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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.

 

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FIDLAR Jan. 19

Do you like punk? Come get ur freak on Saturday night at the Catalyst Atrium with LA band FIDLAR. Opening for them will be Pangea (LA), Meat Market (Oakland) and Bummer City (Santa Cruz) with a special guest spot by DJ Se666undo. Show starts at 9 PM; this is a 16 or older event.

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Wake the Dead Fri, Jan 11th

The Wake the Dead band who are mostly from the SF Bay Area, blends traditional Celtic music played on acoustic instruments with the songs of the Grateful Dead. They’ll be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8pm. The band includes Danny Carnahan, a singer, fiddler, and player of just about anything with frets, and a two-time NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) “Indie” award winner, Sylvia Herold, guitarist and amazing singer, Paul Kotapish, tasty and talented mandolin and guitar player and occasional vocalist, Kevin Carr, singer, fiddler, whistle & pipes player, Maureen Brennan featured on harp, Cindy Browne on bass, and Brian Rice on percussion.

 

Booker T

Booker T. January 20

If there’s a more well-known instrumental from the 1960s than “Green Onions” we haven’t heard it. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones and his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s were a staple of radio with hit instrumentals. They also helped define the Stax record label sound by serving as a backup band for many important soul singers including Otis Redding. When the M.G.s went their separate ways, Jones went on to producing, composing, and collaborating with new groups. Don’t expect only the oldies at this show; his latest album  Sound The Alarm (with Gary Clark Jr) features Jones at his most soulful in years. It’s a Hammond B-3 sound fest as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center proudly presents Booker T. for two shows, 7 and 9 pm, Monday, January 20th. Don’t miss an opportunity to see a musical legend in such an intimate venue.

Nina Storey

Nina Storey January 12th

Nina Storey is as powerful as she is provocative, delivering honest and hypnotic songs steeped in classic soul pop. Her Santa Cruz fans will be among the first to hear songs from her new album Think Twice, which will have its Northern California release at Moe’s Alley Saturday, January 12th. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Live Shows for The Holidays

The end of December is full of music events in the Santa Cruz area that you won’t want to miss. “Winter Solstice” which includes Barbara Higbie, Liz Story, Lisa Lynne, George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter is a holiday music event at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center Friday, December 21st that will surely make you feel festive. Sunday, December 23rd, check out the sophisticated modern jazz duo The Le Boeuf Brothers at Don Quixote’s in Felton, followed by the guitar stylings of Peppino D’Agostino on Thursday December 27th. Finally, head down to the Rio Theatre on December 29th or 30th to see the White Album Ensemble perform The Beatles’ “Revolver” and “Let it Be” albums note-for-note.  More Beatles for New Years Eve with The Sun Kings at Don Quixote’s starting at 9 pm.