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Down The Line: All the biggest and best shows, gigs & events ahead in Santa Cruz County

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Team BOLO (Be On The Lookout) is gathering and curating all of Santa Cruz County’s biggest and best happenings from now until forever — or at least until the latest gigs are officially announced.


Last week, we announced that Bob Dylan had booked a show to perform in Santa Cruz, and this week it’s the Kingston Trio. Did we all just slip into 1962 all of a sudden? Not surprisingly, none of the original members of the Trio from 60 years ago aisre still performing. But they still play all the hits you’ll remember (if you were around to remember) Aug. 11 at the Rio. Other shows include former Primus frontman Les Claypool at the Rio on July 31, the emo throwbacks Taking Back Sunday at the Catalyst on Aug. 7, and guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel on Dec. 30 at the Rio.

Latest additions are marked as NEW below.

Use the following links to see the major events happening by month:

And away we go with Down The Line ...



May 26: Koffee, The Catalyst

May 26: Mark Hummel/Rusty Zinn, Moe’s Alley

May 26: Songwriters in the Round, Felton Music Hall

May 27: Jerry’s Middle Finger, Felton Music Hall

May 28: Skyway Man, The Crepe Place

May 28: Prezident Brown, Moe’s Alley

May 28: Jeffrey Halford & the Healers, El Vaquero

May 28: Tandy Beal & Co., Ocean View Park

May 29: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Moe’s Alley

May 29: Joshua Ray Walker, Moe’s Alley

May 31: Kuumbwa anniversary/Artemis, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

May 31: Santa Cruz Shakespeare preview, Bookshop Santa Cruz



June 1: Bedouine/Shannon Lay, Kuumbwa Jazz Center (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 15)

June 1: Sandor Katz, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 3: Typhoon, Felton Music Hall

June 3: Throw Rag, Moe’s Alley

NEW: June 3: DeShawn Hickman: Sacred Steel, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 4: Santa Cruz Roller Derby, Santa Cruz Civic

June 4: Santa Cruz Latin Collective, Michael’s on Main

June 4: Tandy Beal & Co., Ocean View Park

June 4: The English Beat, Felton Music Hall

June 5: Kaki King, Felton Music Hall

June 6: Thana Alexa, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 6: Lynne Cox, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 7: Mike Love & the Full Circle, Felton Music Hall

June 7: “Voices for Vista,” Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 9: Steel House, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 10: Christian McBride, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 10: Allah Las, The Rio

June 10: Aza, Michael’s on Main

June 11: Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Moe’s Alley

June 11: Jerry Miller Band, Michael’s on Main

June 11: Tandy Beal & Co., Ocean View Park

June 11: ABBA dance party, The Catalyst

June 11: Dreamland w/Kimberly Ford, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 12: Bobby Oroza, Moe’s Alley

June 12: Damien Jurado, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 13: Danilo Perez, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 14: Strfkr, The Catalyst

June 16: Will Bernard & Freelance Subversives, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 16: The Wailing Souls, Moe’s Alley (RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 22)

June 16: Extra Large, Beach Boardwalk

June 16: Christopher Moore, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 17: Orgone, Moe’s Alley

June 17: Prof, The Catalyst

June 17: “The Goonies,” Beach Boardwalk

June 17: Santa Cruda, Michael’s on Main

June 17-18: White Album Ensemble, The Rio

June 18: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Life: A Journey Through Time,” Civic Auditorium

June 18: Cheryl Wheeler, Michael’s on Main

June 19: The Wilder Blue, Felton Music Hall

June 19: Third Eye Blind, The Catalyst

June 20: Los Aurora, Kuumbwa Jazz Center CANCELED

June 20: Robert Earl Keen, The Rio

June 20: Hot Club of San Francisco, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 21: Mary Gauthier, Felton Music Hall

June 21:Tommy Prine, Michael’s on Main

June 21: Dave Alvin/Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Moe’s Alley

June 22: Old Blind Dogs, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 23: Joshua Radin, Felton Music Hall

June 23: Nina LaCour, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 23: Sang Matiz, Beach Boardwalk

June 23: Bob Dylan, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

June 24: Cabrillo Stage: “Grease,” opening, Crocker Theater

June 24: Ranky Tanky/Lisa Fischer, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 24: Carla Morrison, Quarry Amphitheater

June 24: “50 First Dates,” Beach Boardwalk

June 24: Lutan Fyah, Moe’s Alley

NEW: June 24: Special Fun, Michael’s on Main

June 25: Southern Culture on the Skids, Moe’s Alley

June 25: “Mister Candid Camera,” The Rio

June 25: Carmen Lynch, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 26: Whose Live Anyway?, Santa Cruz Civic

June 27: Tierney Sutton, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 28: Vinnie Hansen (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 30: The Deadlies, Beach Boardwalk

NEW: June 30: Leila Mottley, Bookshop Santa Cruz



July 1: “Sing 2,” Beach Boardwalk

July 2: Royal Jelly Live, Moe’s Alley

July 6: Jewel Theatre, opening night, “Death Trap,” Colligan Theater

July 6: Daniel Champagne, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 6: Adia Victoria, Felton Music Hall

July 7: The Waybacks, Michael’s on Main

July 7: Man in Black, Beach Boardwalk

July 8: Yuko Mabuchi, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 8: “Little Shop of Horrors,” Beach Boardwalk

July 8: The iTals, Moe’s Alley

July 11: Heartless Bastards, Felton Music Hall

July 13: Amy Helm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 13: Eric Lindell, Moe’s Alley

July 14: Edith Piaf tribute, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 14: Brass Magic, Beach Boardwalk

July 15: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “The Formula” opening, DeLaveaga Park

July 15: Barry “The Fish” Melton, Michael’s on Main

July 15: “The Sandlot,” Beach Boardwalk

July 16: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “Twelfth Night” opening, DeLaveaga Park

July 16: Death Valley Girls, The Crepe Place

July 16: Traveling Wilburys tribute, Michael’s on Main

July 16: Big Mountain, Moe’s Alley

July 17: Martin Courtney, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 18: Joel Frahm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: July 19: Erika Sanchez, Bookshop Santa Cruz

NEW: July 20: “Speak for Change,” Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 21: Pacific Roots, Beach Boardwalk

July 22: Cabrillo Stage: “Candide,” opening Crocker Theater

July 22: Wavves, The Catalyst

July 22: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Beach Boardwalk

July 22: Tropa Magica, Moe’s Alley

July 25: Ben Williams Band, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 26: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “In the Works,” Santa Cruz Civic

NEW: July 26: The Traveling McCourys, Felton Music Hall

July 28: 4to Prestigio, Beach Boardwalk

July 28: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “Tempest” opening, DeLaveaga Park

NEW: July 28: Gary Meek, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 29: “Iron Man,” Beach Boardwalk

July 29: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “The End of Rain,” Santa Cruz Civic

July 29-30: True Love Christian Festival, Aptos Village Park

July 30: The Altons, Moe’s Alley

July 30: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “Let Me See the Sun,” Santa Cruz Civic

July 30: Ruthie Foster, Felton Music Hall

NEW: July 30: Girls with Guitars, Michael’s on Main

July 31: NRBQ, Moe’s Alley

July 31: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “Roomful of Teeth,” Santa Cruz Civic

NEW: July 31: Les Claypool, The Rio



Aug. 3: Nellie McKay, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 4: Coffee Zombie Collective, Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 4: Steve Kimock, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 5: “Trolls,” Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 5: Lee Fields & the Expressions, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 6: Laura Morano, The Catalyst

Aug. 6: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “Moonlight,” Santa Cruz Civic

NEW: Aug. 6: Where’s Waldo? party, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Aug. 7: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: “Violins of Hope,” Santa Cruz Civic

Aug. 7: John Jorgenson, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 7: Taking Back Sunday, The Catalyst

Aug. 11: Joint Chiefs, Beach Boardwalk

NEW: Aug. 11: The Kingston Trio, The Rio

Aug. 12: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 12-13: Sound Tribe Sector 9, Quarry Amphitheater

Aug. 17: John Moreland, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 19: Paul Thorn, The Rio

NEW: Aug. 19: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 20: Agent Orange, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 23: Mac DeMarco, The Rio

Aug. 26: Painted Mandolin, Michael’s on Main

Aug. 31: Summer Dean, Felton Music Hall



Sept. 3: Tom Petty tribute, Michael’s on Main

Sept. 4: Nouvelle Vogue, The Rio

Sept. 10: Salif Keita, The Rio

Sept. 12: Remi Wolf, The Catalyst

Sept. 16: Baynk, The Catalyst

Sept. 16: The Blasters, Moe’s Alley (RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 25)

Sept. 16: Damon Gutzwiller benefit, Michael’s on Main

Sept. 23: Snail, Michael’s on Main

Sept. 23: Judy Collins, The Rio

Sept. 23: P.J. Morton, The Catalyst

Sept. 30: Dale Watson, Moe’s Alley

Sept. 30: Kid Bloom, The Catalyst



NEW: Oct. 1: Oliver Tree, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Oct. 3: DakhaBrakha, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 5: Bear’s Den, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 6: Marley’s Ghost, Michael’s on Main

Oct. 6: Apocalypta, The Catalyst

Oct. 8: Daniel Romano, The Crepe Place

Oct. 9: Led Kaapana, Michael’s on Main

Oct. 12: Graham Nash, The Rio

Oct. 22: Chili Cook-off, Beach Boardwalk

Oct. 29: “The Lost Boys,” Beach Boardwalk

Oct. 30: Black Jacket Symphony, The Rio



Nov. 7: Antonio Sanchez & Bad Hombre, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 11: Illuminati Hotties, The Catalyst

Nov. 16: Carsie Blanton, Moe’s Alley



Dec. 16: Gangstagrass, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Dec. 30: Tommy Emmanuel, The Rio




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