2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

With Smith Dobson V -- jazz standards from “The Dobson Songbook” and new
songs their EP

Wed. Jan. 23 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Bay Area and Santa Cruz's very own, jazz vocalist, Gail Dobson, wife of the late great pianist, Smith Dobson, mom of vocalist, Sasha Dobson, and multi-instrumentalist son, Smith Dobson V, makes her first appearance at Michael's on Main.  Her band, which features Bay Area's top musicians, is a marriage of traditional jazz harmonies played straight ahead, and also with Latin rhythms, and highlights her philosophy and strong inclination to allow the music to unfold naturally. through encouraging player interaction and soloing. This is the tradition that she grew up with in jazz, and shared with Smith and the kids. Her band features her son, Smith, on alto and tenor saxophone, guitarist, Luis Salcedo, bassist Adam Gay, and drummer Omar Aran. The Gail Dobson Quintet has been described as "exquisite, to hard swingin'".  The repertoire consists of jazz standards from “The Dobson Songbook”; and new material and arrangements, from their new EP, "How Fragile We Are" songs written by Sting, Cure, Herbie Hancock.and Jobim to name a few.  Jazz vocalist/percussionist, Gail Dobson and her Quintet, featuring son, Smith Dobson-tenor and alto saxophone, playing the Dobson Songbook plus music by Sting, Cure, Abbey Lincoln.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.gaildobson.com


In the New Tap Room
The DC Trio ( formerly Acoustic Soul) Joint Chief ' s members  bring R&B, Jazz, and Funk, all the way live, straight to you!

Thu. Jan. 24 at 7:30pm


“‘CANCELLED — Jazz the Dog returns to HAPPY HOUR on Feb. 8 and 22"


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

Fri. Jan 25 at 5pm


Electric and Acoustic Alternative Folk and Roots Rocking Dance Tonight

Fri. Jan. 25 at 8:00pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Mudfrog has a unique and dynamic sound that comes from well blended vocals supported by electric and acoustic guitars and basses, keyboards and accordion, on top of solid drums and percussion  With a repertoire of over 300 original, well crafted, alternative folk-rock songs Mudfrog is something very special. Mudfrog has played all throughout California as headliners and with such acts from The Subdudes to Rusted Root. Mudfrog's live performances feature a natural, often funny camaraderie shared on stage that transcends through soft beautiful ballads as well as their eclectic songs intertwined within many groove jams.

Southern Pacific: We are Southern Pacific, we began with the intention of being a Southern Rock focused band and have since morphed into a more diverse landscape of sound.  Covering tunes by Little Feat, Clapton, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, the Stones, Lucinda Williams, The Allman Brothers, Al Green and more.  So, while we are hard to define, our sound is impossible to resist with rocking danceable sounds.  We are Fred Rodrigues (of 3 Legged Dawg, & Rose Bud) on lead Guitar & vocals, Skippy Sherred (of Medicine Road and Aardvark) on bass & vocals, Michael Owens (of the China Cats & The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers) on drums, Michael Enos (of Mudfrog) on Keys & vocals and (me) Michele Murphy sings!

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.mudfrog.com and www.facebook.com/southernpacificband/

Dance to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations

Sat. Jan. 26 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door  dance- ages 21+

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest's over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest's music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest's finest record to date. 

Artist sites and sounds: www.tempestmusic.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Jan 27 at 5:30pm 

Country Blues, Delta Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Folk Blues--Two Great Recording Artists
Wed. Jan. 30 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door  seated <21 w/parent

Experience an evening of acoustic blues with pioneering singer-guitarists Catfish Keith and Preacher Boy. These acclaimed masters both honor and reinvent the country blues tradition through their innovative songwriting, fingerpicking, and slide guitar styles. This will be a foot-stomping showcase of raw, acoustic blues at its finest. Catfish Keith : World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music.

A three-time Blues Music Award nominee for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, both Catfish's Honey Hole and Mississippi River Blues albums were considered for GRAMMY AWARD nominations in three categories. Catfish has seventeen NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. A 2008 inductee into the IA BLUES HALL OF FAME, the 40-year veteran has performed thousands of gigs, touring the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others Preacher Boy:  Preacher Boy was one of the first modern artists to be classified as “Alternative Blues," and the label continues to apply.

For nearly a quarter of a century—and across eleven albums and counting—Preacher Boy has been both honoring and redefining the country blues tradition through his darkly poetic lyrics, the unmistakable sound of his National Resophonic slide guitar work, and the raw urgency of his ragged baritone voice. “The Rumble Strip” is Preacher Boy's latest release, and it's as funky and hard-hitting as anything he's yet done. "Preacher Boy is somewhat like Keb' Mo' in his jazzing up of Delta blues styles, but with a more contemporary sound akin to Kelly Joe Phelps or Chris Whitley. The best cuts highlight his wonderful work on National Steel." — Rolling Stone

Artist sites and sounds:   www.catfishkeith.com  and  http://preacherboy.com

Mira's song “Crazy Cat Lady” is a KPIG hit

Thu. Jan. 31 at 7:30pm
$12 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent


Mira was born and raised in California, and you can hear it when she sings.  She writes lyrically-driven music, notorious in country, however she lacks the traditional twang, so she calls her style 'diet country'.  She has won songwriting competitions at international levels, and impressed audiences around the world over the last couple years.  She's excited to have teamed up this year with Artist Max (Ken Caillat), an independent label in Los Angeles, California, and is looking forward to their next steps together.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.miragoto.com


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. Feb. 1 at 5pm
NO COVER https://harpinjonny.com


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

Fri. Feb. 1 at 8:30pm
 $10 adv./$12 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

Funk, Acid Jazz and Classic R&B resulting in an
infectious dance party

Sat. Feb. 2 at 8pm
$10 adv./$10 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


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb. 3 at 5:30pm 

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton—one of the world's top Celtic acts

Wed Feb. 6 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$23 door seated <21 w/parent

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


Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, for their album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, 'Among the top bands in the world - stunning on every cut!'. The Outside Track's marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.theoutsidetrack.com

Uncovering great, overlooked songs, in exquisite three-part harmony

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

Backyard Birds: Linda Baker (vocals, electric guitar, ukulele), Jean Catino (vocals and ukulele), June Coha (vocals and ukulele), Larry Prather (bass), Linc Russin (mandolin), and Brian Stanley (drums) - perform their fresh blend of vocal harmonies in a wide range of music, from Americana, rock and roll, alt-country and R&B to jazz standards and surprising songs you'll be singing all the way home. Formed in Santa Cruz, California, in 2017, the Birds have performed at Michael's on Main, Chaminade Resort and Spa, Davenport Roadhouse, The Food Lounge, and Bocci's Cellar, among other venues. The three women's close-knit harmonies and the band's acoustic stylings have drawn comparisons to the music of the T Sisters and Rosanne Cash, and their discerning selection of diverse and eclectic material is unique. Their covers include songs by Richard Thompson, Anna McGarrigle, First Aid Kit, Imelda May, the Zombies, and the Beatles.

Artist sites and sounds:


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

Fri. Feb 8 at 5pm


Grateful Dead tunes and more featuring Anthony Arya of “THE VOICE”

Fri. Feb. 8 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance <21 w/parent

Anthony Arya, the remarkable teenager from NBC The Voice, who ventured deep into season 15 of the hit television talent show, is an accomplished guitarist and super vocalist. Anthony has teamed up with well-known Dead enthusiasts Steve Sofranko (keyboards/vocals), Jim Lewin (guitar/vocals), Bret Bailey (drums), and Bill Laymon (bass) to bring creative new life to the spirit of the Grateful Dead.  Anthony's sweet signature tone together with the total combined 80+ years experience of the band members playing Dead tunes makes Chasing Ophelia a unique experience for Grateful Dead fans of all ages.

Anthony Arya - NBC The Voice, Season 15, Anthony Arya Band

Steve Sofranko - China Cats, Cosmic Pinball, Stu Allen

Jim Lewin - Edge of the West, Great American Taxi

Bret Bailey - Shady Groove, Cosmic Pinball

Bill Laymon - Edge of the West, David Nelson Band, Lacy J. Dalton, New Riders of the Purple Sage

Artist sites and sounds:  www.anthonyarya.com

Brit Indie Pop meets current Rock, Pop, and Dance Party favorites

Sat. Feb. 9 at 8:30pm
$8 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Adele, Green Day  

and more meets infectious Britpop

Cruz Patrol plays 90's to current Rock, Pop, and Dance Party music. Cruz Patrol combines powerful vocals with driving guitars and moving rhythms to keep clubs and parties dancing! Cruz Patrol plays high-energy music from bands such as Bruno Mars, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Smash Mouth, Adele, Sublime, Walk the Moon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, The Offspring, OneRepublic, and Pink. 

Common People Brit Pop Band: We are a Santa Cruz based band who play songs that we love, centered around Britpop; British Indie pop music from circa 1992-1997, with other 'commonly themed' songs from other times and places including those of our own composition. Come see us and celebrate this music together.

Artist sites and sounds:
  www.facebook.com/commonpeoplebritpopband and www.cruzpatrol-band.com


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb. 10 at 5:30pm 

Marley's Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure – Roots, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel, Country

Wed. Feb. 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 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


Ten O'clock Lunch Trio HAPPY HOUR
in our new TAP ROOM
   Motown, blues, 60's pop tunes and original music.  High energy, fun show

Fri. Feb. 15 at 5pm  

NO COVER  www.facebook.com/TenOClockLunchBand/


Dance to Funky Rockin' Rootsy Soul with Big Deep Grooves

Fri. Feb. 15 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Cosmic Pinball: From the farthest reaches of the funky universe comes Cosmic Pinball. With 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, Blazeen) and keyboardist Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Shaky Zimmerman, Zyg, 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.

Sol Nova : Sol Nova is a Santa Cruz based funky rockin' rootsy soul band. Members include:Steve Belick- Guitar, Aaron Webb- Bass and vocals, John Thomas- Drums, Michael Alden- Keyboards and vocals, Brad Martin- Guitar and vocals

Artist sites and sounds: http://cosmic-pinball.com/#home and www.facebook.com/SolNovaBand/


California / Texas All-Star Blues Band with Mark Hummel & Anson Funderburgh

Sat. Feb. 16 at 8pm
$15 adv./$15 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Golden State Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California -- Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), R.W. Grigsby (bassist) -- and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader), Mike Keller (Double Trouble, Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who's who of Texas music royalty). Hummel's Blues Music Award nominated release; The Hustle Is Really On, features The Golden State Lone Star Revue, which has just completed a new recording for 2016 release. Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig's Remembering Little Walter with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core and RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album and Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

Artist sites and sounds: https://markhummel.com/golden-state-lone-star-revue


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb. 17 at 5:30pm 

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

Wed. Feb. 20 at 7:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent

Cruz Control started with Vince Tuzzi (guitar/vocals and ukulele), Stan Parola (guitar/vocals/and ukulele/harmonica) and Gary “SweetPea” Cunningham on bass/vocals/ukulele. 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, Boz Scaggs, 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 to different kinds of music. Each member in the band has their own distinct following. Vince Tuzzi is a well-known solo artist. Stan Parola also plays in Island Breeze and Danceland. Gary Cunningham plays in the Swirly Girls.        

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

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.

Amy Obenski : Amy's songs are timeless. With lyrics about the experience of being human, her music has a way of connecting with pretty much anyone on a deeply personal level. She's compared frequently to classics like Joni Mitchell and Carol King. And to describe her voice, it's common to hear words like “Clear”, “Pure”, “Haunting” and “Mesmerizing”. Amy's a California native. She's toured the U.S. and Europe, plus recorded and toured with her own French band (The Carbone Band), along with an Artist in Residence in Saint Herblain, France. You also may have heard her song, Carousel, on the hit TV Show, Grey's Anatomy.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.moshev.com plus www.amyobenski.com




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

Fri. Feb 22 at 5pm


Rock out and dance all night to all the great songs of The Kinks

Fri. Feb. 22 at 8pm
$12 adv./$12 door Dance – ages 21 +

The Village Green is a group of premium musicians living in Santa Cruz; some of Santa Cruz's finest.  When Greg Brown was 17 years old his friend gave him 17 cassette tapes of The Kinks; a lifelong fan was born.  As a teacher and a musician Greg felt that people, including his friends should remember or be aware of The Kinks and how great they were as a band.  As Greg prepared to make his tribute album he enlisted many of Santa Cruz finest musicians to participate.  They did; 16 of them.  All of the musicians and artists have gratefully donated all of their time to this project, for our love of the Kinks.  This show is a Record Release Party.  CD's are $10 and we are donating all sales (100%) from this album to Guitars Not Guns Santa Cruz; a local chapter of a national organization that keeps kids off of the streets in the afternoons by teaching local youth to play the Guitar.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/TheVillageGreenKinks/   and Hear online album here: https://soundcloud.com/greg-brown-37/sets/santa-cruz-heroes   Guitars Not Guns: www.facebook.com/gngsc/

Celebrating Jerry Garcia's life and The Grateful Dead

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

Veterans of the Bay Area Grateful Dead musician community, performing music from the Grateful Dead's late 70's era. Guitarist Matt Hartle has explored roots rock, jazz, country, and blues with many talented players (Joe Craven, Melvin Seals, Donna Jean Godchaux, China Cats among others). For his Spirit of 76, he teams up with a stellar cast of veteran Bay Area musicians to bring a fresh, improvisational sound and their stellar vocal harmonies weave throughout the exceptional instrumentation. Spirit of ‘76 is contagiously fun, satisfaction guaranteed.

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


Dance to Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Feb. 24 at 5:30pm 

Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings and Jerry Whitney

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

Tonight ' s Concert: On February 9, 1964 the Beatles invaded America and have occupied the hearts and souls of generations ever since. They truly have been the songbook of our lives. The memories created by the Beatles are unparalleled. So many of us can flash back to a moment in time that a Beatles song helped create  unforgettable moments in our lives. Get your ticket to ride and to enjoy and sing music from the Beatles songbook with Drew Harrison and Jerry Whitney.

Drew Harrison is the leader of the Sun Kings, a hugely popular Beatles tribute band.  He also the star of the one man show In The Sprit of Lennon , a remarkable John Lennon tribute.

Jerry Whitney of the Beatles trio Come Together has always been influence by Paul McCartney and Motown.  Tonight it is all about the Beatles.  Jerry anchors the Santa Cruz Beatles Jam group with 400 members.

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

Utterly original traditional American music – guitar, banjo fiddle and voice

Fri. March 1 at 9pm
$15 adv./$15 door  Dance – ages 21 +

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Sam Amidon: The Following Mountain, Sam Amidon's sixth album overall and his third for Nonesuch Records, is his first album of original songs. A deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation, it “feels like a liberation” (Uncut) and “provides constant, jolting surprises” (The Guardian). But in his decade-long career as a recording and touring musician, the singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) has always managed to create work that's utterly original, even when, as on previous discs, he was digging through the sounds and stories of traditional American music. The Following Mountain features appearances by musicians such as Shahzad Ismaily, master percussionists Milford Graves and Juma Sultan, and psychedelic jazz musician Sam Gendel. Prior to The Following Mountain, Amidon released five solo albums on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels. Amidon's material for these albums consists primarily of reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with the New York Times writing that Amidon “transforms all of the songs, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors.” 

Sam Gendel:  “Sam Gendel smoothly psychedelic debut is dominated by the guitarist and saxophonist's tip-toed melodies and hushed voice. “ Pitchfork

Artist sites and sounds:  http://www.samamidon.com  and https://samgendel.com

Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin Tribute plus Liquid Sky Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Woodstock Relived
– Janis and Jimi

Sat. March 2 at 8:30pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Piece of My Heart is a tribute to the legendary Janis Joplin which hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band is composed of veteran musicians that felt the need to keep this brand of psychedelic blues alive. The band consists of Brad Torres (Shred Zeppelin, Liquid Sky) on drums, Mike Holland (Liquid Sky, Randy Hansen's Hendrix tribute) on bass, Fred Mabunga (Liquid Sky founder) and last but not least Julie Medeiros on vocals. Filling the task of Janis Joplin is not an easy task to do, but Julie has that special something about her voice that moves the soul. She has shared the stage and collaborated with Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company and Harvey Mandel to name a few. Piece of my Heart will be sure to bring you back to Woodstock.

Liquid Sky is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier Jimi Hendrix tribute band, formed out of the love and passion of Jimi's music and have dedicated themselves to carrying on his legacy. Liquid Sky will satisfy all you guitar enthusiasts but we also incorporate Jimi's many danceable tunes too. You'll get with all the hits, but there are plenty of surprises from the B-sides not even Hendrix played live. Of course Woodstock is one of Hendrix's most iconic and memorable performances and being that August 2019 will celebrate the historic 50 year anniversary, it's not too early to come out and celebrate Woodstock!

Artist sites and sounds:  https://pieceofmyheartrocks.com and https://liquidskyrock.com

2pm Matinee
Irish Music Magazine calls Realta “a full-bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”

Sun. March 3 at 2pm
$27 adv./$30 door seated <21 w/parent

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


Described by Irish Music Magazine as “a full-bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames! 
Hailing from the Ulster city of Belfast, this award-winning multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. While Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, voice and bodhrán, making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today. 

The release of their second album, Clear Skies, has brought Réalta widespread critical acclaim, with the Irish Music Magazine summing things up by writing "Réalta have grown bigger, bolder and braver and this is one of the best CDs to have come out of Ireland this year". A performance by Réalta is joyous, energetic, foot-stomping, unforgettable and unmissable.

Artist sites and sounds: www.realtamusic.com

Tommy Emmanuel sites guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll's “The Red Guitar” as one of his desert island discs

Wed. March 6 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll's masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today's most admired and respected guitarists. Clive has established himself as one of the world's premier acoustic guitar players.  He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own groundbreaking compositions.  Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also taken Clive on the road, and similar nods to Clive's musicianship have been given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and the Sultanate of Oman.To date, Clive has released four solo albums; “Sixth Sense”, “The Red Guitar” (which Tommy Emmanuel cites as one of his desert island discs!), “Life in Colour” and "The Furthest Tree". 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://www.clivecarroll.co.uk/index.html

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

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

Come Early for

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/

Reggae Santa Cruz Style--influenced by our local surf rock scene, classic rock & reggae music

Fri. March 8 at 9pm
$10 adv./$10 door Dance – ages 21 +

Cousins Sean (Vocals/Guitar) and Kevin Eichhorn (Vocals/Keys) began jamming in local garages at age 10. Music was deeply rooted in their family and the thought of forming a group was inevitable. Influenced by the surf rock scene of Santa Cruz, classic rock, and reggae music, they began to compose their own original music at an early age. In 2014, while both training for professional baseball, Kevin and good friend Adrian Jerome DeMar (Bass) would reconnect and the band began solidifying a path of music.

 The group fuses together steady and mesmerizing reggae grooves alongside flares of heavy rock and shredding lead guitar. Soulwise features a deep rhythm section of bass, drums, keys, guitar and horns. Lyrically, the songs of Soulwise are born from life experiences, inspirations, and good times that provide listeners with a dynamic mood. In 2015 the group released their first EP "Talkin' Bout Love" that debuted at #12 on iTunes reggae releases and their recent first full length album "Good Day" debuted at #3 on iTunes reggae charts in December 2017. They have played in numerous festivals; Santa Cruz Music Festival, CruzFest, Ink at the Bay, Redwood Mountain Faire, as well as played up and down the California coast. They have also supported Jamaican greats Don Carlos, Warrior King, Jo Mersa Marley, and have shared the stage with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

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

Dance All Night to this Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's Repertoire

Sat. March 9 at 8:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door Dance – ages 21 +

Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's repertoire, with original arrangements and surprising twists and turns, with jams that rise up your spine. Painted Mandolin keeps you on your toes, and heels, and soul---dancing all the way thru this music that we love. Painted Mandolin is: Joe Craven--Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals and Percussion. Joe was a member of the Garcia/Grisman Band from 1991-1994, and a member of the David Grisman Quintet, from 1989-2004. Multi-instrumentalist, Story Teller, consummate side man, band leader, Festival MC and fashion guru, Joe has been around the block---Twice! Larry Graff--Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals. Larry is the founding member of the world-famous Banana Slug String Band, for 32 years the Slugs have toured North America, bringing Eco-Science to kids and families. Larry, a Deadhead for 40 years, brings experience, knowledge, passion, energy and love to the stage, every time. Matt Hartle--Guitar, Banjotar, and Vocals.

Matt is leader and lead guitarist in at least 5 Grateful Dead bands! His emotive and skillful playing, leaves audiences dancing, gasping, and wondering where he is playing next! He has performed in hundreds of Grateful Dead inspired shows in the last 15 years!  Terry Shields--Upright Bass and Vocals.  Comfortable in any musical situation, Terry's years of experience and harmony vocal ability have made him a favorite accompanist for acts throughout the West Coast for the past 20 years.  A true professional, Terry is known for keeping the groove and loving every minute of it.

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

featuring AJ Lee, Jim Lewin, Patti Maxine, Ginny Mitchell & Karin Phoenix

Tonight, we present a tribute to one of the giants of country music.

Wed. March 13 at 7:30pm
$15 adv./$18 door seated <21 w/parent


Emmylou Harris was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She reimagined classic country music; discovered new songwriting talent and recorded key songs; and created albums that served as guideposts to what is now called Americana music. Ginny Mitchell has put together an all-star lineup of beautiful voices and instrumental masters to pay tribute to Emmy Lou.

AJ Lee: songwriter extraordinaire, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year

Jim Lewin: guitarist, songwriter, and producer and Edge of the West bandleader. He has also worked a lot with Todd Snider, Frank Wakefield, and Lacy J. Dalton to name just a few.

Patti Maxine is simply one of our nation's finest lap steel guitar players and has a terrific voice

Ginny Mitchell's  music is a “rootsy” mix of Americana, folk and country. Ginny is an accomplished singer, writer and instrumentalist.  Her voice is a crystal clear, soulful gift of nature.

Karin Phoenix has performed with Brian Setzer, Tim McGraw, Doobie Brothers, Edgar Winer, Johnny Paycheck, The White Album Ensemble and fronts her own Phoenix Rising Band.

Artist sites and sounds:  https://ginnymitchell.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmylou_Harris

There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow, Scotland -based five-piece Ímar

Thu. March 14 at 7:30pm
$20 adv./$23 door seated <21 w/parent

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


There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.   “As soon as we all sat down to play together properly, it just worked,” says bodhrán player Adam Brown (RURA), originally from Suffolk. “We were a bit stunned, to be honest; all looking round at everyone else, thinking, ‘Is it just me, or was that really good?'”  “It's definitely more of a pure-drop trad sound than most of the other bands we're involved in,” adds Cork-born uilleann piper, flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy (Mànran), “but I think that's partly why it feels so natural. We're going back to the music we started out playing – which is ultimately the reason why we're all here as musicians.” 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.imarband.com

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

Sat. March 16 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 Cruz.  One can't help but to be captured by their relentless positive and high-energy spirit. They win 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

Dual CD Release Concert.  Tenacious, innovative string musicians—Appalachian & Americana

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


Evie Ladin Band: Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band – Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson – throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, audiences are captivated by the Evie Ladin Band concert experience. Heard from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Prairie Home Companion, with a silver medal from Clifftop, WV's illustrious Neo-Trad Stringband contest, the group celebrates the release of their fourth record, 13 original songs with a truly original sound in new old-time Americana.

Paper Wings captivates their listeners with a sound that is delicate, powerful, and refreshingly intimate. The stunning vocal blend of Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda soars over a rotating cast of banjo, guitar, and fiddles. These two blossoming songwriters have a distinctive way of weaving traditional Appalachian music in to their thoughtfully crafted songs leaving you feeling nostalgic and exhilarated. Both exceptionally accomplished multi-instrumentalists, they walk the line between vibrant originality and a deep care for traditional music and its history. They are the 2018 recipients of "A Good Idea" fund from Australian Folk-Pop duo Oh Pep! to sponsor a week dedicated to songwriting. Paper Wings' released their self-titled debut album in 2017 and their second album is set to drop in April 2019. Paper Wings is a genuine intertwining of two souls you won't soon forget.

Artist sites and sounds: www.evieladin.com/evie-ladin-band-w-keith-terry-erik-pearson/ and www.paperwingsmusic.com


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