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July 2018

Django Festival All-Stars

Monday, July 23 @ 7:00 PM

The Django Festival All-Stars perform the music of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time and the first European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the jazz guitar genre. The All-Stars honor the traditions of French Gypsy jazz, while adding their own creative interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions to the mix. Led for many years by legendary guitarist Dorado Schmitt, the All-Stars now feature Dorado’s son, Samson…

Bria Skonberg

Thursday, July 26 @ 7:00 PM

New York based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of ’25 for the Future’ by DownBeat Magazine, Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies, smoky vocals and adventurous concoctions of classic and new. She collaborated with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi-Grammy winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony album,…

Deva Mahal

Friday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM

A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song “Never Let You Go” on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. Deva’s particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise. $26.25/Advance $31.50/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission…

Darmok – Beer Wine and Turpentine – Benefit for Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

Saturday, July 28 @ 7:00 PM

Darmok is a jazz/rock fusion quartet centered around improvised fusion of originals and eclectic covers into a tapestry of sound. Themes from each song are explored, twisted, re-imagined, and combined to create a unique set. No two are ever the same! Crossing jazz, rock, blues, funk, and introspective ballads, Darmok weaves a narrative from musical yarn, laced with earnest emotional threads. Come experience a post-modern journey for your heart and ears! Luke Palmer on keyboard and synth, Max Rebuschatis on…

Paris Combo – 7:00 PM

Monday, July 30 @ 7:00 PM

Six albums and two decades spent criss-crossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beijing, have enabled France’s Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French…

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