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Chris Potter Trio feat. Kendrick Scott & Matt Brewer

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Acoustic Alchemy – 7:00 PM

Acoustic Alchemy – 9:00 PM

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Sin Sisters Burlesque & Drag

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Chris Smither

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Gary Meek Band

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Ethan Margolis Trio w/ Scott Amendola & Paul Bryan (Ken Margolis opens)

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CANCELLED – Ivan Lins

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Rio Theatre

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Michael Wolff Quartet feat. Ray Obiedo, Essiet Essiet & Akira Tana

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Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours Return to Santa Cruz!

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Claudia Villela Quintet

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Master Class: John ‘JR’ Robinson – Making Your Time Come Alive

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John ‘JR’ Robinson & SRT

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Chris Potter Trio feat. Kendrick Scott & Matt Brewer

Dinner Special: Roast Chicken with Mushrooms & Mustard  Rosemary Roasted Potatoes House Salad & Baguette  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music showcases limitless creativity and […]

Acoustic Alchemy – 7:00 PM

“It’s been quite a while since the release of the last album, and in that time an awful lot has happened.” is the opening line from Greg Carmichael’s notes for Acoustic Alchemy’s brand new album, 33 1/3, and never a truer word has been written. The last studio album from the band, Roseland, was released […]

Acoustic Alchemy – 9:00 PM

“It’s been quite a while since the release of the last album, and in that time an awful lot has happened.” is the opening line from Greg Carmichael’s notes for Acoustic Alchemy’s brand new album, 33 1/3, and never a truer word has been written. The last studio album from the band, Roseland, was released […]

Sin Sisters Burlesque & Drag

Sin Sisters Burlesque & Drag is the premier headliner review in Santa Cruz, CA. Produced by Cyanide Cyn, a local queer femme, Sin Sisters is committed to providing a stellar theatrical experience and a safe, inclusive space for its audiences, performers and crew. Contact: Sin Sisters email | Sin Sisters Facebook

Chris Smither

Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother’s ukulele. “Uncle Howard,” Smither says, “showed me that if you knew three chords, you […]

Peter Erskine Trio with Special Guest Bob Mintzer

Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, has won two Grammy awards and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. Fifty albums have been released under […]

Gary Meek Band

Gary Meek is a lifelong multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and recording artist with seven  solo CDs, appearing on over 200 records, including: Herb Alpert, Dave Weckl, Airto  Moreira and Flora Purim, Jeff Lorber, Green Day, Oscar Castro-Neves to name just a  few. He has performed both as a sideman, and a leader all over the planet, […]

Ethan Margolis Trio w/ Scott Amendola & Paul Bryan (Ken Margolis opens)

A top tier night of world jazz with the Emaginario Trio! Guitarist, Ethan Margolis (aka Emaginario), performs with drummer, Scott Amendola, and bassist, Paul Bryan to celebrate the release of Margolis's newest album 'INTERLUDE OF THE DUENDE' on the Ropeadope Record Label. Margolis's playing is steeped in blues, jazz and Romaní influenced stylings coming from […]

CANCELLED – Ivan Lins

Ivan Lins reigns as the preeminent Brazilian composer of his generation, on par with icons including Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. His hotly-anticipated new album, My Heart Speaks, is his first in six years. Though Lins didn’t release an album in the United States until 1986, his tunes had already […]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Rio Theatre

For 60 years, South Africa’s five-time Grammy winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming stage presence. It was Paul Simon’s 1987 Graceland album that introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world. The late former South African President Nelson Mandela designated the group […]

Michael Wolff Quartet feat. Ray Obiedo, Essiet Essiet & Akira Tana

After a miraculous triumph over a four-year battle with a rare form of misdiagnosed cancer, internationally renowned pianist/composer Michael Wolff continues to celebrate his incredible recovery and life on Memoir, his first studio album in four years, set for release on August 2, 2024, on Sunnyside Records.  Wolff is known for playing with a who’s […]

Albert Lee & Jeremy Clyde with special guest Peter Case

As one half of Chad & Jeremy, Jeremy Clyde “fell into the slipstream of the Beatles” and burst through all barriers to success in America as part of the 1964 British Invasion, while Albert Lee has been called "the ultimate virtuoso" by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great […]

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours Return to Santa Cruz!

FULL BAND SHOW! Antsy McClain has been called "a songwriter's songwriter" who can "write about anything and make it fun." The Trailer Park Troubadours are a skilled bunch who don't take themselves too seriously. They'll have you laughing, dancing and pondering the good stuff of life.  Antsy McClain Website More info: thetroubs@unhitched.com

Claudia Villela Quintet

“A Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice" (JazzTimes), Rio-born Claudia Villela has developed a reputation as a singularly unique singer, pianist and composer, lending her five-octave voice to work with jazz luminaries including Kenny Werner, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. Villela began singing professionally as a teen and eventually moved to the Bay Area. A […]

Master Class: John ‘JR’ Robinson – Making Your Time Come Alive

Grammy winning drummer John ‘JR’ Robinson is celebrating 50 years of music making. Robinson’s world-renowned versatility and groove have made him one of the most prolific and sought-after drummers in the industry whose musicianship has helped define the pop, R&B, and jazz era for the last half century. No one will forget Robinson’s landmark fill […]

John ‘JR’ Robinson & SRT

Grammy winning drummer John ‘JR’ Robinson is celebrating 50 years of music making. Robinson’s world-renowned versatility and groove have made him one of the most prolific and sought-after drummers in the industry whose musicianship has helped define the pop, R&B, and jazz era for the last half century. No one will forget Robinson’s landmark fill […]

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