Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Jan 29th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

The Billy Martini Show

lylb bmartiniRock ‘n’ roller Billy Martini doesn’t just have a band—he has a show. The distinction is important. It’s even right there in his name, the Billy Martini Show. He and his band don’t just stand up on stage playing a bunch of rock songs; they have backup dancers, costumes and audience participation.

“There’s a theatrical element,” says Martini. “It’s basically a rock ’n’ roll party. I have a three-piece polyester suit, leather pants, platform shoes, groovy hat, velvet jacket, pants with rhinestones down the sides, stuff like that.”

Some of Martini’s shows are strictly cover sets, while others feature the group’s original material. Even in a cover set, they will still squeeze in a couple of originals, which are generally written by Martini and his guitarist Steve Allison. Their originals are a cross between heavy ’70s stadium rock and ’90s alt-rock.

Martini has played in bands since the age of 13, but until he started the Billy Martini Show 12 years ago, he had always been strictly a drummer. Through the years, Martini found that the biggest roadblock to making it in music was dealing with temperamental singers, so he finally decided to be the lead singer. Since then, he’s been able to consistently write and release original music independently, and build a fan base from the ground up.

“I’m not going to get a record deal,” Martini says. “I’m not a 25-year-old kid. I’m 51 years old. We’re not playing for 10,000 people or getting paid a million bucks, but it sure does feel good. I can go to Reno and 60-75 [people] will show up and watch me play. These are good times. I’ve never been happier.”


INFO: 9 p.m. Friday, July 18. Coasters Bar and Grill, 115 Cliff St., Santa Cruz. 426-3324. Free.

Comments (1)Add Comment
best band ever
written by tamra doughty, July 16, 2014
best time you will ever have billy martini #1 in my eyes and always will be

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues. Humanity and Aquarius Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Job Insecurity

Woman fights for her job in thoughtful, life-sized ‘Two Days One Night’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Jeffrey’s Restaurant

Why quick and friendly service matters at a local diner.

 

If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you be living?

I would live in Kauai because the water is warmer, and I just love it there. Maureen Niehaus, Santa Cruz, Dental Assistant

 

Clos LaChance Wines

Pinot Noir 2012

 

Striking Gold

A taste of Soquel Vineyards’ five gold medal-winning Pinots