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Hey La, Hey La, The Girl Groups are Back!photo by John Atashian

Darlene Love June 29

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.

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Doe Eye May 28th

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.

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California Roots Festival May 23-25

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.

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La Misa Negra & Stellamara May 23rd

BBBSpring is the season for shaking it. If you’re looking for fantastic world music to get everybody’s on the dance floor, may we suggest internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic artist Stellamara? In collaboration with Colleena Shakti, Stellamara will showcase Odissi, Indian classical and contemporary dance, along with  Persian devotional dance artists Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi. It’ll be an  immersion full of passion at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, downtown Santa Cruz Friday, May 23rd.  Also coming to Santa Cruz this Friday, we have La Misa Negra! They’ve released their debut album “Misa de Medianoche” and we’ve absolutely been loving it! Playing at Moe’s Alley, this Oakland 50’s and 60’s style Cumbia group shares the stage with El Gran
Silencio, bringing you rock en Español all the way from Monterrey, Mexico. If you want a night of Latin beats, reggae and dancehall combinations, this is the venue for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Stills May 8th

It’s the second name in “Crosby, STILLS, Nash & Young”; he’s a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and supreme solo artist. Stephen Stills is part of rock & roll history. He makes a rare appearance at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz to perform both acoustic and electric music. Stephen Stills plays Thursday, May 8th at 8 pm.

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David Grisman May 5th

At a Bill Monroe bluegrass show in 1964, David Grisman met Jerry Garcia. Fast forward almost ten years and they hook up again as “Old & In The Way”, a bluegrass super group worshiped by Dead heads. David and Jerry continued to collaborate over the years,however “Dawg’s” (Grisman’s nickname, given to him by Garcia) interests ranged widely to include jazz, kleezmer and just about anything else played on the mandolin. His record label Acoustic Disc just released a new album. David Grisman’s Sextet plays it live in Santa Cruz Monday, May 5th at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm.