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Wednesday | 25
In the world of uilleann pipes, Paddy Keenan is Jimi Hendrix. What are the uilleann pipes, you ask? They are the national bagpipe of Ireland, and Keenan, as you can imagine, plays traditional Irish music. He was even a founding member of the Bothy Band, a highly influential traditional Irish folk revival group in the ’70s. Even before his days with the Bothy Band, he busked on the streets of Ireland with his uillean pipes. That’s a lot of years mastering his craft! Watching Keenan is to soak in centuries of Ireland’s traditional folk music, yet he also weaves a little bluegrass, jazz and rock in there, too. There is a discount for members of the Celtic Society. AARON CARNES
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 State Rte 9, Felton. $15/adv, $17/door. 603-2294.
Thursday | 26
In 2013, when Jacco Gardner dropped his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, he was instantly elevated to Baroque pop superstar status. The 20-something Dutch musician found himself being compared to Syd Barrett, the Zombies, and Strawberry Alarm Clock. That Gardner played almost all the instruments on the album—including harpsichords, organs, flutes, and Mellotron—only added to his allure as a neo-psych treasure. His sophomore album, Hypnophobia, is due out in May, and if the first single, “Find Yourself,” is any indication, the album sees Gardner escorting listeners further down a pleasant, psychedelic wormhole. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15. 423-1338.
Friday | 27
NICK OLIVERI’S UNCONTROLLABLE
When it comes to Nick Oliveri, nothing is safe—yet everything he touches is gold. Best known for his heavy and strange bass riffs, Oliveri cut his teeth with the desert sludge outfit, Kyuss (formerly Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss), that later would evolve into the Grammy-nominated Queens of the Stone Age. Although no longer with QOTSA, Oliveri has continued creating pounding and introspective metal. With his latest solo record, Leave Me Alone, he features his new group, the Uncontrollable; which is basically Oliveri playing all the instruments in the studio. However, rumor has it he’s been touring with another former bandmate from those infamous punks the Dwarves. Either way, this will be one hell of a night for music as Doors to Nowhere and You Know Who open the show. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $5. 423-7117.
Kingston, Jamaica is the source of all things reggae. The three brothers behind New Kingston are actually from Brooklyn, but have Jamaican blood (and a father who was part of Jamaica’s reggae scene back in the day). They bring their heritage and their modern American influences to their sound. The grooves are traditional, while the vocals and melodies have a lot of R&B and hip-hop elements. They just released their third record this year, and while the first two were self-released, the latest is on popular reggae label Easy Star Records. That’s quite an achievement considering that it’s been awhile since the label signed anyone from New York. Overall, it’s a pretty raw sound, with just the trio of brothers, and their father, who is the manager and bass player. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $12/door. 479-1854.
Saturday | 28
Hot Damn! Hope your liver is ready to party, because the Southern-fried kings of stoner metal are back! Dave “Dixie” Collins, Travis Owen, and Dave “Shep” Shepherd—better known as Weedeater—are unlike any on the scene today. Collins’ voice has the refined sound of someone born smoking Marlboro unfiltereds, yet it flows over his driving bass. Owen’s spine-crushing drums and Shepherd’s thick, fuzzy guitar like an airboat in a swamp, and that’s just on record. Their live show is a tornado of flying drum sticks, moshing metal heads and Collins’ swigging from a fifth of whiskey until it’s gone (which is usually before they finish playing). The boys are touring with fellow head-bangers, King Parrot, and local long-haired sludge/doom acts, the Bad Light and Rohan breaking in the crowd like an ornery hog. MW
INFO: 8 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $13/adv, $16/door. 429-4135
Monday | 30
PEACH KELLI POP
A side project of Allie Hanlon of the Canadian rock band White Whires, Peach Kelli Pop fills the space between bubblegum and power pop. Minimalist instrumentation, a playful spirit, and rough-around-the-edges garage-rock sensibilities drive this band that garners comparisons to underground sensations Hunx and his Punx and Nobunny. A perfect fit for the red-hot, cassette-friendly label Burger Records, Peach Kelli Pop has a new album titled PKPIII scheduled for release in May. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.
With his thick forearms, calloused palms and trademark beard, Poncho Sanchez looks like he was born to play the congas. For the past 35 years, he’s led one of the most consistently entertaining Latin jazz bands in the business, a talent-laden combo that lays down infectious dance–inducing mambo beats, scorching salsa soul, and tightly arranged jazz numbers. Over the years he’s collaborated with an array of jazz greats, from Eddie Harris and Terence Blanchard to Dianne Reeves and Joey DeFrancesco, but his band doesn’t need any ringers to raise the roof. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.
IN THE QUEUE
Standout jazz clarinetist. Wednesday at Kuumbwa
One-man, multi-media experience. Thursday at Crepe Place
DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS
Alt-country from Lake Tahoe. Thursday at Moe’s Alley
Folk trio comprising Kimball Hurd, Keith Greeninger, and Roger Feuer. Friday at Don Quixote’s
PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE
Recreating the sights and sounds of classic Pink Floyd. Sunday at Catalyst