2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

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

Thu. June 21 at 7:30pm



What an entertainer.
New Orleans native plays
30 instruments. "Al Frisby's
shows are like nothing you've
ever seen before!"
Back Beat Magazine

Fri. June 22 at 5pm


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

Fri. June 22 at 8pm
$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

Good Time Non-Stop Dancing to Rock, Reggae, Blues & Country All-Time Mega-Hits

Sat. June 23 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

SPUN is a Santa Cruz/SF Bay Area band with over 20 years of professional performance experience. Members of SPUN have performed with or opened for: Smashmouth, Third Eye Blind, No Doubt, Train, Jason Bonham, The Beat Farmers, REO Speedwagon, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Tokens, & Mother Hips, to name a few. As the name suggests, SPUN spins a mix of cover tunes: rock, reggae, blues, dance, & country. SPUN also has a selection of original material to bring to the table. We take the music seriously (but not ourselves) with three-part harmonies and precise instrumentation. It's all about having a good time.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.spunsantacruz.com/gig/

“Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing—“ ?The New York Times

Sun. June 24 at 2pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Amy Rigby:   “Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.” —  New York Times.  The Old Guys, Amy Rigby's first solo album in a dozen years, measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up. Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. She's released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric's own Southern Domestic Recordings. She has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe, appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, World Cafe, Whad'Ya Know, All Things Considered, BBC Radio 6 Music's Marc Riley Show and Mountain Stage. Alex Lucero:   Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's, lead singer/frontman, Alex Lucero showcases his timber and rasp as well as high falsetto in his live and studio performances. Alex is frontman for Live Again. As a solo artists he plays some of the same songs but more singer-songwriter tunes. “My favorite genre is soul music—Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke. That's my wheelhouse. That's my favorite music of all time,” Lucero says. “I try to play that every single show we play, regardless of the lineup.” Lucero has two new albums—one solo, one with Live Again. Artist sites and sounds:  www.amyrigby.com  and  www.facebook.com/Alexluceromusic/


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. June 24 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

She is hot on KPIG right now!  A gorgeous heartache-drenched voice ala Loretta Lynn
or Sheryl Crow

Wed. June 27 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  seated <21 w/parent


Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band's old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it's just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters is the group's third release on Organic Records, and fifth album. Assembling the same the same team as 2016's On The Ropes Balsam Range's Tim Surrett steps in for the second time to co-produce this album along with Amanda. Its thirteen tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC. There is an empathetic and charming wit engrained in Amanda's songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person's life.

Artist sites and sounds: www.honeycutters.com

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Featuring Smitty and Julija -- Ojai, CA artists known worldwide for their beautiful sound

Thu. June 28 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

TO LEONARD WITH LOVE  is a wonderful and beautiful tribute to Leonard Cohen featuring vocalist/keyboardist Smitty West and vocalist/accordion player Julija whose harmonies are spot on as both sing with passion and conviction.  Audiences will enjoy the background stories of songs written by Leonard Cohen and the many performers who have covered his songs.  

Smitty and Julija's   recently-released album of original songs, “Made In Ojai” follows their top-selling CD and digital album, “To Leonard With Love,“ a tribute work to the songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Julija Zonic  (she responds with a smile to “Julia” or her native “Yooleeya”) is a Croatian-born singer, songwriter living in Ojai since 2008. A professional entertainer since childhood, her rich, sweet vocals and dynamic range cut across all song styles. Julija was a well-known young television and stage singer in the pre-war former Yugoslavia, before emigrating to the US in 1999.

Smitty West  — Pianist, vocalist, songwriter, 2009 MAVRIC award winner for song of the year. He was triple-nominated for song of the year, acoustic, foreign language, and comedy.  He's the principal pianist for the Ventura Jazz Orchestra. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.smittyandjulija.com

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

Fri. June 29 at 5pm


Tsunami band is an “out-the-gate, on-your-feet”, rock-n-roll dance band!

Fri. June 29 at 8pm
$8 adv./$8 door  seated <21 w/parent

Tsunami band is an “out-the-gate, on-your-feet”, rock-n-roll dance band! Comprised of 5 veteran musicians, they play high energy music with roots in 60's, 70's and 80's rock, with many surprises!  Tsunami cuts a new edge performing the great songs everyone remembers but few dare to cover.  They are renowned for their dynamic rhythm section, extraordinary guitar, and powerful vocals featuring three lead singers.

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

Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Sat. June 30 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

Catch Tammi Brown between her gigs with Quincy Jones

Local Motown and R/B dance band, Ten O'clock Lunch Band, bring their brand of funky fun, great harmonies and infectious groove-laden All Motown and R/B Revue . From Smoky to Gladys, Sam Cooke, Staples, Temptations, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Bobby Blue Bland and beyond! George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to 7 piece outfitthat includes James Jamerson infused basslines by Jerry Whitney, do-it-all lead guitarist Glenn MacPherson , sweet harmony vocals and harmonica by Richie the Lip , and rock steady drumming by Pat Scirappa with Special Guests Sax master Armen Boyd, Jr (Big Bang Beat) and local Keyboard legend Otis Coen .  Tammi Brown joins Ten O'Clock Lunch band between her appearances this year and last year with Quincy Jones at the Hollywood Bowl

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

plus Ok2Change


Lava Evacuation Tour –
Song & Stories of the
Big Island Volcano

Sun. July 1 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Jahred and Shawna Namaste' of Love Eternal return to their home town of Santa Cruz for the first show in five years to perform a special matinee show and fundraiser as part of their Lava Evacuation Tour. The show will feature stories and songs from their time in Hawai'i, including the most recent destruction of the neighborhood they lived in when the Kilauea Volcano suddenly erupted in residential area May 3rd. Funds raised at this event will help them and their families transition and part of proceeds will go to Pu'uhonua, a non-profit located on the Big Island helping with the needs of the many displaced families. Join us for original island inspired music, and an inspirational time. 

Ok2Change :  Jay Lara and Imani Avanti are  On a musical mission to bring laughter and light to others, just as music has brought to them, Ok2Change strives to be the change they want to see. They have collaborated and performed with musicians such as Tubby Love, Amber Lily, Reed Grimm, Trill Lebeau of Cosmic Serenity, The Heartifact, Satsang, OneTribe Movement, and more. With hours of original material, catchy rhymes and beats, Ok2Change is rising rapidly.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.loveeternal.org and www.ok2change.com



Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

Inspired by Classic Rock with
influences from the Blues,
Motown, Jazz, Southern Rock,
and Soul

Thu. July 5 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

The Reckless Poets Band features electric guitar, electric baritone guitar, piano/organ, bass and drums, and vocals. Inspired by Classic Rock with influences from the Blues, Motown, Jazz, Southern Rock, and Soul--the band performs songs from the 60's and 70's as well as danceable originals. You could say we love to play BOTH kinds of music: OLD songs and NEW songs--Reckless Poets Style. Each one of the Reckless Poets has a unique background with plenty of musical diversity, yet there are many common threads running through this band. Improvisation is one of the major factors driving us, but connection with the song, the words, and the listener unify us.

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


Stormin' Norman Louis, Jojo Fox and Ken Kraft play a Great Acoustic Blend & Vocal Harmonies, Fun Tunes!  
Fri. July 6 at 5pm


A Tribute to Neil Young
Feel The Neil -- Full on electric open dance floor concert

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.notsoyoungband.com

A Tribute Night of
Led Zepplin & Jimi Hendrix Music

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

Shred Zeppelin: The love of Led Zeppelin music is what tethers these musicians together. We all marvel at the layers involved when studying Zeppelin songs. Each time we listen, we learn something new. We all live near The Ocean, and through Good Times Bad Times, Rock and Roll is always a part of our lives.  We hope you enjoy our tribute as we relive this great music!

Liquid Sky:  Liquid Sky is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier Jimi Hendrix tribute band. Formed out of the love and passion for his music, this tribute has dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of his music. Liquid Sky does all the hits and a lot of the deeper cuts. The show is extremely guitar driven and will not disappoint.  AND, Liquid Sky is very DANCEABLE .  They have carefully culled many of Hendrix groove oriented materials into their set list.   

Artist sites and sounds:  www.shredzeppelinband.com and www.facebook.com/liquidskytributeband/


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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



Warm hearted acoustic, eclectic, mid-century modern roots music with a hint of ocean breeze s

Wed. July 11 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$8 door Dance – ages 21 +

Dore Coller: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dore Coller has played with or with members of groups including Howard Alden, Darol Anger, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Jeffrey Cain, Larry Campbell, Lacy J Dalton, Matt Eakle, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Jerry Garcia, The David Grisman Quintet, Dan Hicks, David La Flamme (It's a Beautiful Day), Old and In the Way, Snooky Flowers, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Maria Muldaur, Jeff Narell, David Nelson, Petty Booka, Van Morrison, Pablo Cruise, Quicksilver, Jefferson Starship, The Rowan Brothers, The Waybacks, Bob Weir and The Youngbloods.  With his two recent CDs ‘Life's A Beach'  and ‘Bermudagrass ‘ he brings all these influences together. “It's one of those very rare albums where EVERY song is outstanding! I am really enjoying it.” Fritz Horisk, WSIG Radio, Staunton VA.  “I'm thrilled for you! CD is a lot of fun.” David Gans, Dead to the World, KPFA

Artist sites and sounds:  www.dorecoller.com


Blues, folk and rock n' roll meets blues and funk and more.

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

August Sun: The band was started by singer/songwriter and guitarist Christian Walsh, blending folk, blues, and straight ahead rock n' roll, creating an upbeat, original classic sound with a contemporary grit from the Santa Cruz mountains of California. He is joined by Dan Knox on lead guitar, Brendan Brose on bass, Tony Whittaker on keyboards and backing vocals, and Jonny Hampton on drums and backing vocals. Together they create a high energy, toe tapping rock n' roll sound of original mountain rock music that will keeps you dancing, and satisfies the music pallet of all ages with a classic sound of an era all but forgotten and an energy that screams ' Rock n' Roll"!

Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat: Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat is a little bit of Stevie Ray Vaughan. a little bit of the Chilli Peppers and a little bit of Sublime.  Together these 3 Men have become a Triple Threat to the music scene!  They are a genre bending group with the ability to entertain any crowd in front of them, no matter what age.  Front man Jake Nielsen has been inspiring people with his talent and ability to rise above all obstacles since he was very young. Jake was born with cerebral palsy, limiting the use of his legs. He was always determined to never let that bring him down, so he lived a very active life as a young kid and participated in every sport he could. He played wheelchair basketball, and was the inspiration to start a baseball league for children with special needs. Jake comes from a family that has a long line of professional cowboys. He grew up in the rodeo scene and wanted to ride calves at a very young age. He was the only cowboy that couldn't walk and was an instant hit.

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.augustsuntheband.com and https://jntriplethreat.com



11 Piece Soul Dance Band meets High Voltage Ska & Reggae Dance Band

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

The Inciters: One of the West Coast's finest Northern Soul bands – THE INCITERS! An overpowering 11-piece dance floor soul band that has brought the house down from LA to Chicago and all across Europe, releasing 4 albums to date on Jump Up Records from Chicago, Grover/Elmo Records in Germany and “ DOING FINE ” which was recorded in Chicago and released by JUMP UP in 2000. “ Soul Clap ” was released in 2012.

Monkey is a 5 piece high-energy organ driven, Ska/Reggae group from the SF Bay Area. Intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms not only get the crowds dancing, it has won the band s awards, including the prestigious California Music Award (BAMMIE)! Following up their 2015 release “Bananarchy”, these Bay Area rudies are back again with “Intermittent Waves” -- 10 tracks of soulful ska. On “Intermittent Waves” Monkey finds the time to wax nostalgic as they take a trip through every wave of ska since the 60s all the while managing to keep up with that familiar Monkey sound. 

Artist sites and sounds:  and  www.facebook.com/theinciters/  or www.facebook.com/Monkeyska/

  Exile (at Michael's) on Main Street 

Recreating the Golden Age of Rolling Stones Albums and more live in concert

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

The Beggar Kings are a band formed in 2015 by the production personnel who produce the White Album Ensemble, a 15 year local success story of hundreds of concerts, to recreate the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones albums from 1968 to 1973.  Included are these epic records:   Beggar's Banquet, Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, and Exile on Main Street brought to you by a crack group of musicians who've played with Doobie Bros, White Album Ensemble, Tommy Castro, Sista Monica, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Persephone's Bees and many more. Dale Ockerman (Keys / Guitars/ Harp), Endre Tarczy (Bass), David Tucker (Drums), Kevin Krilanovich (Vocals), Tom Ayres (Guitars), Caleb Larsen (Guitars), and Connie Troupe and Taylor Krilanovich are the "Nasty Habits" choir.  The group focuses on the intense output that is the bulk of what the Stones tour with, with an accent on the Mick Taylor--Nicky Hopkins--Billy Preston big band that dominated the airwaves and stages of our lives for 50 years.  "Exile (at Michael's) on Main Street” will feature a set of the landmark album "Exile On Main Street", including hits like "Tumbling Dice", "Happy", and much more, including an assortment of masterpieces from other Stones albums and serious blues grooves lovingly reproduced by these Rolling Stone lovers with decades of experience.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thebeggarkings.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with with Aardvark

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

Darol of David Grisman Quintet, Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, and Montreux

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

Darol Anger is a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around the world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa. That's where the Furies come in. The Furies , led by Darol and his musical partner singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, are a handpicked collection of multi-generational virtuoso musicians drawn from Darol's vast network of talent. When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem.

Artist sites and sounds:    http://darolanger.com/index.php?page=about&family=projects&display=137

Roots music heaven.  Acoustic stylings from KPIG Americana to Roots Classic Rock Chestnuts 

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

Cruz Control started with Vince Tuzzi (guitar/vocals and ukulele) and Stan Parola (guitar/vocals/and ukulele/harmonica). They have evolved into one of the most sought-after bands in Santa Cruz County. A big part of the band's popularity stems from the fact that they play a diverse genre of music from John Prine to Neil Young, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Eagles. Apart from the fact that each band member is an accomplished musician, they also have a unique vocal blend which lends itself to different kinds of music. Each member in the band has their own distinct following. Vince Tuzzi is a well-known solo artist and Jerry Whitney plays bass and vocals.     

Patti Maxine is simply one of our nation's finest lap steel guitar players.  She will be playing with Cruz Control.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/Cruz-Control-166542066831264/?ref=bookmarks


Johnny Cash on Bill.  “I think he's great”.  Bill Co-Founded Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. 

Thu. July 19 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Bill Kirchen co-founded the original “Americana” band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, and his trademark Telecaster licks drove their hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top 10 in 1972.  We are going to have Too Much Fun tonight.  How about these for some Kudos on THE TITAN OF THE TELECASTER:

Johnny Cash  - "I think he's great."
Nick Lowe  - "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth."
Pop Matters  - "He is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music, and to hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on one's musical memory."
No Depression  - "You might call [Hot Rod Lincoln] the Triumph of the Telecaster. Then again, you might say that about Kirchen's whole career."

Artist sites and sounds:  www.billkirchen.com

   A Tribute to Van Morrison

Kevin was a bandmate of Van Morrison in the 60's and 80's—This is a Great Dance Band

Fri. July 20 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

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

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

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

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

EXTRA LARGE: from Santa Cruz, California, is a hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely Santa Cruz.  One can't help but to be captured by their relentless positive and high-energy spirit. They win over even the toughest of crowds and first timers to the Extra Large experience. Extra Large's upbeat and positive music is infectious and leaves the crowd happy and wanting more.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.extra-large.net


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

Out of The Waybacks and Houston Jones come a powerhouse, poignant, hot picking duo

Wed. July 25 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./ $15 door seated <21 w/parent


The Quitters A guitar duo of right-side up finger picking (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picking (Glenn Houston). The Quitters deliver a performance spiced with humor and serendipity.

Strawberry Music Festival Quote: "Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has an illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston's well decorated history in music is best known to ‘berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity."

Artist sites and sounds:  www.quittersduo.com

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

Thu. July 26 at 7:30pm




Fri. July 27 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. July 28 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

China Cats:  This Bay Area tribute band performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene who have studied the Dead's musical nuances in great detail without losing any of their own individuality. Lead guitarist Matt Hartle has worked with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals as well as Cast of Clowns, Front Street and Shady Groove. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has worked with members of Galactic, Great American Taxi, David Nelson Band and many others. Bassist Rockin' Roger Sideman also plays with David Gans, Stu Allen and bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer).   

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

with Dave Holodiloff Bluegrass Band

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

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

Dave Holodiloff is bringing the bluegrass band to Michael's in Main for his 9th Annual Jerry Garcia Bluegrass Birthday Bash Tribute Concert. The evening will feature a broad and danceable selection of songs (and acoustic jams) spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more. Get ready to ride that train with "Casey Jones" all the way to Bluegrass country! Driven by Dave's high-energy mandolin and accompanied by a smoking hot string band, this annual tradition is sure to delight both "dead-icated" fans of Jerry Garcia and lovers of quality acoustic entertainment. Don't miss this once-a-year magical night of festive celebration and Bluegrass tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time! The band will be rocking the night away with two great sets, so get ready to party. Dave Holodiloff's "Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute" album will be available at the show. The CD features inventive arrangements of Grateful Dead favorites like "Friend Of The Devil" and "Scarlet Begonias" interspersed with original improvisations and even an acoustic Old-Timey psychedelic space jam on the more obscure "Mountains of the Moon".  Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and inspired partnerships with amazing musicians.

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

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

Thu. Aug. 2 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

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

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

Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

Friday Aug. 3 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Veterans of the Bay Area Grateful Dead musician community, performing music from the Grateful Dead'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 to bring a fresh, improvisational sound and their stellar vocal harmonies weave throughout the exceptional instrumentation. Spirit of ‘76 contagiously fun, satisfaction guaranteed.

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

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

Sat. Aug. 4  at 8pm
$6 adv./$6 door dance- ages 21+

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

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

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

Wed. Aug. 8 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

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

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

Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings and Jerry Whitney

Thu. Aug. 9 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Tonight ' s Concert: On February 9, 1964 the Beatles invaded America and have occupied the hearts and souls of generations ever since. They truly have been the songbook of our lives. The memories created by the Beatles are unparalleled. So many of us can flash back to a moment in time that a Beatles song helped create  unforgettable moments in our lives. Get your ticket to ride and to enjoy and sing music from the Beatles songbook with Drew Harrison and Jerry Whitney.

Drew Harrison is the leader of the Sun Kings, a hugely popular Beatles tribute band.  He also the star of the one man show In The Sprit of Lennon , a remarkable John Lennon tribute.

Jerry Whitney of the Beatles trio Come Together has always been influence by Paul McCartney and Motown.  Tonight it is all about the Beatles.  Jerry anchors the Santa Cruz Beatles Jam group with 400 members.

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

2pm Matinee

Benefit For The Compassionate Friends Of Santa Cruz  -- heart felt love songs to uplifting
rock tunes

Sat. Aug. 11 at 2pm
$10 adv. / $10 door dance <21 w/parent

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.garyblackburn.net

The Music of The Band,
The Allman Brothers
& Grateful Dead

"45th anniversary of the Watkins Glen Summer Jam"

Sat. Aug. 18 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Watkins Glen Revisited:  Music of The Band, The Dead and The Allman Brothers - 45th anniversary show! These three best-loved American bands played together only once, at the largest concert gathering ever in 1973 known as the Summer Jam. Come relive the magic as Berkeley singer/guitarist Phil McGee leads a stellar tribute, featuring sets from each band's actual Watkins Glen repertoire.   Dance to some of the most inspired, influential American music ever created from out of the deep soil of American roots all the way to the psychedelic frontier.  Phil McGee heads Bay Area acoustic rock trio Tonal Recall, hosts ongoing Dead open-mic nights at Ashkenaz, and has shared bills with Little Feat, Zero, George Porter, Merl Saunders, the Subdudes and many others. The Watkins Glen Revisited house band features Jim & Tom McManus (Promised Land), Lachlann Kane (Edge of The West, DB Walker), and drummers Clayton Call and Rich DiBenedetto.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/events/393602204439714/

Aussie acoustic guitar great, singer and consummate performer

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


One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical' ( themusic.com.au )  The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Tommy Emmanuel, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.danielchampagnemusic.com

2pm Matinee

Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist style spans blues-infused Americana to bare-bones classic country

Sun. Aug. 26 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Since the 2005 release of his debut album, Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Jason Eady has brought a rare balance of unguarded honesty and poetic sophistication to his songwriting. With his catalog spanning from blues-infused Americana to bare-bones reimagining of classic country, Eady's seventh full-length takes on a looser, livelier, more groove-driven sound than ever before. But while I Travel On brims with a feel-good spontaneity, the Fort Worth-based artist continues to instill each song with the subtle insight and emotional depth that makes his music so powerful. The follow-up to his 2017 self-titled effort, I Travel On marks the first time that Eady's recorded an album with his road band—a lineup whose rhythm section is made up of musicians from an R&B/roots background, and whose lead players hail from the bluegrass world. With Grammy Award-nominated duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joining them in the studio, I Travel On wholly captures the unbridled energy and kinetic camaraderie that the band's recently displayed in their relentless touring and in sharing stages with the likes of Sturgill Simpson.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.jasoneady.com

Latingrass with four-man string band based in Buenos Aires & members from Argentina, Mexico & USA

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


Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.cheapalache.com

Indie-folk & rock with searing finger-picking, absorbing lyrics, and playful high-energy

Tue. Sept. 4 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./ $20 door seated <21 w/parent

Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. From the release of his breakthrough album, 1994 ' s Dog Eared Dream, to the launch of his own record label, Weasel Records, in 2005, Willy is an artist dedicated to delivering high-test, original musical experiences. His 2015 album, Human Kindness, featured the songs “ Train ” and “ Chippewa Boots, ” performed live on NPR ' s A Prairie Home Companion by Willy and his singing/songwriting partner, Carmen Nickerson. The pair teamed up again in 2016 to make Bonfire to Ash, a record of co-writes produced by Grammy award-winner Ben Wisch “ I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted. “
— Al Kooper (Bob Dylan/Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Artist sites and sounds:  http://willyporter.com and "Flying"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PctjXCksVao   and  "Jesus on the Grill"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_EhI9Wkww and "AvailableLight"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_dNtcXhn28

“Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset.” New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross  

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

Frank Barter writes, sings, and performs like a guy who's been beat up and still won't quit, like a guy who's been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his Valley Entertainment release "Ready" feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn't hold back for anyone or anything. New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as “Expansive as an Eastern Oregon Sunset.” If you've never seen one of those, they're burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That's where Frank Barter takes you. He has toured the west coast and Pacific Northwest extensively and opened for Chuck Berry, John Haitt, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Johnny Copeland, Curtis Selgado, and Duffy Bishop to name a few. “It's possible to compare Frank Barter to any number of distinctive singer/songwriters: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Seger are names Barter's honest, simple-yet-complex songs most often evoke.” - Seattle Times

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


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