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cal fortunateyouthREGGAE
If there’s a band that could bridge the gap between old school Jamaican reggae and the newer Sublime-influenced Cali-reggae, it’s SoCal’s Fortunate Youth. The six-piece busts a solid rootsy reggae groove with percussion, keys, lots of vocal harmonies and some ripping guitar solos, but they also have the lighthearted, feel-good vibe of the breezy sunny Californian reggae offshoot, and have toured with both Jamaican legends and Cali bands like the Expendables. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $18/door. 423-1338.

Saturday | 22

cal mccoytylerFOLK
Rounding up three of the area’s best new-folk acts in the McCoy Tyler Band, Steep Ravine, and the Naked Bootleggers, Saturday’s Fall Folk Music Showcase also features Patchy Sanders, a family band out of Portland. The band, which GT's Jacob Pierce described as “hellza bluegrassy,” recently saw their debut album placed on the 2015 Grammy ballot, and will add great picking, soulful singing and a house-on-fire pace to a night already brimming with great singing and songwriting. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $17/adv, $20/door. 427-2227.

cal coldwarkidsINDIE ROCK
A decade after forming, it is safe to say that these kids from California are thriving. With five albums under their belt—two of which debuted in Billboard’s Top 25—and a worldwide fan base that would be the envy of many, these guys have certainly left their mark. Not bad for a band whose bio states that initial practices as a band were characterized more by stomping, banging on heater pipes and thumping on walls than using actual instruments. Their new album, Hold My Home, was released last month. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20. 423-1338.

cal radiationcityINDIE ROCK
The opening track on the 2013 debut from Portland’s Radiation City is a dreamy, breezy electro-pop tune called “Zombies,” which details the trials and tribulations of a group of post-apocalyptic survivors. The thing is that it’s a feel-good, hummable tune. Other topics they cover include gesticulation, and a man turning into a woman, which of course are also toe-tapping indie-pop songs. The four-piece, comprised of two pairs of couples, seems to bring a smile to every thought they put to music. They are kind of like Broadcast, in how they mix surf, jazz, psychedelic and electronics, but without the dark somberness. AC

INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

The Dogon Lights refer to themselves as an “afro-galactic groove machine.” If the impression that leaves on your mind involves rhythm-heavy, electronic-aided, Africa-inspired grooves, you’re on the right track. Throw into the mix several languages, instruments from around the globe, a global perspective, and you’re there. Hailing from the Bay Area, the group features members of Hamsa Lila and Dirtwire. On Saturday, the band shares the bill with Liberation Movement, local purveyors of "sonic shamanistic alchemy" led by Grant Chambers of Heavyweight Dub Champion, Sasha Rose and Noah King. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

Sunday | 23

At the 2006 Vancouver Celtic Festival, there was a happy accident jam session, with musicians spontaneously weaving electronic Bhangra beats with Celtic fiddle. The resulting sound, which mashed up cultures, rhythms and styles, made an immediate impact on the players and inspired them to collaborate further. Eight years and seven albums later, the fusion band has expanded to include dub, reggae and whatever other styles suit their fancy. The common denominator is the boundary-defying inclusiveness of their sound and their energetically off-the-hook live performances. CJ
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.

cal grampsFOLK
What would Popeye the Sailor sound like if he was a didgeridoo-slinging folk singer? This may seem like a nonsensical question, but once you’ve seen Baby Gramps live, it’ll all make sense. Gramps, who’s been playing music since the ‘60s—and was already old back then—is a self-taught guitar virtuoso who  looks like a 1920s train-hopping hobo, mixing blues, folk and vaudeville. It’s old-timey authentic, and just plain silly. He sings like a Tom Waits pirate character, and has the odd skill of throat singing in the style of a didgeridoo. It’s kind of scary. AC
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $10/adv, $12/door. 335-2800.




Internationally-renowned reggae artist. Wednesday at Moe’s Alley


Santa Barbara-based indie rockers. Thursday at Catalyst


Celebrated Bay Area jazz pianist and vocalist. Thursday at Kuumbwa


Local purveyors of high-energy, acoustic covers and originals. Friday at Crepe Place


Electric blues from a Santa Cruz favorite. Friday at Moe’s Alley


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