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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

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Ho’omana Hawaiian Band Feb. 8th

You’re certain to see hula dancers in action as Ho’omana perform songs of hula and aloha from Hawai’i. Since the show is at The Reef Bar/Pono Grill, you can enjoy  delicious “ono” food and drink as you escape into the music of the islands. Ho’omana perform Friday, February 8th at Pono Hawaiian Grill, 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Music starts at 6 pm; hula will go till 9.

 

 

 

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Jim Malcolm Wed Jan 30th

Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Malcolm will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:30pm. Former lead singer of the well-respected band Old Blind Dogs, Jim has been touring the world with his guitar and harmonicas, singing the traditional songs of Scotland along with his own originals. His recently released CD “Disaster for Scotland” is a collection of original humorous and satirical songs. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

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John McCutcheon, Fri & Sat Jan 18th-19th

The Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King with a weekend of events centered around “The Power of Songs for Social Change.” John McCutcheon will be in concert Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at the Resource Center starting at 7:30pm, and will lead a singing workshop on Sat, Jan 19 at the same venue from 10am-noon. John is a talented multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer and more), singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author, has released over 30 recordings, and been nominated for seven Grammy awards. Visit the Resource Center’s website for the other weekend events, which include a South African choral workshop, a Gospel night concert, an afternoon of free Hip-Hop workshops for youth of all ages, and an evening Hip-Hop concert.