Events for Sunday, June 9 - Monday, June 24

Independently Produced Event

Sing Out for Pete’s Sake!

Sunday, June 9 @ 3:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20
Door Ticket Price: $25

Join in a celebration of Pete Seeger with musicians who spent time and made music with this beloved American folk singing icon! Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O), Jaeger & Reid (Bob Reid and his partner, Judi Jaeger) and musical activist Aileen Vance will perform a sing-along concert celebrating the music and life of […]

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An Evening with Shabaka

Wednesday, June 12 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Door Ticket Price: $47.25
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace by multi-instrumentalist Shabaka Hutchings is, in a sense, a debut album. And yet, the album also serves as a reintroduction to the artist, a levitating, stunning work chock full of the lessons he’s learned over the course of his life and career. And perhaps, most importantly, it represents the […]

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Alison Brown Quintet

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

One of the most multi-faceted minds in roots music, Alison Brown is a GRAMMY-winning musician, GRAMMY-nominated producer, and co-founder of The Compass Records Group which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023. Although Brown began her musical career as a teenager in the Southern California bluegrass scene, she has built a reputation as one of today’s […]

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Ekep Nkwelle

Saturday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Ekep Nkwelle, a 24-year-old Cameroonian-American jazz vocalist, has carved her musical path from the vibrant streets of Washington, DC, to the heart of New York City’s jazz scene. Her journey through the esteemed Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University, and The Juilliard School has been extraordinary. The power of her voice has resonated […]

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GoGo Penguin

Monday, June 17 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Door Ticket Price: $47.25
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

Emotive, cinematic break-beat trio GoGo Penguin are back, playing music from their exhilarating album Everything Is Going to Be OK (SonyMusicXXIM), together with songs from their luminous back catalogue. Bursting with the optimism of new beginnings, with a new drummer, a new record label, and a subtly updated and developed sound, the band are ushering […]

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The Guests feat. Lucy Woodward & Henry Hey

Wednesday, June 19 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

Who are The Guests? Maybe they are this pair of vocalist and pianist coming to visit your living room, or maybe the guests are all of the songwriters and iconic artists from whence this duo draws their material. With a deep appreciation for the legacy of great songs and grooves, well-known master songstress Lucy Woodward […]

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Azar Lawrence Experience

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Azar Lawrence was a musical prodigy, lovingly tutored by his mother, who taught music and led their church choir. At age five, he played violin in the Los Angeles Junior Symphony, then viola, but his ears were turned to the saxophone at age thirteen. Lawrence spent his teen years immersed in jazz at the home […]

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Education Event

Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Concert

Friday, June 21 @ 7:00 PM
Free

Kuumbwa’s Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students 12-18 years old who are interested in learning to play jazz. Students receive both one-on-one and group instruction and the camp focuses on live performance, basic improvisation, theory, soloing concepts/phrasing, along with jazz history and appreciation. Daily classes are held in the VAPA complex at […]

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Independently Produced Event

2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year Profile Performance: Tammi Brown

Saturday, June 22 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free

Tammi Brown, jazz and gospel singer, has been named 2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. The Artist of the Year award is presented to local artists for outstanding achievement in the discipline of performing, visual, or literary arts who have also made a substantial contribution to the […]

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Take 6 – 7:00 PM

Monday, June 24 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $73.50
Door Ticket Price: $78.75
Student Ticket Price: $39.00

Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. With ten GRAMMYs, ten Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and they as Members of the […]

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