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

Down The Line
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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.


Local jazz fans who were around the 1990s might remember Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf as identical-twin jazz savants, having been nursed in music in the environment created by the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. That was a long time ago, and the LeBoeuf brothers are now accomplished, Grammy-nominated internationally recognized musicians. But they are coming back to their home club for a concert at Kuumbwa on April 27. Also coming to town is longtime Primus frontman Les Claypool for a show at the Civic on May 20. Extraordinary jazz fiddler Darol Anger plays Kuumbwa on April 20 with his latest project. The Legendary Shack Shakers rock Moe’s Alley on March 14. Brilliantly eccentric singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is at Kuumbwa on April 24. And, a little further in the future, the dobro master Jerry Douglas plays live at Felton Music Hall on July 21.

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 ...



Feb. 7: Matt Andersen, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 8: Patricia Engel, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Feb. 10: Matt Heckler, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 10: White Album Ensemble unplugged, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 10: Orgone, Moe’s Alley

Feb. 11: Elovators, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 11: Leo Kottke, The Rio

Feb. 11: Famous Dex, The Catalyst

Feb. 11: Jeffrey Halford & the Healers, El Vaquero Winery

Feb. 11: Joint Chiefs, Brookdale Lodge

Feb. 13: Cyrille Aimee, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 13: Helene Simkin Jara & Stephany Buswell, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Feb. 14: The Lone Bellow, The Rio

Feb. 14: Tuck & Patti, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 14: The Frights, The Catalyst

Feb. 15: Jungle Brothers, The Catalyst

Feb. 17: Hawktail, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 17: Fidlar, The Catalyst

Feb. 17: Kandace Springs, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 17: Pimps of Joytime, Moe’s Alley

Feb. 17: Alex Lucero, Brookdale Lodge

Feb. 18: Balkan Bump, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 20: Jon McLaughlin, Moe’s Alley

Feb. 20: Lionel Louke & Elena Pinderhughes, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 21: A Conversation with Elena Pinderhughes, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 21: Cass McCombs, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 22: Pepper, The Catalyst

Feb. 23: Douglas Abrams & Rachel Neumann, Bookshop Santa Cruz

NEW: Feb. 23: People’s Disco, The Crepe Place

Feb. 24: Yasmin Williams, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 24: Thy Art is Murder, The Catalyst

Feb. 24: Brianna Conrey, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 24: The Mattson 2, The Crepe Place

Feb. 24-26: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, The Rio

Feb. 25: Dave Alvin/Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 25: Neil Young tribute, El Vaquero Winery

Feb. 25: The Mermen, The Crepe Place

Feb. 25-26: Clam Chowder Cook-off, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Feb. 26: Alborosie, Felton Music Hall



March 1: The Sadies, The Crepe Place

March 1: Jeffrey Foucault, Felton Music Hall

March 2: Walter Trout, Felton Music Hall

March 2: Meg Baird & Chris Forsythe, The Crepe Place

March 3: Dumpstaphunk, Moe’s Alley

March 3: The White Buffalo, Moe’s Alley

March 4: Fear, The Catalyst

March 7: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Rio

March 7: Danusha Lameris & Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 9: Braxton Cook, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 9: Mania: ABBA tribute, The Rio

March 11: Lyrics Born, Moe’s Alley

March 11: North Mississippi Allstars, Felton Music Hall

March 11: Tempest, Brookdale Lodge

March 12: Zakir Hussain, The Rio

NEW: March 12: Albert Cummings, Moe’s Alley

March 13: Pup/Joyce Manor, The Catalyst

NEW: March 13: Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 14: Elizabeth McKenzie, Bookshop Santa Cruz

NEW: March 14: Legendary Shack Shakers, Moe’s Alley

March 15: Kolton Moore & the Clever Few, Felton Music Hall

March 15: Jennifer Egan, Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

March 16: Titus Andronicus, The Catalyst

March 16: Accent, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 17: Royal Jelly Jive, Moe’s Alley

March 17: Allman Bros. tribute, Felton Music Hall

March 17: Damien Jurado, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 18: Prince tribute, Felton Music Hall

March 20: Amadou & Mariam, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 21: Bonnie Raitt, Santa Cruz Civic

March 21: Väsen, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 21: Ross Gay & Chris Mattingly, Bookshop Santa Cruz

March 22: Robyn Hitchcock, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 23: Soulfly, The Catalyst

March 23: Los Amigos Invisibles, Moe’s Alley

March 23: Danilo Brito & Jaoa Luiz, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 24: Lee Fields, Moe’s Alley

March 25: Coffis Brothers, Moe’s Alley

NEW: March 25: Top Dog Film Festival, The Rio

NEW: March 25: Felip Walker Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 27: Steve Smith & Vital Information, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 29: “A Doll’s House, Part 2” opening, Colligan Theatre

March 29: Duane Betts & Palmetto Hotel, Felton Music Hall

March 30: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Felton Music Hall

March 31: That 1 Guy, The Catalyst

March 31: Tropa Magica, Moe’s Alley

March 31: Snow Tha Product, The Catalyst



April 1: Tom Russell, Felton Music Hall

April 1: Black Flag, The Catalyst

April 1: Toubab Krewe, Moe’s Alley

NEW: April 3: Immanuel Wilkins, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: April 6: Dan Wilson Organ Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 7: Creed Bratton, Felton Music Hall

April 11: Bumpin Uglies, Felton Music Hall

April 12: The Brother Brothers, Felton Music Hall

NEW: April 13: We ARE, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 14: Jesse Daniel, The Catalyst

April 15: The Residents, The Rio

April 15: Steely Dead, Felton Music Hall

NEW: April 17: Reunion Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 20: Snail Mail, The Rio

April 20: Dustbowl Revival, Moe’s Alley

NEW: April 20: Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 22: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: April 24: Nellie McKay, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 27: Warren Zeiders, The Catalyst

NEW: April 27: Le Boeuf Brothers, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

April 29: The National Parks, The Catalyst

April 29: The Expendables, The Catalyst



May 1: Sierra Ferrell, The Catalyst

May 3: Brooks Nielsen, Felton Music Hall

May 4: Old Blind Dogs, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

May 5: Santa Cruz Latin Collective, Brookdale Lodge

May 12: Fenne Lily & Christian Lee Hutson, Felton Music Hall

May 16: Molchat Doma, The Catalyst

NEW: May 20: Mighty Poplar, Felton Music Hall

NEW: May 20: Les Claypool, Santa Cruz Civic

May 24: “Over the River and Through the Woods” opening, Colligan Theatre

May 25: Peter Cat Recording Co., The Catalyst

May 26: Daimh, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

May 26-27: White Album Ensemble, The Rio



June 2: The Exploited, The Catalyst

June 15: Southern Culture on the Skids, Moe’s Alley

June 30: Dumpstaphunk, Moe’s Alley



July 15: Daniel Champagne, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 18: Goth Babe, The Catalyst

NEW: July 21: Jerry Douglas Band, Felton Music Hall



Oct. 21: Santa Cruz Band Review, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Oct. 28: Chili Cook-off, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk




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