2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073


Music of the Dead, Dylan, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Zeppelin, Johnny Cash & more BLUEGRASS style

Thu. Jan 16 at 7:30pm
  $10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Grateful Bluegrass Boys are an acoustic string band from the Santa Cruz/SF Bay Area.  Their primary mission is to get the audience singing and dancing along to beloved songs one might--or might not expect from a string band. Their first CD includes songs by Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, and the Grateful Dead. While the name of the band references the Grateful Dead, gratitude is at the core of the band. They feel incredibly fortunate to play music for people all over the country and keep their set lists fresh and diverse. Recent shows include music by Ray Charles, Dire Straits, Neil Young, the Cars and more!   The band also has a healthy respect for traditional Bluegrass and one can expect fiddle tunes and raucous Bluegrass songs.  The band fits in perfectly at Bluegrass Festivals, Jam Band festivals, and art centers.  They have shared the stage with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Lukas Nelson, Bill Nershi, and many more incredible musicians.

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

Broken Shades
Old School Acoustic Blues

Fri. Jan. 17 at 5pm



Classic rock hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and beyond

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

Some bands are lucky enough to have a person in front that can turn a show into a collective experience with the audience. Many have a vocalist that can hit just the right notes, and most have a soloist to further wow the crowd. But few of them have two. Of each. Stage right is Chris Marlowe. His fine tenor cleanly weaves in and out of melodies, while his intricate and tuneful solos (inspired by such players as Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Steely Dan ) keep audiences enthralled. A natural frontman, Chris' onstage banter keeps smiles on everyone's faces. In short, think Paul. Stage left is taken over by Jeff Ebbage. A perfect foil to Chris, Jeff's gritty baritone can jump from a croon to a howl in the finest rock and roll fashion, while soloing in the gut-bucket style of Keith Richards and Jimmy Page. Jeff's patter is often spiced with double entendre and served up with a sly wink. Think John. But all this front-loaded talent would be for naught without a foundation to build upon. The heartbeat of the band is Russ Stemple on drums along with the very low down-solid tones of bassist Karl Thomas. Additional sparkle is added when Robert Jasman joins in on keyboards. Collectively, these men churn out the highest quality renditions of classic rock hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and beyond. Audience favorites include tunes by The Beatles, The Stones, The Cure, Tom Petty, The Cars, Cheap Trick, CCR, Aerosmith, The Clash, Queen, Sublime, Green Day and much, much more.  

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GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry and a Big Louisiana Feast

Sat. Jan. 18 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door
(Children Under 13 Free)   Dance– <21 w/parent Picnic

THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE:   Come dance and feast inside and outside. Our music room opens to a giant deck under the trees with a creek running around the edge and to a big patio on the other side. Bring the kids. This is the third installment in a new Michael's on Main family friendly afternoon matinee music series we are calling THE LOUISIANA PICNIC & DANCE. Andre played the very first one and made it a very special event. Each matinee will feature world class Zydeco, Cajun and Creole dance music and a big Cajun Style Louisiana Feast served up by Michael's on Main's chef. Tickets include entry to the show. Feast is a separate charge. Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic:  After playing for 25 years and traveling all over the world GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry has already been deemed a legend. He is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, R&B, jazz, Latin and rock. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past. Come on out for a guaranteed good time!

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


Pop, Up Tempo Rock & Roll, and Dance Party Favorites

Sat. Jan. 18 at 8pm
 $10 advance / $10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Songs of Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Adele, Green Day, Beatles, Black Keys, Tom Petty, Joe Jackson. The Violent Fems, 311, and more!   

Cruz Patrol plays 90's to current Rock, Pop, and Dance Party music. Cruz Patrol combines powerful vocals with driving guitars and moving rhythms to keep clubs and parties dancing! Cruz Patrol plays high-energy music from bands such as Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Smash Mouth, Adele, Sublime, Walk the Moon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, The Offspring, OneRepublic, and Pink. 

Hall Pass is a hard-charging, fun-loving band that will keep you rocking through the night. They mix songs from the 80's, 90's and today and give them the Hall Pass treatment.  Blending rock, punk, and reggae, Hall Pass delivers classic covers, surprising song choices, and unique originals to keep the dance party going. They strive to maintain a unique set list that separates them from other bands. Hall Pass is a versatile four-piece band. Martin Sweet is the talented lead and backing vocalist, a solid rhythm guitarist, and a major contributor to the band's original songs.  Devin Avey is the creative guitarist who always exceeds expectations. Eddie Star, the bass guitarist, brings the boom to the room with his improvisational stylings. Pat McMillan rounds out the group by maintaining a steady groove on the drums while singing lead and backing vocals. A Hall Pass show will keep you dancing to songs from Sublime and The Violent Femmes to 311 and Tom Petty. From Rancid and The Beatles to The Black Keys and Johnny Cash. From Joe Jackson and Led Zeppelin to Blink-182 and Dramarama. Get your Hall Pass for the evening and enjoy the show!

Artist sites and sounds:    
www.cruzpatrol-band.com and www.hallpassband.net


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 19 at 5:30pm 

Tue. Jan. 21 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



Rockin' New Grass Folky Girly trio with an eclectic mix of old, new, international rhythms

Wed. Jan. 22 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Returning to Michaels on Main--The Swirly Girls!! This rockin', new grassy, full of surprises local group has a good time and it's contagious!  This family band includes cousins Pam Nectar on guitar, dobro, harmonica vocals, and Sheila Cliff on ukelele, washboard, bass and vocals.  Sweet Pea Cunningham on bass, guitar, uke and vocals and Chad Johnson is our recent addition on mandolin, guitar and vocals. Come on out Jan. 22 to Michael's on Main for some sweet harmonies and a great evening of live music.

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Celebrating Jesse's second full-length album coming out on March 27th called "Rollin' On”

Thu. Jan. 23 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./ $12 door seated <21 w/parent

Jesse Daniel has quickly become a household name in today's country music scene and has received critical acclaim from the likes of Saving Country Music, No Depression and Paste Magazine, among others, for his self titled debut. Since the release, he and his band have been touring nationally, often supporting artists like Charley Crockett, Shooter Jennings and Rodney Crowell. Having just won “Honky Tonk Male Of The Year” at the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards and with an unreleased record in the bag, he shows no sign of slowing down. Keep your eye out for Jesse Daniel. “Whenever anyone asks me who is the next country artist to keep an eye on, I tell them Jesse Daniel from California. Every time. He is the future of country music---" – Saving Country Music

Nick Foster: From the Foothills of Northern California comes Nick Foster; a singer/songwriter and one man band.  Painting aural landscapes under melodic storytelling, his classic yet original Folk sound is based around timeless lyrics, acoustic guitar, dancing harmonica and ear-burrowing melodies.  Nick's voice has been described as a haunt of Neil Young.  His feet operate a 70's Ludwig kick drum, a snare drum and tambourine, creating life-giving rhythms.  These stories are  told over delicate fingerpicking, powerful percussive strumming or a sweet spot in between.  Simplicity in the song is a striking point with Nicks songwriting, hoping to deliver something every audience can take home. His influences stem from Neil Young, John Prine, Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, The Tallest Man on Earth, City and Colour, Lord Huron, Iron and Wine.

Artist sites and sounds: www.jessedanielmusic.com and http://www.nickfosterfolk.com

Green Dog Band is a warm acoustic duo that plays rock, folk and Americana covers that everyone knows and loves.   Fri. Jan. 24 at 5pm



Electric and Acoustic Alternative Folk and Roots Rocking Dance Tonight

Fri. Jan. 24 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.

Mudfrog has a unique and dynamic sound that comes from well blended vocals supported by electric and acoustic guitars and basses, keyboards and accordion, on top of solid drums and percussion  With a repertoire of over 300 original, well crafted, alternative folk-rock songs Mudfrog is something very special. Mudfrog has played all throughout California as headliners and with such acts from The Subdudes to Rusted Root. Mudfrog's live performances feature a natural, often funny camaraderie shared on stage that transcends through soft beautiful ballads as well as their eclectic songs intertwined within many groove jams.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.applecitysloughband.com and http://www.mudfrog.com


High-energy Celtic Rock with folk, Scottish, Norwegian, Scottish, and more World Flavors!

Sat. Jan. 25 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.  Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. And straight from Bologna, Italy, we welcome the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone. Mirco has a diverse background in rock, jazz and ethnic music, and holds an advanced degree from Italy's Classical Music Conservatory. And recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago, we are delighted to introduce Kevin Florian's progressive rock guitar and lush stage antics to our fans! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming. Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.

Artist sites and sounds: www.tempestmusic.com


Freewheeling Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass

Sun. Jan. 26 at 1pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we've been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it's by no means Traditional. It Rocks incredibly hard and is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can't be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope - but not in the 'Up With People' kind of way. It's not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It's not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is World Roots Music. It's POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!

 Artist sites and sounds: www.paperboys.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 26 at 5:30pm 



An Intimate Evening in support of JOHN LEOPOLD for supervisor

Mon. Jan 27 6pm

Artist sites and sounds: https://melissaetheridge.com/splash


Guitar great Muriel Anderson in Concert with Multimedia Show featuring “Acoustic Chef” 

Tue. Jan. 28 at 7:30pm
$18 adv./$20 door and
VIP reserved seats $28

   seated <21 w/parent

Muriel Anderson : Guitarist and Harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson takes you on a journey in music and stories, with a backdrop of visuals artfully compiled by photo-artist Bryan Allen. It is a musical journey through space and around the world. Sometimes whimsical, always engaging, bringing together diverse cultures and settings. Truly an experience of all the senses, this year Muriel Anderson's show incorporates her new recipes project, “Acoustic Chef” including tastes, images and music from around the world. Muriel's obvious joy of music, humor and her comfort across genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. She is an engaging performer with a unique approach to the instrument. One minute she launches into a startlingly authentic Spanish-style original, then a Beatles' tune, and next virtually transforms the guitar into Bluegrass band, a marching band, then a Japanese koto. Muriel's innovative CD that lights up, “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine. Her new project is an international cookbook with a CD containing a tune for each recipe. Muriel is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.  She is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night and founder of the Music For Live Alliance charity

Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice: Santa Cruzian, Steve Palazzo is a Santa Cruz County Arts Council Gail Rich Awards winner in the music category. The show will feature Steve and Charlie singing old-time country duets with Charlie drawing heavily from the pre-Bluegrass 1930's era of classic "brother duets" by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys & Monroe Brothers, right up through the Louvin and Everly Brothers. .   

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


“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” - BOB DYLAN and Scarlet's violin electrified Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review

Wed. Jan. 29 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Eric Andersen's voice, songs, guitar and piano playing created a career that has spanned over 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs, and made numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. 
His songs have been recorded and performed by world renown artists such as Ricky Nelson, Judy Collins, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Linda Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Francoise Hardy, plus many others in Europe, Australia, England, and Japan.  Violets of Dawn, Come to My Bedside and Thirsty boots are some of his best known songs.

Andersen is the most elegant of singers.” - ROLLING STONE
“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” - BOB DYLAN

Scarlet Rivera burned a hole in the fabric of rock history with her pioneering electrified violin sound. Based in classical roots Ms. Rivera was bending the capabilities of current accepted norms by playing all styles of music. From the Jazz of Ornette Coleman to the robust innovation of a violin amid a 17 piece cuban band, Scarlet was a revolutionary at the start, an iconoclast of 70's rock sound. Her discovery by Bob Dylan in 1975 set in motion the tapestry of a new sound and era. 

Artist sites and sounds:
www.ericandersen.com and www.scarletriveramusic.com


Rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Westcoast psychedelic, funk, and Latin --- let's dance

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

Grampa's Chili: Based in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains of California, Grampa's Chili has been redefining and reinvigorating the west coast Jamband scene with their own brand of ‘neo-Americana' music for over 20 years.
Combining elements of jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, and westcoast psychedelic, Grampa's Chili shows feature a vast repertoire of original tunes that thrive on intelligent songwriting, exploration and liberal doses of serendipity. A Grampa's Chili show is a celebration of positive vibes, rockin' jams, warm smiles and unbridled joy!

Brightshine : Seamlessly combining Rock, Funk, Latin and Jazz influences, Brightshine has created an expansive and expressive sound that is uniquely their own.   Brightshine features Pete Sawyer's evocative lyrics and stylistically diverse compositions as well as the band's fluidly expressive improvisations.  Their debut album Shadows In The Sky was recorded live with minimal overdubs and is a document of the musical prowess and tone poetry of the musicians as well as the telepathic interaction the band built with one another during the arrangement and recording process. Brightshine integrates influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Fela Kuti, The Grateful Dead and Snarky Puppy, while cultivating a sound that is thoroughly original.  The band features Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto), Jordan Feinstein (Phil Lesh, Stu Allen), Murph Murphy (Poor Man's Whiskey, Stu Allen), Pete Sawyer (Seconds On End, The Left Hand Monkey Wrench Gang) and Maria Caycedo (Verismo Opera Company).

Artist sites and sounds:
and  www.brightshinemusic.com


Jeff Blackburn
of The Ducks with Neil Young and Blackburn & Snow play Americana at its finest.  
Fri. Jan. 31 at 5pm



Tribute to the 1976 Last Waltz 'farewell' concert by the Band

Fri. Jan. 31 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Phil McGee & Friends hosts a tribute to the 1976 Last Waltz 'farewell' concert by the Band, featuring classic Band songs as performed at the show, and a set recreating the guest artist performances by Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. The Last Waltz became a Concert-Movie classic directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. Don't miss this acclaimed Bay Area Last Waltz Tribute!

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Fusing elements of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B with their own signature groove

Sat. Feb 1 at 8:30pm
$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. Feb 2 at 5:30pm 

Tue. Feb 4 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



Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vocal & Ukulele Master, and Grammy Award Winner

Wed. Feb. 5 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent


Led and Fran are celebrating a new album: Kaleponi & Kalapana

Led Kaapana's  mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.   Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana, there were few distractions. "We didn't have electricity, no television, not even much radio," says Led. "So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music." Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. "People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep," Led recalls. "You'd fall asleep to the music, wake up and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!" 

Fran Guidry:    Slack Key guitarist Fran will accompany Led for an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian music

Artist sites and sounds:
https://ledkaapana.com and www.kaleponi.com


Christie McCarthy, Tracy Parker, Janean Christine Mariani, Patti Maxine

Bringing a taste of Music City tradition to Michael's On Main

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

Girls With Guitars brings a taste of Music City tradition to Michael's On Main when Christie McCarthy, Tracy Parker, and Janean Christine Mariani (all backed by the legendary Patti Maxine on steel guitar) come together to share the stage and a night of stories, sass, and songs. 

Christie McCarthy is an award-winning singer-songwriter, whose “subtly complex hooks and lush harmonies” reveal a “wealth of influences from the realms of folk, Americana and rock ‘n' roll,” writes Good Times columnist Aaron Carnes. Christie has released four original records and a holiday jazz album. She has performed for hundreds of audiences at diverse venues across the country, including the Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry). Her songs are featured on compilations by Target, Sharper Image, Wells Fargo and others, as well as on TV.  Christie's blues-rock anthem “Forgiveness” is in rotation on KPIG.  

Tracy Parker: is a talented multi-instrumentalist and a powerhouse of a vocalist.  She touches hearts with her humor and her impeccable interpretation of a song. Parker's acoustic guitar and sultry vocals will shine in this special evening of artists in the round.   

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 set lists are an aural tapestry of her original compositions delicately woven with select covers honoring her professional influences, the revered songwriters: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Brandy Clark, and Ashley McBryde. 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 songbirds in the round.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.christiemccarthy.com and https://janeanchristinemariani.com and www.pattimaxine.com


Honky Tonkin' Fun

Fri. Feb. 7 at 5pm







When Wake the Dead hits the stage the Summer of Love never ended and St. Patrick's Day starts early!

Fri. Feb. 7 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door Dance – ages 21 +

Wake the Dead, the Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love party band, returns to Santa Cruz dishing up a raft of sizzling new material from their recently released fourth CD, "Deal".  This hot sextet combines Irish jigs and reels with the songs of the Grateful Dead and other '60s iconic bands, delivering them with unique power and joy.  Soaring vocal harmonies and daring instrumentals fuel Wake the Dead's singular groove engine, delighting Celtoids and Deadheads alike.  Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) & Brian Rice (exotic percussion).  Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinary—a rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.

Artist sites and sounds: www.wakethedead.org and www.facebook.com/wakethedeadband/



Benefit for Fred Thompson

Pet Roxx plus Monkey Boys Rock the 70's for Fred & family

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

Pet Roxx is an authentic and power-packed tribute to the iconic Rock bands and artists of the 70s featuring the music of Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin, Free, and many more. The group is comprised of: Fred Thompson (vocals, guitar), Clay Wrede (guitar, vocals), Daniel Vee Lewis (bass), and Rob Ouse (drums, vocals). 

Monkey Boys have been a longtime fixture of the Santa Cruz County music scene playing their special brand of 70s influenced Rock & Roll. Featuring: Mary Williams Kent (vocals), Larry Robert (guitar, vocals), Rob Ouse (bass, vocals) and Darrel Robert (drums). They released their first album, "Disproof of Darwinism" in the mid 90s and their long awaited second album will be released sometime in 2020. 

Also, special guests: Bob von Elgg (Special Fun), Aurora Borealis, Brent Pierce, and other surprise appearances!

About the Benefit for Fred & family : On October 24th, Fred Thompson and his family lost their home and everything but the clothes on their backs to a wildfire. The losses are staggering and emotionally painful. A heartbreaking tragedy that the family is still dealing with long after the media's cameras have left and moved on to the next news story. This benefit is designed to be a beacon of light in their darkness, and lift their spirits. Even people that don't know Fred are welcome and encouraged to come to this event as it is open to the public. It will be a wonderful evening of love, support, great live music, and healing for the Thompson family. (and proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to them) Our only goal is to have a lot of fun and show them a great time!

Artist sites and sounds:   www.monkeyboysband.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb 9 at 5:30pm 

Tue. Feb. 11 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



Harp and Bass Masters– World Class Musicians come together to make magic

Wed. Feb. 12 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Seated <21 w/parent


Motoshi Kosako was born in Japan and started his musical training on piano and also guitar. He played acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands in Tokyo. In 1997, he moved to California and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self-taught and played for Stockton Symphony Orchestra as the principal harpist from 2006-2010. In 2007 he won the second place in Lyon & Healy International Jazz & Pop Harp Competition. His groundbreaking style is noted in Harp Column as “Motoshi Kosako, whose introspective soloing was reminiscent of Keith Jarrett.” He performs improvisation and original compositions as solo or in ensembles with top jazz musicians including Grammy award winning reeds player, Paul McCandless, innovative electric fret-less bassist, Michael Manring. He released 2 classical solo CDs and 11 jazz albums. He regularly tours Internationally to give concert, lectures and workshops.

Michael Manring: Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible on the bass guitar for over three decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in NY, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has garnered two gold records and Grammy nominations. He was also the subject of a PBS TV documentary, “The Artist's Profile: Michael Manring”.

Artist sites and sounds: www.harpmusician.com and www.manthing.com/Manthing/home.html


An Evening of Storytellers:  Outrageous, Autobiographical Spoken Word

Thu. Feb. 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated – ages 21 +

Love, Sex, Drugs,
Dogs, Pizza, and Tears

About Tell Me More: Comedienne and spoken word artist Janet Croteau brings her cast of quirky characters back to Michael's on Main for the annual "Best of Tell Me More” show.  This "depth comedy” and autobiographical spoken word consistently delivers laughs, makes ya think in a good way, and has the audience muttering things like, “Did she/he really just say that?” Prepare to be entertained. Everyone goes home wanting more.
Ed Croteau: Ed's stage career started and ended 36 years ago with the lead in a high school production. He is a currently a business/ecommerce consultant and website developer. He loves to fish, play guitar and piano, and hike with his wife and dogs. 

Janet Croteau:  Janet is the creator and co-director of Tell Me More. She is a songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist and psychotherapist who believes that creative self-expression is healing to ourselves and others - and helps navigate the complexity of life. Janet believes if you water down who you are, the real people will never find you.  

Stefano Engle: Stefano works as an undercover writer, painter, writer, and performer. A guarded few know his assignment at any particular time, though he has occasionally been sighted commuting on Hwy 17. 

Sarah MacEwan: Sarah is a therapist who believes in self-expression as a path to healing and wholeness.

Nicolette Nasr  is the co-director of Tell Me More. She escaped from Palo Alto to find her true self in Santa Cruz where acting, writing and loving her comm  unity and family is her 

Sun Marion:  Sun believes in new beginnings and cultivates life with a deep appreciation of nature, love, and precious opportunities.  She's a Digital Artist and Radio Star known as Mrs. Future on the Dr. Future Show

April Stearns After a breast cancer diagnosis at 35, April Stearns longed to hear the stories of other young women making a life after diagnosis. In 2015 she founded WILDFIRE Magazine to be a beautiful print & digital platform for young women to tell their breast cancer stories from Stage 0 to Stage IV. Since then April's published the stories of more than 300 women diagnosed under 45 and has attracted readers from all over the world. 

Artist sites and sounds:
 and  almostjanet.com and (Sun) DrFutureShow.com and (April) wildfirecommunity.org


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


Jimmy Ågren, Slide Guitar Master from Sweden, meets Henry Kaiser in a Rockin' Slide Guitar Party

Sun. Feb. 16 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Jimmy Ågren is one of the best and hottest slide guitarists/musicians on this planet. Along with Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth he is a tall head and shoulders above pretty much everyone else in the modern slide game. Local guitar wizard Henry Kaiser, hearing that Ågren would be passing through town, insisted that they put together a band to present Jimmy's bluesy songs and hard rockin' slide playing in-matinee at Michael's. This is a one-time opportunity and not to be missed. With Henry Kaiser on 2nd guitar, John Hanrahan on drums, and Sandor Nagyszalanczy on bass.

Henry Kaiser : Guitar wizard Henry Kaiser writes about Jimmy Ågren:  “I have 3 favorite slide guitarists on the planet: Ry Cooder,  Sonny Landreth, and Sweden's Jimmy Ågren.  Jimmy and I have never met, but we have corresponded for many years. When Jimmy told me he was visiting California this year, I insisted that we put together a band to play his bluesy-rockin' songs at Michael's. With myself on 2nd guitar, John Hanrahan on drums, and Sandor Nagyszalanczy on bass, we will frame Jimmy's amazingly innovative playing and singing in a one-time- only chance to see him here in the USA. I promise that Jimmy will truly amaze and captivate all slide guitar enthusiasts.”

Artist sites and sounds:
www.jimmyagren.com and www.henrykaiserguitar.com and great video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQmgO7Tut9I


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb 16 at 5:30pm 

Tue. Feb. 18 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



Michael's new solo Compass Records CD is “Lacher Prise” featuring  Sarah on guitar and vocals

Wed. Feb. 19 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil's iconic founder, multi-Grammy winner and National Heritage Fellowship recipient, is releasing his first solo album in 10 years on Compass Records. Entitled “Lacher Prise” (Let it Go), the album departs from the established sound of BeauSoleil (currently celebrating their 44th year together) with a more energized exploration of the regional music of his home state of Louisiana. Doucet describes the album's music as “Les îles Français Zarico”, a description that takes into account an eclectic mix of styles including New Orleans rhythm & blues and Southwest Louisiana rock ‘n roll, as well as his own interpretations of zydeco and Cajun, infused with the intoxicating rhythms of the French Caribbean. Sarah is featured on the new CD “Lacher Prise” singing and playing guitar.

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


Kpig favorite Mira Record Release Concert for “Nobody Warned Me”.  

Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone

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


Mira Goto follows in the footsteps of today's country songwriting superstars, driving powerful lyrics and catchy choruses throughout her song catalog. The international award-winning songwriter has turned performer over the past few years, inking a production deal with Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) earlier this year. 2019 continues to be a career year for the Nashville recording artist, launching her onto the stage of Sonoma County's Country Summer Festival and the upcoming release of new music. Mira's song “Crazy Cat Lady” is a KPIG hit.

Jackson Emmer: “Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone . Based in the small town of Carbondale, Colorado, Jackson Emmer has quietly built his reputation as a songwriter's songwriter on the outskirts of country music. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Recently, Emmer has drawn critical acclaim for his 2018, sophomore album, “Jukebox.” His music has been featured in Rolling Stone, County Music People Magazine, the Cannes Film Festival, and 150 radio stations worldwide.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.miragoto.com and https://jacksonemmer.com

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

Fri. Feb.21 at 5pm





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

Fri. Feb. 21 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 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



Sat. Feb. 22 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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.

sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb 23 at 5:30pm 

Tue. Feb. 25 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




An Irish band with a truly worldwide reach

Wed. Feb. 26 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

A great night of traditional music is in store for you when you come to see Teada, led by fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada who you will recognize if you have attended any of the Irish Christmas In America concerts over the years. One of Irish traditional music's leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. An Irish band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. The group also received an invitation from the Irish Embassy in Rome during 2008 to perform at a commemorative event marking the 400th anniversary of the landmark event in Irish history known as “The Flight of the Earls.” Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an  appearance on the innovative TG4 television series ‘Flosc'. With engaging textural arrangements, Téada, meaning "strings" in the Irish language revels in the vibrant traditional music of Ireland. Deftly playing up its structural intricacies while preserving the contagious energy inherent in the repertoire, the group strives to capture a sense of the rawness and individuality of the solo artist, within a modern group context. Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. The band recently released a smashing new album – Ainneoin na stoirme / In spite of the storm – on the Gael Linn label. 

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



American folk and soul sprinkled with world influences

Thu. Feb. 27 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

Peter Harper: Peter is the youngest of the three Harper brothers. They all grew up in the famous Folk Music Center in Claremont California amongst the guitars, banjos, ukuleles and other musical instruments from around the world. The music store was opened by their grandparents in the late 50's where Peter's grandmother, Dorothy, could play anything with strings. The eldest brother Ben, would grow up to be the Grammy award winning singer and musician. The middle brother Joel, is a prolific writer of children's books and an avid environmentalist. Peter, the youngest of the bunch, blends the fine arts of sculpture, painting drawing to express his creativity and passion through music.

Moshe Vilozny is a singer, songwriter, & guitarist born in Portland OR and raised in Santa Cruz CA; spending summers in Israel and winters throughout Latin America. Moshe incorporates life experiences into original songs steeped in American Roots Music & sprinkled with influences from his world travels. As the singer, songwriter and bandleader of Universal Language, he headlined many of the West Coasts largest music festivals and released the critically acclaimed album "Revolucíon". As a solo artist he has opened for Michael Franti, G. Love & Brett Dennen to name a few. This past October Moshe was invited to play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

Artist sites and sounds:
  https://peterharper.net and www.moshev.com and https://www.facebook.com/moshevmusic

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. Feb.28 at 5pm





They have delighted fans of the Swedish disco/rock supergroup ABBA in the USA and Europe

Fri. Feb. 28 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Lead singers Julija Zonic and Sanya Mateyas grew up together in Croatia and were performing together since they were teenagers on stage andtelevision in Europe. They both ended up in the US with different entertainment trajectories, Sanya as a singer and actress in Los Angeles and Julija as a singer with a touring musical and now as a partner in Smitty and Julija. ABBA DABBA DOO brought them to the stage again together again, where they front a backup band headed by Smitty West and Corey Highberg. Both Smitty and Julija have also performed and directedproductions of the ABBA musical stage show Mamma Mia to 17 sold-out audiences at the Ojai Arts Center Theater as vocal directors and Smitty acting and performing as Bill Austin.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/pg/smittyandjulija/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2915156728519312



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

Fri. Feb. 29 8:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Celebrating TWO albums by The Village Green - A Tribute to The Kinks, and NO BUDGET

CD's will be available for purchase and 100% of the proceeds are donated.

The Village Green is a group of premium musicians living in Santa Cruz; some of Santa Cruz's finest.  When Greg Brown was 17 years old his friend gave him 17 cassette tapes of The Kinks; a lifelong fan was born.  As a teacher and a musician Greg felt that people, including his friends, should remember or be aware of The Kinks and how great they were as a band. As a labour of love, the Village Green have recorded two albums of Kinks covers.  “We are limited as to how many Kinks songs we can learn as a group; currently the Kinks have 694 songs.”  All of the musicians and artists have gratefully donated all of their time to these projects,  for our love of the Kinks.  The Village Green and the Kinks are always a rockin' good time; come dancing.

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.facebook.com/TheVillageGreenKinks/   and Hear online album here: https://soundcloud.com/greg-brown-37/sets/santa-cruz-heroes and http://www.kindakinks.net



High voltage modern takes on traditional French Acadian songs with virtuosic instrumentals
Wed. March 4 at 7:30pm  
$20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada's east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands' native, Pascal Miousse. Cradled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the North Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving a Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities. 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 Artist sites and sounds:   http://vishten.net/welcome/



Hip shakin' booty bumpin' tunes from Stax, Fame, Muscle Shoals, Chess, and many others
Thu. March 5 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Pawn Shop Soul  reclaims hawked sixties and seventies soul and funk tunes - some that cashed in and some forgotten grooves - blows out the dust and raises the roof. Tight and punchy, the Pawn Shop Horns front the band. Trumpets on top, tenor mellowing the middle and funked up with bari sax scoops. Relieving the horns, organ steps out of the groove to testify in that unmistakable voice of the times. The guitar, bass, drums, and congas are the shopkeepers, keeping the power on, taking care business, ready to blaze when the spotlight falls on them. Angela Porter channels soul divas as she belts out body and soul stirring gems. The pawn shop jukebox is stacked with hip shakin' booty bumpin' tunes from the houses of Stax, Fame, Muscle Shoals, Chess, and many others. Grooves from the likes of the Mar-Keys and the Bar-Kays are on the selector next to tunes written or recorded by artists such as by Eddie Harris, Clarence Wheeler, Jack McDuff, Willie Bobo, and Mongo Santamaria. Whether an overlooked soul instrumental from the Northern Soul songbook, a deep funk fugitive from fame, or soul inspired Cuban groove, each issues a siren call to shake it! No ordinary cover band, Pawn Shop Soul brings back heat of soul and funk's golden age for a live experience not to be forgotten. Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/PawnShopSoul



Motown to Rock from 60's to 2020 meets classic rock, country rock, blues, and more

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

Vintage Point covers a deep selection of some of the best songs ever written.  From Motown to Rock, from 60's to Now, these are the beats, the riffs and the lyrics, that make you dance and sing along. VP is a group of talented Santa Cruz musicians who share the love of a well written song and throw their wide range of experience into performing it with a sense of freshness and urgency.   VP will make you dance, remember, and go searching.  

The FairWeather Band has been rockin' the Santa Cruz area for over 30 years! The band plays classic rock, country rock, blues, and other popular music, and features two guitarists, bass, drums, and keyboards, with flute and harmonica accents on many songs. Lead vocals are shared, with layered harmonies on most songs. Variety is the spice of life, and variety of sound is what Fairweather brings to its performances.      

Artist sites and sounds: 





The Bay Area's Rock & Soul Blowout!

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

Winner of the KFOX Radio Last Band Standing Contest that named them "Best Cover Band in the Bay Area" The Houserockers are one of the hardest working and in-demand bands in Northern California. Known for their over the top, high energy set lists that take you from Bruno Mars and Earth, Wind and Fire to Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and,, Huey Lewis, from Stevie Wonder to Jessie J, The Romantics, Van Morrison and The Ohio Players.  Fusing elements of rock, funk, soul and R & B with occasional forays into rap and country - the band turns every performance into a house party.

Artist sites and sounds:




Alice doesn't just “put on a show” -- she creates magical, memorable experiences

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

For over three decades Alice DiMicele has been moving people with her brand of “organic acoustic groove.” Whether playing solo, in duo with her long-time bassist Rob Kohler or with her aptly named band “Force of Nature” DiMicele brings her wide-ranging vocal prowess, humor, and distinctive guitar style to festival stages, theaters, music clubs, and house concerts.  With a long list of performance credits like Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festivals, Oregon Country Fair, Northwest String Summit along with 15 albums and 30 plus years of touring under her belt, Alice has honed her craft and comes to every gig ready to create magic. Alice doesn't just “put on a show” --she creates memorable experiences with her audiences.  She's shared stages with some of music's finest including some of her musical heroes like Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, JJ Cale, David Grisman Quintet, Steve Winwood, Ferron, Peter Rowan, Richie Havens, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and the list goes on. Bonnie Raitt said, "Alice's music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She's for real."

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



Missy with her quartet and Laurie with her trio

Wed. April 1 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Missy Raines: From her tenure playing with The Claire Lynch Band, Eddie Adcock, Josh Graves, Jim Hurst, Kenny Baker, and Jesse McReynolds to her 8 International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist.  But with her newest release, Royal Traveller, Raines has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. The album digs deep into Raines' family life and her upbringing in West Virginia.  Featuring previous and current members of her live band, as well as cameos from other bluegrass greats such as Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien, the album is a gorgeous look into the perspective, history, and musical influences of one of Nashville's most beloved musicians, Missy Raines.

Royal Traveller is Raines' third album for Compass Records, and the first produced by Compass' owner and founder, and renowned banjo player Alison Brown.  "I went into this project with Alison with the mindset that I wanted to stretch myself and see what I could do. I think we achieved what I was looking for, which is something further reaching and bigger than what I would have accomplished on my own," says Raines.

Laurie Lewis:   For fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and Grammy-winner Laurie Lewis, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren't so much tools in her hands, but burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a 30+ year career at the forefront of American roots music. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before. Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded over 20 albums. She's been a founding member of the Good Ol' Persons and the Grant Street String Band, twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year, her classic rendition of Kate Long's song, "Who Will Watch the Home Place?" won International Bluegrass Song of the Year, and her latest album with her band the Right Hands, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. Laurie's upcoming album, “…and Laurie Lewis” \, is due out January 2020 and features intimate duets—among others—with Molly Tuttle, Mike Marshall, Nina Gerber, Tom Rozum, Tatiana Hargreaves, and Todd Phillips.

Artist sites and sounds:  
www.missyraines.com and https://laurielewis.com

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Phone: (831) 479-9777
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