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Friday, May 12, 2023
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Laurie Lewis & the Men of Note

6:00 PM
All Ages
Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner Specials can be purchased at the counter (subject to availability). Masks are encouraged. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Spiced Steelhead Skewers with Herb Sauce
Rice Pilaf with Almonds and Preserved Lemon
House Salad & Baguette
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Led by the Bay Area folk and bluegrass legend herself, Laurie Lewis and the Men of Note are a supergroup of acoustic talent. Featuring the unflappable, percussive groove of renowned bassist Mark Schatz, the deep jazz sensibilities of accordionist Sam Reider and the swing and drive Brandon Godman on fiddle, the new ensemble combine with Lewis; original songs to bring a rich, eclectic mix to life. For nearly four decades, Lewis has gathered fans and honors for her powerful and emotive voice and her versatile, dynamic songwriting. She is a sought-after recording producer and an equally skilled teacher and mentor. And she is an inspiration and a ground-breaker – across genres, across geography, and across gender barriers. She has shown us how to lead bands of talented musicians – learning from them while helping them make their best music.  And she has shown us how to thrive in a constantly changing musical environment – without ever sacrificing her art.

Reider grew up in a musical family in San Francisco, studying jazz piano. At Columbia University in New York City he majored in American Studies and fell in love with folk music. While writing his thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Reider picked up an old accordion and began learning bluegrass and old-time tunes. This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals all around the world with his group, The Human Hands.

Schatz is best known for his contributions on some of the most iconic recordings in bluegrass by artists such as Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, John Hartford, Claire Lynch, Tim O’Brien, Sara Jarosz, and Nickel Creek. But he is also a master of the clawhammer banjo, southern Appalachian clogging and hambone. A very recent transplant to Berkeley, CA, he and Lewis have been enjoying renewing their decades-long friendship and the chance to play music together.

Godman is a Kentucky native, master fiddler, and relatively new transplant from Nashville to San Francisco. He has played with greats such as Dale Ann Bradley, Melvin Goins, Karl Shiflett, Doyle Lawson, and David Peterson and 1946. As soon as Lewis heard him about five years ago, sitting in with a band at a California festival, she jumped up and tracked him down backstage. He’s been playing with her band, the Right Hands, ever since. Godman has a passion for all things violin and fiddle, and is the owner of San Francisco’s own The Fiddle Mercantile as well as Nashville’s well-known Violin Shop.

Laurie Lewis Website
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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