The First Annual Seabright Stringfest will be held at the Seabright Brewery and Java Junction in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz on Saturday, February 11th from 11:30am-11:30pm. Yep, that’s right – 12 continuous hours of music (plus a square dance) starting with a kids show by Bob Reid and followed by a cavalcade of bluegrass, old-time string band, Celtic, and other associated traditional string genres. See fiddlersjam.com for details about this free event. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear some hand-crafted local music with the possibility of having perhaps a hand-crafted beverage to go with it.
Special Consensus, the mighty four-person acoustic bluegrass band from the Chicago area, will be in concert Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA, performing songs from their CD “35,” named after the band’s 35th anniversary, and more. While band members have changed over the decades, they’re still led by ace banjo player Greg Cahill. Opening the show will be local Santa Cruz favorites Bean Creek, who play and sing early country, old-time and bluegrass music with lots of heart and exuberance.
Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Malcolm will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. 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. He’s a master interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and this evening will also be a celebration of the 253rd anniversary of the birthday of Scotland’s national poet. Opening will be local Celtic music artists Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle) and Shelley Phillips (harp, woodwinds). Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
There seems to be a surfeit of ska music in the coming months. This bounty of musical nourishment will satisfy the ska-starved and the dance-deprived. Some of the bands coming to town include:
Friday, January 20th – DAN POTTHAST – The Catalyst
Saturday, January 21st – VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – The Catalyst
Thursday, January 26th – THE AGGROLITES – Red Devil Lounge (SF)
Tuesday, January 31st – THE TOASTERS – The Catalyst
Thursday, February 2nd – THE MELODIANS – Moe’s Alley
Friday, February 10th – TAKE ONE – Joe’s Bar (Boulder Creek)
Saturday, February 11th – THE SLACKERS – Slims (SF)
Sunday, February 12th – THE SLACKERS – The Catalyst
Thursday, February 23rd – THE BUDOS BAND – The Independent (SF)
Saturday, February 25th – ENGLISH BEAT – Ace of Spades (Sac)
Friday, March 16th = TAKE ONE – The Crow’s Nest
Tune in to KZSC at 8:30PM every Friday for a veritable feast of all types of ska, rocksteady, and Jamacian rhythm & blues. Side dishes include cajun, polka, bluebeat, yodeling, doo-wop, mento, brass band, skiffle, jump jazz, and other tasty tidbits from the KZSC library.
This weekly feast is brought to you by the Skallelujah collective, hosted by Skankin Marc, Rude Girl, and Bobo Z.
-Bobo Z of the Skallelujah Collective
From chilly Minnesota comes Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton to the Backstage Lounge (next to the Rio Theatre) in Santa Cruz, CA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:30pm. A true master of the much maligned squeeze box, Dan’s repertoire covers a wide swath of original and traditional material, including influences of Gypsy Swing, French Musette, Cajun, Jug Band, Tex-Mex and the Cumbia, A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” Dan’s shows feature not only his brilliant accordion work, but his humor and songs in a dizzying variety of musical genres. He also performs with a larger band, the Café Accordion Orchestra, but on this visit is appearing solo in an intimate venue.
He’s mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar magazine refers to David Lindley not as a multi-instrumentalist but instead as a “maxi-instrumentalist”. Lindley holds cult status in a lot of areas: supreme sideman for the likes of Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt; world music visionary; band leader of El Rayo X…the list goes on. Through it all, he’s also managed to keep his polyester shirt collection and humor intact. David Lindley returns to Santa Cruz Wednesday, January 11th for two shows at The Kuumbwa at 7 and 9 pm.