Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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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 the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 – 25 (Four nights, two 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 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings 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. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
Feb
26
7:30 PM19:30

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Fischer’s reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and — always – invitations to return, soon. Their music is an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, and African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences. In performance, they re-invent songs by Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, and The Rolling Stones as well as Fischer’s originals. After decades bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails, Fischer is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today.


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

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David Rawlings
Feb
27
8:00 PM20:00

David Rawlings

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Acclaimed songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings released his freshly pressed third album, Poor David's Almanack, on August 11th via Acony Records. For Poor David's Almanack, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a wry mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in ageless American vernacular. The album of ten new songs was crafted by studio wizards Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at legendary Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to produce an album for all seasons. The touring iteration of Rawlings' band, the all-star Dave Rawlings Machine, will embark on the first leg of a national tour this August to support Poor David's Almanack, as well as perform favorites from the first two Dave Rawlings Machine records, A Friend of A Friend and Nashville Obsolete.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $39.50
Advance tickets: www.bit.ly/2wlUbBe
Artists website: www.davidrawlingsmusic.com

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Journey Unathorized! A Tribute to Journey
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Journey Unathorized! A Tribute to Journey

Rio Theatre's Classic Rock Series continues as we present the ultimate rock tribute to Journey in this live musical performance starring "JOURNEY: UNAUTHORIZED" The West Coast's most celebrated Journey Tribute act.
 
'Journey Unauthorized' has earned fantastic reviews worldwide and their high energy stage show is a must-see event spanning a decade of memorable Journey superhits!  
 
This is a live recreation of an actual Steve-Perry era Journey concert with each band member portraying one of the original members of Journey, including the amazing Steve Perry. Hits to be performed will include 'Wheel In The Sky,' 'Lights,' 'Don't Stop Believin,' 'Any Way You Want It' and many more 'Live In Concert' favorites!
 
This show is a must-see for all classic rock fans who appreciate great music from a bygone era.
 
"Journey Unauthorized is an awesome stage show and is required attendance for any Journey fan" - Oakland Tribune


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

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Squirrel Nut Zippers
Mar
5
8:00 PM20:00

Squirrel Nut Zippers

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It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot.  Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.

A newly re-mastered version of the album along with a bonus track: “The Puffer” returned to stores in July on Hollywood Records. Long out of print on vinyl, Hot has now made its glorious return to wax on 180-gram vinyl.

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Hot, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (Drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including several leading musicians from New Orleans to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city. 

Since July, the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been on tour for the first time in almost seven years. The band has performed at many major festivals this year including: Montreal International Jazz Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, LEAF Festival and the Exit Zero Jazz Fest. On top of that, they have had sold out shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Little Rock, Minneapolis and more. Fans are clearly excited the band are touring again.

“We are humbled and incredibly excited by the initial Zippers shows since the re-launch,” band leader Jimbo Mathus commented.  “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival! The band includes cutting edge talent from New Orleans and the songs have been brought to life in an exciting new way. But most things remain unchanged… An amazing experience for young and old.”

Plans are underway for the band to record a brand new album, which would be their first new studio album in seventeen years.


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

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2018 Climate Science and Policy Lecture
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

2018 Climate Science and Policy Lecture

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Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World

The fifth annual Climate Science and Policy Conference, "Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World” takes place on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Rio Theatre. Speakers Newton Harrison (UC Santa Cruz) and Scott Wing (Smithsonian Institution) will discuss how humans and wild ecosystems can survive, and even thrive, on a hot planet. The talks will be introduced by Social Sciences Dean Katharyne Mitchell and moderated by Paul Koch, Dean of the Physical and Biological Sciences. Arts Dean Susan Solt will provide concluding remarks.  

Newton Harrison has been exhibiting art widely since the 1960’s. He and his wife, Helen, comprise The Harrison Studio. Their visionary projects have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored environmental issues. The Harrisons are Arts Dean’s Visiting Eminent Professors at UC Santa Cruz, and lead the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure.

Scott Wing is a biologist who explores evolution, ecology, and climate change at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where he is Curator of Fossil Plants. His research is focused on the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic - a period of globally warm climate when flowering plants were emerging as the dominant form of terrestrial life - and is based largely on field work and analysis of fossil plants.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.climateconference.ucsc.edu
Event website: www.climateconference.ucsc.edu

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Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson

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Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®” share Hawai‘i’s unique & sprightly folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. They themselves grew up in rural areas where immersion from childhood in Hawaiian music and culture was both entertainment and education.

Ledward Kaapana and Jeff Peterson are frequent guest artists on George Kahumoku’s renowned Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar® series on Maui, and his Grammy award-winning CDs. Together, these Masters share the delightful experience of kī-hō‘alu (slack key guitar) – the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings – ‘ukulele, and Hawaiian vocals.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $36 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.kahumoku.com
Artists website: www.ledkaapana.com

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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

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Most climbers claim passion for the sport. But few, if any, reach the level of single-minded obsession that seized Fred Beckey as a teenager and held him in its grasp for more than 80 years. Beckey, who passed away in October at the age of 94, was one of the most accomplished, prolific and unrelenting climbers in the history of the sport. His life and legacy are chronicled in the feature documentary Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, which premiered in Telluride at Mountainfilm in 2017 and recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Canada. 

Beckey was the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, Adulation and vitriol since the 1940’s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations of climbers to head for the mountains with his monumental first ascents and eloquent books, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.

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Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com 
Event website: www.dirtbagmovie.com

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Rob Bell
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Bell

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The Holy Shift Tour

Rob Bell is the New York Times best selling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, How To Be Here, and What is the Bible?. His podcast, called the RobCast, is the #1 spirituality podcast and iTunes named it Best of 2015. He's been profiled in the New Yorker, toured with Oprah, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has a regular show at Largo, the legendary comedy and music club in Los Angeles, where he lives with wife Kristen and their three children.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25.75 Gen, $36.05 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com

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2018 Gail Rich Awards
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

2018 Gail Rich Awards

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Presented by Arts Council Santa Cruz County

This annual awards night celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our culturally rich community. Join us as we honor our 2018 awardees:

Textile artist/fashion designer I.B. Mayo
Childrens' book author Paul Fleischman
Mixed media artist/photographer Janet Fine
Musician/guitar teacher Steve Palazzo
Theater arts teacher Cathy Warner

Admission is free!


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.artscouncilsc.org

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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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Jon Foreman
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Foreman

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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.transparentproductions.com
Artists website: www.jonforeman.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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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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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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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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LUNAFEST
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

LUNAFEST

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Films by, for and about Women

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, our program of nine short films  filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor  will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFEST to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as Chicken & Egg Pictures

Benefitting WomenCARE locally. Since 1992, WomenCARE of Santa Cruz County offers support to women diagnosed with any type of cancer and to their family and friends.   Our Watsonville program – Entre Nosotras (Between Us) – provides culturally appropriate services for Spanish speaking clients.  To learn more about WomenCARE please visit us at: http://fsa-cc.org/womencare/


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 Gen, $35 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.lunafest.org

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Dr. Sean Carroll-Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

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: 5:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: TBD

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Taimaine
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Taimaine

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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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 the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 – 25 (Four nights, two 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 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings 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. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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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 the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 – 25 (Four nights, two 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 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings 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. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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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 the Rio Theatre at 7 pm February 22 – 25 (Four nights, two 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 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings 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. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $22
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and Bicycle Trip beginning December 15
Event website: www.recreation.ucsc.edu
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com

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Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown

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Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. It’s a face-off you won’t want to miss!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $60 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.vendini.com
Artists website: www.facebook.com/beatlesvsstones

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Caravan of GLAM
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Caravan of GLAM

Caravan of GLAM is the #1 touring production on the West Coast. Featured on America's Got Talent, in the film Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe, touring with Dan Savage, and more! Caravan of GLAM is a New Age Cabaret that is now produced in 16 States as well as into Canada. Cirque, Burlesque, Drag, Acrobatics, Live Singing, Comedy, and so much more! This is a one of a kind show and one that should not be missed.

2 shows. An All Ages show, followed by an 18+ show.


Show times: 4:00 & 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Gen, $30 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.justinbucklesproductions.com
Event website: www.caravanofglam.com

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Laura Love Duo
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Laura Love Duo

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LAURA LOVE--SHE’S BACK!
After taking nearly a decade off the festival/touring circuit, to live off grid, grow her own food, and raise her daughter, Laura is again returning to the stage to continue where she left off.  She felt “compelled to get back on the road, reach out to other human beings, spread kindness and try to heal,”  from what she has described as a “savage couple of years” which left her battling to recover from a brutal assault, followed by the sudden suicide of her beloved sister, Lisa.  To that end, she exploded back onto the festival scene in 2017, taking the Kate Wolf, Strawberry, Valhalla and Philadelphia Folk Music Festivals by storm.  With these powerful performances she and her stellar guitarist, Terry Hunt, showcased a whole new batch of songs that left audiences leaping to their feet, mid-set and some concert-goers telling her “she was even better than she’d been years ago.”   She has expanded her story-rich, socially conscious repertoire to include Field Hollers, Civil Rights Era Songs and Gospel music into her deep catalogue of original songs.  Laura is currently recording a new CD of original songs which will be released Late Winter/early Spring of 2018.  

Henhouse with Sherry Austin
Henhouse has found that magical combination of music that is often wished for, but rarely found. Whether singing their own material, or the songs of Kate Wolf and others, these four great vocalists come together to form an exquisite blend of harmonies. Their music truly engages listeners with their warm and captivating spirit.
With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, Jim Norris on percussion, and Santa Cruz legend Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro. Their music ranges from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin’ songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion, and their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock is filled with warmth and conviction.
The band performs original songs written by Sherry and Sharon, as well as much-loved covers by Americana artists such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen. $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.Snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.lauralovemusic.com
Artists website: www.hensinthehouse.com

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Bruce Cockburn
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Bruce Cockburn

Throughout his career, Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song. Whether singing about retreating to the country or going up against chaos, tackling imperialist lies or embracing ecclesiastical truths, he has always expressed a tough yet hopeful stance: to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. “We can’t settle for things as they are,” he once warned. “If you don’t tackle the problems, they’re going to get worse.” His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth. We are proud to welcome Bruce back to the Rio theatre, with the band this time!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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For over fifty years, South Africa’s four-time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, the ensemble is ever-evolving with an eye towards their long musical legacy. Since the world discovered their a cappela vocals on Paul Simon’s Graceland album the original members have welcomed a younger generation into their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of harmony to millions across the globe. The younger members of the group, led by the four sons of founder Joseph Shabalala, who joined the Ladysmith Black Mambazo nearly twenty-five years ago have infused the group with youthful energy and Nelson Mandela dubbed them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world…” Their 2017 release, Songs of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents shares their uplifting message with audiences of all ages through a combination of music and stories behind the songs.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpaperticket.com

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Eric Johnson: Ah Via Musicom Tour
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Eric Johnson: Ah Via Musicom Tour

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Featuring Original Band Members

Eric Johnson is touring in celebration of his 1990 release Ah Via Musicom, which was certified platinum plus and launched Eric's signature hit "Cliffs Of Dover," which won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Eric will be performing with an electric band on this tour.

Johnson leapt to the forefront of contemporary music some 20 years ago as "an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans," as the Memphis Commercial Appeal hails him, with his landmark album Ah Via Musicom. Lauded as a "recording [that] has reached near-classic proportions within the guitar community" by All Music Guide, it was preceded by dedicated groundwork as a live performer that marked him as a talent bound for great things. And it's been followed by a diverse and fascinating musical journey that inspired The New Age Music Guide to rave that "Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that's more real than life."

Fender Guitars will also be launching its Eric Johnson Signature "Thinline" Stratocaster to coincide with this tour.


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

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Into Africa
Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Into Africa

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Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, about the wonders of wild Africa. During journeys over the past 30 years, they have documented the wildlife and natural heritage of some of the most celebrated landscapes on Earth.

INTO AFRICA is based on Frans Lanting's landmark exhibition of the same name, which was produced as a partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the National Geographic Society, with support from the World Wildlife Fund.

Proceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

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Show times: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and and Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Artists website: www.lanting.com
Event website: www.seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

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THE COMIC STRIPPERS
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

THE COMIC STRIPPERS

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A Male Stripper Parody & Improv Comedy Show

Your favourite comedy bodies are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits. A SHOW FOR ALL GENDERS 21+ ONLY WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada's best improvisational comedians) performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. These guys try to be sexy it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they dance. These guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh at them. Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. Winner of 'BEST LIVE PRODUCTION' at The Canadian Comedy Awards 2016 ★★★★★"Extremely Funny!" - UK Fringe Review "The show is suitable for both men and women entertaining ride where anything goes." Rip It Up Magazine "One of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen." - Vancouver Sun


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $32
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and 1-800-838-3006
Artists website: www.thecomicstrippers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ComicStripping

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Lez Zeppelin
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Lez Zeppelin

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All Girls. All Zeppelin.

Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist, Steph Paynes, the all-girl quartet, LEZ ZEPPELIN,has since gained unanimous critical acclaim as one of the most exciting live acts around, becoming the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin and to garner rave reviews across the board.  LEZ ZEPPELIN stays true to the musically audacious spirit of the original, delivering the legendary rock band's blistering arrangements and monstrous sound note-for-note at sold-out frenzied shows around the world. In June, 2013, Jimmy Page attended their show in London and said of the group, “They played the Led Zeppelin music with an extraordinary sensuality and an energy and passion that highlighted their superb musicianship.” 

The thing that sets LEZ ZEPPELIN apart is the seamless and unique way they inject their gender-bending performance into the original material. They have been featured on major television including the BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS,MTV, VH-1, FOX and radio worldwide. The group’s first studio album was produced by legendary producer/engineer, Eddie Kramer(Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix). The group’s second LP, Lez Zeppelin I,is an authentic re-make of Led Zeppelin’s first album, using the very same vintage equipment employed by Led in 1968. Produced by Perry A. Margouleff (Paul Rogers) and William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper), the musicianship, attention to detail and passion in the playing takes LEZ ZEPPELIN’s homage to an entirely new and unprecedented level in this industry. Both records are distributed throughout the United States, Japan and Europe.

SPIN Magazine called them “the most powerful all-female band in rock history” while the New York Times raved that “Strapping on the double-necked Gibson with attitude to burn, this all-girl quartet pays tribute to its swaggering namesake Led Zeppelin, ripping through the catalog with blazing accuracy.” Bob Stanley of The Times of London hailed, "they are the best band I've seen all year, no question,"and CNN.com recently ran a front page feature that called the group so "electrifying" they are "driving club audiences to a frenzy."


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $26 Gen, $36 Gold Circle
Advance tickets:  www.ticketfly.com  and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.lezzepplin.com

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John McCutcheon
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

John McCutcheon

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John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.folkmusic.com

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Victor Wooten featuring Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Victor Wooten featuring Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini

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Victor Wooten was just two years old when he played his first gigs with the Wooten Brothers Band (featuring Regi on guitar, Roy “Fututeman” on drums, Rudy on sax and Joseph on keyboards). They opened shows for Curtis Mayfield, War and others. Eventually settling in Nashville, Wooten connected with like-minded banjoist and composer Béla Fleck and joined forces as the Flecktones. Wooten has earned five Grammy Awards, has been honored three times by Bass Player Magazine as “Player of the Year” and is included in Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Bassists of All Time”. Wooten’s latest album, TRYPNOTYX (his first in five years) was produced by the bassist and features drum powerhouse Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini, who will be joining him on this concert date.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $45 Gold circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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The White Album Ensemble - make up date for Dec 30
Jan
6
8:00 PM20:00

The White Album Ensemble - make up date for Dec 30

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The Beggar Kings

The WAE have been selling out concerts since 2003, at the Rio, with their post touring era (the serious music) Beatles Album recreations. They did all the records from 1965's Rubber Soul, through the final Abbey Road, and the attention to detail has raised eyebrows and drawn praise from all who've witnessed.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.beggarkings.com

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White Album Ensemble - make up date for Dec 29
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

White Album Ensemble - make up date for Dec 29

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The WAE is Richard Bryant, voc; Larry Carr, drums; Ken Kraft, gtr, voc; Omar Spence, voc; StephenKrilanovich, gtr, voc; Dale Ockerman Keys, Gtrs, trumpet, el sitar

Jan 5 will be the make up date for Dec 29ths 50 yr celebration of Magical Mystery Tour, and Sgt Peppers. A Flu knocked out all 5 singers, who can now recuperate and b ready to rock at their best. The WAE will be enhanced by members of SF, Santa Cruz, and Oakland symphonies, in string Quartet, and Horn quartet, capturing the orchestration of the complex, very arrange songs. The Beatles never did it live, nor has anyone else, with this level of detail and quality. Renowned percussionist Jim Greiner is also featured.


Sgt Pepper's is the #1 album of all time,  in Rolling stone Magazine. Magical Mystery Tour contains many songs from the same sessions, and makes the perfect, if challenging accompanying set. The WAE, after 14 years is considered by many to be the worlds finest Beatles post touring era band, with hundreds of concerts, and they have raised over 200,000.oo$ for non profit pro arts, anti violence programs there will be a raffle benefiting Guitars, not Guns at intermission


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com

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White Album Ensemble - POSTPONED
Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

White Album Ensemble - POSTPONED

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Beggar Kings

show has been postponed, tickets purchased for 12-30-17 will be honored for 1-6-18 

questions or request for refunds :  www.whitealbumensemble.com


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance ticket: www.tix.com
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitealbumensemble
Artists website: www.beggarkings.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beggarkings

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The White Album Ensemble - POSTPONED
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

The White Album Ensemble - POSTPONED

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Sgt. Peppers/ Magical Mystery Tour 50th birthday

show has been postponed , tickets purchased for 12-29-18 will be honored for 1-5-18 

questions or  request for refunds : www.whitealbumensemble.com


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tix.com and streetlight records santa cruz
Event website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.facebook.com

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Hope Church
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Hope Church

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Christmas Eve Service

Hope is a local church with chill style, real faith and no perfect people allowed. Our simple vision is to reach out and serve our community and share the love of Jesus! Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message.  Refreshments and cookies too! See you at the Rio!


Show time: 3:30 & 5:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.discoverhope.church and info@discoverhope.church

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Solo acoustic evening with Richard Thompson - SOLD OUT
Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Solo acoustic evening with Richard Thompson - SOLD OUT

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In the USA Thompson has been nominated at the Americanas for both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. HIs recently released CD, Still was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy which reached #6 in the UK charts (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $29 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.richardthompson-music.com

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Miranda Sings with Special Guest Colleen Ballinger - SOLD OUT
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Miranda Sings with Special Guest Colleen Ballinger - SOLD OUT

Colleen Ballinger is an actress, comedian, and singer, most famous for her character Miranda Sings.

Colleen Ballinger, AKA Miranda Sings, has become an international phenomenon whose YouTube channels has amassed over 12 million devoted subscribers and over two billion views. The character Miranda was created in 2008 to parody the young, self-absorbed singers with more far more confidence (and vibrato) than talent which Colleen saw uploading videos to YouTube. Miranda is known for her overdrawn red lips, questionable advice about singing and life, a deluded self-confidence, and over-the-top rants about her family and personal problems.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $39.50 Gen, $80 Meet and Greet
Advance tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com
Artists website: www.mirandasings.com

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Christopher Titus
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Christopher Titus

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AMERIGEDDON TOUR

Comedian Christopher Titus brings his newest show, "Amerigeddon," to the theaters across the country. Employing what he's labeled 'hard funny,' Christopher Titus has released seven ninety-minute albums in as many years. He has six one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central, and his seventh special, Born With a Defect, is set to premiere in 2017. Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life and family, Titus takes his audience on a 90-minute ride that will leave them exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus' shows, is to love him.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $42 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticket.vendini.com and streetlight records
Artists website: www.christophertitus.com

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December People
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

December People

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The Hippo and Kpig present A Classic Rock Christmas show performed by December People. December People plays familiar holiday songs in the styles of the greatest classic rock artists of all time. December People are, Robert Berry-Greg Kihn Band, Dave Medd-The Tubes, David Lauser-Sammy Hagar band, David Victor-former lead singer of Boston, Jack Foster, International solo artist. Please bring 5 cans of people or pet food to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank or Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $38 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.Snazzyproductions.com
Artists website: www.Decemberpeople.com
Artists website: www.Robertberry.com

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Valerie June
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Valerie June

In her heart, June is a songwriter first and foremost, willing and able to blur the lines between genres and eras of sounds. The result is an eclectic blend of folk and soul and country and R&B and blues that is undoubtedly the finest work of her career. New York Times calls her one of America's “most intriguing, fully formed new talents." The New Yorker was captivated by her "unique, stunning voice," while Rolling Stone dubbed her "unstoppable"


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.valeriejune.com

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Nomads & Nightingales
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Nomads & Nightingales

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Visions and Dreams

Santa Cruz Native Tom Ralston presents his second CD release party that features 20-stellar local musicians; a string section, a horn section, a vocal section and a fantastic rhythm section. A variety of intimate songs are presented with audio and visual elements that are bound to thrill and inspire the audience.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Artists website: www.tomralstonmusic.com

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Planet Cruz Comedy with Richard Stockton
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Planet Cruz Comedy with Richard Stockton

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Breach In The Wall

The theme for the 31st Planet Cruz Comedy show is BREACH IN THE WALL as we are joined by comedians Kermit Apio, Kellen Erskine and Kat Simmons with Special Guest Reverend Deborah Johnson and Humorist Sven Davis. Driving the rhythm is the Planetoid Band with Peter Cor, Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, Olaf Schiappacasse joined by our soul shaking singers Tammi Brown and Alan Heit.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 Adv. $25 Door
Advance tickets: www.PlanetCruzComedy.com and Streetlight Records
Event website: www.PlanetCruzComedy.com
Artists website: www.RichardStockton.com

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