2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073






 

 

“Impossible Blue” is 10th solo album from the Austin-based songwriter

Thu. April 25 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS  

Never mind the fact that his perspective on the matter was inevitably skewed by his years of working with such grading-curve-blowing talents as Blaze Foley, Lucinda Williams, Butch Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, and Ray Wylie Hubbard: a high bar is a high bar, and Morlix, for all of his famed minimalist aesthetic both onstage and in the studio, has never been one to cut corners when it comes to quality. So by the time he finally did feel ready to step out with 2000's Toad of Titicaca , there was no mistaking his debut for the work of an artist content to make due with just good enough. And now, nearly two decades later, when Morlix deems the nine new cuts comprising his 10th solo album, Impossible Blue (due Feb. 8 on Rootball Records), to be “the best songs I've ever written,” take it as a matter of fact that every word, line, and note has been duly vetted by the toughest critic he's ever encountered in his 50-odd years of making music: himself.

Artist sites and sounds: www.gurfmorlix.com


 



Ted Welty of Spun
and Lenny Ruckel of The Breeze Babes rock out!


Fri. April 26 at 5pm
NO COVER    



 

 

 

Cosmic Honky-Tonk & Roots Rockin' Dance

Fri. April 26 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

Southern Pacific: We are Southern Pacific, we began with the intention of being a Southern Rock focused band and have since morphed into a more diverse landscape of sound.  Covering tunes by Little Feat, Clapton, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, the Stones, Lucinda Williams, The Allman Brothers, Al Green and more.  So, while we are hard to define, our sound is impossible to resist with rocking danceable sounds.  We are Fred Rodrigues (of 3 Legged Dawg, & Rose Bud) on lead Guitar & vocals, Skippy Sherred (of Medicine Road and Aardvark) on bass & vocals, Michael Owens (of the China Cats & The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers) on drums, Michael Enos (of Mudfrog) on Keys & vocals and (me) Michele Murphy sings!

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


 

 

 

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry and a Big Louisiana Feast

Sat. April 27 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15
door (Children Under 13 Free)  Dance– <21 w/parent

Picnic Special: CORNMEAL CRUSTED CATFISH WITH WHISKEY REMOULADE, CHEDDAR & JALAPENO CORNBREAD AND COLLARD GREENS for $18.00 Tickets include entry to the show. Feast is a separate charge.

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.  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


 

 

 

The music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship

Sat. April 27 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Lyin' I's is an Eagles Tribute band from Northern California.  Lyin' I's faithfully recreates the music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship.  Most members of the band play 2 or more instruments so every song comes to life with its original instrumentation and sound.  Lyin' I's' song list is comprehensive with songs from every Eagles album as well as the hits from the Eagles members solo records like Funk '49 from Joe Walsh's James Gang era and Boys of Summer from Don Henley's hit solo album Building The Perfect Beast.  Add in the charismatic, audience engaging personalities in Lyin' I's and you'll have an event where the crowd will be dancing and singing along from the very first song to the last! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.lyinis.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Apr. 28 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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A wild string band, adventure into Bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy, Jazz, Latin and more

Wed. May 1 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door SEATED <21 W/PARENT 

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

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


 

Aardvark plays Dead !  Brightshine plays expansive, evocative Rock, Funk, Latin and Jazz

Thu. May 2 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Aardvark plays Dead!  Over a century of collective immersion in the music of the Grateful Dead culminates in faithful renditions interspersed with untethered psychedelic improvisation.  Started in Redwood City, CA, Aardvark continues gathering faithful fans with performances at clubs, festivals, and private parties all around Northern California.  Aardvark is Greg Gavalakis (Acton Street Ramblers), Ben Hollin (Tokyo Warlocks, Hands of Time), Robert Parker (Nugz Band, The Shuftones),  and Jon “Skippy” Sherred (Matt Hartle and Friends, Southern Pacific, Medicine Road). 

Brightshine: Shadows In the Sky CD release Party . 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 features Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto), Jordan Feinstein (Phil Lesh, La Gente, Stu Allen), Murph Murphy (Poor Man's Whiskey, Stu Allen), Pete Sawyer (Seconds On End, Echo Street) and Maria Caycedo (Verismo Opera Company).

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/AardvarkTheBand  and www.brightshinemusic.com


 

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

Fri. May 3 at 8pm|
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Crooked Branches: Born in 2014 and based out of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Crooked Branches features a soulful acoustic sound that weaves lyrical storytelling with danceable down-home grooves. Their debut album is a mix of heartfelt Americana, funky country and fresh new folk: 11 songs that share stories of home, family and good old-fashioned self-loathing.  With over three hours of original music and a trunkload of classic covers, their energetic live performances showcase their family-friendly brand of humor that leads parents and kids of all ages to the dance floor. Having shared the stage with notable Northern California acts Carolyn Sills Combo, The Naked Bootleggers, The Coffis Brothers, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, and One Grass Two Grass, Crooked Branches have built a dedicated following by playing energizing shows at Redwood Mountain Fair, Santa Cruz Music Festival, Mountain Sol Festival, Moe's Alley, Michael's on Main, Don Quixote's and more. Crooked Branches are currently preparing for a new album release in Fall 2019 and look forward to sharing their infectious live shows with families, friends and fans along the west coast.

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

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


 

Sat. May 4 Noon to 2pm 
FREE!  NO COVER!
A special May Fourth Gathering for kids & parents with
a costume contest. Prizes and snacks for kids.


 

An Intergalactic Bar Scene, Dance and Costume Extravaganza

Sat. May 4 at 8pm
$8 adv. /$8 door Dance – ages 21 +

Don your favorite
INTERGALACTIC COSTUME.  
We'll be giving out prizes for best outfits. 

Block Party:  This band loves playing classic songs that make you wanna get up, dance, and have a good time!  Andy Kay - Lead Singer/Keys; Dwight Lynn - Lead Guitar/Vocals; Frank Vickner - Drums/Vocals; Alan Deeter - Harmonica; Ted Gauthier - Tenor Sax/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals; Doug Picard -bass.

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






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

Fri. May 5 at 5pm
NO COVER
    www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/

  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. May 5 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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Carmen “Mama” Crow, Janet Croteau, Rachel Goodman, Makana

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

Songwriter and spoken word artist Janet Croteau presents another eclectic evening of  “Women Who Folking Rock”   This popular, bi-monthly show features a rotating lineup of singer songwriters who bring their unique perspectives on life, art and love to the stage  - and never fail to delight and entertain.  In alphabetical order: Carmen “Mama” Crow, Janet Croteau, Rachel Goodman, and Makana. Don't miss this show. It is going to be Folking great. 

Carmen “Mama” Crow , song bird with a strong word (New York native and Northern California transplant) evokes listeners on a deep, soul level. Her  sound is a mix of rhythmic, funky finger picking and string slapping, guttural blues belts and quick lyrical flow with insidious phrasing. Vocally, she is like the love-child of Feist, Lauryn Hill, Cat Powers and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote. With a genre ranging in a fusion of acoustic R&B, Neo-soul, Experimental Folk and Spoken Word with Hip Hop influence, this artist provides a high-energy, danceable live show while she pulls on your heart strings with vulnerable, sonic soliloquies. 

Janet Croteau is a songwriter, spoken word artist and psychotherapist.  Her music and comedic stage presence is infused with a quirky and effervescent spirit.  She makes you think and laugh at the same time - and believes that if we stop being who we really are, the real people will never find us.  Janet, hostess of Women Who Folking Rock and creator of the Santa Cruz spoken word troupe "Tell Me More,”  has recently released her first album “Wild Heart.” She believes in the power of creative self-expression to heal - and delight. 

Rachel Anne Goodman is a singer, songwriter, teacher and radio producer from Bonny Doon, California. Her songs are grounded in traditional American folk and roots music from Appalachia to California. She can be heard on KSQD 90.7 FM, the new community radio station in Santa Cruz that she helped bring into existence. 

Makana is an artist with eclectic passions that include songwriting, traditional storytelling, burlesque, ritual theater, African dance performance, rapping and modeling. She is also a professional choreographer/dancer who specializes in movement inspired by story. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.mamacrow.com and https://soundcloud.com/JanetCroteau and www.rachelannegoodman.org and www.facebook.com/makana.curtiss


 

 

1st Set John Coltrane's Greatest Work Reimagined / 2nd Set Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and more Coltrane all get the electricification treatment

Thu. May 9 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

A LOVE SUPREME ELECTRIC returns to Soquel with its ever-evolving electric reframing of Coltrane's greatest work, which will be the first set. For the second set the band will shift gears to take a look at some mid-70's electric classics of Miles Davis that Kaiser explored so completely 20 years ago with Wadada Leo Smith in the YO MILES! project. Pharaoh Sanders and other Coltrane material will also get the electrification treatment. Guitarist Alan Licht (Love Child, Lee Renaldo, Jim O'Rourke, etc ) has come from New York to make a rare California appearance for this show. John Hanrahan is a veteran drummer of the Chicago music scene based in Santa Cruz.  Henry Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He has recorded with David Lindley, Richard Thompson, Bill Laswell, Wadada Leo Smith, Jerry Garcia, and has more than 300 albums in his discography. Terry Shields is a member of Joe Craven's band. Andrew Dixon is one of the finest young sax players in the Bay Area.

Artist sites and sounds: www.johnhanrahandrums.com/a-love-supreme  and   www.henrykaiserguitar.com






Jeff Blackburn of The Duck with Neil Young and Blacburn& Snow play Americana at its finest

Fri. May 10 at 5pm
NO COVER   

 

 

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

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

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

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


 

Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

Sat. May 11 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 is contagiously fun, satisfaction guaranteed.

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. May 12 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
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With special guest
Anthony Arya
Jim Rosenberg & Paul Logan capture the essence of John Prine and so many of his legendary classic songs

Wed. May 15 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Diamonds In The Rough : Local Santa Cruzan seasoned musicians Jim Rosenberg and Paul Logan team up to create “Diamonds In The Rough”, an acoustic duo that authentically captures the essence of John Prine and many of his legendary classic songs. Reminiscent of the magic combination of the John Prine/Steve Goodman era, Rosenberg and Logan combine acoustic guitars, bass and vocal harmonies to bring you such classics as “Souvenirs”, “Sam Stone”, “Common Sense” and “The Accident” as well as John's post-Goodman gems. “My older brother turned me on to Prine's first album back in the early 1970's. I was attempting to write songs at the time. When I heard John's lyrics and story-telling I thought to myself, well the bar is certainly a high one,” says Rosenberg. “I've been playing his songs and have been a lifelong fan and self-appointed apprentice ever since.” Jim Rosenberg has been performing as a singer/songwriter since the early 1970's. He currently fronts the popular Neil Young tribute band, “Not So Young” and recently released an 11-song album entitled “The Cold Hard Truth” featuring all original material available at JimRosenbergMusic.com . Paul Logan is a native of Berkeley, Ca. Paul grew up playing French Horn in the orchestra. At age 18, he switched to Electric Bass, much to his mother's dismay. Paul has been producing and recording with local artists, and performing in local venues with top bands in the area.. Paul has appeared on recordings with Al Jardine, Steve Miller, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, David Crosby, Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett.

Anthony Arya:  You saw him on “The Voice” on national TV.  Tonight Anthony starts out the first set with three songs before Diamonds in The Rough take the stage in the first of two sets.

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


 

 

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

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

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 May 16 to Michael's on Main for some sweet harmonies and a great evening of live music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/The-Swirly-Girls-674973022569777/


 





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

Fri. May 17 at 5pm
NO COVER
    www.rhanwilson.com/jazzthedog/

 

Each-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor

Fri. May 17 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets' busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a lineup that have included Shayde Sartin, Ryan Browne, Kelley Stoltz and Tahlia Harbour. Adopting a range of sounds Smith's sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals.

Kelly Stoltz: American singer, songwriter and musician. His music has been compared to that of Brian Wilson, Velvet Underground, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen

Artist sites and sounds:  www.sonnysmith.com/home/   and www.kelleystoltz.com


 

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

Sat. May 18 at 9pm
$10 adv. /$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Soulwise: Cousins Sean (Vocals/Guitar) and Kevin Eichhorn (Vocals/Keys) began jamming in local garages at age 10. Music was deeply rooted in their family and the thought of forming a group was inevitable. Influenced by the surf rock scene of Santa Cruz, classic rock, and reggae music, they began to compose their own original music at an early age. In 2014, while both training for professional baseball, Kevin and good friend Adrian Jerome DeMar (Bass) would reconnect and the band began solidifying a path of music. The group fuses together steady and mesmerizing reggae grooves alongside flares of heavy rock and shredding lead guitar. Soulwise features a deep rhythm section of bass, drums, keys, guitar and horns. Lyrically, the songs of Soulwise are born from life experiences, inspirations, and good times that provide listeners with a dynamic mood. In 2015 the group released their first EP "Talkin' Bout Love" that debuted at #12 on iTunes reggae releases and their recent first full length album "Good Day" debuted at #3 on iTunes reggae charts in December 2017. They have played in numerous festivals; Santa Cruz Music Festival, CruzFest, Ink at the Bay, Redwood Mountain Faire, as well as played up and down the California coast. They have also supported Jamaican greats Don Carlos, Warrior King, Jo Mersa Marley, and have shared the stage with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

Wildflower & The Bees offer a groovy, psychedelic, funky, soft rock and sometimes reggae sound.

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.cheapalache.com


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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


 

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

Fri. May 24 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +  

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

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


 

Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Sat. May 25 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Catch Tammi Brown between her gigs with Quincy Jones

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

George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to 7 piece outfitthat includes James Jamerson infused basslines by Jerry Whitney, do-it-all lead guitarist Glenn MacPherson , sweet harmony vocals and harmonica by Richie the Lip , and rock steady drumming by Pat Scirappa with Special Guests Sax master Armen Boyd, Jr (Big Bang Beat) and local Keyboard legend Otis Coen .  Tammi Brown joins Ten O'Clock Lunch band between her appearances this year and last year with Quincy Jones at the Hollywood Bowl

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


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marky Starks: Music runs through Marky's mind all the time.  Some are funny and some are rich forays into the landscape of our world.

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

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


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

Sat. June 1 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21 +

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

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


 

Singer-Songwriter-Storytelling-Bluesman / "The book is the real deal", Jorma Kaukonen

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.roybookbinder.com


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

Steve Sofranko - China Cats, Cosmic Pinball, Stu Allen

Jim Lewin - Edge of the West, Great American Taxi

Bret Bailey - Shady Groove, Cosmic Pinball

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.anthonyarya.com


 

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

Two of Santa Cruz's Favorite Songwriters

Anthony Arya: Santa Cruz teenager Anthony Arya is often described as an old soul - his original tunes appeal to all ages. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from the swinging jazz of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice – a unique tone with a natural rasp – makes for captivating performances. Shortly after Arya appeared on national TV on Season 15 of NBC's The Voice, he released his debut album, “Going To California”. Now, Arya has a growing fan base who love everything about his live performances and are streaming his music. Fans say you're likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance.

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

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


 

Wahl to Wahl Americana, Folk, Alt-Country and more

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

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

Renee Wahl & David Strayer: Renee Wahl is a teacher; she's a physics major; she's a former member of the Air Force, and she's a damn good musician. This skillset shown in the music she makes. Her brand of Americana is sharp as a tack. It's precise and carefully thought out, yet wrought with an emotional rawness that cannot be taught. Her soulful voice has a grit that'll give you goosebumps, and her innate gift of storytelling will make you feel like you've lived through every song lyric she sings. David Strayer, who plays with Renee in her band “The Sworn Secrets” add the rhythm flavor on his cocktail drum kit.

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

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


 

 

 

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

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


 

w/ Crys Matthews & Heather Mae feat. JJ Jones (Girlyman) & Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace)

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

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

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








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