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Wednesday | 20

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JIMBO MATHUS
Jimbo Mathus is best known as the leader-singer-guitarist for ’90s swing revival group Squirrel Nut Zippers. But since their breakup in 2000, he’s had a successful career playing blues, roots and Southern rock ’n’ roll—basically music from the Deep South. And he’s good at it, too. Folks familiar with his clean-cut, old-timey look and sound on SNZ’s hit “Hell” might be a little shocked by the grizzly blues man that Mathus has become, and his deep, passionate, ragged voice. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

cal asleepatthewheelWESTERN SWING
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Despite their name, Asleep At the Wheel is a band whose drive never lets up. Over their 35-year career, these kings of Western Swing have won nine Grammy Awards, released more than 20 albums and worked with genre-spanning artists from Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan. Their insatiable jazz-infused country can be heard on their latest album, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys, with a guest appearance by Santa Cruz’s own expat country kings the Devil Makes Three. MAT WEIR
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $30/gen, $45/gold. 423-8209.

Thursday | 21

cal willieKHAWAIIAN/BLUES
WILLIE K
Prince called Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Willie K a “funky motherfucker.” Nothing I say can top that, but if you want a few more details about Mr. K, here you go: He’s a beloved blues musician, but he has a reputation for being able to play anything, from traditional Hawaiian music to jazz, rock, country, and even has a few opera tunes in his bag of tricks. He grew up in a large musical family, and learned to play all the instruments he was surrounded by—he’s been singing and playing the blues since he was 6 years old. On Thursday, Uncle Willie, as he’s known on the islands, hits Moe’s. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

cal Reverend-Billy-C-WirtzCOMEDY / R&B
REVEREND BILLY C. WIRTZ
Blending comedy with blues, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and gospel fervor, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is in a category of his own. If you’ve heard him play, you know that he’s a genuinely talented artist, with piano chops and a keen songwriting sense. If you’ve seen him perform, you know that he’s a showman extraordinaire, crafting sets that run the gamut from social commentary, religion and parody to seriously rocking tunes. With album titles such as Deep Fried and Sanctified, Songs of Faith and Inflammation, and Confessions of a Hillbilly Love God, his music may not be for everyone, but he shepherds a legion of faithful. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20. 603-2294.

Friday | 22

cal kendramckinleyPOP/INDIE
KENDRA MCKINLEY
Playing an unlikely mix of Tin Pan Alley, 1960s chamber pop, jazz, folk, and indie rock, Kendra McKinley is a rising star of the San Francisco music scene. McKinley launched her solo career at UCSC, when a group of fellow students encouraged her to perform and record her own compositions. This same group of artists co-founded the Do It Ourselves festival, an annual music event in the Santa Cruz Mountains that McKinley headlines. Also on Friday’s bill is Steep Ravine, a standout roots-rock band that was also formed at UCSC. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 427-2227. Photo: Etta Jaffe

cal sambushNEWGRASS
SAM BUSH
There are a handful of people whose names are synonymous with newgrass, but only one was named by the state of Kentucky as the “Father of Newgrass” and also had his Kentucky hometown, Bowling Green, named the birthplace of the genre. A mandolin master who has racked up a clutch of awards, including several Grammys and a lifetime achievement award from the American Music Association (AMA), Bush blends the best of traditional bluegrass, including speed and technicality, with the genre-bending, improvisational elements of progressive bluegrass. A musical pioneer with deep roots in traditional styles, Bush is a must-see for bluegrass and newgrass fans alike. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $31/gen, $45/gold. 423-8209.

Sunday | 24

cal QandP live buttNOISE-ROCK
QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT
Is it a weirdo noise-rock band or is it a puppet show? Actually, Quintron & Miss Pussycat is both! It doesn’t get more DIY and lavishly elaborate than this duo (Quintron plays the music, Pussycat is in charge of stage antics), who put on a show with costumes, puppets and props. The New Orleans group sounds something like a German Devo—stiff, noisy and demented, but pure New Wave fun (and full of swamp culture references). The project is so experimental that Quintron even invents most of his instruments, like the Drum Buddy. Look that one up. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $12/door. 429-6994. Photo: Gary Lavourde

Tuesday | 26

cal StormLarge2 LauraDomelaEFMLOUNGE/JAZZ
STORM LARGE & LE BONHEUR
Many a strange musical wind has blown out of Portland, but for sheer vocal prowess, femme fatale charisma and film noir atmospherics, there’s no one quite like Storm Large. Best known for her work with Portland’s leading purveyor of polyglot exotica Pink Martini, Large struck out on her own, bringing the coiled energy of a rock chanteuse to an array of interesting material. With her latest project, Taken by Storm: Songs of Seduction & Obsession, she seems to have found her sweet spot with a persona that’s alluring and Barbara Stanwyck-level dangerous. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $27/adv, $32/door. 427-2227. Photo: Laura Domela

 

 

 
IN THE QUEUE

DAN BERN

Workingman singer-songwriter in the tradition of Dylan, Guthrie and Springsteen. Thursday at Crepe Place

BACK IN TIME

Local vocal trio and its band perform hits from the Great American Songbook and swing era. Thursday at Kuumbwa

NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

Top-notch New Orleans artists play Crescent City favorites and original tunes. Friday at Moe’s Alley

TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

Swedish, indie-folk singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson. Friday at Catalyst

TO LINDA WITH LOVE

Local all-star tribute to the legendary Linda Ronstadt. Sunday at Don Quixote’s

 

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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