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Phil Marsh
with Special Guests featuring Patti Maxine

CD Release Phil Marsh
1969-2016



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

Wed. July 20 at 7:30pm
$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

Eva Salina & Peter Stan  



Balkan Dance Tonight —powered by renowned singer and Serbian/Romanian Romani accordionist 

Thu. July 21 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Eva Salina is a renowned singer, interpreter of traditional and traditionally-based Balkan music. Nurtured through years of mentorship by some of the greatest living Balkan musicians, and recently named a 2015 NYFA Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts, Eva has devoted her life to the longevity and evolution of East European musical traditions. Eva's rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression inherent in Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop sounds with her singular interpretations. 

Peter Stan is a Serbian/Romanian Romani accordionist known equally for his playfulness and innovation as he is for his undeniably soulful, intuitive improvisations.  Together, Eva and Peter draw on a strong musical friendship, the diversity of their creative professional experiences, and their shared love of Balkan Romani music, creating a welcoming space where joy and sorrow seamlessly coexist.

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

Donna Jean Godchaux w/ Shady Groove


Donna Jean sang with Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Boz Scaggs and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios

THE WHEEL COMPANY PRESENTS

Fri. July 22 at 8:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Donna Jean Godchaux is an American singer, best known for having been a member of the Grateful Dead from 1972 until 1979.   Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios , home of the legendary “Muscle Shoals Sound,” on records like Elvis Presley's “Suspicious Minds,” Percy Sledge's “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux,and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band .

Shady Groove: 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. 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 and http://donnajeangodchauxband.info

The Jayhawks plus Fernando Viciconte



Bringing the legendary harmonies and distinctive
 arrangements they are famous for, touring behind a stellar new album "Paging Mr. Proust"

Sat. July 23 at 8pm
$25 adv./$30 door ALL STANDING – ages 21 +

The Jayhawks:   The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90's they became a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) on the Def American label. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue”. When Olson left to pursue a solo career, Louris singularly took over the songwriting role in The Jayhawks creating the band's enduring sound on some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). Louris continues to write and tour with the longtime core group of Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O'Reagan. While the touring line-up has changed over the years and Olson briefly reappeared in 2010 to record and tour, this classic lineup maintains a commitment to adventure and forward motion in their shows and in their recordings. Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine. 

Fernando Viciconte has a voice that caused countless rags like Billboard, Magnet, Paste, The Oregonian, No Depression (and on and on) plus fellow musicians like Peter Buck from REM, Don Dixon, and Steve Wynn to rave wildly about the feeling it evokes . These rock n roll laments, in both Spanish and English have captured the imaginations of his hometown for seven records, countless compilations, and memorable shows. Now Fernando–and ‘that voice' –has emerged stronger than ever with a full-length LP entitled “Leave the Radio On”.

Artist sites and sounds: www.jayhawksofficial.com  and   www.fernandoviciconte.com

Hot Club of Baltimore w/Alexis Tantau
plus The Jimmy Grant Ensemble  7pm Concert



An East Coast/
West Coast coming together of premier bands celebrating the music of the great DJANGO REINHARDT 

Sun. July 24 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

Hot Club of Baltimore is a world-class ensemble specializing in the early Jazz of the 1930's and 40's with particular emphasis on the music and style of French guitarist Django Reinhardt. The band is led by acclaimed guitarist Michael Joseph Harris and features the captivating Alexis Tantau on vocals in both French and English.

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Jimmy Grant Ensemble performs primarily in the style of Django Reinhardt, infusing swing era pieces, original work, and traditional gypsy tunes with the jazz guitar pioneer's crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies. Jimmy Grant was recently a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting competition for his original song “Insomnia,” and also had an interview with Guitar World for his “5 in 5? project, in which he wrote five different songs in five days. His style synthesizes a rich blend of Russian folk, bluegrass, Celtic and classical music while remaining true to Django's innovative guitar technique. The Jimmy Grant Ensemble will bring together two guitars, bass, and violin in an intimate yet energy-charged performance. 

Artists sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/HotClubBaltimore/ and www.jimmygrant.net

 

 

 

feral fauna, KR3TURE , Hamid--Inner Rhythm

 




Ecstatic Dance Tonight --acoustic & electronic, organic & digital, DJ and live performers

Wed. July 27 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

feral fauna: by weaving sultry female vocals with acoustic instrumentation and electronic production, feral fauna create intriguing musical contrasts between acoustic & electronic, organic & digital, feminine & masculine

KR3TURE: (Krikor is "Creature") a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Santa Cruz Cruz, CA creating powerful and emotive music using gritty acoustic and deep electronic ingredients.  He will join up with saQi tonight.

Hamid --Inner Rhythm is a DJ'd, lightly facilitated free-form ecstatic dance/movement meditation experience. It is a practice of surrendering to the moment and to our body's wisdom. It is an opportunity for allowing, feeling, and expressing all the emotional qualities and textures that make up this human experience. It is about movement.  Let's dance.

Artists sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/feralfauna/ and  https://soundcloud.com/kr3ture and http://hamidmartin.com

 CANCELLED   Woods  

 

 



Distilling life epiphanies into compact chunks of psychedelic folk

Thu. July 28 at 8pm

$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents



ROCK TRIPLE SHOT
Refract, Hot Stone Stars, Bangalore



A guitar driven, red-hot motorcycle ride you don't want to miss! 

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

Refract: a five-piece based in San Jose -- is fronted by lead vocalist, songwriter Elise Tarens, who is joined by Alex Bruno & Justin Fode (guitars), Baron Chase on bass and Nick Muchow on drums churning out wailing guitars and head-banging deep grooves.

Hot Stone Star: The hard rocking sound of Santa Cruz based HOT STONE STARS delivers the perfect platform for the soulful vocals of their lead vocalist Star Stern. With a brother and sister bond at it's core, Stony Stern's guitar pyrotechnics erupt against a blazing backdrop of detonating rhythms provided by Grammy® leavened bassist Michael Lazarus and the pulsating drums of Richard Wasso. To experience their music live is to realize something very special is happening in the room, more than the sum of it's parts, burning bright, shining what you feel on everyone else around you. HOT STONE STARS will release their debut CD entitled "MANDALA" at Don Quixote's International Music Hall, where hard copies will be available for the very first time!

Bangalore is a power trio (Josh, Tim and Cedric) playing their own brand of Rock / Ska / Punk / Surf that serves as the perfect backdrop for the skate and surf culture Santa Cruz is so well known for.


Artists sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/refractband and www.facebook.com/i.love.hotstonestars and www.reverbnation.com/bangalore6

Carolyn Sills Combo plus Bean Creek

 



Vintage swinging juke box, early country, bluegrass and mountain music – Dance Tonight

Sat. July 30 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +  PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Carolyn Sills Combo:  A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music.  Nominated for a 2016 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group, 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.   The Carolyn Sills Combo received 4 nominations from the Academy of Western Artists for western swing group, western swing album, western swing song (Bad for You) and western swing female singer.

Bean Creek: The voice of Bean Creek is imbued with early country and mountain music, yet has a joyful and exuberant quality all its own. Their music is a soulful expression from a group of talented, experienced players who understand and love bluegrass music, and perform it with vigor and honesty.

Artist sites and sounds: www.carolynsills.com and http://beancreekbluegrass.com

Smooth Hound Smith On Tour with Dixie Chicks



Dynamic Tennessee roots duo play DQ's on a mid-run break from their big Dixie Chicks tour

Sun. July 31 at 7pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' American roots duo comprised of "one-man-band" Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion).  Established in 2012, and currently based in East Nashville, TN, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and a lot of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.smoothhoundsmith.com


Jerry Garcia Birthday Bluegrass Bash with Dave Holodiloff Bluegrass Band



A broad, danceable selection of songs and hot jams spanning Jerry Garcia's career with "The Grateful Dead", "Old and In The Way", and more

Mon. 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 7th 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


Spindrift plus The Spiral Electric



Psychedelic western influenced cinematic rock and a brightly colored, psychedelic cruise

Wed. Aug. 3 at 8pm

$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 + 

Spindrift  is a psychedelic western influenced cinematic rock band created by singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas. "Spindrift: experimental, epic, cinematically inspired music more akin to the textured, symphonic layers of Portishead than the chaps and 10-gallon hat–wearing Riders in the Sky---makes you feel like you've just been made love to by a handsome stranger, a genius visceral experience." - LA WEEKLY. "Spindrift are living the American dream, were it written by acid-popping UFO enthusiasts with a hard-on for John Wayne"  - THE SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY

The Spiral Electric: "--- I just came back from an exciting journey around Spiral Electric land – their firstborn shows what this Bay Area outfit is all about: orchestrating a brightly colored, psychedelic cruise, using long-drawn, moody melodies, accompanied by misty, echoing harmonies that grow softly on you – trippy drums, sitar vibes, 60s organs and wah-wah guitars in the sky with diamonds – the psychedelic scene is quite big in San Francisco, to stand out and be noticed is not always an easy ride unless you deliver the sonic goods which this electrifying four piece does with magnificent instrumental compositions produced with a mind-blowing flair and an inventive 60s sensibility—“ -- Turn Up The Volume

Artist sites and sounds:    www.spindriftwest.com and www.reverbnation.com/thespiralelectric

Global Guitar Summit: Konarak Reddy (India), Matthew Montfort (USA), and Teja Gerken (Germany)



The Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos performing solo and ensemble pieces.

Thu. Aug. 4 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

The Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos performing solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features Indian nylon string guitarist Konarak Reddy, American scalloped fretboard and fretless guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, and German fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken.

Konarak Reddy: Hailing from Bangalore, India, Konarak Reddy is a legend among music aficionados in his home country. Konarak draws his inspiration from multiple sources, immersing himself in both Western classical guitar and traditional Indian music on the sarod. He studied jazz improvisation at Boston's Berklee College of Music and the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, from which he graduated with honors. Today, his playing integrates Hindustani and Carnatic styles into contemporary solo guitar masterpieces.

Matthew Montfort: is the leader of the world music ensemble Ancient Future . Featured in the December 2009 commemorative Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine, Montfort is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar.

Teja Gerken:  German-born Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the Global Guitars show.

Artist sites and sounds: http://www.ancient-future.com/pr_global_guitar_trio_2016.html

The Puffball Dance Collective plus Coffee Zombie Collective




Collectively more wild fun than any
two bands should legally be allowed to be

Fri. Aug. 5 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 + 

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

The Puffball Dance Collective – Extended musical journeys crafted to lift you up.  It's a puffball dance party! Featuring members of the  “Banana Slug String Band”, “Slugs and Roses”, the “Barrelmakers”, instrumental funk project “Velour,” Jim Lewin's “Edge of the West”, and a slew of talented local musicians, The PDC reaches into the back pocket of the great bands of the past such as Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, while at the same time creating their own sound and playing their own material.  Featuring twin guitars, organ, a rock-solid rhythm section and sweet vocal harmonies, the Puffball Dance Collective crafts extended musical journeys that are sure to lift everyone to new heights of collective dancing puffball consciousness.  Coffee Zombie Collective was formed with one thing in mind: bringing music to the people in a very creative way. Our ever-expanding set list sweeps from very fun takes on rock anthems and originals, to old-time standards, and right back through 80's and 90s hits, all with our distinctive CZC twist. Our live performances energize festivals, and light up local street corners.  With our lineup of acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, upright bass, trumpet, boomslap, and melodica, crowds quickly form and sing-alongs and dance-alongs ensue.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.reverbnation.com/puffballdancecollective and http://coffeezombiecollective.com

Spirit of ' 76

 



Tonight Spirit of '76 will be performing all vintage Grateful Dead all night

Sat. Aug. 6 at 8:30pm

$12 adv/$15 door Dance – ages 21 + 

Tonight Spirit of '76 will be performing a full night of Grateful Dead.  Featuring Matt Hartle, Jerry Brown, Mark Corsolini, Roger Sideman, Sunshine Becker, and Steve Sofranko.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.facebook.com/gratefuldeadspirit76/photos


The Jones Gang (formerly Houston-Jones)
plus   Teresa Tudury



High Octane Americana meets a wild, funny and powerful cross  between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt

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

The Jones Gang (formerly Houston-Jones) : High Octane Americana?.  This band is a reincarnation of the group Houston Jones, performing high octane Americana, roots and bluegrass, with some new faces on lead and pedal steel guitar.  They perform popular Houston Jones hits, as well as originals.  They are: Travis Jones, acoustic and electric guitar, lead and background vocals and percussion — This strong, vibrant talent has performed with a wide array of artists. He's shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel and Waylon Jennings – Night Ranger and the Doobie Brothers - John Hartford and Levon Helm, just to name a few. Henry Salvia, keyboards, lead and background vocals & percussion — Hailing from Detroit this Houston Jones band member since 2005 brought a lifetime of experience to the band. He worked with Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones, and Al Kooper. Peter Tucker, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals — Rolling Stone Magazine described Peter as "one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in rock music." Peter recorded with Tim Hardin and worked with Richie Havens, The Waybacks, and of course, Houston Jones.  Joshua Zucker, upright & electric bass, background vocals, percussion. Teresa Tudury : Hold on to your seats as Teresa Tudury takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. “Picture a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt musically, and toss in the most side-splitting stage patter imaginable, and you have Ms. Tudury.” — Johnny Angel, LA Weekly “I think ‘Cheering Your Little Ass On' is the greatest song ever written.” —Charles Perry, Rolling Stone and LA Times

Artist sites and sounds: www.thejonesgang.com and www.teresatudury.net

Calico, Amelia White, Flypaper Blues



A magic mix of California Country, Nashville alt-country, Americana & Bluegrass

Mon. Aug. 8 at 7:30pm

$10 adv./$10 door  seated <21 w/parent

Calico   is a female Americana / California Country trio comprised of award winning singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher, and Aubrey Richmond. The hypnotic country trio from the San Fernando Valley, CALICO the band, who not only shook the stage at STAGECOACH FESTIVAL 2014 and whose music has been featured on the smash ABC TV show, Nashville as well as NBC's The Night Shift, released their debut album RANCHO CALIFORNIA on their own label, California Country Records in September of 2014. Charted at #2 on The Alternate Root Radio Chart, with the single “Runaway Cowgirl” featured in the top 10 new artist additions for the Country Radio charts .

Amelia White's new album HOME SWEET HOTEL comes on the heels of a string of well-regarded releases and song placements in television shows like Justified and Summerland.  Journalist and Music City Roots host Craig Havighurst says Amelia comes from "that classic place between singer/songwriter, jangle pop and country that comes for the beating heart of the Americana format.  Her voice is plaintive and real, and her songs each have some fascinating crystalline shape that invites close attention and touch."  She is fresh off her European tour.

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.ameliawhite.com and  www.facebook.com/Flypaper-Blues-203648733343499/

Trout Farm Family Fundraiser 

Mofongo, Cruz Control, Wild Stallions



Come out and enjoy an evening of awesome music, friends and dancing to support the McGuire's who lost everything in the recent fire at the Tout Farm Inn

Fri. Aug. 12 at 8pm

$12 adv./$12 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Mofongo is a collection of talented and fun musicians from all over Santa Cruz county. We get together and have great Blues and Funk parties!

Cruz Control may have started out as another Santa Cruz ukulele band, but they have expanded into a multi-genre force. Consisting of guitarist Stan Parola, bassist Gary Cunningham, and Vince Tuzzi on guitar – this trio has all it needs to keep you entertained. They stamp their own creative mark on tunes from just about every musical artist you can think of from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Hank Williams, and Guy Clark to The Beatles, J.J. Cale, and Roy Orbison, to name a few.

Wild Stallions:   The party starts with the Wild Stallions

Artist sites and sounds: Mofongo www.facebook.com/Mofongo-Santa-Cruz-804874426196624/  and Cruz Control   www.facebook.com/Cruz-Control-166542066831264/?ref=bookmarks

The Jerry Celebration Band




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

Sat. Aug. 13 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 ! 

SonoMusette: The Sound and Spirit of Twentieth Century Paris   7pm Concert

The Music of Edith Piaf , Jacques Brel , and more



Sun. Aug. 14 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the 'bal-musette' tradition.

French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass, and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. This music has retained its power to charm and transport listeners, and SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation. Inspired by the great performers of that era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you to an evening in Paris as they bring bal-musette to the 'moderne' era.

Mimi Pirard • vocalist / Robert Lunceford • accordion /Jason Briggs • guitar and upright bass /Jan Martinelli • upright bass and piano /Richard Andrews • drums.  Artist sites and sounds: http://www.sonomusette.com

and concert:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oxZlOrgyJw

The Red Light District, Bobcat Rob Armenti, Big Bear

 



Roots of folk, blues and driving, infectious Rock N Roll.  Celebrating The Redlight District's Tour Kick Off.

Wed. Aug. 17 at 8pm

$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Redlight District is a psychedelic rock and roll quartet from Santa Cruz, California comprised of Stephan Sams (vocals), Ravi Lamb (lead guitar), Dan Leitner (keyboards), and Keoki Thompson (drums). Their frenetic live performances blend elements of delta blues, jazz melody, and soul, weaving meticulously embellished, percussive guitar lines with dynamically intricate rock-organ. Thompson brings a relentless battery of off-kilter beats to the table, locking-in with Leitner's bass hooks providing a backdrop for Sams' baritone croon, which moves from tranquil melody into manic wails.

Bobcat Rob Armenti is an American Songwriter with a hankering for real, boot stomping, feel good, sometimes hard hitting but mostly uplifting music straight from the soul. Off the stage, the music never stops. Bobcat is known for his alternative shows, passion driven musical engagements for whomever happens to be around. From the streets of Santa Cruz and San Francisco to backyard campfires and gatherings all over the country.

Luke Kinney is a story teller and song writer from San Diego Ca, going by the name Big Bear. 

Luke captures heart felt moments in his songs, and often blends humor in his songwriting as well. Luke currently lives in Santa Cruz Ca, playing locally and through out the united states. Luke puts on a show you wont forget, and you never know what he might do.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.theredlightdistrictband.com and www.bobcatrobarmenti.com and www.facebook.com/bigbearluke and http://bigbear2.bandcamp.com/releases


Andre Thierry

 



Louisiana Dance Party-- Andre's Alternative Creole rhythms are sinfully infectious

Thu. Aug. 18 at 7:30pm

$12 adv./$14 door Dance – ages 21 +

COME EARLY FOR CAJUN GUMBO DINNER SPECIAL                                                  

GRAMMY Nominated, Andre Thierry is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a toddler. Andre's French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana although he was born and reared in northern California. Michael Tisserand, author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, considered the definitive book on the history of Zydeco music, wrote, “In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition.”

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

A Tribute to Van Morrison
featuring Kevin Brennan & Wavelength

 




During the 1960's Kevin Brennan played in a band with Van Morrison himself called The Great Eight. Kevin & Van teamed up again in the 1980's

Fri. Aug. 19 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Kevin Brennan & Wavelength: Kevin's music career began in his hometown of Belfast, Ireland, where during the 1960's he played in a band with Van Morrison called The Great Eight. In 1974 he did a world cruise on the P.O. Cruise Line with his band and continued to tour extensively in Europe and Ireland. He came to the states to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late seventies, and made it his new home. There he formed his own band called Claddagh and played the S.F. club scene for years. He teamed up with Van Morrison again, performing and opening his shows throughout the 80's. He has played at many notable venues such as San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and at the Paul Mason Winery with Van Morrison and the Legendary Irish band The Chieftains. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.wavelength-kevinbrennan.com

The Authentic ELVIS Experience Starring Jim Anderson & the Rebels

 



Bringing you Elvis Presley from The Sun Studio years of the 1950's to the Vegas Spectaculars – the whole ELVIS live music experience but without the jumpsuits.

Sat. Aug. 20 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Bringing you Elvis Presley from The Sun Studio years of the 1950's to the Vegas Spectaculars – the whole ELVIS experience. Jim Anderson & the Rebels have been performing in Washington, Nevada, all over California to SOLD OUT Venues.  They have been touted by Lifelong Elvis Fans as, "The Most Authentic Tribute to Elvis Presley and His Music to Date!"  They perform at Festivals, Fairs, Concert Halls, Theaters, Private Events, Opera Houses, Concert Series and more. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.jimandersonandtherebels.com

De Temps Antan 7pm Concert



French Canadian full-attacking, take-no-prisoners style of unfettered music freedom

Sun. Aug. 21 at 7pm  at 7pm
$18 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

$16 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

De Temps Antan will steal your heart away with their exuberant, full-attacking, take-no-prisoners style of unfettered freedom. Using Quebec's vibrant, living music tradition as a springboard for musical innovation, this power trio with brio catapults audiences into the future of French-Canadian music & culture. It takes a special combination to revisit & revitalize traditional music with equal measures of reverence, joy, humor & turn-on-a-dime instrumental virtuosity but this is what the triumphant triumvirate accomplish with astonishing ease. Formed in 2003 by members, at the time, of the esteemed ensemble La Bottine Souriante, the charismatic dynamo Andre Brunet (who also tours & records with the Celtic Fiddle Festival), Eric Beaudry & Pierre-Luc Dupuis, have since released three critically acclaimed CDs while performing around the world time-honored songs & melodies on fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki & foot percussion. Blending boundless energy with infectious joie de vivre, with De Temps Antan you will enjoy a musical event unlike any other.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://detempsantan.qc.ca/en/

Alisa Rose

 



Alisa's rich and smoky voice brings Irish and American Folk music into a bright new lyrical and edgy context

Mon. Aug. 22 at 7:30pm

 $10 adv./$10 door   seated <21 w/parent

After a decade of committing her academic and artistic life to uncovering the beauty and magic of Irish traditional music, vocalist Alisa Rose is conjuring new and entrancing experiences of traditional Irish and Folk music. Having appeared on stage with multiple Irish music legends, including John Doyle, Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis, Alisa is among Irish music's celebrated, up and coming musicians.   Alisa's rich and smoky voice is both distinctly unique, yet deeply invocative of the celebrated inheritance of Folk and Traditional music. Her work brings Irish and American Folk music into a bright new context, both lyrical and edgy.  

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


Dave Holodiloff Band

 



For fans of Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Folk & more the music will both delight and surprise

Wed. Aug. 24 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and ability to inspire partnerships with amazing musicians. The Dave Holodiloff Band is an original acoustic adventure that is equal parts jam and jazz, string band and symphony. A fantastic fusion of fun and sophistication, the music blends symphonic, traditional acoustic, and improvisatory elements to create a sound that is pure excitement. For fans of Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Folk, or Funk, the music will both delight and surprise. Dave and his smokin' band are a veritable acoustic music festival.  

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

The Waybacks

 



Eclectic and Dazzling Brew of Jam, Grass, Roots, and Rock

Thu. Aug. 25 at 7:30pm

$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

They draw freely from the old school and the old world, but The Waybacks are no throwback. They are as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay Area that claims them, and for well over a decade their experiments have always proven sharp-witted and musically dazzling. They're living proof that in music anyway, evolution and intelligent design are entirely compatible. “The whole spirit of improvisation – that's always been the cornerstone of this band for me,” says singer, songwriter, and guitarist James Nash. “Through all the stylistic changes and regardless of the instruments we're playing, to me the fun of this band has always been that in some ways I can do whatever I feel like doing at any moment.” That sense of spontaneity, wed to impeccable, turn-on-a-dime musicianship, has endeared the band to fans far and wide in its pursuit of ongoing musical adventure.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.waybacks.com

EXTRA LARGE plus Aza




TWO OF THE MOST DYNAMIC DANCE BANDS OF SANTA CRUZ TONIGHT


Fri. Aug. 26 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

EXTRA LARGE: from Santa Cruz, California, is a hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely “Santa One can't help but to be captured by his relentless positive and high-energy spirit. He wins over even the toughest of crowds and first timers to the Extra Large experience. Extra Larges upbeat and positive music is infectious and leaves the crowd happy and wanting more.

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: www.extra-large.net   and http://azamusic.com

BLUE plus Mike Renwick with Burns,
Renwick & Rags

 



Rock and roll, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, calypso, country, jazz, reggae, and Motown—Yep, we're gunna dance tonight

Sat. Aug. 27 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

BLUE was formed for a benefit concert, in 2005. For the past 11 years we have averaged 100 shows per year, and continue to amaze and delight audiences all over Northern California. All members sing lead, backup and harmony well, and we play a mix old rock and roll, country, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, truck drivin' music, calypso, reggae, and Motown hits. We  are a get up and dance, wiggle in your seats, and sing along band.

Mike Renwick with Burns, Renwick & Rags: The band was formed in the early 1970s and instantly became a hit all over the Bay Area and up and down the West Coast. As a trio with master musicianship, great vocals , and a sound that most compared to a five piece band, BR&R became a favorite for well known bands such as members of Tower of Power and others to sit in with on their nights off. The huge diversity of songs, incredible vocal harmonies and the band personality kept the group going for years as a mainstay at Bay Area clubs, private parties and corporate events. The song list covers jazz, R&B, pop, rock n' roll and even country music. It's now 2016 and the band plays on! They are Dave Burns, Mike Renwick, Robert Anthony Green (Rags). Come early.  Mike Renwick with Burns, Renwick & Rags will play a long set at 8pm. 

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

Simple Dreams: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt
7pm Concert



From Linda Ronstadt's  breakout song "Different Drum" to a rocking version of "You're No Good,” and so much more, Simple Dreams delivers a show of unforgettable tunes.

Sun. Aug. 28 at 7pm
  $15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Simple Dreams is a group of talented musicians paying tribute to the music of Linda Ronstadt. Focusing on her early years starting with the Stone Poneys and moving through her career to the early 80s, Simple Dreams covers her folk, rock and pop hits as they may have been played live. From her breakout song "Different Drum" to a rocking version of "You're No Good," Simple Dreams delivers a show of memorable tunes. Band members include Donna Seda on lead vocals, Jeff Ebbage on lead guitar and backup vocals, Eric Gilmore on bass, Will McDougal on keys, Kerry Johnson on pedal steel, Brendan McQueeney on drums and Angela Fisher on backup vocals.

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

Molly Tuttle Band

 



Molly appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

Wed. Aug. 31 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

Molly Tuttle Band: A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she's appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, last May, graduated from the Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.mollytuttle.net


The HillBenders present The Who's Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry



The Who's great Rock Opera presented bluegrass style by tour-de-force pickers and singers

Thu. Sept. 1 at 7:30pm

  $10 adv./$10 door  seated <21 w/parent

“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball”  Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who's Tommy. 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri's The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators. Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value". Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band. With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, The HillBenders bring Pete Townshend's original vision to life in a new and exciting way.

It's amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra. 

Artist sites and sounds:   http://whograss.com and   www.hillbenders.com

Miss Lonely Hearts, Jesse Daniel & The Slow Learners, Jaime Wyatt

 



California Rockin' Honky-Tonkin' Americana Country Dance Party

Fri. Sept. 2 at 8:30pm

$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Miss Lonely Hearts: California Honky Tonk from Santa Cruz, CA. It's a misnomer to say that the boys in Miss Lonely Hearts have a finger on the pulse of the Nor Cal country music scene, rather, they've been its lifeblood since the release of their sophomore effort, “Crying Bottle Blues” in 2012.  With their hard driving honky tonk sound, MLH has packed bar rooms and dance halls all up and down the West Coast, and opened for nationally touring acts like The Devil Makes Three, Eileen Jewel, and Brothers Comatose.

Jesse Daniel & The Slow Learners: Americana/ Country from Santa Cruz, CA "Raised in an old barn, deep in a mountain range, up-and-coming songwriter Jesse Daniel possesses an authenticity one would only find in a person who has lived the highs and lows he sings about. With classic country influence, and notes of blues driven rock & roll, Jesse lends himself to a unique sound. Jesse Daniel & The Slow Learners bring a good and rowdy time wherever it is they go!"

Jaime Wyatt: Jaime Wyatt is a striking figure that walks the Earth with an old soul. Despite Wyatt's roots in rock music, her vocal style has always been considered country, with a rich, sometimes raspy tone. She is often compared to Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn and Neko Case. Although Nancy Wilson of Heart professed loving Wyatt's “Punk Rock attitude.” Regardless of genre, Wyatt is all things classic and American; a dynamic performer, powerhouse singer and stellar guitar player, sailing between vintage 60's and 70's Country/ Rock/Soul anthems and heartfelt honky-tonk ballads.

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

Light Rain, Basinah, Desert Dream Dance Company, Bellydance International with Helene




Live Music and Bellydance Spectacular

Wed. Sept. 7 at 7:30pm

$17 adv./$20 door   seated <21 w/parent

Light Rain has been playing for Bellydancers in the Bay Area since the 1960's, and they have also inspired performances by the San Francisco Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet who performed to their music in the Robert Altman movie The Company. Doug Adamz plays violin and recorder, Russ Gauthier plays mandolin, guitar and banjo, Bill Amanteek plays bass, and Tim Bolling drums. Doug Adamz has made several solo albums and 4 with Light Rain, featuring his own compositions of romantic and mysterious music. His haunting violin sings to the gypsy in our souls.

Basinah is a multiple-award winning Bellydancer from the Bay Area. "What started as a birthday present turned into a love affair". One lesson is all it took and the rest is history.

The Desert Dream Dance Company is directed by Janelle Rodriguez who has a studio in Santa Cruz.

Also featured in this show are stunning dance stars : Sese , Janette Brenner , Kristy Aguirre , and Jessica Cooper .

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.dougadamz.com and www.basinahdances.com and www.desertdreamdance.com and www.facebook.com/BellyDanceInternationalWithHelene

The Rock Collection

 



Melvin Seals, Stu Allen, Lebo (of ALO), Greg Anton, Robin Sylvester

Thu. Sept. 8 at 8pm

$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Rock Collection: a thrilling, all-star musical and songwriting collaboration between Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band/JGB), Greg Anton (Zero), Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends/JGB), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO), and Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir's RatDog). These five players are among the most powerful and accomplished instrumentalists, singers and songwriters on the jamband circuit, with an amazingly seductive chemistry onstage. The Rock Collection performs songs written by band members Melvin Seals, Greg Anton (with co-writer Robert Hunter), Lebo and Stu Allen. They also drop in a few choice cover-tunes, performed with the band's unique musical approach. In concert, The Rock Collection features extended improvisations, three part harmonies, and dynamics that range from delicate ballads to blow-the-roof-off rock and roll.

Artist sites and sounds:   http://therockcollection.net

Locomotive Breath
with special guest AMERICAN IDOL super singer Lisa Leuschner

 



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

Fri. Sept. 9 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

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


Special Fun plus Zulu Spear

 



Two Pioneers of the World Beat Music Scene unite for a super special dance show

Sat. Sept. 10 at 8pm

$20 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

Special Fun and Zulu Spear played many gigs together in the 1980's and look forward to getting together again at Don Q on September 10!

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

Zulu Spear , who recorded on Capital Records, are well known as one of the founding pioneers of the 80's “World Beat” scene are back- blazing new trails with the release of their new video & singles “Dancing in The Jungle” and "Pray now" ! "The Best of World Beat Music". Zulu Spear's current lineup consists of original members:  Gideon Bendile ( lead vocals & dancer), Morgan-Nhlapo ( vocals & dancer) ,  Jerome A. Leonard Sr ( drummer  & vocals),  Ron Van Leeuwaarde, (guitar & vocals) ,Matthew Lacques ( guitar & vocals)  and  has added new members: Pope Flyne  (percussion & vocals ),  Jennifer Jolly (keys & vocals ) , Scott “Sven” Vento ( keys & trumpet), Patrick  Owens (bass), Zack  Pitt-Smith ( sax & flute) and Adam Beach (Sax). Come check out award winning Zulu Spear's inspiring, uplifting, energetic performance blending African Rhythms with Soulful Harmonies and Mesmerizing dance steps at their next performance.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/Zulu-Spear-Band-107605382647288/  and www.facebook.com/specialfunsolcircle/

Charmas presents Songs Of the Sea

 



Singalong sea chanteys and boat songs taking you on a high seas music adventure

Sun. Sept. 11 at 7pm

$12 adv./$14 door seated <21 w/parent

Hear breakers crashing. Taste the salty breeze. Paddle hard, boys, or we'll sink to our knees! Swarthy baritone Aaron Clegg takes you on a High Seas adventure, with vocal and instrumental accompaniment by Elise MacGregor Ferrell on fiddle, Jim Powell on guitar, Dan Blake on bass, and Devin Lara on drums.

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


The East Pointers

 



Hailing from Prince Edward Island, Canada--the sixth generation of a legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians

Wed. Sept. 14 at 7:30pm

$17 adv./$19 door  seated <21 w/parent

$15 at door to Members of The Celtic Society by way of $2 rebate

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

The East Pointers are three young men whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages. And while each member of the freshly formed trio – banjoist Koady Chaisson, fiddle player Tim Chaisson, and guitarist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, their recent union is a testament to their shared output being, to borrow a common adage, greater than the sum of its parts. The East Pointers' released their self-titled EP in October 2014. This 6-song collection carries a diverse mix of influences with an undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony. The cousins Chaisson hail from Prince Edward Island, Canada, part of the sixth generation of a heralded legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians. Tim tours the world as a performer/songwriter with a pop and country-tinged take on contemporary folk, with Koady often at his side or supporting other touring trad acts with his banjo, bass, and six-string. Jake, on the other hand, is based in Ontario and has played guitar and piano alongside a laundry list of award-winning performers from around the globe.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://eastpointers.ca

Stone Foxes




San Francisco's Stone Foxes show how great Rock ‘n Roll can move generations

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Fri. Sept. 16 at 9pm

$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Stone Foxes are San Francisco's rock band.   They bear the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge that rock 'n roll can move a new generation. They've played in front of thousands at festivals like Outside Lands and Voodoo Fest, they've headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater in their hometown and they have supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top.  Now, with the release of their fourth album, Twelve Spells, they have solidified a place in their City's rich rock 'n roll history.   

Artist sites and sounds: www.thestonefoxes.com

China Cats Grateful Dead Tribute

 



Come dance to Grateful Dead show after Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival in Felton

Sat. Sept. 17 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

Corky Siegel & James Lee Stanley 7pm Concert

 



Two very fiery, funny, entertaining and legendary music masters come together from Chicago and LA

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

Corky Siegel:   is known internationally as one of the world's great blues harmonica players,and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author. Corky's professional music career began when he founded the now legendary Siegel-Schwall Band in Chicago in 1964 with guitarist Jim Schwall. The group was a major component of the young generation of white blues artists—also including Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield—who learned the historic Chicago blues style at the feet and hands of such towering figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Sam Lay. Corky is the only Blues artist on exclusive classical label, Deutsche Grammophon, and on premier Blues label, Alligator Records.   “Wry humor, fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica captivated the crowd.” -  Kansas City Star

James Lee Stanley: His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. "It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” Village Voice

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

Matt Flinner Trio with Joe Craven



Imagine what fireworks are going to go off when these acoustic super pickers get together

Wed. Sept. 21 at 7:30pm

$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Matt Flinner Trio :  Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots music. Bluegrass, jazz and old-time music are all present here in their ways, along with a dose of classical chamber music composition and arrangement, as the members all draw from their wide array of musical loves, experiences and influences.  These influences boil down into the trio's own organic sound of New Acoustic / Modern String Band music. Whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you've never quite heard before.

Joe Craven: Joe has made music with many folks – notably The David Grisman Quintet, violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.  “His music combines so many diverse elements that it is practically its own genre.”

~ Audiophile Review.  Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe and so much more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.mattflinner.com/trio/ and http://joecraven.com


The Mother Hips

 



They are their own magical sub genre:  California Soul

Fri. Sept. 23 at 9pm

 $22 adv./$25 door ALL STANDING 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

The Mother Hips , the center of which is the duo of Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals), have spent over two decades writing, recording and performing songs, and die-hard fans who still talk about their “first Hips show,” have hung on every word and have enabled The Mother Hips to become a bona fide cottage industry. The band was even able to lay claim to a rock subgenre, “California Soul” (aptly arrived upon) so solidified that brands like Sierra Nevada Brewery crafted a beer “Hips Helles” based on the bands' sound.

Artist sites and sounds: www.motherhips.com

Aja Vu plays Steely Dan
and Stealin' Chicago plays Chicago



Sat. Sept. 24 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

Antoine Dufour, Craig D'Andrea,
Trevor Gordon Hall
7pm Concert




An evening of stunning acoustic instrumental guitar prowess from three mind blowing, multi-award winning young masters

Sun. Sept. 25 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Antoine Dufour: 33 year old Montreal, Canada based guitarist Antoine Dufour is known among the best guitar players in the world as a musician's musician. To fans of popular music, he deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions that transcends global cultures and languages. Antoine does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style. Craig D'Andrea: Connecticut based Craig D'Andrea is a fingerstyle guitarist and recording artist signed with Candy Rat Records.  Craig has toured in the USA, Canada, UK, China, and across Europe in support of his three full-length albums.  Craig has recently returned to the USA after a successful our of England and the Netherlands

Trevor Gordon Hall: Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched.

Artist sites and sounds: www.cadetmusicpresents.com

Steve Gunn

 



Flavors of country blues, ecstatic jazz and psych on continually unfolding compositions

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Tue. Sept. 27 at 8pm

$12 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions. His new album, Eyes on the Line , is out now.   

Artist sites and sounds: www.steve-gunn.com


The Outside Track

 



The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world--stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy

Wed. Sept. 28 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door  seated <21 w/parent

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

Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, and a finalist for best album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and the USA, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre, blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality.

Artist sites and sounds: www.theoutsidetrack.com

Mandolin Orange



NPR called their album, This Side of Jordan.', "effortless and beautiful," -- one of the year's best folk/Americana releases

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Thu. Sept. 29 at 8pm

$20 adv./$20 door ALL STANDING– ages 21 +

"Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo's music -- laced with bluegrass, country and folk -- is often wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South."  -WNYC Soundcheck.  The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings." The record earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Wood Brothers, and more.  

Artist sites and sounds:   www.mandolinorange.com

Wake The Dead

 



 

Celtic & Acoustic Take on The Grateful Dead, now embracing the entire Summer Of Love

Fri. Sept. 30 at 8pm

$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The World's First Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band. After 16 years of solid success blending Celtic traditional music and the songs of the Grateful Dead, this hot Northern California septet now embraces the entire Summer of Love, delighting Deadheads, folkies, rockers, and adventurous music lovers alike around the world.  Wake the Dead are Maureen Brennan, Sylvia Herold, Danny Carnahan, Brian Rice, Cindy Brown, Kevi Carr, Paul Kotapish.  

They will be celebrating their long awaited forth CD “Deal” 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.wakethedead.org

MarchFourth!

 




A sonic explosion of 20 musicians, Vaudeville-style dancers, stilt walkers, colorful costumes &  hilarious shenanigans


PRESENTED BY SBL ENTERTAINMENT

Wed. Oct. 5 at 8pm

$15 adv./$20 door Dance – ages 21 +

MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization.

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance. If you have ever been to one of their performances then you know it is all this and more

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

The Houserockers

 



Rock, blues, funk, 60's soul and R & B - the band turns every performance into a house party.

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

The Houserockers are a 10 piece Rock & Soul band from Los Gatos, CA that plays the greatest songs ever recorded. With a wailing 5 piece horn section and rock solid rhythm section of 2 guitars, bass, drums and keys, we bring the timeless classics to life. Recently named "Best Cover Band in the Bay Area" as winners of the KFOX Radio Last Band Standing contest, The Houserockers are one of the hardest working and in demand bands in Northern California. Known for their eclectic, high energy, set lists that brings the music of The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Van Morrison and much more to life. Fusing elements of rock, blues, funk, 60's soul and R & B - the band turns every performance into a house party. Rock & Soul the night away with The Houserockers!  

Artist sites and sounds: www.svhouserockers.com

Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
 
2pm Matinee

 



Mother & daughter carry on the family legacy with a fun filled evening of smart, thoughtful, songs and humor

Sun. Oct. 9 at 2pm

$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright, a mother/daughter duo, released their first collaboration Fairytale and Myth, which won the VOX/POP Independent Music Awards for The Best Singer/Songwriter Award FOR 2014.

Lucy Wainwright Roche (daughter of Loudon Wainwright, brother of Rufus and Martha) is known for her crystal clear voice, humorous stage presence and insightful, melodic songwriting. Their show is a fun filled evening of smart, thoughtful, songs with plenty of familial harmonies. Lucy released her debut album, Lucy in October 2010. She also stars as Jeri in the Stuff You Should Know television show. In early 2009, Lucy's song "Snare Drum" won the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song.

Suzzy Roche is one of the sisters in the legendary ensemble The Roches, a musical family. As a trio Maggie, Terre & Suzzy made over fifteen recordings. Suzzy has recorded two solo cds released on Red House Records, “Holy Smokes” and “Songs from an Unmarried Housewife & Mother, Greenwich Village USA” which was named “Album Of the Week” by the New York Times. Suzzy has also performed with the infamous “Wooster Group” throughout Europe and in New York City.

Artist sites and sounds: http://lucywainwrightroche.com and  www.roches.com/suzzy/


Riley Walker

 



Fingerstyle ballads, psychedelic waltzes, and raga-inspired blues

Tue. Oct. 11 at 8pm

$15 adv./$15 door  ALL STANDING–AGES 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Ryley Walker: November 2015 was the end of a ten month period which saw him play over 200 shows.  The preceding months had been extraordinary. In March, his second album Primrose Green, emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker's life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a British tour.

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

In The Summer Of Love Band  Darby Slick, Terry Haggerty, Greg Douglas Bill Cutler, Michael White, Fuzzy John Oxendine

 

 

 



Playing songs from their collective careers with The Great Society, Steve Miller, Sons Of Chaplin and solo careers and more

Thu. Oct. 13 at 7:30pm

$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Darby Slick wrote Somebody To Love. He is a stunning guitar player and was a member of The Great Society. Darby also wrote tunes such as "Darkly Smiling" and "Everybody Knows," that demonstrated a knack for bittersweet melodies. As a guitarist for the Great Society he wove modal, Eastern-influenced jams into songs such as "Grimly Forming," "Arbitration," "White Rabbit," and their cover of "Sally Go 'Round the Roses."

Terry Haggerty is buried treasure. As guitarist with the Sons of Champlin, Haggerty was always accorded the full respect of his peers on the '60s San Francisco rock scene like Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Carlos Santana.

Greg Douglas:   lead guitarist for Steve Miller during a time sold 12 million units and had five platinum records,. He was also lead guitarist for Van Morrison and Terry & The Pirates and  was a member of Hot Tuna.

Bill Cutler: By 1970, Cutler was firmly entrenched in the Haight-Ashbury music scene, joining fellow guitarist David Rea in Slewfoot, signed to Windfall/Columbia Records. Slewfoot's debut album, co-produced by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.  His new CD, recorded over many years features Jerry Garcia, David Nelson and Jorma Kaukonen.

Michael White (New Riders Of The Purple Sage) is on bass , Fuzzy John Oxendine (Sons of Chaplin) is on drums.

Artist sites and sounds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darby_Slick and www.terryhaggerty.com  and  www.gregdouglassguitar.com and  www.billcutler.com

Shakedown Street



Grateful Dead Tribute from The Rocky Mountains

One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world

Fri. Oct. 14 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world, Shakedown Street, makes its home in and around the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. Shakedown Street embodies the Grateful Dead ethos of improvisation and discovery, while maintaining an intimacy and open rapport with its audience. In its 28 years together, Shakedown Street has performed alongside Grateful Dead members Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten, as well as Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. Able to perform multi night runs without repetition, the band draws equally from the early and modern Grateful Dead repertoire, and weave together unique and unforgettable performances.

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

Heartless The Premier Heart Tribute plus very Special Guest Band TBA

 



Heartless gives you the thrill of falling in love with the music of Heart all over again.

Sat. Oct. 15  at 8pm

$10 adv./$10 door  Dance – ages 21 +

Ann and Nancy Wilson forever changed the rock n' roll landscape in 1975 with hard hitting guitars and soaring vocals. That power and passion continues with Heartless, the Premier Tribute to Heart. Heartless takes you back to the first time you heard ”Magic Man” on the radio and you needed more! Lots MORE! Heartless gives you the thrill of falling in love with the music of Heart all over again. Experience it! Every Heartless concert is packed with the songs fans love and delivered in a FANtastical amazingly authentic musical journey from the very beginning of four decades of Heart and beyond!

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

Dom Flemons & Leyla McCalla of the Carolina Chocolate Drops



Dom, the American Songster pulls from old time folk and Leyla sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guita r


Tue. Oct. 18 at  7:30pm

$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Performing professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary. She played cello in the Carolina Chocolate Drops.


Artist sites and sounds: https://theamericansongster.com and http://leylamccalla.com

Lynette Skynyrd 2pm Matinee

 



The World's One & Only All-Gyrl Lynyrd Skynyrd Trybute

Sun. Oct. 23 at 2pm

$10 adv. /$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

This group of mega-talented female musicians express the unconquered spirit of Southern Rock. Lynette captures the essence of Skynyrd, tapping into those days-gone-by, when a rock concert was the experience of a lifetime. If the past is indeed a prologue to their musical journey, then Lynette Skynyrd is nothing less than timeless. With a badass rock-chick authority, these daisy duke damsels transport the Skynyrd classics into the modern era.  In fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd themselves had Lynette play the grand opening of their restaurant, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at The Excalibur in Las Vegas. If the original kings of Southern rock are giving these babes their blessing, then Lynette Skynyrd must be on the right track. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.lynetteskynyrd.com


Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco) plus Rachael & The Hot French Strings (direct from Bordeaux) 7pm Concert

 



Take a trip back to the 1930's to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz

Sun Oct. 23 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco): is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group's superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930's and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group's playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant---” Acoustic Guitar. From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

Rachael & The Hot French Strings:  Direct from Bordeaux.  ” A certain sweetness, delicate and light with accoustic warmth. The tone is playful , given by the dynamics of the violin and his exchanges with the guitar, Rachael lays her very pretty voice on top and we let ourselves be taken away ”   Action Jazz January  2016 .  “---frighteningly hedonistic impact---Magidson is one of those song stylists---that pretty much has her way with you emotionally. You could easily succumb to a state of bewitched, bothered bewilderment” CJ Bond Jazz Music Review

Artist sites and sounds: www.lejazzhot.biz and www.rachaelmagidsonjazz.com/?page_id=11

Mystic Braves

 



Sunshine in a bottle--pop songs from the heart with psychedelic textures and tones

Fri. Oct. 28 at 9pm

$15 adv./$15 door ALL STANDING–AGES 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mystic Braves: It's no wonder why The Zombies asked Mystic Braves to open their L.A. show last year. While the hometown favorites were barely even a blip on their respective parents' radars when Odessey and Oracle was released, the psych-steeped five-piece sounds like they stepped straight out of the '60s. And not in an obvious, someone's-been-studying-their Nuggets-comps-until-the-grooves-give-out sort of way, either. We're talking a richer, fuller plot of references (garage-borne greats like The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watchband and The Music Machine) that filter the band's hook-centric purple haze through robust organ rolls, runaway guitar riffs, heat-stroked horns and a rhythm section that can only be described as "restless”.

Artist sites and sounds: www.mysticbraves.com

A Celebration of Joni Mitchell featuring
Kimberly Ford 2pm Matinee

 



Joni's songs the way you want to hear them—they have sold out every show in Southern California

Sun. Oct. 30 at 2pm

$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

"Kimberly Ford captures the vocals and inflections of the Joni Mitchell Songbook better than anyone in recent memory. She channels the spirit of the great historic master"  -- Mark McDonald Santa Barbara Jazz Society. When the counter-culture blossomed in the late 1960s, Joni Mitchell's poetic tales of free men in Paris, buskers who played for free, and love — lost and found — raised the bar for folk music fans everywhere. In time, she would meld rock, jazz and world music into a sophisticated style that captured the world's attention and several Grammy wins. Joni Mitchell was the soundtrack for a generation. Now singer Kimberly Ford has created "A Celebration of Joni Mitchell," a group of World Class musicians with a shared passion for Joni's music -and the chops to pull it off.  The band includes George Friedenthal on keys; Lee Rollag on guitar; Tom Buckner on saxophone; Tom Etchart on bass, and Charles Levin on drums. They perform songs from every decade of Joni's career. In the landscape of so-called "tribute bands," few have ventured into Joni Mitchell's music. Ford has been a fan since her coming-of-age years, where she learned to sing using Mitchell's soul-baring, 1971 “Blue” album as a primer. “Her poetry and melodies spoke to my experiences before I even had a language for them. From their first Sold-out Show in Santa Barbara, California it was obvious that this band has created something that makes people feel good. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.celebrationofjonimitchell.com

Gypsy Soul

 



Aaron Neville says:  “I really enjoyed Gypsy Soul's TRUE! They are a truly unique sound. Cilette takes Hallelujah to a new place!" 

Thu. Nov. 3 at 7:30pm

$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Like its creators, their music is much like fine fusion cuisine; Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache and struggle, love and determination brewing with many layers, textures and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly. Her voice is huge and beautiful and his guitar playing is stunning. Together they are jaw dropping.

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

Glen Phillips Frontman of Toad The Wet Sprocket plus Jonathan Kingham

 



Songs with heart, spirit, and delectable hooks from the frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Fri. Nov. 4 at 8pm

$20 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Glen Phillips started his first band, Toad The Wet Sprocket in Santa Barbara at age 15. It was that group's third album -- the jangling, orchestral Fear -- that truly broke the group, garnering heavy radio play with the singles "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean." After three years away from the recording studio, Toad returned to the mainstream with Dulcinea, which again found one of its singles, "Fall Down," in heavy radio rotation. After six albums and a substantial string of hits, the group disbanded in 1998. Phillips began touring as a solo act after Toad the Wet Sprocket's demise, and has released 5 solo records. In 2006, while supporting the Mr Lemons album, he also toured North American with a reunited Toad the Wet Sprocket. Toad has toured off and on since that time.

Jonathan Kingham is a folk, pop and jazz musician from Nashville. In addition touring behind his own music he is currently playing keyboard and guitars with Toad the Wet Sprocket supporting the release of New Constellation

Artist sites and sounds: www.glenphillips.com and   www.jonathankingham.com

Archie Fisher

 



The Scottish folk legend returns with his first album in seven years, “A Silent Song”

Wed. Nov. 9  at 7:30pm


$15 adv./$17 door  seated <21 w/parent

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

PRESENTED BY THE CELTIC SOCIETY OF THE MONTEREY BAY

Beloved worldwide as one of the finest traditional singers of all time, MBE Archie Fisher is recognized as Scotland's foremost folk troubadour with a career spanning over four decades. A talent that transcends generations and genres (Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit had him sing on their song, “The Work”), Fisher came out of the vital UK folk scene that spawned the Incredible String Band, John Renbourn, Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch. It's been seven years since Fisher's last release, Windward Away, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish border country. On September 18, Fisher will return with his first album in seven years, A Silent Song, on Red House Records.

Artist sites and sounds: www.redhouserecords.com/artists/archie-fisher

Love Eternal plus Ancestree

 



Roots Reggae Soul from Hawaii and Santa Cruz

Thu. Nov. 10 at 7:30pm

$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Love Eternal: Erupting out of the jungle and flowing from the beach to the rest of the world comes Hawaii's own Love Eternal. This roots reggae and soul rock band perfectly energizes musical movement with the power of their righteous message.  Led by a male and female vocalist duo that resembles the vitality of Black Uhuru combined with the soul of Bob and Rita Marley, Love Eternal enlists their music as a vehicle for conscious change.

Ancestree:  The sounds of chakras dancing to heartbeat rhythms and heavenly harmonies. Words of Love and ancient wisdom intertwine with deep bass one drops and majestic horns; Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop infused Roots Reggae.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.loveeternal.org www.facebook.com/ancestree

John Craigie plus Mark Mooney

 




If poignant John Prine and funny Mitch Hedberg had a baby the resulting product would resemble John Craigie

Fri. Nov. 18 at 8pm

$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

John Craigie: If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It's no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage. The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, and center camp at Burning Man.

Mark Mooney's songs explore the richness of living: the challenges, setbacks and triumphs. Mark engages the listener not only during songs but between songs as well. The night is not complete without a few good belly laughs.

Artist sties and sounds: www.johncraigiemusic.com and https://myspace.com/marksmooney


The Willis Clan 7pm Concert

 



From Tennessee--12 very talented kids and their parents singing, dancing, entertaining and having a great time

Sun. Nov 20 at 7pm

$20 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS

The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers, and artists.  Living near Nashville Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new. With twelve children, just keeping their names straight can be a challenge. All twelve children's names start with the letter “J”. We like to enjoy the full spectrum of life. We do music, dance, art, crafts, writing, as well as horses, wrestling, homemade cooking, swimming in the creek, and snuggling up before our fireplace warming our log cabin. We even have a front porch swing. We also work hard to become excellent at the things we do. Our children have won national dance titles and placed in world competitions for both music and dance. The boys have won state titles in folk style, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thewillisclan.com


Adrian Legg 7pm Concert

 



"kind of cross between Robert Fripp and Garrison Keillor” --Adrian  Legg is a genuine entertainer 

Sun. Nov. 27 at 7pm

$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

“There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards.”  Philadelphia Enquirer. 

British electro-acoustic super guitarist and entertainer. Described by Audio magazine as a "kind of cross between Robert Fripp and Garrison Keillor," Legg is a genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures if not frescoes and telling stories with music but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels and his cogent and often oblique yet thought provoking observations on a spectrum of topics. It's all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience. “If you haven't shared a laugh with someone,” he insists, "you certainly can't share a tragedy."

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

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