Aloha Hawaii LIVE
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Aloha Hawaii LIVE

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LARRY RIVERA... 88-Year Old Composer and Singer "Kauai's Living Legend";  Grammy Nominated and Winner of the "Na Hoku Hanohano Award" for 2018 Best Jazz Album ... KAHULANUI - "KINGS of SWING".  "Dances of Fire Knife" Miritza Canto.


Show time: 5:00 PM
Tickets: $39
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Artists website: www.thegardenisland.com
Artists website: www.kahulanui.com
Event website: www.alohahawaiilive.com

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Celebrating James
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrating James

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A Community event in honor of James Aschbacher

A free community celebration of the life of artist James Aschbacher will take place at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Saturday, August 25. The beloved local artist, who passed away unexpectedly in April, was known for his colorful downtown murals, art projects with local school children, and dedication to the arts and fellow artists in Santa Cruz County. 

The event will feature guest speakers, music, food, and a champagne toast, to uphold James’ tradition of celebrating every day. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with program at 6:30, followed by time to share fond memories and enjoy refreshments until 10 p.m.

The all-ages event is free thanks to contributors to a GoFundMe campaign established to bring James’ friends, family, and the arts community together to celebrate his life and work.

"There will be a huge hole in the heart of the Santa Cruz arts community without James, and an even more enormous hole in my heart,” said Lisa Jensen, James’ wife of 40 years. “But I want everyone to have a chance to remember him as he was — cracking jokes, making fabulous art (and pizza!), and toasting life with champagne! James thought every day should be a celebration. It certainly was for him!"


Event time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: www.facebook.com
Event website: www.artscouncilsc.org

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A Conversation with Our Secretary of State and Our County Clerk
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Conversation with Our Secretary of State and Our County Clerk

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla and County Clerk Gail Pellerin

Santa Cruz Indivisible (SCI) will present a conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Santa Cruz County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Gail Pellerin on Friday, August 31.

What does a Secretary of State do? How does the position affect our right to free and fair elections? What is the role of County Clerks in ensuring that elections are run with accuracy, integrity, and transparency.


Event time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Advance registration: www.eventbrite.com
Event website: www.santacruzindivisible.org

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

International Ocean Film Tour

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Presented by Patagonia

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

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


THE OCEAN RIDER – EN ÉQUILIBRE SUR L’OCÉAN (Switzerland, 2017, 35 min)
Around the world in 220 days. Despite being in his landlocked homeland, the Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometres of open water ahead. On his journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates, and polluted seas. 

PARADIGM LOST (USA, 2017, 14 min)
Kai Lenny—kitesurfer, windsurfer, and big-wave, tow-in, and stand-up paddle surfer—is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of five, is regarded as an exceptional talent. Like no other surfer out there, Lenny thrives on the water, feeling his way into the wind and waves, independent of the equipment. In Paradigm Lost, he shows us the ultimate watersports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide!

VAMIZI (Mozambique/Sweden, 2016, 24 min)
Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling treasure chest awaits—one of the oldest coral reefs of the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. VAMIZI takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect.

WATER II (USA, 2017, 5 min)
An ode to waves. Morgan Maassen plunges under the water with his high-contrast, slow-motion camera to show us the world, the waves, and the sea from a new perspective. WATER II is Maassen‘s visual declaration of love for his muse, the sea.

THE BIG WAVE PROJECT – A Band Of Brothers (Australia, 2017, 7 min)
The name, “Nazaré” makes all surfers’ hearts beat faster. The small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water, massive waves that push the world’s big wave elite to its limits. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare to get in the water. We come aboard for a wild ride with Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton. 


Presented by Patagonia with Media Support from Santa Cruz Waves

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

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

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Rock & Soul Revue

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

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

VIP MEET & GREET TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE


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

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

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

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

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


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

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Radical Reels Night

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

The 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings adventure films from the 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Formerly the Radical Reels Tour this year’s event is part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and will showcase some of the best adventure films from the tour. 

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


1st half (69)

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

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

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

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

2nd half (60)

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

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

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

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


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

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Al Di Meola
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Al Di Meola

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with special guest Jordan Rudess

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

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


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

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

Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore

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

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


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

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

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

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Fifth Annual

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

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

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


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

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

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

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Fifth Annual

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

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

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


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

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JARVIS COCKER
Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

JARVIS COCKER

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


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

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

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

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

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


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

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Basia
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Basia

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


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

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

Get The Led Out

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(The American Led Zeppelin tribute band)

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

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

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

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


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

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

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

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Voted Best Family Show in Vegas!

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

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


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

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Vicente Amigo
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Vicente Amigo

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

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


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

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

SIMRIT Live In Concert

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


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

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

JESSE COLIN YOUNG BAND

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


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

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

Henry Rollins Traveling Slideshow

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

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

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


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

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Todd Rundgren
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Todd Rundgren

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

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


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

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Estas Tonne
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Estas Tonne

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The Breath of Sound World Tour

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


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

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

Mountainfilm on Tour - Santa Cruz

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

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

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


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

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

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – Navidad Mexicana

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

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


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

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

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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

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


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

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

30th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

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with William Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Alex de Grassi

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

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


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

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Teton Gravity Research - Andy Irons: Kissed by God
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Teton Gravity Research - Andy Irons: Kissed by God

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Andy Irons: Kissed by God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily.

Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of the internal battles that led to his demise.

As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.


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

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

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

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With Special Guests and Q&A with Director Mark Gunson

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

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

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


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

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Paul Thorn
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Thorn

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Sherry Austin and Patty Maxine opening

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

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


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

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

Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 2

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Session 2 - July 16 - 20

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

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

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

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


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

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

An Evening With The Del McCoury Band

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Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone.  From the nascent sounds of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link.  On primetime and late-night television talk shows, there is Del. From headlining sold-out concerts to music festivals of all genres – including one carrying his namesake – there is Del. Where audiences number in the tens of thousands and admirers as diverse as country-rock icon Steve Earle and jam-band royalty Phish count as two among hundreds, there is Del.

Emerging from humble beginnings in York County, PA nearly eighty years ago, Del was not the likeliest of candidates for legendary status.  As a teen, he was captivated by the banjo playing of one of its masters, Earl Scruggs, and decided he’d be a banjo picker, too. The Baltimore/Washington DC bar scene of the early 1960s was lively and rough.  Del caught a break. More than a break, really, it was an opportunity of a lifetime: joining Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in early 1963. Considered the Father of Bluegrass, Monroe transformed McCoury, moving him from the banjo to guitar, anointing him lead singer, and providing him with a priceless trove of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source.

Countless hours of recording sessions and miles of tireless touring dotted the decades.  Del carried on, and carried with him the hallowed traditions of the form and its dedicated following.  The passing years became certificates of authenticity. So, in the sea of grunge and R&B that dominated the music scene of the mid-1990s, it was special, perhaps even startling, to see: There was Del.

Now helming the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble did and continues to represent in a larger, growing musical community a peerless torchbearer for the entire sweep and scope of bluegrass history.  Those many years, not to mention a good-natured willingness to stay alert to the latest sounds and opportunities around him, earned McCoury a whole new generation of fans.

General Admission: $42
Gold Circle Section: $57.75
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $57.75 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org

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

Be Natural Music Summer Camp - Session 1

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Session 1 - July 9 - 13

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

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

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

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


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

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Ani DiFranco
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Ani DiFranco

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


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

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

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

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a film by Teton Gravity Research

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


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

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Shawn Colvin
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Shawn Colvin

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


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

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

CASH & KING: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends

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starring Steven Kent

CASH & KING:  The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Mandel Lecture
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Mandel Lecture

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Astrophysicist Jedidah Isler

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

A Conversation with Our Members of Congress

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Anna Eshoo and Jimmy Panetta with John Laird

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

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


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

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Chirgilchin
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Chirgilchin

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


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

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Madeleine Peyroux
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Madeleine Peyroux

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

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


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

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

Asleep At The Wheel

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The Carolyn Sills Combo opening

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Taimane
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Taimane

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


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

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

Tales From the Brink

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Recovering Endangered Species in California

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

Moderator:
John Laird, CA Secretary for Natural Resources

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

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

Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society
(California Condors)


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

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

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

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


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

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

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

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Sean B. Carroll

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

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


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

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LUNAFEST Film Festival
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

LUNAFEST Film Festival

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Presented by Lanai Financial Solutions & Friends of WomenCARE - LUNAFEST

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

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

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

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

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

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Dessa
May
5
9:00 PM21:00

Dessa

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


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

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

GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film

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North American premiere of GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film.

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

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


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

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