band have been together for 15 years, prior to this he was the lead singer with the digbeats also of Santa Cruz. The Band is composed of 6 awesome musicians who love rock n' roll, standards and Gospel, a very unique band that covers it all!  His awesome bandmates are: Jim Stewart on drums, who has played music with Mike for over 25 years and is the band and music leader at Soquel High. Dirk Andrews on acoustic and uke, is a second-grade teacher at Vine Hill School in Scotts Valley and also teaches guitar and serves on Mike's worship team at Calvary Chapel Capitola.  Dan Martin on lead guitar works in electronics in Santa Cruz and also serves on Mike's worship team at Calvary Chapel Capitola. Caleb Murray plays bass and teaches at Shoreline Middle School. Art Alm plays keys, harmonica and squeeze box (accordion), he is also a very accomplished pianist, who plays many concerts for Cabrillo Theatre and his Church.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.mikehadleyband.com


  

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

Sat. Jan. 4 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door Dance – ages 21 +

Painted Mandolin feat. Joe Craven: Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's repertoire, with original arrangements and surprising twists and turns, with jams that rise up your spine. Painted Mandolin keeps you on your toes, and heels, and soul---dancing all the way thru this music that we love. Painted Mandolin is: Joe Craven--Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals and Percussion. Joe was a member of the Garcia/Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet, from 1989-2004. Multi-instrumentalist, Story Teller, consummate side man, band leader, Festival MC and fashion guru, Joe has been around the block---Twice! Larry Graff--Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals. Larry is the founding member of the world-famous Banana Slug String Band, for 32 years the Slugs have toured North America, bringing Eco-Science to kids and families. Larry, a Deadhead for 40 years, brings experience, knowledge, passion, energy and love to the stage, every time. Matt Hartle--Guitar, Banjotar, and Vocals. Matt is leader and lead guitarist in at least 5 Grateful Dead bands! His emotive and skillful playing, leaves audiences dancing, gasping, and wondering where he is playing next! He has performed in hundreds of Grateful Dead inspired shows in the last 15 years!  Terry Shields--Upright Bass and Vocals.  Comfortable in any musical situation, Terry's years of experience and harmony vocal ability have made him a favorite accompanist for acts throughout the West Coast for the past 20 years.  A true professional, Terry is known for keeping the groove and loving every minute of it.

AJ Lee & Blue Summit:  “AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That's not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today.” Eric Oblander, producer of Rise Up on BCAN (Buckeye Community Arts network).    

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.facebook.com/PaintedMando/
 and www.bluesummitmusic.com


  

Rock ‘n Blues
with strings attached 

Wed. Jan. 8 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Shady Rest:  Rock ‘n Blues with strings attached Guitar, bass, cello, violin, congas, drums, and vocals.  Cheryl Rebottaro on vocals, Joe Bac on guitar and vocals, Pat Greene on drums, Mary Rose Mackenzie on cello, Ariana Ebrahimian on violin, Max Ebrahimian on congas and Mike Westendorp on bass. Spinning classic tunes in such a way, that even Uncle Joe would be moving kinda fast to get to the music at the junction, Petticoat Junction that is.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://theshadyrest.band/


  

R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Rock Dance Tonight.  Don't doubt the soul!

Thu. Jan. 9 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Soul Doubt is five groovin' musicians sharing our own fresh spin on the classics. From Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan, Al Green to Hall & Oats, we serve up an eclectic and danceable mix of R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Rock.  Don't doubt the soul!

Artist sites and sounds: www.souldoubtsc.com and www.facebook.com/souldoubtsantacruz/


  

Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

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

Veterans of the Bay Area Grateful Dead musician community, performing music from the Jerry Garcia Band's late 70's era. Guitarist Matt Hartle has explored roots rock, jazz, country, and blues with many talented players (Joe Craven, Melvin Seals, Donna Jean Godchaux, China Cats among others). For his Spirit of 76, he teams up with a stellar cast of veteran Bay Area musicians, including Amy Berry on vocals, Jen Rund (the Real Sarah's) on bass, Steven Sofranko (China Cats) on keys, and Mark Corsolini (The Barrelmakers) on drums. They bring a fresh, improvisational sound to each and every performance, and their stellar vocal harmonies weave throughout the exceptional instrumentation. Spirit of ‘76 is contagiously fun, satisfaction guaranteed.

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


  

Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

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

Catch Tammi Brown between her gigs with Quincy Jones

Local Motown and R/B dance band, Ten O'clock Lunch Band, bring their brand of funky fun, great harmonies and infectious groove-laden All Motown and R/B Revue . From Smoky to Gladys, Sam Cooke, Staples, Temptations, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Bobby Blue Bland and beyond!

George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to 7-piece outfit that 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/


  

Epic Nordic folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark

Wed. Jan. 15 at 7:30pm
$18 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

SVER play epic Nordic folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Since the group's inception, SVER has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live acts in the Nordic folk scene. SVER's latest album “Reverie” (2018) – their fourth release – arrives as they celebrate 10 years together as a quintet. Listen to these musicians as they gel and swing together in a way that's seldom encountered and you will understand why they have won a reputation as red hot performers whose shows are sizzling affairs. the long-awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed albums ”Fryd” (2015), “Fruen” (2010), and “SVER” (2007). 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.sverfolk.com/en/


  

Featuring Members of Punch Brothers, Crooked Still, David Rawlings, A Prairie Home Companion

FOLKYEAH PRESENTS

Sat. Feb. 15 at 8:30pm
$18 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Hawktail are band of acoustic instrumentalists featuring members of Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, and A Prairie Home Companion. They are Brittany Haas- Fiddle, Paul Kowert- Bass, Jordan Tice- Guitar, Dominick Leslie- Mandolin.  “While they are well versed in the old-time traditions, their music is fresh, lively, and consequential. In other words they are not imitators or replicators. As I said of them in my AmericanaFest wrap-up: ‘Without a doubt their set was my favorite of the week, a labyrinthine of complex yet accessible acoustic music that had me in a trance.'”— No Depression

Artist sites and sounds: www.hawktailmusic.com








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