What could be better than being surrounded by music and the passionate fanatics drawn to it? Other than winning the Lottery, not much. If you’re a record collector or just like people watching, the annual KZSC Ultimate Music Sale should be your destination Saturday November 12th. Dozens of music vendors will be selling everything from rare collectibles to bargain-priced vinyl and CDs. And yes, back by popular demand, The Great 88 will have a separate ginormous table with no item over 25 cents. Fun for the whole family and a Santa Cruz tradition in November, the Ultimate Music Sale is…well, the ultimate. FREE admission; FREE parking. Get there early for best selection. The double doors open at 10 AM this Saturday. Follow the signs and balloons to the Crown/Merrill Cultural Center on the UCSC campus. More info and pictures on our Facebook Page.
Erupting out of the insanity that is Los Angeles comes Ozomatli, a ten-piece band who’ve managed to tweak people’s consciousness with their highly politicized amalgamation of hip-hop, salsa, ska, funk and jazz. Last year Ozomatli opened for Carlos Santana at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, performing in front of 11,000 people. Carlos introduced Ozomatli to his guests as “the future of music”. Find out for yourself Friday, November 18th when Ozomatli perform at the Henry Mello Center in Watsonville. Doors open at 8 pm.
Celebrating his 52nd birthday in October, Weird Al has been professionally poking fun at popular music since he was a youngster. With over 15 million records sold, apparently others are laughing at his parodies too. He’s ditched the thick rimmed glasses but kept his trademark accordion for this year’s “Apocalypse Tour” which pulls into the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Friday, November 4th. Showtime is 8 pm.
Coming all the way from Scotland, The Battlefield Band will be in concert Wednesday, November 2 at Don Quixote’s in Felton. Founded in 1969 and named for the “Battlefield” area of Glasgow, the band has been on the international scene for four decades. They pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, mixing old songs with newly composed material. The band won the first Scots Traditional Music Award as “Best Live Act” and are celebrating the release of their latest CD “Line-Up”. Current band members include the newest recruit Ewen Henderson (fiddle, highland pipes, small pipes, vocals, piano), Mike Katz (highland pipes, small pipes, whistles, bouzouki, guitar, bass), Alasdair White (fiddle, whistle, bouzouki, highland and small pipes), and Sean O’Donnell (vocals, guitar). Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. The Battlefield Band take the stage Wednesday night at 7:30.
“Poetry for Protection” is a poetry slam event created by a Mar Vista Elementary 5th grader in hopes of raising money for the River Street Shelter. The “Poetry for Protection” event will be held at the Ugly Mug in Soquel on Saturday, November 5th from 2 to 4 pm. Donations from this event go directly towards the River Street Shelter. There are several spaces available for poets to perform at this event. If interested, you can call Sarah at 234-7109.
The Frank Wakefield Band will be performing at an intimate house concert on the Westside of Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:30pm. Frank has been playing bluegrass mandolin for decades, and has performed with many of the top-notch bands, including Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys, and his own band of Good Ole Boys. Frank sang and played with Red Allen, creating some of the classic sound of early bluegrass. He also spent time mentoring David Grisman on the mandolin. Frank’s humor is one-of-a-kind, and always entertaining. He’s been declared a living legend by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and has composed many an innovative tune. His latest CD release is a tribute to Bill Monroe, so expect plenty of mandolin fireworks, and some Monroe songs at the concert. Joining Frank will be Jim Lewin (guitar), Luke Abbott (banjo and resonator guitar), and Louise Mintun (bass). For reservations and location contact Steve <firstname.lastname@example.org>.