2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073



with special guests Charlie Wallace and Sharon Allen as Emmylou Harris on three songs

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

Gram Parsons: Honky tonkin' jam band Edge of the West plays a special tribute show to their musical hero Gram Parsons. Gram Parsons was enormously influential in both country and rock music, being one of the first to blend the two to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. His work with The Byrds, with the Flying Burrito Brothers, his solo records and classic duet singing with his young protégé Emmylou Harris have proven to be seminal and lasting influences in the evolution of Country, Rock, Alt-Country and Americana. Parsons died of a heroin overdose in 1973 at the age of 27 and was cremated by his "road mangler" Phil Kauffman in Joshua Tree National Park as per his last wishes. While not achieving mainstream stardom during his lifetime, Gram's legend his lived on to inspire millions and the echoes of his sounds are still heard today. As his friend Keith Richards wrote, "This is why we're talking about him now"

Edge of The West: Musical adventurers Edge Of The West have been steadily touring the Western US, Alaska and Hawaii since 2016, exploring the deep American outback, exciting audiences and rocking their Americana-outlaw hippie jamband blend of originals and rootsy covers. Their energetic and danceable sound appeals to a wide variety of music fans, lighting up rooms and festival grounds. The four singers and writers in the group bring a bounty of songs of their own plus a deep repertoire of covers in many genres. Their eponymous first record was released in Spring 2016 with the next one in process for release later this year. This show will also feature Santa Cruz favorite Sharon Allen on vocals and the amazing Charlie Wallace on pedal steel. Featuring known musicians who've also played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider, Johnny Paycheck, Cake, David Nelson Band, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton and more, Edge Of The West brings some serious cred, history, family ties and deep musical roots to the table. And they know how to show ‘em a good time. That's what they do.

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


A Rock, Reggae, and Hip Hop Fusion meets Americana Soul and Beach Folk Booty Shaking Dance

Fri. Aug 23 at 9pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Harbor Patrol : Harbor Patrol has a single mission - bring good vibes, dope beats, and a fun party atmosphere to the masses. Formed in 2017, Harbor Patrol consists of five veterans of the Santa Cruz music scene. For the past 15 years, the members of Harbor Patrol have been rocking the local scene in bands such as Wooster, Epicure, Fire Peach, Vendretti, and Ninth of Never. Harbor Patrol's sound fuses rock, reggae, and hip hop in a unique blend guaranteed to get your booty shaking on the dance floor. Rest assured - Harbor Patrol is on duty, keeping the musical waters of Santa Cruz safe and sound.  Cement Ship  was launched on January 1st, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California by singer/songwriter Tim Brady, just three weeks before the SS Palo Alto (the band's namesake) was torn apart by heavy storm waves. The music is inspired by the sea and it's dynamic nature. The acoustic guitar style and singing tone from Tim can fit a wide array of genres, but maintains a natural and stripped down approach for the sound. Honest and raw, sweet and smoky. It has been described as ‘Americana Soul' and ‘Beach Folk'. Less then two years after playing it's first show, Cement Ship won 2019 NEXTies 'Band of the Year' for Event Santa Cruz, and have played shows in various states in the USA as well as shows in England.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/harborpatrolsc/   and  www.cement-ship.com


High energy, hard driving, fun-loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, rockin' string band music

Sat. Aug. 24 at 8:30pm
10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard driving, fun-loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, rockin California string band music. One Grass Two Grass forges its own style of folk meets old-time, meets rock, meets bluegrass. Cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and a dash of stomping rock and roll, they bring strings to the times. One Grass Two Grass has performed at The Yonder Mountain String Band ' s Northwest String Summit outside of Portland Oregon, they've headlined San Francisco's iconic Great American Music Hall, they were a top 5 finalist for the High Sierra Music Festival Band Competition, they've performed on Lagunitas' Jam-in-the-Van, and can be seen at 2018's Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA, October 25-28th hosted by Railroad Earth. 

Wild Iris  is a songwriting collaboration between Kate Mullikin and Bryan Shelton from Santa Cruz, CA. Wild Iris is an acoustic mix of musical genres. Local guitarist Bryan Shelton's folksy picking style along with Kate Mullikin's evocative lyrics and smokey vocals make their duo a fresh listening experience. Formed in the Fall of 2013 at a beach-side convenience store, Wild Iris released their first full-length album on April 19, 2016. This March Wild Iris released their second full-length album, "The Sleepless Light," recorded live at Wind River Studios.

Artist sites and sounds: http://onegrasstwograss.com and and www.wildirissantacruz.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. August 25 at 5:30pm 



Highly acclaimed solo acoustic guitarist playing with one the world's finest bass players

Tue. Aug. 27 at 7:30pm
$15 adv. / $15 door seated <21 w/parent

Michael Gulezian (gu-LAY-ze-in) is one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. He is a phenomenal technical guitarist with the rare ability to transcend his own virtuosity, creating music that touches and moves people at the deepest level. He's been called the musical link between John Fahey and Michael Hedges. Artists as diverse as Michael Hedges, Willy Porter, and Henry Kaiser have claimed him as a primary musical influence; young lions such as Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, and Trevor Gordon Hall are quick to acknowledge him as an inspiration. In concert, Michael is all warmth and humor and it is visually breathtaking to watch him perform..  If you enjoy the artistry of musicians such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges – guitarists who amaze us with what ten fingers and one guitar can do – then you will love Michael Gulezian.

Michael Manring is h ailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist.  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.

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




Original tunes that will tickle your brain and funny bone

Wed. Aug. 28 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Join us for the launch of “Folking Funny”. Janet Croteau, the creator of “Women Who Folking Rock” is joined by witty, clever songsters: Russell Brutsche, Michael Gaither, Hannah Cooper, and Midyne Spear.

Russell Brutsche writes songs of personal and social transformation. He won first place in MARS 2015 Songwriting Competition. Originally inspired by playing warm-up for Van Morrison, Brutsché toured Canada in the 80's with Small Town Band. In 2014 Nashville performer/producer Kacey Jones covered "Climbed A Hill" from his CD Restless Heart, and Mike Greenleaf released his version of Brutsché's "Westbound" in summer 2018. Brutsché's recent album "Bucket of Gold" is available in CD and also download card, at performances and through CD Baby.

Michael Gaither crafts songs with humorous takes on everyday life that cover small-town nostalgia as well as modern technology. A Santa Cruz County native, his music also has a healthy preoccupation with locales from the past (“Starlite Drive-In Saturday Night”) and present (“Highway 17?).  Michael turned to songwriting after a background in journalism and a narrow brush with standup comedy. (He sold jokes to Jay Leno. A long time ago. Back when Jay Leno was still funny.) Most recently, Michael ran screaming (semi-quietly) from a corporate job and is now enjoying his time playing a LOT more music and filling the rest of his time as a DJ on KPIG radio.

Hannah Cooper is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter who has performed as a solo artist most of her life. Hannah learned quickly how to capture an audience using her rich soulfully-filled Mezzo voice accompanied by a little eyebrow-raising guitar work you don't see many solo female artists do. She's An exquisite performer with a veracious voracious path, who drapes an elegant voice around her guitar.

Janet Croteau is a songwriter, spoken word artist and psychotherapist who infuses her music with a healthy dose of “depth comedy.” (TM.) The inspiration for Janet's music comes from the humor, beauty, and madness of the world. She believes that if you water down who you really are, the real people will never find you. Janet, the producer of Women Who Folking Rock, Folking Funny and Tell Me More (an autobiographical story telling show) recently released her first album, "Wild Heart.”

Midyne Spear's original melodic grooves are infused with blues, pop, and jazz influences that sprout seamlessly from her folk roots.  She delivers her songs with a crystal-clear strength that invites comparisons to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joni Mitchell. As a third-generation musician, Midyne spent her adolescence in the studio recording children's songs. As an adult, she recorded with Electric Angel—the world's first electric harp trio, is featured on compilations and appeared as a guest artist on other recordings. In 2013, Midyne released Inside the Seed which features 13 of her original songs.

Artist sites and sounds:  russellbrutsche.com and http://www.michaelgaither.com/home/ and www.hannahcoopersongs.com and www.almostjanet.com and www.reverbnation.com/midyne




A celebration of the most enduring songs from 1973, the year deep, danceable grooves were truly embraced

Thu. Aug. 29 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

1973: Where The Beat Meets The Street is a celebration of the most enduring songs from 1973, the year popular music truly embraced deep, danceable grooves, featuring music from Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, War, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Dr John, Little Feat, Dr. John and Steely Dan.   With John Hanrahan (Matt Hartle, A Love Supreme Quartet, Heavy Traffic), Pete Sawyer (Brightshine, Seconds On End), Jordan Feinstein (Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, La Gente), Murph Murphy (Stu Allen, Poor Man's Whiskey) and many special guests.

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 features  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) with special guest John Hanrahan (Love Supreme Quartet, Matt Hartle) on drums.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.brightshinemusic.com

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

Aug. 30 at 5pm




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

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

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

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

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




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

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.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com




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

Tue. Sept. 3 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Come early or HAWAIIAN DINNER SPECIALS: Kalua Pulled Pork  (Served w/ Pineapple Rice, Sautéed Veggies and a Sweet n Sour Sauce) $19 or  Pineapple Beyond Burger  $15 (w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Fries) or  Ahi Tuna Burger $16   (Served with Wasabi Aioli, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Fries).   Note that Tickets include entry to the show – Dinner Special is a separate charge.

Led and Fran are celebrating a new album: Kaliponi to 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's CD called Kaleponi, is all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, with a few choice originals. Fran will accompany Led for an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian music and more.

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
















Space rangers suit up for a night of original, out of this world rock ‘n roll!

Wed. Sept. 4 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance <21 w/parent

Quinn Becker and the Spacemen: Space rangers, suit up for a night of original, out of this world rock ‘n roll! Quinn Becker brings together a crew of talented Santa Cruz musicians including Fox Pettinotti (Analogue Spirit) on bass and banjo, Jake Bayani (The New Horizons) on keys, and Wyatt Troxell on drums. Quinn Becker and the Spacemen deliver a captivating combination of tight vocal harmonies and fantastic instrumentation that you won't want to miss! Quinn's unique writing style draws from a variety of genres, encompassing a modern as well as classic tone. Inspired by many artists from the Beatles to the Growlers to Frank Sinatra, Quinn's music can be enjoyed by all audiences.

Artist sites and sounds: http://quinnbecker.rocks



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

Thu. Sept. 5 at 7:30pm
$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: www.reverbnation.com/WavelengthKevinBrennan





Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

Fri. Sept. 6 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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



All-Star Tribute to Traffic, Blind Faith and Steve Winwood

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

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

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

Tickets are refundable through
BrownPaperTickets if you bought them online or,
if you bought them at Michael's on Main,
you can get refund at venue. 

Sat. Sept. 7 at 8:30pm




An afternoon of Roots, Blues, and Americana story songs

Sun. Sept. 8 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door $10 door seated <21 w/parent

You're invited to experience an afternoon of world-class Americana and Blues storytelling as the young singer-songwriter phenom Anthony Arya—riding ever higher in the wake of his star turn on THE VOICE—welcomes veteran songwriter and alt-bluesman Preacher Boy for a matinee performance sure to be loaded with slide-guitar driven, blues-powered songs and stories.

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”. His songs are frequently played on KPIG radio. Now, Arya has a fast 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.

Preacher Boy is a pioneering Modern Blues and Americana artist who arrived on the scene with a career-making performance at The San Francisco Blues Festival in 1995—the San Francisco Examiner wrote that, "Those who arrived late may have missed what could well have been the top act on the entire bill next to John Lee Hooker himself." More than two decades later, Preacher Boy continues to deliver his raw, powerful brand of the blues. Of his most recent release, 2018's The Rumble Strip (Coast Road Records), Rev. Keith A. Gordon wrote that, "Simply put, Preacher Boy's performances on The Rumble Strip leave nothing but scorched earth in their wake."

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



Happy-feet-dance, spirit- lifting-revival, unifying-revelry

Wed. Sept. 11 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Southern Pacific : Santa Cruz's premiere classic/Southern rock band Southern Pacific includes some of the Bay Area's most popular and accomplished musicians, fronted by charismatic lead vocalist Michele Murphy.  Playing a variety of classic and Southern rock tunes you don't hear often enough, as well as some fantastic new originals, all of which will get you up and dancing.  On drums is Michael Owens (China Cats) guitar Freddy Rodriguez (Rosebud) Skippy Sherred on Bass (Aardvark, Medicine Rd) Michael Enos (Mud Frog) on Keys.

The Puffball Collective (TPC) is built to lift you up.  Featuring members of the “Banana Slug String Band”, “Slugs and Roses”, instrumental funk project “Velour,” Jim Lewin's Edge of the West , The California Honeydrops, the “Barrelmakers”, RoseBuds, and a cache of talented local musicians, TPC reaches into the back pocket of the great bands of the past such as Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone and The Grateful Dead, while at the same time creating their own sound and playing their own material.  Featuring twin guitars, organ, a rock-solid rhythm section & sweet vocal harmonies, The Puffball Collective crafts extended musical journeys that are sure to lift every one to new heights of collective dancing puffball consciousness.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/342260232904823/posts/625495174581326?s=691221512&sfns=mo and https://thepuffballcollective.com




Alt-Grass & Americana Groove Music from the North Bay

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

Rusty Stringfield: Born in San Francisco's Mission District, this high energy acoustic four piece have been spilling out of their corner pub and onto some of the finest stages in town. The Bay Area based Alt-Grass quartet features Russell Ives (Mandolin / Baritone / Erudition), Russell Simon (Double Bass / Tenor / Mischief}, Matt Lauer (Guitar / Bass / Comedy) and Ben Jacobs (Accordion / Beard).  No song is safe once Rusty Stringfield gets fired up, on the street corner or round the campfire. Take a twisted trip from traditional bluegrass to soul, reggae, and arena rock (maybe all at once). Tight harmonies, tasty instrumentals -- and a side of accordion. Prepare thyself for a foot stompin, two steppin good time. Yee-Ha!

The Overextended: The Bay Area quartet is taking the sonic bull by the horns as they explore the boundaries of acoustic/electric groove music. The band features Russell Ives (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals), Jen Rund (Bass, Vocals), Ben Jacobs (Keyboards) and Leslie Jackson (Percussion, Mandolin, Vocals). The bands unique musical relationship is influenced by their backgrounds in traditional, folk, ethnic, pop and alternative music with roots in the west coast festival scene where they first crossed musical paths at the Strawberry Music Festival in the late 90's.  Their original compositions and tasty covers blend musical genres with enticing melodies and heart-felt vocals -- Americana/Roots music at its finest (and funnest).

Artist sites and sounds: www.rustystringfield.com and www.facebook.com/The-Overextended-245588329449360/




Grand Larson plus Eric Morrison & The Mysteries

Good Old Rock and Roll, Funk, Hip Hop, Blues, Swamp Rock, R&B, Country Dance

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

Grand Larson: Although rooted in the tradition of good old-fashioned rock and roll, Santa Cruz based trio Grand Larson aren't afraid to beg, borrow and steal from country, funk, hip hop and everything in between. Rowan Grave's crisp drums and Duncan Shipton's funky walking bass lines provide a sparse but solid groove for the plaintive twang and rolling fingerstyle guitar of lead singer and songwriter Tyler Larson. Steeped in just enough melodic pop sensibility, punctuated by experimental guitar solos and soaring into melancholic harmonies , their sometimes whimsical, sometimes straightforward sound soothes the soul and sets the toes tapping. 

Eric Morrison & The Mysteries :  is an original Roots-Soul band out of Santa Cruz Ca. Rooted in the trajectory of a West Coast Sound, EM&M are spinning off a throwback old school jam with a little bit of blues, swamp rock, country influences and a healthy heaping of R&B.

Lindsey Wall is a singer/songwriter from Santa Cruz, CA. Inspired by older folk tunes to modern dance tunes, she pulls from whatever strikes a chord within her. Writing about her own life, to watching strangers, she finds her stories in anything and everything.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.grandlarsonband.com and  www.facebook.com/grandlarsonmusic and https://ericmorrisonandthemysteries.com and https://lindseywallmusic.com



Classic Motown Gems for an Uptight, Outtasight
 Dance Party!
Sat. Sept. 14 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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“He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”– David Lindley

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


Tony Furtado Band: “Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”– David Lindley, musical adventurer . Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he's also an accomplished sculptor, but that's another story). All of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn't need categories.”

Artist sites and sounds: www.tonyfurtado.com




Spanning the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads

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

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


The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better -- yet continue to do just that. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power and entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old-time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." 

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



Laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate

Thu. Sept. 19 at 7:30pm
$30 adv./$33 door seated <21 w/parent

Eliza Gilkyson: Secularia is Eliza's current release. “Secularia is a series of poems and hymns, deeply spiritual songs that praise the wonder and beauty of the world, that lament its destruction, and that celebrate the joy of the mystery that lies behind its wild wonder.” No Depression . Twice Grammy Nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson is touring for her 20th album, Secularia, a collection of songs old and new that reflect her ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious belief systems, replacing dominant ideology with a more inclusive perspective that embraces compassion and respect for the natural world in a culture she feels is “wavering between collapse and reinvention”.  Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, (Nocturne Diaries, Roses at the End of Time, Red Horse), with a spare urban approach, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder, a call for accountability and a true moral compass for these divisive times. Gilkyson is in the studio now working on a new release for the coming year, “20/20”, a collection of political anthems that will be targeted for the coming elections.

Nina Gerber:   "Nina's guitar style is wide and brave. As she glides thru this record project, she uses each of her guitars as if it's the one she was born to play. Acoustic or electric, she sounds beautiful, smokey, precise, full of the licks you love to hear, even though it sounds like you're hearing them fresh, for the first time, and some of them--you are. She's a player, folks--we're lucky to have her near---" Herb Pedersen.

Artist sites and sounds:
  http://elizagilkyson.com and www.ninagerber.com




Fri. Sept. 20 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




San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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

At the forefront of legendary Rock and Roll bands, you are sure to find Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Since 2003, San Francisco based Petty Theft has been touring the western United States performing Petty's songs true to the originals and in the spirit of the Heartbreaker's live shows. Petty Theft is not about costumes and get-ups – it's all about celebrating the music of one of America's most treasured songwriter--Tom Petty.

Artist sites and sounds: www.pettytheftrocks.com





Tracy Walton, Joe Craven, and Bill Edwards Reunited

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


String and percussion wizard Joe Craven, singer and strummer Tracy Walton and guitar-tickling wordsmith Bill Edwards are back together. The dynamic trio that was Way Out West from 1985-1992 will be making a very, very rare appearance tonight at Michael's on Main. Way Out West is a highly original Americana Roots Music Trio that was born out of a multi-culti mashup up of re-imaged covers, sparkling originals, a pinch of theatrically thrift stored / fashion insulted presentations and a small bucket of bargain bin humor. A popular attraction from the mid-80s to early 90s in the great north-central valley of NorCal, they have now (under a self-perception of extreme pressure from the general public--and inspiration from Frank Sinatra) dusted off their now tighter-fitting WOW wardrobe to make a rare appearance of shows for 2019. Once again in the saddle are the still vertical and ventilating Tracy Walton (Mumbo Gumbo / The Cups / Walton, Webster and Edwards) Bill Edwards (Walton, Webster and Edwards) and Joe Craven (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Alison Brown, David Lindley, Joe Craven & The Sometimers just to name a few). Take a trip down memory lane or experience them, at your own risk, for the first time. Chances are very good that you and your friends will enjoy yourselves immensely. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.joecraven.com   and  and https://www.facebook.com/events/972628373071418/



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

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





Cushy Bedroom Psychedelic Bossanova & Dreamsurf meets Lo-fi  Soup of Hip Hop and Jazz

Fri. Oct. 11 at 9pm
 $8 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Getaway Dogs is the brainchild of Brazilian-American, Santa Cruz-based songwriter, Kai Killion. A sound which consists a potent blend of indie rock, Tropicália, and soul, it can be conveyed best in Killion's self-coined genre, "Cushy Bedroom Psychedelic Bossanova & Dreamsurf." There exists a symbiosis between the different elements, rooted in its rawest form in Killion's songwriting. A moody, groovy dreamscape that can be enjoyed in nearly every facet of daily routine or leisure, Getaway Dogs have made a name for themselves in the Santa Cruz and greater Bay Area music scenes. This summer the band is proud to announce the upcoming release of their second and most refined album, 'BELONG,' for September 2019, which they'll be celebrating at Michael's On Main in Soquel, October 11th.

Asari: "With influences such as Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote, and J Dilla, Asari has a kind of cool duality that revamps the piano bar into something fresh,  elevated, and hip. Their music brings a lo-fi aesthetic to a live setting that is headnodic and confident in its soup of hip hop and jazz. With the versatility to swoon the room-- where the lavish ornaments allow for the spaces in conversation-- or bring a raucous to the dance floor, Asari's music has breadth and you can sink your teeth into their impassioned approach to it all."

Artist sites and sounds: https://getawaydogs.bandcamp.com and www.asarimusic.com

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