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May 2019

Slaid Cleaves

May 24 @ 7:30 pm

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.” Accordingly,…

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Girls Rock: Kickoff to Pride! with Christie McCarthy & The Wielders

May 31 @ 8:00 pm

Come kick off Pride weekend with the fabulous Christie McCarthy and her all-star band in support of a mighty cause, the Pajaro Valley Pride Youth Scholarship Program, benefiting our leaders of tomorrow! Christie puts on a hell of a show filled with energy, heart and soul. So prepare to be thoroughly entertained, socialize with your fellow Prider’s and pay it forward! Christie’s band, The Wielders, features Glenn MacPherson on guitar, Rhan Wilson on bass, Patti Maxine on lap steel, Jimmy Norris on drums,…

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June 2019

Fiddle Music Magic featuring Nigel Armstrong

June 5 @ 7:30 pm

Nigel Armstrong is emerging as a dynamic and creative artist both within and beyond the realm of classical music. From his musical beginnings as a member of “The Little Fiddlers” in Sonoma, CA, to collaborations with tango musicians in Argentina he’s enjoyed using the violin in a versatile manner throughout his life. Nigel enjoys playing “fiddle music” of various sorts …exploring different traditions of musical expression such as jazz, fiddle, and tango. He and his friends will be “happy to…

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Keith Greeninger with Dayan Kai & Band – 7 PM

June 7 @ 7:00 pm

Keith Greeninger returns to Kuumbwa with Dayan Kai and a full band to celebrate the release of his new Cd Human Citizen. Recorded and self produced at his studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains and set for release on June 1st, Human Citizen is the 6th release from this award winning local singer song writer known for his introspective lyrics and warm soul stirring vocals. The new CD features contributions by top shelf musicians including Multi instrumentalist Dayan Kai, drummer…

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Keith Greeninger with Dayan Kai & Band – 9 PM

June 7 @ 9:00 pm

Keith Greeninger returns to Kuumbwa with Dayan Kai and a full band to celebrate the release of his new Cd Human Citizen. Recorded and self produced at his studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains and set for release on June 1st, Human Citizen is the 6th release from this award winning local singer song writer known for his introspective lyrics and warm soul stirring vocals. The new CD features contributions by top shelf musicians including Multi instrumentalist Dayan Kai, drummer…

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9th Planet by David Hunt Cameron CD Release Party

June 8 @ 7:30 pm

A release party for the newest project from David Hunt Cameron and friends.  9th Planet comes with 12 tracks of goodness and ranges from stripped down acoustic ballads to full on funk and rock.  Special guests include local luminaries such as Dan Robbins, Tammi Brown, Nick Bianchini, Terrel Eaton, Brian Moore, Warren Jones and Marc Sven, as well as out-of-town players James Walz and Dave Welsh.  Also featuring Renata Bratt and Priscilla Whitcomb on strings and guest whistler extraordinaire, Derek…

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Sin Sisters Burlesque

June 15 @ 8:30 pm

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 This event is 21 and over with valid ID Sin Sisters facebook

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Pride Comedy Night

June 22 @ 8:00 pm

The producer of San Francisco’s acclaimed annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant) and numerous other Bay Area comedy shows presents Pride Comedy Night, a 2-night, 2-city LGBT comedy fest: at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Saturday, June 22 at 8pm and Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Sunday, June 23 at 7pm. Comedy producer/comedian, Lisa Geduldig, and friends return to the intimate 200-seat Kuumbwa Jazz Center after a 7-year hiatus and to…

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July 2019

Old Blind Dogs

July 7 @ 7:30 pm

The Celtic Society has been privileged to promote concerts by many of the finest performers of Scottish and Irish music over the years and perhaps none better than Old Blind Dogs. The band has had to tour the USA without their founding member and fiddle player Jonny Hardie for the last few years due to visa issues (perhaps one of the dogs ate it?).  We’re happy to report that visa issues have been resolved and Jonny is foaming at the…

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Amy Helm Band

July 19 @ 7:30 pm

Amy Helm sought what she calls a “circular sound” for her new album. It’s a well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of community. This Too Shall Light, released ​September 21, 2018 on Yep Roc Records, comprises 10 songs produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry. Helm…

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