2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073


 
   





We are open for INDOOR and OUTDOOR dining 
 Live music has started up again 
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED  for no cover shows 
Call (831) 479-9777 (EXT. 2) 







  

A seated acoustic matinee with Keith and Dayan playing a soulful set of favorites and rare gems

Sun. July 25 at 1:30pm 
$35  Seated <21 w/ parent  

Join Keith and Dayan for a stripped down acoustic Duo Show on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. These two long time friends and musical brothers will offer up a soulful set of music incorporating some of your favorites from their catalog as well as some rare gems and sing alongs to celebrate community and the gift of being able to gather together again.

Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, award-winning songwriter, and captivating performer. Well know in the area as a founding member of the renown trio City Folk, his masterfully crafted songs and warm distinctive vocals have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville, Napa Valley and Rocky Mountain Folks Festivals.A fourth generation Northern Californian Keith has traveled and lived throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. His music has been deeply influenced by his work with Native American and Latin cultures, and his songs cut an honest, hard worn path to places of simple truth about good people holding on to hope and instinct in a world that often tries to strip these things away.

Dayan Kai is a true musical force of nature. Born without sight he began playing classical piano at the age of two. He plays a diverse array of musical instruments with mesmerizing ease. With a harmony voice most angels would trade their wings in for, Kai moves fluidly between Guitars, keyboards, winds instruments and percussion creating a rich musical backdrop for duo's expansive songwriting. He currently lives on the island of Maui and is a musical director at the Lahina Theater.

Artist sites and sounds:

www.facebook.com/events/333174714961961/

https://keithgreeninger.com and https://dayankai.com/home and Keith and Dayan videos:

That's What Makes You Strong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hGH47ps1V4&list=RDMM5hGH47ps1V4&index=1

Human Citizen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPglHFfx4s4&list=RDkPglHFfx4s4&start_radio=1

Ruby and Rosie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37sJvXdTQw&list=RDkPglHFfx4s4&index=3

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number


  

Thu. July 29 at 5pm
No Cover  

ABC is Americana, Bluegrass & Country

Time Out are Ginny Mitchell and Lisa Pawlak

Gina and Lisa pick and sing with special guests every Thursday.  

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

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 



  



Out of Santa Cruz's iconic rock band Snail come The Messiahs 

Fri. July 30 at 5pm  
No Cover  

Bob O'Neill, Ken Kraft and Craig Owens are The Messiahs, an offshoot of Santa Cruz's iconic rock band Snail. The Messiah's original melodies, hot guitar riffs & killer vocals will transport you to Rock Nirvana

The Messiahs will be performing in the TAP ROOM.

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

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 



  



A Tribute to Neil Young
-- Feel The Neil

Fri. July 30
  Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm   
$50 for dinner and show  
Dance <21 w/parent

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 songbook and more. Representing over 40 years of Neil Young music, Not So Young delivers a wide assortment from the Godfather of Grunge. Every time you see this stellar tribute perform, you will be glad you came out to “Feel the Neil!” Now boasting a recently expanded line-up of seasoned musicians, NSY features Jim Rosenberg (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Handloff (Bass), Dylan Rose (Guitar/Vocals), Alisha Ripatti (Vocals/Guitar) and Jocelyn Olson (Vocals/Keys).


Visit  www.NotSoYoungBand.com  
for more information and to sign-up for our mailing list!

Artist sites and sounds: :  www.NotSoYoungBand.com
Purchase your tickets now: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number  





  



Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942.  Tonight we celebrate Jerry's life and music.

Sat. July 31 at 7:30pm
  $20  Dance <21 w/parent

Matt is bringing together a stellar lineup of Northern California musicians for a very special tribute to Jerry.  

While constantly in-demand as a stage and session player throughout the Bay Area, Matt Hartle is also a founding member and musical linchpin of no less than four, Santa Cruz-based bands:  Shady Groove  - the funky blues, jazz-rock and R&B outfit (a Bay Area favorite going strong since 2001);  Painted Mandolin  - an acoustic quartet featuring multi-instrumental wizard Joe Craven, of The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and David Grisman Quintet;  Spirit of 76  - a premier collection of Grateful Dead players, focusing on the jazzy, mid-'70's incarnation of the Dead; and  Big Stone Soup  - a heavily loose classic rock group. Matt is also renowned as the firebrand lead guitarist of  The China Cats , the highly respected Grateful Dead tribute act. A quick scan of the list of players Matt Harle has collaborated with gives an indication of the dimensions of his musical affinities: Melvin Seals; Henry Kaiser; Greg Anton; Donna Jean Godchaux; Dave Hebert; Joe Craven; and Stu Allen to name only a few.

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



  

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 1 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at   https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


  

feat. Ted Welty, Don Caruth, Ryan Price, Rob Ouse

Wed. Aug. 4 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 

 

 


  

 

Thursday Early Show

Tatiana & Treetop play a joyful blend of original tunes & psychedelic classics

Thu. Aug. 5 at 5pm
No Cover  

Hearty servings of vocal harmonies over funky rhythms, shreddy licks and adventurous jams. Offering fresh original compositions inspired by our journey along with weaving mandolin, guitar playing and an exciting rhythm section. Their sound is one full of soul and psychedelic excursions influenced by a deep love for fun, healing and creativity. With influences from the Grateful Dead, to Herbie Hancock and Hiatus Kaiyote. We travel through the dimensions of American music from folk, rock, soul, funk, jazz, world music; offering our own take on musical gems. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.instagram.com/tatianatreetopmusic/

Reservations Recommended:


  

70's Hits Unplugged: Songs by America, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Jim Croce, David Bowie, and many more.

Fri. Aug. 6 at 6pm 
No Cover 


PET ROXX UNPLUGGED is an acoustic/unplugged version of the band and an authentic, fun-filled tribute to the great songs of the 70s Singer/Songwriter era (as well as a few from the 90s) featuring the iconic music of: America, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Jim Croce, David Bowie, and many more.


PET ROXX UNPLUGGED will be playing in the TAP ROOM
Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2)

 


  

Featuring Russ Leal and
Dave Byron of EXTRA LARGE

Sat. Aug. 7
 Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8:30pm 
 
$45 for dinner and show   Dance <21 w/parent

Tammy Brown teams up with your favorite Santa Cruz top-shelf musicians performing music from legends like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. When it comes to funky R&B, & Motown selections, you won't be able to just sit in your seat.  You'll be dancing on a guided tour of Motor City's best music.

Tammi Brown: Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi's voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility, giving it a unique flavor. Influenced at the tender age of 4, Tammi quickly found her musical roots in the soulfulness of Gospel music while singing, playing organ, and directing the choir in church. Her musical roots blossomed when she discovered the vocal gracefulness of Ella Fitzgerald, the rawness of Aretha Franklin, and the power of Chaka Khan.

Artist sites and sounds: www.tammibrown.com

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Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 





  

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 8 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at   https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


  

w/ special guest Bob O'Neill

Wed. Aug. 11 at 5pm
No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 

 

 


  

 

Thursday Early Show

Tatiana & Treetop play a joyful blend of original tunes & psychedelic classics

Thu. Aug. 12 at 5pm
No Cover  

Hearty servings of vocal harmonies over funky rhythms, shreddy licks and adventurous jams. Offering fresh original compositions inspired by our journey along with weaving mandolin, guitar playing and an exciting rhythm section. Their sound is one full of soul and psychedelic excursions influenced by a deep love for fun, healing and creativity. With influences from the Grateful Dead, to Herbie Hancock and Hiatus Kaiyote. We travel through the dimensions of American music from folk, rock, soul, funk, jazz, world music; offering our own take on musical gems. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.instagram.com/tatianatreetopmusic/

Reservations Recommended:


  

Beatles Acoustic Tribute with the motto “We Aim to take there---”

Fri. Aug. 13 at 5pm 
No Cover

We are Santa Cruz county's own year-round Beatles tribute band. Beatles is our thing but not our only thing. We also cover “signature harmonies” of other notable bands of the 60s and beyond. We spend many rehearsal hours making sure these classic songs are sung correctly. It is evident once our voices hit your ears. We pride in taking patrons old & young back to their fond memories of those tunes. Tunes unwilling to fade from any of us.  Love is All you need.

Artist sites and sounds:
www.facebook.com/The-Paperback-Ryders-1686446674940891/

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 


  

Joe's new album is Sending Money and Stems” and Henry's upcoming album is “We All Start Again”

Sat Aug. 14 at 8pm
 $20   Dance <21 w/parent

Joe Kaplow Until now it was easy for California based songwriter Joe Kaplow to  be pushed along.  At eight he was getting screamed at by Uncle Jim for playing out of time. A few years later found him passing almost every single after school evening getting stoned and jamming with his  band in Bondar's basement. Years later again he was studying music at college and having to sink or swim in the sea of talent crowding Boston streets and finally, for the past 5 years, plugging his amp into the outlet of American music heritage, driving around and playing shows in bars, clubs, and coffee shops while figuring out along the way that CDs are lame and that booking pitches should be concise.  It was almost like there wasn't time to stop and think.  Joe's new full length album is Sending Money and Stems  

Henry Chadwick is a Santa Cruz, CA-based singer-songwriter, musician & producer. Chadwick's music dances between genres - landing somewhere between indie, garage rock, psychedelia, and shimmery, sunshine-tinged power-pop.Henry has taken the experience he's had in different studios over the past few years, and returned to his roots, self-producing and mixing his 2nd full length record –  We All Start Again – which is due out this fall (2021) via Swoon City Music. He has released 2 singles off of it so far, “ What I Mean To Say ” & “Tomorrow Is Today” and we'll likely see more between now and the full album release date.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.joekaplow.net . and www.henrychadwick.net
https://www.facebook.com/events/856235598657385/

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

 


  

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 15 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at   https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


  

Wed. Aug. 18 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 


 



  

Soulful vocals, masterful guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies and a special guest every Thursday

Thu. Aug. 19 at 5pm
No Cover

Ripatti & Rose is a singing and instrumental duo featuring Alisha Ripatti & Dylan Rose - two of Santa Cruz, California's finest young musical talents! These locally raised musicians have teamed up to combine their wealth of skill and influences, providing both classic covers and original songs. Come enjoy their unique blend of soulful vocals, masterful guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies every Thursday at Michael's On Main.

Alisha & Dylan will feature special guests each week!

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

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 



  

Amazing duo on guitar, harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers

Fri. Aug 20 at 5pm
No Cover
 

Come see this amazing duo on guitar, harmonica, and vocals perform blues, rock, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy numbers.  Harpin' Jonny of the Grooovehounds, the Primadons, and the Unpaid Bills teams up with Peter Clark of Lewis & Clark to for a powerhouse multi-genre presentation.

 

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

RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2)



  

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 22 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at   https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/



  

Wed. Aug. 25 at 5pm

No Cover

HUMP DAY happens every Wednesday and features TED WELTY and Ted's SPECIAL GUEST of the week. Native Santa Cruz musician Ted Welty, a guitarist and singer/songwriter, is best known as co-founder of 1990s alternative rock band Iguana Jive.  The group was signed in 1994 by indie label, Maddog Records, and went on to record their first album at A&M studios. A second album was recorded and released in 1997. Ted is currently a member of the popular bands Locomotive Breath and Spun.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.facebook.com/T.Rollin.music/

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 


 



  

Soulful vocals, masterful guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies and a special guest every Thursday

Thu. Aug. 26 at 5pm
No Cover

Ripatti & Rose is a singing and instrumental duo featuring Alisha Ripatti & Dylan Rose - two of Santa Cruz, California's finest young musical talents! These locally raised musicians have teamed up to combine their wealth of skill and influences, providing both classic covers and original songs. Come enjoy their unique blend of soulful vocals, masterful guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies every Thursday at Michael's On Main.

Alisha & Dylan will feature special guests each week!

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

Reservations Recommended: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) 



  



"The Carolyn Sills Combo is an all-around attention getter with their flawless brand of Americana meets Folk-Country." - No Depression

Fri. Aug. 27  
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm 
  $50 for dinner and show  
Dance <21 w/parent

The Carolyn Sills Combo, with their signature brand of 'spaghetti western swing,' had been gaining big momentum in the two years prior to the worldwide Covid lockdown: logging over 35,000 miles in their tour van playing shows from California to Chicago, Texas to Tennessee, winning the 2018 Ameripolitan Award for Best Western Swing Group, the 2020 NEXtie Award in Santa Cruz for Band of the Year and releasing their acclaimed album, "Return to El Paso," a collection of original songs inspired by Marty Robbins' 1959 smash hit. Band leader, singer and bassist Carolyn Sills is "the real deal in throwback country music" (Good Times Magazine), known for her songs written with devilish wit and a reverence for her musical and literary heroes. 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.carolynsills.com

Purchase your tickets now: 
Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 





  

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. Aug. 28 at 7:30pm $20
Dance <21 w/parent

The China Cats: Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on the fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013.

China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey. Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version. Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience. "Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com



  

Grateful Dead tunes with Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Aug 29 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 

New weekly link to Grateful Sundays live online can be found every Sunday at   https://m.facebook.com/GratefulSundays/


  

ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC DANCE BANDS OF SANTA CRUZ BY WAY OF MOROCCO 

Sat. Sept. 4
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm 
$50 for dinner and show   Dance<21 w/parent

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

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Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 



  

Grateful Dead inspired originals
and unique covers

Fri. Sept. 10  at  8pm
 $15  Dance <21 w/parent

Since 2013, Bay Area musician Alex Jordan has had his hands full. During a six year stint with Midnight North, Alex performed all over the country as a part of their signature three part harmonies, playing guitar, piano and Hammond B3, as well as playing with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Peter Rowan, and many others. His debut solo record "The Subtle Exhibitionist" was released in the spring of 2020 to great acclaim and even a feature in Relix magazine. A regular at Terrapin Crossroads, an alum of SoCal's Cubensis - The Grateful Dead Music Experience, and a frequent guest with Stu Allen and the Mars Hotel, Alex has recently been spotted playing with Matt Hartle in Soquel, bringing his strong vocals and guitar playing to the M.O.M.'s stage.  The Alex Jordan Band is likely to surprise you with their diverse repertoire and passionate, high energy performances. Don't miss this one!

Artist sites and sounds:  www.alexjordanjams.com

Purchase your tickets now:  Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number 




  

Snail returns celebrating their new CD! 

Sat. Sept. 11 at 8pm  
$20 Dance<21 w/parent

Snail returns celebrating their new CD, Snail Now! Bob O' Neill and Ken Kraft have recruited bassist/vocalist extraordinaire, Craig Owens and renowned drummer/percussionist Jim Norris to revive Santa Cruz's famed and fabled hard rock band, Snail. The result is a blend of the old, the new and the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts.--You're in for a Rockin' Ride! 

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

Purchase your tickets now: 
Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) / If off hours, leave name,
number of tickets and phone number

 




  

Sink your teeth into your favorite 70's and 80's Dance Rock with The Lost Boys

Sat. Sept.  18 at 8pm
 $25  Dance<21 w/parent

Featuring the one and only JAMES DURBIN of AMERICAN IDOL

THE BAY AREA'S NEWEST CLASSIC ROCK COVERS BAND! PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS WITH AN EAGERNESS TO PLEASE ANY CROWD BIG OR SMALL!  THE BANDS LEAD SINGER FEATURES THE ONE AND ONLY, JAMES DURBIN FROM THAT LITTLE SHOW WE LOVE, AMERICAN IDOL.

The Lost Boys are James Durbin, Ian Babcock, Scott McPherson, and Steven Moore

Artist sites and sounds: www.facebook.com/TheLostBoysSC/  and https://www.instagram.com/thelostboysscband/ and www.JamesDurbinOfficial.com

 




  

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Sat. Sept. 25 at 7:30pm
$20 Dance <21 w/parent

The China Cats: Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on the fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead's 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay. Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has sporadically joined the band since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey. Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead. “On these tunes, there are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation," guitarist Matt Hartle told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's never about going back. It's always looking to the present moment that we're having. We're not playing the 1973 version of the song or the '79 or the '92 version. Every time the China Cats play a song, it's a new experience. "Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.thechinacats.com


  

A tasty acoustic mix of musical genres

Sat. Oct. 2

Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm 
$50 for dinner and show   Seated<21 w/parent


Wild Iris is a songwriting collaboration between Kate Mullikin and Bryan Shelton from Santa Cruz, CA. Wild Iris is an acoustic mix of musical genres. Local guitarist Bryan Shelton's folksy picking style along with Kate Mullikin's evocative lyrics and smokey vocals make their duo a fresh listening experience. Formed in the Fall of 2013 at a beach-side convenience store, Bryan already had the name ‘Wild Iris' in mind and Kate dug the double meaning, evoking the image of a flower and an eyeball. They adopted the moniker, released their home recorded debut EP in 2014 and began gigging with a back-up band. Kate's poetic instincts provided the melodic structure for Bryan to build his flat picking under – a style gleamed from years of practice and time well spent listening to Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the latter with whom Wild Iris has shared the stage. Wild Iris have since released their first full-length album and are currently working on the follow up. Onstage, the band exuded a kind of therapeutic honesty, which when mixed with their elegant musicality went a long way with the locals and they were encouraged to pursue a professionally recorded debut full length. Their self-titled LP was produced by Andy Zenczak at Gadgetbox Recording Studio where Wild Iris's rustic arrangements were imbued with the rich sound of analogue gear, often accompanied by upright bass, banjo, fiddle and percussion.

Artist sites and sounds: www.wildirissantacruz.com

Purchase your tickets now: Call (831) 479-9777 (ext. 2) /
If off hours, leave name, number of tickets and phone number





  

Christie McCarthy, Tracy Parker, Janean Christine Mariani, Patti Maxine

Bringing a taste of Music City tradition to Michael's On Main

Sat. Oct. 9
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm
  $50 for dinner and show   Seated<21 w/parent

Girls With Guitars brings a taste of Music City tradition to Michael's On Main when Christie McCarthy, Tracy Parker, and Janean Christine Mariani (all backed by the legendary Patti Maxine on steel guitar) come together to share the stage and a night of stories, sass, and songs. 

Christie McCarthy is an award-winning singer-songwriter, whose “subtly complex hooks and lush harmonies” reveal a “wealth of influences from the realms of folk, Americana and rock ‘n' roll,” writes Good Times columnist Aaron Carnes. Christie has released four original records and a holiday jazz album. She has performed for hundreds of audiences at diverse venues across the country, including the Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry). Her songs are featured on compilations by Target, Sharper Image, Wells Fargo and others, as well as on TV.  Christie's blues-rock anthem “Forgiveness” is in rotation on KPIG.  

Tracy Parker: is a talented multi-instrumentalist and a powerhouse of a vocalist.  She touches hearts with her humor and her impeccable interpretation of a song. Parker's acoustic guitar and sultry vocals will shine in this special evening of artists in the round.   

Janean Christine Mariani writes and sings stripped-down bare-bones Americana songs of life, love, loss, and every now and again a touch of sass and blues. Her set lists are an aural tapestry of her original compositions delicately woven with select covers honoring her professional influences, the revered songwriters: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Brandy Clark, and Ashley McBryde. Her live performances are raw, loose, vulnerable and real. No matter the size of the audience or venue, her intimate style makes folks feel at home, as though she's singing to them in the comfort of their living room or gathered 'round a kitchen table.  

Patti Maxine is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and steel guitar legend.  The Sweetheart Of Steel will bring her magic to this special evening, backing this talented lineup of songbirds in the round.  

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Artist sites and sounds: www.christiemccarthy.com and https://janeanchristinemariani.com and www.pattimaxine.com

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Bill Kirchen, Andy Stein, Bobby Black, John Tichy, Buffalo Bruce Barlow, plus Austin de Lone.

Fri. Oct. 15 at 8pm
 $30  Seated <21 w/parent

Soaring out of Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Check out their stunning mini-bios:

Bill Kirchen:  Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen celebrates America's musical traditions of rock ‘n' roll, Western swing and California honky-tonk. He's been called a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, “an American treasure” and “one of our best” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Kirchen co-founded the original Americana band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His telecaster licks drove their version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top Ten of 1972. He has recorded and/or played guitar with a who's who of roots music, among them Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Dan Hicks, Nick Lowe and more.

Andy Stein:  Our 2-time Grammy winner joined Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in 1968 when Kirchen spotted him jamming at a coffee house with future Prairie Home Companion original Bill Hinkley. Two decades later Andy began his 22-year run on Prairie Home Companion's weekly national broadcasts with Garrison Keillor. Post CC & his LPA, Andy continued his unique quadruple-threat career, playing, writing and arranging for top names in Pop, Jazz, Classical and Country fields. Here are a few: Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Tony Bennett, Carole King, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Merle Haggard, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman etc. Andy sez: “But right now I'm right here back with my old buddies. The Best.”

Bobby Black: Master steel guitarist Bobby Black has played and recorded with an astonishing number of the stars of country music, from his pal George Jones' very first recordings in 1953, to Ray Price, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Asleep At The Wheel, Doug Sahm, and many more. Bobby has appeared on more than 130 albums, with artists from Asleep at the Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Elvin Bishop to Tom Waits. He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2004.
John Tichy: Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a Founding Father of the Lost Planet Airmen. With a long list of publications and research for NASA, he also continues to gig steadily, presumably with the research objective of rocking your ass off. Tichy is listed in the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (1998) for his work as singer, songwriter and guitarist.


Buffalo Bruce Barlow : bass player with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, plays blues, rock 'n' roll, country & Western, and a whole lot of boogie-woogie. He's played with Chicago bluesmen Magic Sam, Elvin Bishop, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker plus Roger McGuinn and Hoyt Axton.


Artist sites and sounds: www.billkirchen.com and www.andysteinmusic.com



  

The Long-Awaited Return Of The Anthony Arya Band

Sat. Oct. 16
 Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm
  $50 for dinner and show   Dance <21 w/parent

Anthony Arya is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Santa Cruz, California. In Fall 2018, at age 15, Anthony was on Season 15 of NBC's The Voice. Shortly after he released his debut album Going To California.?  In music-rich Santa Cruz, California, Anthony is a crowd favorite, voted by the community as Under 18 Person of the Year in 2019. Arya's music,  folk rock with blues and jazz influences, is frequently played on roots station KPIG.

Arya has performed hundreds of shows around the Bay Area and folks say you're likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance. Fans love the upbeat rock songs mixed with melodic lyric tunes on the second album, The Road, which was released in May 2020.  In June 2020 Anthony received the prestigious award of Presidential Scholar in the Arts (category singer/songwriter) awarded by the US Department of Education. In addition to his original music with the Anthony Arya Band, Arya has a jazz trio, Life is a Cabaret performing songs from the Great Gatsby era creating a unique Parisian-esque jazz experience. Chasing Ophelia—a group celebrating the spirit of the Grateful Dead adds slide guitar and saxophone to create a fresh approach to Dead tunes. His latest release, Listen to the Voice of Anthony Arya, a tribute to his Voice journey was just released in June 2021.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.anthonyarya.com

Purchase your tickets now: 
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Western Music Hall of Fame Artist

Fri. Oct. 22
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm  
$55 for dinner and show 
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

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with Charlie Wallace and a very special guest as Emmylou Harris

Sat. Nov. 6  
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm
   $50 for dinner and show  Seated <21 w/parent

Gram Parsons: Honky tonkin' jam band Edge of the West plays a special tribute show to their musical hero Gram Parsons. Gram Parsons was enormously influential in both country and rock music, being one of the first to blend the two to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. His work with The Byrds, with the Flying Burrito Brothers, his solo records and classic duet singing with his young protégé Emmylou Harris have proven to be seminal and lasting influences in the evolution of Country, Rock, Alt-Country and Americana. Parsons died of a heroin overdose in 1973 at the age of 27 and was cremated by his "road mangler" Phil Kauffman in Joshua Tree National Park as per his last wishes. While not achieving mainstream stardom during his lifetime, Gram's legend his lived on to inspire millions and the echoes of his sounds are still heard today. As his friend Keith Richards wrote, "This is why we're talking about him now"

Edge of The West: Musical adventurers Edge Of The West have been steadily touring the Western US, Alaska and Hawaii since 2016, exploring the deep American outback, exciting audiences and rocking their Americana-outlaw hippie jamband blend of originals and rootsy covers. Their energetic and danceable sound appeals to a wide variety of music fans, lighting up rooms and festival grounds. The four singers and writers in the group bring a bounty of songs of their own plus a deep repertoire of covers in many genres. Their eponymous first record was released in Spring 2016 with the next one in process for release later this year. This show will also feature Santa Cruz favorite Sharon Allen on vocals and the amazing Charlie Wallace on pedal steel. Featuring known musicians who've also played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider, Johnny Paycheck, Cake, David Nelson Band, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton and more, Edge Of The West brings some serious cred, history, family ties and deep musical roots to the table. And they know how to show ‘em a good time. That's what they do.

Artist sites and sounds: www.edgeofthewest.band and www.facebook.com/edgeofthewestband/

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