Mac Powell and the Family Reunion
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Mac Powell and the Family Reunion

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Christmas Party Tour

For the past several years, Mac Powell has hosted a Christmas party at his home in Georgia to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends. This year, he is bringing the party to you with his new band, MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION. Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, as well as get a first listen to brand new music from MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION. Plus, VIP Christmas Party ticket buyers will have the opportunity to participate in an actual Christmas Party and fellowship with Mac and the band following the show. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today before they sell out!

Pre-sale is 10/5 at 10AM - 10/7 at 10PM, public on sale is 10/8 at 10AM PST.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets : www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.transparentproductions.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com

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30th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

30th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

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with William Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Alex de Grassi

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer Alex de Grassi and supporting musician, guitarist Todd Boston come together to lead joyous holiday concerts.

Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $52.50/Advance $60/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service fee not included)


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $52.50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show

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Featuring The ABBA Show

Abba-Solutely Christmas Show! All of your favorite ABBA hits with the perfect mix of Christmas music sprinkled in to celebrate the holidays. America’s most popular ABBA tribute show will light up your holidays. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and Thank you for the Music, the hit list goes on and on and on...


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $60
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.theabbashow.com

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Hope Church Christmas
Dec
23
11:00 AM11:00

Hope Church Christmas

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Hope Church is a local church with chill style, real faith and no perfect people allowed. We have 2 locations (Soquel & Scotts Valley). We're bringing everyone together for a special Christmas event on December 23rd. Join us at 11am or 5pm. Kid friendly. All are welcome!


Show times: 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.discoverhope.church

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Steven Kent presents CASH & KING
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Steven Kent presents CASH & KING

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Johnny CASH and ELVIS Presley Songbook of the Legends

Steven Kent returns to the RIO Theatre.

"Steven Kent delivers a mesmerizing performance in his Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley Songbook of the Legends." - The Register-Guard

"Just back from seeing Steven Kent presents CASH & KING. There are not enough superlatives to describe this phenomenal show. Steven is absolutely the best and what a fantastic and incredible band! Great music, fantastic storytelling. Even if you don't think you're a Johnny Cash or an Elvis fan; if you're a music fan, I can't recommend this show enough. Thanks for great show Steven Kent!" - Shawn Carter

"If you're a Johnny Cash or Elvis fan you MUST see this concert If you're not a Cash or Elvis fan you MUST see this concert. A real treat for all music lovers." - Ryan Collins

Whether you like Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley, or just love music, you must see what these incredible musicians do on stage. Steven Kent is without a doubt one of the finest entertainers in this country and his band is one of the best you will see live.

Steven, along with his band are accomplished performers, providing audiences with their rendition of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley songs like you never have heard them before. Steven Kent mesmerizes the audience with interesting stories and dialogue of meeting both these two legends. Whether you are a Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley fan or just love music, you must see what these incredible musicians do on stage. Steven is without a doubt one of the finest entertainers in this country and his band is one of the best you will see live. This is not an impersonator or your typical tribute show; It's a celebration of music for the two most iconic legends in popular music history, highlighting the talents and lives of both, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley from the heart with passion.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $50 Gold Circle.  $50 Gen, $60 Gold Circle day of show
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Artists website: www.stevenkentmusic.com

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White Album Ensemble
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

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"Gets Back to the White Album"

In 2003, the White Album Ensemble was created, to perform the Beatles “White Album” in its complete order, at the Rio Theatre. The concerts sold out - unadvertised, it was epic, featured video, dancers, a big band, it was great fun, and a great spectacle! The group continued, and added concerts annually of all the other LPs the Beatles did “not” tour or perform. We added Rubber Soul- to Abbey Road, 7 albums cherished by the world. 15 years later, we have gotten a lot tighter, an have a crack pro band firing on all cylinders, and we’ve decided, its the 50th Birthday of our name- and original purpose. Members have come and gone, moved, retired, but a core of longtime friends and bandmates have remained, and added new members who are overqualified, and loving it! We are looking at these records/ concerts like, "What If- The Beatles played it live, what would they do?" So we have been focusing on making a live Rock Concert with the excellent songs. Weeding out a few "non songs" allows us room to perform "Get Back", which a the intended title of what came to be “Let It Be” (the 2nd to last record, though a sad movie, the Songs are top Notch, and form a late Beatles smorgasbord of great songs!)


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com and Streetlight Records, Santa Cruz
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitealbumensemble

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White Album Ensemble
Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

White Album Ensemble

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"Players Choice" w/ special guests The Beggar Kings

The White Album Ensemble has performed Beatles music that the Beatles never performed, for 15 years of sold out performances, since 2003. They have reproduced "live" the albums Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. They have performed these sets, or in different combinations, like "Symphonic concerts" with Orchestras with 80 pieces, to "Unplugged" acoustic shows, to using String Quartets and Horn Sections with Rock band. This year, the complexity of all the choirs and orchestral instruments is given a break, as the groups "get back" to their basic rock band configuration, with all involved intent on Rocking It! The Beggar Kings are a similar production, from the same production team,  only this group performs the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones records, the 1968-1972 era of lead guitarist Mick Taylor,  Billy Preston and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. "The Stones" are, of course still touring, but not with that exact formula, however these songs are the ones they seem to keep getting back to, as they are so ingrained in our lives, from British invasion, to Psychedelia, to "The worlds greatest Rock and Roll Band" ( Which are fighting words to many Beatles fanatics). Tom Ayres couldnt make his gig, so The BKs will have former Steely Dan, and Boz Scaggs lead guitarist Drew Zingg fill in for him. As both WAE, and BKs have already covered the target albums in their original order, many fans ask that we do something we want to do ( like a “chef's choice” at a favorite restaurant), and the WAE's "Player's choice" show was one of the most well attended in recent years, a the musician's favorites are doubly "inspired". A bit of a tongue in cheek “The Beatles! with special guests The Rolling Stones” concert that never happened, but we intend to make it happen!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com and Streetlight Records, Santa Cruz
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitealbumensemble

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Janeane Garofalo
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

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Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the world. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, "The Majority Report." A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $42 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records

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Paul Thorn Band
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Thorn Band

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Paul Thorn is a Southern rock, country, Americana, and blues singer-songwriter, whose style is a mix of blues, country, and rock. Before his professional music career began he was a professional boxer. Boxing career highlights include a nationally televised bout with former world champion Roberto Durán,[1] After a few years of working in a Tupelo furniture factory and playing in local clubs he was discovered by music professional Miles Copeland (brother of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland).


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-429-76763
Artists website: www.paulthorn.com

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Women's Adventure Film Tour
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Women's Adventure Film Tour

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Presented by Patagonia

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The Women's Adventure Film Tour features some of the world's most inspiring women doing extraordinary things, and empowering others to perform to their highest potential. These films are a celebration of the fantastic women around us, and are hand-selected to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Join us for a night of short films with a focus on adventure and the outdoors. Subjects vary from extreme skiing and snowboarding to surfing and rock climbing.

For every ticket sold at Women’s Adventure Film Tour, a portion goes to help Changing Tides Foundation whose mission includes educating others on how to adventure and live in a conscious way, protecting our oceans and earth, and empowering women through the outdoors.  

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

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Jake Shimabukuro
Jan
28
8:00 PM20:00

Jake Shimabukuro

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Almost everyone in Hawaii has strummed a ukulele at one time or another. But at the age of 14, Jake Shimabukuro realized that he was doing something a little different with the four-stringed instrument – OK, a lot different. Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire. In 2005, Shimabukuro’s touring career really came to life with a video on YouTube. “I didn’t even know what YouTube was at the time, so I was totally surprised when people started telling me they’d seen a video of me playing ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’” he says. “Before I got a chance to check it out myself, the video had gone viral and a lot of music industry folks seemed to know about it. It was crazy!” Shimabukuro’s deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s love ballad, one which captured colors and moods never associated with the ukulele before, opened the floodgates – now legions of new music lovers had to hear this instrumental marvel – and the 2006 release of Gently Weeps (produced by Mac McAnally), which mixed his own originals with equally adventurous versions of “Ave Maria” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was an unqualified success. Shimabukuro’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at music festivals including Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawaii and his trusty ukulele.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.jakeshimabukuro.com

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Land of the Jaguars
Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Land of the Jaguars

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Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

The greatest cat in the Americas—the jaguar—is a symbol for strength, power, and wilderness. Jaguars thrive in the fabled Pantanal of Brazil, but in the Ibera wetlands of Argentina, they’ve been gone for nearly a century. Now one of the most ambitious wildlife projects in the world is working to bring them back—along with a “Noah’s Ark” of South American wildlife that was lost in a tragic era of exploitation and overhunting. Far-sighted conservationists Doug and Kris Tompkins have a vision of restoring this landscape to its primeval grandeur, and miraculously, it’s working. Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner Chris Eckstrom in celebration of two wilderness areas in South America—Brazil’s Pantanal and Argentina’s Ibera. Frans and Chris recently returned from a month of travel in this unique part of the world with fresh impressions. They will regale us with their images, stories, and videos about the natural and human history of these spectacular wetlands which are home to the “giants” of South America: the giant anteater, giant otter, rhino-like tapirs, colorful macaws—the largest parrots in the world, endearing capybaras—Earth’s largest rodent, and of course, the jaguar—largest cat in the Americas. Frans and Chris will share personal observations and highlight conservation successes here that inspire hope. Proceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UCSC’s Long Marine Lab.


Show time: 3:00 PM
Tickest: $25 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Event website: www.seymourcenter.ucsc.edu
Artists website: www.lanting.com

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Laura Love w/Terry Hunt
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Laura Love w/Terry Hunt

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Henhouse W/Sherry Austin

Laura Love is an award winning "folk-funk" singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring throughout the world since the early 1990s. Laura has released 11 CDs on major and minor labels, she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America and Australia, she has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and is a published author.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-429-7663
Artists website: www.Lauralovemusic.com
Artists website: www.sherry-austin.com

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Oliver Tree
Feb
15
9:00 PM21:00

Oliver Tree

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"Ugly is Beautiful Tour"

Los Angeles-based genre-defying singer/songwriter/producer + viral sensation, Oliver Tree, has made waves with his unique high-energy sound and eccentric persona. Tree's critically acclaimed debut EP Alien Boy, impressive debut at #5 on iTunes. The EP’s lead singles, “Alien Boy” x “All That” are accompanied by a hilarious companion video where Oliver can be seen cruising around on everything from a Razor scooter to a monster truck. Watch the video here. Last year, Tree joined close friend and collaborator, Whethan, on select dates of The Chainsmokers’ “Memories” Tour and also teamed up with Louis The Child on select dates of their 2017 tour, including a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ famed Hollywood Palladium. This tour was just the next on the ever-growing list of live shows for Oliver Tree since making his festival debut this past summer with solo sets at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. Always creating new and exciting comedic content, Oliver Tree teamed up with meme sensation Fuck Jerry to create original content for the brand’s hugely popular Instagram page earlier last year. Having made a striking debut with a visionary, Thom Yorke-approved cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” Tree soon shook up the music scene with featured collaborations including Whethan vs. Oliver Tree’s “When I’m Down” and Getter’s “Forget It (Feat. Oliver Tree).” Tree lit up last year’s Coachella with his distinctive look – featured in LA Weekly’s “The Best (And Weirdest) Fashion At Coachella 2017” – and memorable live appearance alongside frequent collaborator Whethan. In addition, Tree recently made his network television debut by joining Getter for a live rendition of “Forget It” on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. 


Show time: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com and Catalyst Box Office
Artists website: www.olivertreemusic.com

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Paula Poundstone
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Paula Poundstone

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Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and legendary spontaneous wit. She tours regularly performing over 85 shows a year. Writes Nick Zaino with The Boston Globe, “You know that she is a great comic, the way you know any fine performer when you see one—there’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.”


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.paulapoundstone.com

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Presenting Sponsors: Banff & Lake Louise, Rab

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, February 21 – 24 at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). 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 2018/2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 43rd 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. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com beginning December 15 or in person at the Bicycle Trip (cash or check only) Film lists will be available 3-4 weeks in advance. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Cole Strickland – LPL Financial, Driscoll’s, Dr. Ryan Brandt, Five Branches University, Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18 - $22 plus fees
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Presenting Sponsors: Banff & Lake Louise, Rab

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, February 21 – 24 at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). 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 2018/2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 43rd 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. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com beginning December 15 or in person at the Bicycle Trip (cash or check only) Film lists will be available 3-4 weeks in advance. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Cole Strickland – LPL Financial, Driscoll’s, Dr. Ryan Brandt, Five Branches University, Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18 - $22 plus fees
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Presenting Sponsors: Banff & Lake Louise, Rab

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, February 21 – 24 at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). 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 2018/2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 43rd 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. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com beginning December 15 or in person at the Bicycle Trip (cash or check only) Film lists will be available 3-4 weeks in advance. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Cole Strickland – LPL Financial, Driscoll’s, Dr. Ryan Brandt, Five Branches University, Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18 - $22 plus fees
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Presenting Sponsors: Banff & Lake Louise, Rab

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, February 21 – 24 at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). 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 2018/2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 43rd 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. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com beginning December 15 or in person at the Bicycle Trip (cash or check only) Film lists will be available 3-4 weeks in advance. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Cole Strickland – LPL Financial, Driscoll’s, Dr. Ryan Brandt, Five Branches University, Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18 - $22 plus fees
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farmer living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, in the province of KwaZulu Natal, half way between Johannesburg and Durban. Shabalala used his hometown’s name to honor his family’s history and also added to his group’s name the word ‘black’ in reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals. ‘Mambazo’ is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s vocal ability to clear the path to success. In 2017 the group released two Grammy-nominated albums. Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around The World was nominated for Best Children’s Album. The second album of 2017, Shaka Zulu Revisited, won Best World Music Album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of peace, love and harmony as they travel the world with their music. Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $57.75/Advance $65/Door (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)


Show time: 7:30
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $57.75 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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Greg Brown
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

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Greg Brown's mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown's first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $45 Gold circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.gregbrown.org

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Zakir Hussain: Masters of Percussion
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Zakir Hussain: Masters of Percussion

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Zakir Hussain is appreciated as one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in India and he is one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he has elevated the status of his instrument both in India and around the world. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Hussain’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, and recordings/performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, and the Kodo drummers. Hussain presents his Masters of Percussion project on this concert date. Regular General Admission: $42/Advance $50/Door Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $63/Advance $70/Door (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included) Sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour

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You know what they say: Familiarity breeds creativity. Just witness the aptly named Hot Streak, the supercharged follow-up to the self-titled rabidly rocking 2013 debut of the three-piece musical dynamo known as The Winery Dogs. Hot Streak shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the sturm und headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, Hot Streak barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory. “We elevated the band to the next level,” says vocalist/guitarist Richie Kotzen. “I wasn’t nervous about it at all. There’s always that worry with a follow-up record when you have a first one that’s so well received, but I believed in it from Day 1. I knew in my heart if we made a record that wasn’t as good as the first one that we wouldn’t release it, but I know I did my best on every song. I also like the fact that there’s a commonality between the first and second records — and there’s also an evolution too, as we’ve dug a little deeper.” Adds drummer Mike Portnoy, “The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower them. That’s the icing on the cake — but the cake itself is always the song and the vocals. Every song on this album is memorable and catchy, and you’ll wake up whistling them all the next day.” For a drummer accustomed to having superstar status in the progressive music realm, Portnoy feels he’s done some of his best work with The Winery Dogs. “It’s been refreshing to play music that’s so easily digestible all across the board by any listener, whether they be a metal fan, a prog fan, or a classic rock fan,” he admits. “I think The Winery Dogs have something to offer for everybody.” 


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $45
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Fleck and Washburn would begin making music together as a duo. On stage, they will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Fleck and Washburn meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time.

Regular General Admission: $42/Advance $50/Door
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $63/Advance $70/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)


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

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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – Navidad Mexicana
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – Navidad Mexicana

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Perhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first all female mariachi in the United State – is that there are now other all-female mariachi groups. It is the growing proof that when mariachi maestro Jose Hernandez founded Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre. Reyna, which was formed in 1994, has taken the history of women in mariachi from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The accolades have not stopped since their forming. In a musical landscape where many mariachi songs are often written by men, about male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history. That history had the best of beginnings with the mentorship of Lola Beltran, “La Reina de la Musica Ranchera” and their success has propelled Reyna de Los Angeles to record multiple successful albums. On this date, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will be performing Navidad Mexicana, featuring a holiday-themed setlist.

Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $52.50/Advance $60/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service fee not included)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $52.50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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Tom Ralston and the All Star Band
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tom Ralston and the All Star Band

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This year’s Tom Ralston’s All Star Band includes 15-incredible musicians with a horn section, a string section, a rhythm section and vocal section. 

This year’s production will include new songs and new takes on our  original songs that we have collaborated on featuring:

Lisa Taylor: Vocalist
Jen Karno: Vocalist
Jimmy Norris: Drums
Ken Harrill: Guitar
Gary Kehoe: Percussions
Daniel Vee Lewis: Bass
Jennifer Cass: Harpist
Kristin Garbeff: Cellist
Shannon Delaney D'Antonio: Violin
Gary Regina: Tenor, Alto, Percussion
Brian Moore: Trombone
Nick Bianchini: Trumpet
Paul Tarantino: Baritone Sax, Alto Flute
Mateo Lettunich: Harmonica

Together we will have a fantastic time at this celebration!


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Artists website: www.tomralstonmusic.com

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Brian Regan
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Brian Regan

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Critics, fans, and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian “the funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian’s non-stop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America, visiting close to 100 cities each year.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $47.50 Gen, $63 Gold circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.brianregan.com

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Warren Miller's "Face of Winter"
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Warren Miller's "Face of Winter"

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Presented by Volkswagen

Loving the pure joys of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller—who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter, the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Catch "Face of Winter" at the Rio Theatre on November 20th.


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

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Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey

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Celebrating 15 years of All About Theatre

A Celebration 15 Years in the Making This spectacular family-friendly production is an unprecedented opportunity to see All About Theatre stars — students, teachers and professional alumni — share the stage for one night only, as you experience the journey of transformation in all of us, through the languages of music, dance, and theater. Gala and Performance - 5:30pm Reserved seating and early theater access, special pre-performance entertainment, amazing silent auction, scrumptious food from the Teen Kitchen Project, Tramonti, and more. Wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages included. $85 Adults, $45 kids Performance Only - 7:30pm General Seating, bid on amazing silent auction items and concessions for purchase before the show and at intermission.  $40 adults, $25 kids/students/seniors


Show time: 5:30 PM
Tickets: $25-$40 Event, $45-$85 Gala and Event
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Mountainfilm on Tour - Santa Cruz
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mountainfilm on Tour - Santa Cruz

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Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour visits Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 11 with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects. 

Established in 1979 and celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action. The festival has attracted leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.” 



A LETTER TO CONGRESS
Directed by: Christopher Newman

Christopher Newman’s short, lyrical visual poem was inspired by and is an homage to Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress,” in which the writer advocated for the preservation of the wilderness that then remained. “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,” Stegner wrote. In hindsight, the 1960s were hopeful; today, the exhortation is more urgent than ever.

 

ESCAPE
Directed by: Anjali Nayar

There is something gloriously incongruous — and almost incomprehensible — about a risk-averse, non-athletic, native Rwandan DJ finding the real meaning in his life by pedaling across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean shore in an attempt to break the record for the longest, continuous, fixed- gear bike ride. Through the course of this unlikely adventure, the protagonist, Jean-Aime Bigirimana, also finds that the truth about escaping is not as black and white as, say, his spandex silhouette against the cold Canadian snowscape.

 

PERMAFROST NOW
Directed by: Stash Wislocki

The hard work of science — its investigative, analytical, proof-driven mission — is inspiring. Couple it with the passion and humanitarianism of youth, and even a reality as dark as climate change takes on a light of hope.

LIFE COACH
Directed by: Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees

Climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk makes the pilgrimage to the toothy and harsh landscape of Alaska’s Ruth Glacier every year. This time around, he and fellow climber Alex Honnold have their sights set on a beautiful route up Mount Dickey. But the weather is horrendous. So instead, they end up sitting in tents talking about their feelings. What unfolds is not your typical climbing film, but rather a touching examination into life’s big questions.

BROTHERS OF CLIMBING
Directed by: Duncan Sullivan

Go to a typical climbing gym and you’re not likely to see many people of color. But Brothers of Climbing co-founder Mikhail Martin says if young black people never see someone who looks like them, they will think a rock wall is no place for them. His organization aims to change that. With a mission of boosting minorities’ involvement in outdoor activities, the group’s positive energy is increasing diversity and challenging stereotypes in the climbing world.

A NEW VIEW OF THE MOON
Directed by: Wylie Overstreet

Wylie Overstreet was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. Pretty soon people began wandering up and asking him what he was up to. When he showed them, they nearly fell over in awe. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Because as Galileo said, back in 1610, “it’s a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.”

 

DROP EVERYTHING: MICHELLE PARKER SEGMENT
Directed by: Scott Gaffney

Fast, fearless, steep and deep. That about sums up Michelle Parker as she carves graceful lines into the spines of Alaska.

THE WOLF PACK
Directed by: Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras

High in the San Juan Mountains above Silverton, Colorado, a pack of runners roams, jogging through meadows, hiking over mineral-stained peaks, ducking through forests and exploring the rugged landscape of their backyard. It’s the Braford-Lefebvre family — mom, dad and three kids — who have used running both as a healing mechanism and a tool to help them experience life together. The Wolf Pack chronicles a family raised the right way — on fresh air, high peaks and the wonder of the outdoors.

MY MOM VALA
Directed by: RC Cone

Rivers run through Vala Árnadóttir’s blood; she was raised by fishing guides. She lives in the city of Reykjavík, Iceland, with her 10-year-old daughter Mathilda, and teaches Mathilda the art of casting, the tricks of fish, the peace of standing on the banks watching the water flow by. But when Vala travels to Greenland for guiding work, immersing herself in a landscape that’s as beautiful and fertile as it is barren and unforgiving, Mathilda doesn’t come along. Not yet. This short film paints the fantastical and mysterious country of Greenland through Mathilda’s fantasies and Vala’s eyes.

FREE LIKE THE BIRDS
Directed by: Paola Mendoza

Precocious Sophie Cruz convinced her martial arts teacher to let her attend classes when she was just 3 years old. She is a luchadora, a fighter. So when her parents, who are undocumented immigrants, told her they don’t have papers and could be deported back to Mexico, Sophie vowed to keep her family together. On a trip to Washington, D.C., Sophie, then just 6, cleared a security barrier to deliver her message to Pope Francis. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which would grant protected status to Sophie’s family and thousands of others and let them live free like the birds.


RJ RIPPER
Directed by: Joey Schusler, Aidan Haley

Rajesh Magar has been obsessed with bikes since he was a small child growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal. When the other kids were studying, he’d be dreaming about, designing and drawing bikes. As the son of a construction worker and housemaid, however, a bike wasn’t easy to come by. Undeterred, he built one, a clunky Frankenstein, but a mountain bike nonetheless. He started racing, and his drive and raw talent got noticed, leading to a job as a mountain bike guide and a path to professional racing. Today, Nepal’s National Champion is living proof that it pays to stick to your passion, no matter how implausible it seems.


CORBET’S COULOIR SEGMENT of ROGUE ELEMENTS
Directed by: Todd Jones, Steve Jones

A right of passage for any Jackson Hole skier, Corbet’s Couloir is conquered here not on two planks, but two wheels.


Local Sponsors: Dream Inn and Aquarius Restaurant, CaboVillas.com, Sandbar Solar, Erik's Deli Cafe, Kind Peoples, Pacific Coffee Roasting Company, Osprey Packs, Good Times and SantaCruz.com, Adventure Sports Journal and Well Within Spa


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.mountainfilm.org
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MountainfilmonTourSantaCruz

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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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REEL ROCK 13
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

REEL ROCK 13

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REEL ROCK 13 delivers jaw­-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films:

"The Valley of the Moon"
Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, is a vast landscape of sandstone walls in the desert of Jordan. Hoping to lure international climbers, two Israelis team up with a local Bedouin guide to establish an 1,800­foot route, eventually recruiting American climber Madaleine Sorkin to help achieve their dream. The Valley of the Moon explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendships and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth.

"Queen Maud Land"
A dream team of six elite climbers mount an expedition to one of the world's last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600­-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make a harrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field, including one pitch that Honnold calls "the scariest I have ever led."

"Age of Ondra"
Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Adam Ondra, the 25­year­old Czech crusher, is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. Late last year, he established a benchmark for the sport; a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed Silence (as in, drop the mic). On the heels of this ascent, we follow Adam from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. Age of Ondra is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.

"Up to Speed" 
When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is... speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little­-known and seldom practiced sub­discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing's future. Barr's journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15­meter wall in less than six seconds.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.reelrocktour.com

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Todd Rundgren
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Todd Rundgren

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As a singer, songwriter, guitarist, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, and conceptualist, Todd Rundgren continues to make a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

His “Unpredictable” show will feature a variety of music from his deep catalog – maybe songs from his days as frontman of the quintessential cult-rockers Nazz – perhaps his pop hits such as "I Saw The Light" and "Hello It’s Me" – or his pioneering work with prog-rockers Utopia.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $39 Gen, $57 Gold Circle
Advance tickets:  www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Event websitewww.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.todd-rundgren.com

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Maestro - A Musical Celebration in Honor of Lile O. Cruse
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Maestro - A Musical Celebration in Honor of Lile O. Cruse

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The profound legacy that Lile O. Cruse has left on Santa Cruz County and it's performing artists and musicians can be seen everywhere - from the jazz program at Cabrillo College to the musical theatre company he founded, Cabrillo Stage.

Join us as we honor his memory with a celebratory 90-minute show hosted by Broadway veteran Janie Scott, and featuring guest performers and musicians from around the country and locally. Performance will be followed by a reception in the theatre. This event is FREE. Seating is first come, first served.


Event time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: FREE EVENT

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Henry Rollins Traveling Slideshow
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Henry Rollins Traveling Slideshow

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For many years Henry Rollins has taken photographs on his travels. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he shows many of his favorites from Baghdad to Pyongyang.

Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs. “For many years, I have documented my travels all over the world with a camera. Never easy but always worth it. The photos have stories behind them. I have selected several images, to show and talk about.”

As a keen observer, Henry will be bringing stories from journeys all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.sblentertainment.com

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG BAND
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

JESSE COLIN YOUNG BAND

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With songs like Darkness, Darkness, Lightshine, Sunlight, Sugarbabe, Songbird and The Youngblood's version of Get Together, Jesse Colin Young has influenced and shaped the character of American music for over 50 years. Discovered in 1961, Jesse Colin Young had a serious solo career, showcasing his vocals and guitar work, with 2 records, Soul of a City Boy ( Capitol) and Youngblood ( Mercury), before he formed his folk rock band The Youngbloods in 1965. The Youngbloods made 5 records on RCA (Sony BMG ) and 5 records on Warner Brothers before Jesse went on to make 16 more records (Warner Brothers, Electra, Polygram ) in his expansive solo career. Jesse has always responded to the world around him with a clear voice and focus that touches on our humanity. His style is now considered Americana, but in fact it's his unique fusion of folk, rock, jazz and blues with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $48 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records

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SIMRIT Live In Concert
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

SIMRIT Live In Concert

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Hypnotic, Haunting, and Brimming With Mystery and Groove..... Her sound is hailed worldwide as haunting, hypnotic, healing and majestic, and it has topped World Music Charts including multiple charting on iTunes at #1 and Billboard top 10, many times over. She is a renaissance woman who is known for her revolutionary innovation in world music and her undeniable ability to transmit a potent level of humanity, healing, and pure love through her sound. It won't take very long after the music begins for you to realize that this isn't your average concert. From the transporting sounds, the hypnotic groove, world-class musicians, and Simrit's mesmerizing VOICE...Get ready for lift off! Simrit has garnered fans all over the world including pop and rock stars such as Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Belinda Carlisle from The Go-Go's, B.B McGill, the former lead guitarist for Beyonce, and more. “Some artists can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to theater audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have that presence that both highly engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls. Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists.” ROCK PAPER SCISSORS “First of all, I’m such a fan of Simrit. The first time I saw her live I thought – wow she’s kind of punk rock. I don’t know why I thought that, but that’s the element that drew me to exploring her music. Her sense of melody, her energy, and her musicality set her apart from the rest. Simrit, to me, is the voice of this new day and age.” BELINDA CARLISLE “Simrit offers something creative, new and fresh to music while maintaining the integrity of it’s traditional roots. Her alluring vocals weave a vast web of powerful sounds through her music which ranges from etheric to deep and earthy. Her music is mind altering. Simply put…on all levels, she just ROCKS!!!!” BIBI MCGILL (lead guitarist for Beyonce)


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.tickets.brightstarevents.com
Artists website: www.brightstarevents.net

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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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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: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.comedypet.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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Basia
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Basia

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Polish vocalist, Basia, launched her solo career in 1987 after many successful years with the pop band Matt Bianco. Supported by the singles "New Day for You" and "Time and Tide," her debut solo album became a platinum-selling hit in Europe and America. Her jazz-pop versatility continued to excel on future albums and she earned more hits with "Cruising for Bruising", “Promises”, and “Drunk On Love”. Basia fuses stick-in-your-head-for-days melodies with complex arrangements that don’t overshadow the heartfelt lyrics or stunning instrumentation. Her fifth solo album, "It's That Girl Again", was released last year.


Show time: 8:00
Tickets: $45
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.basiasongs.com

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JARVIS COCKER - SHOW MOVED TO MOE'S ALLEY
Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

JARVIS COCKER - SHOW MOVED TO MOE'S ALLEY

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The Jarvis Cocker show scheduled for Monday, October 8 at the Rio Theater Santa Cruz has been moved  to Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.

Tickets for the original site will be honored. Thank you.

Misfits have often been part of rock & roll, but of the many outsiders, few have been as clear-eyed, passionate, and savagely witty as Jarvis Cocker, a bookish, sex-obsessed English eccentric who became not just a star but a pop archetype as the leader of Pulp in the '90s. It's been impossible to separate Jarvis Cocker's story from Pulp's -- he was not only the founder, he was the creative force and the only constant member during the group's long history. Winding down Pulp not long after the group's 2002 We Love Life, was not so much the breakup of a band as it was the closing of a chapter of Cocker's life -- he moved from the U.K. to settle in Paris with his new wife and child. After a few quiet years he began recording again, first as a member of the barbed electro-pop duo Relaxed Muscle and then as a solo artist, releasing his debut solo album, Jarvis, at the end of 2006.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $26
Advance tickets: www.ticketweb.com
Artists website: www.facebook.com

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Oct
6
6:30 PM18:30

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

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Fifth Annual

Join us on a journey around the world for the biggest drops, the longest waves, the hairiest wipeouts and the most inspiring surf adventures! 

The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival returns for its big fifth anniversary edition, running October 5th and 6th at the Rio Theatre. Four entirely different programs of the best new international surf films over two nights - story-driven movies for people who love to ride waves or just watch them. 

Goodie bags and giveaways at each screening, plus the chance to win great raffle prizes as part of your ticket price - including Yeti coolers and gear, O’Neill wetsuits, Kala Ukuleles, a custom Bona Fide wetsuit, SurfEars earplugs, Active Skin Repair for athletes, Pleasure Pizza gift certificates and more! Get your tickets starting August 15th at www.scsff.com/tickets! A portion of all sales benefits Surfrider Foundation.


Show time: 6:30
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com
Event website: www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

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Fifth Annual

Join us on a journey around the world for the biggest drops, the longest waves, the hairiest wipeouts and the most inspiring surf adventures! 

The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival returns for its big fifth anniversary edition, running October 5th and 6th at the Rio Theatre. Four entirely different programs of the best new international surf films over two nights - story-driven movies for people who love to ride waves or just watch them. 

Goodie bags and giveaways at each screening, plus the chance to win great raffle prizes as part of your ticket price - including Yeti coolers and gear, O’Neill wetsuits, Kala Ukuleles, a custom Bona Fide wetsuit, SurfEars earplugs, Active Skin Repair for athletes, Pleasure Pizza gift certificates and more! Get your tickets starting August 15th at www.scsff.com/tickets! A portion of all sales benefits Surfrider Foundation.


Show time: 6:30
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com
Event website: www.santacruzsurffilmfest.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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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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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.


1st half (69)

SURF THE LINE   
(2016, France, 3 minutes) Classification: General  
For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.  

KILIAN   
(2016, Canada, 14 minutes) Classification: General
Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.  

TOUR OF ARA  (TOUR  EDIT 
(2016, South Africa, 22 minutes)  Classification: PG – Coarse Language
There are few more challenging cycle races on the planet than the Tour of Ara in South Africa. The 800 kilometre quest takes place annually over six days, primarily driven on gravel roads while riding vintage steel bikes.   

WINTER ON THE  BLADE  (TOUR  EDIT  
(2017, Australia, 30 minutes) Classification: Coarse language and Nudity
It’s not the tallest mountain in the world, it’s not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania’s Federation Peak these days then get to the summit of Mt Everest. And Mark Savage and his intrepid team of climbers hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.  

2nd half (60)

IMAGINATION : TOM  WALLISCH
(2017, Canada, 5 minutes) Classification: General  
Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?  

PEDAL
(2017, USA, 8 minutes) Classification: General  
Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, full self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.  

2.5 MILLION
(2017, USA, 22 minutes) Classification: General
American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered, vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.  

 STUMPED  
(2017, USA, Reel Rock 12, 25 minutes) Classification: 14A - Coarse language & Violence Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber...she just wants to be a plain good climber. 


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

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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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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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