by Meghann Finn
After releasing the video for new single “Indian Givers” last month, Neil Young has announced the upcoming release of a full new album, Peace Trail. Track titles include “My New Robot” and “Terrorist Suicide Hangliders”. Even at 70, Neil Young remains as prolific as ever. According to his press release, Young has announced a new solo album titled Peace Trail, set for release December 2 via Reprise. This album is described as “primarily acoustic” effort that “reflects an intimate, sparse approach that draws the listening into the heart of the songs in a personal way.” This will be his 38th studio album overall, and his second of this year after this past summer’s Earth, which was recorded during his 2015 tour with Promise of the Real and mixed with wildlife sounds.
SOME MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS IN SANTA CRUZ:
COCONUT GROVE HISTORIC BALLROOM: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ex-Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson has reinvented himself with a band more musical, soulful and downright fun than his previous brotherhood. Their latest is a mix between The Grateful Dead and P-Funk, longer on vibes than songs but confirming their spot on the jam-band top tier. It’s good-time music on an end-times mission: When the pedal-steel-gilded “California Hymn” declares, “Let your cup overspill again—glory hallelujah!” it seems churlish not to answer back, “Amen.” Sun. December 11th 2016, tickets available on eventbrite.com, Please note: very limited seating in the back as this is a dance show.
Catalyst Club: Fishbone, Nov. 6, 2016, Celebrating 25+ years, FISHBONE has been leading their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so called) Black Rock since starting their career in L.A. Slightly Stoopid, Hailing from Ocean Beach, California, this seven-man band is just as versatile as the crowd it draws. Their music delves into just about every genre, with elements of reggae, ska, laid-back hip-hop, and psychedelic rock embedded in their works. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sat. Nov. 12, 2015. New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a band leader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teems playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Suicidal Tendencies, Fri. Nov. 18, Formed in Venice, CA, during the early ‘80’s, the groups leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hard-core early on—building a following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk—before turning their focus into thrash metal. Gogol Bordello, Sun. Nov. 20, New York gypsy-punk favorites.
Kuumbwa Jazz California Banjo Extravaganza, Fri Nov 11, This year’s annual norther California five-string banjo celebration features eclectic banjoist Danny Barnes, old-time music master, singer-songwriter and A Prairie Home Companion regular Joe Newberry and California favorite Bill Evans. Asleep at the Wheel & Hotclub of Cowtown (at Rio Theatre) At Rio Theatre for ever forty years, this band has been spreading country-jazz joy that is western swing across the globe
Moes Alley: TAUK Wed. Nov. 2, dirty funk from NYC with special guests 7 Come 11. Pressure Busspipe, Thurs. Nov. 3, smooth, melodic reggae music. Pressure is an artist dedicated to consistently delivering conscience messages to teach and unite the masses through his musical talents. Scott Pemberton Band, Sun. Nov. 13, Portland’s Scott Pemberton is not your average guitarist. He’s a musical nomad. One moment, he’s shredding through the blues. The next, he’s living in a classic rock world. Check him out!
Meg Finn is a Santa Cruz based live music enthusiast, photographer, bilingual educator, activist, Phish loving-dancing machine. She spends her weekdays teaching a full time Kindergarten class at Gault Elementary School in Santa Cruz. On her weekends she is running her small business, Show of Life Photo Booth, collecting jade in Big Sur or getting lost in the redwoods with her American Bulldog, mini cow, named Bamboo.