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Wednesday | 23

cal bongoloveBONGO LOVE
For over a decade, Bongo Love has been electrifying audiences around the world with what they call “afrocoustic” music—their unique fusion of afrobeat and instruments from their native Zimbabwe. Now, with a full drumset and a female vocalist as part of the mix, this vibrant band is continuing to evolve. Their penchant for performing lively dances on stage has earned them legions of fans, as has touring with the likes of Vieux Farka Touré and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The band just released their fourth album, which is self-titled, earlier this year. Brian Palmer
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Thursday | 24

cal 3LegTorso3 LEG TORSO
Two decades ago when 3 Leg Torso formed in Portland, they were a ragtag orchestral trio consisting of a violin, accordion and cello. They were part avant-garde classical ensemble, part circus band, opting to perform on street corners more often than on an actual stage. Over time the group expanded to a five-piece band, utilizing drums, bass and keys, and has broadened their sound considerably. They are one of the weirdest chamber groups currently touring, with strong elements of Eastern European folk, klezmer and cabaret. There is a classical elegance to their music, but it’s also very playful and innovative. Aaron Carnes
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.


cal rosie-floresROSIE FLORES  
Rosie Flores' Texas origins are hard to miss, as she’s been rounding people up to the dance floor with her rockabilly and country sound for almost two decades. Armed with her guitar and an upbeat attitude, Flores brings true spunk and attitude to the stage, along with prowess as a skilled guitar player and singer. Recording albums since 1987, Flores is a rockabilly legend, performing with the aptly named "Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson. Performing at the Austin City Limits music festival, Flores is so treasured by Austin, Texas that the Austin City Council named August 31st Rosie Flores Day. Sydney Moorhead
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $10. 479-1854.


Friday | 25

cal destroyDESTROY THE NIGHT W/ JAMES DURBIN
Santa Cruz loves James Durbin. After he was voted off of American Idol in 2011, he played to an insanely large crowd of 30,000 on the Boardwalk, backed by the White Album Ensemble. He may have only finished fourth, but he’s gotten famous internationally because he brought a unique heavy metal and hard rock edge to the show, wrapped, of course, in pop music. This Friday, along with Dale Ockerman from the White Album Ensemble and several of Ockerman’s musician friends, Durbin plays tribute to two of the greatest rock bands of all time: The Doors and Led Zeppelin. They are performing a set as each band in a classic double bill style show. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. The Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $20. 423-8209.


cal slyrobbieSLY & ROBBIE
One of the sickest drum and bass combos of all time, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare joined forces in the mid-1970s, and became the go-to rhythm section for the legendary Jamaican studio, Channel One. Not content to ride the same wave for long, Sly & Robbie, nicknamed the Riddim Twins, continually evolve their sound, experimenting with electronics, dancehall and fusion, and collaborating with a wide range of musicians including Grace Jones, Michael Franti, The Rolling Stones and Ben Harper, not to mention a who’s who roster of reggae artists. The duo’s latest incarnation is with their full band, the Taxi Gang, featuring vocalist Bitty McLean. Cat Johnson
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.

Monday | 28

cal kevingatesKEVIN GATES
Kevin Gates does things his way. The rapper founded the Bread Winners Association label in 2011, and has turned down offers from major labels because of a desire to make it on his own terms. His work ethic shines through in his releases, particularly on his latest album—the aptly-titled By Any Means—which landed on Billboard’s Top 20 upon its release earlier this year. Known as much for his engaging delivery as he is for his insightful social commentary and electric beats, Gates is proving to be a creative force to be reckoned with. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $18/door. 423-1338.

cal jack-de-johnetteJACK DEJOHNETTE
Jazz drummer, pianist and composer Jack DeJohnette had a starry entry into the music life, playing alongside jazz giants Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd in his early career. Over a long and celebrated career as both a sideman and bandleader, DeJohnette has developed a reputation for being one of the most influential jazz drummers in the world with his unique blend of free jazz, fusion, world music and R&B styles. His latest trio, which has been described as jazz royalty, comprises Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane, and Matt Garrison, son of the late-jazz bassist Jimmy Garrison. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m & 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.

Tuesday | 29

cal revbigbandREVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND
I wish I could just play you a bit of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s music right now. It’s not for everyone, but for those with a soft spot for deep country-blues, hard-living folk music and a no bullshit delivery, this band is a homerun. Led by the barrel-chested Reverend J. Peyton, whose voice sounds like it’s being teleported in from 1910 via a tin can, the trio out of Indianapolis plays ass-moving, uncomplicated songs about life, love and just getting through it all. Recommended if you like porch jams, well-worn overalls and dancing in cowboy boots. CJ
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.

IN THE QUEUE

RITTZ
An underground rapper out of Atlanta, Rittz got his breakthrough when Yelawolf gave him a guest spot on the song “Box Chevy.” Wednesday at the Catalyst

HENRY KAPONO
Hawaiian singer-songwriter whose career took off in 1973 when he teamed up with Californian artist Cecilio Rodriguez to form the celebrated duo Cecilio & Kapono. Thursday at Kuumbwa

TOMMY CASTRO
A road-tested music veteran, Tommy Castro brings his band the Painkillers back to Santa Cruz for more gritty, soulful blues.  Friday at Moe’s Alley

BIG MEDICINE HEAD
Born in Santa Cruz, Big Medicine plays pop-rock music inspired by a diverse collection of artists including Hank Williams and Dionne Warwick.  Saturday at the Crepe Place

 

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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

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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

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.