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Wednesday | 27

cal dragtheriverDRAG THE RIVER
Colorado’s Drag the River are a legitimate, twangy country-rock band that just happens to have some serious legit punk credentials. Singer Chad Price has been singing for All since the late ‘80s, and original Drag The River bassist Karl Alvarez has played with the Descendents for just as long. In Drag the River, they take their influence from Gram Parsons’ gruffer material, and Springsteen’s bleaker years. DTR manages to be vulnerable, emotional and tough all at once. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

Thursday | 28

Not one to be constrained by genres or even instruments, guitarist Allan Holdsworth takes a winding, inventive road through musical styles. Equally adept at playing jazz, rock and progressive rock—I imagine he could play pretty much anything—the British-born Holdsworth is a regular on lists that round up the best guitar players of all time. He has played with a diverse roster of artists including Soft Machine, Yes’ Bill Bruford, and the late jazz drummer Tony Williams. The thread that runs through it all, however, is a passion for improvisation. His current trio comprises Jimmy Haslip on bass and Virgil Donati on drums. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

Friday | 29

cal papadoorunrunPAPA DOO RUN RUN
This last of the Beach Boardwalk Free Friday Night Concerts, with Papa Doo Run Run, signals the end of summer and also pays tribute to our little beach-town's rich history as a surf mecca. A long-running band in the spirit of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, Papa Doo Run Run throws it back to an era when longboards, Gidget, and fun in the California sun reigned supreme. CJ
INFO: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz. Free. 423-5590.

cal fallriskFALL RISK
A side project from Further and Box Set frontman Jeff Pehrson, Fall Risk is a catchy amalgamation of different styles and sensibilities. Among the different live performances you can find online, one stands as the most representative: a nearly 19-minute version of a track called “Lemonade,” which plays up the band’s rock and roots sound with epic solos and some jamming that is of a truly legendary quality. Given their engaging sound and incredible energy, it is easy to see why the gang has opened for the likes of Zac Brown Band. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $10/adv, $12/door. 423-1338.

When Corrosion of Conformity were at the peak of their popularity in the mid-90s, they had a highly produced mid-tempo, groove-rich metal sound, something like Southern rock meets Sabbath meets grunge. But all through the ’80s, the group actually played a mixture of hardcore punk and thrash known as crossover. Since 2010, they’ve gone back to the original trio-lineup from that time, though it isn’t exactly a return to the crossover sound. The punk influences are there, but they play a lot of thick sludgy metal riffs these days. Their last two records in this sound/lineup have been some of the best material they’ve released in years. AC
INFO: 8:30 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $17/adv, $20/door. 423-1338.

Saturday | 30

cal mykalroseMICHAEL ROSE
Considering Michael Rose and his band Black Uhuru received reggae's first Grammy win in 1984, it's easy to recognize Rose as a legend in his own right. Performing as both a solo artist and as part of Black Uhuru, "Ruff" Rose brings a more hardcore, volatile sound to reggae than many of his predecessors and contemporaries. His songs have evolved throughout the years to capture a wide range of reggae fans, while still retaining the messages and sounds that defined his early work. SYDNEY MOORHEAD
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.

Drawing inspiration from the blues and classic rock sounds, the Groove Hounds are a rocking, groove-driven local band. On Saturday, they join forces with Harpin' Jonny, a mean harmonica player who, like harp greats Norton Buffalo and Charlie Musselwhite takes on multiple styles including bluegrass, rock, country, jazz and blues. As he once told Good Times, "There isn’t any song that I can’t play on the harmonica." CJ
INFO: 9:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $7. 476-4560.

Sunday | 31

cal quetzal1QUETZAL
Quetzal’s lively brand of Chicano rock has been on display since they started out two decades ago, with their sound employing elements of jazz, Afro-Cuban, R&B and Mexican music. Their dedication to providing world-class music—their fifth and most recent album, 2012’s Imaginaries, won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album—has also given them a chance to partake for more than a decade in Fandango Sin Fronteras, a transnational dialogue between California- and Veracruz, Mexico-based musicians. BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

Texas multi-instrumentalist Guy Forsyth is a ham. At least that’s what people that saw his old band, the Asylum Street Spankers would say. They played a comedic, tongue-in-cheek version of old timey American folk music. It was natural for Forsyth, who started out as a comic stuntman at renaissance faires, and later took his guitar to street corners and busked. He quickly learned how to be a showman. When he left Asylum Street Spankers, he went solo, playing a more serious variation of blues, rock, gospel and Americana, but still his theatrical charm shined through. His latest album, Freedom to Fail, which is his ninth, is the first in which he’s really focused on crafting an album for the studio, as opposed to capturing his raucous live performances. AC
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $12/adv, $15/door. 335-2800


Classic rock cover band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Jethro Tull and the like. Thursday at Don Quixote’s

All-star funk outfit with members who’ve played with Fishbone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Thursday at Moe’s Alley

Two of the hottest contemporary reggae acts around. Friday at the Catalyst

James Brown tribute band complete with horns, funky grooves and JB’s dance moves. Saturday at Don Quixote’s

Dark, introspective rock inspired by metal, folk and life in middle America. Sunday at the Crepe Place


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