2591 Main St,
Soquel, CA 95073

COUNTY COVID REQIREMENTS

In compliance with the Santa Cruz County Health Officer, masks will be required whenever customers, employees and entertainment personnel are in the bar and stage area, taproom, and indoor dining rooms. 

Proof of vaccine is not required.





  

Americana and Folk Rockin' Favorites

Fri. Dec. 3 at 5pm

 No Cover  

Americana and Folk Rockin' Favorites.  Drew Janecki on guitar & vocals, Donna Seda (of Simple Dreams) on vocals and Ron Work (of Space Heater) on guitar


 

 

  

The music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship

Sat. Dec. 4 Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm  

$50 for dinner and show  Seated <21 w/parent

Lyin' I's is an Eagles Tribute band from Northern California.  Lyin' I's faithfully recreates the music of the Eagles with impeccable vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship.  Most members of the band play 2 or more instruments so every song comes to life with its original instrumentation and sound.  Lyin' I's' song list is comprehensive with songs from every Eagles album as well as the hits from the Eagles members solo records like Funk '49 from Joe Walsh's James Gang era and Boys of Summer from Don Henley's hit solo album Building The Perfect Beast.  Add in the charismatic, audience engaging personalities in Lyin' I's and you'll have an event where the crowd will be dancing and singing along from the very first song to the last! 

Artist sites and sounds: www.lyinis.com

 


  

Grateful Dead tunes with
Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 5 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

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

 


  

Wed. Dec. 8 at 5pm
No Cover

w/ special guests The Waddells w/ Bob O'Neil

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/


 

 



  

Thu. Dec. 9 at 5pm

No Cover


Redwood Express is a collection of some of the Bay Areas finest jam band musicians (China Cats, Rosebud, Aardvark, Grampas Chili) and fronted by blues singer/songwriter Michele Murphy playing their unique brand of originals and classic rock favorites.

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

 

 



  

with special guest Rhan Wilson of Jazz the Dog on percussion

Uncovering great, overlooked songs in exquisite three-part harmony

Fri. Dec. 10  
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm  

$50 for dinner and show  

Seated <21 w/parent


Backyard Birds performs a wide range of music, from Americana, country, pop and soul to a sprinkling of jazz standards and originals, in a fresh blend of three-part female vocal harmonies and acoustic arrangements. Linda Baker (vocals, acoustic electric guitar), Jean Catino (vocals, tenor ukulele), June Coha (vocals, soprano ukulele), Larry Prather (bass) and Linc Russin (mandolin) are delighted to welcome special guest Rhan Wilson (Jazz the Dog) on percussion for this show. The three women's close-knit harmony singing, Russin's cool mando solos, and Prather's expressive bass lines, and the band's eclectic material, have drawn comparisons to the music of Rosanne Cash and the T Sisters. Their surprising song choices always promise new discoveries. Backyard Birds shows often include songs by Carlene Carter, the Avett Brothers, Anna McGarrigle, First Aid Kit, the Louvin Brothers, Imelda May, the Zombies, Leonard Cohen, and the Beatles, among gems they have lovingly rescued from the deep “forgotten song” pile.

“Gorgeous folksy renditions---.” Aaron Carnes, Good Times

“A collection of songs that make your heart sway, and voices that find that sweet spot, and keep you dancing in your dreams.” Christina Wise, Press Banner

Artist sites and sounds:  : www.backyardbirdsband.com

 




  

Featuring Keith Greeninger, Shana Morrison, Joe Craven, Patti Maxine, Matt Hartle, Jim Lewin, Larry Graff, Bill Laymon

Sat. Dec. 11 at 6pm

$60  Dance <21 w/parent

A very special memorial concert
to benefit the family of Doctor Randy Baker

Please join us for a unique and rich evening of music and collaborations with artists performing individually in the first set and a second set evolving into a collective SUPERJAM as some of the finest local musicians, singers, and song writers come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Randy Baker. Randy was a very giving and soulful part of our community who helped so many with his knowledge of medicine and natural healing arts and gave of himself unconditionally. Proceeds from this event will go directly to living expenses and educational funds of his daughters, Naialuna (18) and Rumiana (21) who have also lost their mother, Jody. 

Artist sites and sounds:  https://keithgreeninger.com and www.facebook.com/BelfastVioletMusic and https://joecraven.com/projects/ and https://matthartlemusic.com and https://www.jimlewin.com and https://pattimaxine.com and www.facebook.com/PaintedMando/   and www.billlaymon.net

 



  

Grateful Dead tunes with
Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 12 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

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

 


  

Wed. Dec 15 at 5pm
No Cover

Fuse features
Ted Welty, Don Caruth, Ryan Price, Rob Ouse

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/


 

 


  

An evening of Frank Sinatra Christmas songs, classic Sinatra hits & seasonal favorites

Thu. Dec. 16 at 8pm

$15 Seated <21 w/parent

An intimate evening of Frank Sinatra Christmas songs, classic Sinatra hits, and other seasonal favorites featuring John Michael. It's the perfect night to start the holiday season. 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, Blues, Funk, Soul and Opera. More than just a vocalist, John is adept at creating an atmosphere with his audience resulting in a dedicated following.

Artist sites and sounds: www.johnmichaelband.com

 



  

“Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces.” Leo Kottke

Fri. Dec. 17
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm  

$50 for dinner and show   Seated <21 w/parent

A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 35 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. The CD, “Every Step of The Way,” was awarded by Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time. 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. Top leading publishers such as Truefire, Alfred Publishing, Hal Leonard, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine Books have published his compositions and instructional methods. Peppino and his wife Donna are the founders of the Music World Retreats, where they host music workshops across the globe and partner with some of today's best instrumentalists and songwriters. To date, Peppino has recorded 19 CD's, performed in over thirty-five 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 2020 release ‘Connexion' was released by A-Train Entertainment. He is also a very charming performer and storyteller.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.peppinodagostino.com

 



  

Playing the songs of 7 iconic bands: Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors

Sat. Dec. 18 $20

Dance <21 w/parent


Locomotive breath is back with lead vocalist Ryan Ramirez, bassist Daniel Vee Lewis, lead guitarist Ted Welty, acoustic guitarist Del Smith Penny, sax, flute and keys Terrel Eaton, and drummer and backing vocals Rob Ouse playing the songs of 7 iconic bands.


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



  

Grateful Dead tunes with
Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 19 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

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

 



  

A ROCKING CHRISTMAS

Wed. Dec 22 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/




  

Celebrating Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and more

Thu. Dec. 23 at 5pm

No Cover

The Buffalo Blues Trio celebrates the rich history of American blues music, highlighting female blues artists from the 1920's-1960's like Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and more.  Ramon Marc Butler on guitar, Diane Bock on upright bass and Michele Murphy on lead vocals.  

Artist sites and sounds:   https://m.facebook.com/BuffaloBluesTrio/

 

 

 




  

Grateful Dead tunes with
Matt Hartle and Friends

Sun. Dec 26 at 5:30pm 
  $15 

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

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

 




  

Wed. Dec 29 at 5pm
No Cover

featuring Vinny Johnson,
David DeSilva, Spencer Ellison, Ted Welty

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/


 

 



  

A Tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty

Thu. Dec. 30 at 5pm

No Cover

Join Big Bad Wolf for a special evening playing the songs of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Hailing from Aptos, in Santa Cruz County, California, Big Bad Wolf howls with a special off-the-beaten path brand of tasty classic rock, and Creedence is tonight's specialty, so bring your fortunate self down to Michael's and howl as The Big Bad Wolf covers Creedence. They sound better than the real thing.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.bigbadrockingwolf.com




  

 

Fri. Dec. 31 at 8:30pm

$50 Dance only <21 w/parent

Dinner Special & Show Combo Tickets $90.00 
(Dinner Specials start at 7pm)

 

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

Purchase your tickets now by mail order. 





  

James Durbin's Birthday Celebration 
-- Sink your teeth into your favorite 70's and 80's Dance Rock with The Lost Boys

Fri. Jan. 7 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

 



  

Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia's Repertoire

Sat. Jan. 8 at 7:30pm $25

Dance <21 w/parent

Painted Mandolin feat. Joe Craven: 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!  Dan Robbins has played and recorded in settings ranging from solo, duo, trio, etc. to big band and orchestra, and is known for driving, creative, harmonically and melodically rich background and lead parts on bass.

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



  

Guitarist/Harp-Guitarist Muriel Anderson in Concert with Stunning Visuals 

Sat. Jan. 15
Dinner startsat 6:30 and Showtime 8pm

$50 for dinner and show Seated <21 w/parent

Muriel Anderson is a guitarist/harp-guitarist who embraces music from all over the world with grace, joy and humor. Muriel 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. Among those she has performed/recorded with are Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Muriel's facility across the genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular 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 Bluegrass band, one-minute launching into a Beatles' tune and the next, a Spanish classic. Muriel's multimedia show takes you on a journey in music and stories, with a backdrop of visuals artfully projected behind her. It is a musical journey through space and around the world with visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen.  Her current release  “Acoustic Chef”  is an international cookbook with music to go with each tune and her current project with partner, Bryan Allen is  Acoustic Sailing .  Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson's ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT®   and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE  charity.  All the latest can be found at  murielanderson.com/now .  

Just one hell of a great player---a great personality…the way she plays it like we all wish to play. Les Paul

Acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson---has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world's best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists. Chicago Tribune

Steve Palazzo: Santa Cruzian, Steve Palazzo is a Santa Cruz County Arts Council Gail Rich Awards winner in the music category. The show will feature Steve pickin' and singing old-time country drawing heavily from the pre-Bluegrass 1930's era of classic music by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys & Monroe Brothers, right up through the Louvin and Everly Brothers and Doc Watson.

Artist sites and sounds: https://murielanderson.com and
YouTube A Bakers Dozen and YouTube Why Worry

 




  


Dance the night away with two incredible bands back to back with Tammi Brown joining in with BOTH bands.
Fri. Jan. 22 at 7:30pm $15  Dance<21 w/parent Anthony Arya  is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter raised in 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, and his songs are regularly played on roots radio station KPIG. Arya's music is rock with a touch of jazz and blues. Anthony 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. In May 2020, Arya released his second original album, The Road which is currently receiving airplay nationwide. Tammi Brown  has performed with some of the most notable Music Industry Icons known to the world including renowned Music Producer, Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordan, Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Spyro Gyra, and Eric Bibb to name a few. Otis Coen local Santa Cruz musician and produced for over 50 years has opened for Les Dudec, Pat Travers, Buddy Miles, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Lydia Pence & Cold Blood, Canned Heat, Robin Trower, and many others.  Mokili Wa fronted by virtuoso  Elie Mabanza,  a native of the Congo, is a new and blossoming fusion and world music ensemble. From the blissful grooves of Africa to the evocative harmony of fusion and jazz, this groundbreaking collective offers us an opportunity for deep connection and conversation in the spirit of hope and love. The sounds of Mokili Wa are truly unique and at the same time stirringly familiar as they remind us of our common humanity and ancestral roots.  Their debut album “Are You Listening?”, released in April 2021, features moving vocal performances from the magnificent Tammi Brown and an uplifting message to nurture the soul.

Artist sites and sounds:   www.anthonyarya.com  and  www.tammibrown.com and www.mokiliwa.com



  

Snail returns celebrating their new CD
“Snail Rocks” 
Sat. Jan. 29 at 8pm

 $20 Dance<21 w/parent

Snail returns celebrating their new CD,  “Snail Rocks”  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

 




  

World music guitarist supreme on tour from Paris celebrating his new album “ Azwan”

Sat. April 23, 2022  
Dinner starts at 6:30 and Showtime 8pm  

$55 for dinner and show  Seated <21 w/parent

Voted by Guitar Player magazine readers as Best World Music Guitarist , Bensusan's music is contemplative, wistful, sublime and prodigiously performed with inspiration rooted in nature. “The concept of ‘Azwan' came from observing bees, those solar insects working in the darkness together as one, and by observing flocks of birds flying and dancing together as one. It has been an inspiring symbolic representation of the continuum of music. When seeing ‘Azwan' written, it can evoke a place, a city or a mood, but when hearing it said out loud, it sounds like ‘as one.' I've been contemplating all the music from ‘Azwan' for years before actually recording it, taking time to allow all the notes to come together as one.” Bensusan is a storyteller, using expressive and lyrical acoustic guitar parlance and ethereal vocalization to allure, transfix and transport. “‘Azwan' is primarily a solo instrumental album on which the guitar is conceived as an orchestra, delivering melody, bass, chords and counterpoint in the same space. To it, we add some vocal elements and several collaborations with guest musicians,” said Bensusan who has lived in Paris since age four.

Artist sites and sounds:  www.pierrebensusan.com

 


 








LOCATION:
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073

Hours of Operation:
Tues-Fri 11am - 10pm
Sat 9am - 12am
Sun 9am - 10pm
Bbreakfast/Brunch
Tues-Fri until 1pm Sat/Sun until 3pm

Closed Monday
Phone: (831) 479-9777
Fax : (831) 479 9773
EMAIL: info@michaelsonmain.net