Film: House on Rodeo Gulch
Jul
22
6:30 pm18:30

Film: House on Rodeo Gulch

The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"

Five years in the making, local filmmaker William Scherer will be showing his exciting drama "House on Rodeo Gulch". Filmed in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, the film uses mostly local actors and crew. The story centers around a step mom and her new teenage daughter who are at odds living together. Moving into their new home in the redwoods of Santa Cruz only adds to their conflict when strange things begin happening. Their only neighbor, a church Reverend, might have something to do with their problems.

Admission is free but for those who would like to help pay for rental of the theater, a $10 gift may be made at Brown Paper Tickets.


Show time: 6:30 PM
Tickets:
FREE and or a $10 donation
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.Houseonrodeogulch.com

An evening with Marianne Williamson
Jul
29
8:00 pm20:00

An evening with Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne’s other books include The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, Enchanted Love, A Year of Miracles, and her newest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $54 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.marianne.com

10,000 Maniacs
Aug
2
7:30 pm19:30

10,000 Maniacs

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternativerock format on FM radio.

Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five ('82) and Secrets of the I Ching ('83) on their own Christian Burial Music label.

By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs were one of the original "indie" bands before signing with Elektra Records and making The Wishing Chair in 1985 with producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, REM). After touring extensively with REM and though out Europe John Lombardo left the band in July of 1986 and the band continued as a 5 piece.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

Youssou N'Dour
Aug
8
7:30 pm19:30

Youssou N'Dour

Youssou N'Dour is an international icon. A prime innovator of mbalax – a blend of Senegal's traditional music with Cuban rumba, calypso, and funk – N'Dour achieved widespread fame through numerous collaborations with Western pop stars, including singer Neneh Cherry and his special guest appearances on albums by Paul Simon (Graceland) and Peter Gabriel (So). Since forming Etoile de Dakar (modified to Super Etoile de Dakar in the 1980s) in 1979, the Grammy award-winning Youssou has been a staunch advocate for human rights in Africa and around the world with his amazing voice. Today, he continues to work for peace and justice through his music and political involvement. Rolling Stone magazine touts him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive.”


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $65 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com  and Logos Books & Records
Event website: www.kuumbwajazz.ticketfly.com

Beggar Kings
Aug
26
8:00 pm20:00

Beggar Kings

Recreating the "Golden Age" of Rolling Stones albums, "live!"!

the Beggar Kings, Interpreters of the classic Rolling Stones era- 1966-1972 Are a group of Santa Cruz Musicians bound by their love of the tunes and the times. Conceived of in 2016 by Dale Ockerman, who has produced and played with the highly praised White Album Ensemble, ( Post touring Beatles music) The Beggar Kings feature Kevin Krilanovich, vocals: Tom Ayres, guitars: Dale Ockerman, keyboards, guitars, mandolin, sitar, harp: Endre Tarczy, bass guitar and vocals; David Tucker, drums and vocals; Caleb Larsen, guitars . The Pleasure Point Horns are Dan Young, and John Hensley on brass, Jim Hannibal on tenor sax. The Nasty Habits choir willinclude Connie Troupe, Taylor Krilanovich, and Martin Krilanovich


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 Gen, $35 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: tix.com and Streetlight Records, Santa cruz
Artists website: www.beggarkings.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beggarkings

 

Jake Shimabukuro
Sep
6
8:00 pm20:00

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Jakes bi-annual visits to Santa Cruz sell out the Rio theatre every time, so early ticket purchase is encouraged!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $37 Gen, $52 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.jakeshimabukuro.com

Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour
Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour

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Huck-it! Drop-it! Get stoked for this year’s presentation of the most outrageous films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and beyond. RADICAL REELS is dropping in at the Rio Theatre, September 22 at 7 pm. Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski steep slopes and fly close to the edge. The Radical Reels Tour runs every spring & fall and spans North America, bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors. Grab your tickets and hang on to your seat for the best jaw-dropping mountain sport films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking and more – all brought to life on the big screen. This stop on the RADICAL REELS Tour is hosted by the Rio Theatre. For list of films on tour visit www.banffcentre.ca Locally sponsored by Dream Inn & Aquarius


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

Apocalyptica
Sep
27
8:00 pm20:00

Apocalyptica

Plays Metallica By Four Cellos Tour

On May 10, 1996 Finnish Rockers, APOCALYPTICA, released their epic debut PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group is re-releasing it remastered with 3 bonus tracks on July 22, 2016. Added to this new version will be brand new / never-before-released instrumental recordings of “Battery,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Seek & Destroy.” The album will be available on vinyl (2 LP set) for the first time in many years. Upon its release, PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS was a new approach to the hits of the biggest metal band the world has seen. Even more APOCALYPTICA created their very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world. APOCALYPTICA will remain staying on the road supporting their latest album release ‘Shadowmaker’ until the end of 2016 with shows in USA, Europe, Australia and Latin America. In 2017 the band will return with special anniversary shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com and The Catalyst Club
Artists website: www.apocalyptica.com
Event website: www.catalystclub.com

Gavin DeGRAW Tour
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

Gavin DeGRAW Tour

Multi-platinum selling and Grammy nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw has announced his first ever stripped down tour in the U.S.  Titled “Gavin DeGRAW TOUR”, the live show will showcase songs from DeGraw’s  entire catalogue performed as a trio in an intimate setting for the very first time and in their truest form. 


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net
Artists website: www.gavindegrawtour.rtouring.com

Josh Garrels
Oct
14
8:00 pm20:00

Josh Garrels

A native of Indiana, singer/songwriter Josh Garrels has built his career on deeply personal, introspective lyrics and exploratory sounds that range from pastoral indie-folk to hip-hop. After playing in punk bands during his teenage years, he fell under the spell of East Coast rap before college. In his early twenties, Garrels came into the Christian faith, which became a major thread in his musical journey. From the start of his career, Garrels has chosen to self-record, mix, produce, and distribute records without industry management or label representation, beginning with the lo-fi bedroom recordings Stonetree (2002), Underquiet (2003) and Over Oceans (2006). Possessed of a rich, soulful voice, he began to add more orchestral elements into his folk-based sound, sometimes rapping, sometimes crooning his complex but approachable songs. On his own Small Voice Records, he released 2008’s Jacaranda and toured extensively, eventually moving to North Carolina where he released a collection of rarities called the Lost Animals EP. In 2010, he collaborated with the Brooklyn-based Mason Jar Music collective performing an orchestrated version of his song “Words Remain” at a historic Episcopal Church in Manhattan.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $24 Gen, $35 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event Website: www.pacificpresents.com
Artists website: www.joshgarrels.com

Snatam Kaur
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

Snatam Kaur

Original Light Tour

Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. For over twenty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace. Her new book Original Light; the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice. To find out more about her concerts, workshops and book, visit snatamkaur.com.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $60 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.brightstarevents.com
Artists Website: www.snatamkaur.com
 

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

Reserved Seating Only! Group Discounts Available


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


Paul Thorn Band
Jun
23
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Thorn Band

Paul Thorn has a new album, here is what he has to say."In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life," the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. "This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good."
 


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $26
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.paulthorn.com

Jerry Jeff Walker with Tim Flannery
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Jerry Jeff Walker with Tim Flannery

Jerry Jeff Walker is best known for writing the American pop standard "Mr. Bojangles". Walker's prolific music career and widespread musical influence have made him an iconic fixture of the country music scene. He's joined this evening by special guest and former San Francisco Giants coach, Tim Flannery.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $42 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight records Santa Cruz
Artists website: www.jerryjeff.com
Artists website: www.timflannery.com

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

Making Movies

It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who's been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. But as far as the Bronx native had come with her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, there was still a missing link to her story. "The more I toured, ending up in the middle of nowhere bars from Texas to Tennessee," said Segarra, "I just started feeling more and more like, I don't belong here, I gotta get back to my people, you know?"

After many years in New Orleans, Segarra found herself getting antsy. Hurray for the Riff Raff had four albums under its belt, with the last one, Small Town Heroes, featuring "The Body Electric," a song that NPR's Ann Powers called "The Political Song of the Year" in 2014. Yet even though her musical career had begun by running away from home at 17, busking for survival and honing her craft through dreams of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, and Woody Guthrie, Segarra realized she is a Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx with a different story to tell.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $22.50
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Artists website: www.hurrayfortheriffraff.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hurrayfortheriffraff

Joan Osborne
Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne is an American singer/ songwriter having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song "One of Us". She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Join us for this special evening in Santa Cruz when Joan sings the songs of Bob Dylan!


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets:  www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.joanosborne.com

Alison Galloway / Life of the Dead
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Alison Galloway / Life of the Dead

The Natural History of Human Decomposition

When the human body is allowed to undergo normal decomposition, then the remains play host to a suite of insects, animals and fungi as well as the bacterial interactions from within and external to the body. In other words, we may die but life continues and transitions. This talk will explore the range of creatures that utilize human bodies after death and how forensic anthropologists and other forensic scientists use these to estimate the time since death. Alison Galloway was born in the United Kingdom but came to California in 1960 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She attended UC Berkeley and then the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she completed her doctorate. After teaching for two years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she returned to California as an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz where she has been since. Her research interests involve what happens to bone during life, around the time of death and what happens to bodies after people die. She also is a board-certified forensic anthropologist who provides services to counties across California.

Sponsored by Good Times, Allterra Solar, Sentinel Printers, Miller Maxfield Inc, and 2nd Nature.


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

Jean-Luc Ponty
Jun
5
7:30 pm19:30

Jean-Luc Ponty

Electric Fusion "The Atlantic Years"

Jean-Luc Ponty is an undisputed pioneer of the electric violin in modern jazz and rock. Originally trained as a classical musician in his native France, Ponty caught the “jazz bug” in college and never looked back. His successful appearance at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival led to recordings with Gerald Wilson and George Duke. It was rock composer Frank Zappa who wrote the music for Ponty's 1969 recording King Kong, giving the talented violinist greater exposure to young audiences. Ponty also appeared as a special guest on a number of Zappa albums and became a member of John McLaughlin's second Mahavishnu Orchestra. But it was the release of Upon the Wings of Music in 1975, that sent Ponty’s career into orbit for a successful ten year run as a jazz-rock icon playing large concert halls and recording twelve chart-topping albums. The tour’s name is a nod to the band accompanying Ponty on the road, who recorded several albums with the artist for Atlantic Records in the late ’70s and ’80s.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $32 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.kuumbwajazz.org
Artists website: www.ponty.com

Hope Dances - Movie Premiere - SOLD OUT
Jun
3
6:30 pm18:30

Hope Dances - Movie Premiere - SOLD OUT

Local film production featuring Santa Cruz ballet dancers, actors and softball players

No tickets will be sold for this movie but we will be releasing around 200 tickets to the general public who are interested. Info will be on the Hope Dances web site home page.


Show time: 6:30 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.hopedances.com
Event website: www.hopedances.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HopeDancesMovie

Jesse Colin Young
Jun
2
8:00 pm20:00

Jesse Colin Young

For 50 years Jesse Colin Young has been singing songs about peace, relationships and the environment. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, Soul Of a City Boy, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in. His musical style is now considered Americana, but in fact it's his unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and rock with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com
Artists website: www.jessecolinyoung.com

UC Santa Cruz - Mandel Lecture - UPDATE - Change of speaker!
Jun
1
7:30 pm19:30

UC Santa Cruz - Mandel Lecture - UPDATE - Change of speaker!

Einstein, Gravitational Waves and Black Holes

UPDATE - Change of speaker due to family emergency

Speaker : Jess McIver

Jess McIver is a postdoctoral scholar in experimental physics with the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech in Pasadena, California. She first began work on gravitational wave research with the LIGO detectors at Syracuse University where she earned bachelor's degrees in physics and journalism in 2009. She graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. Jess is one of the leaders of the international, award-winning LIGO Scientific Collaboration.


Show time: 7:30
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Event website: www.events.ucsc.edu

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
May
31
7:30 pm19:30

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

Celebrated chant masters Deva Premal & Miten bring their Temple at Midnight tour to 19 cities in the USA, Canada and Mexico this May and June. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, with Canadian Joby Baker on bass and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song, and chant are treasured by audiences around the planet. These powerful gatherings offer a joyful path to centering in these turbulent times, creating moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence” – or in Miten’s words, “luminous pools of deep celebration.”


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

POPTONE - Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins performing Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail
May
30
7:00 pm19:00

POPTONE - Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins performing Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail

Singer/guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins, who shared tenures together in Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets during the ’80s and ’90s, are back together with a new band they’ve dubbed Poptone. They will be performing songs from their historical catalog


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $30
Advance tickets: www.ticketweb.com
More Info: www.numbskullshows.com

I Am Jane Doe
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

I Am Jane Doe

Speak out. Fight Back.

I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds site that for years was part of the Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of others, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. It is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.Proceeds benefit Rising International, The National Human Trafficking Hotline, Stolen Youth, and several other charities that serve human trafficking victims.The film is presented by Dignity Health Medical Group and Bay Federal Credit Union.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Gen, $100 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.risinginternational.org
Event website: www.risinginternational.org

Taylor Steele's Proximity, produced by Teton Gravity Research
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

Taylor Steele's Proximity, produced by Teton Gravity Research

Featuring Kelly Slater, John John Florence, and more, Proximity pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young riders. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele and produced in conjunction with Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and Garage Productions, Proximity explores the delicate relationship between time and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $12
Advance tickets: www.tetongravity.com

Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz
May
16
7:30 pm19:30

Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz

A native of Texas, Todrick is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 400 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis,” and most recently his box office record breaking run as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” In the 4 years he has been a full-time YouTuber he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the new online version of Jim Henson’s Sesame Street. Using his title to entertain his “Toddlerz” isn’t the only thing Hall uses his platform for. In 2014, Hall was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs. He has teamed up with campaigns such as The Trevor Project, The City of West Hollywood, HIV Equal and HIV Beats to help raise awareness of several issues within the LGBTQ community. “The Wizard of Oz has always been my favorite story, and I am ecstatic to share with you my most precious creation. Thank you Lin-Manuel, Walt Disney and Beyoncé for the inspiration. This journey has been a long and winding yellow brick road, but I thank my fans, friends and family for their never ending support. Thank you to my amazing team, my mother, brother, father, stepfather Corey, Pat Carthel for opening my eyes to a world that was not black and white, my agents at UTA, my manager Steven Grossman, my best friends (Chester, Vonzell, Blair, Sheena and Ashley)... Without you all I would never have found my home in YouTube, and there truly is no place like home. I would like to dedicate each and every performance of Straight Outta Oz to my sweet Grandmother “Ethel” and my good friend Jill #2650, may you both watch proudly from Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets:  $32.50 Gen, $60 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com and Streetlight Records
Event website: www.todrickhall.com

Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma
Apr
30
7:30 pm19:30

Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

Master musicians Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma conjure up a magical sound whenever and wherever they perform. The intrepid duo has been teaming up for concerts since recording their debut CD Rhythm of Love in 2010. Hussain’s expressive tabla drumming matched with Sharma’s virtuosic command of the santoor (a Kashmiri instrument similar to the hammer dulcimer) makes for a stunning combination of improvisational talent. Even though the santoor and tabla are normally associated with classical Indian music, Rahul and Zakir are renowned for pioneering the use of their respective instruments in contemporary formats. Hussain, the son of legendary tabla master Alla Rakha, is well-known for promoting “world music” and encouraging musical projects across cultural boundaries. Some of his more popular collaborations include percussionist Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, guitarist John McLaughlin of Shakti and saxophone great Charles Lloyd. Sharma, the son of Indian musician Shivkumar Sharma (who brought the almost forgotten santoor to prominence in Indian music of the ’50s), continues to champion the santoor’s creative versatility in the 21st Century with a prolific output that includes over sixty albums and movie soundtracks.


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen,  $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.zakirhussain.com
Artists website: www.rahulsantoor.com
More info: www.kuumbwajazz.org or (831) 427-2227
 

Elvin Bishop
Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

Elvin Bishop

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio features Bishop’s down-home delivery, deep blues picking and slide guitar, playfully meshing with Welsh’s piano and guitar licks and Jordan’s soul singing and propulsive cajón playing. The album’s laidback, front-porch vibe mixes four rollicking Bishop originals with three co-writes and five raucous, well-chosen covers. And because one can never have too much fun, Bishop’s pals Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite and Rick Estrin stop by the sessions, each adding his distinctive harmonica talent (and in Musselwhite’s case, vocals too) to a song. Listening to the proceedings, it’s easy to see why the Chicago Sun-Times enthusiastically declared, “It’s impossible not to like Bishop. He’s always singing something lowbrow and uplifting.”


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets:  $45
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Event website: www.sblentertainment.com
Artists website: www.elvinbishopmusic.com

white buffalo
Apr
28
8:30 pm20:30

white buffalo

The White Buffalo is the project of earthy, Oregon-born and Southern California-raised singer/songwriter Jake Smith, who grew up listening to punk bands like the Descendents and the Circle Jerks and didn't pick up a guitar until age 19. During his college years in the Bay Area, he began writing and performing his own songs, hitting upon the White Buffalo name as one of several suggestions from his friends that he drew out of a hat. Smith's debut album, Hogtied Like a Rodeo, arrived in 2002, and he followed it three years later with The White Buffalo EP, which was produced by Eels' Koool G Murder. Released in 2008, Hogtied Revisited found Smith re-recording his first album in a friend's bedroom. Gigs with artists including Gomez, Ziggy Marley, and Donavon Frankenreiter, and in locales as widespread as Japan and Australia spread the word of mouth about the White Buffalo. When pro surfer Chris Malloy heard Smith's music, he included the song "Wrong" in his movie Shelter, and White Buffalo tracks later appeared on the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and Californication. The 2010 EP Prepare for Black & Blue brought Smith to the attention of Unison Music, which signed the White Buffalo; the label's heads, Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn, also co-produced 2012's full-length Once Upon a Time in the West, featuring the talents of drummer Matt Lynott and bassist Tommy Andrews. It also placed on several Americana charts. Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways, a much angrier, prophetic and political concept album that was issued in 2013.
The recording was greeted with wide acclaim and it made Smith restless. Eager to alert new fans to what he'd done before and revisit a work terrain he felt was imperfect, he re-recorded Hogtied Like a Rodeo as a much rowdier, rocking, honky tonk album. Hogtied Revisited was issued in 2014.

Love and the Death of DamnationSmith's work has always been marked by characters who experienced the darker, hard-bitten aspects of what life had to offer. He began working with Dorn and Witkin again in 2015 on a series of new songs revolving around such real or imagined people in dire circumstances. Entitled Love & the Death of Damnation, its music drew on country, blues, folk, and gospel sources. Released in August, the album placed on various charts.


Show time: 8:30 PM
Tickets: $28.00
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Artists website: www.thewhitebuffalo.com

Zep Live! The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience
Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

Zep Live! The Led Zeppelin Concert Experience

Experience the ultimate rock tribute to Led Zeppelin in this live musical performance starring 'Zeppelin Live,' (Fomerly 'Heartbreaker') the West Coast's most spectacular Led Zeppelin Tribute Show.

 'Zeppelin Live,' is a national touring act selling out venues across the US - and their high energy stage show is not to be missed!

You will believe Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham are playing right before your eyes!

This ONE NIGHT ONLY special performance will feature hit selections from Led Zeppelin's legendary career spanning three decades of solid gold.

This is the ultimate live Led Zeppelin concert performance highlighting the greatest and most popular music of their career, including 'Stairway to Heaven,' 'Rock and Roll,' 'Whole Lotta Love,' 'Black Dog,' and many more 'Live In Concert' favorites!


Show time: 8:00 PM        
Tickets: $40.00 Gen, $50.00 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Artists website: www.zeppelintribute.com

Apr
15
7:30 pm19:30

Las Cafeteras

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”                 


Show time: 7:30 PM   
Tickets: $25.00
Advance tickets: snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421                
Artists website: www.lascafeteras.com               
More info: snazzyproductions.com

Andy McKee
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

Andy McKee

The Next Chapter Tour

Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.

Live performances of Andy’s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven’t been able to attend a show and new fans alike.

“I’ve always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I’ve felt it’s something that has been missing from my collection of releases,” says McKee. “This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ‘Drifting’ and ‘Rylynn’, some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ‘Because It’s There’ played on harp guitar that I haven’t released yet.”

McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

For more information on Andy McKee please visit www.andymckee.com               


Show time: 7:30 PM                
Tickets: $25
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com  Streetlight Records                
Artists Website: www.andymckee.com

Greg Brown
Mar
25
7:30 pm19:30

Greg Brown

Bo Ramsey opening.

KPIG Favorite Greg Brown is a master songwriter, a down home entertainer and all
around good guy!! 


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30.00 Gen, $45.00 Gold Circle             
Advance tickets: Snazzyproductions.com   831-479-9421                
Artists Website: www.gregbrownmusic.org   

The 2017 NEXTies Awards
Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

The 2017 NEXTies Awards

The NEXTies Return to the Rio on Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm! Join Us for a Night Celebrating The Area's Best and Brightest doers! Pull out the pearls & cufflinks and join us for an evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire us to reach further and higher and inspire the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 8th year, puts the spotlight on talent in industries from the arts and tech to entrepreneurship and food. See you on the red carpet! Music guest : The Coffis Brothers, Taylor Rae and many more TBA soon. Beer from New Bohemia Brewing Co Hosted by: DNA and Danielle Crook This years honorees are: Entrepreneur of the year: Sindy Hernandez de Cornejo Musician of the year: Taylor Rae Band of the year: The Coffis Brothers Artist of the year: Irene O'Connell Writer of the year: Lily Stoicheff Give Back person of the year: Mariah Tanner & Natalie Anne Oliver Foodie of the year: Elizabeth Birnbaum New Business of the year: Cat & Cloud Coffee Athlete of the year: Ryan Navaroli Under 18 person of the year: Ashley Solis-Pavon (Community Agroecology Network) Non-Profit of the year: The Warming Center Program Mentor of the year: Keisha Griffis Innovative Business of the Year: Inboard Innovator of the year: Nicholas Halmos from City Bloom TECHie of the year: Gabriel Jesse Medina (From Digital NEST) Green Business of the year: Khordz Handmade Mugs Wildcard: Happily Ever Laughter Regular price – $25. The week of – $30 Pre Party at Tomboy We have partnered with ReCRUZ (reusesantacruz.org) to replace the single use plastic cup waste with reusable glassware at this event. BYOM or rent at the event (for free) one of the ReCRUZ's mugs for your beer. The Food Lounge's once monthly Night Market comes to feed us at the NEXTies. Vendors include: My Mom's Mole, Tanglewood, Artisan Hand Food, Hanloh ฮัลโหล La Sofrita and more... (Food for purchase) Thank you to our sponsors Ate3one, The Impact Entrepreneur Show, Santa Cruz Signs, Bitframe Media, Santa Cruz County Bank, Yellow Bus and Erik's DeliCafe


Show time: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $25
Advance tickets: www.eventsantacruz.com
Event website: www.eventsantacruz.com
 

Paula Poundstone - SOLD OUT
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Paula Poundstone - SOLD OUT

Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone’s quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME! where she holds the record for game losses. “The others cheat,” she says magnanimously, “you wouldn’t think NPR would put up with that.”

She has guested on all the late night talk shows, several television specials, and Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Still, Paula considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats, and one ant left from her ant farm. Paula makes a trip to Santa Cruz about every two years, playing to sell out crowds every time.
Get your tickets early!               


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

The Catalyst Film - a historical documentary spanning 40 years
Mar
17
8:00 pm20:00

The Catalyst Film - a historical documentary spanning 40 years

This St. Patricks day come celebrate the 42 Anniversary of the opening of The Catalyst! We will be screening 'The Catalyst' - A historical documentary film showcasing 40 years of music at the venue known as The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. This bohemian coffee house beginning in the 1960's, transformed into a world renowned music venue commanding the respect and accolades of a monumental list of topnotch international musicians who played there time and time again: The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, Greg Kihn, Nirvana, STS9, Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, David Lindley (El Rayo X & Jackson Browne), Huey Lewis and the News, The Tubes, John Mayall, Ry Cooder, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Crosby, Stills & Nash, SNAIL and many more. The Catalyst served as a jumping off point in the career junction of generations of musicians world wide. The legacy of The Catalyst is told through the eyes of International rock photographer/Director, Michèle Benson, Producer, Dean Newbury, and the myriad of musicians who graced her stage. Including private insight into The Catalyst's own professional cast, crew and the legendary owner himself, Randall P. Kane (1923-2009). This is not a journey of where are these bands today... but rather an insider's view to what is a venue.The film is an 'All Access Pass' that highlights magical one-of-a-kind moments, technical & musical achievements, backstage intrigues, and historical performances. Why does this place command such respect, accolades from the cast of musicians, the clubs' crew, audience, the owner Randall Kane and it's rich historic musical presence? The answer lies in what sets The Catalyst apart from the rest of the venues around our globe..the magic lies in it's power of place accentuated by the love of Catalyst family, audience and artists alike. The Catalyst Film premiere will be shown at The Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz on Friday, March 17, 2017 doors at 7:00PM. Tickets ar $13 in advance $15 at the door $20 Gold Circle. http://www.thecatalystfilm.com/tickets The Catalyst Film promises to be a celebration that Santa Cruz will not forget for decades to come. For More Information: www.thecatalystfilm.com/ Location: The Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 www.riotheatre.com Questions please email: catalystfilm@ymail.com Tickets: Advanced can be purchased via PayPal at: www.the catalystfilm.com or at the Rio Theatre Box office day of event http://www.thecatalystfilm.com/tickets This is a benefit for a new feature documentary film in production 'All Access - Music in the Cruz 1960-2017'


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Gen, $20 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.thecatalystfilm.com
More Info: www.thecatalystfilm.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com
 

Pussy Riot Theatre Presents Revolution
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

Pussy Riot Theatre Presents Revolution

Pussy Riot presents it's new music-theater project PUSSY RIOT THEATRE. They perform the world premiere of a new  piece "Revolution", based on the book of Maria ALYOKHINA - one of the leaders of Pussy Riot. This is Maria's personal story of Pussy Riot, including their legendary protest punk actions in balaclavas, hiding from police, arrest, Moscow jail and police investigation, trial and remote penal colony. The roster of performers will include Maria Alyokhina herself, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone) psycho-punk music duo, and VJ Vasily Bogatov. The hour-long piece about protest, art, and political activism in a hostile state will be directed by Yury Muravitsky and produced by Alexander Cheparukhin, with video footage by Taisia Krugovykh and video art by Katya Sсheglova. The NS+ evening will end with a conversation with members of the creative team.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $38 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlite Records Santa Cruz
Artists website: www.riotartists.com

Judy Collins - SOLD OUT
Mar
10
8:00 pm20:00

Judy Collins - SOLD OUT

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Her last visit to the Rio theatre sold out in advance so early ticket buying is encouraged!            


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $36 Gen, $51 Gold Circle          
Advance tickets:  red.vendini.com   Streetlight              
Artists website: www.judycollins.com      

THE WOOD BROTHERS
Mar
5
7:00 pm19:00

THE WOOD BROTHERS

THE WOOD BROTHERS

The cover of The Wood Brothers' gorgeous new album, 'Paradise,' is adorned with an illustration of a mule staring at a carrot dangling just inches in front of its mouth. The carrot, though, is hanging from a stick affixed to the mule's own head."In some ways, he's already got it," explains guitarist Oliver Wood. "And in some ways, he'll never have it."That paradox is at the core of 'Paradise,' an album about longing and desire and theways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach. It's a beautiful collection, the band's most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in Nashville, 'Paradise' captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band—and a family—navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.Dubbed "masters of soulful folk" by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio


Show time: 7:00 PM        
Tickets: $28.50        
Advance tickets: www.woodbrosrio2016.eventbrite.com              
Artists website: www.thewoodbros.com