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February 2019

Yaya’s Kitchen: The “Oh Mama” EP Release Experience

February 23 @ 7:30 pm

Yaya’s Kitchen is soul-folk with a hip hop twist.  Playful and soulful, this dynamic group is coming forth and releasing their first EP, Oh Mama.  With their clever lyrics and deep grooves, you will laugh and feel their music as medicine for this time.  They will be delivering an iteration of sound and story with a  7-piece band and special guest appearances from wise and humorous characters. “Oooohlala,” it is going to be a good time! $20/Adv $25/Door | All…

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February 24 @ 7:30 pm

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook,…

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February 26 @ 7:30 pm

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. He has been a TEDx talk presenter, and his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Makana’s song “We Are The Many” went viral on YouTube garnering more than…

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March 2019

Wild Iris Album Release Party with Joe Kaplow & AJ Lee

March 2 @ 8:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Wild Iris is the culmination of efforts from Bryan Shelton and Kate Mullikin, who formed the band in the fall of 2013 after meeting at a beach side convenience store. Bryan was playing a big, black guitar and Kate started improvising a melody to compliment it. They hadn’t shared more than a few words before they were writing their next song. Bryan already had the name Wild Iris in mind and Kate dug the double meaning, evoking the image of…

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UCSC Grad Slam

March 8 @ 5:30 pm

UCSC graduate students spend years on their theses and dissertations. Can they explain their research in three minutes? Join us and find out! Audience gets to vote for the people’s choice, so bring your mobile device. Register for tickets | All Ages Doors at 5:00 PM More info: 831-459-3136  snewlyn@ucsc.edu

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Sin Sisters Burlesque

March 9 @ 8:30 pm

This event is 21 and over Sin Sisters Burlesque is a female owned, produced and operated show. Since 2011, Sin Sisters Burlesque has been the only monthly burlesque show in Santa Cruz, CA An evening of burlesque brought to you by internationally renowned and award winning performers. $20-$40/Advance Doors at 7:30 pm Sin Sisters Facebook

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The Real Irish Comedy Fest

March 10 @ 7:30 pm

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to Santa Cruz for one night only! Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s…

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The Sam Chase & David Luning

March 15 @ 7:30 pm

The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know…

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T3TRA: “Lightswitch” Album Release Show

March 16 @ 8:00 pm

T3TRA, AKA Tess Dunn, hails from Santa Cruz, California. A seven-year veteran of west coast Vans Warped Tour performances with a growing national fan base, Tess released three albums of original alternative pop punk music under her name, followed by her first EP under T3TRA in October 2016. Reviewers and fans have described Tess/T3TRA as “fearless,” ” a creative wunderkind,” ” a dynamic performer,”  and a “compelling example of gritty girl power.” Thanks to her take-no-prisoners lust for life in…

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A Tribute To John Prine

March 23 @ 7:30 pm

A Tribute To John Prine Featuring: Lacy J. Dalton Alan Heit Dave “Bob” Nielsen Dale and Marilyn Barcellos Jerry Kay Ken Kraft Bonny June Hank and Ella Mira Goto Patti Maxine Sharon Allen William Strickland Carolyn Sills Combo Sherry Austin Ralph Anybody Brothers Strong With your host, Ron Sandidge And other surprises! A benefit for victim of the California wildfires, William Strickland. $25-$40/Advance  | All Ages Doors at 6:45 PM Presented by Snazzy Productions 831-479-9421  

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She Speaks Out…. Again

March 24 @ 6:00 pm

Come and witness the feminine truth tellers, women stepping into their power as dancers, singers, musicians, entertainers, comedians, drummers, and story tellers to make a shift in the reality of our times, all to benefit Monarch Services in reducing violence in our communities and homes through awareness. This will be an extraordinary array of deep feminine energy, brought together to raise the awareness of the importance of honoring the Goddess in these troubled times. Featuring: Tammi Brown Carmen ‘Mama’ Crow…

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Come Fly With Me: The Songs of Frank Sinatra featuring John Michael & Will McDougal

March 30 @ 8:00 pm

Come fly With Me. A stellar big band featuring John Michael, Will McDougal, Roger Eddy, Duncan Shipton, Chel Sheffer, Brian Stock, Tom Savell and Zack Olsen, will take you up to “Where the Air is Rarefied.” Frank’s biggest hits, “New York New York” “Fly me to the moon” and more!!! $20/Adv $25/Door | All Ages Doors at 7:00 pm

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April 2019


April 9 @ 7:30 pm

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together. The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their…

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