The multiple Grammy Award winning Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will be playing for a dance at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Native Acadian fiddler Michael Doucet has spearheaded this band for the past 37 years, with styles ranging from straight forward traditional tunes and songs from the heart of Louisiana to dance music blending elements of Cajun and Zydeco with some New Orleans jazz, country, and blues. Their recently released CD “From Bamako to Carencro” traces a connection between the West African music of Mali and the suburbs of Lafayette, Louisiana with creatively joyful dance music. Get your dancing shoes ready for an evening of pulsating fun.
Coming up this weekend is the 38th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Sat-Sun June 21-22, 2014, with continuous concerts, workshops, dancing, and acoustic jamming from noon-10pm each day at Presidio Middle School in San Francisco. While donations will be accepted, this is a free event sponsored by the venerable San Francisco Folk Music Club. There’ll be over 60 live performances (including Banjo Babes Review, the Wronglers, Windy Hill, The Rowan Brothers, Sylvia Herold Ensemble), 100+ music workshops (various instruments including guitar, harmonica, accordion, fiddle, ukulele) and singing styles (including folk, blues, jazz standards, honky-tonk), dance workshops (from Zydeco to Bollywood, African, Country Western, English, French, Latin and more) and family activities (puppet show, singing, storytelling, build-your-own instrument and band jamming) during the day, plus more concerts and evening dance parties (contras and squares, English-Irish-Scottish, Cajun, and other International dances). You’ll need to choose between many activities each hour, so take a look at the four-page Festival Schedule for the lowdown.
If you saw the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom”, you know Darlene Love’s story. She sang backup on recordings for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Cher and Aretha Franklin. Love also worked for the legendary producer Phil Spector during the glory days of the girl group era; that’s her voice you hear on the classic “He’s A Rebel”. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love presents “An Unforgettable Evening” at The Golden State Theatre in Monterey Sunday, June 29th. Showtime is 7:30 pm.
Two local Santa Cruz bluegrass bands, Bean Creek and The Abbott Brothers headline the official after-party of the Redwood Mountain Faire on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA. This year, Bean Creek was named “Best Bluegrass Band” by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and individual members of the band also received awards, Billy Pitrone for “Best Male Vocalist,” Rob Horgan for “Best Banjo Player,” and Pete Hicks for “Best Mandolin Player.” The always engaging young Abbott Brothers will present energetic versions of classic honky-tonk and country songs, and old-time brother duets as well as straight ahead bluegrass and sizzling instrumentals.
Doe Eye is the project of Maryam Qudus, a San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist. She just recently put out her debut album T E L E V I S I O N which was produced by John Vanderslice. It’s got a great delicate yet spooky feel to it. There are points where it grooves and points where it kind of flutters along.
Doe Eye is playing with Sun Maiden TONIGHT at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Showtime is 9 pm.
The California Roots Music & Arts Festival began as a small grassroots event in Monterey. It’s now one of the largest and more unique festivals in the country. Combining elements of art, music and environmental consciousness, The California Roots Music & Arts Festival will enter its 5th a year with a family environment, zero waste program and live art. Set in the historic Monterey County Fairgrounds, fans will see some of today’s biggest reggae acts on the same legendary stage that was graced by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who in 1967.