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Americanarama Fest August 4th

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.

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Fanfare Ciocarlia: Moe’s Alley July 20th

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

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Debo Band Tues July 16th

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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Free Movies on the Beach!

Calling out all movie, beach, and fun lovers!

Every Wednesday night at 9pm on the beach located next to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, our beautiful city will be hosting a FREE movie for anyone looking to have a wonderful evening! Films that have already been shown include The Lost Boys (which was filmed at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk  & in parts of Pogonip state park), The Wedding Singer, and the original 1971 Wille Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. If you weren’t able to attended those fine cinematic features, don’t despair! There are still 5 more films coming your way! Hope to see you there :)

July 17: Tremors

“Run Kevin Bacon, Run!”

July 24: Ice Age

“Watch this cool flick on the warmest of beaches”

July 31: BIG

“All ages and sizes are encouraged to attended”

Aug 7: Footloose  

“Dance Kevin Bacon, Dance!”

Aug 14: Chasing Mavericks    

“See the six packed star of 300 walk the streets of our very own Santa Cruz”

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Phono del Sol July 13

There is no shortage of festivals to attend in the summertime. With so many to choose from it’s impossible to go to everything; especially with the prices they’re asking these days. You’ve got to be a smart festival shopper to make sure you get the most out of your hard earned cash. On Saturday July 13th the 3rd Annual Phono del Sol: Music and Food Festival will take place at Potrero Del Sol park in San Francisco. The lineup is stacked with a variety of local and out of the area acts to choose from. KZSC favorites Thee Oh Sees, Bleached, Radiation City, and Cool Ghouls are on a bill bolstered by many more. Bonus: they’ve got a pretty sweet group discount! Tell your friends, save some coin and plan to spend a nice Saturday in the park about a week after the fourth of July. Check out the full lineup at phonodelsoul.com and keep your radio, computer and smart phone locked to the Great 88 all summer long.

 

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World Rhythms Workshop June 22

The Summer Equinox approaches. What better way to bring in the season than to make some music? Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future and author of “Ancient Traditions: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India” will present a world rhythm workshop Saturday afternoon June 22nd at Gryphon Strings. His book, which is the basis for this workshop, received rave reviews. Seats are limited; to reserve a space call Gryphon at 650-493-2131. Gryphon Strings is located at 211 Lambert Avenue in Palo Alto. More details can be found on Facebook

Here’s Montfort’s contemplations on Jimi Hendrix and the classical Indian tradition of the Raga.