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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Celtic duo of Aaron Jones & Claire Mann will be in concert on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA. Aaron is the singer, bouzouki and guitar player in the popular band “Old Blind Dogs” and a recipient of an “Instrumentalist of the Year” award for Scottish Traditional Music. Claire is also a singer, and has received multiple All-Ireland Champion awards on flute and tin whistle, as well as being an outstanding fiddler. As a duo, they’ve toured together for years, delighting audiences with a mix of traditional and original Scottish and Irish music and song. Presented by The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.