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Flamenco Fest Begins Sept. 22

Flamenco is Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. With its colorful costumes, high energy and rhythmic combination of singing, playing, dancing and hand clapping, it’s an amazing experience to witness in person. The 8th annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival comes to Santa Cruz for three weekends of exciting shows featuring world-class performers including icon of Gypsy flamenco dance (and student of the legendary Pepe Rios) Concha Vargas September 22nd and the internationally renowned guitarist known as “The Godfather of Bay Area Flamenco Guitar”  David Serva September 27th. All performances will take place at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center at 8 pm.

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BLUES With Bleu Aug. 31st

Collectively they call themselves Bleu. Individually it’s Virgil Thrasher and Gil Cadilli and they’ll be performing live at the KZSC/Verve Coffee Summer Music Sale. Check out the blues with Bleu at Verve Coffee’s Seabright Avenue area location (104 Bronson Street) while you’re checking out the blues, soul, rock, jazz, and all kinds of LPs and CDs for sale. Bleu will be playing Saturday, August 31st from 11 AM until 1 PM. Admission to the Music Sale and their live performance is free. You can find out more about Bleu on Facebook.

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Valley of the Moon Annual Concert, Fri Aug 30th

Scottish fiddling master Alasdair Fraser hosts a week-long Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School every year, culminating with an annual concert which this year falls on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Performances showcase the exceptional instructors, along with over a hundred of their students on the stage, who occasionally add an accompanying wall of sound. Traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Quebec will be featured by Alasdair (Scottish), along with Andre Brunet and Eric Beaudry (Quebec), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Irish, from the group Altan), singer and fiddler Laura Cortese (Boston), amazing step dancer Nic Gareiss, cellist Natalie Haas plus another 11 all-star fiddlers.

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The Breeders August 26th

The Breeders played their first show together during the summer of 1992 in a snooker hall behind Warrington Rugby Club in the north of England. Two days later, they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast and played at the gigantic Glastonbury Festival. After playing sold-out shows that fall, they made their way to San Francisco to record “Last Splash”. The album was a huge success, propelled in part by a music video directed by Spike Jonze. They played their last show in September of 1994…until now. To commemorate the release of a deluxe anniversary edition of “Last Splash” The Breeders are touring together again, performing the album live. Catch The Breeders Monday, August 26th at The Rio in Santa Cruz. Showtime will be 8 pm.

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Roky Erickson Aug. 21st

In 1965 Roger Kynard Erickson penned his most famous composition, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”. Originally recorded with a group called The Spades, lyricist and jug player Tommy Hall heard it and invited him to join (and record) a version with Texas garage rock/psychedelic band The 13th Floor Elevators. Roky Erickson and the Elevators became a national sensation in 1966, with a renewed interest in the 80’s when the “Nuggets” collection included the hit. His legacy continues in person at Don Quixote’s in Felton on Wednesday, August 21st. Showtime is 9 pm.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Aug. 16th

College music students from Ohio make it big..by leaving. The story’s been told before, but The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have kept things moving forward (and away from the Buckeye State) since the Millennium. Nominated for Grammy’s “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2004, 2007 and 2010, the group is currently showcasing their 2013 release “Mosquito” on tour. If you missed them at Coachella, hear them perform at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Friday, August 16th.  Showtime 8 pm.