From New York, Donna the Buffalo brings their energetic spin on alt-country to Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 at 8:30pm. Their first studio-produced CD in five years was released less than two months ago, and has already risen to number 8 on the national Americana Radio Chart. The band has been together for 25 years and has released 11 albums to critical acclaim, presenting a unique mix of music that includes elements from country, rock, folk, cajun/zydeco, and reggae that’s tastefully done. More than just a thumping jam band, their work is driven by the strong and thoughtful songwriting of Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, who both have strong roots in traditional old-time string band music.
Paula Fuga is a strong, courageous Hawaiian woman with a voice that soars from R & B style to reggae-licious. Backed on tour by the grooving guitar of Mike Love and Sam Ite’s percussion, you’ll catch the aloha spirit listening to the rich and heartfelt sweetness of Paula’s compositions, voice and her homegrown island ukulele strumming. After visiting Humbolt’s Reggae on the River Festival August 1st-4th, Paula Fuga, Mike Love Trio will be at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz Monday August 5th for 2 sets. Doors open at 8 pm.
Dance to the Creole and Zydeco music of Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys tonight, Wed July 31, 2013 at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA at 7:30pm. Jeffery is a master of traditional style Creole and Zydeco music as learned from the legendary Canray Fontenot and Jeffery’s famed accordion-playing dad, Delton Broussard, that few performers highlight today. At the age of 8, Jeffery played drums in his dad’s band. Now fronting his own band, Jeffery sings and plays old-style button accordion, newer piano-key accordion and acoustic fiddle and enthusiastically works to pass the joy of traditional music on to younger generations. The band also puts its own spin on contemporary Zydeco style music, so there’ll be plenty of rhythm for dancing.
Ahhh summer. Time for corn dogs, roller coaster rides and package tours that fill outdoor venues across the nation. Shoreline will see its fair share of these roll through this season, but there’s one that puts the rest to shame. Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket will descend upon the venue famously built atop a landfill as part of their Americanarama Festival tour. And with the promise of over 4 hours of music at each stop, it’s sure to be a knockout night. The Americanarama Festival takes place Sunday, August 4th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Show begins at 5:30 pm.
Fanfare Ciocarlia – whose name translates as “lark’s song”, are from the village of Zece Prajini in north eastern Romania. With humble beginnings as musicians performing at local weddings, this group is full of vigor and daring. They are known for such idiosyncrasies as their well worn instruments, impromptu blasts from horns and clarinets, and going sheet music-less. A great driving, staccato and high energy style, they bring to all their music and interpretations. Fanfare Ciocarlia makes their Santa Cruz debut “for a Saturday night Balkan Brass dance party” at Moe’s Alley Saturday, July 20th. Doors open at 7:30; music at 8:30 pm.
here, is Fanfare Ciocarlia’s special twist on the “007” James Bond theme
Outstanding Ethiopian-Pop Debo Band makes an appearance in Santa Cruz tonight, Tuesday July 16, 2013 at Moe’s Alley. This large 11-member group includes musicians and dancers from Addis and Boston, plus local fiddler Kaethe Hostetter formerly of Bonny Doon. They’ve received raves for pushing the envelope of traditional Ethiopian music by incorporating funk, soul, jazz and Eastern European influences into their dance music using a varied assortment of instruments that includes sousaphone, accordion, and electric and acoustic violins. Debo’s most recent CD release was on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and is available streamed in its entirety here. Sun Hop Fat, another group playing Ethiopian dance music opens.
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