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Wednesday | 24
Oscar Wilde once said, “We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are rock ’n’ roll demons.” OK, maybe not quite that, but it’s the perfect way to describe 14-year psychobilly veterans the Gutter Demons. The Montreal trio delivers the best of their genre with heavy upright bass slapping, revved-up rockabilly guitar and all the horror imagery a ghoul could want. Add to the concoction Santa Cruz’s newly resurrected Stellar Corpses with Thee Merry Widows (the Bay’s longest-running all-female psychobilly band) and the result can only mean one hell of a rumble pit. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m., Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $12/adv, $15/door. 429-4135.
Thursday | 25
LA’s X were one of the more eclectic first-wave punk bands, incorporating elements of country, folk, roots, rockabilly and alternative rock into their sound pretty early in their career. This diversity set up bassist/lead singer John Doe for a successful and seemingly un-punk solo career, mostly as a folk-country troubadour, and frequent collaborator with other great songwriters like Jill Sobule and Aimee Mann. His 1990 debut Meet John Doe showcased his tender grittiness, and just how beautifully his weathered voice delivered reflective lyrics. He may be classified more so in the Americana category now, but he still keeps his music diverse and direct. AARON CARNES
INFO: 8 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $18/adv, $20/door. 603-2294.
JAZZ CAMP CONCERT
Most of the kids attending Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp aren’t destined to go on as professional musicians. They’re playing for fun, for the challenge of gaining proficiency on their instruments while gaining insight into the art of instant composition (i.e. improvisation). But some of the teenagers on stage for this session-ending concert are likely to follow in the footsteps of tenor saxophonist Jesse Scheinin, and the twins Remy and Pascal LeBoeuf (on sax and piano, respectively), who gained invaluable experience getting mentored in Kuumbwa education programs. Think of the show as a free peek at jazz’s future. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Free. 427-2227.
Friday | 26
CHARMAS & WILD ROVERS
A Santa Cruz-based Celtic band complete with fiddle, flute, pennywhistle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, bagpipe, bass, and vocals, Charmas draws inspiration from legendary Celtic outfits including the Chieftains, The Clancy Brothers, Molly’s Revenge, and Steeleye Span. They’re joined on Friday by the Wild Rovers, local purveyors of pub-friendly, Irish sing-along songs in the spirit of Flogging Molly and the Pogues. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, $5. 423-7117.
Humboldt County, California is home to the Lost Coast, an ocean of marijuana, and hip-hop duo Potluck. Emcees Underrated and 1 Ton have been representing the Emerald Triangle since their 2001 debut, Humboldt County High, and never shy away from their county’s number one crop. Potluck’s fire flow, strange beats and high-quality rhymes quickly gained the respect of the underground, and the duo have since collaborated/toured with E-40, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, just to name a few. MW.
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $14/adv, $17/door. 429-4135.
Saturday | 27
Lauren Shera spent her childhood in New York, and currently lives in Nashville, but it was the time in the middle, right here in Northern California, that she feels most influenced her sound. The young folk singer’s music is tranquil and gorgeous and evokes California coastlines, mountains and meditative beauty of the ocean. She keeps her music sparse, with the focus on the gentle finger-picking of the acoustic guitar, but with little touches like limited backing instruments and backing harmonies that gives it the lush quality of Fleet Foxes. Her latest record is 2014’s Gold and Rust. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. $10. 429-6994.
LAGOS ROOTS AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE
Ensemble is right—they have 17 members in the band, not including friends who might drop in and join them for a show. The Oakland group takes listeners right back to 1970s West Africa when Fela Kuti was dazzling locals with his politically charged, highly danceable hybrid of funk, jazz and traditional African music known as Afrobeat. The group aren’t just avid lovers of the music. They are led by Geoffrey Omadhebo, an Afrobeat drummer from Nigeria who played with lots of the greats back in the day. He formed the group with Babatunde Williams, Kuti’s prized trumpet player. The music is true to the tradition of the music, which relies on trance-like repetition and a deep groove. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $15/door. 479-1854.
Monday | 29
Hailing from the Alabama Gulf Coast, Sugarcane is a husband-and-wife Americana duo comprising Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee Crawford. Anthony is a renowned multi-instrumentalist whose credits include playing with Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, and Rosanne Cash. Savana is an Alabama-born multi-instrumentalist and self-described “natural drifter” with a standout voice. As Sugarcane Jane, they pull from a variety of influences including gospel, country, jazz, and rock. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.
IN THE QUEUE
CALICO THE BAND
California country out of Los Angeles. Wednesday at Crepe Place
LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS
Chicago blues great. Thursday at Moe’s Alley
JEFF CRUSE TRIBUTE
Several of the area’s standout acts pay tribute to the late-guitarist. Saturday at Don Quixote’s
YELLOW SUBMARINE SING-ALONG
Sing along to the classic Beatles film. Saturday at Rio Theatre
Rapper/producer out of Fresno. Sunday at Catalyst