Rio Theatre Events

03.12.15 The Residents present Shadowland
03.13.15 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
03.18.15 Jake Shimabukuro
03.19.15 An Evening with Colin Hay
03.20.15 Paula Poundstone
03.31.15 Zakir Hussain

04.08.15 Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
04.10.15 Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: An Evening with Alison Arngrim
04.11.15 The Wonderland Tour with Jon Foreman
04.15.15 Gilberto Gil: Gilberto's Samba
04.17.15 Film: It's a Wild Life
04.18.15 The Willis Clan
04.22.15 Janis Ian & Tom Paxton

05.09.15 House of Floyd "The Pink Floyd Concert Experience"

09.26.15 Radical Reels Tour 2015

MARCH 2015


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        The Residents present Shadowland Ladysmith Black Mambazo  
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      Jake Shimabukuro An Evening with Colin Hay Paula Poundstone
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    Zakir Hussain        

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Concluding the celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Residents are pleased to announce Shadowland, Part 3 of the Randy, Chuck & Bob Trilogy. Aspiring to examine life in reverse, the trilogy began in 2010 with The Talking Light, a study of ghosts and death; reflecting on love and sex, the group continued with their Wonder of Weird tour in 2013; and finally with Shadowland, Randy, Chuck & Bob will focus on the beginning of life - birth. As with Parts 1 & 2 of the trilogy, Part 3 will feature music from The Residents' extensive catalog interspersed with short videos about birth, rebirth, reincarnation and NDEs (near death experiences). A 20-minute career retrospective video will be shown before the performance.

Show Time: 8 pm, Doors : 7 pm
Tickets: $21-$32 Advance
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy store, next to Rio Theatre (1207 Soquel Ave). Tomboy Website


Friday, March 13, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has an illustrious history going back five decades. Formed in the early '60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don't lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. They have been nominated for a stunning 13 Grammy Awards and won three, becoming a truly global phenomenon that has come to be synonymous with "world" music. Their new album, Always With Us, is a tribute to the late wife of leader Joseph Shabalala, family matriarch Nellie Shabalala, who passed in 2002. The CD contains recordings Nellie made with her church choir, to which the group added their soaring voices in tribute to Nellie's life and memory.

Show time: 7:30 PM, Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $45/Gold Circle Section $30/General Admission (Gold Circle Section is first 10 rows), No Comp Tix
Advance Tickets: and Logos Books and Records, Downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge
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Co-sponsored by: Good Times, and KUSP 88.9 FM


Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro

Jakes back!

Show time:
8:00 pm
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Thursday, March 19, 2015


Coming back to Rio Theatre for another successful concert!

Chris Trapper Opening
Colin Hay may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80s with anthems like "Down Under," "Overkill," and "Who Can It Be Now?" Hay's justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he's made 11 solo albums and is confident that Gathering Mercury is the best of the lot.

Hay and Greg Ham toured with backing musicians as Men At Work from 1996 to 2002, and played to an estimated audience of 2 billion viewers during the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He's also toured with Ringo Starr's All Starr band in 2003 and 2008 and took part in the All Starr TV special. Hay and his music, most notably an acoustic version of the Men at Work hit "Overkill", as well as more recent works such as "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin" and "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get over You", has been featured on TV shows including Dawson's Creek, Judging Amy, and Scrubs.

His song "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" was included on the soundtrack of the Zach Braff film Garden State. Hay also appeared in an episode of the celebrated "Larry Sanders Show," in Hay's mind, a career highlight. Today, he's equally at home in the studio or on stage, playing with either his band or solo acoustic. "I started off playing acoustic; it's my natural game, if you will," he concludes. "It's the point I started from and may well be the point I end with. It's always what I return to."

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $31.50/General $39.90/Gold Circle
Available at: and Tomboy store (by 10.16.14), 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Friday, March 20th, 2015

Paula Poundstone

Show time:
8:00 pm
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections

Zakir Hussain – the foremost exponent of India’s tabla drumming tradition – plays to sellout audiences wherever he goes. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Mickey Hart, and Van Morrison. And now, with the groundbreaking 9-piece Celtic Connections – made up of master musicians from India and Scotland – he sets the stage for an exciting evening of cultural bending and blending, fusing the traditions of Indian and Celtic music.

Show time: 7:30 PMDoors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $50/Gold Circle Section  $35/General Admission  (Gold Circle Section is first 10 rows), No Comp Tix
Advance Tickets: and Logos Books and Records, Downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge

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Co-sponsored by: Good Times  ( ), (


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

"Spectacular!" – New York Daily News
Since 1989, Rolling Stones fans began taking notice of Lisa Fischer when she took over the spotlight from Mick Jagger and owned the stage during their Gimme Shelter duet. The powerful chanteuse also gained notoriety as one of the featured performers in the Oscar and Grammy-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Her Grammy award-winning vocals have been featured with Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Sting, and many other major artists. Fischer's performance at last year's Monterey Jazz Festival was a show-stopping delight. And now you can hear Fischer's electrifying voice upfront – where she belongs – belting out her own tunes, plus a few ethno/funk/R&B/prog-jazz-rock renditions of her favorite Stones songs as well.

Show time: 7:30 PM , Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $45/Gold Circle Section $30/General Admission (Gold Circle Section is first 10 rows), No Comp Tix
Advance Tickets: and Logos Books and Records, Downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge
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Sponsored by: Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria
Co-sponsored by: Good Times ,


Friday, April 10th, 2015

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: An Evening with Alison Arngrim

One Night Only, Live on Stage at The Rio Theatre.

New York Times Best Selling author of "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated", Alison Arngrim is best known to viewers world-wide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty "Nellie Oleson" on the much loved, long running hit television series "Little House On The Prairie," and continues to amuse audiences through her many film, television, stage and multi-media appearances.

Her one woman show "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch", which started at Club Fez in New York in 2002, has now become a world-wide phenomenon, having been performed to packed houses in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco, Seattle, and in France, where Alison performs entirely in French to standing room only crowds in her all French version titled: "Confessions d'une Garce de La Prairie" and "La Malle aux Tresors de Nellie Oleson."

Show time: 8pm.
Tickets: $20/advance, $25/Door, $30/Prairie Bitch Gold Circle
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Wonderland Tour with Jon Foreman

Show time: 8pm
Tickets: $20 - $40
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gilberto Gil: Gilberto's Samba

"One of the world's great songwriters." –New York Times
Gilberto Gil is one of Brazil's national treasures. Gil was key among the leaders of the Tropicalia movement of the 1960s, fusing bossa nova, samba and salsa with rock and folk music-and securing his fame both abroad and at home in Brazil. He went on to become the Brazilian Minister of Culture, playing a key role in the constant modernization of Brazilian popular music and culture throughout the world. Today, Gil can look back on a career that covers four decades, over fifty albums, and numerous awards – including seven Grammys. With his latest album, Gilberto's Samba, Gil pays tribute to the compositions of Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim, and other important Brazilian songwriters who influenced him. Gil's band features Bem Gil – guitar; Domenico Lancelotti – drums and percussion; and Mestrinho – accordion.

Show time: 7:30 PM , Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $45/Gold Circle Section $30/General Admission (Gold Circle Section is first 10 rows), No Comp Tix
Advance Tickets: and Logos Books and Records, Downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge
Artist Web Site:
Presented by:
Co-sponsored by: Good Times ,


Friday, April 17, 2015


"You haven't seen Big Sur until you have seen this movie." -US Congressman, Sam Farr

Along the Northern California coast, the Pacific Ocean creates a rich environment that silhouettes the sea and landscape. The wild coast of Big Sur forms a beautiful topography from the redwoods to the sea, and the marine fog creates a unique habitat for flora and fauna to flourish. Home to some of the tallest trees in the world, the land transitions to a marine sanctuary where whales, otters and seals thrive. Just onshore, bobcats demonstrate a behavior of flying through the air to catch unsuspecting gulls, a scene that has never been filmed before. Mountain lions, black bears, endangered spotted owls, and rare California condors nesting inside a redwood tree make their homes in the redwood forest.

In creating a personal connection to the land and seascape of Big Sur, IT'S A WILD LIFE follows the main characters that are deeply influenced by this place. The human character's name is Feynner, a long-term resident and caretaker of the land. The wildlife characters include bobcats, hummingbirds and the magnificent condors. In the end, we learn that Big Sur is a land that we tried to tame, control, and make our own, but we did not succeed. In some places on Earth, the physical and spiritual characteristics of the place are too much for humans to conquer; therefore, we gain respect for the laws of the natural world and the unique and dramatic ecosystem that we call Big Sur, one of Earth's greatest gifts.

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Show Time: 7:30pm, Doors : 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $12.60 advanced
Available at: and Tomboy store, next to Rio Theatre (1207 Soquel Ave)


Saturday, April 18, 2015


The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers, and artists. Living near Nashville Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new.

God has blessed us greatly and we enjoy a rich and rewarding life. It is also a lot of hard work. With twelve children, just keeping their names straight can be a challenge. All twelve children's names start with the letter "J".

Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: Gold Circle $32.00 ($36.00 Door) General Admission: $21.00 ($25.00 Door)
Advance Tickets at, (831) 479-9421, and Tomboy at 1207 Soquel Avenue ( right next to the RIO )



Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Janis Ian & Tom Paxton

Show time: 8:00 pm
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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

House of Floyd "The Pink Floyd Concert Experience"

The S.F. Bay Area's HOUSE OF FLOYD performs the music of Pink Floyd, and has gained a strong following for their unique ability to enthuse both the hard-core fans of the early adventurous Floyd and those who enjoy the songs and soundscapes that later brought them widespread appeal. They capture the essence of each of the various Pink Floyd eras from the formative Syd Barrett days, through the 70's and the final post-Waters era.

House of Floyd is a 7-piece band that includes 2 bookend multi-instrumentalists that double on saxophone, keyboards and guitar, and 2 excellent female background vocalists. House of Floyd has been performing in concert venues for over 10 years in the U.S. and abroad including a recent month long tour of India.

In the Pink Floyd tradition, a HOUSE OF FLOYD concert incorporates sound effects, screen projection, moving lights & state of the art laser show. The set lists on any given night might be from an actual Pink Floyd concert, or a custom HOUSE OF FLOYD mix.

You may even see a giant inflatable pig!

Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets Gold Circle $40 General admission $25 831-479-9421


Saturday, September 26, 2015



Radical Reels is back for their 39th annual tour and another successful showing at Rio Theatre!

Get stoked and grab your tickets to this year's presentation of the most outrageous films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and beyond.

Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski steep slopes, and hang on to your seats for the best jaw-dropping mountain sport films!

Prize giveaways will be drawn during intermission by our sponsors. Local sponsors to be announced.

Check out 2015 Radical Reels 30 sec. Trailer

Show Time: 7pm, Doors : 6:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $16 Advanced
Available at: BrownPaperTickets and Tomboy store, next to Rio Theatre (1207 Soquel Ave).