2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

Michael's on Main adheres to all required County COVID mandates & restrictions. Masks not required. 


Fri. July 1 at 5pm

 No Cover  

Definitely KPIG style country: a blend of old and new country.

 Enjoy and dance to the tunes of Hank Williams, Vince Gill, Dwight Yokum, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and many more.  



Enjoy Grateful Dead, JGB, Old & In the Way,
Kingfish & Dylan tunes

Fri. July 1 at 8pm

 $10 Dance <21 w/parent

Rosebud is an all-star ensemble of Grateful Dead musicians who have found the sum to be greater than the parts. Scott Cooper (from the China Cats), Fred Rodriguez and Lachlann Kane blend their velvety three-part harmony vocals on top pristine instrumental passages. The band is rounded out by drummer Mark Corsolini and bassist Andy Birchett. Rosebud has been playing together consistently since 2017 and it shows in their tight arrangements yet loose jamming. In addition to Dead material, the band includes lots of JGB, Old & In the Way, Kingfish, Dylan, originals and a lot more material that fits right in with the Dead vibe; stuff Jerry could have done.

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Rare Reunion Concert – Sherry Austin, Sharon Allen, Pattie Maxine, Tracy Parker and Jimmy Norris are Henhouse


Sat. July 2 at 12pm
$25 Seated <21 w/parent


With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, Jim Norris on percussion, and Santa Cruz legend Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro. Their music ranges from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin' songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion, and their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock is filled with warmth and conviction.

The band performs original songs written by Sherry and Sharon, as well as much-loved covers by Americana artists such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite.

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


The Village Green
A Tribute to The Kinks

Positive Views Records present The Village Green performing The Kinks masterpieces and deep cuts

Sat. July 2 at 8pm

$20 Dance <21 w/parent

Performing The Kinks masterpieces and deep cuts for an outstanding live listening experience

The Village Green A Tribute to The Kinks are a group of Santa Cruz musicians who paying tribute to a classic rock band we all love: The Kinks.  This is the full band, back onstage together.  We will perform many of Ray and Dave Davies popular hits and a few deep cuts, for the hardcore fans.  We've recorded two tribute albums full of Kinks songs are recently released a new single, Little Bit of Emotion.  We invite you and your friends to Come Dancing to the music of The Kinks.

Artist sites and sounds: 

www.facebook.com/TheVillageGreenKinks/   and   https://youtu.be/io3VMXLnEg0



THE TITAN OF THE TELECASTER with Austin de Lone, Buffalo Bruce Barlow, Paul Revelli, Peter Siegel

Sun. July 3 at 1pm
$30 Seated <21 w/parent

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

Johnny Cash on Bill  - "I think he's great.”

Nick Lowe on Bill   - "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth.”

Pop Matters on Bill   - "He is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music, and to hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on one's musical memory.”

No Depression on Bill   - "You might call [Hot Rod Lincoln] the Triumph of the Telecaster. Then again, you might say that about Kirchen's whole career."

Artist sites and sounds:  www.billkirchen.com


Sun. July 3 at 5:30pm

$15 Adv. $20 Door   

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at: https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


Wed. July 6 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds: 


These guys can play like bandits.”- Ray Waddell, BILLBOARD

Thu. July 7 at 7:30pm

$25 Seated <21 w/parent

They draw freely from the old school and the old world, but The Waybacks are no throwback. They are as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay Area that claims them, and for over 20 years their experiments have always proven sharp-witted and musically dazzling. They're living proof that in music anyway, evolution and intelligent design are entirely compatible.

A four-piece with a full arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments, configured around the hot guitar of James Nash and the fiddle virtuosity of Warren Hood and driven by the rhythm section of bassist Joe Kyle Jr. and drummer Chuck Hamilton, the band filters genre through its own sensibilities and ends up transcending it altogether, conjuring musical landscapes that defy boundaries and find common ground. Add in their spirited flights of improvisation and a healthy dose of jaw-dropping chops and what emerges in the end is decidedly Waybacks. A trip well worth taking .

"The whole spirit of improvisation – that's always been the cornerstone of this band for me," says  Nash. "Through all the stylistic changes and regardless of the instruments we're playing, I feel I can do whatever I feel like doing at any moment.” 

The band has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for its "near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality." The folk and roots underpinnings that have long been a Waybacks hallmark are still there, but after years of playing a huge range of venues and festivals, The Waybacks continue to evolve.

“ ... geniuses … whose playing stacks up to anything you'll find.”- Brad Kava, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

“The musical maelstrom known as The Waybacks blew in from San Francisco, sending up such a startling tornado of aggressively performed, high-spirited melodies as to remove all air from the room. Their inspirational combination of influences -- not to mention their recklessly brazen breakneck pace -- exposed the band as virtuosos sharing a singular mind-set.”- Buzz McClain, THE WASHINGTON POST

Artist sites and sounds:  https://bit.ly/3BvwkSE and http://www.waybacks.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEzTJqJWFpc&t=74s and www.youtube.com/watch?v=--pGwtR5QEs&t=258s


Covering Jazz & Pop standards by Amy Winehouse, Nora Jones, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell
and more

Fri. July 8 at 5pm

No Cover

Artist sites and sounds:




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

Fri. July 8 at 8pm
$12 Dance <21 w/parent

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:
and www.facebook.com/souldoubtsantacruz/


Ken Kraft & Friends plus Bonny June & Bonfire 

Sat. July 9 8pm $20
Seated <21 w/parent

And featuring: The Messiahs, Randy Jones & Tiran Porter, NoJoKen, members of White Album Ensemble and Jim Norris

Ken Kraft  is a beloved member of our musical community, from SNAIL to the White Album Ensemble, and many incarnations of bandom in between.  He is a passionate guitarist and singer, music producer, songwriter and teacher.

White Album Ensemble  ~ Local favorites; multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Dale Ockerman, singer-songwriter Richard Bryant and guitarist extraordinaire Stephen Krilanovich will provide the Beatlemania!

We will celebrate 72 tours 'round the sun with Ken as he invites his musician compadres up on stage to play familiar tunes from the years gone by with:

The Messiahs  ~ Singer-songwriter/guitarist Bobby O'Neill and singer/bassist Craig Owens are the modern "acoustic" version of Snail, rockin' the house and creating nirvana with Bob and Ken's original compositions. 

Randy Jones & Tiran Porter  ~ Ken has been producing local singer-songwriter Randy for decades, resulting in 7 albums which feature recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, bassist/singer-songwriter Tiran.

NoJoKen  ~ "Stormin" Norman Louis has performed and recorded with Ken since the 80's with local dance band Stormin' Norman & the Cyclones. Bassist/singer-songwriter Jojo Fox is the "Jo" in their new trio NoJoKen (get it?)

Bonny June & Bonfire ~ Ken produced Bonny's first album, Bright Moon Pearls, in 2012, resulting in Bonny, Ken and Craig Owens forming Bonfire. Bonny's original songs feature stellar harmonies and wild storytelling.  Coined by fans as "Americana meets Vaudeville", Bonfire will start off the night with a highly entertaining set! 

Jim Norris ~ The fabulous drummer supreme will accompany all the above during this evening of superstars!

Artist sites and sounds: https://snailrocks.com/   and https://www.reverbnation.com/storminnormanandthecyclones

and  http://randyjonesmusic.com/ and https://www.whitealbumensemble.com/ and

www.facebook.com/MoonPearlsMusic/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzotKJ7ToeRJIYw3564q9w



Sun. July 10 at 5:30pm

$15 Adv. $20 Door   

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at: https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


w/ special guest Gary Gates

Wed. July 13 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds: 




Uncovering great, overlooked songs in exquisite three-part harmony

Thu. July 14 at 7:30pm
$15 Seated <21 w/parent

Backyard Birds performs a fresh blend of great, overlooked songs in a wide variety of genres, ranging from Americana, classic country, pop and R&B to a sprinkling of jazz standards and originals. The group is known for the three women's close-knit harmonies (Linda Baker, vocals, acoustic electric guitar; Jean Catino, vocals, tenor ukulele; and June Coha, vocals, soprano ukulele), Linc Russin's cool mandolin playing, and Larry Prather's expressive bass lines, as well as their delightfully surprising choices of eclectic and little-known material.

Backyard Birds' 2020 album, Wildlife, showcases the band's approach to obscure but cover-worthy songs with standout harmonies, with music from folk duo First Aid Kit, country songwriter and singer Carlene Carter, roots/Americana icons Buddy and Julie Miller, rockabilly/soul songwriter Imelda May, classic country songwriters Ray Edenton and Don Winters, and Neil Young. Backyard Birds' intimate live performances also often include songs by Anna McGarrigle, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips, Dan Penn and Chips Moman, the Beatles, the Avett Brothers, Shelby Lynne, Leonard Cohen, Dave Frishberg and others.

“Gorgeous folksy renditions...The harmonies have only gotten better...a local treat.” Aaron Carnes, Good Times (Santa Cruz, CA)

 “A collection of songs that make your heart sway, and voices that find that sweet spot, and keep you dancing in your dreams.” Christina Wise, Press Banner (Scotts Valley, CA)

Artist sites and sounds: www.backyardbirdsband.com and www.facebook.com/BackyardBirdsBand/


Fri. July 15 at 5pm

No Cover

Livin' Easy are Glenn MacPherson, Tom Leitzke and

Jerry Whitney playing favorites and originals


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

Fri. July 15 at 8pm

$20 door Dance<21 w/parent

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. Peter Albin founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company.. 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.”

Barry Melton:  Over fifty years ago, during the “Summer of Love” – 1967 -  Barry “The Fish” Melton celebrated his 20th birthday in June 1967.  A few days later, he and his band, “Country Joe and the Fish,” were rocketed onto the world stage at the Monterey Pop Festival with such luminaries as the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and Papas, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, the Who and a relatively unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix. And fifty years ago, in 1969, Barry appeared at the historic festival in Woodstock< New York and also appeared in the movie bearing the same name: “Woodstock.”  During the five years between 1967 and 1971, Barry would tour arenas, concert halls, and stadiums through Europe and North America.  He also launched his first solo effort, a blues/soul album half of which was recorded in New York with members of the Wilson Pickett Band and half of which was recorded in Chicago with a band featuring Donny Hathaway on piano, Morris Jennings on drums and Phillip Upchurch on bass.

Artist sites and sounds: www.barrymelton.com



The Traveling Wilburys were George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne

Sat. July 16 at 8pm

$20 Dance<21 w/parent

THE TRAVELING WILBURYS REVUE not only plays the great tunes of The Traveling Wilburys but also the hit of the individual superstars in the band

The super-group that never performed live the music they created out of that brief moment at the invitation of George Harrison to ‘get together and write some songs'. Hits like Handle With Care, End Of The Line, Last Night……THE TRAVELING WILBURYS REVUE brings that music of the WILBURYS and the hits from each of these individual artists to every show. Here Comes The Sun, Won't Back Down, Pretty Woman, Like A Rolling Stone, Don't Bring Me Down, and more that everyone knows and loves. Now fans can finally see and hear these great songs at every performance of THE TRAVELING WILBURYS REVUE

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


Sun. July 17 at 5:30pm

$15 Adv. $20 Door   

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at: https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


w/ special guests Proper Villains

Wed. July 20 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds: 





Acoustic and electric folk rock, psychedelia, traditional Americana, country blues, and original songs

Thu. July 21 at 5pm

No Cover

Belated 80th Birthday
Celebration for Page Brownton

Mojo Navigators :  Mythic Americana. In a style comparable to that of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Page Brownton's songs invoke the collective archetypes of American folk culture, and his interpretations of traditional material have the ring of authenticity. Page and the Mojo Navigators (Page Brownton, Beth Ann LaBarba, Al Astrella, Roscoe VanHorne, and John Burton) have tapped into that well-spring  of primordial music that inspired a generation of pickers and singers; as Greil Marcus said, this venerable body of mythic song "gave us contact with musicians and cultures we wouldn't have known existed," and a fascination and reverence for the songs of  "the old weird America." In his youth, Page attempted to replicate the primal sound and spirit of those old guys on the records who evoked, from the strength of their youth, the living presence and power of the American zeitgeist. Through perseverance, now that he is old and weird, he has become transformed into that which he once strove to emulate! "Growing up in the Bay Area, Page has been active in the underground music scene since the early 60's, when he often crossed paths with future icons such as Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen in their days before the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the Jefferson Airplane. Like his compatriots, Page also later plugged in and continues to perform in a psychedelic folk/rock band format, expanding his music to louder and more cosmic levels. Page Brownton is a musical treasure chest; in any of his incarnations, he is a quality act and a vital link. He's the real deal, and the Mojo Navigators is a great band." Jim Lewin, Recording Artist."

Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson)  are founding members of the group, Fiddlestix, (along with Dave Cavanagh and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell) who played as the house band at Strawberry for many years . 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://m.facebook.com/TheMojoNavigators/


A fun, great old time sound with country blues, folk, and jazz standards

Fri. July 22 at 5pm

No Cover

Harpin Jonny and the Unpaid Bills bring a fun, great old time sound with country blues, folk, and jazz standards. This talented group of musicians out of the Monterey Bay area have over a 30 year long history playing in the area with various bands, including John Broadway Tucker, Larry Hosford, The Primadons, and the Groovehounds.

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




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

Fri. July 22 at 8pm
 $12 Dance<21 w/parent

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

Hall Pass is a four piece band that strives to bring rock and roll back to the forefront. A blend of hard charging guitars, grooving bass lines, smooth vocals, and classic songs all create a fun experience for all. Drawing from a wide variety of song choices that will keep you on your toes, Hall Pass promises to turn the volume up and help you turn back the clock once more and remember the simpler times in your life.

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

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


Roots, original, and contemporary reggae rock propelling you onto the dancefloor

Sat. July 23 at 7:30pm

$10 Dance<21 w/parent

Sound Reasoning will pull you out of your seat & propel you to the dancefloor chugging like a locomotive. This original reggae rock band delivers spirited conscious music: resounding rhythm, blazing brass & gnarly leads that are as limitless as the ocean waves of their hometown Santa Cruz, California. The Sound Reasoning band: Solomon NewTree - guitar / vocals,  Todd George - bass, Ron Work - guitar, Russel Kreitman - keys, Steven Robinson Beal - vocals, Tonya Silvestri- trumpet, Tony Devincentis- saxophone, Mike Herzog- trombone, & Charles Lincoln Montes – drummer

The Leftovers play a mix of roots & contemporary reggae fused with hip hop and rock. The Leftovers are a close group of friends that all grew up together in the small mountain towns near Santa Cruz. Band members Joey Storm & Sean Conner started the band in 2012, just playing acoustic guitars writing songs out on the beach. Slowly adding bandmates along the way, they have grown to playing shows such as the Crow's Nest beach party with a full horn section and to up to 13 members. The Leftover band: Joey Storm - guitar / vocals, Sean Conner - guitar / vocals, David Churchill - keys/ vocals, Josh Land - vocals, Andrew Zook - bass, Tonya Silvestri- trumpet, Tony Devincentis- saxophone, Mike Herzog- trombone, & Travis Salangsang - drummer

Artist sites and sounds:
www.facebook.com/SoundReasoning and https://soundreasoning.bandcamp.com and www.facebook.com/Theleftoversca/


Sun. July 24 at 5:30pm

$15 Adv. $20 Door   

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at: https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


w/ special guest Anthony Arya

Wed. July 27 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds: 




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

Thu. July 28 at 7:30pm

$15 Seated <21 w/parent

Great original Phil Marsh tunes both recent and ancient. A spectrum of American styles both funky and deep!

The legendary Richard Saunders joins Phil on bass. Richard's credits include Dan Hicks, The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band , the original Country Joe and the Fish jug band.

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.chickenonaunicycle.com/Cleanliness%20and%20Godliness.htm and



Fri. July 29  at 5pm

No Cover

Sing along to the Beatles with Jerry Whitney, Glenn MacPherson, Cheryl  D'Alessandro  


Booty shaking grooves and syrup-drenched melodies collide to create a funky supernova

Fri. July 29 at 8pm
$12 Dance<21 w/parent

Superblume is a funky, booty shaking  jam  band blossoming in Santa Cruz, California.

With desire to inspire a world where everybody is free to be themselves, Superblume creates a live atmosphere of love, togetherness, and self-expression.Drawing inspiration from jam band giants and blues legends, Superblume's music weaves a wide range of improvised soundscapes through funky original compositions. Freely flowing from blissful rock n' roll to dark psychedelia to disco-funk and all spaces in between, Superblume aims to explore uncharted musical territory with every live performance.

Andy Pankakes is a maverick in his field. His infectious energy and melodies will have you on your feet singing along and leave you squirming on the floor in laughter and tears. Seamlessly blending an eclectic mix of genre from Soul/Funk/Hip-Hop/R+B to Folk/Americana to good ol' Rock n' Roll, Mr. Pankakes has created his own sound which he dubs "Breakfast Music." It's music you want to wake up to, then eat for lunch and dinner. Carefully crafted guitar lines dance between syrupy keyboard harmonies, funky bass thump and smooth buttery drum grooves.

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


George Kahumoku Jr.
1pm Matinee

Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist,
and multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner

Sat. July 30 at 1pm
$25 Seated <21 w/parent

George Kahumoku Jr. a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, world-traveling performer, as well as a teacher, –he founded the Hawaiian Music Institute at University of Hawai'i-Maui College –artist and sculptor, farmer, and chef (his farm to table). He is the producer and star of the long-running, weekly Slack Key Show® on Maui, which features the best of Hawaiian slack key and other leading music artists, now in its second decade.

“Kahumoku was an affable raconteur, mixing his dialogue with passionate renderings of material…”  
–LA Times

“…The vocals and slack-key wizardry of George Kahumoku … is as cleansing as a Sunday drive through God's country.” — The Honolulu Advertiser

“… a master with the acoustic guitar. His music is played from his heart and soul through the very tips of his fingers.”  www.amzmusiczine.com

Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawai‘i's Renaissance Man”, is also a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, most recently for Best Christmas CD in 2017.

--not included with ticket purchase”

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



A Music City tradition -- songwriters in-the-round

Sat. July 30 at 8pm

$20 Seated <21 w/parent

Girls With Guitars brings a taste of Music City tradition when singer-songwriters Janean Christine Mariani, Laura Benitez, Brenda Carsey, and a very special surprise guest share the stage for an intimate evening of their songs and the stories behind them.

Janean Christine Mariani  writes stripped-down bare-bones Americana songs of life, love, and loss. Her storytelling lyrics steeped in acoustic fingerpicking melodies are reminiscent of her favorite songwriters, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Brady Clark. Mariani's powerful vocals and songwriting captured the attention of UK artist John Reilly frontman for Atlantic Records band Boy On A Dolphin) who produced her acclaimed debut singles “She Said She's Leaving” and “Red Number 5”; as her powerful vocals and stage presence capture the hearts of audiences through her music and heartfelt connection, no matter the size of the venue.

Laura Benitez  is a San Francisco Bay Area songwriter who uses the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. She is the frontwoman for the band Laura Benitez & The Heartache. Laura takes her musical cues from the heavily rock influenced Bakersfield sound, and takes her lyric inspiration from her favorite songwriters Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Beware of her catchy hooks and sweet melodies, Benitez shines in the studio and on stage.

Brenda Carsey  is a Los Angeles-based vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. She has an unmistakable sound that is modern and unique while somehow simultaneously a retro call to eras gone by. Carsey's voice is uninhibited, mixing a syrupy sweet sound with a beautiful darkness and a vocal range with a potential of virtuosity. She will stop you in your tracks with poetic lyrics, fluid melodies, engaging chord progressions, funky rhythms, and a voice filled with passion and soul.

Artist sites and sounds: https://janeanchristinemariani.com and https://laurabenitezandtheheartache.com/index.html and www.brendacarseyart.com



Sun. July 31 at 5:30pm

$15 Adv. $20 Door   

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

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

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at: https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


 Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942. 
Tonight we celebrate Jerry's life and music

Tue. Aug. 2  at 7:30pm
  $20  Dance <21 w/parent

Matt is bringing together a stellar lineup of Northern California musicians for a very special tribute to Jerry.  

While constantly in-demand as a stage and session player throughout the Bay Area,  Matt Hartle  is also a founding member and musical linchpin of no less than four, Santa Cruz-based bands:  Shady Groove  - the funky blues, jazz-rock and R&B outfit (a Bay Area favorite going strong since 2001);  Painted Mandolin  - an acoustic quartet featuring multi-instrumental wizard Joe Craven, of The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and David Grisman Quintet;  Spirit of 76  - a premier collection of Grateful Dead players, focusing on the jazzy, mid-'70's incarnation of the Dead; and  Big Stone Soup  - a heavily loose classic rock group. Matt is also renowned as the firebrand lead guitarist of  The China Cats , the highly respected Grateful Dead tribute act. A quick scan of the list of players Matt Harle has collaborated with gives an indication of the dimensions of his musical affinities: Melvin Seals; Henry Kaiser; Greg Anton; Donna Jean Godchaux; Dave Hebert; Joe Craven; and Stu Allen to name only a few. 

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



The Shady Rest Band TGIF 

Rockin' Blues with Strings Attached

Fri. Aug. 5 at 5pm
No Cover

The Shady Rest Band is a local Santa Cruz County favorite that plays “Rock ‘n Blues with Strings Attached”. We cover great songs from: The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Joan Osborne, Sister Sparrow, The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, U2, The Pistol Annies...But we don't stop there! With female lead vocals, violin, congas, rippin' guitar, bass and drums, we deliver a steady, full rock and blues experience.

Artist sites and sounds: 

http://theshadyrest.band and https://www.facebook.com/cheryljoeandtheshadyrest/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEXjU-wsu3wuUjFlfvvoYA


A sonic rollercoaster that fuses elements of old-school funk, progressive rock, blues, and soul

Fri. Aug 5 at 8pm
$10 Dance<21 w/parent

Jive Machine habitually bends the rules, blurs the lines, and stretches musical boundaries. Their music takes listeners on a sonic rollercoaster that fuses elements of old-school funk, progressive rock, blues, and soul. Throughout their set, you can hear diverse influences such as The Meters, Jimi Hendrix and Trombone Shorty. Jive Machine is uniquely able to incorporate new ideas while paying homage to the great artists who came before them. The band is defined by a strong rhythmic foundation, infectious melodies, tasteful lead guitar virtuosity, and crisp horn lines.  Recently, Jive Machine has become notorious for their "pop-up" performances in downtown Santa Cruz. These events always erupt into a massive dance party, and within moments, you'll see It's impossible not to be captivated by the talent and energy of their live shows! Jive Machine is: Colin Gailey - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Songwriter, Arranger; Lu DiSalvo - Bass, Vocals; Mike Golin – Drums; Richard Smith - Keyboard, Vocals Trumpet; Andreas Correal - Trombone, Trumpet: David Clark-Riddell – Percussion; Marcus Bettencourt - Alto & Baritone Sax.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.jivemachine.com


Channeling the spirit of the Grateful Dead and like-minded music

Thu. Aug. 11 at 7:30pm  

$12  Dance<21 w/parent

Aardvark is a jam band indigenous to the Bay Area that has been channeling the spirit of the Grateful Dead and like-minded music with choice songs, sweet vocals and transcendent jams since 2011.   Over a century of collective immersion in the music of the Grateful Dead culminates in faithful renditions interspersed with untethered psychedelic improvisation.  Hailing from the San Francisco Peninsula, Aardvark continues gathering faithful fans with performances at clubs, festivals, and private parties all around Northern California.  Aardvark members are Greg Gavalakis, Ben Hollin, Paul Kelly, Robert Parker, and Jon “Skippy” Sherred.

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


Rock-A-Palooza is back. No rock songs are off the table.  

Fri. Aug. 12 at 8pm  $15  
Dance<21 w/parent

About Anthony Arya's Rock-A-Palooza:   After meeting up at jams around town, this group decided to get real. Anthony Arya teams up with Dylan Rose, Ted Welty, David DeSilva, and Rob Ouse for a night that will bring down the house. No rock songs are off the table. 

Anthony Arya:  Anthony Arya was on Season 15 of The Voice and has since released two albums of original music. The Anthony Arya Band, a crowd favorite in Santa Cruz, brings a rockin' new dimension to Arya's original music combining influences of rock-n-roll, folk and blues. 

Dylan Rose:  Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Dylan Rose has fronted Santa Cruz, CA-based metal trio Archer Nation since its inception. He has also worked with notable musicians such as Rick Allen (Def Leppard), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Tiran Porter (ex-Doobie Brothers), and producer Mike Clink. 

Ted Welty:  Born in Santa Cruz, California, Ted is a guitarist singer/songwriter and is best known as cofounder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive, founded while attending college at Cal-State Chico. After graduating college in 1994, the group was signed by an independent record label Maddog Records and went on to record their first album at A&M studios.

David DeSilva:  David DeSilva has been a regularly gigging bass player since he was a teenager, playing everything from Death Metal to Top 40 Dance Music, David regularly tours the United States and Europe with his band, Archer Nation, who have shared the stage with many acts including; Black Label Society, Queensryche, Annihilator, Hellyeah, Y&T, Living Colour, etc. 

Rob Ouse:  Rob is a multi-instrumentalist and musical chameleon.  Rob rocks it hard and steady on drums and backing vocals

Artist sites and sounds:   www.anthonyarya.com  and  www.facebook.com/dylanroseband/  and  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/


Fri. Aug. 12 at 5pm

No Cover

Living Easy are Easy are Glenn MacPherson, Cheryl D'Alessandro, and Jerry Whitney playing favorites and originals



A big show.  Staggering Jaggeresque showmanship. All the hits. A Rock and Roll event.

Sat. Aug. 13 at 8pm
$15 Dance<21 w/parent

The greatest tribute to the greatest rock and roll band in the world – The Rolling Stones

Since their beginning in 2001, Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones have brought the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones show to stages across the country. Their show holds in reverence many legends of the classic rock years while maintaining their Rolling Stones core.

Colombini's staggering, Jaggeresque showmanship is hands down the best salute to Mick. Colombini, who has seen the Rolling Stones live 20 times said. “It's been a deep drill into little nuances and movement. Frankly, it's nearly impossible to find a better mentor than Mick Jagger for a performer. He's an incredible entity.” “It's a big show,” Colombini added, “A real Rock and Roll event.”

Artist sites and sounds:
   www.theunauthorizedrollingstones.us  and  www.facebook.com/unauthorizedrollingstones/


Rock ‘n' Roll filled night of originals and covers raising the fund to produce their first album. 

Thu. Aug. 18 at 7:30pm
$10 Dance<21 w/parent

"Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, The New Horizons are a rock power group shredding since 2017. With influences such as Santana, Tame Impala, Bob Marley, Van Halen, AC/DC, The Beatles, and many more, The New Horizons bring a blend of styles to the stage.

Their lineup consists of Jacob Bayani (lead guitar and vocals) of Quinn Becker and the Spacemen, Jimmy Palafox (drums) of Santa Cruz Latin Collective, Aidan Santa Cruz( Keys) of Sonic Architect and Quinn Becker (bass, guitar, and vocals) of Moonshine Crossroads. They're excited to bring you a Rock ‘n' Roll filled night of originals and covers. The group released two songs, “No Rich Man” and a cover of Bob Dylan's “Slow Train” to online streaming services last summer, in the hopes of building the band's fanbase and raising money to finish their album. They hope to release the album later this year. Please support the release of their first album by purchasing a copy of their EP. All money will go toward funding their release. Thank you.

Artist sites and sounds: 
https://www.instagram.com/thenewhorizonsband/ and https://www.facebook.com/Thenewhorizonsband831/



Amazing duo on guitar, harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers

Fri. Aug. 19 at 5pm

No Cover

Come see this amazing duo on guitar, harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers.  Harpin' Jonny of the Grooovehounds, the Primadons, and the Unpaid Bills teams up with Peter Clark of Lewis & Clark for a powerhouse multi-genre presentation.

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


Mother Hips legend Celebrating his new record “Giving It All Away”

Fri. Aug. 19 at 8pm
$20 adv./$25 door  Dance<21 w/parent

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

“When your heart breaks, it also opens up,” says Greg Loiacono. “It's easy to be afraid of getting hurt, but sometimes you need that pain and loss to make room for growth and joy. Sometimes you need to let go in order to figure out what's worth holding onto.”

With his charismatic new album, Giving It All Away (Blue Rose Music), Loiacono dives headfirst into the dichotomies of love, exploring happiness and heartache and redemption and regret, all with great insight and empathy. The songs here are warm and inviting, even as they grapple with longing and loneliness, and the performances are similarly resilient, insisting on hope and perseverance at every turn. While most listeners may know Loiacono as a gritty rock and soul man from his work with The Mother Hips and Chris Robinson, the singer who emerges here is a far more sensitive storyteller, one whose tender delivery and heartfelt lyrics lay it all on the line in the plainspoken poetry of Bill Withers or The Everly Brothers. It'd be easy to call the album a departure for the famed California songwriter, but in truth, it's really just another step on a long road of self-discovery.

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


Fri. Aug. 26 at 5pm

 No Cover  

Stormin' Norman Louis, Jojo Fox and Ken Kraft play a Great Acoustic Blend & Vocal Harmonies, Fun Tunes!



Painted Mandolin
feat. Joe Craven 

Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's Repertoire

Fri. Aug. 26 at 7:30pm

$25 Dance <21 w/parent


Painted Mandolin: A dynamic, acoustic journey through Jerry Garcia's repertoire and beyond, this quartet offers original arrangements, surprising twists and turns, and jams that rise up your spine. Painted Mandolin moves your toes, and heels, and soul---pulsing through this music that we love. Painted Mandolin is: Joe Craven--Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals and Percussion. Joe was a member of the Garcia/Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet, from 1989-2004. Band leader, record producer, session player, festival MC and fashion insultant, Joe has recorded and performed with many great artists for over 40 years and he is an award winning educator.

 Larry Graff--Guitar  and Vocals. Larry is the founding member of the world-famous Banana Slug String Band, for 32 years the Slugs have toured North America, bringing Eco-Science to kids and families. Larry, a Deadhead for 40 years, brings experience, knowledge, passion, energy and love to the stage...every time. Matt Hartle--Guitar, Banjotar, and Vocals. Matt is in his 5th year of residency at Grateful Sundays at Michael's on Main with Matt Hartle and friends, where he weekly collaborates with the finest Grateful Dead musicians in California, and is lead guitarist of the China Cats.  His emotive and skillful playing, leaves audiences dancing, gasping, and wondering where he is playing next! He has performed in hundreds of Grateful Dead inspired shows in the last 20 years.  Dan Robbins--Upright and Electric Bass. Dan has played and recorded in settings ranging from solos and duos to big band and orchestra. He is greatly admired for his exceptional tone and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication making him an in-demand bassist on stage, in the studio and as an educator. 

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


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

Sat. Aug. 27 at 8pm $20
  Dance <21 w/parent

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: 
  Artist sites and sounds:   www.lyinis.com


The Refugees A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Recreating all the hits, signature guitar solos and rich vocal harmonies down
to the smallest detail

Sat. Sept. 3 at 8pm

$15 Dance <21 w/parent

Shortly after completing their 40th Anniversary Heartbreakers tour, Tom Petty passed away on October 2, 2017.  Honoring this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee's memory and keeping his music alive, The Refugees tastefully and respectfully celebrate the repertoire of this classic performer.

The Refugees have been entertaining Bay Area crowds since 2007, bringing the music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to local stages with a stunning level of realism. Voted the top tribute band in the Bay Area on The Greg Kihn Radio Show, their extensive song catalog includes all of Petty's hits with the Heartbreakers, as well as his solo work, and other side projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.

 Recreating all the signature guitar solos and rich vocal harmonies down to the smallest detail, The Refugees make even die-hard Petty fans feel like they are at a Tom Petty concert. Iconic hits like “Free Fallin”, “American Girl”, “I Won't Back Down”, “Refugee” and “Mary Jane's Last Dance” honor the music and memory of one of the most popular musicians of our time.

 "You got that Petty thing down...you guys sounded outstanding!" -Greg Kihn, KFOX 98.5

 "I was amazed by their performance. They make you want to go out and buy Tom Petty CDs."

-Susan Snider, Southern Fried Magazine

Artist sites and sounds: 
  http://www.refugeesrock.com   and  www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgGKzqCVFWg


An Evening of songcraft and outstanding performers celebrating the life of Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller and raising money for the Damon Gutzwiller Park

Fri. Sept 16 at 8pm $40  
Seated <21 w/parent

Mira Goto follows in the footsteps of today's country songwriting superstars, driving powerful lyrics along with catchy choruses throughout her catalogue. The international, award-winning songwriter and performer won the NEXTies Musician of the Year in 2019; in 2020 & 2021 she won The Santa Cruz Good Times' Best Local Musician. Despite of the pandemic, Mira has worked hard to continue to bring new music to her fans around the world.

Steve Seskin will have you wiping away a tear one minute and laughing out loud the next. His songs all have messages that touch the hearts of everyone: from the feelings of a little boy missing his father, to growing up and being true to yourself, to one of his most well know themes of being considerate to and respectful of one another as expressed in “Don't Laugh at Me.

Bonny June writes original tunes that tell stories of heroes & villains, lovers & longing, cowgirls & supernatural creatures. Travel through light and dark with songstress Bonny June, accompanied by her producer and co-conspirator, guitarist/vocalist Ken Kraft (Snail, White Album Ensemble).

On June 6, 2020, Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was killed in the line of duty while serving Santa Cruz County.  Sergeant Gutzwiller grew up in Santa Cruz County, owned his first home in the Willowbrook Neighborhood and frequented Willowbrook Park with his dog Shasta. This Memorial will be a place for his wife, two children, friends & the community to visit, and to ensure Damon's sacrifice is never forgotten.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.miragoto.com and www.steveseskin.com and https://bonnyjunetunes.com

Memorial Park link: www.countyparkfriends.org/willowbrook.html


Snail returns celebrating Bob O'Neill's Birthday

Fri. Sept. 23 at 8pm

 $20 Dance<21 w/parent

Snail recently celebrated their new CD, “Snail Rocks” to a packed house at Michael's on Main. The atmosphere was electric times ten. Bob O' Neill and Ken Kraft have recruited bassist/vocalist extraordinaire, Craig Owens and renowned drummer/percussionist Jim Norris to revive Santa Cruz's famed and fabled hard rock band, Snail. The result is a blend of the old, the new and the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts.--You're in for a Rockin' Ride! 

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


Thu. Oct. 6 at 7:30pm

$20 Seated <21 w/parent

Marley's Ghost:  As most people will tell you, there's an undeniable connection between versatility and variation. Suffice it to say that each depends on the other. In the case of West Coast-based Marley's Ghost, that eclectic energy has resulted in a broad repertoire that has defied any ability to tag them to any one particular genre. Their dozen albums to date — like the output of The Band — survey a broad scope of Americana and acoustic music in general, refusing to confine them to any singular niche.

Or, as the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that's steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”

Composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols, the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they've been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – for over 35 years as a working unit. More than three decades from that initial spark, they're still playing together with the same passion, purpose and chemistry that inspired them early on.

“It is, and always has been, about the music,” bassist, fiddler, guitarist, singer and chief songwriter Dan Wheetman insists. “That's what's kept this band going for so long. It's always been about digging a little deeper, honing our skills and celebrating the entire playing process. That drives us forward.”?“The vocals will blow you away with their purity. The group sings with the heartfelt conviction that only those who embody music's spirituality can convey.” – Relix

“Remarkable, distinctive voices, giddily eccentric eclecticism, a heady subversive treat.” – No Depression

“The real draw is the band itself, showcasing the kind of ensemble performances that come only from a lifetime of playing together, thriving across the decades as virtuosic, unsung heroes of country, folk, and Western swing.” – Acoustic Guitar

Artist sites and sounds: 



Led Kaapana with Fran Guidry   1pm Matinee

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

Sun. Oct. 9 at 1pm

 $25 Seated <21 w/parent

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!" 

"COME EARLY FOR HAWAIIAN LUNCH SPECIAL--not included with ticket purchase”

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

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


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Phone: (831) 479-9777
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