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Wednesday | 26

He doesn’t look the part, but Nick Waterhouse is quite the blues/R&B singer-guitarist. He’s got style, soul and a smooth sound that falls somewhere in between John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison. Waterhouse, now 29, started playing the guitar at 12, and his first band was a throwback to bands like the Who and the Animals. As he’s gotten older, he’s gotten more into the ’50s electric blues and rhythm and blues that inspired his British Invasion idols. But unlike the instrument-smashing Who or those rowdy early blues players, Nick Waterhouse keeps it nice and cool like Harry Connick, Jr. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

It’s quite a feat to be able to deliver music that is an explosion of extreme primal screams, yet is still eclectic, dynamic and moody. This is precisely what the post-hardcore genre is supposed to be, but usually it’s just a whole lot of screaming. Las Vegas quartet Stolas pull off the delicate balancing act of intensity and complex emotional expression through exceptional musicianship and their incredible composing skills. Their music almost resembles concerto pieces more than punk rock tunes. They released their sophomore record, Allomaternal, last year, and its production value is top notch. Both their records were released on Blue Swan Records, which is Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance’s label. In fact, they were his first signing. They are doing the label proud. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $12/door. 429-4135.

The ukulele is not Hawaii’s only musical legacy. There is also the gorgeous, easy-going slack-key guitar playing, which is far less known than the ukulele once you get off the island. It’s a style of playing the acoustic guitar that involves unique open tuning, plucking and hammer-ons. But rather than try to explain slack key guitar playing, why not witness it firsthand from the master himself, Ledward Kaapana. But Kaapana is an all-around amazing musician that breathes life into the ukulele, bass, steel guitar and autoharp—and when he sings, his falsetto voice is just dazzling and elegant. AC
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $17/adv, $20/door. 603-2294.

Thursday | 27

Ben Chasney, the artist behind Six Organs of Admittance, is an underground artist who brilliantly balances disparate styles including fingerpicking, Delta blues, noise, experimental, drone and psych rock. The result is a sound that alternates, sometimes wildly, between gorgeous acoustic guitarwork, almost-not-there minimalism and skull-rattling noise-rock. Sound far out? It is. It’s also lovely and challenging in all the right ways. His latest project, Hexadic, is built upon a compositional system Chasney created that allows musicians to rethink music and tap into the unconscious. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 603-2294.

Friday | 28

Harlis Sweetwater believes in going large: large dreams, large beards and large sound. Although the Huntington Beach native has played music since he was a child—and has since graced the stage with names like Everlast, Brian Setzer, Etta James and Wilson Pickett, to name a few—the Harlis Sweetwater band formed in 2012 to return rock ’n’ roll to its blues roots. Two albums later, with a third on the way, the man and band have made fans of anyone with Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter and Albert King in their record collection. Sweetwater’s gritty, finger-lickin’ music fits perfectly in the Pocket for a night that promises a large dose of authentic blues. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. The Pocket, 3102 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz. $10. 475-9819.

You know the song “Mr. Bojangles,” right? Did you know it was written by Mr. Jerry Jeff Walker? A singer-songwriter whose own story includes time in Greenwich Village in its 1960s heyday, and working with country outlaws including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt in the ’70s, Walker is one of the quiet legends of country music. A fixture on the Austin music scene who has dozens of albums to his name, Walker bridges the space between folk and country and is one of the senior torchbearers of his generation and genre. CJ
INFO: 8 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $28/gen, $45/gold. 423-8209.

Saturday | 29

A singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Burkina Faso, West Africa, Malima Kone blends traditional African styles with contemporary world and reggae music to create music that pays respect to his heritage while creating something new for a global audience. A familiar face on the Santa Cruz music scene, Kone recorded his debut album at our own Gadgetbox Studios. Saturday’s performance is a pre-release celebration of the album, complete with Kone’s tight and multi-faceted band, Wemewo. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

Black Sabbath might be the fathers of doom metal, but Pentagram are the American sons in this Holy Trinity. For an incredible 44 years, Pentagram has reigned doom upon unsuspecting audiences and have gone through more drummers than Spinal Tap. This is one of those rare bands that has influenced everyone in the genre from Cathedral to musicians like Hank 3, the grandson of country legend Hank Williams. MW
INFO: 9:30 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $25/door. 429-4135.


Sunday | 30

A swing-era survivor who has accompanied generations of popular music royalty from Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra to Paul McCartney, seven-string guitar master Bucky Pizzarelli (the father of guitarist/crooner John Pizzarelli) is often at his best keeping company with other guitarists. He certainly can’t do much better than British guitar star Martin Taylor, a sensational player steeped in the Gypsy jazz sound forged by Django Reinhardt. Together, these fleet-fingered improvisers support and challenge each other, offering an irresistible spectacle for guitarheads, jazz lovers and fans of astounding fretwork. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.




Master of the Indian flute. Thursday at Kuumbwa.


Standout electronic duo out of Toronto. Thursday at Catalyst


Local African reggae band. Thursday at Crow’s Nest


Indie-psych rockers from Australia. Friday at Don Quixote’s


Bay Area purveyors of “y’all-ternative” bluegrass music. Friday at Crepe Place


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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back


Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”


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Film, Times & Events: Week of August 28

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