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Moo!

Moo!

Local rockers Moo! are about to make some noise. After forming last year and receiving a $2,000 grant from UCSC’s Alumni Association, the band has been hard at work preparing to release material. They plan to make their debut EP—Songs for All Seas, All Ships—available via their website before they play the Crepe Place on October 2. But that’s only the beginning.

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Americana Girl

Americana Girl

Carlene Carter dives back into her family’s old country roots

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China Cats

China Cats

There are a lot of Grateful Dead tribute bands out there, so basically it’s a buyer’s market for hungry Deadheads. The members of Santa Cruz’s China Cats are themselves Dead fanatics and take a unique approach to the whole thing. In fact, they don’t even consider themselves a tribute band, because they don’t attempt to play Dead songs note for note; but rather go for the essence of what the Dead shows were like.

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Chapter of Hall

Chapter of Hall

Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall to play Moe’s Alley on his ‘Small is Beautiful’ tour

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The Carolyn Sills Combo

The Carolyn Sills Combo

Singer-songwriter Carolyn Sills is always mining the depths of the human experience to find the best way to write a killer song—even if the experience is not her own. Sometimes this means looking beyond the obvious and fixating on details that some might consider insignificant. Those are the things she finds truly fascinating.

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Mass Appeal

Mass Appeal

Santa Cruz band signs to major label as release of debut nears

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Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat

Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat

Blues musician Jake Nielsen didn’t name his band Triple Threat because he plans on being the next big writer/director/actor. The name stems from the fact that Triple Threat is a trio. Nielsen doesn’t even always have the same two guys backing him, but he sticks to the three-person format regardless, because he likes how it showcases his music.

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Skanks for Everything

Skanks for Everything

Skankin’ Pickle’s Mike Park is letting ska music take him around the globe with the Bruce Lee Band

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Mylo Jenkins

Mylo Jenkins

The string band scene has exploded in Santa Cruz. But before there was any sign of a bluegrass or Americana revival, there were a handful of finger-plucking folky bands in town building a noticeable following, like Mylo Jenkins.

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Mothership Connection

Mothership Connection

Why funk legend George Clinton is at Moe’s Alley this week 

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Thanks Buddy

Thanks Buddy

The first thing to note about Thanks Buddy is that they have an awesome name.

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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”