John Hiatt
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

John Hiatt

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The Eclipse Sessions Tour

Long celebrated as a skilled storyteller and keen observer of life’s twists and turns, John Hiatt can get at the heart of a knotty emotion or a moment in time with just a sharp, incisive lyric or witty turn of phrase.

With a solo, acoustic return to the Rio theatre in Santa Cruz in celebration of "The Eclipse Sessions', 
Hiatt might very well be gearing up for yet another new beginning.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $45 Gen, $60 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.johnhiatt.com

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Skerryvore
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Skerryvore

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Skerryvore kicked off 2018, with an astounding performance in front of 12K revelers at Inverness Hogmanay celebrations. The year was yet another whirlwind of live events, but also interspersed with preparatory work for EVO, their latest album, due for release on June 11th.

Described as ‘The sound of Young Scots Power Folk,’ (Mark Radcliff, BBC Radio 2), the band - Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and recent addition Scott Wood (bagpipes) – tour extensively, not only throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also worldwide.

The 2015, their Decade World Tour was launched with a sell-out 6000 capacity concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban and then took in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and USA, as well as UK gigs stretching from Shetland to the South of England. Skerryvore returned to USA in August 2016 for a 7-week, coast to coast tour, their longest yet. Then in 2017, they signed with US agents SRO and enjoyed 2 US tours – a festivals tour and a theatres tour – and by Easter had already completed two of multiple transatlantic trips in 2018.

All members bring their own musical style to the Skerryvore mix. The more they have experimented with this mix, the more the band and their signature sound has evolved. This is evident in the progression across the 6 albums released since 2005.

Their latest 11 track album, EVO is a mix of songs and tunes that typically migrate from ‘big blast’ numbers to heartfelt, reflective tracks. It includes the previously released single “Live Forever” and their latest release, “Take My Hand.” A video for “Take My Hand” was release in mid-May.

Following on from the sell-out success of their 2015 Decade event, Skerryvore’s “Oban Live” launched as a two-day event in May 2016 and is now fully established on the Scottish Music Festivals calendar with the third instalment in June 2018. Follow the band by visiting www.skerryvore.com


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.sblentertainment.com

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Rising Appalachia
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Rising Appalachia

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Rising Appalachia exudes a sense of rootedness, playful exploration, and inspired action. Their sound and message, such as revealed in the newest single, “Resilient,” suggest that voices and traditions, brought together through song, may be one of the saving graces to a world in distress. In a time when the fabric of community and culture often appear to be unraveling, their interweaving of music and mission, old traditions with new interpretations, creates an atmosphere of contagious hope and bliss.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $37
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.risingappalachia.com

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Rodney Crowell & Band - The TEXAS Tour
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Rodney Crowell & Band - The TEXAS Tour

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With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Texas native Rodney Crowell is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five Number One hits of his own and a legacy of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon among giants. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more. But owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his writing, has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell is also the author of the acclaimed memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, and teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell in 2012, with Karr saying of her collaborator, “Like Hank Williams or Townes Van Zandt or Miss Lucinda, he writes and croons with a poet’s economy and a well digger’s deep heart.” Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2017, and that same year released the album Close Ties, which spawned another Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White in the category of Best Americana Song. In 2018, he opened his own record label, RC1, and released his Acoustic Classic project. His new album TEXAS will be released on August 15, 2019.

Jesse Daniels opens


Show time: 7: 30 PM, doors 6:30
Tickets: $37 Gen, $47 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.rodneycrowell.com
Artists website: www.jessedanielmusic.com

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The Waifs
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Waifs

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“The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm. It feels like we all grew up together. We are now the band you can bring your parents and your kids to hear! Your involvement in our career means everything to us. You are the very reason we are still playing music together 25 years on.”
Vikki Thorn


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.thewaifs.com

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International Ocean Film Tour Vol. 6 - Presented by Patagonia Santa Cruz
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

International Ocean Film Tour Vol. 6 - Presented by Patagonia Santa Cruz

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Presented by Patagonia Santa Cruz

The ultimate film event for all who love the sea.  The International OCEAN FILM TOUR brings the beauty and fascination of the oceans to the big screen. The program consists of 5 inspiring films with a total duration of about 2 hours. The face of this year’s tour is freediver, dancer, and filmmaker Julie Gautier, for whom the element water is both workplace and stage. The environmental policy focus is the deep-sea adventure CHASING THE THUNDER, where we follow the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd in its ambitious fight against illegal fishing.

In mid-march 2019, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR Volume 6 begins in Germany and then goes on an extensive tour through 14 countries worldwide with over 150 stops. This year’s screening on September 7 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz will provide support for local non-profit, Mountains 2 Sea along with a call to action with Save our Shores (Coastal Clean up Day on September 21). We hope you will join us. For more information and tickets visit riotheatre.com

MTNS2SEA partners with schools to provide underserved youth with weekly outdoor adventure outings that focus on leadership skills, goal setting, personal reflection, social-emotional development, and environmental awareness. Being outside is at the heart of what we do and nature provides the catalyst for change and empowerment.

Locally sponsored by Santa Cruz Waves, Adventure Sports Journal, Save our Shores

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Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.us.oceanfilmtour.com

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Kevin Nealon
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Kevin Nealon

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Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds.
As one of the longest running cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995) Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters including ‘The Subliminal Man’ and ‘Hans and Franz.’ Nealon’s reoccurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ made the sketch a show staple.

• Due to a revised filming schedule for "Man With A Plan" this show is now Sunday, September 15th at 7 pm


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $27 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.kevinnealon.com

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

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Radical Reels and Adventure Night

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre September 20 at 7 pm Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2018/2019 World Tour brings films from the 43rd annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival to about 550 communities around the globe. From an exploration of remote landscapes and adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. We’ve got a great line up of cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horseracing films this year. 

Before purchasing tickets be sure to check out the film ratings if this is a concern for younger audience members. 

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Tickets on sale July 1, 2019


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca

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Bobby McFerrin
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

Bobby McFerrin

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Bobby McFerrin, winner of ten Grammys and creator of the #1 global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, continues to explore uncharted musical territory and connect people through the unlimited possibilities of music. The ever-surprising vocal virtuoso invites you to sing along and join in on a spontaneous adventure fueled by jazz, pop, R&B, classical and world music – or, more accurately, out-of-this-world music – all rolled into one. “Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants,” says the Los Angeles Times, “transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $52.50 Gen, $78.75 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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Madeleine Peyroux
Oct
1
7:30 PM19:30

Madeleine Peyroux

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Madeleine Peyroux’s extraordinary journey is one of the the music industry’s most compelling. Eight albums and twenty-two years since her debut, Dreamland, Peyroux continues to challenge the genre lines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of other contemporary genres with unfading curiosity. Peyroux’s new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaboration with Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareiles, Tine Turner, Ziggy Marley, and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow), who are also the rhythm section musicians on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world. Anthem is an album born out of the team being together in one room, musing over world events and letting personal experiences spark ideas.

Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $47/Door
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $52.50/Advance $63/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $52.50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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A Tuba to Cuba: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

A Tuba to Cuba: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests

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“A Tuba to Cuba is as much a soundtrack to our documentary as it is a collection of songs that we wrote and recording during the filming and after its completion.  The writing and recording of our previous release, ‘So It Is’ began before our first trip to Cuba in 2015.  We had no idea that it would become the album it would until we returned home from that first trip.  The ‘A Tuba To Cuba’ soundtrack is comprised of a combination of songs that are both in the movie and new songs that aren’t in the film or couldn’t have been in the film because not until we were able to watch it ourselves, we were again inspired to put that spirit into new music.  Our five years exploring the Cuba/NOLA history has been inspiring to say the least.” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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Kirtan with Krishna Das
Nov
25
7:00 PM19:00

Kirtan with Krishna Das

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Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das ” known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD ” has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz
Artists website: www.krishnadas.com

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Tommy Emmanuel
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

Tommy Emmanuel

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Special guests: Jim & Morning Nichols

Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. Or at least they would if he was the kind of artist who was ever satisfied. At the age of six, he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a Certified Guitar Player by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. All the while, Tommy has hungered for what’s next. When you’re widely acknowledged as the international master of the solo acoustic guitar, what’s next is Accomplice One, an album of collaborations with some of the finest singers, songwriters and, yes, guitarists alive today – a list including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $39.50
Advance tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com
Artists website: www.tommyemmanuel.com:

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Teada
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Teada

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Teada is now firmly established as one of Irish music's leading exponents on the international world music stage, continues to be driven by a fascination with the timeless, expressive force of traditional tunes inherited from previous generations of musicians.

Since 2001, when the freshly-formed band landed a spot on the innovative Irish television show Flosc, Téada, has evolved to frequent headline performances at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia.

A notable highlight was a headlining appearance to a 30,000-audience in Brittany during 2006, a year which also saw the band launch a hugely successful CD/DVD Inné Amárach, released by Gael Linn and Compass Records.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $35
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

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John Mayall
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

John Mayall

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Often referred to as "The Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960s -- a band whose members included many celebrated blues and blues rock guitarists, such as: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, Mayall then made his permanent move from England to Los Angeles in 1969 and began forming bands with American musicians. Throughout the next three decades, Mayall became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. Mayall's popularity continued with a succession of dynamic albums including the Grammy-nominated "Wake Up Call" that featured guest artists Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Albert Collins and Mick Taylor.

In 2008 Mayall made the decision to permanently retire the Bluesbreakers name and in 2009 started a new era of touring with band members Rocky Athas on guitar, Jay Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass. They toured together for over seven years, averaging about 100 shows a year, and are featured players on John's last four studio albums. John has also recently released a couple of never before heard live albums from 1967 featuring Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, which along with the new studio albums have been enthusiastically received by critics and fans alike.

In August 2016 there was another big shift when thunderstorms prevented Rocky Athas from attending a festival, compelling John, Greg and Jay to perform as a trio. The sound they came up with lent an amazing new slant to John's music and he made the bold decision to move to the trio format. They have toured the USA, India and Europe in this format, and have had enthusiastic responses from audiences everywhere. A sample of the fireworks they create onstage was released in February 2018 entitled "Three For the Road." Recorded in Germany in 2016, this live CD has been very well received garnering excellent reviews!

Always one step ahead, John has now hired a new member to be added to all live shows. Her well-known name is Carolyn Wonderland and she will be the first ever woman to hold the position of lead guitarist in any of John's bands. She is also one of the featured guitar players on John's next studio album, Nobody Told Me released February 2019, that will also feature Todd Rundgren, Joe Bonamassa, Steven Van Zandt and Larry McCray on selected cuts. The road continues!


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $40
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

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Return to Earth
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Return to Earth

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A mountain biking film premiere

Catch a powerful new mountain biking flick, support your local trail non-profits, AND get the chance to win a brand new mountain bike all in one evening? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Epicenter Cycling is proud to host the Santa Cruz premiere of the new Anthill Films mountain biking film Return to Earth at the Rio Theatre on Friday, June 21, 2019 with proceeds benefiting  Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) and Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association (MORCA).

Doors open at 6:30pm — come early for our pre-show reception; showtime is at 7:30pm with a post-show raffle taking place at 8:15. Every attendee gets a chance to win a Trek Fuel EX 8 mountain bike! One free raffle ticket is included with admission; additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the show.

About Return to Earth

Return to Earth, a cinematic journey into the bike’s power to immerse us in the present moment.

Time is either spent wisely or it is just spent. Second after second; minute after minute; moment after moment ... they’re all there for the taking. All you need is a simple machine that that defies boundaries and knows no limits.

This is Return to Earth, the ninth feature from award-winning adventure filmmakers Anthill Films. A cinematic journey that will immediately transport you into that feeling of total immersion you get on a bike ride. Fly through the lush coastal jungles of Oahu. Feel the dust from Utah’s otherworldly landscapes. Lose yourself in the untouched mountains of Patagonia.

Connected by true to life examples set by some of the sport’s biggest athletes, unsung shredders and up-and-coming youth, Return to Earth proves that when we lose track of time, we can make the most of it.

Brought to you by Shimano and Trek Bicycles featuring Brett Rheeder, Thomas Vanderham, Casey Brown, Matt Hunter, Reed Boggs, Ryan Howard, Joey Schusler, Thomas Genon, Brandon Semenuk, Carson Storch, Emil Johansson, Jackson Goldstone, Jakob Jewett and friends.

In association with Pink Bike, Trail Forks, Evoc, Clif Bar, Sony, Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Pink Bike and Freehub Magazine with additional support from Bike Park Lenzerheide, Spawn Cycles, Rocky Mountain Cycles.

A new 4K film by Anthill Films with art direction and creative by Good Fortune Collective. Photography by Sterling Lorence and Margus Riga.


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $10
Advance tickets : www.epicentercycling.com and Epicenter Cycling 1730 Mission Street in Santa Cruz and 8035 Soquel Drive in Aptos
Event website: www.epicentercycling.com

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Be Natural Music Summer Music Camp - Week 2
Jun
17
9:00 AM09:00

Be Natural Music Summer Music Camp - Week 2

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Week 1: June 10th - 14th / Week 2: June 17th - 21st

Musicians will compose music together in a group, write a script for their music video and record their song on the Rio Theatre stage!

For semi-beginner* & experienced musicians between the ages of 9 - 20 on the following instruments: 

song writers  |  singers  |  guitarists  |  keyboardists  |  bassists  |  drums & percussion  |  other instruments*

*Strings & woodwind instruments are welcome!

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

*Rhythm players must know their chords & be able to play in time.

*Melody instruments must know how to read music & play scales.

THERE ARE TWO MUSIC CAMP SESSIONS:
Session 1:  June 10 - June 14  M - F  9AM - 12:30PM
Session 2:  June 17 - June 21  M - F  9AM - 12:30PM

Both camps will be held at BNM headquarters and the Rio Theater

Final recordings will be held on the Rio Theatre stage & parents are welcome to attend the recordings on the last day of each camp. (Friday)

Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment by check or PayPal.

Camp Cost:  $325 if paid by April 30th;  $400 starting May 1st

$25 OFF* per student if registering more than one kid per family

$25 OFF* per session if registering for both sessions

$25 OFF* for returning campers!

*LIMITED TO ONE DISCOUNT PER SESSION

DUE TO THE HIGH EXPENSES OF CAMP, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS (Emergency situations will be considered on a case by case basis)


Show time: 9:00 AM, doors 8:00 AM
Tickets: $325
Advance tickets: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com
Event website: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Elizabeth Gilbert

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City of Girls

Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to present an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert for the hardcover tour for her much-anticipated novel, City of Girls. Join us at the Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 12, for this very special evening!

Your $34 ticket package includes entry to the event and one pre-signed copy of City of Girls to be picked up at the event. Please note: if you are unable to attend, your book is retrievable at Bookshop Santa Cruz for up to three months after the event. 

Visit https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/ElizabethGilbert for more info and to purchase tickets.

Tickets sold through Brown Paper Tickets $34.00 plus BPT fees for a total cost of $36.69. Each ticket includes entry for one person and a book (presigned; to be distributed at the event).


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $34.00
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.bookshopsantacruz.com

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Be Natural Music Summer Music Camp - Week 1
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Be Natural Music Summer Music Camp - Week 1

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Week 1: June 10th - 14th / Week 2: June 17th - 21st

Musicians will compose music together in a group, write a script for their music video and record their song on the Rio Theatre stage!

For semi-beginner* & experienced musicians between the ages of 9 - 20 on the following instruments: 

song writers  |  singers  |  guitarists  |  keyboardists  |  bassists  |  drums & percussion  |  other instruments*

*Strings & woodwind instruments are welcome!

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

*Rhythm players must know their chords & be able to play in time.

*Melody instruments must know how to read music & play scales.

THERE ARE TWO MUSIC CAMP SESSIONS:
Session 1:  June 10 - June 14  M - F  9AM - 12:30PM
Session 2:  June 17 - June 21  M - F  9AM - 12:30PM

Both camps will be held at BNM headquarters and the Rio Theater

Final recordings will be held on the Rio Theatre stage & parents are welcome to attend the recordings on the last day of each camp. (Friday)

Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment by check or PayPal.

Camp Cost:  $325 if paid by April 30th;  $400 starting May 1st

$25 OFF* per student if registering more than one kid per family

$25 OFF* per session if registering for both sessions

$25 OFF* for returning campers!

*LIMITED TO ONE DISCOUNT PER SESSION

DUE TO THE HIGH EXPENSES OF CAMP, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS (Emergency situations will be considered on a case by case basis)


Show time: 9:00 AM, doors 8:00 AM
Tickets: $325
Advance tickets: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com
Event website: www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com

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Rufus Wainwright
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Rufus Wainwright

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Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.  The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.rufuswainwright.com

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Blue. The Film
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Blue. The Film

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Directed by Karina Holden

"Blue is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to ride with the waves! Greenpeace Australia.

Remarkable, multiple award winning Australian documentary.

Movie plus panel discussion


Show time: 6:30 PM, doors 5:30 PM
Tickets: $10 Advance, $15 door
Advance tickets: www.saveourshores.org
Event website: www.bluethefilm.org

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Natalie Batalha, Astrophysicist
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Natalie Batalha, Astrophysicist

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Lava Worlds to Living Worlds: How a NASA Mission Sparked the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Award-winning astrophysicist Natalie Batalha served as the scientific lead for NASA's highly successful Kepler mission, which discovered more than 2,500 planets around other stars. When the Kepler space telescope retired in October 2018, Natalie left NASA to join the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, returning to where she had received her Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1997. On the Kepler mission, she identified planets that might be able to sustain life and led the analysis that yielded the discovery in 2011 of the first confirmed rocky planet outside our solar system. In 2017, Time magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in the world.


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
Event website: www.specialevents.ucsc.edu

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A Feast of Friends
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

A Feast of Friends

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Rock Opera

Reverend Lovejoy and Paradise Soul Savin’ Station, in conjunction with the Burlacticus Recording Company and Burl Audio present:

A Feast of Friends, a rock opera in four movements expressing our recursive existence and the evolution of birth, love, loss, healing and redemption. Encompassing the unique combination of musical genres of rock, opera, funk, and bossa nova, A Feast of Friends is a musical odyssey of the heart, mind and soul.

Performing this Feast of Friends rock opera is an amazing collection of Burlacticus Recording Company artists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. A colorful array of accomplished vocalists will be gracing the stage of The Rio Theatre including the premier Los Angeles opera singer, Sonia Kazarova, LA Bossa Nova queen Carla Hassett, Santa Cruz’s top soul singer Tammi Brown, the roxy rocker Holland Greco from the band Holland & Clark, Papiba Godinho from Santa Cruz’s renowned band, SambaDá, the masterful songwriter Nathan Dennen, and the one-time Santa Cruz Universal Life Church psychedelic priest of funk rock, Rich “Rev. Lovejoy” Williams.

This Feast of Friends, performed in a Rock & Roll review format, is backed by the top dog rhythm section of Santa Cruz, The Paradise Soul Savers. The brainchild of drummer and human metronome Will Kahn, this rock-solid rhythm section is the epitome of tight, fat groove. What Bosco Mann is to The Dap-Kings, bass player Etienne Franc is to the Soul Savers. Add a swanky super funk genius guitar player in Ron Work, the deep John Coltrane sax grooves of Anne Stafford, and the Ray Manzarek intellect of Russel Kreitman on organ and you have a rhythm section that rivals the great rhythm sections of recording lore. The Wrecking Crew, The Funk Brothers, The Band, The Section; The Paradise Soul Savers are in this league. Let go and have no fear as you surrender to the power of The Paradise Soul Savers.

This Feast of Friends, a once only performance in the heart of spring at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA is destined to be a special moment in the wake of time. The performance will be captured via the latest recording technology from Santa Cruz’s Burl Audio and it will released as double vinyl album by the Burlacticus Recording Company. The accompanying full length documentary will follow a classic Monterey Pop style format. This opera; A Feast of Friends is a unique slice of Santa Cruz that is not to be missed.

“A feast of friends — “Alive!” she cried, Waiting for me, Outside!” – Jim Morrison


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets: www.pulseproductions.net and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.BurlacticusRecordingCompany.com
Artists website: www.burlacticusrecordingcompany.com

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

The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour

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


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $45
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com

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Puddles Pity Party
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

Puddles Pity Party

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The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex!  This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.  

A veritable “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch” (The AJC), Puddles Pity Party has 286k fans on Facebook and over 76 million views on YouTube for indelible interpretations of classics by ABBA, Bowie, Cheap Trick and Queen and his unforgettable mash-up of “Pinball Wizard/Folsom Prison Blues”.  You may recognize him from his recent appearances on America’s Got Talent and video collaborations with Postmodern Jukebox.  Puddles has toured extensively in the US at legendary venues like the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in D.C. and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.  He has also performed many times in the UK at Soho Theatre London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

VIP - Puddles Pity Party Experience Package

Each Puddles Pity Party Experience Package Includes: · 1 Event Ticket with Venue Early Entry (where applicable) · A Soulful Serenade from Puddles · Pre-show Puddles Cuddle and Photo Op · Exclusive VIP3er Souvenir · Fast friendships with your fellow P3ers! VIP Package components are to be picked up at the venue night of the concert. All packages and contents are non-transferable; no refunds or exchanges; all sales are final. Package items subject to change.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $30 Gen, $100 VIP includes: Early admission, Pre-Show Puddles Cuddles, Exclusive VIP3er Souvenir
Advance tickets: www.Ticketmaster.com
Artists website: www.puddlespityparty.com

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Ace of Cups
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Ace of Cups

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The song says, “we can’t go back again” - but The Ace Of Cups has, and in the process have crafted an album not only ageless, but without boundary or predictable cliché.

The Ace may not have been the first all-female rock and roll band, but they were the one that mattered within that bizarre wrinkle in time that constituted late 1960s San Francisco. Janis Joplin and Grace Slick were the reigning queens, but the musicians of The Ace Of Cups were no ladies-in-waiting. Converging from a diverse set of backgrounds in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love, these young women would constitute an independently-driven, uniquely-inspired organization, equally capable of feather-light poetry, funkier soul and further-out freakery than any of their more celebrated male compatriots within the psychedelic ballrooms.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $25 - Proceeds benefiting Monarch Family Services
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.aceofcups.com

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Cowboy Junkies
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

Cowboy Junkies

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With Cowboy Junkies’ new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection of songs encourages the listener to take notice. It also may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded.


Show time: 8:00 PM. doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $50 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com and Streetlight Records
Artists website: www.cowboyjunkies.com

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Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

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On the Wings of Mantra Tour 2019

Mantra has gone mainstream - and Deva Premal & Miten have been the leading edge of this global phenomenon for over 20 years. Their transformational events are legendary with sell out concerts around the world and a string of chart-topping albums. 


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $55 Gen, $108 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tickets.brightstarevents.com
Artists website: www.devapremalmiten.com

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LUNAFEST Santa Cruz
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

LUNAFEST Santa Cruz

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Presented by Lanai Financial Solutions and 1440 Multiversity

Short Films By, For and About Women

Reception at 6 pm, Films at 7 pm

Please join us on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 as we host the 18th Annual LUNAFEST in Santa Cruz to support WomenCARE. Featuring nine short films by, for, and about women, LUNAFEST is dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. 

The event will take place at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz with a Wine, Beer & Cheese reception from 6 – 7 pm and the screening at 7 pm.  All proceeds benefit WomenCARE. WomenCARE provides cancer advocacy, resources, education, and support to women, their families and friends, and healthcare practitioners at each stage of the journey: diagnosis, healing, surviving, or dying.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors & reception 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.lunafest.org
Event website: www.facebook.com/lunafest.santacruz

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Film: The Devil's Road: A Baja Adventure
Apr
27
5:30 PM17:30

Film: The Devil's Road: A Baja Adventure

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World Premiere

Following the century-old expedition route of two of Baja’s most prolific and obscure naturalists, a group of adventurers set out on a 5,000-mile journey on motorcycles to document over one hundred years of change in Baja California.

Their search takes them on a thrilling quest—by motorcycle, airplane, boat, and horseback—to recreate the historic, unprecedented expedition across Baja. Along the way, they bear witness to the vibrant culture and unforgettable people, endure the challenges of the road, and get a glimpse into this extraordinary place and its uncertain future.

The Devil’s Road is rich with adventure and shows the interplay between past and present. A film about discovery and change, it acts as an environmental call to arms that pays homage to the strange and awe-inspiring Baja California.


Show time: 5:30 PM, doors 4:30 PM
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.devilsroadfilm.com
Youtube: www.youtu.be

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Jimmie Vaughan
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jimmie Vaughan

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Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity--a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool. Since releasing his first solo album in 1994, he has set the standard for quality modern roots music. Throughout his career, Vaughan has earned the esteem of his legendary guitar-playing heroes and superstar peers along with successive generations of young players. His musical ethos and personal style have had an impact on contemporary culture, from spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to his longtime, innate fashion sense of slicked-back hair and sharp vintage threads (now seen throughout the pages of contemporary fashion journals) to becoming a premier designer of classic custom cars. But for Jimmie Vaughan, none of it is part of a crusade or a career plan. It's just his natural way of living his life and pursuing the interests that have captivated Vaughan since his youth.


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $45
Advance tickets: www.ticketfly.com
Artists website: www.jimmievaughan.com

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Mariza
Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Mariza

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Portuguese fado vocalist Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of world music. It all started with her first album, Fado em Mim, released in 2001, which quickly led to a number of high-profile international concerts and ultimately earned her BBC Radio 3’s award for Best European Artist in the World Music category. No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, with countless fans, rave reviews and numerous awards and distinctions. Mariza has mastered the roots of her musical culture and developed into a universal artist who opens herself to the world without ever losing her heartfelt sense of Portuguese identity. Regular General Admission: $42/Advance $52/Door Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $68.25/Advance $78/Door (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $68.25 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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SUP Film Fest
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

SUP Film Fest

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The world's first SUP film festival

At last, a film festival dedicated to awesome & inspiring SUP (Stand Up Paddling) films. In the same spirit that festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the ReelRock Film Festival, and the Mountain Festival encourage mountain adventure & stewardship, the SUP Film Fest inspires water-based adventure, environmentalism, & community through the power of SUP & amazing film-making.  

All festival proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Paddle4Good (taxid # 81-4321731) - which empowers & connects communities through inclusive, adventure-based water activities such as stand up paddling (SUP) for underserved populations such as those with special needs, life-saving education, environmental awareness, & more.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20, kids 12 and under $12
Advance tickets: www.ticketspice.com
Event website: www.supfilmfest.com
Event website: www.paddle4good.org

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

Zakir Hussain: Masters of Percussion

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


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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The 2019 NEXTies
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

The 2019 NEXTies

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The NEXTies Return to the Rio on Friday, March 22th at 6 PM! (But doors will open for dinner at 5:30)

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 the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 10th year, is sure to be the best one yet! See you on the red carpet!

Music guest : Jesse Daniel, Cement Ship, Henry Chadwick, Mira Goto and Anthony Arya.

Food for purchase by Wylder Space
Drinks by Luna Sea Vodka

Honorees include:

Entrepreneur(s) of the year - Leilani Kanter & Ariel Carlson (BOTANIC AND LUXE)
Musician of the Year - Henry Chadwick
Musician of the Year - Mira Goto
Band of the Year - Cement Ship
Artist of the Year - Lili Arnold Studios
Writer of the Year - Douglas Abrams
Give Back Person of the Year - Shandara Gill
Foodie of the Year - Vrinda Quintero
New Business of the Year - 11th Hour Coffee
Athlete of the Year - Marcos Reyes
Under 18 person of the Year - Anthony Arya
Non-Profit of the Year - BALANCE4kids
Mentor of the Year - Ramiro Medrano
TECHie of the Year - Socrates Rosenfeld
Green Business of the Year - The Circular Living Co.
Wildcard - The Art Cave
Innovative Business of the Year - SellHound
Life Time Achievement Award - Dan Haifley


Show time: 6:00 PM, doors 5:00 PM
Tickets: $25
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com
Event website: www.facebook.com

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Greg Brown
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

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


Show time: 7:30 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $28 Gen, $45 Gold circle
Advance tickets: www.snazzyproductions.com and 831-479-9421
Artists website: www.gregbrown.org

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Bikes of Wrath
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Bikes of Wrath

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"People's Choice" Award Winner - Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

Five Australian friends attempt to cycle 2600 kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the mighty westward migration undertaken by “the Grapes of Wrath’s” Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists explore the novel’s core themes – migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity – and how the nation has progressed some 78 years after Steinbeck’s Dust Bowl depiction was first published. It is through countless acts of generosity from small-town individuals and communities, to desolating encounters with “unwanted” Americans, that the cyclists experience first-hand the startling parallels of the novel in a country still grappling with immigration, wealth disparity and, ultimately, its own sense of identity. The Bikes of Wrath couldn’t be more timely. It’s a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America, all while shining a positive light on the nation at a time when the world needs it most.

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Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $14
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.bikesof-wrath.squarespace.com
Event website: www.facebook.com/bikesofwrath

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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


Show time: 7:30, doors 6:30 PM
Tickets: $36.75 Gen, $57.75 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org and Streetlight Records - downtown Santa Cruz

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