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Wednesday | 29

cal jimwhiteJIM WHITE
In the mid-1990s, Australian instrumental trio Dirty Three was putting out hypnotic, lovely avant-garde music that wandered around your mind like smoke swirling inside a bell jar. It was beautiful, chaotic and unpredictable, and it laid the foundation for yet-to-come bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky. The mastermind drummer behind Dirty Three was Jim White, whose reputation for groundbreaking collaborations extends far beyond Dirty Three. Joining White is Cairo Gang frontman Emmett Kelly. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

Thursday | 30

Branford Marsalis describes jazz bassist Eric Revis’ music as “the sound of doom: big, thick, percussive.” And Marsalis would know, as Revis has been his sideman for over 15 years. Revis has also worked with McCoy Tyner, Peter Brotzmann, Lionel Hampton and other top-tier jazz musicians, including a pre-Marsalis stint with the legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter. In recent years, he has struck out on his own as composer and bandleader, garnering critical acclaim for his ability to put his unique touch on a variety of styles. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227.

cal bigkritBIG K.R.I.T.
Justin Scott—aka Big K.R.I.T.—will go to just about any length to spread the rap gospel. Having collaborated with everyone from Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Lecrae in his career, and having been willing to use samples from likely sources (Beastie Boys) as well as unlikely ones (Sade), he has shown a willingness to leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of the most memorable beats and lyrics. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 423-1338.

Friday | 31

Slugs N’ Roses are not a Santa Cruz-themed Guns N’ Roses tribute band, as the name may suggest. Rather, they are a Grateful Dead tribute band (the Santa Cruz part is right) and play an energetic version of the Dead’s tunes. Yes, we’re talking about a Grateful Dead rock ’n’ roll dance party. China Cats, on the other hand, don’t even like to consider themselves a Dead tribute band. They technically cover their tunes, but they do it more in the spirit of how the Dead could have played a show on any given night as opposed to trying to copy any specific renditions of the Dead’s songs. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton, $12/adv. $15/door. 335-2800.

cal sambadaSAMBADÁ
One of the area’s most energetic bands is back for another night of fun, combining everything from salsa to samba, funk to reggae, cumbia to folk music. Sixteen years after they first formed, this ensemble is still finding new ways to surprise fans by innovatively fusing different styles of music together as they explore classic Brazilian music, and more modern styles as well, in an effort to make you dance the night away. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 429-6994.

Saturday | 1

Dubbed a “small town philosopher,” singer-songwriter Antsy McClain brings a heaping dose of humor, trailer park insights, and old-fashioned fun to his songs, which are rooted in sometimes-true, sometimes-tall tales of life in the sticks. As frontman for the Trailer Park Troubadours, McClain established himself as a good-time-loving dude who could laugh at his own circumstances. But don’t dismiss him as a novelty act; McClain is a standout Americana artist with musical and storytelling skills to boot. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20. 603-2294.

Dance. Dance. Dance. With a band called Pimps of Joytime, you’d think they were a good-time, guilty pleasure funk band—and you’d be right. The Brooklyn group has been playing unapologetic grooves since the mid-2000s, and they tour hard. They are constantly gigging, be it intimate parties or major festivals. The music primarily falls in the funk category, but like some of the ’70s greats like Funkadelic, they incorporate other styles as well (soul, Latin, rock, Afrobeat). Lyrically, these guys know how to have fun, with songs like “Janxta Funk,” “Thas The Way We Do,” and of course “Booty Text.” (“I’m sending a booty text like an S.O.S.”) AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $17/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.

Monday | 3

Karrin Allyson is one of the most phenomenal jazz vocalists in the entire genre. For years, she has been putting together collections that rely more on subtlety and nuance than show-stopping vocals, and whether her albums take a bluesy turn (2002’s In Blue) or offer her take on a jazz legend’s music (2001’s Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane), Allyson’s slightly raspy voice is a wonder. She holds you in her sway whether she is singing in Portuguese or English, scatting or crooning on a romantic number. BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Tuesday | 4

Ziggy Marley’s legacy is, as Barney Stinson would say, legen-dary, but it’s not simply because he is the son of the king of reggae music. Marley spent a number of years playing with the Melody Makers as a young man, but he has carved out his own niche since going solo over a decade ago. Not content to ride his father’s coattails, Ziggy has released a solo rock album and multiple children’s albums, in addition to his own reggae albums—including his latest, Fly Rasta, which came out in April. Ziggy’s socially conscious messages and groovy rhythms have helped him win several Grammy Awards along the way. BP
INFO: 8 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $31/adv, $36/door. 423-1338.




French dance-pop group. Wednesday at Rio Theatre


New Music Works celebration honoring the souls of the departed. Saturday at Rio Theatre


Bluesy folk-rock. Monday at Catalyst


Brooklyn-based, indie singer-songwriter. Monday at Crepe Place


Vocalist and songwriter from Concrete Blonde. Tuesday at Moe's Alley


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