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Matthew Sweet


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

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

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

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

Artist sites and sounds:   www.matthewsweet.com

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Painted Mandolin  plus Peck & Penn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Eady


Brilliant new look at old-school honky-tonk & multiple styles of die-hard country

Sun. Aug. 20 at 7pm
$10 ad./$10 door seated <21 w/parent


Jason Eady: Jason Eady's inspired new album Daylight & Dark embraces multiple styles of die-hard country music to weave together 11 songs about the deep, messy details of love and life. The disc is sequenced to follow the arc of one man's journey through the complexities of the heart. But the semi-autobiographical Daylight & Dark is not a concept album. Instead, it's a powerful study in honesty; a collection of real stories populated by real characters that coalesced around Eady's title track. “The moment I came up with the first verse and chorus of ‘Daylight & Dark' was a breakthrough,” Eady relates. “I understood that what I wanted to convey in the album is that life is not simple. Most songs don't do that. They're either happy or sad. But life doesn't work that way. Most of the time we live somewhere in between. And that place is between the daylight and the dark.” It took roughly three months for Eady to write and begin recording these songs that he describes as “going beyond the surface and digging into the little cracks in our lives, our dreams and our desires — the things that keep us from connecting, that we all have to deal with, all the time.” Eady's sixth release is the follow-up to 2012's AM Country Heaven, an artistic and commercial breakthrough that cracked the Top 40 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, boasting an old-school honky-tonk sound and a complete lack of artifice. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.jasoneady.com

It's A Beautiful Day


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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.davidlaflamme.com

Spirit of '76


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

Fri. Aug. 25 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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

POSTPONED Fri. Aug. 25

Country Joe McDonald—NEW DATE TBA
San Francisco Airship   Jefferson Airplane Experience
Tribe Of The Red Horse Premier Tribute to Neil Young


It has been 50 years since 1967 and were still rocking to the tunes of these two great San Francisco artists

Aug. 26, 2017 at 8pm
 $10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

San Francisco Airship : 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of The Human Be-In, Monterey Pop Festival and The Summer of Love. It was also the beginning of a never ending focus the world has placed on the San Francisco Bay Area as a mecca of revolutionary thinking and living. At the heart of the culture in 1967 was music, which became known as The San Francisco Sound. One of the most influential bands that quickly gained international acclaim in that era was Jefferson Airplane. SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP is a Tribute to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane. These stellar musicians respectfully recreate the feeling of that iconic band. Their live performance sounds exactly like The Airplane 1965-1970! Members of SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP have performed with Jefferson Starship, Blue Cheer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Tubes, Big Brother & The Holding Company, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and more.

Tribe Of The Red Horse delivers the guitar tone, harmonies and raw energy that Neil Young and Crazy Horse are known and loved for. Or, as the band's singer/guitarist, Wayne Whitzell puts it, “We don't play dress-up. We play rock 'n' roll.”  The long list of classic Neil Young songs played by Tribe Of The Red Horse is carefully chosen and sure to please—a blazing full throttle presentation of Neil Young & Crazy Horse materiel.

Artist sites and sounds   www.sfairship.com and http://tribeoftheredhorse.com

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic  
2pm Matinee Just Added


GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry has already been deemed a Zydeco legend.

Sun. Aug. 27 at 2pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 + 

After playing for 25 years and traveling all over the world GRAMMY nominated Andre Thierry has already been deemed a legend. He is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, r&b, jazz, latin and rock. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past. Come on out for a guaranteed good time!

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

Ruaile Buaile



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

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

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

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

Here We Go Magic


Fascinating, experimental, ambitious, indie rock

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mon. Aug. 28 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

“I start with the idea that I'm going to make a seven-minute drone piece--- And then the Paul McCartney in me rears its head.” Luke Temple can't help himself. It's in his blood, his soul, this natural inclination towards the immediate and the accessible, the embracing of evergreen pop sensibilities (and no, “pop” is never a dirty word). These qualities have shone through in spades on previous albums from the band he co-founded, fronts and forms the creative core of, New York-based Here We Go Magic. Always experimental, always ambitious, the 2008-formed band has taken indie rock on fascinating tangents across two Secretly Canadian-released, critically acclaimed LPs to date, 2010's Pigeons and 2012's Nigel Godrich-produced A Different Ship, which followed a largely self-recorded eponymous debut of 2009. Be Small, the band's fourth full-length record, is equally instant to click with its audience – but the processes informing its production saw them take fresh approaches to their craft. 

Artist sites and sounds: http://herewegomagicband.tumblr.com

August Sun plus Money For Helicopters


Celebrating a true love of pure rock and roll and funk rock energy.

Tue. Aug. 29 at 7:30pm
$8 adv. /$8 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

Money For Helicopters: Imagine if the Chili Peppers and Hendrix had a baby that Otis Redding baptized. They are a 5 piece Funk Rock band that formed in Santa Cruz in 2015 and have been taking the Bay Area by storm ever since.  The band consists of Jason Gray (vocals), Nick Antonino (lead guitar), Miles Johnson (rhythm guitar), Stefan Antonino (bass), and Ian Balbas (drums).  Playing their unique brand of original Funk/Rock/Soul music, they put on a high-energy show that keeps audiences dancing and entertained.

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

EmiSunshine plus The Rain


She's 13, has appeared at Grand Old Opry 12 times and is a sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra-entertainer

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


EmiSunshine: It's nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 13-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee who has captured the nation's attention and enchanted hearts-a-many with her musical wizardry. Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been surrounded by family members who possess a genuine love for “salt-of-the-earth,” mountain melodies and lyrics. Emi embraced the classic country, blues and folk music that echoed throughout her Madisonville, TN home. Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/ TheLouvin Brothers), she is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. The sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra-entertainer is bound and determined to follow in their footsteps, and while she has some pretty big shoes to fill, this little lady fits the bill. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has played the Grand Ole Opry 12 times, appeared on The Today Show, garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers. The EmiSunshine bandwagon is loaded with adoring fans numbered in the millions from all over the globe. Personal musical heroes have been captivated by her commanding stage presence; Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and The Grateful Dead (to name just a few) have stepped forward to sing the praises of EmiSunshine.

The Rain is EmiSunshine's outstanding band who will be also be opening the show.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

JUDO NO plus Light the Band plus Beat Tape

Psychedelic, Afro-Latin Grooves, Rock Soundscapes, Swing Dance Mayhem meets Funky Fast & Raging Dance Fun

Fri. Sept. 1 at 8:30pm
$7 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

JUDO NO : Blending infectious bilingual harmonies of female/male vocals with percussion, trumpet, synthesizers and guitars, JUDO NO twists traditional world rhythms into an electrified throwdown of spiritually confusing, physically challenging proportions.  Get your dose of hip hop drops, Afro-Latin grooves, psychedelic rock soundscapes, swing dance mayhem, drum break raucousness, prog rock nerdiness, and punk spirit all in the same show!  For all of you brave enough to discover everything JUDO NO, the experience promises to get you healthfully addicted to this inexplicable phenomenon , known to cause and cure any illness known to humankind.

Light the Band formed in late 2013, when guitarist Dan Guzman & drummer Logan Tyler began jamming at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios.  James Tashnick joined shortly after and the first version of Light the Band was formed.  Powerful, technical, funky, fast and raging, Light the Band was a powerhouse from the very beginning.  Tim Gan's ultra funky, rhythmic style helped LtB develop their own unique brand of funky dance party rage music.  Pat Blizinski is on keys. When on stage, Light the Band is sharp, musical, and always evolving.  Covering multiple styles and drawing from influences like Parliament Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, Phish, The Meters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Tool, & Fela Kuti, Light the Band always delivers a high-energy dance show.

Beat Tape: Beat Tape is a Santa Cruz based Hip-Hop Jazz group that explores funky sounds and rhythms. With a simple set up of keys, drums, and bass, Beat Tape likes to leave space for horn accompaniment from fellow friends, and dancing in the crowd. Come groove to Beat Tapes tight pocket, energetic jams and tasteful solos. 

Artist sites and sounds:   www.judonomusic.com and www.lightthebandmusic.com and   www.facebook.com/beattapeband/


Kim Lenz & The Jaguars plus The Haywoods

Good Old House Rattling, Dance Till You Drop, Rockabilly and Swinging Jukebox Magic & Rock & Roll

Sat. Sept. 2 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

Kim Lenz & The Jaguars:   Los Angeles-based musician Kim Lenz has been cultivating her take on rockabilly since 1998, releasing three albums, including a pair for Hightone Records – one of the most influential labels in the genre –and playing hundreds of dates around the world. Already a recognized force on the roots music scene, Lenz is now poised for a breakthrough with her upcoming album Follow Me, scheduled for release on August 20th via Riley Records.

The Haywoods are a Sun Records influenced band from Santa Cruz which originally formed in the 1990's. The Haywoods write and perform original songs while giving a nod to the original artists from that Famous Studio in Memphis. The Haywoods have multiple recording credits including their own albums, Sun Studios Tribute and Film soundtrack credits. The Haywoods have shared the stage with Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys, Kim Lenz, The Paladins, Wayne Hancock, Deke Dickerson to name a few. 

Artist sites and sounds: http://kimlenz.com/index.htm
and Facebook


Tony McManus 7:30pm Concert


Guitar Virtuosity from the Soul

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

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

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

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



Swinging & jumping takes on classic Hawaiian songs via the Hawaiian Orchestras of the 20's and 30's

PRESENTED BY LABADIE PRODUCTIONS (Bruce Labadie Artistic and Festival Director, San Jose Jazz 831-704-7435)

Mon. Sept. 4 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.   “Throughout Hawai‘i in the 1920s and 1930s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawai‘i today. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.kahulanui.com

Jackie Bristow plus Michael On Fire

Riveting original music from New Zealand to Groovesville

Tue. Sept. 5 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Jackie Bristow : At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demand complete surrender and then stick around with the backbone of a real friend. 

?Born in New Zealand but then transplanted to Australia and now the United States with a guitar, suitcase and songs, Jackie travels light but packs a heavy punch. Jackie has had the honor to be the opening act for many of her musical heros. July 2016 Jackie opened for the Steve Miller Band in the US.  Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013 "Slipstream" tour was a dream-come-true. Jackie also did a lengthy tour opening for internationally-acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel in 2011.

Michael On Fire : From his beginnings as a songwriter and artist signed by the late-great Don Davis to Groovesville Music working out of Detroit's famed United Sound Studios, to his earliest recordings with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (“The Swampers”) at Muscle Shoals Sound, to his musical explorations with his progressive jazz group, Prismatic, to his time spent in L.A. and Nashville, gigging constantly and making records with the likes of Stephen Stills,  Joe Vitale, Daniel Lazerus, and many other great producers and musicians, to his many years of non-stop grass-roots touring through every nook and cranny of the country, and right on through to his new two-album set, Michael On Fire has been relentless in his commitment to creative expression and musical performance.

Artist sites and sounds: www.jackiebristow.com and   www.michaelonfire.com

Western Centuries plus CALICO the band

Tonight witness the vanguard of new, exciting cosmic rocking country

Wed. Sept. 6 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

Western Centuries: Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger, Western Centuries are clearly a diverse bunch.  "If it seems crazy to compare any band today to giants like the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers, then call me crazy, but Western Centuries is the country supergroup we've been waiting for: three first-rate lead singers, each of whom writes solid, heartwarming and heartbreaking country songs, together in one band.”    —Kristin Cavoukian, Exclaim! Magazine . Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes a rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity.

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

Artist sites and sounds:   www.westerncenturies.com and www.calicotheband.com

George Kahumoku Jr.


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

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

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

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

Locomotive Breath plus Monkey Boys


The songs of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors plus California Classic Rock Favorites

Fri. Sept. 8 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; Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, 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, drummer Rob Ouse, and saxophonist / Flutist, Terrel Eaton

Monkey Boys  have been a Santa Cruz band for thirty years and are reuniting to celebrate the California and Classic Rock they grew up on. Featuring songs from the Laurel Canyon days of the 70's ripe with rich harmonies and good vibes the Monkey Boys are here to get the party started and keep it dancing thru the night.

Artist sites and sounds:  http://locomotivebreath.us and www.facebook.com/Monkey-Boys-139144369430897/



A hip, fun blend of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock that is uniquely Santa Cruz

Sat. Sept. 9 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 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 Large's upbeat and positive music is infectious and leaves the crowd happy and wanting more. 

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

Steven Graves Band Benefit for Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund      7pm Concert 


All Original high octane Americana with soul, consciousness and an old school Classic Rock edge

Sun. Sept. 10 at 7pm
$12 adv./$12 door   dance ages 21 +

Steven Graves brings his high energy Americana 6 pc band to Don Quixote's for this concert to benefit the Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund and the Lakota People's Law Project.  Steven's band is constantly on the road but will be back in town for this show with a Native American themed evening in conjunction with their recent single song and video "Stand For The People" which features documentary style footage of Standing Rock.  The song is currently under consideration for "Song of The Year" at this year's Native American Music Awards. Steven was nominated for a Native American Music Award in 2012 for his "White Buffalo" song and has used his music as a means to help Native American communities.  Steven's 7th CD "Captain Soul"  was released in late January and was in the top 100 of the Americana Music Chart for over 6 weeks and has been played on over 200 radio stations worldwide.   All Original Americana with a soul, consciousness and also an old school Classic Rock and Southern Rock edge.  A bit Dead, Eagles, Pink Floyd and more....yet uniquely the Steven Graves Band.   Come on down if you want to dance, boogie or just enjoy this highly accomplished and tight up original touring band.  

Artist sites and sounds: www.stevengravesmusic.com

Snake Oil Salesmen  plus Big Bad Rooster 

Santa Crux Expat Returns with Two Bands – An American Roots Music Exhibition Past & Present

Mon. Sept. 11 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

Snake Oil Salesmen  will close out the evening with a solid mix of jazz, country, and good old rock n' roll that walks a perfect line between familiar and unique. Those in attendance can expect material reminiscent of everything from Old Crow Medicine Show and Devil Makes Three to Waylon Jennings, David Bowie, and The Black Keys.

Big Bad Rooster  offers heartfelt harmonies over high energy arrangements steeped in traditional American folk and bluegrass. 

Tristan Cole-Falek : After a decade of developing his rock and American roots repertoire with the likes of Phil Alvin (Blasters), and Xene Cervenka (X), Santa Cruz expat and upright bass player Tristan Cole-Falek is returning home with two brand new records and a double feature of well crafted Americana. Led by the prodigious vocal talent and gifted lyricism of front men Michael Solan (Big Bad Rooster), and Clay Coughlin (Snake Oil Salesmen); accompanied by dynamic percussionist Nick Colliflower; and joined by the virtuosic brothers Camillo and Gaspar Barahona on banjo and fiddle, both groups deliver a diverse set comprised of infectious original compositions and creatively re-envisioned classics.

Artist sites and sounds :  www.snakeoilsalesmen.net and www.bigbadroostermusic.com

Lee Benoit Family Band


Cajun Music Hall Of Famer from South Louisiana

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.leebenoit.com

Achilles Wheel plus Sol Nova


An infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia

Fri. Sept. 15 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

Achilles Wheel is a high-energy Roots and World music/Rock and Roll band from Northern California, featuring award-winning songwriting played on numerous stringed instruments and more drums than you can shake a stick at. In the wake of their breakout performance at the 2012 Kate Wolf Music Festival, the band has been burning up stages all across California ever since. With the release of their 3rd studio recording Devil in the Yard, which is currently getting airplay nationwide as well as in Europe, Achilles Wheel further dispels the myth that jam oriented bands can't write great songs. The quality of the band's songwriting combined with stunning musicianship has earned them spots at California's Worldfest, The Strawberry Music Festival, The Redwood Mountain Faire, The Redwood Ramble, Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween, Great American Music Hall and sold out shows at Terrapin Crossroads and the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room.

Sol Nova : Chances are you've seen these players in Santa Cruz bands past and present. The sound of the band reflects all of our Santa Cruz roots. Through family friendship we discovered the fabulous young voice of the very talented Mariah Martel. Sol Nova celebrates the tribal vibe and the love of dance. Mariah Martel, Steve Belick, Aaron Webb, Goyo, Jake McCuen, Genghis, Finn Kennedy

Artist sites and sounds:  http://achilleswheel.com and www.facebook.com/SolNovaBand/

Joyride Cars Tribute
Trouble With Monkeys
Monkees Tribute


Sat. Sept. 16 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance ages 21 +

Joyride was assembled originally to pay special tribute to the greatest pop/new wave band of the 70's and 80's--"The Cars".  And, after rediscovering how cool and infectious all those other pop and power pop bands of that era were, the band decided to expand their repertoire. So now, the Joyride audiences can expect, and enjoy a complete ass kickin' night of music from the Cars and more. 

Trouble With Monkeys: The Trouble With Monkeys is the ultimate rocked-out tribute to the fabulous Monkees. We play all of the Monkees smash hits, as well as cool tunes by other bands that were on AM/FM radio during the 1966-1968 span of THE MONKEES television show.

Artist sites and sounds: www.joyrideband.net and www.thetroublewithmonkeys.com

On the Backstreets: An Evening of Solo Acoustic Springsteen 7pm Concert


A night for the Boss fans! Solo Acoustic Bruce Springsteen Music by Paul Kent

Sun. Sept. 17 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

A night for the Boss fans! Paul Kent (leader of local favorites The Houserockers) will be performing songs from all corners of Springsteens' career and sharing stories about their history and their place in culture, popular music and the times they tell about. Enjoy songs from Greetings from Asbury Park, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, The River, The Rising and more and performed in an intimate acoustic setting. 

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

R. Carlos Nakai Trio
featuring William Eaton & Will Clipman

The world's premier performer of and composer for the Native American flute

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

R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier performer of and composer for the Native American flute. Nakai has released thirty-six albums on Canyon Records, including two Gold Records, and has sold over four million albums worldwide. Nakai has received 10 GRAMMY nominations. William Eaton, a musician, composer, recording artist and instrument maker whose imaginative harp guitars and multi-stringed instruments have been recognized world-wide, is the Director and co-founder of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school in Phoenix. Eaton received the Arizona Governors Arts Award in 2015. Will Clipman has been a drummer since the age of three, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. He has recorded over fifty albums, half of those for Canyon Records, and has received numerous awards including 7 GRAMMY nominations. 

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

Stan Ridgway Trio


Wall Of Voodoo front man is compared to Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Raymond Chandler, David Lynch & Quentin Tarantino

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

Stan Ridgway Trio joined by Pietra Wexstun & Rick King:  It's been a long and influential road for the songwriter/guitarist and original Wall Of Voodoo vocalist. His darkly humorous, and richly cinematic musical tales of the ironies inside the American Dream have been compared to other classic songwriting iconoclasts like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and even hard boiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, as well as twisted film makers like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. The San Francisco Chronicle said, "He conjures "Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht," while LA Weekly has called him "the Nathaniel West of rock." Pulling numbers from his own revolutionary past and moving into his own honed, sardonic style of present, Ridgway will be accompanied at the shows by Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, electronics and vocals; Rick King on guitar, bass and vocals. Wexstun and Ridgway have lived and worked in tandem for more than 30 years; her keyboard and vocal sounds are perfectly in tune with his not-so-typical stories of proverbial American tragedy and triumph. "I've always thought of songs like films in the mind really, except I'm the actor and the director, the lighting and prop person and DP too. When it's working, you should be able to see the song as well as hear it." A mad scientist of sound and vision, Ridgway possesses a style unparalleled, at least in our known universe. Making his musical pictures for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song. "It's a hybrid of all the music I've loved and admired," he says. "There are no boundaries on art and no rules to follow in music. A song is really just a strong point of view."

Artist sites and sounds: www.stanridgway.com

Willie Watson


Old Crow Medicine Show Alumnus brings you Southern gospel, Railroad songs, Delta blues, Irish fiddle tunes, Appalachian music

Fri. Sept. 22 at 8:30pm
$20 adv./$20 door SEATED & STANDING ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Willie Watson: For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He's a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don't actually belong to those artists, though. They don't belong to anyone. Instead, they're part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson. And what a singer he is. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.williewatson.com

Spirit of ’76


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

Sat. Sept. 23 at 8:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

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

Corky Siegel & Matthew Santos  
7pm Concert


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

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

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

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

Y La Bamba


Y La Bamba's Ojos Del Sol screams of radical transformation on every level

Wed. Sept. 27 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Y La Bamba's Ojos Del Sol screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act's fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that's ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of “Ostrich,” this is an album that's painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw. Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the Y La Bamba frontwoman's continuing exploration of her identity as Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza's parents grew up in Mexico—Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California's San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three-part harmonies. These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents “a celebration of family and community.” 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.ylabamba.com

Pierre Bensusan


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

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

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

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

Loose With The Truth

An Evening of Grateful Dead Music


Hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves and Psychedelic Light Show by "Liquid Steve"

Fri. Sept. 29 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Loose With The Truth is a San Francisco Bay Area band in the spirit of The Grateful Dead.  The band's history with the music goes back to the early seventies and the Wall of Sound era.  Band members have been on the bus for several decades, and have deep connections with the music and the scene.  “LWTT” presents an authentic depiction of the San Francisco Sound over the years, with attention paid to the evolution of this style of music.  There is an emphasis on improvisation, creating new energy around old favorites, especially the Grateful Dead songbook.  The group started as part of Michael Lamachia's Crossroads Musical community in Mill Valley, CA and has received hands-on musical and spiritual coaching from Mark Karan from RatDog and LiveDead '69.  Featuring strong vocal harmonies, the band shares its collective magic

with hypnotic jams and bone shaking dance grooves! Hank Biddle – Bass & Vocals, Louie Visco – Guitar &Vocals, Christy Silness – Keyboards & Vocals, John Sassano – Guitar & Vocals, Neil Campisano – Drums, Mike Worrall– Drums,

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

The Beggar Kings Rolling Stones Classics
plus The Beggar' Kings Tribute to Gregg Allman

Sat. Sept. 30 at 8pm
$15 adv./$18 door dance ages 21 +

The Beggar Kings Rolling Stones Classics: The Beggar Kings return to Don Quixote's for a special night covering The Rolling Stones classic era, with horns, keyboards, female vocals, a large production, in the style of the White Album Ensemble's Beatles shows. The Kings perform music from the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones music, from the late 60s to early 70s, “Let It Bleed”, “Exile On Main Street”, “Sticky Fingers” and of course “Beggar's Banquet” with keyboards, horns, multiple guitars, female vocals, percussion, a large scale production.

The Beggar' Kings Tribute to Gregg Allman :  Opening will be a Beggar Kings tribute to the late Gregg Allman of the Allman Bros. Special guest Dave Gonzales will sit in for this portion.  Dave played with Gregg in some early Bay Area shows, as did keyboardist Dale who backed Gregg at the Blues awards. Some of Gregg's solo tunes will be included, as well as his Allman Bros hits like “Whipping Post”, “Im No Angel”.

More special guests include The Pleasure Point horns; Dan Young, John Hensley, Jim Hannibal and The Nasty Habits choir. The Beggar Kings are Kevin Krilanovich, vocals; Dave Gonzales, guest guitar; Caleb Larsen, guitars; Dale Ockerman, keyboards, harp and guitars; David Tucker, drums; Bob Wider, guest bass. These musicians have played with the Doobie Bros, Sista Monica, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Marriott, Gregg Allman, James Durbin and many more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thebeggarkings.com and www.facebook.com/pages/BeggarKings/672508919521606?fref=photo

Low Lily with John Whelan


Masterful players fusing styles ranging from Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds

Wed. Oct. 4  at 7:30pm
  $15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent

Members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

Low Lily: "(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing... (respectful) of another time with modern clarity and restrained power." –No Depression.  The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds.  When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

John Whelan a winner of several Irish and English button accordion championships, was a featured musician in the spectacular Irish music and dance show “Riverdance,”Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland's County Wexford.  
  Artist sites and sounds:  www.lowlily.com and http://johnwhelanmusic.com

Story Road


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

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

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

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

Shakedown Street
Grateful Dead Tribute from The Rocky Mountains


Shakedown Street is one of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands on the planet

Fri. Oct. 6 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

Shakedown Street: 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



An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.foreverlandsf.com

James Lee Stanley & Bob Lind 2pm Matinee

In 1966, Bob Lind helped define Folk Rock, writing and singing the megahit “Elusive Butterfly.”   Two super entertainers.

Sun. Oct. 8 at 2pm 
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent


Bob & James:  Together for one lyrical, passion-filled night: Two veteran singer songwriters whose phenomenal creativity and guitar/vocal chops have only improved over the years. Both carry the ‘60s acoustic-folk tradition in their DNA. But they haven't stopped there. Their music has continued to evolve. They're at the top of their game. You may think you know them from their critically acclaimed records and CDs. But wait to you see them in person.

Bob Lind: In 1966, he helped launch and define Folk Rock, writing and singing the groundbreaking megahit “Elusive Butterfly.” It began an illustrious career as a songwriter that still continues today. His songs have been recorded by more than 200 top artists including Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton, Cher, The Four Tops, Petula Clark, Richie Havens, Marianne Faithfull, Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Johnny Mathis, and Nancy Sinatra. His lyrics have been taught in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and translated into nine languages. His “Cheryl's Goin' Home” has become an international cult classic. It was covered by The Rokes and sold a million records in Italy. The legendary John Otway created the rock opera CHERYL around the song. Bob Lind is always unpredictable and disarming onstage – making you laugh one moment; bringing you to tears the next. Music critic Walter Savinski writes, “Come see why this engaging poet/philosopher/guitarist/singer/wise-ass has endured in the sometimes-cruel and always-fickle music business for [five decades] But be prepared to feel emotions you might not have let yourself feel in awhile. His songs hit the heart like a wrecking ball.”

James Lee Stanley combines hilarious stories with riveting music. His wonderful compositions and his heartfelt interpretations of songs by other great writers make him a unique and amazing performer. Famed novelist Tom Robbins says of him, “A diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---And here is where the wasteland ends.” Believe The Village Voice when they say that when you come to hear James Lee, “You're in for a very entertaining evening.”

Artist sites and sounds: https://jamesleestanley.com and http://boblind.com

Joe Robinson plus Mark Mooney

Ultra-talented 25 year old Aussie Guitar virtuoso and singer / songwriter


Mon. Oct. 9 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Joe Robinson  is a self-taught virtuoso guitarist acclaimed by many of the world's great players and singer with a story to tell. Joe, is an Australian guitar player and vocalist. He is from Temagog, New South Wales. He won the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own. Joe's six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. Robinson started playing guitar at age nine. He quickly outpaced his guitar instructor and began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors

Mark Mooney: Singer songwriter Mark Mooney, a familiar voice from KPIG radio, delivers original Americana music

Artist sites and sounds: www.joerobinson.com and https://myspace.com/marksmooney


Jon Stickley Trio

Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Rapid-fire Flatpicking, Super Fiddle & Sultry Wild Melodies

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

The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley's rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers. Lost at Last was recorded in the band's hometown of Asheville, NC at the iconic Echo Mountain Studios under the watchful eye of producer Dave King (The Bad Plus). 

Artist sites and sounds:    www.jonstickley.com

California Beach Boys 


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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:   www.californiabeachboys.com


Gypsy Soul


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

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

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

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com

In the Spirit of Lennon plus Come Together


The Sun Kings' Drew Harrison presents an acoustic celebration of the life & music of John Lennon with Come Together opening with an acoustic set of Paul McCartney & George Harrison

Fri. Oct. 20 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Drew Harrison of The Sun Kings presents a loving, emotionally charged retrospective of the life and career of one of the most popular artists of all time, told through songs, stories, and images from The Beatles through the final recordings of his life. Gifted with the most natural, effortless Lennon voice in the music world, Harrison has been performing John's songs and telling the stories and anecdotes that go along with them for well over a decade.

“--A very talented musician with an amazing voice. I enjoyed him very much.”  Bonnie Raitt

“Drew has a great voice. His Lennon is impeccable. I feel like I am in the room with Lennon himself.”

Bob Brown, former Manager – Huey Lewis and the News

Come Together with an acoustic set of Paul McCartney & George Harrison. Come Together are Jerry Whitney, bass and back-up vocals, Glenn MacPherson, lead and back-up vocals along with rhythm/ lead guitar and Cheryl  D'Alessandro, lead and back-up vocals. Jerry's musical influences were Paul McCartney, James Jamerson of Motown fame and many of the sixties rock n roll music groups. Jerry is presently involved with a regular gigging group known as The Ten O'clock Lunch, a dance band playing 60's Motown, blues and pop.   Jerry is also the bass player for a Santa Cruz Beatles Jam Group, a Facebook group with 400 members. Glenn Plays in several Santa Cruz based bands including the Ten O'clock Lunch and The Brave Mystics. Cheryl D'Alessandro-  Cheryl grew up singing gospel in church choirs. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.itslennon.com    and www.facebook.com/drewharrisonmusic

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards CD Release, Paper Wings, Evie Ladin

String band heaven tonight--rough and ready, innovative and timeless, bold and elegant

Wed. Oct. 25 at 7:30pm
$12 adv. /$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their new album California Calling comes out on October 6th. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

Paper Wings : Paper Wings is a new old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. Now they are joining forces to create music that's based on their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Their duo features classic vocal harmonies over a rotating cast of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them they have had the pleasure of performing with Aoife O'donovan, Darol Anger, Sean Watkins, Darrell Scott, Laurie Lewis, Tim O'Brien, Mike Marshall, Kai Welch, John Reischman, and Rushad Eggleston. Their debut album was just released in February 2017. Their music is fine and supple, rough and ready, innovative and timeless.

Evie Ladin : The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010), co-produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry, was quickly followed by Evie Ladin Band (2012), which won Americana Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote. The 2016 release of JUMP THE FIRE showcases the ELB evolving into a tight trio, with mature, playful, driving songs, and a 4-dimensional live show.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thisislauracortese.com plus www.paperwingsmusic.com and www.evieladin.com

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours


Antsy brings the whole band--The Trailer Park Troubadours—for a night of vintage Antsy 

Thu. Oct. 26 at 7:30pm
$25 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours: Singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life. Staging his live shows from a small, fictitious trailer park called Pine View Heights (patterned after his own childhood surroundings and experiences), McClain is free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends. Sharing his mantra of “Enjoy The Ride,” McClain has won friendship and collaboration with some of the most talented musicians in the world. With such a wide circle of mentors like Waylon Jennings, Tommy Smothers, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and cowboy poet Baxter Black, it's no wonder McClain marches to the beat of a different drum. And his influences don't stop there. His live shows touch upon Country, Rockabilly, Jazz, Swing, and a number of Pop culture references. McClain's poetry, heart-felt ballads and humorous tales have garnered praise from such artists as Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Lindsay Buckingham, and David Wilcox, to name a few. 

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




A psychedelic sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning

Fri. Oct. 27 at 9pm
$20 adv./$20 door all standing 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Award-winning San Diego innovative psychedelic rock band EARTHLESS has completed work on its brand new album From the Ages. Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS‘ sound has been called  “A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning”. The group delivers “one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock,” leading to one reviewer stating that the band's “epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn't afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return.”

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/pg/earthlessrips/about/?ref=page_internal

Wake The Dead
Grateful Dead Dance Celtic Style


The Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love Party Band

Sat. Nov. 4 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door dance ages 21 +

Wake The Dead: The Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love party band, is returning to Santa Cruz, dishing up a raft of sizzling new material from their recently released fourth CD, "Deal".   This hot sextet combines Irish jigs and reels with the songs of the Grateful Dead and other '60s iconic bands, delivering them with unique power and joy.  Soaring vocal harmonies and daring instrumentals fuel Wake the Dead's singular groove engine, delighting Celtoids and Deadheads alike. With 18 years of ever-wider success and touring, the World's First Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band has grown to embrace the entire Summer of Love. The Airplane, the Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, and even the Beatles are now joyful parts of the mix.  Local fans are guaranteed many brand-new surprises. “Wake the Dead is a thorough delight.  You've never heard songs like ‘Bertha' and ‘Bird Song' quite like this, and you'll never listen to them in quite the same way again.”—Gary Lambert, GD Almanac & Sirius XM Radio. Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) & Brian Rice (exotic percussion).  Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinary—a rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.  

Artist sites and sounds:    www.wakethedead.org

Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault


Kris & Jeffrey special rare appearance celebrating Delmhorst's newest album, "THE WILD"

Fri. Nov. 10 at 8pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault: In the fall of 2017 Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault share the stage on a special split bill to celebrate the release of THE WILD, Kris Delmhorst's 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and THE WILD marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst's darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault's lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway - the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums - and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music every night, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other's sets, the tour offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country's foremost songwriters.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.krisdelmhorst.com and   www.jeffreyfoucault.com



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

Sun. Nov. 19 at 7pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

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

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

Zeppelin Live


The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience

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

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.zeplive.com

Tom Russell


Tom Russell celebrates his new release - "Folk Hotel"

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

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

Artist sites and sounds:  www.tomrussell.com



No Irish traditional band in the last thirty years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world

Thu. March 8 at 7:30pm
$30 adv./$30 door seated <21 w/parent


With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.The seeds of the band lie in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy - it is here that the band's heart lies still whether they are performing on tv in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States. 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://altan.ie


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