Aimee Mann Sept. 28th

Known for her powerful lyrics and sultry voice, Aimee Mann is on tour promoting her new album, Charmer. “I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm” Mann says. “It’s hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I’m most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for manipulation.'” The concept sounds…charming. Find out for yourself as Aimee Mann takes the stage in Santa Cruz Friday, September 28th at the Rio Theatre. Showtime is 8 pm.

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Bonnie Raitt September 16th

What did you do in summer camp? Whittle? Paddle a canoe? Bonnie Raitt learned to play guitar at Camp Regis-Applejack in upstate New York. Unlike our nights burning s’mores on a campfire, her experiences  led to a career in music playing some of the best electric slide guitar there is. Her blues interpretations, singing and songwriting have gained Bonnie a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plus numerous Grammy awards. As summer and summer camp season come to an end, Bonnie Raitt brings her “Slipstream Tour” to Santa Cruz on Sunday September 16th with special guest gospel legend Mavis Staples. The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium downtown is the place. Showtime will be 8 pm.

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Darol Anger and The Furies, Sun Aug 19th

An all-star string extravaganza will be led by fiddler Darol Anger at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 starting at 7pm. Darol has been pushing the envelope of modern American string music by combining elements of bluegrass, jazz, and world music traditions into his compositions. He has played with the David Grisman Quintet, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings and other ensembles, and taught at the Berklee College of Music. He’s touring this time with the Furies, which includes Rushad Eggleston (cello), Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin), Emy Phelps (guitar, vocals), and Nic Gareiss (foot percussion).

Queer and Pleasant Danger

Kate Bornstein in Santa Cruz!

Gender theorist and activist Kate Bornstein will be at Bookshop Santa Cruz to promote her new book, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir. The book is described as “The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.” Her works on gender such as Gender Outlaw have been assigned here at UCSC, but don’t forget to look into her hilarious twitter page. She will be reading from and signing her new book on Thursday August 16 at 7:30pm.

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AC/DC Tribute August 16th

There are several camps of AC/DC fans. Some refuse to listen to anything without lead singer Bon Scott. Ronald Belford (aka “Bon”) Scott served as front man for the Aussie rockers through the “Highway to Hell” album. His 1980 death after a night out in London inspired the band to record a tribute LP, “Back in Black” which has become the third best-selling album of all time. Yet another salute to the Bon Scott version of AC/DC comes to The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Thursday, August 16th in the form of tribute band Touched Too Much. Doors open at 8:30; the rock & roll danger begins at 9 pm.


The 50th Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival

You only have less than 5 days to catch some of the “here and now” of contemporary works for Orchestra! The 50th Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival is here again in Downtown Santa Cruz. Taking place through this upcoming Sunday August 12th, The Cabrillo Music Festival is bringing emerging composers as well as professional musicians and guest artists from across the world. Much of the music is not even one year old! Music critic Allan Ulrich spoke of the festival by saying, “…in the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable and even sexy.” So head on down to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to hear some fresh, beautiful, and even sexy orchestral pieces! There are even free open rehearsals perfect for dropping by anytime.

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