Shawn Colvin
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Shawn Colvin

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Shawn Colvin ͞...extraordinary songs, mesmerising guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes...her lyrics are crafted and clever, full of subtlety and polished phrases...With delicious sarcasm and acerbic stories, she held the audience spellbound...her songs are so personal to her that they speak to everyone who listens.͟     -The Guardian


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $32 Gen, $47 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and streetlight records
Artists website: www.shawncolvin.com

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Andy Irons: Kissed by God
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

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a film by Teton Gravity Research

A film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of his internal battles that led to his demise. As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets: www.tetongravity.com
Event website: www.tetongravity.com

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Ani DiFranco
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Ani DiFranco

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With her twentieth studio album, Binary, the iconic singer/songwriter/activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $42
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.anidifranco.com

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Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 1
Jul
9
9:00 AM09:00

Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 1

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Session 1 - July 9 - 13

Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Kids will compose music together in a group, get all the parts down, and record their song on the Rio Theatre stage on the last day of camp!

For beginner & experienced musicians between the ages of 8 - 18 on the following instruments: song writers, singers, guitarists, keyboardists, bassists, drummers, other instruments!

Final Music Videos will be displayed on YouTube after camp. Both the audio and the video will be super high quality!


Show time: 9:00 AM
Tickets: $375
Advance tickets: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com
Event website: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com

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The Weight Band
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

The Weight Band

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Members of THE BAND, the LEVON HELM BAND & the RICK DANKO GROUP

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.   

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound.  The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb.  Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.

The Weight Band’s musical connections to The Band run deep.  Replacing Robbie Robertson as a member of The Band in 1985, Weider toured internationally with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko.  His tenure included writing for and recording three studio albums with The Band.  Weider and Brian Mitchell are also members of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.  Five time Grammy-award winner Brian Mitchell is highly regarded in the music industry.  Marty Grebb, formerly with The Buckinghams and who has performed with Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others, contributed to both The Band’s Jericho and Jubilation albums.  Albert Rogers shared the stage with Helm and Hudson in The Jim Weider Band.  Michael Bram joined The Weight Band after seven years touring with Jason Mraz.

Recently the group released their first full-length studio album, World Gone Mad, an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound.   The acclaimed album features special guest, Jackie Greene, as well as co-writing contributions from Levon Helm.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.theweightband.com

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An Evening With The Del McCoury Band
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening With The Del McCoury Band

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The Del McCoury Band is the most awarded bluegrass band of all time. Their most recent album, Street altimore, took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, adding to their already impressive 2006 Grammy win for Th Company W ee nd over thirty International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including Entertainer Of Th ear nine times. The Del McCoury Band continues to cross genres and is known for beloved favorites such as “Beauty of My Dreams”, “My Love Will Not Change”, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, “Can’t You Hear Me Callin”, and “High On A Mountain”.

General Admission: $40
Gold Circle Section: $55
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 2
Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 2

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Session 2 - July 16 - 20

Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Kids will compose music together in a group, get all the parts down, and record their song on the Rio Theatre stage on the last day of camp!

For beginner & experienced musicians between the ages of 8 - 18 on the following instruments:song writers, singers, guitarists, keyboardists, bassists, drummers, other instruments!

Final Music Videos will be displayed on YouTube after camp. Both the audio and the video will be super high quality!


Show time: 9:00 AM
Tickets: $375
Advance tickets: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com
Event website: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com

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Paul Thorn
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Thorn

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Sherry Austin and Patty Maxine opening

"This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots," says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Don't Let the Devil Ride. "My message on this record is 'let's get together' - I want to help lighten your load and make you smile."

The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $26 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.paulthorn.com
Artists website: www.jeffreyhalford.com

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Santa Cruz Premiere of Great Highway; Journey to the Soul of San Francisco Surfing
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Cruz Premiere of Great Highway; Journey to the Soul of San Francisco Surfing

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With Special Guests and Q&A with Director Mark Gunson

For more than seventy years people have surfed the San Francisco Bay Area
far from the limelight reserved for the Southern California surf culture.
Much like the city of San Francisco, the surf culture of Northern
California is full of character, offering its own perspectives on the
history and the future of surfing.

GREAT HIGHWAY traces the history of Bay Area surfing and the beach
lifestyle from past to present and explores the changes that time reveals.
The history is told by those who lived it, from the lifeguards at the historic Fleishhacker Swimming Pool in the 1940's, to Jack O'Neill's first surf shop on the Great Highway, to kids growing up surfing today.

Filmmakers Mark Gunson and Krista Howell will be at the screening to
answer questions afterwards.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Kids
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.greathighwaymovie.com

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Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes

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Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie's powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. For these qualities and more, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.ronniespector.com

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International Ocean Film Tour
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

International Ocean Film Tour

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Presented by Patagonia

The blue wonder on the big screen—the International OCEAN FILM TOUR presents the captivating sea in all its diversity and beauty. This exclusive program consists of six visually stunning documentary films screening at the Rio Theatre on September 8, 2018 at 7 pm.

The International OCEAN FILM TOUR takes the viewer on a wondrous voyage of the cosmic ocean, well beyond ordinary cinema. The protagonists rollick on and under the water, showing what’s possible with a board under their feet, daringly defying the forces of nature, and arousing a desire to heed the call of the sea. Every year, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR also promotes an environmental policy focus, providing inspiring messages to take action and protect our natural resources.

Presented by Patagonia with Media Support from Santa Cruz Waves


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $16
Event website: www.oceanfilmtour.com

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Dave Mason & Steve Cropper
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Dave Mason & Steve Cropper

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Rock & Soul Revue

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Dave Mason and Steve Cropper, join together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation.

This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artist’s beloved and most memorable hits including, "All Along The Watchtower”, "Only You Know and I Know," "Every Woman", and "We Just Disagree" plus the rock anthem “Feelin’ Alright”, (Sittin' On) "The Dock of the Bay", "Green Onions", "In the Midnight Hour" and "Knock on Wood".... 
introducing Gretchen Rhodes

VIP MEET & GREET TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE


Show time: 8:00
Tickets: $35 Gen, $73 Gold Circle
Advance tickets : www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.davemasonmusic.com
Artists website: www.playitsteve.com

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

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Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammy Awards, fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10 — and five in the Top 20. Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2013 was awarded The National Medal of Arts Award by President Barack Obama for his musical, philanthropic and artistic contributions. Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer, Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. Hall has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums and in 1983 she sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. Since 2006, Hall and Alpert have been touring with their band to sell-out performances.

General Admission: $37
Gold Circle Section: $60
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates
Doors at 6:30 PM


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $37 Gen, $60 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Radical Reels Night

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour  Radical Reels Night will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre. Journey to exotic locations, cycle wild places, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings adventure films from the 42nd 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. Formerly the Radical Reels Tour this year’s event is part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and will showcase some of the best adventure films from the tour. 

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today.  Please be advised that films will be listed approximately one month in advance. We strongly encourage you to check the film listings and ratings before you purchase if this is a concern.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Al Di Meola
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Al Di Meola

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with special guest Jordan Rudess

A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. 

Voted “Best Keyboardist of All Time” by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $39 Gen, $52 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.aldimeola.com
Artists website: www.jordanrudess.com

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Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore

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Chick Corea’s breakout album, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, announced his arrival as a master of the piano trio, and he’s spent the past 50 years constantly finding new trio adventures. With Vigilette, featuring Carlitos Del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums — the rhythmic backbone of his acclaimed group The Vigil — expect Corea’s unmistakable genius on new standards, tunes from his piano heroes, and his classic compositions.

General Admission: $57.75/Advance $65/Door
Gold Circle Section: $84/Advance $90/Door
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates
Sponsored by Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $57.75 Gen, $84 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Oct
9
9:00 PM21:00

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

"Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. "Authentic and Exciting” - The Stage
www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com


Show time: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $30
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

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Get The Led Out
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Get The Led Out

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(The American Led Zeppelin tribute band)

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical,  Get The Led Out  (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless."

A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.gtlorocks.com

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

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Voted Best Family Show in Vegas!

International circus legend award winner Gregory Popovich brings his European-style physical comedy, acrobats, jugglers but most important his furry cast of animals, the real stars of the show! All animals have been rescued from shelters all over the country and they have been transformed into Las Vegas stars.  The show features an amazing cast of house-cats, dogs, parrots, geese, mice, even a miniature horse named Diamond!

He has published two books such as "You Can Train Your Cat" followed by "Doggy Gone Good". Gregory has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, in USA Today, People Magazine and was recently a finalist on America's Got Talent.  He starred in his first full-length film, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA.


Show time: 3:00 PM
Tickets: $40
Advance tickets: Coming soon
Event website: www.comedypet.com

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Vicente Amigo
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Vicente Amigo

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Revered by fellow guitarists such as Paco de Lucía and Pat Metheny, Spanish guitarist Vicente Amigo has become renowned as a master. Following in de Lucía’s footsteps, he’s forged musical ties with artists around the world, from Sting to Milton Nascimento and Eliane Elias, to jazz guitar innovators including John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola. Born outside of Seville and raised in Córdoba, Amigo began working professionally as a teen, accompanying noted flamenco singer El Pele and guitarist Manolo Sánlucar, with whom he toured for six years. By the time Amigo made his Bay Area debut in 2002, the guitarist’s career was in rapid ascent. His fourth album, Ciudad de las Ideas, won a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album. His latest release, Memoria de Los Sentidos, also took home a Latin Grammy and received a Grammy nomination. Amigo’s performances feature pyrotechnic virtuosity, charisma and an intangible quality called duende, which Amigo explains simply: “If you hurt when you hear it, then it’s duende.” Thoughtful and introspective, Amigo pauses before putting his work as a player in a larger context. “I’m a guitarist, but I love music well beyond my instrument,” he says. “Music is my life.”

General Admission: $42/Advance $50/Door
Gold Circle Section: $63/Advance $70/Door
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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Estas Tonne
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Estas Tonne

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The Breath of Sound World Tour

The upcoming tour, The Breath of Sound, reaches the followers of bold guitar music and unique art & culture, as well as spiritual wellbeing. Through his music Estas Tonne invites people to close their eyes, open their hearts and dive into a sacred space where one can experience music in the purest form. His Song of the Golden Dragon surpassed over 40 million views on Youtube. As a modern-day Troubadour Estas Tonne travels countless places and finds himself in several cultural references without identifying himself with a single nation or country, rather with the cultural richness of the world. His music is therefore a reflection of a classical structure, technique of Flamenco, roots of Gypsy, characteristics of Latin and Electronic Soundscapes.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $65
Advance tickets: Pre-sale starts MAY 28 www.ticketmaster.com

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CASH & KING: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

CASH & KING: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends

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starring Steven Kent

CASH & KING:  The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends

We are excited to announce Steven Kent and the CASH & KING Band performing at the RIO Performing Arts Center, Saturday June 9, 2018 8:00 PM

An evening that will take you back to where it all began, in an ultimate celebration of music for two most iconic legends in popular music history, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. This is not an impersonator show,  Steven digs deeper as he celebrates personal stories of their friendships and lives.

A new high energy concert in 2 full sets for the ultimate celebration of two of the most important figures in popular music history, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. This is not an impersonator or your typical ‘Hits’ or ‘Oldies’ show. CASH & KING digs deeper by bringing to the stage not only the hit songs, but also stories of their unparalleled careers. Steven Kent shares his personal stories of meeting both of these two icons, and how they inspired him throughout his performing career.  

Steven Kent who's smooth baritone voice can deliver songs with authenticity, is so much more than just a singer, songwriter. He has performed in theater, films, television, on radio and in concerts. In short, Steven is an all around versatile entertainer in every sense of the word. Over the years, Steven appeared on many stages, and has performed with many legendary entertainers; Johnny Cash, Eddie Rabbitt, Tanya Tucker, The Grateful Dead, Huey Lewis and the News, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Carl Perkins, to name a few.  

Steven Kent and the CASH & KING Band has recently launched the CASH & KING Concert tour, a dream of Steven's for the past decade. The performances have received high praise, selling out all recent performances in California, Oregon including a benefit concert for North Bay wildfires victims this past October at the Raven Performing Arts Center.

It’s an exciting evening of music like no other when Steven and his band take the stage and bring legendary songs back to life in CASH & KING now LIVE.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.stevenkentmusic.com

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Mandel Lecture
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Mandel Lecture

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Astrophysicist Jedidah Isler

Award-winning astrophysicist Jedidah Isler will give a free public lecture entitled "Blazars: Nature's particle accelerators" on Thursday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.

Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist, TED Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive STEM education. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she received a master's degree in physics from Fisk-Vanderbilt and became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale University. Isler is currently a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University.


Show time: 7:30
Tickets: FREE
Event website: www.news.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.jedidahislerphd.com

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Save Our Shores World Oceans Day Event - Film Screening Sea of Life
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Save Our Shores World Oceans Day Event - Film Screening Sea of Life

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Join us and celebrate World Oceans Day by attending Save Our Shores screening of the Sea of Life Documentary and panel discussion at the Rio Theatre

The film focuses on our beloved ocean, the perils it faces, and the positive changes each and every one of us can instill. Following the documentary, we will have a discussion with our panel of local ocean experts. Learn, enjoy, and be empowered with us at this fantastic evening benefitting Save Our Shores!


Show time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com

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A Conversation with Our Members of Congress
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Conversation with Our Members of Congress

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Anna Eshoo and Jimmy Panetta with John Laird

On May 31, Santa Cruz Indivisible is launching its California Leadership Series to bring prominent California leaders to Santa Cruz to discuss important issues facing California and the nation.

At our first event—A Conversation with Our Members of Congress—California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird will moderate a discussion with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congressman Jimmy Panetta.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $7
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Event website: www.santacruzindivisible.org

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Chirgilchin
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Chirgilchin

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The Tuvan word Chirgilchin has two translations: "dance of the air in the heat of the day" and "miracle". Established in 1996, Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Their music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people. The monotone sustained notes that branch out into overtone singing with slight shifts in pitch give Tuvan music its characteristic buoyant yet meditative drone quality. The songs are sung in minor pentatonic scale, similar to American blues. Throat-singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, the low sounds in the throat harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones, to create richly layered melodies that evoke Central Asian steppes and nomadic life. Atmospheric and mesmeric, this music is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. The most advanced forms of throat-singing come from Tuva, and the members of Chirgilchin are among the best and most accomplished throat-singers in all of Tuva. Since their first international tour in 1996, the group has toured throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia, collaborating with artists like Stephen Kent and Laurie Anderson.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $37 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.pnmartists.com

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Madeleine Peyroux
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Madeleine Peyroux

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Twenty years after her debut recording, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, and feisty tunes delivered in a captivating mélange of funk, blues and jazz. With her trio that had been touring together for two years – electric guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori – Peyroux set out to record a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence. “Music has been out spiritual life,” she says, “so I think of these as hymns, secular hymns – songs that are very individual, personal, introverted.” Peyroux brings a jazz sensibility into roots music territory in such a moving way that she captures the celebration and praise implied in the songs.

General Admission: $35
Gold Circle Section: $50
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates
Doors at 6:30 PM
Sponsored by Redtree Partners LP


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - Santa Cruz

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Asleep At The Wheel
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep At The Wheel

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The Carolyn Sills Combo opening

Ray Benson founded Asleep At The Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. the Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup on the album includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band.

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The Carolyn Sills Combo
2018 Ameripolitan Award Winner for Western Swing Group
www.carolynsills.com

"Sills and her eclectic combo took to the stage like old pros, as
their professional, fun and charming manner won the crowd over in a
heartbeat. This is by far one of the coolest shows I’ve been to in
quite a while." – Paste Magazine

"The Carolyn Sills Combo is an all-around attention getter with their
flawless brand of Americana meets Folk-Country." - No Depression

General Admission: $35
Gold Circle Section: $50
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates
Doors at 6:30 PM


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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Taimane
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Taimane

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Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is..


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $38 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.taimane.com

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Tales From the Brink
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Tales From the Brink

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Recovering Endangered Species in California

Looking out at the Monterey Bay you are likely to see the floating tops of kelp and the furry face of a sea otter (or a few). Now, as their population size reaches record highs in 100 years, it may be hard to believe that 50 years ago there were only a few dozen individuals. The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” Every endangered species faces a unique set of threats and challenges: hunting, poisoning, habitat loss, and even competing with humans for resources. For each dwindling population, the road to recovery involves the hard work of policy-makers, scientists, conservation groups and individuals working together to better understand, restore, and protect endangered species. 
This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction. Southern Sea Otters, California Condors, and Salmon are each at a different point in their journeys toward recovery, and each face a unique set of challenges and solutions. Through this panel we will discover how their survival is in all of our hands. 

Moderator:
John Laird, CA Secretary for Natural Resources

Panelists:
Charlotte Ambrose, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
(Salmon)

Lilian Carswell, US Fish and Wildlife Service
(Southern Sea Otters)

Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society
(California Condors)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Gen, $30 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.santacruzmuseum.org and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Event website: www.santacruzmuseum.org

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Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
May
13
7:30 PM19:30

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

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Deva Premal & Miten with Manose - SOUL OF MANTRA, LIVE! - Join celebrated chant masters Deva Premal & Miten, accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, with Canadian Joby Baker on bass and Danish percussionist Rishi, for an evening of mantra, song, celebration and meditation. These powerful gatherings offer a joyful path to centering in turbulent times, creating moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence”


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $68.25 Gold Circle
Advance ticketswww.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.devapremalmiten.com

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Dr. Sean Carroll-Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dr. Sean Carroll-Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the US, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

The architect of HHMI’s documentary film initiative, Sean has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen films, including including Mass Extinction, Amazon Adventure, and The Farthest, and earned two Emmy nominations. His latest book, The Serengeti Rules, is the basis for a new theatrical film being released in 2018.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: TBD

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LUNAFEST Film Festival
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

LUNAFEST Film Festival

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Presented by Lanai Financial Solutions & Friends of WomenCARE - LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Benefitting WomenCARE of Santa Cruz County. Offering support to women diagnosed with any type of cancer and to their family and friends.  

Wine & Beer Reception @ Rio Theatre, 6 - 7 pm

Local Sponsors:
Bay Federal Credit Union, Café Cruz, Charlie Hong Kong, Martha Macambridge & Eva Brunner, Dominican Breast Center, Five Branches University, Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting, Good Times & SantaCruz.com, JR Parrish, Kaiser Permanente, Laura Gleason Team, Lesley Harris Law & Mediation, Marianne Benforado - Licensed Acupuncturist, Minorsan Self Defense & Fitness, Shoppers Corner, Stearns Lending, Team Women Santa Cruz, Tom & Mary Anne Jorde, YOSO Wellness Spa, Denise Elizabeth Byron, Bob and Kathy Ferraro, 1440 Multiversity, Scharf Investments, LLC, Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge, discoverHER, Luma Yoga and Bagito, Karla Stevens Mainis

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Show time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20-$35 Gen
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event Website: www.facebook.com/lunafest.santacruz
Event website: www.lunafest.org

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Dessa
May
5
9:00 PM21:00

Dessa

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Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, “Congratulations,” notched over 5 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. She’s been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) was listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums. In March, she embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia.


Show time: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

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GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film

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North American premiere of GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film.

Priding itself on bringing together Downhill Mountain Biking's most talented and charismatic riders outside of the tape, on tracks tailored for madness; Steel City Media and Creative Concept bring you the much anticipated feature film 'GAMBLE'.

Narrated by the infamous Alan Ford, and with a killer soundtrack featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Boney M... 'GAMBLE' is about going all in. Watch the trailer at wwwgamblefilm.com


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: wwwgamblefilm.com

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Robert Cray Band
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Robert Cray Band

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Special Guest Katie Knipp

Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $49
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.robertcray.com

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House of Floyd presents
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

House of Floyd presents

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Echoes of 4/20

House of Floyd the bay area's premier Pink Floyd band will be performing the early psychedelic jams of Pink Floyd as well as the entire "Animals" album and some of the well known hits as well.  This show is accompanied with a state of the art laser show along with some of the original videos from very early Pink Floyd shows!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 1851 Branciforte Dr. Santa Cruz, CA
Artists website: www.houseoffloyd.com

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Los Lonely Boys
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Los Lonely Boys

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Lisa Morales

Lots of musicians compare their careers to roller-coaster rides, but Los Lonely Boys have had so many close-your-eyes-and-hang-on moments in the 14 years since they recorded their self-titled debut, they should buy an amusement park.

The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist and drummer/ vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling.Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas. 

They play a style of music they call "Texican Rock n' Roll," combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $43 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.loslonelyboys.com

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Dixie Dregs
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Dixie Dregs

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The Dixie Dregs evolved from an Augusta, Georgia band called Dixie Grit, formed by Steve Morse and Andy West in 1970. The band featured Morse’s older brother Dave on drums, Frank Brittingham (guitar and vocals) and Johnny Carr (keyboards). Carr was later replaced by Mark Parrish. Shortly after Steve Morse’s enrollment at University of Miami’s School of Music in 1971, Dixie Grit was disbanded. Morse and West continued performing as a duet, calling themselves Dixie Dregs (the “Dregs” of “Dixie Grit”).

In 1973, Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin) and Bart Yarnal (drums) met while students at the University of Miami’s School of Music to play as Rock Ensemble II. West also attended Georgia State University for a year while studying cello and music theory & composition along with Parrish. Parrish remained at GSU during the academic school years only to return to Augusta, Georgia during summer breaks – re-establishing the guitar/bass/keyboards/drums quartet with Morse, West, Parrish, and Gilbert Frayer (drums) performing as opening acts for concerts and headlining local gigs as the Dixie Dregs.

During subsequent academic school years, the remaining members of the Dregs — including Andy West — returned to the University of Miami and Mark Parrish returned to Atlanta, Georgia to complete his degree in music performance and composition at Georgia State University under the study of William Masselos, with additional studies of electronic music at Columbia University in New York City under Alice Shields – a protégé of Wendy Carlos.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $50
Advance tickets: www.sblentertainment.com
VIP Advance tickets: www.soundrink.com
Artists website: www.dixiedregs.com

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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - 7:00 pm show sold out.  2nd show added at 9:30
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - 7:00 pm show sold out. 2nd show added at 9:30

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7:00 pm show is sold out.
Due to popular demand, 2nd show added at 9:30

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, founded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2009, reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown – or, as Bradlee himself puts it, “pop music in a time machine.”


Show time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.postmodernjukebox.com

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Jon Foreman of Switchfoot
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot

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The 25 IN 24 Tour

Film Screening and Concert with Jon Foreman. Jon is one of those boundary pushers, he walks the line in life and in poetry, asks poignant questions and challenges the rituals of our time. He can write for days, with a wit as quick as his pen, he is always coming up with new songs, new ideas and mantras. His heart is for salt water, for others, for his family & for revival.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $21.50 Gen, $31.50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.jonforeman.com

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The 2018 NEXTies Awards
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

The 2018 NEXTies Awards

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The NEXTies Return to the Rio on Friday, March 23th at 6 PM!
Join Us for a Night Celebrating The Area's Best and Brightest Doers!

Pull out the pearls & cufflinks and join us for an evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire us to reach further and higher and inspire the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 9th year, puts the spotlight on talent in industries from the arts and tech to fitness and food. See you on the red carpet!

Hosted by DNA and Danielle Crook
Music guest : Jesse Daniel, Katie Ekin, and more TBA soon
Beer from New Bohemia Brewing Co and cocktails from Venus Spirits.

The Food Lounge's once monthly Night Market will come to feed us. Vendors include: Areperia 831, My Mom's Mole, Rogue Pye by Artisan Hand Food, Jesikah Cooks and the dessert table by the Santa Cruz Food Lounge.

Honorees categories include:
Entrepreneur of the year - Jennalee Dahlen
Musician of the year - Jesse Daniel
Artist of the year - Ann Hazels
Writer of the year - Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project
Give Back person of the year - Just Chip
Foodie of the year - Burn Hot Sauce
New Business of the year - YaDoggie
Athlete of the year - Mike Holt
Under 18 person of the year - Kim Garcia
Non-Profit of the year - Gravity Water
Mentor of the year - Rachel Mitchell
Innovative Business of the Year - Steeped Coffee
Innovator of the year - John Felts
TECHie of the year - Jeremy Almond
Green Business of the year - Upcycled Skate Art
Wildcard - Ryan Foley


Show time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: $25
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Event website: www.eventsantacruz.com

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Hula, New Blue and Beyond
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Hula, New Blue and Beyond

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Te Hau Nui School of Hula

A spectacular fundraiser celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahitian Dance with special guests Faith Ako, Ron Kual'au, Ho'omana Hawaiian Band, Patti Maxine and Taj Mahal !


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.tehaunuidance.com

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