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August Sun plus The Sacred Frequencies

 


High-energy pure rock originals & covers meets  jazz infused, psychedelic jam band with full horns

Thu. June 22 at 7:30pm
$10 adv. /$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

August Sun is a Santa Cruz / San Lorenzo Valley progressive hard rock band that sticks to true classic rock roots with their own modern original punk flavor. They were founded by three long-time friends: frontman-guitarist Christian Walsh, bassist Aidan Robinson, and drummer Jonny Hampton.  The trio now features Tony Whittakar on keys and Alexandra Thyberg on vocals. With loads of originals and covers and an album in the works, August Sun brings a high-energy night of pure rock.

The Sacred Frequencies are a five man Live electronic, jazz infused, psychedelic jam band with a full horn section of trumpet, trombone and saxophone, as well as keyboards, guitar, live drum programming and Ableton Live Audio Effect manipulation. Comprised of Jordan Lipaz, Ian Crispi, Evan O'Brien, Stefan Frazier, and Michael Betts— the boys all met at UC Santa Cruz and work there together in the Electronic Music Studios.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://augustsuntheband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

The Medflys plus Kings of The Valley



Mixing sunny pop, upbeat ska and crunchy New Wave rock with quirky and over-the-top theatrics

Fri. June 23 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Mixing sunny pop, upbeat ska and crunchy New Wave rock with quirky and over-the-top theatrics, the five-piece band The Medflys hit it big in the 1980s with regional FM-radio hits such the teen-angst rebellion of “Belfast”, the upbeat dance groove of  “Compulsive,” the California love-in vibes of “State of Mine” and the clever, spaghetti western-inspired, “Don't Mess With The Mayor,” a tribute Clint Eastwood's 1986 mayoral campaign in Carmel. Throughout the '80's, The Medflys had multiple opening slots with high-profile artists such as Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oingo Boingo, Huey Lewis & the News, Violent Femmes, Night Ranger, Greg Kihn and Toto. The band has recently embarked on a successful reunion tour, playing venues in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Felton, Salinas, Sand City and San Juan Capistrano.

Kings of The Valley:   A supergroup of exceptionally talented musicians with a rocking, psychedelic, country soul sound .

Artist sites and sounds: http://medflys.com/ and www.facebook.com/Medflys/  and www.facebook.com/thekingsrajastafari/

 

Artist sites and sounds: http://medflys.com/ and www.facebook.com/Medflys/

Spirit of '76   

 



Matt Hartle's get down and groove to mid 70's Jerry Garcia Band and more

Sat. June 24 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Spirit of '76 is Matt's own band and features Amy Berry on vocals, Steven Sofranko on keys, Mark Corsolini on drums, and Burt Lewis on bass.  We love to get down and groove in the spirit of the mid 70's era Jerry Garcia Band, and the lineup of the band reflects this, with the wonderful Amy Berry singing beautiful harmonies.  As time goes on, our repertoire keeps growing, adding great songs by different artists as well.  

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

 

Rachel Lark Presents: Studies Have Shown plus Whiskerman

 



Rachel Lark is the musical muse of the sex positive revolution and very entertaining. New Multi-Media Music Show

Sun. June 25 at 7pm
$10 adv./$12 door   seated –ages 21 + 

Rachel Lark:   San Francisco's Rachel Lark has made a name for herself as the musical muse of the sex positive revolution.  Her unique brand of socio-political commentary mixed with realist humor and deeply personal performances makes her shows totally unforgettable. She's been featured in Salon Magazine and is a frequent guest on Dan Savage's Lovecast.  She's currently touring with her band, The Damaged Goods, presenting their multi-media rock opera, "Studies Have Shown."

Whiskerman:   Whether entranced in a ballad or clawing out some frenzied rock and roll, Whiskerman is seeking the heart of the matter. Lush instrumentation combined with front man Graham Patzner's profound lyricism and unflinching delivery culminate in a sound that is soulful, mythical, and raw. Patzner's voice, both smokey and soaring, leads a passionate live show as the band's classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration. Whiskerman's shows tend to set spells, either sweeping the audience up in revelation, or dropping them into knee-slapping frenzy. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.rachellark.com  and www.whiskerman.com

Austin Lounge Lizards

 



Hysterical satirical skewering through song

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Thu.  June 29 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door  seated –ages 21 + 
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERTS

The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown's slogan, “Live Music Capital of the World,” and its unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” Since 1980, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table: subjects like politics, religion, romance, and themselves. With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.

Artist sites and  so unds:   www.austinl oungelizards.com

AZA

 



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

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

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

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

NRBQ

 



David Fricke's Picks, Rolling Stone on NRBQ's High Noon: “exactly like a night on the town with the 'Q: great songs, hot chops and hair-trigger wit, fired at will."

Sat.  July 1 at 8pm
$25 adv./$25 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

NRBQ : “Their songs hold chromatic twists and wry wordplay, packed into smiley three-minute bundles. ‘High Noon' combines a best-of with many rarities, suiting a band that's both crafty and casual.” – The New York Times. NRBQ An endlessly creative band on a 50-year high that continually amazes and delights its listeners. There aren't many bands that have lasted for 50 years, and the list of those still at the top of their creative game is even smaller.  High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective offers fascinating look at one of the best. Street date for the set for High Noon was November 11, 2016. Over the past half century, NRBQ has proven to be a group of peerless and unique musicians, songwriters and performers, continuing to prove it with each new album and live performance. High Noon contains 106 songs and offers a new and fascinating look at a great band, with each disc a unique listening adventure unto itself. The set provides a unique perspective for devoted fans as well a for adventurous newcomers who might only know of NRBQ through other artists' versions of originals like “Me and the Boys,” “Ridin' in My Car” and “Christmas Wish” or from hearing their music on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Weeds or Wilfred. “---NRBQ is rooted in a 1950s of rockabilly, blues, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra, along with a 1960s of early Beatles and Beach Boys---“  New York Times

Artist sites and sounds:   www.nrbq.com


The Catalyst Film plus The Owens Brothers

 



The Catalyst Film promises to be a celebration that Santa Cruz will not forget for decades to come

Sun. July 2 at 7pm
$12 adv./$12 door seated –ages 21 + 

The Catalyst Film: Join us this Fourth of July weekend, at Don Quixote's, in Felton for an evening of music and the screening 'The Catalyst' - a historical documentary film showcasing 40 years of music. Scott and Craig Owens (The Owens Brothers) will be opening the show at 7:00PM and the Film with screen at 8:00PM. The legacy of The Catalyst is told through the eyes of International Rock photographer/film director, Michèle Benson, Producer, Dean Newbury, along with the myriad of musicians who graced her stage. Included is a private insight into The Catalyst's own professional cast, crew and the legendary owner himself, Randall P. Kane (1923-2009). This is not a journey of where are these bands today, but rather an insider's view to what is a venue. The film is an “All Access Pass” that highlights magical one-of-a-kind moments, technical & musical achievements, backstage intrigues, and historical performances. This bohemian coffee house beginning in the 1960's, transformed into a world renowned music venue commanding the respect and accolades of a monumental list of topnotch international musicians who played there time and time again: The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, Greg Kihn, Nirvana, STS9, Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, David Lindley & El Rayo X, Huey Lewis and the News, John Mayall, Ry Cooder, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Crosby, Stills & Nash, SNAIL and many more. The Catalyst served as a jumping off point in the career junction of generations of musicians world-wide.  Why does this place command such respect and accolades from the cast of musicians, the clubs' crew and audiences fir the owner Randall Kane and its rich historic presence? The answer lies in what sets The Catalyst apart from the rest of the venues around our globe--the magic lies in its “power of place” accentuated by the love of the Catalyst family, audience and artists alike.

The Owens Brothers (Scott and Craig) will be celebrating the release of Scott's new CD "Not to Worry", produced by Jimmy Jackson. Scott and Craig Owens are veteran local Santa Cruz musicians. Scott is a unique guitarist/singer/songwriter who has opened for and performed with many major recording artists including Kenny Loggins, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Taj Mahal. Jesse Colin Young, Mose Allison, and Willie Dixon (to name a few!)  Craig is a bassist/vocalist and one of the first call session musicians in the Bay area. He has also performed for many years with Nashville recording artist Lacy J. Dalton as well as joining his brother, Scott, opening for and performing with many notable artists. The Owens Brothers are also members of the “Almost Cut My Hair Tour” group who perform an annual tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young in the San Francisco Bay area.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=d2Y_ZmcdhO0&app=desktop

and www.thecatalystfilm.com  You can buy your tickets now at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2964916

Loose With The Truth
An Evening of Grateful Dead Music

 



On the eve before July 4, come celebrate the holiday with hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves

Mon. July 3 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Loose With The Truth is a San Francisco Bay Area band in the spirit of The Grateful Dead.  The band's history with the music goes back to the early seventies and the Wall of Sound era.  Band members have been on the bus for several decades, and have deep connections with the music and the scene.  “LWTT” presents an authentic depiction of the San Francisco Sound over the years, with attention paid to the evolution of this style of music.  There is an emphasis on improvisation, creating new energy around old favorites, especially the Grateful Dead songbook.  The group started as part of Michael Lamachia's Crossroads Musical community in Mill Valley, CA and has received hands-on musical and spiritual coaching from Mark Karan from RatDog and LiveDead '69.  Featuring strong vocal harmonies, the band shares its collective magic  with hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves! Hank Biddle – Bass & Vocals, Louie Visco – Guitar &Vocals, Christy Silness – Keyboards & Vocals, John Sassano – Guitar & Vocals, Neil Campisano – Drums, Mike Worrall– Drums,

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

 

The Sun Kings

 



THE SUN KINGS – A BEATLES TRIBUTE AS NATURE INTENDED

Fri. July 7 at 8pm
$20 adv./$22 door Dance – ages 21 +

Audiences and critics alike absolutely love The Sun Kings' energy and spot on recreation of The Beatles' music. The Sun Kings are considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country. Packing theatres and selling out shows along the West Coast and beyond, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics, with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform. With a repertoire of over 150 songs The Sun Kings shine in concert with arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with the authenticity and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances.  The Sun Kings are not a traditional Beatles tribute band. Every member of the band is a veteran musician who loves recreating The Beatles' music exactly as we all remember it. Their performance of is unique among the many theatrical tributes that exist today, foregoing the costumes and caricature but delivering the most energetic, note for note instrumental and vocal performances of The Beatles music you will ever hear. Experience The Sun Kings in concert and you will hear the concert The Beatles never gave! “The Sun Kings are the best Beatles band I've ever heard, and that includes the original Beatlemania cast, circa 1977.” -Scott Lettieri, KGO Radio San Francisco “The only band that could come that close to doing Beatles music would be The Beatles!” -Richard Freedman -Vacaville Media News

 Artist sites and sounds:    www.thesunkings.com/The_Sun_Kings/index.html.html

China Cats  Grateful Dead Tribute

 



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

China Cats:  This Bay Area tribute band performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band is comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene who have studied the Dead's musical nuances in great detail without losing any of their own individuality. Lead guitarist Matt Hartle has worked with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals as well as Cast of Clowns, Front Street and Shady Groove. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has worked with members of Galactic, Great American Taxi, David Nelson Band and many others. Bassist Rockin' Roger Sideman also plays with David Gans, Stu Allen and others including bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Burnt Toast, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer).  

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

Incendio

 



Explosive on-fire journeys with the celebrated Latin-Guitar-World-Fusion Group

Sun. July 9 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERT

Incendio: The acclaimed Los-Angeles-based group INCENDIO performs original “world guitar” compositions, featuring incredible guitar-playing across a variety of genres: latin, middle-eastern, and celtic grooves.  Formed in 1999, the group has 9 CD's and 2 DVD's available internationally, variously hitting the Billboard, CMJ, NAV, and  Amazon.com  charts.  Averaging over 150 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO's live performance is an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, California World Festival, the national Levitt Pavilions and many more across the U.S. Their ninth international release, the recent Christmas-themed “O Night Divine”, came out in December 2015.  Their previous release,  June 2013's  “The Shape of Dreams”, stayed at or near the top of the Amazon flamenco and world charts for the remainder of that year.  They have reached 80 million spins on streaming radio and have over 10,000 facebook likes.  Their music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, and other streaming outlets. 

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

 

Mild High Club

 



A STONE IN THE ZEN GARDEN OF LA SLACK FUNK PSYCHEDELIA"- KCRW

Tue. July 11 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mild High Club About their album Skpitracing: In investigating the spirit of American music, Mild High Club re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. If Todd Rundgren was the primary touchstone for Timeline, Brettin and band now look to the wry, trenchant wit of Steely Dan, gazing deep into the dark underbelly of sun-bright L.A. and coming away with catchy songs underpinned by slippery jazz phrasings. 

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

Alash  Tuvan Troat  Singers

 



The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning”

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

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xo¨o¨mei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash's music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan. Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xo¨o¨mei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip. The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.”

Artist sites and sounds: www.alashensemble.com

CALICO The Band plus Flypaper Blues

 



LA cosmic country meets Santa Cruz bluegrass alt-country mix

Thu. July 13 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21

CALICO The Band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker (all caps, please) is shorthand for California country—as if that weren't vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group's resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. "The best of L.A.'s country past, present and future clearly emerges from Calico's debut, Rancho California." - Terry Roland, No Depression

Flypaper Blues:   Out of the Bluetail Flies comes Flypaper Blues, an Americana band featuring two part female harmonies, driving upright bass rhythms, flanked by a smokin' fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitars. This 100% homegrown, local band brings influences from traditional bluegrass, singer songwriter, to alt-county genres.  Songwriting is personal, comedic, and inspired by the existential need to transcend the hazards and pitfalls of modern life with soul nourishing music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.calicotheband.com and  www.facebook.com/Flypaper-Blues-203648733343499/

Medicine Road, Levi Jack, SoundReasoning


Multi-Genre Melodic Jammers:  Americana, Country, 
Jazz, Folk, and Reggae with
blazing brass

Fri. July 14 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Medicine Road: Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll! Honest hard-working loving long-haired psychedelic hippy rock band. Pablo Eagle (vocals,guitar), Dave Kerrey (vocals, drums), Jonathan "Skippy" Sherred (bass, bckgrnd vocals), Tom McQuillen (lead guitar, bckgrnd vocals), Jesse McMilin (keys, sax, bckgrnd vocals)

Levi Jack:   Founded in 2015, Levi Jack is all things Americana Rock--powerful melodies, lucid lyrics, haunting vocals, infectious rhythm, spanning across numerous eras in the American musical landscape. It is a testament to the American songwriter that embraces numerous styles of expression: blues, folk, soul, 'twang, bluegrass, rock, scat, with hints of Latin, Celtic, & French influence. The melting pot being the backbone of the band, it is truly Americana. A rich mixture of originals and choice covers, Levi Jack looks to shake you up, make you think, and have a great time all at once!

SoundReasoning will pull you out of your seat and propel you to the dancefloor chugging like a locomotive. This original roots rock reggae band delivers spirited conscious music: resounding rhythm, blazing brass and gnarly leads that are as limitless as the ocean waves of their hometown Santa Cruz, California.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/medicine.road.band/  and www.corduroyjim.com/levi-jack and   www.soundreasoningband.com

Naked Bootleggers, HILLSTOMP,
Possessed By Paul James,
Patrick Maguire

 




Alt-Country & Alt-Bluegrass Dance-All-Night Jamboree

Sat. July 15 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Naked Bootleggers:  Local favorites from the Santa Cruz Mountains bring a fresh approach to OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC. Reviving the standards of yesterday while writing standards for tomorrow, local musicians Don Mackessy (banjo), Ona Stewart(guitar), S.T. Young(guitar, washboard, harmonica), James Mackessy (bass), Jeremy Lampel (mandolin) are bridging the gap between old time and contemporary music with captivating vocal harmonies, lyrical creativity and that high lonesome sound of old.

HILLSTOMP:  The Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works. Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act. Hillstomp's memorable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preachers.

Possessed By Paul James:  Massive sounding one man band. The mix of roots and emotional electricity at a Possessed by Paul James show is akin to a live electric socket missing its cover as stripped wires spark with flickers of enthralling danger. Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people's lives doesn't.  Many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show refer to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show. "If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression 

Patrick Maguire plays in a folk and Americana style and has one of those rare super distinctive voices.  He was born to sing & play music. As a child, he grew up surrounded by all types of musical influences. From Bluegrass (Tony Rice, Ricky Scaggs & Doc Watson) to Folk (Kate Wolf, Bob Dylan, Donovan, and The Mama's & The Papa's) to Classic Rock (THE WHO) to Oldies (Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, The Everly Brothers, and Dion & The Belmonts).

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/The-Naked-Bootleggers-343579009074534/ and www.hillstomp.com and www.maguiremusic.com

Come Fly With Me The Songs Of Frank Sinatra

 

 



Performed by vocalist John Michael and conducted by pianist Will McDougal and his orchestra

Sun July 16 at 7pm
$15 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Come Fly With Me The Songs Of Frank Sinatra is performed by vocalist John Michael and conducted by pianist Will McDougal and his orchestra. John Michael has been performing Sinatra for the past ten years with various groups at clubs such as The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz, The Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA, and restaurants including Maggiano's Little Italy in San Jose and Alberto's in Monterey. John has worked professionally as an impressionist as well as a song and dance performer at The Great America Theme Parks in Santa Clara, CA and Chicago. For the past twenty years he has worked as a lead rock vocalist for various groups in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and Monterey, including his own band, The John Michael Band. He has performed John Lennon with The White Album Ensemble, The Santa Cruz Symphony and has opened up for national touring acts such as: Chris Isaak, Third Eye Blind, The Fix, Berlin, Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, The Tubes and Alan Holdsworth. Columnist Jerry Gervase, of the Monterey Herald wrote of a performance of John Michael's, From Pavarotti to Sinatra, “He was so good that if the Three Tenors had heard him, at least two of them would have hidden out in the witness protection program.” 

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/737320929769329/

Claudia Villela Quintet: A Tribute to Elis Regina

 



Claudia Villela from Rio de Janeiro pays a Tribute to Elis Regina, plus her own astonishing compositions

Mon. July 17 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERT

Brazilian Born Singer, Composer and Pianist Claudia Villela from Rio de Janeiro pays a Tribute to Elis Regina, flavored with her own remarkable original compositions.  The last time Claudia played the tribute to Elias Regina in Santa Cruz it sold out four days in advance. Get your tickets or make your reservations now.  

Claudia Villela's voice gets all the attention, and it's easy to understand why. Her glorious five-octave instrument is one of the wonders of jazz, lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she sings mostly in Portuguese, interpreting lyrics with keen emotional insight and supple rhythmic command. A supremely inventive scat singer, she has honed a vivid vocabulary of sounds that can evoke the hollow thump of a tabla drum, the muted trumpet of Miles Davis, the insistent twang of a berimbau, the ethereal call of a flute, or the Stratocaster licks of Jimi Hendrix.

Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. She commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters, who lined up for the chance to have her record one of their songs, and for much of her short life was the country's most popular female vocalist.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.claudiavillela.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elis_Regina

Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings




An Evening of American Roots and 
Rockabilly from Jackson, Wyoming

Tue. July 18 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21+

Wyatt Lowe is cocktail mix of vintage Outlaw Rock N Roll, American Roots, and “Analog Rockabilly/Blues” (Social Distortion meets Jimmie Vaughan). The band consists of Wyatt Lowe (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and the Mayhem Kings; David Bundy (upright Bass), Pete Closson (Drums), and Jason Fritts (Saxophone). Wyatt Lowe has quickly turned into a hot new artist with potent power focused on playing driving, soulful American Roots Music.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.wyattlowemusic.com

Ledward Kaapana

 



Two Time Grammy Award Winner celebrates “Jus' Press Volume 2” — the Na Hoku winner best Ukulele Album 

Wed. July 19 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door 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.  

"--a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked."  -- Honolulu Advertiser

Musical legend Led Kaapana just won a Na Hoku (Hawaiian "Grammy") Award for Best ‘Ukulele Album for his newest CD Jus' Press vol 2, adding to his National Heritage Fellowship and multiple awards including 2 Grammys and Favorite Entertainer. A delightful performer with kolohe (rascal) charm, he is unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone to falsetto vocal range. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.ledkaapana.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmkbCuUnvc0

Cosmic Pinball plus Space Heater

 



Cosmic Pinball is a funky soulful band with one foot in the swamp and one foot in the Kuiper belt

Fri. July 21 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10  Dance – ages 21

Cosmic Pinball : This 8 piece blend of veterans and new blood grew out of the swampy, intergalactic heart of Santa Cruz, California. Vocalists Taylor Rae (local singer/songwriter) and Scott MacDonald (sessions pro) take turns bringing the lead-vocal fire.  Bassist Pete Novembre (Aza, OM Trio, Elephino, Phatty Lumpkin) and drummer Bret Bailey (Shady Groove, Elephino, Blissninnies) lay down tight, punchy grooves that get feet and hips moving. Guitarist Mike Johnson (Room 9, Root System, Amee Chapman, Blazeen) and keyboardist Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Shaky Zimmerman, Zyg, Spirit of '76) shred solos to round out the thick sound, and Betsy Levy-Adams and Carrie Browde add seasoning with their soulful backup vocals. Honoring their roots while looking to the future, Cosmic Pinball takes you on a trip that starts on your back porch, visits neighboring galaxies, and ends at a disco-tech in Paris.

Space Heater is a Santa Cruz-based band with one foot planted firmly in the foundations of funk, while the other foot favors a galaxy far, far away. The band features Mike Spooner on percussion, Joaquin Spengemann on drums, Steve Rogers on bass and Mason Hicks & Ron Work on guitars. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.cosmic-pinball.com

Breakfast Klub

 



Non-stop 80's nostalgia-- The Bay Area's most infectious dance band comes to town

Sat. July 22 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

Breakfast Klub :  The Breakfast Klub unleashes an array of 80's nostalgia, spanning the areas of New Wave and Top 40 hits of that decade. The crowds go wild as every song explodes into a blast from the past!  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.80s80s80s.com

Phil Marsh
featuring Patti Maxine & Tracy Parker of Henhouse



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

Sun. July 23 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

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.

Artist sites and sounds: www.chickenonaunicycle.com/Cleanliness%20and%20Godliness.htm and https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cleanliness-godliness-skiffle/id331693318

The Goodbye Girls  featuring Molly Tuttle

 



Four Gals from US, Canada, and Sweden share a love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music

Tue. July 25 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door   seated <21 w/parent
WELCOMED BY FIDDLING CRICKET CONCERT

The Goodbye Girls are an exciting new quartet from Boston. These four musicians from the US, Canada, and Sweden formed the band out of a common love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. Lena Jonsson on fiddle, Allison de Groot on clawhammer banjo, Brittany Karlson on bass, and Molly Tuttle on guitar & lead vocals are individually some of the best acoustic musicians around, and together they create a sound that is exciting, fresh and full of energy.  With international tours under their belt, bookings at festivals like Newport Folk Festival & Stockholm Folk Festival, reaching #1 on the Americana airplay direct charts, The Goodbye Girls are turning heads right out of the gate. The band has a dedication to honoring the musical styles in which they are rooted, and together they are re-imagining the repertoire in a unique and exciting way. Their original material sits comfortably between a raging old-time tune, a traditional bluegrass song or a Swedish polska in a playful balance between new and old. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thegoodbyegirlsmusic.com

Flamin' Groovies

 





Since 1965 often considered one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever

Fri. July 28 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.  Now in 2017, Jordan, Wilson led quartet have gone back into the studio to cut an album of brand new material. Having toured the world for the past five years, fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list", including original songs the band has never performed before onstage. Newcomers are asking, "Why haven't I ever heard of this group?" It's hard to say just why the group hasn't gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA) but they're back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever.

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

Moonalice

 



The  players move as one drawing from many genres & their experience playing with famous legendary bands

Sat. July 29 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

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

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

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

 



Brimming with fiery melodies and Inspired by the historic Dixie Hummingbirds & Sister Rosetta Tharpe and current greats The Black Keys & Wilco

Sun. July 30 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers began as a collective of friends getting together in the summer of 2010. A choir of up to 15 revived the old Gospel spirit with songs like “I Shall Not Be Moved”, “12 Gates”, and “In My Time of Dying”.  Slowly they evolved into a band of 6, committed to embracing the richness found in early 20th century recordings. Influenced by past Gospel musicians such as The Dixie Hummingbirds, Washington Phillips and Sister Rosetta Tharpe as well as current bands like The Black Keys, Wilco, and Calexico, the band creates a unique style drawing from rhythm and blues, alt-country, indie rock and folk. A rousing celebration of traditional Americana music has always been the hallmark of The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.  A full-length album released in 2015, Heavenly Fire, brims with fiery melodies and country moods, highlighting the band's notoriety for crafting original Gospel material.  Their debut album laid the foundation for two successful North American tours, including appearances at prestigious festivals such as Winnipeg Folk Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Austin City Limits, and Voodoo Fest of New Orleans.  

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

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bluegrass Bash with Dave Holodiloff Bluegrass Band

 



8th Annual Bash featuring a broad, danceable selection of songs spanning Jerry's career with  the Dead, Old and In The Way & more

Tue. Aug. 1 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door   Dance – ages 21 +

Dave Holodiloff is bringing the bluegrass band to Don Quixote's for his 8th Annual Jerry Garcia Bluegrass Birthday Bash Tribute Concert. The evening will feature a broad and danceable selection of songs (and acoustic jams) spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more. Get ready to ride that train with "Casey Jones" all the way to Bluegrass country! Driven by Dave's high-energy mandolin and accompanied by a smoking hot string band, this annual tradition is sure to delight both "dead-icated" fans of Jerry Garcia and lovers of quality acoustic entertainment. Don't miss this once-a-year magical night of festive celebration and Bluegrass tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time! The band will be rocking the night away with two great sets, so get ready to party. Dave Holodiloff's "Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute" album will be available at the show. The CD features inventive arrangements of classic Grateful Dead favorites like "Friend Of The Devil" and "Scarlet Begonias" interspersed with original improvisations and even an acoustic Old-Timey psychedelic space jam on the more obscure "Mountains of the Moon".

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

When Dove's  Cry  The Prince Tribute Show

 



Sat. Aug. 5 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

When Dove's  Cry: More than just an impersonation, When Doves Cry, the Prince Tribute Show, is a dynamic and multi-talented 8-piece band that puts the integrity of the music Prince left us above all else.
Formed in late 2015 in Sacramento, California, the band taps into the heart of Prince's music like no other. We leave it all on the stage, every time we perform as audiences demand of his music. When Doves Cry - the Prince Tribute Show performs the iconic "Purple Rain" album in its entirety. Also performing all of his greatest hits as well as many songs other tributes won't touch. With a songlist of over 70 Prince songs (and growing), we can guarantee there's something in our show for both the casual and the die hard fans of Prince.We're proud to bring a live Prince tribute show that will take you through the illustrious career of one of the most prolific songwriters and performers that we will ever know.

Artist sites and sounds: www.whendovescrytribute.com

The Jerry Celebration Band

 




Celebrating the music and life of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

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

THREE BIG SETS: 1 ACOUSTIC AND 2 ELECTRIC            

The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California are replete with super musicians playing in Grateful Dead tribute bands.  These musicians are traveling to Felton in Santa Cruz County and coming together on Don Quixote's stage on August 13 on the eve of his passing, to celebrate his musical legacy.  The musicians will rotate in various formations to present a non stop evening of musical magic.  

This all-star cast includes members of  Slugs & Roses, The China Cats, Front Street, Mars Hotel, Cryptical, Live Dead, Play Live Dead, Workingman's Ed, The Dead Guise, Totally Dead, Aardvark, Dedicated Maniacs, and more ! 

Taimane

 



She is a ukulele phenom—Hawaiian, to Bach, to Zeppelin to Flamenco

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

Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane's desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is.

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

Matthew Sweet

 



“Tomorrow Forever” could be described as Matthew Sweet's “All Things Must Pass”

Thu. Aug. 17 at 8pm
$25 adv. /$25 door  Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Matthew Sweet:   Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet's fifth album of new material in this century, the first since 2011's Modern Art and 14th overall in a recording career spanning more than three decades, is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. But the expansive 17-song work—available June 16, 2017 in CD, double 180-gram-vinyl LP, CD and digital configurations via Sweet's own newly launched Honeycomb Hideout imprint through Sony's RED Distribution—takes these familiar elements into previously unexplored territory, reflecting profound changes in his life. Essentially, Tomorrow Forever contemplates a knotty epistemological question: Does what is real extend beyond what the consciousness can readily grasp?

Artist sites and sounds:   www.matthewsweet.com

Buy your tickets now at: http://folkyeah.com/#/matthew-sweet-felton-817/

Painted Mandolin  plus Peck & Penn



ACOUSTIC GARCIA with Joe Craven (of Garcia / Grisman Band), Matt Hartle, Larry Graff, Roger Sideman

Fri. Aug. 18 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

How do you possibly spice up the acoustic musical gumbo cooked up by Jerry Garcia over his 50 years of pickin'? You need more than great players, you need highly creative, innovative, spice masters to make it hot and fresh and imminently danceable. You need Painted Mandolin! Painted Mandolin explores the acoustic side of Jerry Garcia from his Jug Band days to Old and In the Way through the Dead's ‘Reckoning period, and the Garcia Grisman Band. The Acoustic Garcia band includes: Matt Hartle, lead guitar in Spirit of 76, Chinacats, and Shady Groove; Larry Graff, lead guitar in the Banana Slug String Band, and Slugs n' Roses; Roger Sideman, Bass in the Chinacats, and David Gans & Sycamore Slough String Band; Joe Craven, Violin/Mandolin, was a member of the Garcia Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet from 1989-2004. 

Peck & Penn  is an Americana-roots duo comprised of counter coastal compatriots; San Francisco based Elliott Peck and Jesse Bardwell who currently hangs his hat in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Peck stays busy back home singing, playing guitar and piano in her band Midnight North in addition to singing with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead's band Phil Lesh and Friends. Bardwell has been relentlessly filling rooms with a passionate sound since 2005 playing between here and everywhere else in Quimby Mountain Band and solo alike, sharing the bill with acts such as Railroad Earth, John Gintys Brother Buddha, the Radiators and countless others. Together the two fashion a refulgent blend of old-time country, Americana, roots and folk music. Their live performances are comprised of both original works and a few pieces of adoration pulled from the time-strewn pages of the great American songbook.

Artist sites and sounds: www.paintedmandolin.com and www.peckandpenn.com

Mischa's Country & Western Birthday Bash
Miss Lonely Hearts, Carolyn Sills Combo, Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners





Sat. Aug 19 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door    Dance – ages 21 +

Miss Lonely Hearts : Miss Lonely Hearts is a five-piece (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel/ fiddle, drums, upright bass) Honky Tonk band from Santa Cruz. Miss Lonely Hearts recorded their 4th full length album “Lost Highway” in the spring of 2016.In 2015 the boys went on their first USA tour and played over 150 shows in the last 2 years. They frequently tour the Pacific Northwest and recently toured with “The Devil Makes Three” incl. 2 shows in Canada. Tonight's Country & Western bash celebrates Miss Lonely Hearts' Mischa Gasch's birthday.

Carolyn Sills Combo: Nominated for a 2016 and 2017 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group of the year and a 2016 Academy of Western Artist Award for Western Swing group and album of the year, fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband,
Gerard Egan.  Their current release, Dime Stories Vol 2, was named by No Depression as one of the top new release of 2016. The combo includes top Monterey Bay area players Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Jim Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.

Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners: "Raised in an old barn, deep in a mountain range, Jesse Daniel possesses an authenticity one would only find in a person who has lived the highs and lows he sings about."  Good Times

Artist sites and sounds: http://misslonelyheartsband.com  and  www.carolynsills.com and www.jessedanielmusic.com

It's A Beautiful Day

 



San Francisco Rock Royalty with songs like "White Bird", "Bombay Calling", "Wasted Union Blues" and "Time Is"

Thu. Aug. 24 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door   dance ages 21 +

It's A Beautiful Day along with Santana are considered to be "2nd wave" bands that emerged from the San Francisco bay area in the late sixties. Moreover, like Santana, IABD headlined at the Fillmore West prior to recording an album. Their debut 1968 LP the self titled "It's A Beautiful Day" was laced with classic cuts such as "White Bird", "Bombay Calling", "Wasted Union Blues" and "Time Is" The single off the LP "White Bird" quickly became part of the FM play lists and is considered a classic of rock music.   

Artist sites and sounds: www.davidlaflamme.com

Country Joe McDonald featuring the Electric Music Band 50th Anniversary show celebrating Electric Music for the Mind & Body


 



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

The program will include in its entirety Country Joe & The Fish's landmark 1967 debut album “Electric Music For The Mind & Body,” along with an acoustic segment. On the former material, Joe will be backed by the Electric Music Band, a quintet led by Grammy-nominated writer and archivist Alec Palao. Joining him to accompany McDonald are guitarists Matt Piucci (Rain Parade, Hellenes) and Derek See (Gentle Cycle, Strangers In A Strange Land), Jozef Becker (Thin White Rope, Loud Family) on drums and Andrea Hensler (Flower Furnace, Jean Genies). EMB will be opening the show with a set of classic covers from the era. Palao assures that the proceedings will “exceedingly psychedelic”. Country Joe McDonald will make a rare appearance performing classic material from the era of Country Joe & The Fish – the Berkeley group who today widely acknowledged as pioneers of psychedelic rock music. Joe's band plays a set of historic covers from the era. Then Joe does a short solo set of songs & hilarious stories, then they come out & do the full Electric Music album along with Joe's best known songs. Country Joe McDonald straddles the two polar events of the 60s -- Woodstock and the Vietnam War. The first Country Joe and the Fish record was released in 1965, in time for the Vietnam Day Teach-In anti-war protest in Berkeley, California. He sang one of the great anthems of the era, “I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag,” to an audience of a half-million at the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival in 1969. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.countryjoe.com

Ruaile Buaile

 

 



From the heart of Ireland comes a fresh young Irish Trad / Pop / Folk group

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

Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day Trad / Pop / Folk group from Offaly in the heart of Ireland.The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date, with interest from festival organisers in Sweden, Austria, Australia , coming on board for next year. From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high energy ground thumping celtic beats with a little irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.After they're show at this year's Rose of Tralee festival organiser Peter Karim said “we were suitably impressed by the group's performance at the world-famous festival this summer . Ruaile Buaile never fail to blow the crowd away with their fresh upbeat and energetic show, that leaves every member of the audience with a smile on their faces. They are a breath of fresh air” 

Artist sites and sounds: http://ruailebuaile.ie

Light Rain, Crystal Silmi & Raks Arabi, Helene & Belly Dance International

 



Thu. Aug. 31 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Light Rain bring their unique hybrid of American and Arabic music to charm the dancers. With the moody violin of Doug Adamz, the haunting melodies from the guitar and banjo of Russ Gauthier, dynamic drumming of Tim Bolling, and the bluesy base of Bill Amanteek, they create mysterious and romantic music which sings to the gypsy in our souls.

Crystal Silmi:  International Bellydance instructor and performer Crystal Silmi currently resides in Madrid, Spain. She is director of the Raks Arabi Dance Company and is reunited in this spectacular show with members: Jill Baker and Amber Dratz. Also featured are stunning soloists: Janette, Sese, Kristy, Isadorah, and Chelsie.

Helene is director of Belly Dance International and has been teaching, performing, and promoting Middle Eastern and North African dance and music for over 25 years. She was a recipient of the Gail Rich Award in 2002 for her significant contribution to the arts in Santa Cruz County.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.dougadamz.com and www.crystalsilmi.com and www.bellydancebyjill.com and www.bellydancebasics.com

Tony McManus 7:30pm Concert

 



Guitar Virtuosity from the Soul

Sun. Sept. 3 at 7:30pm
$16 adv. / $18 door seated <21 w/parent

$2 discount to Members of The Celtic Society on either price by way of rebate at door only

Tony McManus:  To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony's hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

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

George Kahumoku Jr.

 



Grammy Award winning Hawaiian master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer

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

George Kahumoku: There's a reason he's been called Hawaii's Renaissance man: George Kahumoku Jr. is a multiple Grammy Award winning master slack key guitarist, songwriter, world-traveling performer, teacher, artist, story-teller and writer, farmer and entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly show on Maui called George Kahumoku Jr's Slack Key Show: Masters of Hawaiian Music which just celebrated it's12th Anniversary. He has recently recorded a new CD, Paniolo Slack Key – Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy. He will be touring in February-March 2016 and will hold his week-long Annual Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop on Maui in June. Around all of this he cultivates taro and raises goats on his upland Maui farm.

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

Lee Benoit Family Band

 



Cajun Music Hall Of Famer from South Louisiana

Thu. Sept. 14 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Lee Benoit Family Band: Lee Benoit is a multi-award winning musician with the Cajun French Music Association. He has one of the most active Cajun dance bands from South Louisiana performing five nights a week at the most popular Cajun venues from Breaux Bridge to New Orleans Louisiana and occasionally takes his music on the road and performs at folk festivals and special events throughout the world.  He is proud of his Cajun heritage and is truly devoted to performing traditional and contemporary Cajun music with dignity and professionalism. His group is one of the smoothest sounding Cajun dance bands that you will ever hear . 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.leebenoit.com

Corky Siegel & Matthew Santos  
7pm Concert

 



Corky Siegel blues legend of Siegel – Schwall and Matthew Santos, voice of the platinum selling hit “Superstar”

Sun. Sept. 24 at 7pm
$15 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

Announcing the tour of Blues legend Corky Siegel, considered to be among the best harmonica virtuosos and superb jazz pianists and the only Bluesman to record on prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon which was a blockbuster in sales and likewise his chamber ensemble, Chamber Blues is the only classical group on Blues giant Alligator Records. Corky teams up with two time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos whose meteoric career was launched as the voice on the certified platinum selling hit, Superstar  with Lupe Fiasco.  If you are a fan of great artists like John Legend, Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver you are going to love Matt Santos.  What a dynamic duo with Matt and Corky Siegel of the legendary Siegel – Schwall band. 

Artist sites and sounds:   http://www.corkymusic.com and www.matthewsantos.com

Pierre Bensusan

 



French Guitarist extraordinaire: "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine

Thu. Sept. 28 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Pierre Bensusan: Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976), "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today. Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then the horizons beyond. 

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

Story Road

 



featuring Collen Rainey of Solas & John Weed  and  Stuart Mason  of Molly's Revenge

Thu. Oct. 5 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Story Road: Story Road is a collaboration between 4 of America's premier Irish traditional musicians, John Weed, Stuart Mason, Colleen Raney, and Ryan Davidson.  Known for their dynamic live shows, the band's repertoire of tunes and songs is culled from the rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the American South. Vocalist  Colleen Raney  has been referred to as “among the best in her genre,”  (Irish Music Magazine)  and “one of America's best traditional singers”  (Tradconnect) . Colleen has toured extensively both at home and abroad, and has recently been touring as a guest vocalist for the internationally recognized Irish band,  Solas .   John Weed  and  Stuart Mason  are members of Molly's Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. 

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

Foreverland

 



An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sat. Oct. 7 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door dance ages 21 +

Foreveland is a 14-piece tribute to one of the most amazing entertainers in the world, Mr. Michael Jackson.
Based in San Francisco, the group was formed in March of 2009 to honor Michael's musical genius and legendary showmanship. With four lead vocalists, four horns and a six-piece rhythm section, the ensemble is best described as a "Remarkable and Rocking Michael Jackson Revue."  Rather than be limited by a MJ impersonator and pre-recorded backing tracks, the band's unique approach is to celebrate the larger than life performances, imagination and infectious spirit of this legendary artist. The result is a fabulous and thumping 14-piece show band that pays homage to MJ's undeniable talent and timeless dance music.  And as the band likes to say, "Don't Blame It On The Sunshine, Don't Blame It On The Moonlight, Don't Blame It On The Good Times, BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.foreverlandsf.com

California Beach Boys 

 



Great music, Great fun and Good Vibrations--All the Beach Boys hits!

Sat. Oct. 14 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The California Beach Boys accurately create the fabulous music of the Beach Boys with authentic instruments, outfits and those famous harmonies.  Come experience Beach Boys music just like you remember it, in a live music concert! Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys Tribute influences come from growing up in the 60's and actually playing on stage with the Surf Legends such as: The Ventures, Surfaris, The Sunrays, and The Rivieras to mention a few.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.californiabeachboys.com

Gypsy Soul

 



“---they forge a musical journey of deep questions, curiosities and illuminations.” - Sue Ennis (Heart Multi-Platinum Songwriter) 

Thu. Oct. 19 at 7:30pm
 $15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Gypsy Soul: Authentic and excellence are the words most often used to describe Gypsy Soul and their music. The duo's multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Roots, Pop, Blues, Soul and Jazz.  Their wistful story began in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/US) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art.   

"They are a truly unique sound. Cilette takes "Hallelujah" to a new place!"  - Aaron Neville

"--- one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking.” - Orange County Weekly 

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com

Zeppelin Live

 



The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience

Fri. Dec. 22 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Zeppelin Live : Experience the ultimate rock tribute to Led Zeppelin in this live musical performance starring 'Zeppelin Live,' (Fomerly 'Heartbreaker') the West Coast's most spectacular Led Zeppelin Tribute Show. 'Zeppelin Live,' is a national touring act selling out venues across the US - and their high energy stage show is not to be missed! You will believe Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham are playing right before your eyes! This ONE NIGHT ONLY special performance will feature hit selections from Led Zeppelin's legendary career spanning three decades of solid gold.

Artist sites and sounds: www.zeplive.com

Tom Russell

 



Tom Russell celebrates his new release - "Folk Hotel"

Thu. Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
$30 adv./$35 door   seated <21 w/parent

Tom Russell's new recording of original songs, "Folk Hotel," will be released worldwide August 25. A year-long world tour in support of the album commences in Boston, rolls across the USA with fifty dates, then goes to Ireland and the UK in November and DecemberThe new record features 13 new Tom Russell originals and a bonus track of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," a duet with Joe Ely, featuring Joel Guzman on Tex-Mex accordion. Augie Meyers and Eliza Gilkyson also make guest appearances on the album. The album was recorded at Congress House studio in Austin, Texas. There are songs and stories about: the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Tom's journey from El Paso to Santa Fe, Ian Tyson refusing to "leave his old horses," a song for Dylan Thomas that melts into a Joycean landscape about a day in the life of Belfast, Ireland, Tom's meeting J.F.K., and even a song using only 16th century slang! Tom considers it his best record to date both from a songwriting and performance standpoint. Meanwhile! True North Records just released Tom's tribute to Ian and Sylvia - "Play One More - The Songs of Ian and Sylvia," including two Tom Russell co-writes, one each with both Ian and Sylvia, plus forgotten classics of folk music and two rare Ian and Sylvia demos.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.tomrussell.com

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