His first recognition was as a founding member of the band Traffic. When they later switched to a trio, Dave Mason was already recording with The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and playing with Delaney & Bonnie Bramlet. Mason was also (briefly) a member of Clapton’s “Derek and the Dominoes” line-up. Decades of being a solo artist have given Dave Mason a wealth of material. Hear his originals along with his unmistakeable covers (Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” for example) in person as Dave Mason appears Saturday, December 14th at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Showtime is 8 pm.
You may have heard his music on the soundtrack to the TV series “Hawaii 5-0″, the movie “The Descendants” or from one of his many albums already, but now you’ll get the opportunity to hear him live. Santa Cruz is one of the only stops Makana will make as he visits the mainland from Hawaii. If you love Hawaiian music and acoustic guitar music, be sure to make it to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz Tuesday, November 5th. Showtime is 7:30 pm.
Halloween has always been like New Years, Christmas and your birthday celebration all at once in Santa Cruz. Celebrated like no other event, the bonus in 2013 is there’s a weekend before AND after October 31st. Try this for starters: a night of undead rocking to DJ Frank Zummo and a performance by Street Drum Corps’ Blood Drums during “Zombie Bash” Saturday, October 26th. The pre-Halloween party includes creepy costume contests with cash prizes, photo booths, zombie drink specials and undead delicacies available until 1 AM. Needless to say, leave the under 21 zombies at home. The “Zombie Bash” starts at 8:30 pm at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. More good news for zombies: it won’t cost and arm and a leg!
Imagine this: John Lennon would be 73 on his birthday October 9th. Drew Harrison, the gifted leader of the musically remarkable and very popular The Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings, will present an evening of John Lennon’s music as a belated birthday celebration at Don Quixote’s in Felton. His solo ‘In The Spirit of Lennon’ musical show takes place October 10th. Showtime is 7:30 pm.
“It is not every day that three artists from different worlds, but who speak a common language, come together for a tour. This used to happen a lot in the 60′s and 70′s but not as much today. It should be real fun and you can bet filled with many surprises.” Iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, performing with The Taj Mahal Trio, will headline an evening celebrating the global influence of American blues music as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin. Taj will be joined by legendary South African guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and Fredericks Brown, a soul/R&B band that features Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal, who hails from New Zealand. This tour,will be the first time these artists have performed all together on one stage. Taj Mahal’s “World Blues Tour” comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Saturday, October 5th. Showtime is 8 pm.
Collectively they call themselves Bleu. Individually it’s Virgil Thrasher and Gil Cadilli and they’ll be performing live at the KZSC/Verve Coffee Summer Music Sale. Check out the blues with Bleu at Verve Coffee’s Seabright Avenue area location (104 Bronson Street) while you’re checking out the blues, soul, rock, jazz, and all kinds of LPs and CDs for sale. Bleu will be playing Saturday, August 31st from 11 AM until 1 PM. Admission to the Music Sale and their live performance is free. You can find out more about Bleu on Facebook.