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Beatles For Kids August 5th

Here’s a chance to spend a summer afternoon with The White Album Ensemble and your favorite Beatles songs. On Tuesday, August 5th they will perform a matinee at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center at 3 pm featuring animal songs by The Beatles. Favorites like “Blackbird”, “Rocky Raccoon” and “Octopus’s Garden” will no doubt be joined by “Yellow Submarine” and more during the 60 minute set. There’s special price for Beatle fans age 12 and under too.

An “Beatles Unplugged” evening show on acoustic guitars, piano and microphones for the older set begins at 7:30. Beer, wine and food will be served at the Jazz Café inside. The Kuumbwa is located on Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz. These shows will no doubt sell out; tickets are available at in advance Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz.

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Hot Tuna July 28th

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were bored. Jefferson Airplane’s success during the late 1960′s wasn’t enough to fill their time so they began opening shows with a new band, Hot Tuna. In September of 1969 a week of concerts performed at the New Orleans House in Berkeley were recorded and released as a live album featuring acoustic guitar, harmonica and electric bass. No drums, wah-wah or frenzied feedback; surprisingly different for rock musicians at the time.  Jorma & Jack return to The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz with acoustic Hot Tuna music Saturday, July 28th. Showtime is 8 pm. Come see how little has changed; tie-dye optional.

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Stanley Jordan July 23

Imagine being a jazz musician in your early 20′s. You get your start in college by playing with Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie.This was the case for Chicago-born guitarist Stanley Jordan. In time he developed a signature guitar technique; a unique finger-tapping skill that allows him to play melodies and chords simultaneously. Mr. Jordan always brings along some customized instruments that often must be seen to be believed. Guitar great Stanley Jordan returns to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz Monday, July 23rd. Showtime is 7 pm.

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Pasatempo Thurs July 19th

From the soggy town of Seattle comes Pasatempo, a band specializing in old-style music from the Greek underworld, known as “Rebetika” along with other music from the Balkans. They’ll be in concert at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 7:30pm. Led by the husband and wife team of Christos Govetas (vocals, bouzouki and baglama) and Ruth Hunter (vocals, accordion and former member of the Santa Cruz Balkan band Medna Usta) the ensemble also includes Dave Bartley (guitar), Hank Bradley (“The Poison Coyote Kid” on bouzouki), Steve Ramsay (baglama) and Bill Lanphier (double bass) for that wall of emotional sound reflecting the full gamut of sorrow and joy.

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Performance Art Extravaganza!

If you love musicals, theatre, dance, comedy, burlesque, spoken word and the like, make sure to be in Santa Cruz from July 13-22! The Santa Cruz Fringe Festival is coming to downtown Santa Cruz and there will literally be something for everyone. Whether you like more traditional and classical performances, or if edginess is more your style, you will be able to find it all! Shows are cheap and short, allowing there to be multiple performances a day at various downtown venues such as the 418 Project, The Tannery, Center Stage, Motion at the Mill and the Louden Nelson Community Center. All venues are within walking distance of one another, so you can walk from show to show throughout the day and night while grabbing food and drinks along the way. Performers include Circadelix, Button Wagon, Astonishing Productions, Flex Dance Company, and many many more.

For more information on the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, check out:

http://www.santacruzfringefestival.com/

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James Hunter 4th of July

What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than with British blue-eyed soul singer James Hunter? His solo recordings feature a musical style wedged somewhere between early rock & roll and early soul. His 1994 solo debut “…Believe What I Say” had guest appearances by soul legend Doris Troy and Van Morrison and Hunter appeared on a couple of Morrison’s mid-’90s albums as well as performing as part of Van’s Rhythm & Blues Revue. Hunter, also a skilled guitarist released his third full-length album, People Gonna Talk, in 2006 which was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award. Find out what James has up his sleeves these days on Wednesday, July 4th at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. Doors open at 7:30; showtime is 8:30 pm.