Rio Theatre Events
Presentation: Mountain Lions in our Midst
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Mountain Lions in our Midst
The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is hosting a presentation on mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Wildlife ecologist, Chris Wilmers, will discuss his study of mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains, including where they are going, how we can live with them, and what the Land Trust is doing to help.
See www.santacruzpumas.org for more details on this study.
Show Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Advance tickets: www.santacruzpumapresentation3.eventbrite.com
Saturday, March 15, 2014
SANTA CRUZ SINGS TO... GREASE!
T-Birds, Pink Ladies, fast cars and singing! This is what it's all about March 15 at Rio Theatre. After our two past sing-alongs sold out at Rio Theatre, we're now hosting the film that our Rio fans voted for-- Grease.
Our host Ben Jammin, emcee of our previous sing-alongs will be back; leading vocal exercises and making the event a day guests won't forget. Novelty bags filled with fun props for the film will be available for purchase as well, with proceeds going to Santa Cruz Performing Arts.
Costumes are strongly encouraged and prizes will be awarded to most creative dressers! So come on out all of you Sandy's, Danny's, Rizzo's, and Kenickie's!
What are the rules? As Leo the Scorpion member stated: "The rules are, there ain't no rules!"
About Host Ben Jammin:
Ben "Jammin" Holck is an educator, choreographer, vocal coach, actor, and free-lance teacher, he has twenty-three years experience directing musicals and teaching live-performance to youth. As Artistic Director for non-profit, Santa Cruz Performing Arts, he enjoys passing on the art of theater to future generations. Currently he is enrolling students for The Little Mermaid.
He has studied classical voice privately and at Tanglewood University, as well as acting at Hayward State and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Ben has been seen as the conservative Senator Dindon in Cabrillo Stage's La Cage Aux Folles, as well as the not so conservative Doctor Frank-N-Furter in Mountain Community Theatre's production of the Rocky Horror Show. He has appeared in numerous bay area productions, most recently as the Witch with Bay Shore Lyric Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel.
Show Time: 7pm, Doors : 6:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $10
Available at: Tomboy (next to Rio)
Friday, Mar 28, 2014
Solo acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke is a walking contradiction. In conversation he is slow talking, thoughtful almost to distraction. Yet when he picks up a steel-stringed guitar, his fingers race across the strings with uncommon speed, developing a deep, churning groove that can at times sound like several people playing at once. He seems to play guitar at 78 rpm, yet he speaks at 33. Now 65 years young, Leo Kottke has recorded over 30 albums that showcase his barnstorming fretwork and quirky songwriting. He is truly a master of the guitar whose playing has influenced generations of musicians and listeners, and he still tours the country relentlessly, playing his 6 and 12-stringed guitars for appreciative audiences ranging from New England to Southern California, from Brisbane to Berlin.
Mr. Kottke, who usually performs solo, is also in great demand by other musicians. He has collaborated on recordings with Los Lobos, Emmylou Harris, Rickie Lee Jones, and Lyle Lovett, to name a few. His music, while difficult to categorize, is a wonder to hear. His sound is a natural bridge between folk, jazz, classical, country and blues, played with a level of skill that is truly off the chart. One critic noted that Kottke “is so good he doesn’t need a band…. the man’s right hand should be preserved for science.” Whether he is playing a propulsive, juke joint number that inspires audiences to dance in the aisles, or a Beethoven-like fugue that evokes a melodic dream space for his listeners, Kottke’s acoustic guitar and baritone voice make it clear why this performer was nominated for a Grammy, and why audiences in the U.S., Australia, and Europe continue to fill concert halls to see the man do what he does best… perform live on stage.
Kottke is also a gifted monologist. His between-song ramblings are a mixture of free association, absurdist commentary and dry, Midwestern wit. His regular appearances on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” have brought a nation of radio listeners within range of Kottke’s loopy sense of humor, while at the same time demonstrating the unimagined musical possibilities for the acoustic guitar. Kottke is indeed a true American original, a player whose mission is to make every night on stage “a great night for the guitar.”
Show time: 8:00 pm
Advance tickets: Ticketweb
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D' Agostino
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark OConnor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola¹s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightestŠstars of the guitar".
At age 26, Vinny Raniolo has already performed at some of the top venues in the world with his music. Vinny is dedicated to his career as a professional touring musician, studio musician, educator, and arranger. Vinny has been on numerous recordings with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Matt Flinner, Ken Peplowski to name a few. Vinny is also an experienced educator and has taught classes at Bowling Green University, Kent State University, Asiago Music Conservatory, and others
Thursday, April 10, 2014
After a sold out show last year, we're having Caravan Palace back this April!
Caravan Palace's strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the initial trio, dig swing, especially gypsy jazz, and try their hands at the genre's traditional instruments: guitar, double bass and violin. That's where this peculiar mixture of classical Django and new trendy electro comes from. And it's far better than those retro futuristic sounds... because it swings. A few myspace posts later and they have almost doubled in size, enrolling Chapi and the boisterous Colotis in the band.
An overview of a few of their songs goes like this:
Django's guitar lures us in, but we are promptly taken to other surprising landscapes. An experimental sound. The trumpet echoes pure jazz, the vocal harmonies explore other dimensions. And the charm of the mix bridges all the gaps.
It opens on a dramatic science-fiction dialog. And the tempo erupts in a minimalist environment, compressed, to pave the way for the suffocated chorus. But do not panic, you'll make it to the end.
Yes, dirty, the dark side of the Caravan, frantic and frenzied, chemical, destroy... Listen to this borderline sardonic voice coupled with the mocking piano. And the Lionel Hampton vibe from the vibraphone. Enough to upset any musical compass!
So jump in the Caravan. Seeing the world upside down guarantees the best sound.
Show Time: 8:00 pm ,Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $21
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy (next to Rio)
Wednesday, April 12, 2014
HEAR 2 BEYOND
SECRET CHIEFS 3 and New Music Works Ensemble
Timba Harris, neXus I: Cascadia, (2012) (world premiere)
Lori Rivera, The Ariose Singers, NMW Ensemble, Secret Chiefs 3
Trey Spruance, assorted works
Secret Chiefs 3 and NMW Ensemble, Phillip Collins, Conductor
"Hear 2 Beyond" begins with the live premiere of neXus I: Cascadia, by composer, multi-instrumentalist, Timba Harris. Released in 2012 on Tzadik Records (John Zorn's label), this will be the first live performance of neXus I: Cascadia.
Mezzo soprano, Lori Rivera and The Ariose Singers, join with the combined instrumental forces of NMW Ensemble and Secret Chiefs 3, under the baton of Philip Collins, to bring Harris' majestic sound journey to life.
Natural life cycles of the Pacific Northwest inspire much of neXus I: Cascadia. The music focuses on the life cycle of Monarch butterflies, the seasonal behavior of the black bear from it's heart's perspective, and the seismic activity of an erupting Mt. St. Helens.
Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: General $17/ $20 • Senior//Student $12/ $15
Mail: New Music Works, P.O. Box 2266, Santa Cruz, CA 95063-2266
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report's Americana rankings and Brown's first Indie Award from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors).
Friday, May 2, 2014
COLIN QUINN'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Writer and Performer. A native of Brooklyn, Colin Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV's popular game show Remote Control.
In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show Saturday Night Live, where he entertained audiences for five seasons. After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, in which he served as the show's host, creator and executive producer, from 2002 - 2004.
In addition to his television work, Colin has appeared in many films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Comedian, and Adam Sandler's Grown Ups. Colin's first one-man show, Sanctifying Grace, began off-Broadway in 1994 and was later produced as Colin Quinn-An Irish Wake and played at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
In 2010, he returned to the Helen Hayes Theatre and starred in the hit Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as a HBO special in 2011. Colin is currently the king of Twitter and will be back on the upcoming season of HBO's "Girls."
Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $27/ General $42/ Gold
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy (next to Rio)
Thursday, May 8, 2014
URSULA K. LE GUIN
ANTHROPOCENE: ARTS OF LIVING ON A DAMAGED PLANET
Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most-loved writers of our time. Her work includes science fiction, novels, essays, and children's books.
Donna Haraway the author of When Species Meet.
James Clifford is the author of Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century.
Show time: 7:00 p m
Tickets Required • Sign up free at www.anthropocene.brownpapertickets.com
Friday, May 9, 2014
AN EVENING WITH JOAN BAEZ
Joan Baez will perform a rare Benefit Concert to support RCNV's Building for the Future campaign. This benefit is the public launch of our community campaign to fund the renovation of its 50-year old building. We invite you to join us for the concert and to consider sponsorship of the event. Because tickets may sell quickly, we encourage you to purchase your tickets SOON. We ask for your support of this campaign in addition to your regular financial support of Resource Center for Nonviolence programs.
Show Time: 8 pm, Doors : 7 pm
Tickets: $79 Gold/ $42 GA SOLD OUT
Gold Circle and Regular General tickets sold out.
Wait List for a limited number of Sponsorship seats ($100 per ticket or more) available only by contacting the Resource Center for Nonviolence directly , or 831-423-1626.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
(((folkYEAH!))) Presents at the Rio
Show time: 8:00 pm, doors 7
Tickets: $15 advance plus fees / $20 door plus fees
Advance tickets: www.folkyeah.com
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Presented by Kuumbwa Jazz
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable - coming from just two banjos and one voice – a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes. Washburn's beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck's riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture.
Fleck, a 15-time GRAMMY winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his Banjo Concert 'The Impostor'.
Washburn's banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female string band, Abby's adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence.
Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare 3-finger and claw hammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat.
Show Time: 8:00 pm; Doors: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $50/Gold Circle Section, $35/General Admission *
Advance Tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org And Logos Books & Records, downtown Santa Cruz
* Ticket price does not include city tax or service charge
Artist info: www.belafleck.com www.abigailwashburn.com
Thursday, May 22, 2014
An Evening With Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Phosphorescent Harvest features ten new songs that build on the California group's impressively growing repertoire by combining the direct and immediate songwriting Robinson has long been known for with an expansive sense of space and texture that has never been so fully realized until now. In an age when so many put their beliefs in trends, the volumes have all collapsed and rooms are filled with tiny rock and dampened lamps, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood rolls on to sharpen the blur at your brow and wind like smoke through your mind.
Show time: 8:00 PM (two sets) Doors 7:00 PM
Tickets:$25 advance (plus fees and SC city tax) $28 door (plus fees and SC city tax)
Advance tickets: folkyeah.com
Band website: www.chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
The Fab Four
The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' songs, the Fab Four will make you think your are watching the real thing.
This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun,"and "Hey Jude."
Show time: 8:00 PM (Doors open at: 7:00 PM)
Tickets: $39.50 Advance. $42.00 Day Of Show.
Advance Tickets available from TicketMaster
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
UCSC Halliday Astronomy Lecture
Tom Abel is a computational cosmologist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and a Professor both at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Physics Department at Stanford University. He also is the current Director of KIPAC.
His research broadly concerns itself with discovering how galaxies and stars came to be and how they evolved over time. He is particularly focused on what the very first objects in the Universe might be.
Show time: 7:30 pm with doors opening at 7:00 pm
Tickets: Free and open to the general public. No tickets will be required for entry.
Seating availability will be based upon capacity of theater. Open seating until theater is full.
More info: www.tomabel.org
Friday June 13, 2014
The 3nd Annual Sammy Awards
Special Opening Guest: the Terminal Degree Jazz Band
At UC Santa Cruz, our game design students put a tremendous amount of work into developing novel, innovative games. The ingenuity and creativity of every game gives us hope for the next generation of game design. At the Sammy Awards, we celebrate their accomplishments and applaud their work. This event showcases the best student games made this year, including games by senior Game Design Studio students, as well as the best games by aspiring freshmen, sophomore and junior game designers. If you love seeing new, creative games, please join us at the Sammy Awards on June 14th.