831.479.9777

2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

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

 





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The daughters of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughters of Woody Guthrie, sisters Cathy and Sarah Lee Guthrie, come from a long line of American Folk Heritage plus Poi Rogers (Carolyn Sills & Gerald Egan)

Fri. May 20 at 8pm

$25 Dance <21 w/parent

PRESENTED BY (((folkYEAH!)))

Guthrie Girls: Being the daughters of Arlo and granddaughters of Woody, music has been an undeniable force in their life. Both having long-standing careers on their own for over 20 years; Cathy has achieved critical acclaim for her works with Folk Uke and Sarah Lee has made several albums and toured extensively with her former partner. In October 2020, Sarah Lee moved to Austin, Texas where Cathy has been living, inspiring a new collaboration. The Guthrie Girls bring together all of their influences into one sound. With their band, The Stage Door Johnnies, they are honky-tonkin', two- steppin', harmony driven, rock-n-rollin' folk music.

Poi Rogers Somewhere in-between the tropical lounges of 1930s Los Angeles and the honky tonk beer joints of rural 1950s California, you'll find Poi Rogers. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, the duo performs vintage country & western swing, Hawaiian steel guitar ballads and cowboy tunes.  Carolyn Sills and Gerard Egan also front the award winning five piece band, The Carolyn Sills Combo, which has released three albums to date. When the Covid pandemic sidelined touring bands everywhere, the couple lost no time working on new music to perform as a duo, biding their time until the gigs returned. Poi Rogers features Gerard doubling on acoustic guitar and his 1954 Fender triple neck steel guitar with Carolyn on standup bass, their timeless vocal harmonies anchoring the show. 

Artist sites and sounds:   https://guthriegirls.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=wme7X2F2qYk  and www.poirogers.com


  

Full Band CD Release Party for "Circles and the Flames"

Sat. May 21 at 8pm

$12 Dance <21 w/parent

The Anthony Arya Band will be rocking all night performing songs from Anthony's 3rd album release, "Circles and the Flames" as well as other favorites. Don't miss his last show until August as Anthony will be on an extended vacation over the summer!

Anthony Arya is a folk/rock performing and recording artist from Santa Cruz, California. In Fall 2018, at age 15, Anthony was a contestant on Season 15 of NBC's The Voice. Shortly after he released his debut album Going To California. With rocking crowd favorites such as “Slow Train” and “Blues By Midnight”, Anthony quickly became one of the most popular artists in music-rich Santa Cruz, California. His music is frequently played on the iconic roots radio station KPIG. 

The Anthony Arya Band brings a rockin' new dimension to Arya's original music combining influences of rock, folk, and blues. Recently Anthony was selected by Nashville's The Bluebird Cafe for the Golden Pick Contest for his song “Jaded Rust”. “Ballad of Eugene” earned him a spot as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Americana category.

Artist sites and sounds: www.anthonyarya.com

Purchase your tickets now:
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Sun. May 22 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/



  

Good Vibes Jams for the Discerning Enthusiast 

Tue. May 24 at 5pm

 No Cover

Juke Joint Joy Ride is a genre defying combination of rock, bluegrass, funk, folk, reggae, & gospel, with Latin & jazz undertones & psychedelic overtones. Extensive improvisation explodes from launch points & landing zones within creative, heartfelt songs. The songs--these are great songs – originals and tasty covers! Some will evoke laughter, some will turn you on, most will lift you up, all will make you dance, & some tear at your heart. Juke Joint Joyride is fronted by guitarist/singer/songwriter Brad Martin . The formal release of the 1st record, Juke Joint Joy Ride, is due out in spring of 2022.  Live shows include original songs & covers you know & love. Tapers are encouraged. Juke Joint Joyride pairs well with CSN(Y), Leftover Salmon, Neil Young, Railroad Earth, Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, String Cheese Incident, Townes Van Zandt, Santana, Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and more.

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

 

 


  


Fuse features Don Caruth, Ryan Price, Rob Ouse, Ted Welty

Wed. May 25 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:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/



 


 


  

A Tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty

Thu. May 26 at 5pm
No Cover

Join Big Bad Wolf for a special evening playing the songs of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Hailing from Aptos, in Santa Cruz County, California, Big Bad Wolf howls with a special off-the-beaten path brand of tasty classic rock, and Creedence is tonight's specialty, so bring your fortunate self down to Michael's and howl as The Big Bad Wolf covers Creedence. They sound better than the real thing.

Artist sites and sounds:

  www.bigbadrockingwolf.com


  

Jack Lawton and The Cosmic Drifters TGIF

Honky Tonkin' Fun

Fri. May 27 at 5pm
No Cover

Artist sites and sounds:
   / www.jlawtonmusic.com/bio/


 


  

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

Fri. May 27 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


  

 

A musical tapestry of Grateful Dead tunes, psychedelic classics, and jam fusion grooves

Sat. May 28 at 7:30pm

$15 Dance <21 w/parent

 

Tatiana & Treetop Band A homespun Santa Cruz Jam Rock Fusion band that offers new original tunes inspired by a variety of genres and serendipitous experiences. Offering refreshing arrangements of dance-y nugs from across the American diaspora as well as stirring spins on Afro-Latino feels. We like to drive the jams deep and far as we explore improvised odyssey's and riveting grooves. Cultivating a fertile environment for the mind and body. Tatiana and Treetop have been playing and writing music together for 10 plus years. They formed the band 2 1/2 years ago in the Santa Cruz mountains. The band got the opportunity to open and support The California Honeydrops during their New Years run on 12.29.21. They are making a splash in the Bay Area music scene.

Matt Hartle  is renowned as the firebrand lead guitarist of The China Cats, the highly respected Grateful Dead tribute act.  Matt is also a member of Painted Mandolin - an acoustic quartet featuring multi-instrumental wizard Joe Craven, of The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and David Grisman Quintet 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: https://linktr.ee/tatianaandtreetop and http://matthartlemusic.com


 

Sun. May 29 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. June 1  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:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/


 


 


 


  

Alt. Country, Folk, Rock, Acoustic Roots

Thu. June 2  at 5pm

No Cover 

Steve Bennett is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist who has been performing throughout the SF and Monterey Bay Areas for many years. Blending Vintage Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Rockabilly, and Vintage Soul.

Gary Blackburn: Santa Cruz, California based celebrated singer-songwriter brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to his original compositions in the Country, Rock, Folk, Blues genres.  

Kevin Taylor: has been playing keyboards for over 30 years in the Santa Cruz /Monterey Bay area of the California Central Coast.  Kevin's style incorporates bluesy and jazz overtones, funky N'awlins, country western, and rock.  

Artist sites and sounds:  https://garyblackburnmusic.com
 and  www.facebook.com/sbennettmusic/events


  

Fri. June 3 at 5pm

 No Cover  

Stormin' Norman Louis, Jojo Fox and Ken Kraft

play a Great Acoustic Blend & Vocal Harmonies, Fun Tunes!

 

 

 


  

Experience EXTRA LARGE in a super fun new way, up-close-and-personal as EXTRA CHILL, performing a seated listening concert.  

Fri. June 3 at 8pm

$20 Seated <21 w/parent 

EXTRA CHILL, the sultry, full band version of the award-winning band, EXTRA LARGE, will be performing inspiring originals and cool cover songs to lift your soul and make you happy. If you have ever wanted to see and hear EXTRA LARGE up-close-and-personal, EXTRA CHILL is for you. "We put a new spin on your favorite XL songs, with stripped down instrumentation and entertaining stories in an intimate setting. EXTRA CHILL is a little quieter, but just as fun, and just as funky.

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

 


  

Dynamic 10-piece band specializing in both modern and traditional Latin music and rhythms

Sat. June 4 at 8pm 
$15 Dance <21 w/parent

Santa Cruz Latin Collective is a dynamic and energetic 10-piece band from Santa Cruz specializing in both modern and traditional Latin music and rhythms, influenced by Santana, Malo, Sapo, Fania All Stars, Eddie Palmieri and many other great artists who have come before us.Santa Cruz Latin Collective: was founded in 2021 by Timbalero Jimmy Palafox and local Latin legend Oscar Estrella, with a vision of bringing together a group of positive youthful energy and talented professional musicianship. 

Jimmy is a native of Santa Cruz and founder of local rock band, the New Horizons. Oscar emigrated from his native Cuba in his teens to grow up in the Mission District of San Francisco, where he took up the guitar and became part of the Latin Rock movement. He was a member of the seminal Latin Rock band SAPO and currently plays guitar with Latin legends MALO founded by Carlos Santana's younger brother Jorge Santana and Arcelio Garcia. 

Santa Cruz Latin Collective: features an outstanding lead vocalist, a versatile percussion-driven rhythm section, and a 3-man horn section. Santa Cruz Latin Collective: presents a dynamic, fun and energetic performance guaranteed to grab any crowd's attention and appeal to a diverse group of music lovers and dancers.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://slvpost.com/santa-cruz-latin-music-collective-salsa/  and   www.youtube.com/watch?v=fke7TrDsK78


 

Sun. June 5 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. June 8  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:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/


 


 


 


  

Tribute to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Featuring members of China Cats, Cosmic Pinball, Slug's & Roses, Velour, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel)

Thu. June 9 at 7:30pm

$10 Dance<21 w/parent

Brotherhood of Freaks is a tribute to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Formed in 2011 while the Black Crowes were on hiatus, and as seemingly a reaction to the success and excess of the Black Crowes, CRB was formed after jam sessions in Laurel Canyon and at Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads brought Chris Robinson, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and guitarist Neal Casal together.  CRB toured extensively from 2011 until the untimely passing of Neal Casal in 2019.  In those years, music freaks in California, the rest of the United States, Europe and Australia were treated to CRB's unique psychedelic and danceable blend of rock and roll, blues, country, and funk & soul, featuring great original songs and a curation of heady interpretations of what Gram Parsons must have had in mind when he coined the phrase Cosmic American Music.  


After the tragic passing of Neal Casal, CRB disbanded, Chris Robinson reformed the Black Crowes, and the other musicians went on to other projects, and it seemed that the amazing catalog of songs performed by the CRB in their nine-year run might fall by the wayside.  Brotherhood of Freaks was formed to keep that treasure trove of musical bliss alive and rockin'.  Based in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Brotherhood of Freaks features Mike Cross on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Johnson (Cosmic Pinball, Kava Jah) on lead guitar, Paul Garcia (Puffball Collective, Slugs & Roses) on drums, and Kyle Gorath (Velour) on bass, and Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel) on keyboards and vocals. We have embraced the CRB catalog and hope to lovingly play it for your listening and dancing pleasure!

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



  

The Magic of Beatles Harmonies

Fri. June 10 at 5pm

No Cover

The Paperback Ryders are an acoustic harmony power-trio. While mainly a Beatles tribute band they also cover songs by other notable harmony bands. The attention to accurate replication of those vocal arrangements is evident upon hearing the first note.

Artist sites and sounds:

  www.facebook.com/The-Paperback-Ryders-1686446674940891/

 



  

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

Fri. June 10 at 8pm
$20 Dance<21 w/parent


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

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



  

Legendary Moby Grape Guitarist makes long-awaited return

Sat. June 11 at 8pm

  $20 Dance<21 w/parent

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 w/ Patti Maxine :  Roots Rockin' folkin' country.  Michael Martyin guitar and vocals, Patti Maxine-slide guitar,

Artist sites and sounds:

https://www.facebook.com/jerrymillerband/ https://myspace.com/mobygrapesjerrymiller and www.facebook.com/michaelmartyngoodmedicine

 


 

Sun. June 12 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/



  

Fuse features Don Caruth, Ryan Price, Rob Ouse, Ted Welty

Wed. June 15 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:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/

 

 


  

Buffalo Blues Trio

Celebrating Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and more

Thu. June 16 at 5pm
No Cover

The Buffalo Blues Trio celebrates the rich history of American blues music, highlighting female blues artists from the 1920's-1960's like Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and more.  Ramon Marc Butler on guitar, Diane Bock on upright bass and Michele Murphy on lead vocals.  

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

 


  

 

Santa Cruda   
plus For the Love of The Land

The feel-good sounds of Santa Cruda meets For The Love of The Land's electrified World variety of grooves creating a rhythmic dream to dance to

Fri. June 17 at 8pm

$10 Dance<21 w/parent

Santa Cruda : Santa Cruz's own 'SANTA CRUDA' is a  five-piece 'soul-reggae' band that was formed in 2020 right before the pandemic. The band consists of musicians from already established reggae bands including Soulwise, Thrive, Vana Liya, Pacific Roots, and Coastal Connection. Santa Cruda delivers the sweet sounds of feel good music with great vocal harmonies backed by a solid rhythm section. Playing original music as well as covers from Sublime, Bob Marley, UB40, classic hip hop artists and more. For those who don't know, 'Santa Cruda' means 'Holy Hangover' in Spanish so be sure you will have a great time listening and hanging out with us!'

For The Love of The Land:  Five guys from all walks of life and musical backgrounds, gathered while the rest of the world stood still, to share the love of music. Original tunes were recreated in a swirl of tastes and new flavors. This new formation of an old resonant feeling will move your feet and hug your soul. With African inspired percussion dancing around the driving beat of punk drums and funky bass, an electrified World variety of flute and sax, guides the grooves into a rhythmic dream. There, they accompanied powerful charging vocals into a night to remember.

Artist sites and sounds: www.instagram.com/santa_cruda831/ and www.facebook.com/fortheloveoftheland/


  

     1pm matinee

Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is

Sat. June 18 at 1pm

$35  Seated <21 w/parent

Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is. It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.

She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her.From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows haven't been recorded!

Kenny White has been touring with Judy Collins and comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. A long-time accomplished pianist, who also performs on guitar, Kenny has now become more known for his clever lyrics.  “Long List of Priors” his aptly named current album, is the latest collection of original songs: snapshots of the human condition, from heartwarming to humorous. Audiences often comment that a Kenny White concert moves them to laughter and tears — sometimes within the same song! “If Mark Twain could sing and play piano like a virtuoso, his name would be Kenny White.” –Stu Kuby, The Strand, Hudson Falls, NY.

Artist sites and sounds: https://cherylwheeler.com and www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cheryl+wheeler and https://kennywhite.net


  

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. June 18 at 7:30pm
$20 Dance <21 w/parent

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 the fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire.

Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey.

Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version.

Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience. "Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts.

Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


 

Sun. June 19 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/



  

Tommy's sound comes from his unique finger-picking style combined with soul-stirring songwriting

Tue. June 21 at 7:30pm

$20 Seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Tommy Prine, the son of country folk legend John Prine, live in concert 

Tommy Prine is a Nashville-native, singer-songwriter, and performer. He picked up a guitar at age 10 and started picking melodies. Though he has crafted his own unique sound over the years, he learned from observing one of the best. He is the son of the late legendary multi Grammy award-winning artist, John Prine.   Known for his creative compositions and literary lyricism, John Prine's career torch is in great hands with Tommy.  

The watermark of Tommy's sound comes from his unique finger-picking style combined with soul-stirring songwriting. His songs pull inspiration from childhood adventures in the creek with his big brother, to losing his father at the beginning of the pandemic, falling in love, and everything in between. Tommy is delighted that his debut album is finished (not-yet-released) and is proud to follow his dad's example of bringing songs and smiles to music fans everywhere.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.tommyprine.com


 

Featuring
Members of China Cats,
Rosebud, Aardvark, Grampas Chili fronted
by Michele Murphy

Thu. June 23 at 5pm
No Cover

Redwood Express is a collection of some of the Bay Areas finest jam band musicians (China Cats, Rosebud, Aardvark, Grampas Chili) and fronted by blues singer/songwriter Michele Murphy playing their unique brand of originals and classic rock favorites.

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


 

The quintessential Santa Cruz worldbeat party
band reunites for a Special show

Fri. June 24 at 8pm
$20 Dance<21 w/parent

Playing the music of Special Fun and Solcircle

Special Fun was the quintessential Santa Cruz worldbeat party band in the 1980's. Gary Regina, Daniel Lewis, Gary Kehoe,  Bob Von Elgg, Michael Horne, Arthur Hull, and Renato Annicchiarico performed up and down the California coast, released four recordings and built a dedicated following over a 5 year run, performing with Spyro Gyra, Billy Ocean, Zulu Spear, Big City, Steel Pulse and many more. Some of the members reformed in 2002 as “SOLCIRCLE” playing with String Cheese Incident and releasing “Solcircle” and “Live at Monterey Jazz Festival”

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


 

Playing the songs of 7 iconic bands: Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors

Sat. June 25 at 8pm
 $20 Dance <21 w/parent

Playing the songs of 7 iconic bands, Locomotive breath is back with lead vocalist Ryan Ramirez; bassist Daniel Vee Lewis; lead guitarist, vocals Ted Welty; rhythm guitarist Del Smith Penny; sax, flute, keyboardist Terrel Eaton; and drummer and backing vocals Rob Ouse.  Light show by Otis Coen.

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


 

Sun. June 26 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/



  

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.

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


  

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

 


  

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


  

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 REVUE

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 momentat 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


  

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

 


  

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 WILL ONLY BE PLAYING MICHAEL'S ON MAIN ON FRIDAY AUGUST 26

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 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


  

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: 

www.marleysghost.com


  

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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