2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

See Michel's on Main
Burger in the
February 21 issue of the

The second annual Santa Cruz Burger Week is brought to you by Good Times Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Restaurant Week . During Santa Cruz Burger Week, participating restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County will offer burger specials. This fun, culinary celebration showcases the breadth of dining experiences offered in Santa Cruz County, and encourages guests to try a new restaurant or rediscover a tried and true favorite .

plus Jack Lawton
& Daniel Vee Lewis

High Energy Americana
Roots Music

Thu. Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door dance- ages 21+       

Steven Graves Band : When Steven brings his 5 piece Americana Roots band to town it's always a party!   Mostly original and definitely groove-based, this super tight band moves seamlessly from Reggae to Country and everything in between! 

Touring throughout the Westcoast they have been exciting audiences and packing dance floors where ever they play.  While totally unique, recognizable influences such as the Dead, the Band, Eagles and many others permeate Steven's easily accessible tunes! Steven will be playing songs from his upcoming CD to be released in Spring - his 8th CD!  Steven's past CD's have performed well on the Americana, Jamband, Folk, and Roots music chart and Steven has received national acclaim for his work through his thought-provoking and heartfelt music!

Jack Lawton & Daniel Vee Lewis : Opening acoustic set by local singer songwriter Jack Lawton with Daniel Vee Lewis on bass.  In the style of Lyle Lovett and others, Jack's original songs center around the cosmic cowboy and the old soul of the west with heart and soul.

Artist sites and sounds: www.stevengravesmusic.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS4ymsI9QAM

4-6 pm
  $4 Draft Beers   
   $5 House Wines
  $4 Well Drinks 
$5 Margaritas  

Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. Feb. 23 at 5pm


Rockin' blues,
psychedelic, Americana,
jamming, hip shaking dance

Fri. Feb. 23 at 8pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 +       

Medicine Road :  There is no secret to the rising popularity of Medicine Road.  From introspective soothing melodies to booty shaking rock and roll, this band has something for every taste and mood. Hailing from Boulder Creek, Medicine Road winds its way from native American spirituality through blues, rock, psychedelic, and improvisational jamming.    Original songs by Pablo Eagle are both fresh and familiar, interspersed with a few interpretations of classic covers.

The DroolPigs “The Droolpigs” a high energy Americana rock group spawned from the yearly local Boulder Creek event  “The Droolpigs Festival”  The music is mostly original and has the founding members of “Acoustic Shadows” Erik Rozite singer/song writer and Paul Stevens drums and vocals with Santa Cruz locals Doug Semler on Bass and vocals and Aaron Wayne on “lead guitar and pedal steel.  Come on out and check out this new band and there high energy cask fermented songs!


Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/medicine.road.band



Classic Rock from Chuck Berry to the Beatles, a bit of blues, a splash of reggae, soul ballads and Santa Cruz surf Music

Sat. Feb. 24 at 8pm
$9 adv./$9 door Dance– ages 21 +    

Norm Louis is the man that made it happen! He started the group over 20 years ago as the rhythm guitarist and primary vocalist. A longtime veteran of music, he had previously spent 10 years with his rockabilly band aptly named Louis & Clark. Stormin' Norman & the Cyclones now have 2 CD's with over 20 originals, all produced by lead guitarist Ken Kraft.

They have played over 100 diverse venues throughout Northern California. The band is a fun, high energy blend of Roots Rock and Catchy Originals that will get any crowd dancing. Styles include Classic Rock from Chuck Berry to the Beatles, a bit of Blues, a splash of Reggae, some soulful ballads and some Santa Cruz Surf Music. Guitar great Ken Kraft of Snail fame, multi-instrumentalist Jojo Fox, drummer Michael Johnson and sax ace Jim Hannibal are the Cyclones.

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


Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb. 25 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Roots music heaven.  Acoustic stylings of KPIG style Americana to Roots Classic Rock Chestnuts

Wed. Feb. 28 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent  

Cruz Control consisting of Vince Tuzzi (guitar/vocals and ukulele), Stan Parola (guitar/vocals/and ukulele/harmonica) and Gary (SweetPea) Cunningham on standup/electric bass/ukulele and vocals. They have evolved into one of the most sought after bands in Santa Cruz County.

A big part of the band's popularity stems from the fact that they play a diverse genre of music from John Prine to Neil Young, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Eagles. Apart from the fact that each band member is an accomplished musician, they also have a unique vocal blend which lends itself different kinds of music.

Each member in the band has their own distinct following. Vince Tuzzi is a well-known solo artist, Gary Cunningham plays with Swirly Girls and Still Searchin' while Stan Parola also plays with Danceland & The Island Breeze Band.  

Patti Maxine is simply one of our nation's finest lap steel guitar players.  She will be playing with Cruz Control.

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


First in a series of Thursday McCoy Tyler & Various Musical Friends Michael's on Main showcases

Thu. March 1 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$8 door seated <21 w/parent

McCoy Tyler is a songwriter and guitarist whose musical backstory is one of unbridled change and expansion. Having performed in styles ranging from power metal (at one time--no joke) to bluegrass, his skills as a lyricist and instrumentalist are reflective of an early immersion into music and live performance and a constant curiosity and willingness to learn. Having had little formal training, his stylings as a guitarist are entirely his own and while songwriting is his core focus, he maintains that his guitar is the driving force behind what he creates. Hailing from the coast of Northern California and rooted deep in the customs of American music, McCoy Tyler is simply one of the most intriguing songwriters in the bay area and beyond.

AJ Lee and Jesse Fichman: Joining McCoy for his first appearance at Michael's on main will be local bluegrass phenoms AJ Lee and Jesse Fichman. When not performing with their band Blue Summit , AJ and Jesse moonlight as a guitar/mandolin duo, performing a mixture of timeless folk and bluegrass songs as well as heartfelt originals. This will be an evening of collaboration, with McCoy performing a short set of solo material and a longer set featuring AJ & Jesse. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.mccoytylermusic.com and www.facebook.com/BlueSummitmusic/


~HAPPY HOUR~ 4-6 pm

Listen and sing along to the songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's

Fri. March 2 at 5pm
$4 Draft Beers   $5 House Wines $4 Well Drinks  $5 Margaritas

Sung and played beautifully by Robbie Barbour, Jerry Whitney on bass and Aaron Wayne on guitar and accordion. 



Nourishing Americana, funky alt-country, fresh new folk, bluegrass

Fri. March 2 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door   Dance– ages 21 + 

Crooked Branches :    Born in 2014 and based out of the Santa Cruz mountains, Crooked Branches features a soulful, acoustic sound that weaves lyrical storytelling with danceable down-home grooves.  Their energetic live performances are a mix of heartfelt Americana, funky country, and fresh new folk.

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

Jim Thomas (of The Mermen), Henry Kaiser, Reed Mathis, John Hanrahan, Tim Lin,
and Bob Bralove

A prolific jam ensemble
saluting John Coltrane

Sat. March 3 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 door Dance– ages 21 + 

This eclectic group of established Bay Area musicians will perform John Coltrane's epic recordings, A Love Supreme & Meditations.  This all-star ensemble is sure to create a musical memory that will celebrate the joy, spirit and genius of Coltrane's masterpieces.

Jim Thomas is founding member and of Santa Cruz's The Mermen, a popular eclectic surf ensemble.

Henry Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the 'first generation' of American free improvisers.

Reed Mathis records and tours with Golden Gate Wingmen, Tea Leaf Green, the Marco Benevento Trio, amongst other artists, and was a founding member of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a group he co-led for fifteen years.

John Hanrahan is a veteran drummer of the Chicago music scene based in Santa Cruz.  His quartet performed A Love Supreme at the 2014 Monterey Jazz fest in honor of the 50th anniversary.

Tim Lin on saxophone has performed as a sideman with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Burrell, Tootie Heath, Russell Ferrante, Carl Allen, Mike Clark, and The Grammy Award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra,

Bob Bralove is a performer, producer, composer, and artist has traveled a path of music and technology to his own unique vision.  Honing his skills with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder and the Grateful Dead

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/events/1984263088559631/



Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 4 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Patti Maxine, Harpin Jonny Troutner, Liz Smith, and Gary Sweetpea Cunningham

Brooklynbilly Music:  Classic Country, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Old Timey,
and Comedy Tunes

Wed. March 7 at 7:30pm
$15 av./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Andy Fuhrman: Born and raised in Brooklyn, Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Andy Fuhrman was heavily influenced by the Doo-Wop, Folk, R&B and Rock songs of the 50's & 60's. Arriving in Santa Cruz in the early 70's he became consumed with the crazy mix of Classic & Outlaw Country, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Old Timey and Comedy tunes floating over our local airwaves from KFAT and KPIG –the birthplace of Americana. Mix all that up together with Andy's original tunes and you've got Brooklynbilly Music, which is what you can expect at this show. Andy's Fabulous Friends include Patti Maxine (Lap Steel Guitar), Harpin Jonny Troutner (Harmonica), Liz Smith (Fiddle), and Gary Sweetpea Cunningham (Bass).

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

Rhythmic, Hypnotic Grooving Americana, Rockin' Blues,
and Soul

Thu. March 8 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Brave Mystics create rhythmic and hypnotic grooves with their blend of original compositions and covers inspired by Americana, Rockin' Blues, and Soul. The upcoming special sit-down show at Michaels On Main reveals the songwriting facet of this local Santa Cruz band. Award winning songwriters Glenn MacPherson (Mars Songwriting Contest Winner, Top Prize at Sisters Folk and Fast Folk NYC), Stephen Bigger (Nashville ASCAP Award Winner, original scores for “American Pickers”, Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars”, Discovery Channel), and Audio Guru Tim Prince (Ridgetop Sound Recording Studio, Universal Audio, Keith Greeninger) join forces with local legends Mark Hull (Levi's Ghost, Beat Street), and Eric Gunn (Nora Cruz, Mighty Mike Schermer, The Original Substitutes, Carl Rey) to bring their best original songs to the stage for a very special evening of musical connection and discovery.

You will be treated to an evening of music reminiscent of The Band, Grateful Dead, Subdudes, Mark Knopfler, Little Feat, and Bob Dylan. The band features acoustic and electric guitar, baritone electric guitar, organ, piano, drums, bass, and vocal harmonies. Take a ride  with the Brave Mystics down the less traveled beautiful back roads of music.

Artist sites and sounds: www.bravemystics.com

4-6 pm
  $4 Draft Beers   
   $5 House Wines
  $4 Well Drinks 
$5 Margaritas  

Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek, Patti Maxine & Michael
Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. March 9 at 5pm


Performing Classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from 1976 to 1995

Fri. March 9 at 8:30pm
$22 adv./$22 door Dance– ages 21 +  

The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It's about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another. It's The Garcia Project. The Garcia Project performs actual, full, classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from 1976 to 1995 – creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience for old fans to relive or new fans to enjoy for the first time.

"I spent a lot of nights in a lot of places with the Jerry Garcia Band, and I'm here to say that I really enjoy what The Garcia Project does with those memories.  Mik's guitar and his and Kat's vocals stir up some very sweet vibes---sometimes they almost make me feel like I'm back in, say, 1992 at the Warfield.  Check ‘em out." —  Dennis McNally, former publicist for the Jerry Garcia Band.

The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn't seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band---they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band. “ – Buffalo FM Review.

“If you close your eyes, you'll swear you are at a Jerry Garcia Band show.” – ecoLocal Magazine.

“In order for a tribute band to be successful, fans need to look at them as the authority on the artist they are emulating. The Garcia Project pulls it off effortlessly. Go see them live--The Garcia Project is the whole package.” – Jim Gilbert, Upstate Live.

Artist sites and sounds: www.thegarciaproject.com


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

Sat. March 10 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


Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 11 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Straight ahead traditional style bluegrass with sweet sounding harmonies and driving instrumentals

Wed. March 14 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Bean Creek is a bluegrass band, hailing from right here on the central coast that plays straight ahead traditional style bluegrass and a pinch of lively old-time music. They play with an authentic bravado that excites, then soothes, then tears up, in song after song of heartbreak, love, loss and home. This band was voted Best Bluegrass Band last year by the Northern California Bluegrass Society (for the second time) and also have captured Best Vocalist (Billy Pitrone), Best Banjo Player (Rob Horgan), and Best Mandolin Player (Peter Hicks) in previous years. Vocal harmonies and fine pickin' places Bean Creek in the top echelon of the California traditional bluegrass scene. They have had the privilege to open for IBMA winners Danny Paisley, Michael Cleveland and James King. Band members include Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals, Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals, Rob Horgan on banjo and Peter Hicks on mandolin, fiddle and vocals.

Artist sites and sounds: www.beancreekbluegrass.com

Come Early for


Pre-Saint Patrick's Day Concert with legendary brothers from Ireland

Thu. March 15 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Celtic society members receive $2 discount on
the above prices by way of rebate at the door


The Black Brothers :  Shay & Michael Black are singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances, & brother, Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as “one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling”

The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dances, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.

Artist sites and sounds: www.black-brothers.com/

Sing along to the Beatles 
with Jerry Whitney, Glenn MacPherson, Cheryl  D'Alessandro

Fri. March 16 at 5pm



Fri. March 16 at 8pm
15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +  

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

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

St. Paddy's Funk
& R&B Dance Party

St Paddy's Day fun fusing funk,
acid jazz and classic
R&B resulting in an
infectious dance party     

Sat. March 17 at 8pm
$6 adv./$6 door dance- ages 21+

The Joint Chiefs are one of the most versatile and exciting dance bands currently performing on the Northern California music scene. Since their inception in 1990, The Joint Chiefs have built a loyal following based on their live performances as well as their wide range of styles and influences. Their sound fuses elements of funk, acid jazz and classic R&B with their own signature groove. The result is a dance party of infectious grooves. Since members of the band were raised on 70's funk, the band is able to capture the real natural funk feel that all the other bands try to imitate.

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


Sunday 2pm Matinee

She's enchanting. "A garrulous comic observer of contemporary manners" -- NY Times..  

Sun. March 18 at 2pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent  


Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist who has been based in New York City since 1984.  She has just released her 23rd solo album, SPAGHETTIFICATION, which was #5 for the month of September according to the International FolkDJ chart.. Her 22nd album, CHRISTINE LAVIN & FRIENDS LIVE AT McCABE'S GUITAR SHOP was produced by Hillary Rollins.  Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers.  In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music.  Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.  

Artist sites and sounds:    www.christinelavin.com



Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March. 18 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Inspired by The Police, Sublime, Elle King, No Doubt, Amy Winehouse, Pretenders, Blondie & more

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

Sasha's Money is a hot, new dance until you drop band from Santa Cruz, CA. The band formed in 2015 with Michelle (Sasha) Kraft (lead vocals, percussion), Mike Kelly (bass, lead vocals), Bill McBride (guitar), and Randy Solomon (drums) and started playing an eclectic mix of great dance songs ranging across several decades (from The Police and Sublime to Elle King and No Doubt). The band was joined by legendary local guitarist, Johnny McCullough, in 2016 and immediately solidified the band with his multi-band experience from the early 80's (The Batteries) through the turn of the century (The Spell, Roomshakers). In October 2016, Sasha's Money had the honor of opening for James Durbin at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Inspired by the music of Amy Winehouse, The Pretenders, and Blondie, Sasha's Money will get everyone out to the dance floor and leave wanting more.

Artist sites and sounds: www.sashasmoney.com

Joint Chief ' s members  bring R&B, Jazz, and Funk, all the way live, straight to you!

Thu. March 22 at 7:30pm

~HAPPY HOUR~ 4-6 pm

Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. March 23 at 5pm

  $4 Draft Beers   
   $5 House Wines
  $4 Well Drinks 
$5 Margaritas  


A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Fri. March 23 at 8:00pm
$15 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 bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield. The band is rounded out by veteran keyboardist Steve Sofranko (Shady Groove, Workingman's Ed) and drummer Michael Owens (surfer).   

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



Rocking and grooving, get up & get down Folk-Americana & Soul-Blues Dance Tonight

Sat. March 24 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Patrick Maguire & Rye Dawn have created a sound that is a game changer for Folk-Americana/Soul-Blues. "The music was strong and purposeful, it begged the audience to listen closely to Pat's singular vocal style that delivered lyrics to the gut. The music begs for a real listen, in which one can hang on the words, feel the notes and think about what is being offered.”  Andrew Quist, Glide Magazine.  Patrick's distinctive soulful inflection compliments an almost effortless, tenor voice.  With a deeply rooted passion for writing, singing & playing music, Patrick's Folk-Americana Style songs reflect a vulnerability in his words as he tells the story of his journey & life experiences.

Hilary & Kate: Rich and melodic, Hilary and Kate's latest offering, 2017's Forgive Me If I Go, provides an exciting departure from their previous work. With a nod to the greats before them, Hilary and Kate's work has the cadence and storytelling of Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Sara Jarosz while still creating a unique blend all their own. Marrying the influence of Celtic and Appalachian with the energy of a live show, If I Go creates a deep, soulful and lively blend of songs.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.ryedawn.com   and http://hilaryandkate.com



Dance to tunes of
the Grateful Dead
with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. March 25 at 5:30pm 
www.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/  and http://matthartlemusic.com/spirit-of-76

Soaring vocal and guitar duo blending roots, pop, blues, soul and jazz

Wed. March 28 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 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 

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

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com


New CD is “The Woodstock
Sessions” produced by
Larry Campbell at the
Levon Helm Studios

Thu. March 29 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that's steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they've been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance.

Artist sites and sounds: www.marleysghost.com


Bringing the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones show to stages across the country

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

You'll get what you need from The Unauthorized Rolling Stones! Since their beginning in 2001, Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones have brought the excitement, energy, and all the hits of a live Rolling Stones show to stages across the country. Their show holds in reverence many legends of the classic rock years, while maintaining their Rolling Stones core. Rudy Colombini's staggering, Jaggeresque showmanship is hands down the best salute to Mick. Colombini, who has seen the Rolling Stones live 20 times said. “It's been a deep drill into little nuances and movement. Frankly, it's nearly impossible to find a better mentor than Mick Jagger for a performer. He's an incredible entity.” “It's a big show,” Colombini added, “A real Rock and Roll event.” It appears that with The Unauthorized Rolling Stones coming to Soquel, you CAN get some Satisfaction!

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



Cosmic Pinball smashes the
boundaries between funk,
soul, and rock and roll

Sat. March 31 at 8pm
$7 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21

From the farthest reaches of the funky universe comes Cosmic Pinball. With thick, deep grooves and big, soulful vocals, Cosmic Pinball smashes the boundaries between funk, soul, and rock and roll.  This 7-piece blend of veterans and new blood grew out of the swampy, intergalactic heart of Santa Cruz, California. Vocalists Taylor Rae (local singer/songwriter, 2017 NEXTies Artist of the Year), Scott MacDonald (sessions pro), and Sydney Gorham (classically trained voice teacher) take turns bringing the lead-vocal fire and backing each other up. Bassist Pete Novembre (Aza, OM Trio, Elephino, Phatty Lumpkin) and drummer Bret Bailey (Shady Groove, Elephino, Blissninnies) lay down tight, punchy grooves that get feet and hips moving. Guitarist Mike Johnson (Room 9, Root System, Amee Chapman) and keyboardist Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Shaky Zimmerman, Spirit of '76) shred solos to round out the thick sound. Honoring their roots while looking to the future, Cosmic Pinball takes you on a trip that starts on your back porch, visits neighboring galaxies, and ends at a disco-tech in Paris.

Artist sites and sounds: http://cosmic-pinball.com/#about


An intimate evening of Naughty
Bawdy Blues & Vintage
Classic Jazz 

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

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 52-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 42 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Jazz and Big Band, Blues, Gospel, R&B, (not to mention several award-winning children's albums). Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.

Artist sites and sounds:    www.mariamuldaur.com


Dance to the music of the Dead, Dylan, Van Morrison, Eagles, Rolling Stones & more BLUEGRASS style

Fri. April 6 at 8pm
$10 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

Grateful Bluegrass Boys are a string band that plays traditional bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show. 

The band consists of Aaron Redner, violin, mandolin, and vocals, who is known for his work with Hot Buttered Rum with whom he toured for 13 years. David Thom, who fronts the David Thom Band and Vintage Grass, plays mandolin and guitar, and sings like an angel. He also spent two years working with David Grisman. Isaac Cantor, banjo, also plays in Dusty Green Bones Band. Ben Jacobs, accordion, can be seen with Poor Man's Whiskey and Achilles Wheel.

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

Hop shakin' Newgrass,
Bluegrass &Americana
—Risky Biscuits just played
main stage at Strawberry

Sat. April 7 at 8pm
$10 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

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

The Risky Biscuits: From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Risky Biscuits bring an original mix of heel-kicking stompers and humble ballads, creating an eclectic mix of Americana, bluegrass, and country. With six members total and guest musicians sitting in on every show, we never deliver the same performance twice. Catch one of our shows and you'll know we're in it for the music. They are made their second appearance on the mainstage at the Strawberry Music Festival this past September.

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


Roger Kabler is "An astonishing Robin Williams' impressionist!”  - Variety

Wed. April 11 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Roger Kabler: Roger Kabler has had a long career in comedy, TV, and film. Famous for his celebrity impressions - you won't want to miss his most notable impression, Robin Williams.

Roger appeared as a member of the reperatory company on The Carol Burrett show and starred in his own sit-com Rhythm & Blues on NBC.  He does a full set of Robin Williams and comes out for an encore doing a hilarious array of other celebrity imitations. 

"An astonishing Robin Williams' impressionist!”   - Variety

"Best new act of the year."     - New York Post

Marc Price Loved by millions as Skippy from the hugely popular 80's sitcom Family Ties starring Michael J Fox. Check out his stand up comedy tour to find out why the Los Angeles Times calls him "refreshingly bright" and the Boston Globe says he's "wickedly funny."' As a stand-up comedian Marc has opened for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. He's starred in movies, hosted late night talk shows and more recently he's been behind the cameras writing and producing for E! TBS, Disney Channel, Animal Planet, GSN, Showtime and more.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/The-Ultimate-Robin-Williams-Tribute-Show-1535646593187365/  and Video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGs6-rEBihk


Classic Motown Gems for an  Uptight, Outtasight Dance Party!

Fri. April 13 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance– ages 21 + 

Catch Tammi Brown between
her gigs with Quincy Jones

Local Motown and R/B dance band, Ten O'Clock Lunch Band, bring their brand of funky fun, great harmonies and infectious groove-laden All Motown and R/B Revue . From Smoky to Gladys, Sam Cooke, Staples, Temptations, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Bobby Blue Bland and beyond!

George Z. leads this local, fun to dance to 7 piece outfitthat includes James Jamerson infused basslines by Jerry Whitney, do-it-all lead guitarist Glenn MacPherson , sweet harmony vocals and harmonica by Richie the Lip , and rock steady drumming by Pat Scirappa with Special Guests Sax master Armen Boyd, Jr (Big Bang Beat) and local Keyboard legend Otis Coen .  Tammi Brown joins Ten O'Clock Lunch band between her appearances this year and last year with Quincy Jones at the Hollywood Bowl

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


New CD is “Backstage at the Resurrection”

Wed April 18 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent  

“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

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let's say something else, let's say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---and here is where the wasteland ends” –  Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. It is only a long-lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. 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. 

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

Coming to you from Austin
and described by Rolling Stone
as "pure Americana heart
and soul"

Thu. April 19 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door Dance– ages 21 +    

Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD "Walk Alone" in 1999, the Bastard Sons quickly proved they were no novelty act. With strong songwriting and great musicianship, the Sons' quickly jumped to the forefront of the growing Alternative Country scene. No stranger to the road, their constant touring and hard work have built the band a loyal grass roots following both in the States and abroad. Whether performing in front of thousands at a festival in the US or Europe, or playing all night in a Texas dance hall, for Stuart it's all about respect. "The Bastard Sons never were, and never will be, a Johnny Cash tribute band." It's always been about honoring the musical ideals of our heroes, and paying respect to the originality, integrity, and independence that made those artists who they are. Our goal was always to find our own road, and to continue to keep the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive."Stuart and the Bastard Sons have released five outstanding CDs. Their new full-length record, "New Old Story".

Artist sites and sounds: www.bsojc.com

Ultra-talented 25-year-old Aussie Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter-- rock, blues, jazz, and R&B

Fri. April 20 at 8pm
$20 adv./$20 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

Artist sites and sounds: www.joerobinson.com



Ultra-talented 25-year-old Folk legend wrote “Thirsty Boots”, "Violets of Dawn", "Come to My Bedside" and much more

Sun. April 29 at 2pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent


Eric Andersen is an American folk music singer-songwriter, who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, the Grateful Dead and many others

“Andersen is the most elegant of singers.” - ROLLING STONE

“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” - BOB DYLAN 

Eric Andersen's voice, songs, and guitar created a career that has spanned over 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs, and made numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. 

Sony/Legacy Recordings will be issuing ? THE ESSENTIAL ERIC ANDERSEN ? – A 42-track retrospective release covering fifty years of his recorded history.

Artist sites and sounds: www.ericandersen.com

Stunning, innovative acoustic
guitarists are taking off
across the USA & the World

Wed. May 9 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$25 seated <21 w/parent

Luca Stricagnoli: born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 60 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe. Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, Luca continually leaves his audiences in awe and wondering what's next for the up-and-coming guitarist. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world. His debut single received over 14 million hits on YouTube and Facebook in just a couple of weeks — an especially impressive feat for an instrumental music video.

Antoine Dufour : Montreal, Canada based guitarist Antoine Dufour is known colloquially 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 reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures and languages. That he does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style has endeared him to a broad spectrum of fans of popular music. Via his six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, 6 years of global touring and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity.  

Artists sites and sounds:    www.lucastricagnoli.com and www.antoinedufourmusic.com/intro/


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