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Wednesday | 17

cal johnkimowestSLACK KEY GUITAR
JOHN “KIMO” WEST
John “Kimo” West’s work as a slack key guitarist has garnered him two Na Hoku nominations (Hawaii’s version of the Grammys), for his records Ki Ho’alu Christmastime and Kimo’s Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas. West, who is primarily known in music circles for being the longtime guitarist for Weird Al Yankovic—how’s that for diversity?—will be performing material from these two albums for his first Santa Cruz appearance. BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $15. 603-2294.

 

Thursday | 18

cal steelhorsebonjoviTRIBUTE
STEEL HORSE
If you were alive in the 1980s, there’s a good chance you can karaoke more than a few Bon Jovi hits. From “Livin’ On a Prayer” to “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” the New Jersey band, with its slightly-rough-around-the-edges working-class aesthetic, was a hit-making machine for a decade, and is still going. Steel Horse is a Gilroy-based band that pays tribute to Jon and company with the tunes, the attitude, and yes, even the screaming fans. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $8/adv, $12/door. 423-1338.

cal onedropREGGAE
ONE DROP
One Drop is a cali-reggae band from San Diego, but they stick closer to the classic roots reggae sound than a lot of their contemporaries. They bring cool, easy reggae grooves, soulful melodies and a hint of R&B and rock to their songs. Their name is even a reference to the traditional reggae beat, and after forming about a decade ago, they’ve become international faces in the reggae scene. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $7/adv, $10/door. 479-1854.

cal solsticeNEW AGE
WINDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE
A celebration of the season featuring top artists from the Windham Hill label, this solstice-themed concert features jazz pianist and vocalist Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated pianist Liz Story, Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman, and cellist Lewis Patzner. Windham Hill has a well-established reputation for presenting world-class artists performing beautiful, easy-to-listen-to music that lends itself to meditation, contemplation or just relaxing, and this event is an opportunity to see some of the label’s finest collaborate. As Higbie says, “It’s a show made for people who want to celebrate the season in their own unique way.” CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $27/adv, $32/door. 427-2227.

cal mysticbravesPSYCHEDELIC ROCK
MYSTIC BRAVES
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a wave of 1960s psychedelic rock-inspired bands playing Nuggets-era music, upon us. On this wave, some bands are better than others. Mystic Braves, out of Echo Park, falls into the better-than-most category. As an outfit that embraces all things garage-psych, including a spot-on throwback look, they’re the real deal musically, creating a fresh take on a classic sound, complete with an organ, horns, trippy and fuzzy guitars licks, and hallucination-inducing drums. Need proof? The Zombies, royalty of the original psych-rock movement, tapped these guys to open for them. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.

 Friday | 19

cal stitchesHIP-HOP
STITCHES
I can only assume that Miami rapper Stitches got his name because he’s got a startling tattoo of stitches on his face. It looks like someone ripped his mouth open and he stitched his cheeks back together. He’s also got an AK-47 tattooed on his face, and who-knows-what-else on the rest of his body. Stitches seemed to have blown up out of nowhere earlier this year with the viral hit “Brick in Yo Face” (quickly approaching 4 million YouTube views). It’s a hard-hitting beat with such lines as “You better have my money when I come to collect/I got a bullet in the chamber and it’s ready to eject,” and “I love sellin’ blow! I love sellin’ blow.” As over the top as the whole thing is (there is a dude in the video with a Hellraiser mask throwing bricks of coke around), Stitches claims he really was a teen drug dealer, and really does love AK-47s. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $19/door. 429-4135.

cal moonalicePSYCHEDELIC ROCK
MOONALICE
Rockers Moonalice have a weird claim to fame. They are the first band without a label to have one of their songs downloaded over a million times, off their own server. That song, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere,” is basically a laid-back weed anthem for the boomer generation. The band mixes elements of folk, rock, country, and psychedelia, generally with a mellow vibe. The band’s members were formally known for playing with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Garcia and others. AC
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.



Saturday | 20

cal klezmaticsKLEZMER
THE KLEZMATICS
Twenty-five years after releasing their first album, the Klezmatics are still going strong. Their albums have included all-original material, mixed their trademark klezmer sound with lyrics from Woody Guthrie (2006’s Wonder Wheel, which garnered them a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album), and even had a holiday themed album (2006’s Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah). They blend modern contemporary music with Yiddish tunes, are noted for singing in several languages, and do it all with the charisma of rock ’n’ roll stars. BP
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227.

cal englishbeatSKA
THE ENGLISH BEAT
Originally known simply as the Beat in their native U.K., these ska legends made quite the impression on the music world during their brief initial run in the ’80s, which scored Top-10 singles in the U.K., while also charting here in the States with tracks like “Mirror in the Bathroom.” Known for mixing ska, reggae, soul and punk together, and loading up on themes ranging from love and unity to social commentary, the band has held on to its fan base through three decades. A new album—For Crying Out Loud—is rumored to be releasing next year. BP
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 479-1854.



IN THE QUEUE

SANTA IS REAL

Carolyn Sills Band’s 1950s holiday spectacular. Thursday at Don Quixote’s

DILATED PEOPLES

Pioneers of underground hip-hop. Friday at Catalyst

DICK DALE

Surf-rock legend. Friday at Moe’s Alley

HOUSE OF FLOYD

Top-notch tribute to Pink Floyd. Saturday at Don Quixote’s

KOOL JOHN

Rising star of the Bay Area rap scene. Saturday at Catalyst

 

 

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