Pawn Shop Soul – Debut Party

Pawn Shop Soul – Debut Party

Saturday, September 21, 8:30 PM Pawn Shop Soul – Debut Party $10/Advance $15/Door Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com Doors: 8:00 PM More info: pawnshopsoul@gmail.com or 831 247-1647 High-Fidelity Instrumental Soul Founded by veteran soul, funk, and jazz musicians, Pawn Shop Soul is on a mission to bring back live performance of soul instrumentals in the tradition of Stax, Volt, and Chess. Satisfying body and soul, Pawn Shop Combo provides a jukebox of irresistible soul dance music. A horn line of two trumpets and tenor and bari saxophones stand and deliver on the powerful grooves generated by a five-piece rhythm section. An orchestra of soul all by itself, the Hammond organ both sustains the groove and soars above it. Pawn Shop Soul cooks up a soul stew from jazz, funk, and Latin influenced music. After four months of feverish rehearsal, Pawn Shop Soul is ready to show what its got in this debut performance. You will be bouncing in your seat to soul, funk and Latin tunes you may be hearing for the first time but your body understands immediately. Come experience a different dimension of soul music and support the launch of Pawn Shop Soul. Band leader Steven Baird comments, “This band stands at the confluence of R&B, funk, soul, jazz, and Latin dance music traditions. Without vocalists, it is the excitement of horns and Hammond organ that really make this band stand out.” Members of Pawn Shop Soul are: Joaquin Spengemann – drums, Steve Slany – bass guitar, Mike Spooner – percussion, Lars Wright – guitar, Jon Dryden – Hammond organ, Michael McPheeter – tumpet, Daniel Miltz – trumpet, Yves...
Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: David Serva & Friends

Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: David Serva & Friends

Friday, September 27, 8:00 PM 8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents, Direct From Spain: David Serva & Friends Celebrating over 50 Years in Flamenco $45/Premiere Seating (1st 3 rows); $25/General Admission Tickets: serva.eventbrite.com Discounted ticket package for all three Flamenco Festival events at Kuumbwa. Doors: 7:30 PM Info: 510-444-2820 This concert is a celebration of David Serva’s foundational influence on the flamenco community of the Bay Area. Presented as a part of the 8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival, Serva will be joined by a group of Gypsy musicians and dancers from Spain including Jose Galvez “El Duende”, Kina Mendez, and Luis de la Tota. A Bay Area native who has lived and worked in Spain as a professional flamenco guitarist for most of his life, Serva has built a singular style on the artistic legacy of his maestro, Gypsy guitarist Diego del Gastor (1908-1973), one of the most important flamenco artists of the 20th century. Serva began playing clubs in Madrid and Marbella in the early 70s, while pursuing a career internationally as a soloist. He has accompanied such historical figures of flamenco as Juan Talega, Manolito de Maria, La Perla de Cadiz, Anzonini del Puerto and Fernanda de Utrera, Manuel Agujetas, Miguel Funi, Manolete, Mario Maya, and Blanca del Rey, as well as younger figures such as Joaquin Ruiz, Soledad Barrios, and Pepe Torres de Moron. He has played in Flamenco nightclubs and festivals all over Spain and has participated in the Bienal del Arte Flamenco de Sevilla with Gypsy flamenco artists from the towns of Moron and Lebrija. He has made several recordings with with the Agujetas family as well as with Antonio Vizarraga and...
5th Annual Songfest for Prostate Cancer Awareness

5th Annual Songfest for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Saturday, September 7, 5:00 – 9:00 PM 5th Annual Songfest for Prostate Cancer Awareness Admission FREE For more information call 831-426-0158 This years line up includes; women’s singing group Zambra, Jim Stevens & Friends, Steve Kritzer, Bill Bortin & Jerry Best, the Santa Cruz Ukelele Club and Joe Ferrara. Visit scprostate.org for more information about the Santa Cruz County Prostate Cancer Support...
Benefit Concert!  Sheryl B. Marymount and The Stellar Six in “A Show for You, Lexi-Lu”

Benefit Concert! Sheryl B. Marymount and The Stellar Six in “A Show for You, Lexi-Lu”

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 PM Benefit Concert!  Sheryl B. Marymount and The Stellar Six in “A Show for You, Lexi-Lu” Tickets: $27.50/General Admission  $52.50/Premium Seating * (first 3 rows center) Premier seating includes seats close to the stage, one glass of wine, one raffle ticket and a personalized signed poster * Ticket price includes 5% City Admission Tax Advance Tickets: www.sherylbmarymount.com or email sherylbmarymount@gmail.com Tickets at the door, subject to availability. Doors: 7:00 PM More info: 408-368-4880 “A Show for You, Lexi-Lu” is a benefit concert designed to raise funding for lupus awareness and for Alexa (Lexi) Balco (10).  Lexi was diagnosed with a very rare and very severe case of lupus earlier this year. All ticket sale proceeds from this performance will be donated to Sheryl’s dear friends, the Balco family of San Jose, CA. In the 2013 “Sassy Sweet, Summertime Treat” tour, Sheryl B. and her sextet, The Stellar Six, create an unforgettable atmosphere performing a mix of standards and original singles from her upcoming album, “Pistol”.  Sheryl B. offers a captivating performance that solidifies her as one of the most talented jazz vocalists on the scene. Sponsored by The Lupus Foundation of Northern California https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Lexi/231940573607450 ...
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

Friday, August 2, 8:00 PM The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen Black Spirituals (Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion) opens the show Tickets: $20/Adv $25/Door; $40 VIP package includes ticket, T-shirt and autographed poster Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com  and Logos Books and Records, downtown Santa Cruz Doors: 7:30 PM More info: jack@lupos.com The sun rises in the West on Friday, August 2nd, when the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen comes to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.  Since 1954, Marshall Allen has been the ferocious core of the Arkestra. Under his direction, big band and swing are played to perfection and beyond. A master of both “inside” and “out,” Allen steers the Arkestra to realize possibilities of future and past, always extending both, ever in cahoots with the alter-destiny. Fifteen members strong, the Arkestra’s big-band traditionalism is as radical today as their afro-futurist iconoclasm has been since the 1950s. Opening the evening, Black Spirituals (Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion.) manipulate temporal experience using a “Multi-Aesthetic Approach to Improvisation.” Borrowing their name from a found cassette of a Bernice Reagon lecture on the roots music of American Black Slaves, these stories form a sonic resonance that speaks of rich relationships to ones surroundings, memories, profound feelings, dreams, and the experiences that inspire human expression. Sun Ra brought early synthesizers to big band arrangements, took to the stage in processions of sparkling dancers, and explained with patient confidence that he, and perhaps we, were neither human nor Earthbound. From “Medicine for a Nightmare” and “El Is a Sound of Joy” to “Astro...
Santa Cruz Music Festival

Santa Cruz Music Festival

Saturday, July 20, 2:00 – 11:00 PM Santa Cruz Music Festival Tickets: $30/Advance $40/Door Tickets: Ticketfly or at Streetlight Records Doors: 1:30 and 6:15 PM More info: santacruzmusicfestival@gmail.com Live Music: Tess Dunn – 10:10-10:55pm Tater Famine – 9:00-9:45 The McCoy Tyler Band – 7:50-8:35 Roadkill Ghost Choir – 6:35-7:25 Spoken Word: Buddy Wakefield – 4:50-6:05pm Sage Francis – 4:00-4:45 Boots Riley – 3:35-3:55 Elliot Wright – 3:10-3:30 Kevin Holmes – 2:50-3:05 Nic Alea – 2:30-2:45 Zack Ruskin – 2:15-2:25 Homeless – 2:00-2:10 www.facebook.com/santacruzmusicfestival www.santacruzmusicfestival.com...