Rio Theatre Events

07.25.14 Destroy The Night - Featuring James Durbin
07.26.14 Ian Harris
07.28.14 Be Natural Music Boot Camp
07.29.14 Andrew Jackson Jihad

08.11.14 Chick Corea & The Vigil
08.20.14 Built To Spill

09.06.14 2014 WBFA Santa Cruz Championships
09.20.14 Bal Anat
09.25.14 Gordon Lightfoot
09.27.14 Radical Reels Tour

10.26.14 Shawn Mullins
10.29.14 Yelle

12.05.14 Judy Collins
12.07.14 Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes
12.12.14 Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way

JULY 2014


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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          Krishna Das - Kirtan Wallah Tour  
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
          The Reunion - Fantasy Tribute (Beatles Reunion Concert) Christopher Titus, The Angry Pursuit of Happiness
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Mary Poppins Family Sing Along!            
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
          Destroy The Night - Featuring James Durbin
Ian Harris
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  Be Natural Music Boot Camp Andrew Jackson Jihad        

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JULY 25th, 2014


The Music of The Doors and Led Zeppelin Featuring James Durbin
"Destroy the Night" is a tribute to two great groups who were formed in the late 60s, Led Zeppelin and the Doors, by one great new group with local roots in an imaginary time tunnel to a 60s/70s psychedelic rock concert!

James Durbin has been one of the all- time local success stories- Achieving the #4 place on American Idol, as 30 million watchers cheered him on. He came back to Santa Cruz to play his homecoming concert before the massive Idol tour- backed by the White Album Ensemble- to became the largest concert in Santa Cruz history, 30,000 people at the Beach Boardwalk. His 1st record "Memories of a beautiful Disaster" sold in excess of 200,000 units.

Guitarist/ keyboardist Musicscool founder Dale Ockerman, of White Album Ensemble, and former Doobie Bros renown, mentored James and the other members at Musicscool in the late 2000's- he invited James to sing with the WAE, who received standing ovations every performance, and Guitarmy (a Musicscool teen group that featured Led Zeppelin music). Taking a break from his solo career, James returns the favor by inviting Dale and other Musicscool alumni (Ty Wallace, Jesse Holsapple, Will McDougall, and Caleb Larsen) to do a hometown concert of Doors , and Led Zeppelin music for an awesome Fillmore- Style "Double Bill".

Epiphone, Guitars, not Guns, and Musicscool present "Destroy the Night"!
A portion of profits will benefit Musicscool Scholarships Fund (of which James was the first recipient), and Guitars not Guns, a non- profit, pro- youth music, anti- violence program. Epiphone has generously donated two fine guitars, which will be autographed and raffled at intermission. Come and wear your trippiest "Summer Of Love" attire for a summertime friday night bash in the spirit of the Fillmore or Avalon concerts!

Show time: 8 PM ,Doors 7:15pm
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July 26, 2014


The "hilarious and irreverent" comedy of Ian Harris comes to his home town Santa Cruz for one night only!

Born and raised in the Santa Cruz area, Ian toured nationally as a top headliner, as well as being a staple on the L.A. alternative comedy scene for years. Winner of many major comedy competitions, he has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central and was ranked #25 on Entertainment Journal's Top 100 Comedians list.

Fresh off the taping of his ground breaking new comedy TV special (to be released on Video on Demand and Cable in August 2014) Ian returns home for one amazing night!

Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking is the incredibly smart and irreverent new comedy special from the brilliantly skeptical mind of Ian Harris. Armed with a wide array of characters, razor like wit and critical thinking skills, Ian skewers commonly held beliefs, taking aim at such topics as Religion, Ghosts, The Paranormal, Comforting Notions, Astrology, Pop-Mysticism, Alternative Medicine, Racism and Apocalyptic Claims. It is easy to see why Ian immediately elicits comparisons to George Carlin and Bill Maher.

Show time: 8:30 pm
:$20 advance
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July 28th - August 1st, 2014

Be Natural Music

Summer Music 'Boot' camp - 2014
This summer camp shares the fundamentals of music, music writing, and recording. Covering the basics, like notes, scales, chords, soloing, listening skills, solfeggio, timing, rhythm and clap counting, music games, song writing, sound recording and how it all fits together.

Learn skills that will make you a better musician. For beginners and experienced players between the ages of 8 - 17.

Class times: Mon-Thurs. 9am - 12 pm, Friday 9 am - 3 pm
To register:
For More Info: call Matt @ 831.515.8369


July 29, 2014

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Hard Girls + Dogbreth

Christmas Island, the 5th album proper from Andrew Jackson Jihad, is a little bit silly, a little bit serious. It's a record that's irreverent yet somber, full of humor and full of pathos, its twelve songs combining the two to create a record that – truly – cuts right to the bone of the human condition. Whether it's life, love, death, loss or Linda Ronstadt, this record has it all, delving into the most profound of emotions, reaching deep into the heart of humanity, unveiling universal truths through the most unlikely of scenarios.

These are certainly songs from the heart, but ones as unusual as they are traditional. It's a record that's raw and gentle, hummable yet abrasive and downright weird and wonderful. It's a little bit silly and a little bit serious, full of sad humor and hilarious pathos. Because Christmas Island – it's far from a random title, but it's also kind of a secret – is simultaneously ridiculous and sublime in the way that Andrew Jackson Jihad always have been. It's a record absolutely in keeping with their bold and brilliant past – the one their cult following has been following for years – but it's also a bold and brilliant step forward.

Show time: 8 pm, doors 7:30 pm
Advance tickets: $12. door $15
Advance tickets online:


Monday, August 11, 2014

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents:

Chick Corea & The Vigil

with Tim Garland, Carlitos Del Puerto, Marcus Gilmore, Charles Altura, Luisito Quintero

"Gale force intensity… gloriously impassioned." – Jazzwise Magazine
No one can accuse Chick Corea of resting on his laurels. The 20-time Grammy award-winner and NEA Jazz Master personifies a rare artistic standard of excellence. Corea's latest project, The Vigil features all new compositions and re-workings of old favorites. The band includes Tim Garland on saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; Charles Altura on guitar; Carlitos Del Puerto on bass; Marcus Gilmore on drums; and Luisito Quintero on percussion. From his early work with Mongo Santamaria, Stan Getz and Miles Davis, and his avant-garde adventures in Circle (with Anthony Braxton), to pioneering fusion with Return To Forever, Corea tackles it all with a contagious enthusiasm.

Show time: 7:30 PM, Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $75/Gold Circle Reserved $45/General Admission
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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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Show time: 8:00 PM



Saturday, September 6th, 2014

2014 WBFA Santa Cruz Championships

Show time:
6:00 pm, Doors 5:30
Tickets: $20

September 20th, 2014

Bal Anat

About Bal Anat - Jamila Salimpour's creation of Bal Anat in 1968, the first Tribal Belly Dance company, was later revived by her daughter Suhaila Salimpour in 1999. Now under Suhaila's direction for over a decade with updated choreography and fresh enthusiasm, Bal Anat lives on to educate audiences world-wide about the cultural history of Belly Dance in the United States and the Middle East.

The creation of the original Bal-Anat evolved in 1968, when the opportunity to perform in an outdoor theme festival called The Renaissance Pleasure Faire challenged the imagination of American Belly Dance pioneer, Jamila Salimpour, to create a variety show which one might see at an Arabian Festival or Souk.

From being a member of Ringling Brothers Circus in 1942 Jamila implemented that format in creating Bal Anat. As a Belly Dancer, Jamila Salimpour worked with many dancers including Algerian water glass dancers, Tunisian pot dancers, Male Tray dancers, magicians, and presented many varieties of entertainment. The Sword dance, Mask dance, and Snake dance were seen for the first time in Bal Anat. The resulting show became a show featuring tribal dances from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. The show inspired a whole generation of American Belly Dancers, giving way to the rise in popularity of the Tribal Belly Dance genre.
More information at:

Show time 7:30pm, Doors open 6:30pm
Tickets here:


Thursday, September 25th, 2014


Lightfoot's Live Concerts Stronger Than Ever - Perfroming more concerts in 2010 than any other year of his remarkable career.

Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $65.00
Advance Tickets: www.SBLEntertainment.


Saturday, September 27, 2014


The best high adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Rio Theatre, September 27, 2014.

There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2013 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! We're talking jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by The Banff Centre, now in its 10th year, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Experience more than half a dozen wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today's top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers. See you there, adrenaline film lovers!

For more information on the Radical Reels Tour, including tour locations and dates:

Radical Reels 2014 films include: Arrival- Be the Trail- Beyond the Drop- Dream Lines IV- Ghost Town- Nine Queens: Shades of Winter- OFF-WIDTH OUTLAWS- Outlines- The Sensei- Supervention- Walled in


For details about the Banff Mountain Film Festival and The Radical Reels Tour or The Banff Centre:
Jill Sawyer, Media and Communications Officer The Banff Centre 403-762-6475 *

The Radical Reels Tour is presented by National Geographic, The North Face, Deuter, and Bergans of Norway.

A program of The Banff Centre.

Show Time: 7pm, Doors : 6:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $16
Available at: and and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page



Sunday, October 26, 2014


Max Gomez opening
Evidence of Shawn Mullins' newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records)

The album is overflowing with perfect rhymes, telling detail and underlying intimations. This is uncommonly literate stuff, striking in its insightfulness and compassion. Delivered by Mullins in his companionable baritone, as lived-in and textured as your favorite pair of faded jeans, amid the relentless rhythms, churning Hammond organ runs and swooping guitar lines, every line is absolutely spellbinding, adding incrementally to the album's gripping intensity. "I felt like I needed to get the listener's attention with this record," says Shawn. He can consider that a mission accomplished.

Show Time: 8pm, Doors: 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


Since 2007 French electro-popper Yelle has risen to be a leading lady in the world of European pop music.

With a keen interest in fashion and feel for popular culture, she's been able to take her quirky sound from her French roots to the world at large, playing some of the biggest festivals and farthest flung cities.

With two albums - Pop Up and Safari Disco Club - and countless live shows around the world under her belt, It's hard to think of any other current artists that have managed to go global in the way Yelle has, whilst singing entirely in their native language, but this is one girl whose beautifully melodic compositions seem translate.
Whether or not fans have any idea what she is actually singing about!

'I don't know what you mean but it means a lot to me' the catch phrase from her 2013 song L'Amour Parfait is quite the perfect summary for Yelle has that certain Je ne sais quoi you won't be able to escape.

2014 will see her return with a third album which she will start giving fans a glimpse at at select festivals starting as soon as this spring.

Show time: 8:00PM, 7:00PM Doors
Tickets : $ 17 advance $ 20 Door
Advance tickets:
Artists website:


Friday, December 5th, 2014

An evening with
Judy Collins



Show time: 8 pm
Advance Tickets
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Sunday, December 7, 2014


Award-winning comedian, actor, and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in his all-new show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Join Mike as he gets arrested in New Jersey, screamed at by a famous director, heckled by Statler and Waldorf, and attacked by zombie rodents.

Ira Glass of public radio's This American Life writes "Birbiglia's stories are even funnier live than they are on the radio." Time Magazine calls Birbiglia "master of the personal, embarrassing tale." The New York Times describes him as a "supremely enjoyable monologist."

Show Time: 8pm, Doors: 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/Gold Circle
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Friday December 12th, 2014

Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers
of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene
Autry and Roy Rogers.

Show time:
8:00 pm
Tickets: $39.50
Advance Tickets: