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Saturday, August 5, 2023
7:30 PM
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Independently Produced Event

“Summer Wind” – A Sinatra Tribute featuring John Michael & The Chairmen

6:45 PM
All Ages
Masks are welcomed. The bar & café will be open. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information.

John Michael is an eclectic and proficient vocalist. He began vocalizing at the age of four and has been performing ever since. He is extremely versatile in many genres including Sinatra, rock, Celtic, heavy metal, blues, funk, soul and opera. More than just a vocalist, John is adept at creating an atmosphere with his audience resulting in a dedicated following.

He began his career as a member of the High School All California State Honor Choir, where he performed at the Dorothy Chandler center in Los Angeles with conductor Paul Salamunovich. From there John worked professionally as an impressionist, and song and dance performer at the Great America theme parks in Santa Clara California, and Chicago Illinois.

John has worked as a lead rock vocalist for various groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Monterey Peninsula Area, opening up for national touring acts such as: Chris Isaak, Third Eye Blind, The Fix, Berlin, Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, The Tubes and Alan Holdsworth. Additionally, John has recorded commercial jingles for Oral Bee, The City of San Jose, Acura, and Kelly Moore Paints, working with producer Russell Bond at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, California.

John has performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, The San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, California. He has performed with Monterey pianists: Bob Phillips, Tom Lawson, Rick Yramategui; and Bay Area guitarists: Hershel Yatovitz of the Chris Isaak band, Dave Walker of The D.B. Walker Band, and Tony Stead of Sly and The Family Stone. In addition John performs with musical groups: The John Michael Band, Essence, D.B. Walker, Bog Iron, The Bog, Danny Mulligan, Paddy’s Murphy, and various trios and duos. He has also performed with the Sinatra tribute ensemble, Come Fly with Me.  John Michael has been singing the National Anthem at the Big Sur International Marathon since 2008 and has performed with The White Album Ensemble and the Santa Cruz Symphony, at the Civic Auditorium.

Michael, joined the White Album Ensemble last weekend at Hidden Valley, he did a bang-up job singing the Beatles. In other words, seems he can sing anything well!” -Mack McDonald, Monterey Herald

“He was so good that if the Three Tenors had heard him, at least two of them would have hidden out in the witness protection program.” -Jerry Gervase, Monterey Herald


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