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Friday | 20

The ’70s roots reggae era was a fertile time in Kingston, Jamaica that produced thousands of brilliant records. Second only to Bob Marley is Michael Rose, or at least his group Black Uhuru, which he joined in 1977. But check out his pre-Black Uhuru “Key of Keys,” which is a roots classic. Black Uhuru became the dominating name in reggae internationally throughout the ’80s, and they scored the genre’s first Grammy in ’85. Rose returned to the solo spotlight in the ’90s, where he’s stayed ever since, producing brilliant roots-reggae records, one after another. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.

 Saturday | 21

cal-story-so-farPOP PUNK
It’s always nice to see local boys do good, and the Bay Area’s The Story So Far have taken the pop-punk world by storm since their 2007 inception. With melodic chords and catchy vocals, TSSF earned themselves a mention on the Alternative Press “100 Bands to Know” list. In May, the band released their self-titled third full-length, which hit No. 23 in American charts. They will be playing the main stage with fellow punks Basement and Turnover for a night that promises to pull at the heart strings while keeping the audience dancing in their Vans. MW
INFO: 8 p.m. The Catalyst Club, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20.50/adv, $25/door. 429-4135.


Santa Cruz has long had a thriving roots music scene, but lately, we’ve taken a pleasant twist into classic country, thanks in part to the growing Western Wednesdays scene at the Crepe Place. On Saturday, two of the finest local country bands take the stage at Moe’s Alley, as the Carolyn Sills Combo, a rising star of the national Western swing scene, teams up with local favorite Sharon Allen & the Dusty Boots for a night of classic country picking and singing. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $14/door. 479-1854.

Sunday | 22

Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa embodies the spirit of her native San Antonio, playing a lively blend of Tex-Mex and contemporary folk music. But Hinojosa, who is the youngest of 13 children, doesn’t stop there. Her stylistic range includes bluegrass, rock, country, pop, children’s music, and more. Whether singing a Mexican love ballad or border song, or kicking up some dust with a good old Texas boot-stomping country tune, Hinojosa remains one of the most original and gifted artists on the roots scene. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $15. 603-2294.


American Latin groups are nothing new, but L.A.’s Ozomatli has always taken the genre to new and dizzying places. For one thing, they’ve always mixed a bunch of sounds from both sides of the border (salsa, cumbia, reggae, rock, rap) and readily switch between Spanish and English the way many second-generation Latinos do in casual conversation. They’ve even done kids music (some of the best kids songs out there). Really, with all the fusion and cross-pollination of styles, language and culture, it doesn’t get more American than Ozomatli. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $23. 429-4135.

Monday | 23

It’s not bragging if you can back it up, and Ray Brown’s Great Big Band walks the walk, brimming with 20 musicians who constitute the cream of the Northern California jazz scene. An arranger/composer who spent formative years in Stan Kenton’s brass-laden orchestra (and a beloved educator who has nurtured several generations of exceptional musicians), Brown is a tremendously resourceful writer who gives his stellar cast plenty of room to shine. Celebrating its 26th year, the band will be joined by a string quartet for one piece. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. $23. 479-6154.



Acclaimed New Orleans jazz clarinetist. Thursday at Kuumbwa


Top-notch bluegrass pickers play classic rock hits. Thursday at Moe’s Alley


Local psychedelic, stoner rock favorite. Friday at Blue Lagoon


Bay Area blues vocalist and her ace band. Saturday at the Pocket


New York-based rapper and social activist. Sunday at Catalyst


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Simplicity Preparing for Thanksgiving

When we study and apply astrology in our daily lives, we are anchoring new Aquarian thinking. Study, application and use of astrology, understanding its language, builds the new world, the new culture and civilization. Astrologers are able to plan right timing and right action. Next week is Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 26). It’s good to understand the energies influencing us in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. When we know these things we are able to make Right Choices, have Right Action. We link heaven and Earth, our minds with the starry energies that influence us. Let us consider the following influences. The North Node (point in space where sun and moon meet, representing humanity’s present/future pathway) has just entered Virgo. Virgo is about food, purity, cleanliness, service, detail, order and organization. What can we learn from this? Because these energies are available to us we, too, can have intentions and a rhythm of order and organization, purity and cleanliness. Sunday, the sun enters Sag, joining Mercury (we have high ideals, many goals). Tuesday, Mercury/Saturn (structured disciplined thinking) squares Neptune (thoughts, ideas, goals dissolve away). Wednesday is 3 degree Sagittarius solar festival (full moon). Sag’s keynote is, “We see a goal, we achieve that goal, and then we see another.” We might have many plans and goals for Thanksgiving. However, on Thanksgiving those goals may be dashed. Saturn (structure) squares Neptune. All structures and plans dissolve and fall away. What is our response to this? We simplify all that we do. We plan on everything changing. We don’t fret. We adapt instead. Adaptation is the behavior of the Disciple. Sagittarius is the sign of the Disciple. 


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