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May 24: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

The human joy factory known as, Quintron will load his customized B-3 Hammond organ into The Crepe Place, and play that beautiful machine with wild abandon on Sunday, May 24th. You will be compelled to dance, since it will be the only way to match the energy of his performance. Oh yes, everyone will sweat!
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Cultural celebration at UCSC

"We all smile in the same language" That's this year's tagline for UCSC's Multicultural Festival. What better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music! This year's featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia. The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event! The festival takes place at Oakes College's lower lawn.
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SambaDá: a new album and Moe’s Alley performance May 9th

Locally based AfroBrazilian group SambaDá celebrates the release of their new album "Ritual" for 2015. It will be their first record with Senegal native and drum master Ibou Ngom, playing the djembe, sabar, and talking drum, and bass player Etienne Franc. Ritual also features special guest contributions…

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Willie K. at Moe’s Alley May 21

As powerful and as unpredictable as an exploding volcano, Willie K pours his musical prowess over Santa Cruz on Thursday May 21st. Moe's Alley will be the dancing party point Thursday, May 21st, as Willie K brings his diverse musical interests to the stage.  Willie K knows his blues, as well as reggae-influenced tunes.  Rockers gonna rock, jazz fans will be entertained, as Willie K can play "any kine" ~ with virtuoso status on guitar, ukulele and bass, he can even voice operatic Italian arias !
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Tal National: Moe’s Alley May 5th

In a journey that began with selling their CDs on street corners, to becoming the most popular band in Niger, now Tal National is promoting their new album Zoy Zoy and on tour, playing Moe's Alley May 5th. Tal National's members represent…

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Seabright Stringfest Apr 24th-26th

The 4th Annual Seabright Stringfest (Santa Cruz, CA) kicks off with a square dance Friday evening, April 24th, called by Erik Hoffman with music by the Earl White Stringband and The Percolators at the Market St. Theatre. Free concerts that feature more than a dozen bands playing Appalachian string band, bluegrass, blues, Celtic and other traditional string music from around the world continues on Sat, Apr 25th and Sun Apr 26th.

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KZSC Show Reviews: A Place to Bury Strangers

At the beginning of every quarter at UCSC, I always create a list. On this list are all the shows that are coming up during that quarter that I know I just have to see. On March 13th as I took the overcrowded 16 bus down from Crown College to the forsaken depths of the Santa Cruz Metro Center and crossed the streets to the Catalyst, there was one last concert I had to cross of my list. It was a concert to perfectly wrap up the Winter quarter at UCSC. That concert was A Place to Bury Strangers.

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Israeli and world music coming to Santa Cruz

Next Monday, March 16, Santa Cruzians can start off their week with music by Diwan Saz who will be performing at Don Quixote's International Music Hall. Diwan Saz come promoting an intercultural, harmonious message of common roots/coexistence through middle eastern…

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Good Vibes & Grooves @ LIB 2015

Bradley, California isn’t known as a hub for alternative dance music, but this coming Memorial Day Weekend (May 21st-25th) the creative minds at Lightning In A Bottle will bring their magic to the sleepy, central coast village. Sitting on the…

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Chuck Brodsky Live on “Backroads” Sun, Feb 1st

Chuck Brodsky, folk singer-songwriter, storyteller and troubadour, will be stopping in for a live interview on KZSC's Backroads show this coming Sunday afternoon (2/1/15), prior to his Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Barrel Room concert at 7pm that evening. Chuck has traveled the world,…

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You Oughta Know: Burnt Palms

Burnt Palms is a bay-area surf punk trio hailing from the bay are and they are an artist that you oughta know. Their combination of the classic distorted guitars, fast drums, and perfect female lead vocals make for some of…

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Cool Ghouls at the Catalyst Atrium

Wednesday January 14th San Francisco's jangly rockers the Cool Ghouls will be bringing their vintage psychedelic sounds to the Catalyst Atrium. Fresh off the release of their Sonny Smith produced sophomore album "A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye," the…

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Concert review: Lil B at the Catalyst Atrium

To further put off studying for finals last friday, I attended one of Bay Area rapper Lil B The BasedGod’’s #veryrare concerts at The Catalyst. Well known in the Bay for his work in rap group The Pack (who opened for him), Lil B has reached a distinguished status in the rap game through his extensive online social media presence as well as his prolific free mixtape collection available on the web. Best known for his self invented musical subgenre basedmusic, Lil B continues to expand and innovate within the hiphop genre with his stream of consciousness lyrics and eccentric selection of beats.

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