2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073









  

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

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

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

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS 

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

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

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




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

Fri. Feb.21 at 5pm
NO COVER 

 

https://harpinjonny.com



  

 

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

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

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

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


  

 

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

The China Cats: Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on th e fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey. Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version. Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience. "Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


  

Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb 23 at 5:30pm 
NO COVER
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  









Tue. Feb. 25 at 7:30pm
NO COVER, $5 Suggested Donation   Dance<21 w/parent

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

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

 

  

 

An Irish band with a truly worldwide reach

Wed. Feb. 26 at 7:30pm
 $20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door
PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY


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

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



  

 

American folk and soul sprinkled with world influences

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

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

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

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




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

Fri. Feb.28 at 5pm
NO COVER 

 

www.facebook.com/originalsnailrock/


  

 

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

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

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

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


  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


  

 

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

For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada's east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands' native, Pascal Miousse. Cradled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the North Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving a Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities. Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY

BAY Artist sites and sounds:   http://vishten.net/welcome/


  

 

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

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


  

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

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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.reverbnation.com/vintagepoint/videos
and

www.facebook.com/The-FairWeather-Band-645077748986352/


  

 

 

The Bay Area's Rock & Soul Blowout!

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

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

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


  

 

 

Pre-Saint Patrick's Day Concert with legendary brothers from Ireland

Tue. March 10 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

The Black Brothers:  Michael Black was the first performer the Celtic Society ever booked so we're happy to kick off our St Patrick's series of concerts with the Black Brothers band. The band hope to have their new CD available at this concert. The CD was produced by John Doyle and includes some great musicians in addition the Black Brothers, including Mick McAuley, Mike McGoldrick, and John McCusker. Shay & Michael Black are singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances, & brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling” The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dances, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.

Artist sites and sounds : www.black-brothers.com/


  

 

Album Release Party -- Award-winning, soulful, inspirational, socially conscious singer/songwriter

Wed. March 11 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Special Guests: Santa Cruz Mayor Justin Cummings on guitar, Jennifer Burnes on bass, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen , Tyler Larson & Cory Graves

Aliza Hava is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose dynamic voice and driving rhythms create a sound that is both rootsy and etheric. Throughout her career, Aliza has alchemized a unique signature aesthetic -- melding folk, rock, R&B, and pop with literate and emotionally resonant lyrics. She's a powerfully expressive vocalist who can soulfully ease between husky rawness, R&B belting, and tender balladeering. Her upcoming album, Natural State, features ten original songs and the Midas-touch of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producers Toby Wright (Heart, The Wallflowers, Alice in Chains), Stephen George (Sting, Paul Simon, Mary J. Blige) and Bay Area producer/masterer Bill Hare. Hava co-produced the album with multi-instrumentalist/producer & Guitar World Magazine blogger Ron Zabrocki.

Artist sites and sounds: www.alizahava.com :


  

 

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

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

SILK ROAD DINNER SPECIALS :
Marinated Lamb or Chicken Skewers, Sweet  Chutneys and Tzatziki Dipping Sauces, Saffron Rice, and Tabouli Salad -- Lamb $29 / Chicken $26 

Quinoa Cakes with Chutney Vegetables & Red Curry Sauce $13 

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 has been playing and singing Sephardic and MiddleEastern music for over a decade on oud and clarinet. His parents immigrated from Turkey in the 60s, at around the same time that his grandfather became the hazan at a Turkish synagogue in Israel. For Jamie, Sephardic music and culture has been both an anchor to his family's origins and a distant memory of it. Mathew Harmon is a musician, singer-songwriter, and educator based in Santa Cruz, California.  He plays traditional music from around the world, including Sephardic, Greek, and Armenian, as well as Irish and American tunes. He has released multiple albums and is currently working on another with his chamber-folk quartet MAJK.

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


  



 

Michael Martyn's Rockin' 70 th Birthday Celebration  

Fri. March 13 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Legendary Moby Grape Guitarist makes long-awaited return

Jerry Miller  was lead guitarist for the legendary rock band Moby Grape which was featured prominently in the 40th Anniversary Edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. Eric Clapton called him the best guitar player in the world when he came to America in the 60's. Jerry was included in Rolling Stone Magazine's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  The Moby Grape hit Hey Grandma co-written by Jerry appears in the Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn movie “The Interpreter”.  Tiran Porter of The Doobie Brothers, guitarist supreme Terry Hiatt, legendary drummer Fuzzy John Oxendine join Jerry.  

Michael Martyn & Good Medicine w/ Patti Maxine :  Roots Rockin' folkin' country Michael Martyin guitar and vocals, Patti Maxine-slide guitar, Jim Lewin-guitar, Keith Graves-bass, Fuzzy Oxendine-drums.

Look for a big jam at the end of the night!

Artist sites and sounds: https://myspace.com/mobygrapesjerrymiller and www.facebook.com/michaelmartyngoodmedicine


  

 

 

Rockin' St. Paddy's Party -- 70's and 80's Dance Rock

Sat. March 14 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door Dance – ages 21 +

Featuring the one and only JAMES DURBIN of AMERICAN IDOL

The Lost Boys are James Durbin, Ian Babcock, Scott McPherson, and Steven Moore

THE BAY AREA'S NEWEST CLASSIC ROCK COVERS BAND! PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS WITH AN EAGERNESS TO PLEASE ANY CROWD BIG OR SMALL!  THE BANDS LEAD SINGER FEATURES THE ONE AND ONLY, JAMES DURBIN FROM THAT LITTLE SHOW WE LOVE, AMERICAN IDOL.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.facebook.com/TheLostBoysSC/
 and https://www.instagram.com/thelostboysscband/ and www.JamesDurbinOfficial.com



  

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm.

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

COME EARLY FOR CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER SPECIAL for $19   

Molly's Revenge:  They started this day March 17 twenty years ago. What a music party it has been. 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.

Artist sites and sounds: www.mollysrevenge.com


  

Angela Blessing, Janet Croteau, Emily Lewis, Squirrels of Wisdom

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

Women Who Folking Rock : Janet Croteau hosts a not to be missed evening of “Women Who Folking Rock,” featuring a line-up of local talent that will light up the stage and your heart. Prepare to be  dazzled and entertained.  

Angela Blessing mesmerizes on her mandolin with original songs that touch transcendent realms of love and beauty.

Janet Croteau is a Santa Cruz, CA based songwriter, comedian, and spoken word artist.  Her music is infused with her quirky and effervescent spirit. She believes that if you stop being who you are that the real people will never find you. 
Janet finds inspiration for her folk/Americana style songwriting from the beauty and madness of the world. 

Emily Lewis songs are meant to open energetic channels to etheric realms and bring more light and balance onto this earthly realm.  It is in the spaces in between the notes, the silence after the words have been sung, that contain the magic. The intention of her music is to envelop and inspire exploration of the dance between stillness and creativity.

Squirrels of Wisdom came together to perform at a local homegrown music festival. They had so much fun that they've been playing together ever since. Lisa Thompson plays acoustic guitar and sings, Michelle Spahn adds spice with her electric guitar and vocals, Wesley Barrow keeps it solid on bass, and Jen Bruno drives the train on drums. They have recently been joined by Jenny Bennett on keyboard and Mel Worthy on violin. With each band member contributing song ideas, they play an eclectic mix of rocking cover songs and some original songs too. The Squirrels of Wisdom put a smile on your face and a shake in your tail.

Artist sites and sounds: 
www.almostjanet.com and www.emilymaylewis.com


  

From Brazzaville, Congo, Elie brings African rhythms with world music influences

Thu March 19 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Elie Mabanza is a masterful guitarist, vocalist, & songwriter from Brazzaville, Congo, whose acoustic musical style blends his native African rhythms with world music influences from around the globe. The beauty and depth of his musical gifts are truly irresistible to the ear and the heart. Elie will be accompanied by a FULL BAND - including some surprise guests - for this special dance concert.  Elie currently resides in Ben Lomond, California. More info and samples of his music can be found on his web site'.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.eliemabanza.com


  

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Fri. March 20 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The China Cats: Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on th e fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey. Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version. Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience. "Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


  

Barry “The Fish” Melton of Country Joe & The Fish and The Dinosaurs

Sat. March 21 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Barry Melton in his own words:  “I go a long way back with the Santa Cruz area. In fact COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH holed up in Boulder Creek for over a week just prior to recording “Electric Music for The Mind and Body” in 1966-1967, and the cover of that album captures images from The Barn in Scotts Valley.  And the band that's coming to Michael's On Marin with me -- each of them has their own unique history.  Lowell Levinger a/k/a Banana is every bit a major force of the counterculture, performing with The Youngbloods , and for the past few years touring with Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.   Roy Blumenfeld , who first came to the West Coast drumming with The Blues Project is a true rock and rock artist. Steve Ashman is and was the leader of the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra . And my great friend guitar player  David Aguilar , was (and shall always be) a Knockout who was a key player in Norton Buffalo's band in the salad days.”

Artist sites and sounds: www.barrymelton.com


  

Sun. March 22 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Voice:   Anthony and Emily met in Los Angeles, at the first round of call backs for Season 15 of The Voice. They quickly became friends and spent months trading songs and singing together as they progressed through the competition leading up to multiple performances on National TV. They shared many of the same favorite current artists as well as a love for the oldies from the 60s and 70s. Since the Voice, Anthony and Emily have been frequently performing together and audiences love their vibe.

Anthony Arya: People often describe Anthony as an old soul. His original tunes appeal to all ages and you're likely to walk away humming one of his songs for days after a performance. His genre is folk/rock with an infusion of jazz and blues. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from swing of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice – a unique tone with a natural rasp – makes for captivating performances. He plays his original tunes in a variety of venues all around the Bay Area in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. He released his debut full-length album, Going To California in Jan 2018 which is frequently played on KPIG radio. Anthony has a second album coming out in May.

Emily Hough: Emily's style is Indie folk/alternative. Her rich, sweet tone leaves the audience delighted every time. Her original songs are full of emotion and intrigue. She performed regularly at local fairs, festivals, and cafes in her hometown in Springfield, Illinois and has recently moved to Santa Cruz. She frequently joins local artist Anthony Arya at multiple venues in the Bay Area and together, they have a growing repertoire of amazing duets. Emily's EP, Glass is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.anthonyarya.com and www.facebook.com/EmilyHoughMusic and Live CD recorded at Michael' on Main at www.anthonyarya.com/anthony-arya-emily-hough


  

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

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

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

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


  

Spirit and spark--melding hit songs and sweet oldies in a unique love potion of harmony and soul

Thu. March 26 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

The Summit Sisters is an all-female rock/pop/folk cover band from the Santa Cruz Mountains. They literally "stopped the show" at January's Truth to Power Women's March in Santa Cruz with a street performance that turned into a boisterous celebration of music and women's energy. Their repertoire is a well-balanced mix of hit songs and upbeat dance music which spans the decades from the 60s to the popular songs of today. The fun rhythms and perfectly blended harmonies of this band will surely get you up on your feet!

Artist sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/summitsisters7


  



 

A night of psychedelic rock, funk, reggae, and jam

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

Into the Cosmos is a progressive psychedelic rock, fusion, funk, jam band. This band is fueled by Composer/Lead Guitarist Andrew Jay.  He recorded with Jason Becker on Jason's late 2018 album “Triumphant Hearts” as the opening guitarist on the featured track “Hold on to Love”.  Taking 2nd place at the 2005 Guitarmageddon National Finals, he is truly one of the up and coming greats! He is currently working on a new album with award-winning producer Dan Alvarez. Integrating various styles from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Grateful Dead, Guthrie Govan, Jason Becker, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Into the Cosmos is the most progressive psychedelic rock in Santa Cruz. Drummer Garrett Hand and bassist David Baldwin are bringing 15+ years of professional experience in varying musical influences to the writing that Andrew Jay has perfected. This powerful group has evolved into a progressive power-house that continually brings new life to the meaning “psychedelic rock”. 

Dub Souljah is a Singer, Rapper, Producer from The Central Coast California. His music is a fine blend of High Grade Riddims with a HipHop twist and Raw Rap lyrics. Starting out from a young age, Dub Souljah was introduced to music such as Motown and classic rock. In his teens he sang and wrote punk rock tunes. Originally known as Symphony, he made beats and wrote politically charged rap lyrics and released a Mixtape called "War Letters". At 24 years old he was introduced to Reggae Music and shortly after began writing and recording Roots and Dancehall music. Recently he released his E.P. "Medicinal" July 6th, 2018 on all digital stores and on symphonyundergroundrecords.com . He has 2 singles "Elevate" and "Babylon Dem".

www.intothecosmos.net


  

A Beatles Tribute as Nature Intended
Sat. March. 28 at 8:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

All the hits plus the 50th Anniversary of 1970 will bring a generous amount of  Abbey Road & Let It Be

Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings' energy and spot-on recreation of The Beatles' music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theaters and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs, The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances. “The Sun Kings are superb! --as close to the Beatles live and in studio as possible! -- Ben Fong-Torres | Former Editor Rolling Stone Magazine “The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I've ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977.” -- Scott Lettieri | KGO Radio San Francisco

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


  

 

Missy with her quartet and Laurie with her trio

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

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

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

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

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


  

 

 

Grammy Award Winning Spellbinding Acoustic Guitarist & Entertainer of Paul McCartney & Wings

Thu. April 2 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./ $25 door seated <21 w/parent

“Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements” –  Downbeat.

 “A Master!“-   Pete Townshend, The Who

“The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding.” –  Guitar Player Magazine

GRAMMY winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. A music graduate of London's Goldsmith's College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970's. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest,The Fab 4th, is his latest in a continuing series of solo fingerstyle arrangements of Beatles tunes. His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber's DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio. His ‘photo memoir' Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns' documentary The Tenth Inning.

Artist sites and sounds: www.laurencejuber.com


  

 

 

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

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

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

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


  

 

 

Pay tribute to Neil Peart by air-drumming to a night of great Rush music

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

The Canadian prog rock trio Rush sold out arenas for 40 years, and R50 wants the incomparable music of Rush to live on. In the spirit of R30 and R40, landmark anniversaries and tours of Rush, R50 is committed to keeping this great music alive. In that spirit, R50 does the heavy lifting as a trio. All eras of Rush's journey are represented in R50's live performances.  If you're a fan of the hard rock of Fly By Night, the prog anthems of 2112, the memorable hits of Moving Pictures, the lush and tight synth sounds of Power Windows, or the rock return of Counterparts, R50 will bring all the best Rush has to offer.  Whether you're a hard-core Rush junkie or just a live music fan, R50 will rock out some tunes that will blow your mind.  " Awesome performance by the new Rush cover band R50. They totally nailed it! They covered the hits plus perfect renderings of faves like Natural Science, Entre Nous, Circumstances, and more. Definitely see them if you get the chance." R50 are Chris Meek - guitar, vocals, synths and Mike Carlington - drums, percussion and Mike Peattie - bass, vocals, synths

Artist sites and sounds: https://r50rushtribute.com








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