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Wednesday | 15

If you have any interest in DJ culture, and you haven’t seen DJ Qbert go to work on the turntables, you’re going to want to remedy that. Earlier this year, he played an in-store at Streetlight Records and he got the crowd sky-high hyped with his skills and innovative approach to scratching, then left us dumbfounded as he went into something that more closely resembled musically summoning the cosmos. That night he mentioned that he had never played Santa Cruz before, and that someone ought to tell the Catalyst to book him. Apparently word got back to them, because on Tuesday he’s going to set up and do his thing. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 423-1338.

Thursday | 16

In a 2011 interview, singer-songwriter Sean Rowe said that he wrote his first song, an instrumental, when he was 7 or 8 years-old, using a plastic Fisher Price typewriter that he got for Christmas. Shortly thereafter, inspired by the song "Eye of the Tiger," he wrote his first lyrics. Now all grown up, Rowe tends to stay away from the plasticy pop of his early years, treading instead into territory where the blues, soul and dark folk reside. Not one to be too easily pinned down, however, the New York-based Rowe reveals a brighter, bouncy musical side on his latest release, Madman. Maybe his early pop beginnings are coming back around. CJ
9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Stick Figure is the name of a Cali-reggae band that plays feel-good, laid-back grooves, but they weren’t always from California, and they weren’t always a group. Originally, Stick Figure was the moniker of Scott Woodruff, who released three solo reggae records while living in Massachusetts. When he moved to San Diego in 2009, he got a band to help him record his fourth album. By his fifth, Burial Ground, which was released in 2012, Stick Figure had become a band, with other members collaborating on the songwriting. The easy reggae beats have always been a part of Stick Figure’s music, but now the band has gelled more in an earthy, organic way, mixing roots reggae, dub and pop. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $19/door. 423-1338.

Friday | 17

In 2010, the members of local group Joomanji were studying jazz, electronic music and a variety of different instruments. These studies would ultimately beget an intriguing, eclectic musical project named after a Robin Williams movie. By combining electronics, samples, live drums, bass and horns, they’ve found a sound that swims in between classic ’90s hip-hop, jazz, soul, lounge and deep house. It’s layered, lush and super-duper mega chill—but it grooves, so folks might still bob their heads and do a little hip-shaking. They more recently relocated to L.A., and released a gem of an LP last year called Manj, which features a ton of guest vocalists. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $5. 427-2227.

In the United States, the ska boom of the late ’70s got kind of mixed in with the New Wave scene—and really it wasn’t that big of a boom. In England, though, it was huge, and English Beat were giants. Despite three killer albums and a handful of singles (the ska rendition of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” is a particular gem) the English Beat never got the kind of fame here that they garnered back home. Over time—and after an American ska boom of our own a decade-and-a-half later—Americans have come to recognize the English Beat for the pop masterminds that they always were, and it seems these days they’re touring the States more than England. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $24/adv, $28/door. 479-1854.

Saturday | 18

Giraldo “Piloto” Barreto, one of Havana’s preeminent drummers and percussionists, is premiering his band Piloto y Klimax in the States for this tour, and it promises to be an electric experience. Klimax has been setting the nights on fire in Cuba for over a decade as one of Cuban music’s best-known orchestras. When you combine these purveyors of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Timba and Salsa Cubana with Piloto’s love of Latin jazz and dance music, great things are bound to happen. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $20/adv, $25/door. 603-2294.

Sunday | 19

Matthew Paul Miller, a.k.a Matisyahu made a grand entrance onto the music scene in 2004 as a Hasidic Jewish reggae artist. With that headline-grabbing hook, Matisyahu quickly became an international sensation. But underneath the hype was a thoughtful lyricist, a skillful vocalist and a seriously gifted beat-boxer. In 2011, however, Matisyahu shaved his beard, changed his garb and moved away from Orthodox Judaism, saying that he felt “locked in to that vision of the world.” But he remains a devoted spiritual seeker, whose music reflects both the troubles and magnificence of our world. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $27.50/adv, $30/door. 423-1338.

Monday | 20

Chances are good that when you come up in the jazz world playing piano for a respected vocalist like Betty Carter, you are going to go places. Jacky Terrasson has made a mark on the jazz world in recent years with his vibrant pieces, swaggering into funk tracks, dancing into pop territory and swinging back into jazz with all the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Terrasson is touring in support of his latest album, Gouache, which features new material in addition to covers of John Lennon and Amy Winehouse songs. BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227.



Celebrated guitarist/composer brings his all-star blues band to town. Wednesday at Moe’s Alley
Star-studded, groundbreaking quintet led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. Thursday at Kuumbwa
Instrumental, guitar-driven world music. Sunday at Don Quixote’s
One of Santa Cruz's favorite blues guitarists. Sunday at Moe’s Alley
New York City-based indie-pop outfit. Tuesday at Catalyst


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