Ryland Steen, drummer for the punk-ska band Reel Big Fish, has been with the band for six years. Six years is about the length of time it takes to obtain a degree in medicine, but considering the band just celebrated its 20th anniversary in January, Steen is the perpetual freshman.
Santa Cruz’s Chris Rene goes acoustic, climbs to top 4 on ‘The X Factor’
Thursday night was an emotional rollercoaster on FOX’s “The X Factor,” as 13-year-old Rachel Crow received a surprise elimination from the competition. Fans of Chris Rene, however, rejoiced as the 28-year-old Santa Cruz singer/songwriter advanced to the top 4.
The man, the legend, Lee “Scratch” Perry, makes his way to the Alley
A legend of Jamaican roots reggae culture and an astronaut pioneer of the echoing spaces and rhythms of dub music, Lee “Scratch” Perry continues to wow audiences worldwide at the tender age of 75. Originally a sound engineer and producer, Perry created an inimitable sound in the studio of full bass and drum-locked rhythms, and well-interwoven soaring vocal harmonies that would mark some of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ best music, and take reggae to another place entirely.
On the heels of Santa Cruz being named the fifth most artistic city in the United States by The Atlantic, local artists are displaying their work to the public this weekend. Among them is Maia Negre, a 30-year-old painter and surfer who has lived in Santa Cruz for the past 13 years.
16-year-old singer Tess Dunn asks Santa Cruz to make her dream come true
Santa Cruz is on a roll these days—first, James Durbin ranked fourth on “American Idol,” then Chris Rene began his meteoric rise on “The X Factor,” and now, 16-year-old Tess Dunn is one week and a day away from having her music video “Shame to See” played during 99.7’s Triple Ho Show 2.0 on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at HP Pavilion.
Chris Rene channels Michael Jackson on ‘X Factor’ tribute night
Wednesday was a memorable night on Fox’s “The X Factor,” as the remaining seven contestants paid tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson. For Santa Cruz singer/songwriter Chris Rene, the episode was particularly meaningful as his grandfather wrote “Rockin’ Robin” and parts of “Ben,” both of which were later sung by Jackson.
Brokedown in Bakersfield gets up close and personal with classic country fans
We’ve been taught to save the best for last—and in the case of Brokedown in Bakersfield, the old adage could not be more true. The band finished its set to a standing room only crowd at Moe’s Alley on Nov. 17 with “Luxury Liner,” a fast-tempo country shuffle popularized by Emmylou Harris in 1977. Then, as lead guitarist Scott Law’s Telecaster began to cool and the band stepped offstage, the audience boomed like the recoil of a shotgun.
“The audience is what makes it happen,” says vocalist Nicki Bluhm. “If they’re not here, the magic doesn’t happen.”
With the encore, the six-piece took the stage once again—but this time, the band members hefted their instruments, then proceeded to walk through the audience, and into a side room. The crowd followed, unsure of what was happening. Sans stage, the band delivered a stirring and sad rendition of Gram Parsons’ “In My Hour of Darkness.”
GT’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist: 15 songs to put you in the giving mood this holiday
The Thanksgiving Song – Adam Sandler
Thank you (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone
Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Thank you – Dido
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Be Thankful – Natalie Cole