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Friday | March 14
Candelaria is a veritable melting pot of a band. Its members hail from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and the U.S., and its music is a cross between dub reggae and traditional Colombian cumbia. The Candelaria experience is a truly organic one, with none of the instruments or sounds being programmed or computerized in any way. The group has played to packed houses throughout Northern California, and has been featured on NPR’s Alt Latino as an up-and-coming band—after this show you’ll know why. | BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $9/adv, $12/door. 479-1854.
Saturday | March 15
Tierney Sutton will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $25/adv, $30/door. For more information, call 427-2227. >> See: Feature Article >
The music of Cayucas recalls the glory days of surf rock and ’60s-era pop. “High School Lover,” off the band’s 2013 debut, Bigfoot, is a prime example of the band’s gift for making dance-inducing grooves with hypnotic percussion, subtly propulsive guitar, bass mixing and singer Zach Yudin’s echoing vocals. It’s the type of song that burrows into your mind for weeks on end—in a good way. Check out the music video for the track, which plays out like a live-action video game, to get an even better idea of the band’s creative range. | BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $12. 423-1338.
After several weeks spent experimenting in the recording studio, Jason Mraz, known for chart-topping hits such as “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” and “I’m Yours,” is heading to the Civic Auditorium to unveil some of his newest material. The all-acoustic show will serve as a preview of the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming fifth album. The still-untitled follow-up to 2012’s Love Is a Four Letter Word—which featured the ever-popular ballad “I Won’t Give Up”—is a collaboration between Mraz and rock-folk band Raining Jane. The all-female quartet will share the stage with Mraz on Saturday for what is sure to be an awe-inspiring performance. | JB
INFO: 8 p.m. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. $54-95. 420-5260. Visit santacruztickets.com.
Santa Cruz Sings To ‘Grease’
Thirty six years before John Travolta botched the pronunciation of Tony winner Idina Menzel’s name at the Academy Awards, everyone knew him as T-Bird heartthrob Danny Zuko. This weekend, locals can relive those glory days at The Rio Theatre, where Ben “Jammin” Holck will host a sing-a-long to the beloved musical, Grease. Holck will lead vocal exercises so that all audience members can feel free to belt out the words to “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged—poodle skirts, anyone?—and novelty bags filled with fun props for the film will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to Santa Cruz Performing Arts. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 423-8209.
Santa Cruz Salute ‘N Hoot
The community is invited to attend a benefit for veterans of foreign wars and The Wounded Warrior Project—an organization which raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, as well as provides direct programs and services to meet their needs—on Saturday at the VFW Hall. The all-day event features a barbecue, poker tournament, climbing wall, raffle, silent auction, full bar, and live music performances by The Chop Tops, The Gillbillies, Hank Biggs and The Hardtops, Steven Griswold and His California Convoy, and DJ Vida Lee. | JB
INFO: 10 a.m.-midnight. VFW Hall, 2259 7th Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/general, No cover/military and veterans with proper ID.
Freedom Rotary’s 30th Annual Casino Night
Freedom Rotary is hosting its 30th annual Casino Night this weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Attendees can try their hand at roulette, blackjacks, craps and poker, as well as enjoy an endless buffet, live music and prizes. Proceeds from the event are distributed to numerous local nonprofits, schools, and the Freedom Library. At last year’s event, a wide variety of organizations in the area, including Defensa De Mujeres, Dientes Community Dental Clinic, Jacob’s Heart, Loaves & Fishes, and many more, received funds. | JB
INFO: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Harvest Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. $40/adv, $50/door. 21+. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/575143.
Sunday | March 16
John Németh & The Bo-Keys Be Our Guest
John Németh has been making waves in the blues scene for the last decade, with a seamless blend of silky, soaring vocals, irresistible harmonica and old-school grooves. The 30-year-old Boise, Idaho native got his start singing in church and playing in a few local bands as a teenager. Since then, he’s opened for Robert Cray, Keb Mo’ and Earl Thomas, and performed in major music festivals around the world. On Sunday, Németh will team up with The Bo-Keys—a Memphis soul group featuring legendary Stax/Volt and Hi Records session players—for what’s sure to be an unforgettable set at Moe’s Alley. | JB
INFO: 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.
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Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Paul Damon has lived many lives—and he’s only 33. After graduating high school, he traveled the world with the United States Navy. Then, at 21, he and a friend went into the cattle business together. In 2006, he moved to Texas to pursue a music career, and had a short, yet successful, run as the frontman and songwriter for a band called Kentucky Fried Texas. In 2012, Damon gave away all of his possessions and moved to Costa Rica with a desire to find inner peace. There, he met Sam, a professional raft guide, who convinced him to return to the U.S. to be a river guide. Now, seven years after releasing his debut album with Kentucky Fried Texas, Damon is finally ready to share the music from his upcoming sophomore album, Greatest Hits Vol. II: Bones of Jade, he has written over the years, beginning at Treasure’s Roadhouse, where he will share the stage with The Shrugs. | JB
INFO: Treasure’s Roadhouse, 2908 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. $10.
Science Sundays: The Albatrosses of Midway
During this month’s installment of Science Sundays, W. Breck Tyler, a specialist of seabird research at the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, will offer a lecture on “The Albatrosses of Midway: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers.” Albatrosses travel thousands of miles across ocean basins, returning to land only to nest. Midway Atoll, a tiny island in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian chain, is one of the world’s largest albatross colonies, hosting more than a million birds. Sharing his experiences from 20 years at Midway, Breck will discuss the ecology and conservation of these creatures. | JENNA BROGAN
INFO: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz. Free with membership or admission. 459-3800.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Irish Music and Culture
The Community Music School of Santa Cruz is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Irish Music and Culture this weekend, and all are welcome to join in on the fun. Guests will enjoy a concert featuring performances by all-Ireland champion Owen Meehan, Michael Glick, Jesse Autumn and Shelley Phillips, and the Community Music School Harp Ensemble. In addition, there will be a High Tea, Celtic crafts, a silent auction and a raffle. | JB
INFO: 3 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos. No cover. Donations gratefully accepted at the door to
benefit the Trad Camp Program.
Monday | March 17
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 17. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Story Road—a traditional Irish band that knows exactly how to start a party—will kick off the festivities at Don Quixote’s. Featuring two members of local band Molly’s Revenge, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Mason and fiddler John Weed, as well as exceptional Celtic singer Colleen Raney and percussionist John Pozzi, the quartet serves up a captivating blend of lively step-dancing tunes and subdued ballads, with the power to bring tears to listeners’ eyes. | BP
INFO: 2 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton. $15/adv, $17/door. 603-2294.
Pour House’s influences include everyone from Radiohead to Gail Lynn, and with a willingness to play just about anything—whether original material or covers—the group’s live show is guaranteed to be full of surprises. St. Patrick’s Day revelers will enjoy a variety of Irish songs, jigs and sing-alongs, in addition to a fresh twist on music by Irish artists like Van Morrison, The Pogues, Waterboys, and others at this special Crepe Place gig. | BP
INFO: 7 p.m. Crepe Place, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227.
Tuesday | March 18
Book Talk and Signing: Jenny Bowen
After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Jenny Bowen and her husband were inspired to adopt a little girl from China and bring her home to Los Angeles. A year after the adoption, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children she could not bring home, and so she formed the Half the Sky Foundation, an organization which works to transform China’s welfare system from the inside, so that there are caring adults and education within China’s orphanages. Bowen is currently the only Westerner working with the Chinese government on their welfare system, and thus far, she has helped transform 52 orphanages, changing the lives of more than 100,000 Chinese children. Her new book, “Wish You Happy Forever,” relates her struggle to bring the concept of “child nurture and responsive care” to bemused Chinese bureaucrats, and how she succeeded in creating a foundation that improves the lives of orphaned Chinese children. Bowen will read from her book and sign copies on Tuesday at Bookshop Santa Cruz. | JB
INFO: 7 p.m. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. No cover. 423-0900.
In The Queue
Buddy Banter, Lo-fi alternative indie punk music out of San Diego-Thursday at The Crepe PlaceCcharmas, Local six-piece band plays traditional Irish dance music and songs, Friday at The Bayview Hotel
Andre Nickatina, The quick-spitting rapper celebrates his birthday with a show to remember-Saturday at The Catalyst
Cadenza Orchestra, Presenting the works of French and Francophile composers, Ravel, Debussy and more-Saturday at First Congregational Church
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Opulent French music from the court of Louis XIV played off against the new music it has inspired-Saturday at UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
Call To Artists
The Capitola Begonia Festival Committee invites all local artists to submit a piece of art to serve as the official poster for the 62nd annual Capitola Begonia Festival, which takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1. This year’s theme is “Begonias on Broadway.” The artwork does not necessarily have to include the theme, though selection does traditionally favor it. A list of all past themes and posters can be found at The Begonia Festival website. The finished poster will measure 18” by 24”; both vertical and horizontal images will be considered. All mediums will be accepted. Graphics for the poster will be completed by the committee. | JB
March 5-April 19. Printmaking: On and Off the Wall
The Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibition, “Printmaking On and Off the Wall,” features two- and three-dimensional artwork by 50 members of The MPC Printmakers. Working in a variety of mediums, including print installations, scrolls, handmade books, sculptures, framed art, and more, the participating artists’ images range from the abstract to the familiar. All artworks feature elements created using fine art printmaking techniques, such as etching, woodcut, screenprint and monotype. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs March 5-April 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Pajaro Valley Arts Council, 37 Sudden St., Watsonville. Free admission.
Santa Cruz Challenge
It’s not too late to join the Santa Cruz Challenge! The 12-week program, which kicked off on Feb. 22, gives participants the opportunity to explore and discover health and fitness locally—and, best of all, rewards them for their efforts. All participants may take a fitness strength and endurance test and have their body composition evaluated using a Bioimpedence Analysis (BIA). At the end of the 12 weeks, the same evaluation will be given and the person with the greatest percentage of improvement will be awarded the grand prize. The challenge benefits all participants, regardless of fitness and health levels. Throughout the challenge, participants will gain tools including relaxation, reducing household toxins, shopping locally and organically, stress management, nutritional detoxification, increased flexibility and more. | JB
INFO: To join, call the Santa Cruz Challenge Headquarters at 229-0189 to go over program details and fill out the registration form online at santacruzchallenge.com. Note, late entries do not qualify for the grand prize.
A Treasury of Indian Folk Textiles’
In its latest exhibition, the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery presents a private collection of Indian folk textiles from master printmaker Carol Summers. A selection of 18 pieces are on display, with examples from India’s rich tradition of folk art textiles, including the Kanduri, Kantha, Kalamkari, and Chamba rumals. Created with colorful designs and fine craftsmanship, the featured textiles are adorned with appliqué, quilting, embroidery, woodblock printing, tie-dye paint and highly detailed stitching. | JB
INFO: On display now through March 16. Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Visit cowell.ucsc.edu/smith-gallery.
Off the Wall’
Six local artists, including Cynthia Siegel and Johnathon Schmuck, explore the beauty and space of the three-dimensional world in Santa Cruz County Bank’s latest art exhibition, “Off the Wall.” The artistic mediums used include sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, and other three-dimensional works specifically designed to hang on the wall. Wall installations created with multiple hand-blown glass sculptures complement sculptural works with simple classic forms. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs Through-May 2. All five Santa Cruz County Bank locations. For location information, visit sccountybank.com. An free opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at 720 Front St., Santa Cruz. Photo: Cynthia Siegel
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