“Extra large what?” Well, this isn’t a “what”, it’s a “who”. Local favorites Extra Large have been called “uniquely Santa Cruz” by serving up their supersized sound of reggae, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and rock for years. Voted “Best Band” for many years by Santa Cruz Weekly and Good Times readers, Extra Large blends original material with creative takes on covers that are so funky you just gotta dance. Find out in person when Extra Large plays at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton Saturday, March 15th. Showtime is 7 pm. Check out this selection from their first album “Dance to the Spin” https://soundcloud.com/vlealxl/dance-to-the-spin
Singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco was considered a “folk punk” artist when she recorded her first albums in 1997 and ’98. Her style and message got her nominated for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” at the Grammys both years. Driven by social activism and a restless creativity, she continually leads herself and her listeners into ever more exciting territory. Touring with a five-piece band, Ani DiFranco comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz Wednesday, March 5th. Showtime is 8 pm.
Paula Fuga is a strong, courageous Hawaiian woman with a voice that soars from R & B style to reggae-licious. Backed on tour by the grooving guitar of Mike Love and Sam Ite’s percussion, you’ll catch the aloha spirit listening to the rich and heartfelt sweetness of Paula’s compositions, voice and her homegrown island ukulele strumming. After visiting Humbolt’s Reggae on the River Festival August 1st-4th, Paula Fuga, Mike Love Trio will be at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz Monday August 5th for 2 sets. Doors open at 8 pm.
Ceremony is a hardcore punk band from Rohnert Park. They have been recording with Madator Records for a few years now and their latest release, “Zoo,” came out last year. Ceremony is set to play the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. If their show there earlier this year is an indicator, it’s bound to be another fun time! Plus you’ll see plenty of KZSC folks down there. Ceremony is performing with Soft Moon and Total Control as openers. They’ll be appearing in the Catalyst Atrium Friday, June 7th. Showtime is 8:30 pm.
Here’s a video of them playing at Gilman, just to get you pumped: