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January 2019

An Evening with THE MATTSON 2

January 20 @ 8:30 pm

$26.10/Adv | All Ages Doors at 7:30 PM Presented by (((folkYEAH!))) Mattson 2 website

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Youth Resource Bank: 30th Anniversary Cabaret

January 26 @ 7:00 pm

This year’s Cabaret features: The Blackouts are dedicated to keeping the fabulous music of the 80’s alive!  This is a rare Santa Cruz appearance for The Blackouts who travel the west coast performing at festivals and larger public venues. Anthony Arya appeared on The Voice last year and has continued to develop his guitar & vocal artistry performing in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and beyond. Joy, John & Friends, rendering Motown R&B songs with a new attitude, complete with spiritually…

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Questions That Matter: Data and Democracy

January 29 @ 7:00 pm

A public humanities series developed by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the community of Santa Cruz – bringing together two or more UC Santa Cruz scholars with community residents and students to explore questions that matter to all of us. The series is a part of a strategic initiative of the Institute to champion the role and value of the humanities in contemporary life. At the University of California Santa Cruz, we understand that the humanities are…

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February 2019

Shimshai Trio & Ashel Seasunz

February 1 @ 7:00 pm

Shimshai Trio live in Santa Cruz featuring Eliyahu Sills & Marlon Aldana! Bringing the favorites from over the years sprinkled with some newer touches of Shimshai’s signature style, traditional and original world, folk and reggae music. Kicking off the night with Ashel Seasunz Eldridge bringing a unique perspective to the spiritual world music scene with a background in hip hop and his own touch on traditional and modern fusion of instruments and style. $20/Adv | All Ages Doors at 6:30 PM Shimshai website  

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Blame Sally

February 2 @ 7:00 pm

There is magic, when a band has been together almost 20 years. The music flows with elegance and ease. The laughter they share is genuine. With four critically acclaimed studio albums, as well as three live albums, this dynamic quintet shows no sign of slowing down. Drawing from richly lived lives, their artfully written songs explore everything from the excitement of new love, politics, the overwhelming task of self care during a battle with cancer, the struggle of a young…

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James Robinson: New Beginnings Album Release

February 8 @ 7:30 pm

James Robinson is a phenomenal guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Campbell. James Robinson gives a high energy and charismatic performance that is not afraid to explore instrumental improvisation to the deepest level. Each performance is a trip into the magical realm of sound, with the depths of his music fueled by the energy of the audience. Robinson is greatly inspired by the unique sounds of the multi-cultural influences of his home. Robinson blends these inspirations into a virtuosic…

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Sin Sisters Burlesque

February 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 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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John Craigie with The Coffis Brothers

February 17 @ 7:30 pm

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth…

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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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