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Wednesday | 17

cal LarryCarltonLARRY CARLTON
Guitarist Larry Carlton's resumé reads like a who's who of 20th century rock and pop. As a session musician, he contributed his much sought-after skills to recordings by Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Steely Dan and many more of the most recognizable artists of our time. However, it’s his ability to compose smooth and soulful tunes, and his solid handle on jazz, rock and blues that has made Carlton a celebrated solo artist and bandleader. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.  Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.

Thursday | 18

cal soleSOLE & DJ PAIN 1
Combining the sensibilities and histories of these two artists together creates a perfect storm of an opportunity for hip-hop and rap fans who want their content to truly be a cut above the rest. You’ve heard DJ Pain 1’s production work on tracks by everyone from Young Jeezy to Public Enemy and 50 Cent, and Sole—who founded Anticon Records in 1998—has performed around the world and received accolades from major media everywhere. But this is more than two notable names looking to churn out some hits. Sole’s socially conscious content draws listeners into global conversations about the state of the world and where it’s headed. That’s pretty heady stuff. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $14/door. 423-1338.


cal ALoveSupremeJOHN HANRAHAN’S LOVE SUPREME QUARTET
On the 50th Anniversary of the release of A Love Supreme, jazz legend John Coltrane’s most noteworthy album—and arguably the most important jazz recording ever—John Hanrahan and his quartet will be performing the album in its entirety. Although the quartet, which has toured the world for over 20 years, does this annually, getting to do so on such a landmark anniversary speaks to the work’s enduring power and beauty. BP
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.



cal BuyepongoBUYEPONGO
That sound you hear coming from your speakers when you listen to the music of Buyepongo is the sound of pure unadulterated joy. Joy at being able to get together as a group of friends and just play music. Joy at fusing their love of jazz, hip-hop, Cumbia, Latin, Reggae and other styles of music together in a harmonious manner that is languid and freeing one moment, raucous and energetic the next. Joy at exploring the roots culture of Latino music as well as South American and Caribbean countries like Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Joy at being able to share all of this with you, right here, right now. BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.


Friday | 19

cal zammutoZAMMUTO
The Books were one of the strangest indie-rock bands to come out in the 2000s. They played a weird blend of folk, electronic and pop that was collaged together as an almost audio scrapbook. It’s like a more melodic Negativland. They broke up—apparently on bad terms—in 2012, and one half of the duo, Nick Zammuto, formed a new four-piece electro-rock group, which he named after himself. The band has the same eerie, intimate sound the Books had, but the hodgepodge element is gone. It’s more straightforward (though still weird), and actually is a bit darker and more melancholy, presumably inspired from the not-so-amiable split of the Books. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. $12. 429-6994.

Saturday | 20

cal sherryaustinhenhouseSHERRY AUSTIN WITH HENHOUSE
Sherry Austin by herself is a great Americana singer—wry, intelligent and sensitive. Her band, with the exception of one member, are all female—and all four women create the lush wall of harmonies, which enrich the country inspired folk tunes they play. Musically it falls somewhere between Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt and the Mamas and the Papas. The band has built a loyal local following, and even have a regular gig at the Davenport Roadhouse. This show is Austin’s 65th birthday party bash. There’ll be lots of old timey foot-stompers and some tender, emotional folk tunes. AC
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227.

Sunday | 21

cal mastersofhawaiianmusicMASTERS OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC
There's something about Hawaiian string music that perfectly captures the beauty and open-hearted spirit of the islands. Maybe it's those slack-key guitar tunings that feel like a gentle breeze on a hot day, or the unhurried approach to playing it that brings a laid-back island vibe to any moment. Whatever it is, the tradition has spread far and wide. On Sunday, George Kahumoku Jr., Ledward Kaapana and Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i—three masters of the style—play two concerts at Don Quixote’s; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. If being carried away by waves of sweet island sounds is your thing, you're not going to want to miss a chance to see these masters all in one place. CJ
INFO: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $20/adv, $25/door. 603-2294.

cal chuckraganCHUCK RAGAN
In his two decades as a performer, Chuck Ragan has shown a love for variety. After fronting the punk band Hot Water Music for over a decade, he left the band in 2005 to pursue a more folk-oriented solo career. Since then, he has released over a dozen live and studio albums and collaborative projects, and spearheaded the creation of the Revival Tour, which has spent the last handful of years bringing artists from the rock, punk and folk worlds together for intimate acoustic performances. Ragan is currently touring behind his most recent release, March’s Till Midnight. BP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $17/door. 479-1854.

cal tokimonstaTOKIMONSTA
Jennifer Lee, a.k.a. Tokimonsta, has bragging rights about several things: she's been ranked among the best DJs in her native Los Angeles; she's been featured in a pile of publications, and she's the first woman to join the boundary-pushing electronic producer Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Known for her textured beats, sexy, R&B-influenced melodies, and tight production skills, Tokimonsta has made a name for herself as future-forward standout of the electronic underground. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $17.50/adv, $20/door. 423-1338.

 


IN THE QUEUE

THE SAM CHASE
Whiskey-fueled, rough-around-the-edges Americana. Wednesday at the Crepe Place
MAINSWING
Long-running Bay Area vocal jazz group. Thursday at Kuumbwa
ANDRE NICKATINA
Old-school San Francisco rapper. Saturday at Catalyst
STONE FOXES
Raw, juke-joint rock and blues. Saturday at Moe's Alley
TEMPLES
British darlings of the neo-psychedelic music scene. Tuesday at Catalyst

 

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Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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