Rio Theatre Events

01.25.15 Tim Flannery
01.26.15 Patti Smith and Her Band
01.28.15 Gail Rich Awards
01.30.15 Blonde Redhead

02.03.15 Todd Snider
02.07.15 The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along
02.08.15 Tommy Emmanuel
02.12.15 Fred Eaglesmith Band
02.14.15 The Paul Thorn Band
02.15.15 Over The Rhine
02.17.15 Zap Mama and Antibalas
02.20.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
02.21.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
02.22.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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

04.22.15 Janis Ian & Tom Paxton



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White Album Ensemble            
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      Film: Little Saints Lecture and book signing by Dr. Martin Blaser   The Wood Brothers
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          Cirque Ziva: The Golden Dragon Acrobats
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Tim Flannery Patti Smith and Her Band   Gail Rich Awards   Blonde Redhead  

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tim Flannery

and Lunatic Fringe

A benefit evening for Bryan Stow

Show time: 7 pm
Advance tickets: HERE



Monday, January 26th, 2014

Patti Smith and Her Band

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967.

In 1975 Patti Smith's first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, and most currently, Banga.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, and Auguries of Innocence.

Patti Smith's art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, and Camera Solo. Steven Sebring's 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago. Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden's Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

On February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress. On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. She and her band are continually touring worldwide and preparing for future recording projects. Current tour dates and other information is posted on

Show time: 8:30, doors 7:30
Artists Website:


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Gail Rich Awards

The Arts Council of Santa Cruz County invites the entire community to the 19th annual Gail Rich Awards presentation. This year's honorees are:

Carolyn Hyatt - philanthropist
Dale Ockerman - musician
Robbie Schoen - art gallery owner
Johnny Simmons - radio personality
Cat Willis - dance instructor

Named for arts advocate and supporter Gail Rich (1951-1996), the Gail Rich Awards honor members of our community who inspire us and have made a lasting contribution to the Arts and culture in Santa Cruz County. The event is produced by the Arts Council Associates and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Rio Theatre, and Central Coast Public Radio KUSP 88.9.

Show time: 7:30PM, Doors at 7:00PM,
Tickets: free and open to the public
More info at


Friday, January 30th, 2015


BLONDE REDHEAD is excited to announce a new album release called Barragan. Another sonic twist in their already adventurous band's canon…

Blonde Redhead has always been a band that innovates with each album. They challenge themselves with each recording situation, and the results have been stunning every time. Their music is always inspired by the same emotions, but their tastes and ways they choose to execute those emotions are constantly evolving

Show time: 8:30pm / 7:30pm doors

All Ages


Tuesday February 3, 2015


(Reed Foehl Opens)
Todd Snider is on the happy back end of happy hour at a favorite East Nashville bar, talking about his new album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. "This record doesn't come from good times," Snider says. "I wanted to sound the way I feel, which sometimes means sounding like a broken soul."

Show time: 7:30 PM


Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along

Join Master of Fun, Ben Jammin Holck and SING ALOUD to the MGM classic film with subtitles.

The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along is presented by the FAMILY THEATRE PROJECT, supporting our mission to bring affordable performing arts training to Santa Cruz County kids!

Come in costume and enter our contest. Prizes will be given out for best and most original costumes!

Show time: 6 pm
Tickets: $10 - and TOMBOY (next door to the Rio Theatre on Soquel).


Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Tommy Emmanuel

Clive Carroll opens the show

Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected guitarists. The legendary fingerpicker has a professional career that spans nearly five decades around the globe. Beginning his six-string tutelage at the age of four, he was touring professionally by the time he was ten, and was dubbed with the honorary title "Certified Guitar Player" by Chet Atkins. He has gone on to win two Grammys and release over twenty albums and instructional DVDs, all the while perfecting his patent style of acoustic guitar finger-picking and playing over 300 concerts each year. Emmanuel's latest recording is The Colonel and the Governor, a jazz-inspired collection of duets with like-minded guitar talent Martin Taylor.

Show time: 7:30 PM - Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $40/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:
You Tube:
Presented by:
Sponsored by: Barry Swenson Builder
Co-sponsored by: Good Times , and KUSP 88.9 FM


Thursday, February 12, 2015



Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: General Admission ($25 advance) Gold Circle ($40 advance)
Advance Tickets :
Tickets Not Sold Online Day of Show Call for Seating

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: General Admission ($25 advance) Gold Circle ($40 advance)
Advance Tickets
Tickets Not Sold Online Day of Show Call for Seating


Sunday, February 15, 2015


William Fitzsimmons opening
About eight years ago, long-time musicians and partners Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved from their native Cincinnati to an 1830s brick farm house in rural Ohio. The latest album their band Over the Rhine put out is inspired by the place they live, and is a love letter and an ode to the joy of home. They speak with host Dick Gordon about the place they call "Nowhere Farm" and their album "Meet Me At The Edge Of The World."

Show time: 7:30
Tickets: Gold Circle $32.00 (Advance) General Admission $21.00 (Advance)
Advance tickets:
Band web site:
Band Video: YouTube


Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Zap Mama and Antibalas

Open floor (dancing up front!)

Show time: 8 pm
artist website:


February, 20 - 22, 2015

National Geographic and the North Face present the

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz at 7 pm on Feb 20 – 22. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 39th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by UCSC Colleges, Housing & Educational Services (CHES), New Leaf Community Markets, Ryan Brandt M.D. & Family, the Bicycle Trip, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Good Times & SantaCruz.Com, Allterra Solar, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Greenspace, Five Branches University, Redwood Canopy Tours & Velocity, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym

Show time: 7:00 pm
For more information visit


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
Artist Web Site:
You Tube:
Presented by:
Co-sponsored by: Good Times, and KUSP 88.9 FM


Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro

Jakes back!

Show time:
8:00 pm
artist website:


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
Buy Tickets
artist website:




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

Artist Web Site:
You Tube:
Presented by:
Co-sponsored by: Good Times  ( ), (


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Janis Ian & Tom Paxton

Show time: 8:00 pm
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