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Wednesday | 30

Straight outta Indiana, the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band throws a modern twist on traditional blues and country music. Since the early 2000s, the Reverend Peyton (who’s actually a Kentucky colonel) and his washboard-playing wife, Breezy, have toured the country carrying on the legacies of Charlie Patton and Bukka White, while newest member Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell keeps the beat on his part-drum-part-bucket kit. The Rev’s voice is a boisterous as it is unique, commanding attention and delivering dance wherever he barks. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $13/door. 429-4135.

Dig out your hat and pull on your boots because Santa Cruz now has a bona fide Western get-down. Once a month, the Crepe Place hosts Western Wednesday, pairing up one touring country/roots band and one local outfit for a night of deep honky tonkin.’ On Wednesday, Mississippi-based singer-songwriter Jimbo Mathus (formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers) comes to town with his downhome brand of Southern country, blues, and folk. Also on the bill: local classic country group the Western Skylarks. Wear cowboy boots and get $1 off the door price, and bring some extra dough so you can get an old-time photo taken at the Revival Tintype Studio Parlor. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.

Thursday | 1

Is there a difference between California and Texas blues? Probably not, at least not with Mark Hummel’s latest group, the Golden Lone Star Revue. The Grammy-winning blues harp-man, a Californian, has put together an all-star band with players from both states, including fellow Californians guitarist Little Charlie Baty (Ex-Nightcats) and bassist RW Grigsby. From the Lone Star State, he’s got drummer Wes Starr, and famed guitarist Anson Funderburgh. These are all guys that started their careers in the ‘70s when everyone else was busy playing hard rock and metal. They were digging back to the roots of the music, and mastering it. AARON CARNES
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 CA-9, Felton. $20. 603-2294. 

A National resonator guitar, sweet picking, a slide, and tales of love, loneliness and home. Welcome to the world of Charlie Parr, a veteran country blues artist from Duluth, Minnesota, who is well known to insiders and mostly unknown in mainstream circles. But like many of the finest roots artists around, Parr’s quiet style and understated delivery only add to the depth and soul of his music. His latest album, this year’s Stumpjumper, is garnering high praise from the underground roots press, with No Depression calling Parr “breathtakingly immediate and authentically antiquated.” CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994. Photo by Jason Marck. 

Friday | 2

For four decades, the Alvin brothers have been writing and performing some of rock and blues most popular songs, though not always together. The brothers formed the landmark roots-rock band the Blasters in 1979, and released four highly influential albums before Dave’s departure in 1986. The brothers didn’t musically reunite until 2014, when they released an album with an apropos name, Common Ground. One year later finds the ground still solid, with the release of a covers album entitled, Lost Time, where the Alvins pay tribute to everyone from James Brown to Lead Belly and Big Joe Turner. MW
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.

Saturday | 3

You have to be a brave soul to take on songs made famous by such powerhouse vocalists as Tina Turner and Etta James, but Beth Hart doesn’t miss a beat, singing the hell out of “Nutbush City Limits” and “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The singer-songwriter with the raspy, capable voice, rocks with the best of them and sings the blues like she has an insider’s view—and she does. Hart’s fame came on the heels of battling her own demons of addiction, loss, and a bipolar diagnosis. But despite her struggles, the Los Angeles-based Hart is a rising rock ’n’ roll star. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 423-1338.

Monday | 5

Cuban alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry is a jazz visionary who has created a startling original body of work by delving into the African roots of little known Caribbean cultural currents, like the Arará traditions in his hometown Matanzas. A creative force on the New York scene since the late 1990s, Terry documented the ongoing investigation on New Throned King (5Passion Records), an album named on many of last year’s Top 10 jazz CD lists. His latest project “Ancestral Memories” explores his Haitian heritage with his collaborator, French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, powerhouse drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, and his brother, the stellar bassist Yunior Terry. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Wednesday | 7

In 1964, Roger McGuinn (then known as Jim McGuinn), Gene Clark, and David Crosby formed a trio that would become the foundation for the now-legendary rock band the Byrds. Despite numerous lineup changes and a run that lasted less than 10 years, the band helped put country rock on the map—most directly with its acclaimed album Sweethearts of the Rodeo—and served as inspiration for countless artists drawn to its layered harmonies and rich acoustic guitar sound. Frontman McGuinn, who was the band’s only consistent member, has already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is now a celebrated solo artist. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $27/gen, $43/gold. 423-8209.




New York hip-hop group from Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Friday at Catalyst


Cross-cultural, singer-producer duo. Friday at Crepe Place


Local pop punk outfit headlines the Totally ‘80s Drag Show. Friday at Blue Lagoon


Latin rock/funk/fusion out of San Diego. Saturday at Moe’s Alley


Fantastic, full-sensory Pink Floyd tribute band. Saturday at Don Quixote’s


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The Pope has come and gone, but his loving presence ignited new hope and goodness in many. While he was in NYC, China’s ruler arrived in Washington D.C. East (China) and West (Rome), meeting in the middle, under Libra, balancing sign of Right Relations. The Pope arrived at Fall Equinox. Things initiated at Fall Equinox are birthed at Winter Solstice. The Pope’s presence was a ritual, an initiation rite—like the Dalai Lama’s visits—offering prayers, teachings and blessings. Rituals anchor God’s plan into the world, initiating us to new realities, new rules. The Pope’s presence brings forth the Soul of the United States, its light piercing the veils of materialism. The Pope’s visit changed things. New questions arise, new reasons for living. A new wave of emerging life fills the air. Like a cocoon shifting, wings becoming visible. The winds are different now. Calling us to higher vision, moral values, virtues that reaffirm and offer hope for humanity. A changing of the guard has occurred. Appropriately, this is the week of the Jewish Festival of Sukkoth (’til Oct. 4), when we build temporary homes (little huts in nature), entering into a harvest of prayer and thanksgiving, understanding our fragile and impermanent existences. We are summoned to reflect upon our lives, our humanity, our nature, our spirit and each other. Offering gratitude, becoming a magnet for others. We observe. We see the needs. We love more.
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