2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073


A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. Nov. 17 at 8:30pm
$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.thechinacats.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Nov 18 at 5:30pm 


Thanksgiving Eve Dance – Benefitting Santa Cruz SPCA.  Bop, Swing and Swirl Tonight

Wed. Nov. 21 at 7:30pm
$10 adv. /$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Rockin' New Grass Folky Girly trio with an eclectic mix of old, new, and international rhythms. They are a family band featuring Pam Nectar on guitar, dobro and vocals; Sheila Cliff on ukulele, washboard, and vocals; and Sweetpea Cunninham on bass and vocals.  Don't let the strings fool you, you will be dancing all night.  You are going be ready for stuffing on Thanksgiving.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/The-Swirly-Girls-674973022569777/


They play it all: rock n' roll, R&B, C&W, Rockabilly, Calypso and more

Fri. Nov 23 at 5 pm



Imagine happy-feet-dancing, a spirit-lifting revival and unifying-revelry

Fri. Nov. 23 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Puffball Collective is built to lift you up. Featuring members of the  “Banana Slug String Band”, “Slugs and Roses”, the “Barrelmakers”, instrumental funk project “Velour,” Jim Lewin's Edge of the West , and a slew of talented local musicians,  "We present this music to soothe your souls , raise your spirits and rejuvenate & move your bodies so that we all can move forward and do great good in our lives.” – TPC.  The Puffball Collective celebrates as community, the power & healing of music & song, with happy-feet-dancing, spirit-lifting revival and unifying-revelry.

Dead Slug Society is being reborn by Doug Dirt, bass player for 10 years with Slugs and Roses. The Dead Slug Society play inventive and authentic Grateful Dead music. Come get down with the Dead Slug Society.

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




Venegas FT. Brandon Michael & Werwisp, Versoul (fka Babii Chris), Iris Benson, River Navaille

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


Venegas FT. Brandon Michael & Werwisp is an all-star cast of Bay Area musicians featuring Reverend Stephan Sams (The Red Light District), Kage O'Malley (No Hobo), Leo Lobo (Los Troubadoux), Jesse Williams (The Randy Savages), and Justin Stie (The Trees).  They showcase a diverse collaboration of artists from around the world spanning genres such as Afro-Brazilian, Underground Rock n' Roll, R&B and folk.

Versoul is an Alternative Hip-Hop Artist, Producer and Sound Engineer born in San Francisco, California who writes music as a form of expression and self-discovery since the young age of 8. Proudly mixed with the roots of Japanese, Hawaiian, Filipino, Salvadorian and Italian descent, Versoul dedicates her musical intention to inspire other mixed youth all around the world to continue pushing forward through life, struggles and oppression, with self-love, resilience, and humility in order to break all boundaries, destroy stereotypes and eliminate double standards brought on by society and mainstream media.

Iris Benson is a comedian because no other profession will have her. Since her comedy debut in 2011, she's garnered such praise as “one of my favorite comedians around”, “smart and honest”, “pleasantly dark” and “wonderfully weird” by no one that you've heard of. She's performed all over the West Coast.

River Navaille is a non-binary performer who writes original music and accompanies theirself on the baritone ukulele. Their music is described as folk-funk acoustic. Sometimes compared to Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell, their fluttering soprano is matched by a richly emotional chest voice.

About Monarch Services:

Our Vision: Empowering individuals, families and our communities to take action against violence and abuse.

Our Mission: Lives free from violence and abuse.

Our Values: Monarch Services is committed to serving everyone in our community, with a special commitment to women, youth, children, Latinas and other under served groups.

Artist sites and sounds: www.venegas.media   and http://www.werwisp.com   and  www.facebook.com/versoulife and https://rivernavaille.com and www.facebook.com/iris.benson1


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Aardvark

Sun. Nov 25 at 5:30pm 


Timeless, stirring American folk, rock, gospel, bluegrass and roots music

Wed. Nov. 28 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent


Misner & Smith: a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band's sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. 

Hilary & Kate: There's something timeless and stirring about the music of Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller,  As their two voices, guitar, and violin intertwine, they conjure up echoes of time-honored musical traditions rooted in folk, bluegrass, and gospel while putting a fresh spin on these sounds as only young artists can. In early 2012, Hilary and Kate began playing and recording together; Hilary was already seasoned from years of traveling and performing both solo acoustic and with her full band, but Kate brought something new and unique with her voice and violin that instantly clicked. The year ended up being one of rich blessing for Hilary and Kate, with extensive tours throughout the US, Italy, the UK, Hungary, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany, and a December tour in Hawaii to finish up the year. Hilary and Kate's combined talents make for a fresh and compelling musical partnership that is not to be missed. Catch them if you can in a live setting where the chemistry of their songwriting, storytelling, deft musicanship, and rich singing remind the listener of how music can speak to us like nothing else.

Artist sites and sounds: https://misnerandsmith.com and http://hilaryandkate.com


Master Storytellers. Have you ever been riveted by a great teller of tales? 

Thu. Nov. 29 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated – ages 21 +

Tell Me More, is a spoken word performance group that believes in the power of self-expression and creativity to entertain and transform. This deep and hysterical incarnation of authentic storytelling, “Sex, Drugs and Rock Stars,” features themes including but not limited to: being attacked by wild dogs on acid in India, sleeping with a Rock Star, navigating the world of anti-depressants, being a late bloomer, keeping oneself “vibrant, “and much, much more.

Stories, are universal (archetypal) and witnessing people share intimate material thru story telling touches the collective spirit of humanity. Hearing another's story allows us recognize the common bonds we share. Tell Me More was created by local Santa Cruz, CA writers and artists Janet Croteau and Laurie Guerin who both believe that the creative process is healing and transformative. And funny.

Janet Croteau , co-producer of Tell Me More, is a quirky songwriter, comedian, spoken word artist - and psychotherapist. She believes that if you water down who you are, that the real people will never find you. 

Laurie Guerin  is a late bloomer who believes that the best stories come from everyday life. 

Co-producer of Tell Me More, she is honored to collaborate with openhearted people who find the courage to be vulnerable and have something to say.

Nicolette Nasr  is an artist. She escaped from Palo Alto to find her true self in Santa Cruz here acting, writing, family and community is her focus. 

Sarah MacEwan  is an therapist who believes in self-expression as a path to healing and wholeness. Sarah loves being on stage, talking about feelings and any joke with “your mom” in the punchline.

Stacey Platt  migrated from the east coast six years ago and still can't shake being early to things.

Ed Croteau  likes to fish, play guitar and provide a fun and comfortable living environment for his dogs. 

Artist sites and sounds: Reverbnation.com/JanetCroteau and www.almostjanet.com


In the New Tap Room
Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek,
Patti Maxine & Michael Westendorp play Americana,
originals & soul

Fri. Nov. 30 at 5pm




Fri. Nov. 30 at 8:30pm
$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


Funk, acid jazz and classic
R&B resulting in
an infectious dance party;

Sat. Dec 1 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 captures the natural funk feel that all the other bands try to imitate.

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

New Album is
“Rifles & Rosary Beads”

Wed. Dec. 5 at 7:30pm
$22 adv./$25 door seated <21 w/parent


"The importance of this effort cannot be overstated."
- Country Standard Time

"The album's honesty and insight into an often overlooked aspect of American democracy - the on-the-ground experiences of soldiers and, especially, the aftermath of their time in combat - is a gift in a contemporary moment full of chatter and political rhetoric." NPR World Café

"Rifles & Rosary Beads' gives veterans and their spouses a voice, a chance to find in song the words that foster growth in the midst of trauma---Gauthier and her co-writers deliver an album of songs that momentarily make the burdens of these men and women lighter, for in these songs they've found the care and empathy of a listening stranger who sits not in judgment but embraces in love."  No Depression
Artist sites and sounds:  www.marygauthier.com

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Freebo & Alice Howe

Thu. Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers: Fun and spontaneous performances of high energy bluegrass and beyond. Requests, audience participation, dancing, joy, laughter, and even tears. Y'all come! We love Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, The Seldom Scene, The Steel Drivers, the Carter Family, Hazel Dickens, the Osborne Brothers, Hank Williams, the Grateful Dead, Gillian Welch

Brookdale Bluegrass Band has been around entertaining since 2012, good bluegrass, ol timey, and progressive originals.

Freebo & Alice Howe:  Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry.  A lifelong songwriter, Alice's musical sensibility lies in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/wildcatmountainramblers/   and https://www.facebook.com/Eric-Burman-and-the-Brookdale-Bluegrass-Band-337534126618030/ and http://www.freebomusic.com   and www.alicehowe.com

The Carolyn Sills Combo and Friends!

with special guests The Coffis Brothers, Sharon Allen, Michael Gaither,
Taylor Rae,
Ralph Anybody and Santa Claus!

A big night of Americana music, vintage holiday songs, special guests, comedy, flocking and hijinks galore

Fri. Dec. 7 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

It's the KPIG Humbug Hoedown!!! Dust off your Christmas sweaters and get those old fruitcakes out of the basement. We're going to get you in the mood for the holidays in the best way possible--by giving back to the community and partying with The Carolyn Sills Combo and Friends! Get ready for a big night of Americana music, vintage holiday songs, special guests, comedy, and hijinks galore, all for a great cause. 

The KPIG HUMBUG HOEDOWN will benefit Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes and the Food Bank for Low Income Pet Owners at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter .  


Artist sites and sounds: www.carolynsills.com

2pm Matinee 

Jim & Meredith & Suzy radiate charm, humor, sophistication and super talent


Sat. Dec. 8 at 2pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Jim Kweskin  is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing. Since his Jug band days Jim has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's interpretations that makes his performances a delight. Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook. Kweskin says "I don't cover songs, I uncover them".

Meredith Axelrod:  is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in American roots music. Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place.  Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to the way folks did it a century ago – through the medium of 78-rpm records. As a solo artist, she has headlined her own shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA, opened for the Cheap Suit Serenaders and for David Bromberg, and toured as far as Australia and New Zealand.  

Suzy Thompson:  is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following in the footsteps of earlier masters like Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. Suzy is unique in her ability to combine fiddle, vocals and guitar in the blues and ragtime idioms. She has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Mike Seeger, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Beausoleil, Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, Jody Stecher, Del Rey, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Alice Gerrard, D.L. Menard, Jane Voss, Rinde Eckert, the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Sukay, and Frankie Armstrong, among others.

Artist sites and sounds: http://jimkweskin.com and http://meredithaxelrod.com   and



Shred Zeppelin-
A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Liquid Sky-
A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

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

Shred Zeppelin: The love of Led Zeppelin music is what tethers these musicians together. We all marvel at the layers involved when studying Zeppelin songs. Each time we listen, we learn something new. We all live near The Ocean, and through Good Times Bad Times, Rock and Roll is always a part of our lives.  We hope you enjoy our tribute as we relive this great music!

Liquid Sky:  Liquid Sky is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier Jimi Hendrix tribute band. Formed out of the love and passion for his music, this tribute has dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of his music. Liquid Sky does all the hits and a lot of the deeper cuts. The show is extremely guitar driven and will not disappoint.  AND, Liquid Sky is very DANCEABLE .  They have carefully culled many of Hendrix groove oriented materials into their set list.  

Artist sites and sounds:  www.shredzeppelinband.com and www.facebook.com/liquidskytributeband/

A Love Supreme Birthday Celebration w/ The John Hanrahan Quartet with Matt Hartle

Sun. Dec. 9 at 2pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

This all-star ensemble performs John Coltrane's epic recording, A Love Supreme & Meditations.  Experience a live performance that is sure to create a musical memory that will celebrate the joy, spirit and genius of Coltrane's masterpieces. Drummer/Band Leader John Hanrahan has been presenting A Love Supreme throughout the country for over 15 years.  Performing traditional and Electric versions (adding guitar) allows both performer and listener to extend beyond spiritual boundaries.  We are excited to share a traditional quartet with the searing guitar work of Santa Cruz's own Matt Hartle.  With Terry Shields (Painted Mandolin), bass; Danny Eisenberg (Mother Hips), keyboard; and Jeff Hobbs (Stu Allen), saxophone.

Artist sites and sounds: www.johnhanrahandrums.com/a-love-supreme

“Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide. Julia's voice and fiddle are thrilling.

Wed. Dec. 12 at 7:30pm
$18 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent
Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door


Tony McManus : "One of the premiere purveyors of Celtic music, McManus displays an incredible ability to capture the melodic nuances of that ancient genre" --Guitar Player Magazine “ Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. While Tony is known as a soloist his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work. 

Julia Toaspern's bell like voice and her filigrane fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, her solo is impressive.” SalonFestival . Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make and exciting fit with Tony's.

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

“Their adaptations of traditional holiday tunes are beautiful---" Seattle Times

Thu. Dec. 13 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Their adaptations of traditional holiday tunes are beautiful — I can't describe their “Noel” in words, other than to say it will convince any hater of Christmas music to think otherwise.” - Marian Liu, SEATTLE TIMES (Seattle, WA). Around the world with Gypsy Soul. Authentic and excellent 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 Acoustic Rock, Pop, Blues and Jazz. But it's the stories about the songs and their experiences traveling the country and the world as first generation immigrants from first generation immigrants that makes their shows so personal and memorable. 

 "A musical marriage that spans the globe, a self-invented, organic sound that has roots in rock and soul, country and folk, blues--- with vocals and lyrics intertwined like a pair of life-long partners inspiring others to follow their dreams.” - Hits Daily Double Magazine. Like its creators, their music is much like fine fusion cuisine; Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache and struggle, love and determination infused with many textures, nuance and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly.  “Gypsy Soul is gourmet music for music lovers.” - K-LOS Radio 

Artist sites and sounds: www.gypsysoul.com

The feel, excitement and raw energy of the Allman Brothers Band live in concert

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

Allman Brothers Band tribute: Freestone Peaches captures the feel, excitement and raw energy of the Allman Brothers Band live in concert. The SF Bay Area based band is comprised of veteran jam, jazz, blues, rock, country and Allman Brothers Band enthusiasts, Freestone Peaches features Ned Patchett on lead/slide guitar (Duane Allman), Jeff Faust on bass (Berry Oakley), Michael Berry on lead guitar (Dickey Betts), Mark Corsolini on drums (Butch Trucks), John Hanrahan on drums (Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson), Jefferson Bergey on vocals (Gregg Allman) and Paul Rustigian on B3/keyboards (Gregg Allman).

Artist sites and sounds: www.freestonepeaches.com

Feel The Neil -- Full on electric open dance floor concert

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

Not So Young, out of Santa Cruz Ca, is a dedicated group of musicians that capture the mood and raw energy of the classic Neil Young song book. Representing over 40 years of Neil Young music, Not So Young delivers a wide assortment from the Godfather of Grunge. Every time you see “Not So Young” perform, you will be glad you came out to “Feel the Neil”!

Artist sites and sounds:  www.notsoyoungband.com


2pm matinee

Cello like you've
never heard before

Sun. Dec. 16 at 2pm
$20 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent


The Dirty Cello band comes back to perform in Santa Cruz.Since their last show in Santa Cruz, they've been all over the world collecting stories, new songs, and a couple misadventures. Come on out to Michael's on Main, for the bluesiest cello you've ever heard backed by a hard rockin' rhythm section. New songs, new stories, old favorites, old songs, and never a dull moment. From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!  “When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Nick Diamantides, Ashland Daily Tidings. "Dirty Cello's music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine. "The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman's playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you'll wonder why more bands don't have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz "The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." LA Times

Artist sites and sounds:  www.dirtycello.com

Black Dog:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6K9YV4oa1Y

Devil on My Shoulder:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXAmt9-2pR4&feature=youtu.be

Devil Went Down to Georgia:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K16hf1yWO7U

The Songs of Frank Sinatra featuring John Michael
Thu. Dec. 20 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$12 door seated <21 w/parent

What a way to spend an evening in December-- his way!

Sinatra in December featuring Steve Abrams, (piano) Zack Olsen (drums) and Ben Herod (sax) will take you up to “Where the Air is Rarefied” with renditions of Frank's biggest hits like “New York New York” and “Fly Me to the Moon” and so much more including some of Frank Sinatra's favorite holiday chestnuts.   John Michael, from Dún Laoghaire Ireland, is an eclectic and proficient vocalist.  He began vocalizing at the age of four and has been performing ever since.  He is extremely versatile in many genres including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Celtic, Heavy Metal, Blues, Funk, Soul and Opera. More than just a vocalist, John creates an atmosphere.

Artist sites and sounds:


In the New Tap Room
Come see this amazing duo on Guitar, Harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers plus Holiday Favorites.

Fri. Dec. 21 at 5pm


Celebrate Solstice with the Slough! Spirited
Americana Rock Dance!

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

The Apple City Slough Band is a Santa Cruz Mountain Jam Band that will tap into your rock & roll roots. Spirited songwriting layered with gutty rolling leads and keys--the Apple City Slough Band delivers a loud and proud Americana rock sound. Hailing from the original Apple City (Watsonville, Ca) they're a close-knit band that plays for the love of a good time.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.applecitysloughband.com

Guitar Player Magazine cover story: “one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time.”

Wed. Dec. 26 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$17 door seated <21 w/parent

Peppino D'Agostino: "Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound--he gets the resin and the wood.”  ~Leo Kottke. July 2017 Guitar Player Magazine cover story lists Peppino as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar of all time. A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 31 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist, and Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards graced him with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his release “Every Step of The Way”. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide.  To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD's, performed in over thirty countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D'Agostino's latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.peppinodagostino.com

Guitar Player Magazine Cover Story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zm8ku900q0mcn5b/Guitar%20Player%20article.pdf?dl=0

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

Thu. Dec 27 at 7:30pm



One of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers

Sat. Dec. 29 at 9pm
 $25 Adv./$25 Door   Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Robyn Hitchcock  is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.  Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."  It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.  "A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings---" - Rolling Stone

Artist sites and sounds: www.robynhitchcock.com


Sun. Dec. 30 at 2pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

The Voice – A Love Story: Anthony and Emily met in Los Angeles, at the first round of call backs for Season 15 of The Voice.  They quickly became friends and spent months trading songs and singing together as they progressed through the competition leading up to multiple performances on National TV. They shared many of the same favorite current artists as well as a love for the oldies from the 60s and 70s. As songwriters, they turned their experience into songs about their relationship – now long distance but still going strong.  An evening with them will touch your heart too!

Anthony Arya: People often describe Anthony as an old soul. His original tunes appeal to all ages and you're likely to walk away humming one of his songs for days after a performance. His genre is folk/rock with an infusion of jazz and blues. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from the swinging jazz of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice – a unique tone with a natural rasp – makes for captivating performances. He plays his original tunes in a variety of venues all around the Bay Area in Santa Cruz and San Francisco and is the Singer for the legendary Harvey Mandel. Hisfull-length album is due out by the end of 2018

Emily Hough: Emily has been playing guitar and singing since she was seven. Her rich, sweet tone and gentle vibe leaves the audience delighted every time.  She's been performing at local fairs, festivals, and cafes in her hometown in Springfield, Illinois and now has come out to join local artist Anthony Arya for an unforgettable night.  Emily's style can be described as Indie folk/alternative.

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


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

Mon. Dec. 31 at 9pm
 $30 adv./$35 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.


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

Heartfelt "Tear 'n yer Beer" Americana

Wed. Jan. 2 at 7:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Santa Cruz local celebrated singer songwriter Gary Blackburn, along with his band brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to his original compositions and cool covers in the Country, Rock, Folk, Blues genres. Blending old school with contemporary, Gary will weave a memorable musical performance of songs that tell stories of love, foregiveness, and the paths that we choose. Gary will also be performing songs off his new CD, Streak Of Gray, produced by local great Keith Greeninger. Gary's band features the talents of Kevin Taylor on Keyboards ( Rayburn Brothers Band, Mofongo), Tom Duncan on Drums (UTURN), and Dan Besocke on Bass ( West Of Nashville). Gary and his band will no doubt connect with the audience for this sit down show. With a well rounded repetoire of songs, Gary will show both his versatile soft folk blues  and his edgy rocking side.

Artist sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com/rpk/garyblackburn7

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vocal & Ukulele Master, and Grammy Award Winner

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

  (note that tickets include entry to the show – Dinner Special is a separate charge)

Led Kaapana's  mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.   Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana,  there were few distractions. "We didn't have electricity, no television, not even much radio," says Led. "So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music." Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. "People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep," Led recalls. "You'd fall asleep to the music, wake up and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!" 

Fran Guidry's CD called Kaleponi, is all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, with a few choice originals. Fran will accompany Led for an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian music and more.

Artist sites and sounds: https://ledkaapana.com and www.kaleponi.com

Eclectic, high-voltage rock 'n soul grooves and daredevil musical adventures from The Wayback's frontman and his band of Nomads

Fri. Jan. 4 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +


James will be joined by an all-star ensemble: drummer Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani), bassist Angeline Saris (Narada Michael Walden), and pedal steeler David Phillips (Tom Waits)

James Nash's expansive musical vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre

bending, entertaining, approach that has served him well for over 15 years as lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for the electric rock 'n soul grooves of the Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillans. James' musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer. Guitar Player included him in their Superheroes of Wood, Steel, and Nylon: 50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists. The Chicago Tribune praised his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality.” Whether on electric or acoustic guitars, his inspired improvisational flights can be downright jaw-dropping.

Artist sites and sounds: www.jamesnash.com

Guitar great Muriel Anderson with stunning Bryan Allen visual show

Tue. Jan. 8 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door  seated <21 w/parent

One of the world's foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel's unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles' tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Her video “Why Worry” has garnered a total of over 8 million views. In addition, her new program is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson's ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT®and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

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

Cowboy Entertainer


Wed. Jan. 9 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Dave Stamey: Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 True West Magazine named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. 

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Dave is joined by cowgirl vocalist Annie Lydon

Artist sites and sounds: www.davestamey.com

Cowboy Entertainer


Thu. Jan. 10 at 7:30pm
$17 adv./$20 door seated <21 w/parent

Dave Stamey: Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 True West Magazine named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. 

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Dave is joined by cowgirl vocalist Annie Lydon

Artist sites and sounds: www.davestamey.com

American roots music sprinkled with musical influences from around the globe

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

Moshe Vilozny was born in Portland Oregon and raised in Santa Cruz California; spending summers in Israel and winters throughout Latin America.  Moshe incorporates his life experiences into original songs steeped in American Roots Music and sprinkled with musical influences from around the globe.   In 2004, Moshe released his 1st studio album "Revolucion" with Universal Language.  An album featuring his original songs sung in English, Spanish & Hebrew.  2016 found Moshe returning to his acoustic roots with the release of "Lost & Found" one of the last albums recorded at Gadgetbox studios before it was purchased by STS9.  The album features 13 of Moshe's original songs performed live in studio on all acoustic instrumentation with some of Santa Cruz's finest musicians.  Moshe is currently recording his 3rd studio album WOOD&SOUL.

Artist sites and sounds: www.moshev.com


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