Hello! I am so excited to be part of “The Connection Magazine” community and share my love and experiences of music in and around the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz. My love of music stems from the piano lessons mandated by my mother for all three of her children growing up. I have very vivid memories of her and I sharing a piano bench while I pecked at the keys. Nowadays, I enjoy all genres of music. I find myself out many nights a week and weekends listening to the great variety of performers who make their way to our lovely beach town of Santa Cruz.
Some music scene highlights:
Cabrillo Cocker Theater: Sat. July 30, “Fiddler on the Roof” musical. This is an universal story of hope, love and acceptance, a stunning, joyful and jubilant musical masterpiece.” – The New York Daily News
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Fri. Aug 9, Smash Mouth, 1:00pm, Smash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, CA. They are known for songs such as “Walkin’ on the Sun” (1997), “All Star” (1999), and a cover of ‘The Monkees‘ “I’m a Believer”I’m a Believer” (2001), the latter two of which were featured on the soundtrack for the animated film Shrek.
Catalyst Club: Tues. Aug 8, Protoje and the Indiggnation, Reggae dub music from Kingston, Jamaica. Sat. Aug. 13, Galactic w/ Lyrics Born. Galactic is a funk and jazz jam band from New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun. Aug 21, Jamestown Revival, this is a band with a sound deeply rooted in harmony that merges sounds of the South with class American and Western rock.
Moes Alley: Wed. Aug. 3, New Breed Brass Band, New Orleans funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop music that is custom-made enhancement of second-line brass tradition. Fri. Aug. 5, Yellowman. A legendary albino reggae and dancehall pioneer. Sat. Aug. 20, B-Side Players, Afro-Latin-Reggae-Cumbia-Funk Dance Party.
Concerts in Retro:
This has been one epic summer packed with music festivals for me. At the end of June I traveled to the majestic mountains of Colorado for the 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival. There I found old and new favorites like Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, John Prine, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, as well as newgrass stars like Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band or non-bluegrass acts like Ryan Adams or Neil Finn. The 43rd Telluride Bluegrass Festival offered something for everyone under four days of perfect sunny weather.
After that, I attended and worked the High Sierra Music Festival going behind the scenes as an artist liaison. This year, HSMF, featured a fantastic, well-curated lineup of everything from Americana, afrobeat, rock, electronica and jazz to ample funk and bluegrass. With so much non-stop good music packed into four days from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Then, I was off to catch most of the west coast shows of the band Phish. This included a trip to the Columbia River in Washington state to The Gorge for two nights and Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco for three nights. When I think of Phish, their music, the community they created, the fans who inhabit this culture, I can only think of one word: Inspiration. Phish continues to ride a peak of musical creativity and exploration. It is a great time to be a fan of the quartet from Vermont.
Stay tuned for my recap of “Reggae on the River” in Humboldt county……