College music students from Ohio make it big..by leaving. The story’s been told before, but The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have kept things moving forward (and away from the Buckeye State) since the Millennium. Nominated for Grammy’s “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2004, 2007 and 2010, the group is currently showcasing their 2013 release “Mosquito” on tour. If you missed them at Coachella, hear them perform at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Friday, August 16th. Showtime 8 pm.
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is the eldest son of Kekuhi Kanahele and descends from a distinguished hula family. “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” (a Wiki Wiki Wednesday favored song) was composed by his great grandmother, Edith Kanahele Kanaka’ole; his family’s music traditions go back seven generations. Kaumakaiwa brings his experience as ‘olapa (dancer), choreographer and composer to the stage in Felton along with his delightful storytelling. Multi-instrumentalist and Honolulu record producer Shawn Pimental will accompany him for an evening of Hawaiian mele, melodies and powerful singing inspired by the islands Wednesday, May 22nd at Don Quixote’s in downtown Felton.
KRS, an acronym for ““Knowledge Reigning Supreme”, has been called the “conscience of Hip Hop” by Rolling Stone magazine and “the spokesperson for Hip Hop” by the street cred publication, Wall Street Journal. With 20 published albums to his credit and his appearances with other artists, KRS-One has literally written the most rhymes in Hip Hop’s history and has been a master teacher for over two decades. Opening for KRS-One will be Ostrich Head; you may remember them from the soundtrack to the video game “Tiger Woods PGA Golf”. An Easter evening of Hip Hop happens at The Golden State Theatre in Monterey March 31st. Showtime is 8 pm.
If there’s a more well-known instrumental from the 1960s than “Green Onions” we haven’t heard it. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones and his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s were a staple of radio with hit instrumentals. They also helped define the Stax record label sound by serving as a backup band for many important soul singers including Otis Redding. When the M.G.s went their separate ways, Jones went on to producing, composing, and collaborating with new groups. Don’t expect only the oldies at this show; his latest album Sound The Alarm (with Gary Clark Jr) features Jones at his most soulful in years. It’s a Hammond B-3 sound fest as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center proudly presents Booker T. for two shows, 7 and 9 pm, Monday, January 20th. Don’t miss an opportunity to see a musical legend in such an intimate venue.
The end of December is full of music events in the Santa Cruz area that you won’t want to miss. “Winter Solstice” which includes Barbara Higbie, Liz Story, Lisa Lynne, George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter is a holiday music event at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center Friday, December 21st that will surely make you feel festive. Sunday, December 23rd, check out the sophisticated modern jazz duo The Le Boeuf Brothers at Don Quixote’s in Felton, followed by the guitar stylings of Peppino D’Agostino on Thursday December 27th. Finally, head down to the Rio Theatre on December 29th or 30th to see the White Album Ensemble perform The Beatles’ “Revolver” and “Let it Be” albums note-for-note. More Beatles for New Years Eve with The Sun Kings at Don Quixote’s starting at 9 pm.
It’s easy to forget how good we have it here in Santa Cruz. There’s the obvious: beaches, redwoods, meadows, radio (duh)… but there’s also our prime location. Santa Cruz is exactly 73.4 miles from San Francisco, home to the 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival.
This weekend, August 10-12, Golden Gate Park will undoubtedly experience an explosion of amazing artists, and I don’t just mean the legendary musicians who will be occupying the stages. Once again, OSL will be collaborating with Juxtapoz Magazine to provide attendees with free (!!!!) mags, live artist performances and even installations which will be built throughout the weekend.
I’m especially stoked to see work by the quirky, adorable Australian duo Dabs Myla. Another pair-up will occur on Sunday: Marcus LaFarga, an artist with a clean, contemporary aesthetic and a knack for reinventing classic typographic images, will execute a live painting with Brett Armory, whose haunting portraits (like the one seen below) capture the isolation of individuals in misty, smudged creations.
Artists will also include graffiti writers Curve (seen below) and Pastime, tattoo artists from Golden West Tattoo, illustrator N8 Van Dyke, and many more.