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PAPA Show is Cancelled


PAPA has spent years on the road headlining, rocking festivals, and most recently handpicked by Florence and The Machine to support her US shows

Wed. Dec. 2 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

PAPA has spent years on the road headlining, playing festivals, and most recently handpicked by Florence and The Machine to support her on US shows . PAPA is not a new band, but their new effort is more fresh and hungry sounding than anything we've heard from them before. PAPA's Darren Weiss and Danny Presant have been playing music together since the age of 11. They have seen a great deal of the world and what it has to offer a young rock and roll band, and they aren't satisfied. Rather than fold their cards, or let their dissatisfaction guide their sound into gloomier territory, they used it as fuel for a new perspective, and a funkier, dirtier sound. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.papatheband.com


Molly's Revenge, Christa Burch, The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers

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

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

Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song, and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. You'll have an opportunity to join in and sing some of your favorite carols, and our dancing guests will surely set your toes tapping. Born of the timeless tradition of the all-night music session, Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song -- set against a backdrop of guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment -- guarantee an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. The new Winter Dance CD featuring music from the show will be available at the concerts . Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate -- and instantly recognizable. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.mollysrevenge.com and www.christaburch.com

5oth Anniversary Celebration
of the First Acid Test

Slugs N' Roses Grateful Dead Tribute

plus come early for  Ken Babbs and a host of Merry Pranksters



Fri. Dec. 4 at 8pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +


Slugs N' Roses plays Grateful Dead music in an energetic, refreshing Santa Cruz style.  Featuring Airy Larry and Doug Dirt from the Banana Slug String Band on guitar and bass, Slugs N' Roses delivers high energy psychedelic rock with interwoven rhythms and impassioned lyrics. Guitarists Brett Packer and August West, keyboardist Dave Faulkner, and drummer Paul Garcia round out a big powerful sound that ensures a dance party every gig. That leaves most of the vocals to Michael Sammet, who emotionally delivers a beautiful but edgy spirit to the music we have come to love.

50th Anniversary of the First Acid Test: In late November 1965 Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters decided to hold their first public Acid Test. Inviting their friends including the band the Warlocks (Jerry Garica, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh), Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and others, the Pranksters went to Ken Babb's place in Soquel to start the party/experience that changed an entire generation. On December 4th we will honor that momentous occasion with the dedication of a historic marker. Join Ken Babbs and a host of Pranksters as we celebrate this recognition and continue what the Pranksters started 50 years ago.

Ken Babbs: One of the leaders of the social revolution that occurred in America during the fifties and sixties was Ken Babbs. He, along with Neal Cassady, Ken Kesey, and several others were part of a group called the Merry Pranksters. What started as "Happenings" soon spread across the globe and infiltrated minds for lifetimes.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/slugsnroses and Ken Babbs   www.fheads.com

Keith Greeninger & Full Band
plus Clan Dyken


Keith Greeninger and his band as you rarely get to see them--get ready to boogie, rattle, shake, move and celebrate--this is a dance tonight

Sat. Dec. 5 at 8:30pm
$20 adv./$25 door  Dance – ages 21 +


Keith Greeninger:
 Few among us could distill our essence with such elegant simplicity. We want to deconstruct every line for deeper meaning, but there is no need. What Keith Greeninger brings to music, and life for that matter, is authenticity. As a result, there are no barriers between Keith, his music and his audience. This bond stems from Keith's underlying philosophy that music is first and foremost a gift and a medicine to take part in together. As a singer-songwriter, Keith paints intricate portraits of the human condition with powerful melodic images, deep engaging guitar rhythms and husky, heart-wrenching vocals. His masterfully crafted tunes and powerful presence have earned him the top songwriting awards at the prestigious Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Napa Valley Folk Festival.

Clan Dyken:
World Rock Rebel Music
. Based in California's Calaveras County Foothills, Clan Dyken, formed by brothers Mark and Bear Dyken, has toured, activated, and entertained for more than 20 years. Clan Dyken continues to refine the tribal-funk-eco-folk-rock-hippy-soul music they've been making for more than 20 years, while taking us on an incredible journey into the heart of how we can all contribute to society's positive evolution through collective and personal action. 

Concert benefits the Dyken--Survivors of the 2015 Butte Fire

Artist sites and sounds:  www.keithgreeninger.com and  www.clandyken.com

Allah Las


Harmonies and pop hooks of the British Invasion combined with the trippy atmosphere of West Coast psychedelic bands                      

Mon. Dec. 7 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Allah-Las: Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalist quartet Allah-Las are comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist/vocalist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist/vocalist Spencer Dunham, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Correia.  Three of the four band members were working in the L.A. branch of the legendary record store Amoeba when the group formed in 2008, and they must have spent a great deal of time researching the garage and psychedelic sounds of the '60s while propping up the counter. Their sound combines the harmonies and pop hooks of the British Invasion, the trippy atmosphere of West Coast psychedelic bands, and the raw swagger of countless American garage rockers. They made their debut on vinyl in 2011 with a single ("Catamaran"/"Long Journey") produced by friend of the group and old-school soul revivalist Nick Waterhouse and released on his Pres label.

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

Alex Bleeker And the Freaks


Alex Bleeker's (also of the band Real Estate) Freaks tunes are more informed by roots rock and jam band tendencies, with a heavier Grateful Dead and Neil Young influence 

Thu. Dec. 10 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

New Jersey musician Alex Bleeker began recording under the moniker Alex Bleeker & The Freaks in the late 2000s, around the same time he was working under his own name and playing bass in surfy indie pop band Real Estate. Similar to the hazy, mellow vibes of Real Estate, Bleeker's solo tunes were more informed by roots rock and jam band tendencies, with a heavier Grateful Dead and Neil Young influence than his main band.

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

The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit 
plus The Harmed Brothers



Americana, folk, rock, bluegrass, and that sweet, old country & western

Fri. Dec. 11 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit: Take two Americana singer-songwriters, an indie-rock veteran of a drummer, country-born bassist, and metal-bred pedal steel player, and what do you get: the rough-hewn yet driftwood-smooth; rebel-headed, but heart-of-gold sound of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. The outfit includes singer-songwriters Chris Doud and Willy Taylor, drummer Aaron Burtch, Taylor Webster on Bass and vocals, and multi-instrumentalists Matt Cordano and Chandler Pratt. Likened to anything from Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Bros. to Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Wills and even Neil Young (depending on which live set you happen to catch) they most often defy categorization, usually settling for some hybrid of Americana, folk, rock, bluegrass, and that sweet, old country & western.

The Harmed Brothers: These days, they call it “indiegrass,” the rustic American musical blend that celebrates and chronicles the physical and emotional gauntlet the Harmed Brothers have always ridden, zigzagging endlessly in vans across the nation. It's an inclusive sound, the melding of two unique voices adorned each night with the contributions of the many pickers, singers and songwriters the Brothers have encountered in their travels.  “-- there's something rusty and raw in the Harmed Brothers' songs, something hungry and a little wild-eyed.” The Portland Mercury

Artist sites and sounds:    www.thegoodluckthriftstoreoutfit.com/  and   www.theharmedbrothers.com

Melvin Seals & The Spirt of 76 plus David Gans


Come early at 8pm for on-stage interview with Melvin Seals and noted Grateful Dead writer Blair Jackson

Sat. Dec. 12 at 8pm
$20 adv./$25 door Dance – ages 21 +


Melvin Seals , the legendary Hammond B-3 wizard is performing with the Spirit of 76. Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music" steeped in the musical history of San Francisco

The Spirit of '76 featuring Matt Hartle, Amy Berry, Bret Bailey, Jerry Brown, Steve Sofranko, Paul Garcia, Roger Sideman are master players of Grateful Dead music.

Performance includes a book signing with David Gans and Blair Jackson   for  their  new book "This Is All A Dream We Dreamed" an oral history of the Grateful Dead. Including an interview with Melvin Seals and Blair Jackson on stage at 8pm

Artist sites and sounds: http://melvinsealsandjgb.com and www.facebook.com/gratefuldeadspirit76

Buy your tickets now at:   www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2396124

Banjo Babes 7pm Concert

Erin Inglish & Stringtown Ambassadors, Evie Ladin, the Littlest Birds, (Sharon Martinson), The Small Glories (Carla Luft of The Wailin' Jennys)

A special evening of music celebrating the release of the third-annual international Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album!

Sun. Dec. 13 at 7pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

Join us for a special evening of music celebrating the release of the third-annual, limited-edition, international Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album! The Banjo Babes Calendar & Album (and Tour) is a collective, grassroots celebration of professional women banjo players from around the world. Presenting a world-class show featuring four incredible lady banjo artists and their bands - Erin Inglish (w/the Stringtown Ambassadors), Evie Ladin, The Littlest Birds (featuring Sharon Martinson), and The Small Glories (featuring Cara Luft of the Canadian super group The Wailin' Jennys). Curated by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish (expressive, sassy, dynamic banjo; lush and raw power-house vocals, award-winning songwriting), this show promises luminous musicianship, soaring harmonies and expressive style and technique on the five-string banjo from all acts! An absolute must-see show for fans of Americana music! The Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album will be available for procurement at the show . 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.banjobabescalendar.com and www.erininglish.com and www.stringtownambassadors.com and www.evieladin.com and www.littlestbirds.net and www.thesmallglories.com

Gary Burr


Singer Songwriter of The Blue Sky Riders with Kenny Loggins, Almost Cut My Hair, Carole King, Ringo Starr plays solo,  up close  and personal—great stories included 

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

Gary Burr alone on stage with his guitar is an evening with a great bunch of guys. Part Hall of Fame Songwriter, part teacher, part stand up comic. You get to spend time listening to a world class talent who knows how to enlighten and entertain.
You hear songs you heard and loved on the radio, because there is a good chance he wrote them, you hear new songs taking to the air for the first time, you hear stories of his adventures writing and performing with Carole King, Ringo Starr, Kenny Loggins and many, many others. Gary's show is an intimate version of the famous Songwriter in the Round shows at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville. He has a connection with his audience that brings them to the very heart and soul of his songs.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.garyburr.com

Mike Renwick's Holiday Deluxe

Dazzling synthesis of acoustic 60's and 70's folk and rock with a hard-hitting R&B horn section.

Wed. Dec. 16 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door dance- ages 21+

The legacy grows with a new show every year.  Dazzling synthesis of acoustic 60's and 70's folk and rock with a hard-hitting R&B horn section.  Mike opens the evening with an acoustic set adding one musician at a time until the full blown ensemble rocks your socks off.  Enjoy holiday cheer and dig this electric & acoustic extravaganza! Mike Renwick's musical education started in Europe in 1965 playing rhythm and blues with various English bands. Mike has been touring since 1967.

Artist sites and sounds: www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikerenwick

The Human Experience, saQi,
feral fauna, Kat Factor 
A Solstice Soiree

Deep and funky dance floor jams that rock the party with grace and musical sophistication

Thu. Dec. 17 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$20 door dance- ages 21+

The Human Experience, saQi, feral fauna, Kat Factor 

Thu. Dec. 17 at 8:30pm $15 adv./$15 door dance- ages 21+

The Human Experience: “The Human Experience” is David Block's principal project as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats.

saQi w/ live band: The mad-musical scientist known as saQi is a classically trained composer, producer and trumpet player. Drawing his name from the Sufi title for a mystic muse, saQi creates deep and funky dance floor jams that rock the party yet still maintain a grace and musical sophistication to engage the listener

feral fauna: This dynamic band creates their very own brand of unique soulful electronic music; rooted in acoustic instruments and human voice and sounds of other creatures. The core duo create music with an ever-evolving soundscape will make your heart soar and your booty shake. Gifted, positive and uplifting music for the new world order! 

Kat Factor :  Singer and songwriter of Abalone Grey.  Sings stunning chestnuts from the great American songbook and blissful originals

Artist sites and sounds: http://humanexperiencecreations.com and http://saqimusic.com and  www.facebook.com/feralfauna/info/  and Kat video at   www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sI0bv8XrQc

By your tickets now at:  http://humanfauna.eventbrite.com/

Santa is Real: A 1950’s Christmas Spectacular
with The Carolyn Sills Combo


Swinging pop and country holiday favorites from the likes of Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Eartha Kitt, The Andrews Sisters and more

Fri. Dec. 18 at 8pm
     $15 adv./$18 door   seated <21 w/parent

Back by popular demand for the fifth year in a row.

The Carolyn Sills  Combo presents SANTA IS REAL! Dust off your Christmas sweaters; this 1950's Christmas Spectacular is just the ticket to get you ready for the holidays. Swinging pop and country holiday favorites from the likes of Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Eartha Kitt, The Andrews Sisters and more, performed by top local players Gerard Egan (guitar), Jerry Logan (bass), Jimmy Norris (drums), Charlie Wallace (steel guitar) and Sunshine Jackson (vocals). With singer Carolyn Sills at the helm, this one of a kind show will surely get you and yours in the holiday  spirit.  "Bassist Carolyn Sills and her guitarist husband, Gerard Egan – Santa Cruz's Les Paul and Mary Ford - crank out good stories, catchy love songs and creative chord progressions that will take listeners back to rockabilly vibes of the post-World-War-II era." - Good Times Magazine . "Carolyn Sills makes the West come alive with her stirring renditions of western swing, country blues, spaghetti westerns and more. –Monterey County Weekly

Artist sites and sounds: www.carolynsills.com

Shady Groove



Sat. Dec. 19 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door dance- ages 21+

Steeped in the musical history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Shady Groove delivers an invigorating dose of funky blues and jazz-infused rock and R&B.  It is good-time dance music that draws from a diversity of American popular genres, and incorporates elements of gospel, reggae and other world music.  Improvisational flights through a wide range of styles provide the inspiration for high-spirited crowds whose kinetic dance floor energy serves as a vibrant counterpart to the musical journey transpiring on stage. The strength of the group is reflected in the scope of their original material.  From jazzy, ethereal, instrumentals to intelligent, lyrically honest songs, the music of Shady Groove ranges from reflective introspection to full-throttle, rocking abandon.  They are a powerhouse ensemble when delivering their own material or digging into one of the classic covers they interpret such as works from Ritchie Havens, the Jerry Garcia Band, Jimmy Cliff, and a host of Motown, blues, and other artists. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.shadygroove.net

The Holiday Hoot   

Tammi Brown, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen, Ukulele Dick & Jayme Kelly Curtis, Wendy Treat

Songwriters in the round: engaging, poignant, funny, clever – it will be a big Hoot

Sun. Dec. 20 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Tammi Brown: Nurtured in the soulful sounds of gospel music, Tammi Brown has a voice that will leave you speechless. Her career highlights include being the opening act for Maya Angelou, performing at the World renowned Monterey Jazz Festival in 2012, an invitation by jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan, to sing background vocals for the tune Steppin' Out on his CD release, State of Nature, which received a 51st Grammy Awards nomination

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen: Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a rare musical chemistry, Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, both powerful and magnetic talents in their own rights, prove that musical magic is alive and well. In a relatively short time frame, the Alt-folk duo has circumnavigated North America, logging over 25,000 miles, 130 concerts, and releasing their debut CD.  With influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods with virtuosic command.

Ukulele Dick & Jayme Kelly Curtis:  There is magic in the tripped out multi-influenced world of Uke master and singer songwriter Ukulele Dick. Jayme is equally at home in rock, blues, folk and jazz. Her songs and powerful voice have won praise from listeners, press and radio stations, as well as worldwide airplay and placements in film and television.

Wendy Treat:  Beautiful rich vocals. Check out her Youtube link below to see what we mean

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/tammibrownmusic and    www.danandlaurel.ca and Jayme: www.purrgirl.com/Bio.html and Dick   www.purrgirl.com/Ukuleledick.html and Wendy  www.youtube.com/watch?v=oypw9OPbuhg

Christmas Day December 25th

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio


Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio is his new and exciting incarnation of Elvin's unique big fun blues. 

Sat. Dec. 26 at 8pm
$25 adv./$30 door ALL OPEN FLOOR DANCE­ - ages 21+

Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio is his new and exciting incarnation of the Elvin's unique big fun blues. This fantastic new trio comprised of the legendary Elvin Bishop, bass guitarist Bob Welsh Jr. and renown drummer Willy Jordan are sure to make for a perfect night of rockin' blues.  

You can hear Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio  in advance of Don Quixote's concert on A Prairie Home Companion radio show on Nov. 7.

Elvin Bishop:  Legendary solo axeman/songwriter and former Paul Butterfield Blues Band member. Elvin Bishop has created his own legend. Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is to entertain to the best of his ability. His muscular guitar provides the pulse, as his soulful slide ripples through R & B classics and rowdy blues alike. Rousing, down-home, feel-good music,spunky rhythms and razor-sharp slide, Bishop's a superb guitarist of great strength and skill. Bob Welsh Jr : Hailing from Covington, La. Bob moved to the Bay Area in his late teens, where he's been part of the blues scene for almost twenty years. He has backed up & toured with Jackie Payne, Charlie Musselwhite, John Nemeth, Mark Hummel, Roy Gaines, Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, E.C. Scott, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, James Harman, James Cotton, and many others. Willy Jordan:  From international audiences and east to west in the US Willy Jordan has made his mark as a premier vocalist and drummer. His skills as an entertainer are a one of a kind & a site to witness. A short list of Mr. Jordan's 30+ years body of work includes drumming singing and performing with Elvin Bishop, John Lee Hooker, Joe Louis Walker, Angela Streli, Earl Thomas, Eric Lindell and so many others.   

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

Pascal's Triangle
Holiday Jazz Extravaganza 2pm Matinee


"The pianist Pascal Le Boeuf has a sleek new album, "Pascal's Triangle", that features an advanced-propulsion rhythm team." New York Times

Sun. Dec. 27 at 2pm
$12 adv./$15 door <21 w/parent  

Join Pascal Le Boeuf and a stellar cast of world class musicians for a special holiday jazz-brunch extravaganza.  Le Boeuf will be performing with "Pascal's Triangle" , an intimate modern-jazz piano trio featuring bassist Noah Garabedian and drummer Malachi Whitson .  Together they will explore uncharted territories in improvised music.  Pacal says: "I see my responsibly to humanity as that of a diver, charged with the task of swimming deep within the mind, beneath the surface of reality, to retrieve something beautiful, undiscovered or interesting to share with the real world.  When we formed Pascal's Triangle, it was with the unspoken agreement that we would practice this art of diving together. ” Pascal's Triangle will be performing music from their self titled CD, new compositions from their upcoming release  "Blackout Lullaby" , and a few surprises.  Le Boeuf's most recent accomplishments include a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University Independent Music Awards and a 2015 New Jazz Works Commission from Chamber Music.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.pascalleboeuf.com

Peppino D'Agostino   7pm Concert


From Italy, Acoustic Guitar Giant playing a mix of genres he calls "minestrone music" with natural warmth,  playfulness and incredible virtuosity 

Sun. Dec. 27 at 7pm
 $15 adv./$17 door seated <21 w/parent

A native of Italy, Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980's and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. D'Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way, which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers in 2008. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and the following year in Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his 2002 release Every Step of The Way (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations).  

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

Ben Ahn 

Multi-Genre Ukulele Virtuoso and Vocalist from the island of Kauai

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

Ben Ahn is an `ukulele artist and vocalist from the island of Kaua`i.  He specializes in diversity, and you can expect just about every genre of music at one of his shows.  Plus, he's kind of funny. Fans have described Ben's style as a mix between diverse vocals and ukulele virtuosity.  He plays just about every type of music out there, and he doesn't hesitate to mix in a few stories between songs.  Born and raised on the island of Kaua`i, Ben studied the piano, trumpet, and baritone before falling in love with the four-stringed ukulele.  In studied at Southern Oregon University where he graduated with an MA in Teaching, a BA in English Writing, and a minor in Human Communication.  During that time, he also recorded two independent albums with his band Melemana. Ben has been invited to play and speak all around the world, including a 2012 World Musician selection by the American School in Japan.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.benahn.com

New Years Eve Celebration
The Sun Kings

Join us for a full New Year Celebration with dinner too!

Thu. Dec. 31 at 9pm
 $40 adv./ $45 door Dance – ages 21 +

Complimentary Champagne At Midnight &  Party Favors.
Buy or Reserve your tickets soon.

The Sun Kings ask one simple question: What if the Beatles had reunited in concert? For over a decade, the Sun Kings have been thrilling audiences throughout the Golden State with their uncanny channeling of the Beatles' music.

With a repertoire of over 100 songs, the Sun Kings shine with spot-on arrangements and vocal harmonies, delivered with a driving energy that recalls the earliest Beatle shows yet covers the entire history of the band. From clubs and festivals to concerts and live radio performance, the band has won over fan and skeptic alike with their obvious love of the music they play and delight in sharing it. You can expect to hear your favorite Beatles songs performed brilliantly, hits and album cuts as you've come to know and love them.  

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


Edge if The West plus David Holodiloff Sextet


A Two Band Multi-Genre Dance-Til-You-Drop Music Festival

Fri. Jan. 1 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +


Edge of the West is a rock n' roots jam band that plays danceable, fun music with heart. Their quirky originals and inventive instrumental journeys take you out there, and then bring it all back home with good old hippie classics and soulful covers. The shows are always a good party. Edge of the West mixes their own songs with eclectic selections from a variety of genres. On any given night you might hear anything from Johnny Cash to Grateful Dead to Sun Ra. Notes from the underground drift like smoke signals to a strange, familiar place where old friends meet for the very first time - the Edge of the West.  Guitar - Jim Lewin / Bass - Bill Laymon / Drums - Marty Carpenter / Piano - Lachlann Kane

Dave Holodiloff is a musician and band leader exploring the acoustic frontiers of the mandolin on the stages of Northern California and beyond. Heralded as “the hardest working musician in Monterey” by the Monterey County Weekly, Dave has made a name for himself both as a performer at festivals and concert venues and as an acoustic event entertainment specialist. His dynamic musical repertoire includes Jazz Standards, Bluegrass Traditionals, Sultry Sambas, Celtic Classics, Gypsy Swing, Latin Rhythms, and much more. David is an experienced percussionist, vocalist, and guitar player in addition to his skills on the mandolin.

Artists sites and sounds:  www.reverbnation.com  and http://daveholodiloff.com

Christian Martin (Dirtybird)
Grensta and DeLuxen 
Get Schwifty -- Deep House Party


Thu. Jan. 7 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door ALL OPEN FLOOR­ - ages 21+

Christian Martin:  Since 1995, Christian Martin has explored electronic music from one  end of the earth to the other; from full-moon parties in the deserts of California to the thumping, dark corners of the London club scene. Christian followed his love for spleen-rattling bass to San Francisco in 2000, where he met up with the now legendary dirtybird crew. The Dirtybird BBQ was the brainchild of the four original members: Christian & his brother Justin Martin, and friends Claude VonStroke and Worthy. They had a personal mission to change the landscape of San Francisco house music by throwing an epic free party in the park, based on their new signature sound.Ten years later the original DirtyBird crew remains fully intact and as close knit as ever - traversing the globe, releasing records, and throwing the best parties in their wake.

Grensta: With releases on Mass Records, Perfect Driver, Playhous.net ,House Of Hustle and more to come, 2015 is proving to be a big year for Grensta.  Ryan Grennan, known as Grensta, began his early dj career in college playing the biggest parties at Chico State. His sound and style evolved into a hybrid of dirty bass with a dash of soulful house. Winning Discovery Project Beyond Wonderland 2015 was a big moment for Grenta's career.

DeLuxen:  Straight Outta Santa Cruz, CA. Bjorn Berg now known as DeLuxen has experimented with a myriad of DJ styles.  He is known to play the most cutting edge electronic music and has done so internationally.  From holding a residency at the Uni Bar in the Gold Coast, Australia to playing boat parties in Bali and promoting in Ibiza this kid has  seemingly done it all and yet he is just getting started .

Artist sites and sounds: https://soundcloud.com/christianmartin   and https://soundcloud.com/grenstathekid and DeLuxen at https://soundcloud.com/bjorn-berg

Buy tickets now at: www.eventbrite.com/e/get-shwifty-ft-dirtybird-christian-martin-tickets-19214187151

Tony McManus 7pm Concert

Scottish-born virtuoso Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music

Sun. Jan. 10 at 7pm
$15 adv./$17 door  seated <21 w/parent

$13 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate


Scottish-born virtuoso guitarist with a passion for traditional music and acoustic guitar. Tony McManus has come to be recognized 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:   www.tonymcmanus.com

Roy Zimmerman


Riveting satire in song. What a night of entertainment.  "You're brilliant. Just brilliant!" --  Terry Jones, Monty Python

Thu. Jan. 14 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent


Roy Zimmerman sings satirical songs - original songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence,  Republicans (a lot of songs about Republicans), ignorance, war and greed. There's a decidedly Lefty slant to his lyrics. "We used to have a name for Right Wing satire," he says. "We called it 'cruelty.'"  The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'" Joni Mitchell says , "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection." In twelve albums over twenty years and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. And everywhere Zimmerman goes, the Starving Ear goes with him. The Starving Ear is Zimmerman's homage to San Francisco's legendary nightclub the hungry i . In the late 50's and early 60's the hungry i was a flashpoint for such talents as Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, Maya Angelou, the Kingston Trio, and a melting pot of music, comedy and social message.

"You're brilliant. Just brilliant!"  -- Terry Jones, Monty Python

Artist sites and sounds:   www.royzimmerman.com

Locomotive Breath


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

Fri. Jan. 15 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Locomotive Breath is a classic rock cover band: a tribute to an era 1967-1976 focusing on 7 Iconic bands of that period; Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors. Locomotive Breath is led by local bassist Daniel Vee Lewis and joined by lead vocalist Ryder Webb, guitarist Del Smith Penny, guitarist Ted Welty, and drummer Rob Ouse, including special guest saxophonist / Flutist, Terrel Eaton. So bust out your blue jeans and tie-dyes and come rock out with this exciting new classic rock band!

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

Ruth Moody Band


 Ruth,  of The Wailin' Jennys, is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tue Jan. 19 at 7:30pm
$13 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, received five Juno awards nominations, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the American national radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Although best known for her work with The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her talent as a songwriter. Writing with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.ruthmoody.com and www.ruthmoody.com/videos/

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers


They have played Merlefest, DelFest, and the 2015 season of the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains” and between them have own 8 IBMA awards.

Wed. Jan. 20 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

While it might not be true that Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are, as one colleague recently said, “ the most intelligent band in bluegrass, ” it is true that few other groups range so widely across the bluegrass community.  With three on-air bluegrass radio personalities in the band, they ' re almost certainly, as Lester Flatt might have said, the broadcastingest band in bluegrass, and with two journalists, a columnist and a media professor, they ' re probably the writingest, too. Founded by guitarist Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance.  Indeed, the group boasts three broadcasters who appear regularly on SiriusXM ' s Bluegrass Junction — Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger — and Jones and Weisberger have won acclaim for both musical and industry achievements, with the former earning an IBMA Song of the Year trophy ( “ Fork In The Road ” ) and IBMA Broadcaster and Print Media Person of the Year awards.  Weisberger collected the latter honor over a decade ago and and was the first recipient of the organization ' s Songwriter of the Year award in 2012

Artist sites and sounds: http://chrisjonesgrass.com/chris-jones-the-night-drivers/

Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez

A voice that is a natural wonder - like the Grand Canyon. -  The Washington Post

Fri. Jan. 29 at 8pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Most powerful and entertaining female blues singer of her generation - Bluesbytes.com

Candye Kane believes the universe makes no mistakes. She doesn't view a stereotypical patriarchal God seated on a velvet throne in flowing white robes granting wishes and deciding who will live or die. Kane believes the universe, or your higher power or whatever you feel comfortable calling it, has already made decisions and already knows what you are capable of, long before you take your first step or have your first all night cry over the rejection of a girl or boy at school. The universe has already strengthened you for the most radical endurance race of all--LIFE. In 1983, Candye was a teenage mom from the poor side of Los Angeles, it was welfare and food stamps by day, hard drug use and nude modeling by night, while at the same time yodeling and moshing alongside groundbreaking punk bands like the Circle Jerks, X and FEAR in Hollywood's underground music scene.

To help pay the bills she appeared on the covers of Hustler and High Society, whilst peddling her cassettes of original hillbilly music to anyone who would listen along the Venice, CA Boardwalk. It didn't take long before Candye signed a management deal with The Halsey Agency, the first agency to promote American music behind the Iron Curtain, she became close friends with Dave Alvin, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakum who wisely encouraged her to always be honest about her colorful past. "Be yourself Candye. It's what you're good at" said Yoakum.

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

Mark Hummel's 25th Annual
Blues Harmonica Blowout

w/Curtis Salgado, Andy Santana, Jason Ricci, Anson Funderbugh, Little Charlie, Aki Kumar, Big Jon Atkinson, Kyle Rowland, Wes Starr & RW Grigsby

Mark Hummel has been producing and starring in the Mark Hummel Blue Harmonica Blowouts for a quarter century.  Time to celebrate this landmark anniversary with a huge blowout.

Sat. Jan. 30 at 8pm
$25 adv./$30 door  Dance – ages 21 +


Mark Hummel:  Grammy Award nominee and winner of two Blues Music Awards in 2014, Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 & has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation.

Curtis Salgado :  Blues harmonica giant who inspired John Belushi's Blue's Brothers character and was Robert Cray vocalist

Andy Santana: of Soul Drivers and West Coast Playboys — vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player

Jason Ricci:   Young powerful world renown phenom –spearheading the next generation of harp players

Anson Funderbugh: from Texas, band leader of Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets

Little Charlie: Alligator recording artist and guitar great of Little Charlie & The Nightcats.

Aki Kumar:   "--old school blues at its finest by way of India.  And the lad has soul to spare."  Dan Aykroyd

Big Jon Atkinson : Speaking an Old Language to a New Generation

Kyle Rowland: Master of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues

Wes Starr & RW Grigsby: Wes is famed Austin drummer and bassman RW provides the thunder

Artist sites and sounds:  www.markhummel.com and   www.curtissalgado.com and www.reverbnation.com/andysantanaband   and   Anson at www.piedmonttalent.com/artists/artist.cfm?id=41  and http://www.alligator.com/artists/Little-Charlie-and-The-Nightcats and Jason at www.mooncat.org and  www.akikumar.com/home and Jon at www.bigjonandthenationals.com

The Bobs 7pm Concert


A Cappella Entertainment-- The Bobs (prat)fall outside a cappella traditions, landing in a hot tub of humor and vocal prowess

Sun. Jan. 31 at 7:00pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent


A band without instruments?! The Bobs (prat)fall outside a cappella traditions, landing in a hot tub of humor and vocal prowess. What other band can headline The American Songbook series, open for Frank Zappa and The Dead, and perform for 700 million people on the Emmy Awards? Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python--Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin--J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that's THE BOBS.

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

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo


Les Paul named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Together Frank & Vinny are explosive and big fun to see and hear. 


Thu. Feb. 4 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal.Yes, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills, but what you should also know is that their music is fun! Look at the collection of songs on their album, Melody Magic. They play the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a non-stop romp, and they cover the classic from Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger,” along with works by Bach, Bizet, Grieg, and Sting. The website all about jazz calls the album a “finely crafted collection of some of the greatest classic(al) music melodies in existence, arranged by one of the most talented, earnest-and-enlightened guitarists in the business today.”

Artist sites and sounds:  http://frankvignola.com   and  www.vinnyraniolo.com

Aja Vu plays Steely Dan 

and Stealin' Chicago plays Chicago

One Great band plays tribute to two legendary rock bands -- get ready to dance all night 

Sat. Feb. 6 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Aja Vu has long beautifully performed the music of Steely Dan and now they have added a generous set of Chicago Tunes to a long evening of stellar, totally danceable music.  That's right:  one great band, two great tributes. The San Francisco-based band won KFOX's Last Band Standing competition on the Bay Area's #1 rated Greg Kihn Show two years running! From "Reelin' In The Years" to "Deacon Blues" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and special treasures from Fagen's solo outings, you CAN buy a thrill when you hear the tight chunky horns, vocals and solos note for note and phrase for phrase backed up by an unparalleled rhythm section.The Aja Vu show recreates the combination of rock, jazzy blues and unique storytelling that has made the Steely Dan sound endure throughout pop culture for 30+ years!

Stealin' Chicago has an outsized respect for the music of Chicago and a dedication to re-create how it was recorded by Terry Kath, Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera and their different vocal styles. The unique sound incorporates gigantic melodic horn lines and is the sound of Chicago.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.ajavu.com and  www.stealinchicago.com



Sat. Feb. 13 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

High Energy Celtic Rock and World Music from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic Countries

The last 27 years have seen Tempest release nine critically acclaimed CDs on Magna Carta, and play more than 2,000 gigs. 2016 will see Tempest continue touring and bringing their Celtodelic Rock to their established and new fans while supporting their new album, “The Tracks We Leave”, on Magna Carta Records.  Tempest were inspired by a Dakota Sioux proverb on the “The Tracks We Leave”, which has triple references to the environmental, spiritual and musical tracks we leave upon the world we live in.  Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.tempestmusic.com

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
 2pm matinee


 Powerful, unadorned, traditional bluegrass--Danny's voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today

Sun. Feb. 21 at 2pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. This coming year brings renewed excitement! With Danny Paisley on guitar Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny's son Ryan on mandolin, the next generation of up and coming pickers. Southern Grass also includes: Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen, and Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac) on banjo; Doug Meek from York County PA (inspired by his grandfather fiddler) on fiddle and Eric Troutman on bass. Eric Troutman (from Gratz, PA) on bass, who started pickin at the age of 9, when his grandfather gave him a mandolin. As a member of The Southern Grass, Eric is not only known for his driving bass playing but also for his fine lead and tenor singing. Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, traditional bluegrass.  Danny's lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today.

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

Helm, Sese Eegan, Helene & Bellydance International

Plus members of Satinka , Persephone Dance Company , and the Sisters of the Desert Sky , plus stunning soloists Natasha Feldthouse and Catherine Cooper.

Bellydance & Live Music Spectacular


Thur. Feb. 25 at 7.30pm
$17 adv./ $20 door  seated <21 w/parent

Helm: Since their beginnings in the early 1990's Helm has been continually expanding their repertoire, from original compositions which have become classics in the world of Tribal Bellydance, to traditional music from throughout the Mediterranean region. During their recent visit with the Tribal Mafia Bellydance in Moscow, Helm performed several Russian Tzigan pieces and is currently working on a new release including these songs. Based in Marin County, Helm has been touring internationally, and in addition to their 8 albums they have provided sound for both film and television productions. With Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, accordion and vocals, and with Mark Bell and David 2Hawks Glazier on percussion, Helm brings eclectic textures of the middle east and beyond.

Sese Eegan founded her dance school Bellydance Basics in 1987 and continues to train creative professionals and new shooting stars into the Bay Area Bellydance scene. Sese is a successful competition soloist and was named the 1994 Bellydancer of the Year, and in 1995 she won first prize in the Complete Bellydancer category at the Bellydancer of the Universe Contest in Long Beach.

Helene is director of Bellydance International and has been teaching, performing and promoting Bellydance for over 25 years. She was recipient of the Gail Rich Award in 2002 for her significant contribution of the arts in Santa Cruz County. 

Artist sites and sounds www.helmmusic.com and www.bellydancebasics.com and Bellydance International with Helene 

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper


Ten, (10), TEN time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award

Mon. Feb. 29 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

It comes as no surprise that Michael Cleveland, ten-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award - the most awarded in that category, is considered one of the premier bluegrass musicians of his generation. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael's musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. He debuted at the Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss and was hand picked for the IBMA Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after guest, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Dale Ann Bradley in recent years. However, it wasn't until 2006, when Michael formed his band Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision. Since then, the band has earned numerous IBMA awards and nominations, toured extensively throughout the US and internationally, and achieved the number one slot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart for their second release Fired Up. Now, with the release of On Down the Line, their third album and first for new label home Compass Records, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are poised to add fuel to the fire they've already sparked in the bluegrass world.

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

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