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Wednesday | 10

cal KeithgreeningerKEITH GREENINGER
Soul Connection, the latest album by local singer-songwriter Keith Greeninger (his seventh), is a laid-back contemplative roots record. On it, Greeninger does what he does best—mixing folk, country, blues, rock, and gentle introspective storytelling—and creates one of his deepest, most cohesive releases to date. He assembled members of Little Feat and Bonnie Raitt’s band to back him, after a successful $25,000 indiegogo campaign). AARON CARNES
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $26.50/gen, $42/gold. 423-8209.

Thursday | 11

cal willbladesWIL BLADES
Wil Blades has proven to be one of the hardest-working jazz musicians in the world over the past decade or so. The B3 Hammond organ player—who has collaborated with jazz luminaries like Scott Amendola, Karl Denson and Billy Martin—formed his new trio so he could release a project of his own. Field Notes, which came out a few weeks ago, is equal parts funktastic and electrifying, as it combines jazz, funk and R&B in an undeniable fashion. The record holds you in its sway from the start, so expect much of the same from the trio when they come to town.
BRIAN PALMER
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227.

cal boostiveBOOSTIVE
There’s a dark, moody and emotional presence entrenched within each of Boostive’s beats, which sets the group apart from many hip-hop acts. But that’s the thing; hip-hop is only part of their identity. These locals also fool around with experimental electronics, jazz and worldbeat. The beats are accented by live instrumentation, giving it an altogether warm, lush and trance-y sound. The vocals bounce between a dizzying lead rapper and their surreal female singer, who gives it a Portishead sound when it’s her turn. It’s the direction ’90s alt-rap could have gone in, with just the right amount of acid. AC
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $5. 476-4560.

Friday | 12

cal markeitzelMARK EITZEL
Though he’s most known for his work with SF indie outfit American Music Club, Mark Eitzel occasionally releases a solid solo album that is every bit as praiseworthy as his main group. His latest, 2012’s Don’t Be A Stranger, is one of those records. It’s a quiet, haunting album, Americana-influenced, but backed with some gorgeous, intimate production. He sings at almost a whisper. He calls it an attempt to make his own version of Harvest by Neil Young or Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. What it ended up being was a quietly intense, soul-searching batch of tunes, which he made a year after a near-fatal heart attack. Leave it to a near-death experience to put things into perspective. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $16/adv, $20/door. 603-2294.

 

Saturday | 13

cal easy star all starsEASY STAR ALL-STARS
The Easy Star All-Stars have a couple of albums of original material, but the group's claim to fame is its ability to transform popular albums—including Michael Jackson's Thriller, the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Radiohead's OK Computer—into dubbed-out reggae albums. Their standout project, however, was a reworking of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, titled Dub Side of the Moon. It put them on the pop music radar and created a most enjoyable bridge between classic rock, psychedelia and reggae. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $17/adv, $21/door. 423-1338.

cal bossacucanovaBOSSACUCANOVA
Bossa nova, which translates to "new trend" or "new wave," was born in Brazil in the 1950s as a lively, smooth and danceable musical style. Contemporary Brazilian favorite Bossacucanova adds another wave to the genre blending live instrumentation and electronics with traditional sounds to create music that pays heavy tribute to past masters while forging new ground. Formed in 1999, the group features Márcio Menescal, son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.

Sunday | 14

cal kathrobinsonKATH ROBINSON
Music is one of those things that serves a different purpose for different people at different times. Sometimes it's something to commiserate to, sometimes it's something to vent along to and sometimes it's something that raises your spirit above the day-to-day grind. Kath Robinson's music falls into the latter category. A music minister, teacher, performer and more, Robinson uses music to heal, uplift, open and otherwise beautify. Sunday is a CD release concert for her new album, Blessed Be. CJ
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/gen, $40/gen plus CD, $50/VIP seating plus CD. 427-2227.

Monday | 15

cal YGYG
Keenon Jackson, aka YG, sure knows how to make an impression. In addition to co-founding the label Pu$haz Ink, and running his own clothing line, YG has released four albums in four years, the most recent of which—March’s My Krazy Life—debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200. The rapper has already released two hit singles from the album—“My Nigga,” which peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and “Who Do You Love?” Krazy features guest appearances from heavy hitters like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. BP
INFO: 8 p.m. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $35. 423-1338. 423-1338.

Tuesday | 16

cal elizagilkysonELIZA GILKYSON AND NINA GERBER
Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Eliza Gilkyson’s career has been an interesting ride. She has released nearly two dozen albums in the 45 years since her debut, Eliza ’69, but when you consider that it wasn’t until 1987 that she released her third album and started getting serious about making music her profession, it becomes clearer just how prolific she is. Joining Gilkyson will be Nina Gerber, whose soulful, blues-infused style of country and folk is a real treat. BP
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $22/adv, $25/door. 603-2294.


IN THE QUEUE

TOMMY MALONE
Subdudes frontman and his new band make their Santa Cruz debut. Thursday at Moe’s Alley
BRYN LOOSLEY & THE BACK PAGES
Local Americana group pays tribute to the Band. Saturday at Kuumbwa
LI SOGNO DEL MARINAIO
Transnational power trio featuring post-punk bass player Mike Watt. Saturday at Catalyst
BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash-approved alt-country outfit. Saturday at Don Quixote’s
ELAINE ELIAS
São Paulo-born jazz pianist, singer and songwriter. Monday at Kuumbwa

 

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A Different Revolution

Aries Moon late Wednesday and Thursday. We think new thoughts and initiate new ideas. Sun in Virgo with Saturn in Scorpio help disciples to create orderly structures to anchor and bring forth new ideas. Stabilizing Taurus moon Friday and Saturday. We anchor new ideas into form and matter, like seeds planted in the soil. We tend them, waiting for green shoots to emerge. Like the gestating Virgo Sun Madonna, awaiting the birth of the holy child, the Soul, the new light at winter solstice. Mercury and Chiron converse about what hurts and what heals.Saturday is a complex day with Mercury (communication), Mars (action!) and Uranus (revolution). Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries. Oppositions (recognizing something new appearing over there somewhere) eventually synthesize. Mercury in Libra calls for Right Action and Right Relations, especially with money. Uranus in Aries—the revolution this time must be different.  Also on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Where are we going, what are our goals, where’s justice, where’s the mountain, do we have good shoes? Sunday Venus trines Pluto—in-depth assessment of money, values and resources. Gemini moon Monday; we talk a lot, tending to tasks in gardens and neighborhoods. Cancer Moon Tuesday and Wednesday; we nurture and nourish. The stars and planets remind us.Note: William Meader, esoteric author & international teacher, will be speaking on “The Soul of Humanity Evolving Through Crisis” at Meditation Mount, 7pm, Friday, Sept. 12.

 

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