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Wednesday | 29

Originally a “loose collection of street musicians,” Tuba Skinny is now a tight, award-winning band bringing the sounds of New Orleans roots music to the world. Covering ground from Depression-era blues and early jazz, to gospel, ragtime and traditional New Orleans tunes, the eight-piece includes clarinet, trombone, washboard and, of course, tuba. The band is currently on its first West Coast tour, stopping in Felton on Wednesday. CAT JOHNSON
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294. Photo: Sarrah Danziger

Thursday | 30

cal josephINDIE-ROCK
Jerry Joseph is a clever, cynical songwriter, much like Warren Zevon and Nick Lowe, but he’s a little tougher to pin down. He fronted a reggae-rock band in the ’80s and early ’90s called Little Women, and since their breakup has played under different monikers, including just as a solo artist, which shows off his tender-but-rough-around-the-edges side. The Jackmormons is a name he’s been using on and off since 1996, and tends to showcase his folk-rock leanings. Their latest record, 2014’s Singin’ In The Rain, is a feel-good, soul-infused batch of tunes, while still veering into some odd corners, like Cajun-funk and Springsteen-esque heartland rock. AARON CARNES
INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $12. 429-6994. Photo: Tony Morey

cal midnight-northAMERICANA
It’s only July, and San Francisco roots-rockers Midnight North have already released a full length and an EP this year. The group formed in 2012, but play like they’ve been together for a decade. They mix personal country-style singer-songwriting material with a southern rock groove, some rich harmonies and a very cool classic rock organ. Midnight North has built a local and international following pretty quickly by holding a weekly gig at the Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which they turned into a webcast a couple years back, bringing in special guests like Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. AC
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $9/adv, $12/door. 479-1854.

Friday | 31

cal e40HIP-HOP
Since the late 1980s when he was in the Click, Vallejo rapper E-40 has kept his corner of the hip-hop market with a strong hustle. In total, he’s released 23 albums, collaborated with everyone from Tupac to Mac Dre, and recently marketed his very own hyphy juice, Sluricane. If you missed him ripping the Catalyst up earlier this year, now’s the chance to get on the level and go do-do-dumb one more time. MAT WEIR
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst Club, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 429-4135.

cal sweethayahROCK/GROOVE
A multi-cultural, high-energy act, Sweet HayaH brings rock, soul, groove, world music and more together to create a lively blend of styles and perspectives. Led by frontwoman Nehal Abuelata, the band has been making a splash on the Bay Area music scene with its rocking, dance-inducing performances. A prolific live band, Sweet HayaH heads into the studio this month to record a new album. CJ
INFO: 9 p.m. The Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $6. 476-4560.

Saturday | 1

cal collieREGGAE
There is no shortage of reggae songs with references to weed, though relatively new artist Collie Buddz seemed like he was trying to write the official pro-marijuana reggae anthem with his 2007 tune “Come Around.” The Bermudian/American artist has a knack for writing a catchy pop tune while infusing it with an authentic reggae backbeat, and of course making continuous and creative references to pot. His latest tunes move away from strictly roots reggae, and mix elements of dancehall, pop, hip-hop and soul. His 2014 tune “Light It Up” is a fist-pumping pop-rock anthem. Still, he never strays from his thick patois and feel-good praise of ganja. AC
INFO: 9 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 429-4135. Photo: JosuéRivasFotographer.

cal charlieBLUES
Charlie Musselwhite is what we call a “musician’s musician.” The 71-year-old harmonica player originally learned to play the blues from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker and several other legends before cutting his teeth in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In 1967, he released his first solo album on the infamous Vanguard label and never looked back. Today, he’s a Grammy-winning artist, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and the harmonica player musicians like Tom Waits and Eric Clapton call on when they need some honking on bobo. MW
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 479-1854.

Sunday | 2

The Jerry Garcia Bluegrass Birthday Bash Tribute Concert celebrates the legendary Grateful Dead vocalist/guitarist and his deep appreciation for bluegrass and the progressive picking styles it inspired. Now in its sixth year, the concert features Monterey Bay Area mandolin player/singer Dave Holodiloff along with Peter Mellinger on fiddle, Gene Mason on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Bill Sullivan on bass and vocals. The evening promises to be a danceable, blissed-out affair as Holodiloff and company cover tunes from the Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band, Old & in the Way, and more. CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $10. 603-2294.

Monday | 3

A vast continental nation with a history even more deeply implicated in the Atlantic slave trade than the United States, Brazil not coincidentally also boasts an incalculably rich and varied music scene. Led by composer, flutist and brass expert Letieres Leite, the percussion driven 20-piece Orkestra Rumpilezz hails from Salvador de Bahia, the city at the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, and it encompasses a broad but little known swath of rhythmic traditions. Highlighting the numerous currents connecting the colossi of the Americas, Orkestra Rumpilezz is deeply influenced by jazz’s orchestral idiom. This is the group’s first U.S. tour. ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $30/adv, $35/door. 427-2227.




New Zealand-based reggae band. Wednesday at Moe’s Alley


Reunion concert of the celebrated all-female jazz quintet. Thursday at Kuumbwa


Doors tribute band fronted by the eerily Jim Morrison-like Dave Brock. Thursday at Don Quixote’s


Prolific singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/indie idol. Monday at Don Quixote’s


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