Masters of Tradition

Martin Hayes and Masters of Tradition Tues Mar 5th

 

An all-star lineup of extraordinary Irish musicians are touring as the “Masters of Tradition” and will be in concert at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30pm. This is a unique opportunity to hear Martin Hayes, All-Ireland fiddle champion six times over, Dennis Cahill, Martin’s guitar accompanist of choice who completely supports Martin’s dynamic playing, Iarla O Lionaird, vocalist who has received two Grammy nominations for his work with the Afro Celt Sound System group, and members of the Mairtin O’Connor Band  on accordion, fiddle, guitar and uilleann pipes. They’ll perform in a mix of duos, trios, and full group collaborations. The New Yorker claims this touring group is “not to be missed.” Sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

2nd Seabright Stringfest

Seabright Stringfest March 2nd

The 2nd annual Seabright Stringfest takes place this Saturday, March 2nd outdoors on the Seabright Brewery/Java Junction patio in Santa Cruz on. This day-long FREE event is a cavalcade of bands performing from 11 AM until midnight. The day begins with a kids’ show by Bob Reid, followed by a variety of bluegrass, old-time string band, Celtic, folk and world music. Eleven bands will appear, including locals Bean Creek, The Abbott Brothers, Earl White Stringband, and The Percolators plus The Flatiron String Band from Portland and the Black Crown String Band from the Bay Area. More info and the performance schedule can be found at fiddlersjam.com.

 

 

 

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Double Shot Of Hawaiian Guitar March 1st

Friday, March 1st is the Day of The Hawaiian Guitars. Both Makana and Maunalua honor the traditional Hawaiian style and make it their own, performing at two locations. Bobby Moderow, Kahi Kaonohi and Richard Gideon are in the band Maunalua. Their rich harmonies and glorious guitars will take you to Hawaii on a musical flight non- stop…well, at least until 9 pm! Maunalua take the stage starting at 6 pm at Pono, 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

The Carriage House Theatre will be the place for Hawaiian guitar moving into the future as Makana performs his blazingly brilliant and original style of Hawaiian slack key guitar at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga also on Friday, March 1st at 8 pm. Montalvo also offers a pre-show cocktail party in the historic Villa.

Makana Live at Guitar Player’s Superstar Event

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World Music Show Feb. 19

This and next month are full of African and African-influenced music events in Santa Cruz. Tuesday the 19th, world fusion band Toubab Krewe will perform at Moe’s Alley. Toubab Krewe specializes in upbeat instrumentals that draw from African blues, rock, folk, and so much more. Some of the instruments used are the Kora, electric guitar, Djembe, and fiddle. This 21+ event  will also feature New World Ape and Shovelman. The music starts at 8:30 pm;  doors open at 8.

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Jake Shimabukuro Feb. 14th

Ukulele player as rock star? How about taking center stage at a symphony hall? Almost hard to imagine unless you’ve heard Jake Shimabukuro. An international phenomenon, Jake’s played loud rock on his uke in front of thousands in Japan, classical music with orchestras and jazz with the best of them in New York. He’s written and recorded originals on a pile of CDs and does killer covers of Beatles, Queen and yes, Jake does play heartfelt Hawaiian music (he was born in Honolulu).

Uke lovers: Jake Shimabukuro performs Valentine’s Day, February 14th at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz (not quite “under The Boardwalk”). Showtime is 8 pm.

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ZZ Ward Feb. 13

ZZ Ward’s raw edge evokes blues greats such as Big Mama Thornton with a modern twist. Her “Eleven Roses” mixtape began to catch the public’s attention when she sampled hip-hop beats over her bluesy vocals allowing for an explosive fusion of soul, blues and hip-hop.  Her recent releases, the “Criminal” EP and “Till the Casket Drops”, continue her bold freshness.  ZZ Ward presents a live show you definitely do not want to miss! She appears at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Wednesday, February 13th at 8 pm

ZZ Ward- Better off Dead