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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 clubs are beginning to book New Year’s Eve dates to celebrate the coming of 2022. Moe’s Alley is bringing in Santa Cruz’s own Coffis Brothers, and over in the San Lorenzo Valley, Felton Music Hall welcomes one of Northern California’s most tireless performers, singer-songwriter Jackie Greene. Also, new dates for Americana singer Slaid Cleaves (Nov. 16), Jamaican reggae star Junior Reid (Nov. 14), and throwback folk/jazz performer Pokey LaFarge (Dec. 10).

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 ...



Oct. 21-22: Robert Earl Keen, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 22: Dave Stamey, Michael’s on Main

Oct. 22: D.R.I., The Catalyst

Oct. 22: Maoli, The Catalyst

Oct. 23: Pivot — The Art of Fashion, Tannery Arts Center

Oct. 23: Kinks tribute, Michael’s on Main

Oct. 23: Hot Buttered Rum, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 23: Ralph Anybody fundraiser, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 23: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Remembrance & Rejuvenation,” Civic Auditorium

Oct. 24: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Remembrance & Rejuvenation,” Mello Center

Oct. 24: Dan Deacon, The Catalyst

Oct. 24: Twiddle, The Catalyst

Oct. 24: Black Jacket Symphony, The Rio

Oct. 26: Branford Marsalis, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 26: Laura Davis (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Oct. 26: Eric Lindell & the Natural Mystics, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 27: Dashboard Confessional, The Catalyst

Oct. 28: Marty O’Reilly & Old Soul Orchestra, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 28: Barrio Manouche, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 28-29: Tribal Seeds, The Catalyst

Oct. 29: Paula Poundstone, The Rio

Oct. 29: MXMToon, The Catalyst

Oct. 29: David Starfire & Soohan, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 30: AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 30: Big Brother & The Holding Company, Dream Inn

Oct. 30: Dios de las Muertos, Museum of Art & History

Oct. 30: SambaDa, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 31: Beats Antique, The Catalyst

Oct. 31: Pablo Cruise, Dream Inn



Nov. 1: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 2: Greer, The Catalyst

Nov. 3: Carsie Blanton, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 3: Hellzapoppin’, The Catalyst

Nov. 4: Blockhead, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 5: Fab Four (Beatles tribute), The Rio

Nov. 4: Misty Copeland (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Nov. 5: David Ramirez & Matt Costa, The Catalyst

Nov. 5-6: Don Carlos, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 6: Gram Parsons tribute, Michael’s on Main

Nov. 6: The Garden, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 6: Ben Kaili, Michael’s on Main

Nov. 6: Kalan.frfr, The Catalyst

Nov. 7: Paul Thorn, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 7: TEDx Merit Academy, The Rio

Nov. 8: Ravi Coltrane, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 9: Stephen Graham Jones (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Nov. 9: Ken Follett (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Nov. 11: Melvin Seals & JGB, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 11: The Movement, The Catalyst

Nov. 11: Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, The Catalyst

Nov. 11: Erin McKeown, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 12: David Grisman’s Dawg Trio (CANCELED), The Rio

Nov. 12: Bria Skonberg, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 12: Reckless Kelly, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 12: Good Riddance, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 13: Japanese Breakfast, The Catalyst

Nov. 13: Painted Mandolin, Michael’s on Main

Nov. 13: Taylor Rae, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 14: Lydia Pence & Cold Blood, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 14: Wavves, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Nov. 14: Junior Reid, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 15: Yellow Days, The Catalyst

Nov. 16: Dorie Greenspan (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Nov. 16: La Luz, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Nov. 16: Slaid Cleaves, The Rio

Nov. 17: Nick Waterhouse, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 17: Jewel Theatre, opening night, “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” Colligan Theater

Nov. 18: Gondwana, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 18: Mike Clark/Michael Zilber, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 18: Debbie Millman, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Nov. 18: Queen Naija, The Catalyst

Nov. 19: Mark Farina, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 19: Fortunate Youth, The Catalyst

Nov. 19-20: Metalachi, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 20: James Durbin, Michael’s on Main

Nov. 20: Carolyn Sills Combo, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 22: Django Festival All-Stars, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 26: Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute, The Catalyst

Nov. 27: Dirty Cello, Michael’s on Main

Nov. 27: Mother Hips, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 28: Gregory Alan Isakov, The Catalyst

Nov. 29: Ray Charles Project, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Nov. 30: Claire Oshetsky (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz



Dec. 1: Led Zeppelin tribute, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 1: Rabhi Alameddine (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Dec. 2: Ann Patchett (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Dec. 3: Clinton Kane, The Catalyst

Dec. 3: Jerry’s Middle Finger, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 4: Jose James, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 4: Eagles tribute, Michael’s on Main

Dec. 5: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Catalyst

Dec. 5: Rodney Crowell, The Rio

Dec. 5: Brett Dennen, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 6: Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 8: Bruce Cockburn, The Rio

Dec. 9: Jazzmeia Horn, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 10: Mike Stern-Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 10: 24KGoldn, The Catalyst

NEW: Dec. 10: Pokey LaFarge, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 11: Bartees Strange, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 11: B-Side Players, Moe’s Alley

Dec. 11: Pink Martini, The Rio

Dec. 11: Larry June, The Catalyst

Dec. 12: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Moe’s Alley

Dec. 13: Bela Fleck, Sunset Center

Dec. 13: Kurt Elling, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 14: Atreyu, The Catalyst

Dec. 16: Fuzz, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 16: Ray Obiedo Latin Jazz Project, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Dec. 17: Lyrics Born, Moe’s Alley

Dec. 17: Peppino D’Agostino, Michael’s on Main

Dec. 17: “A Celtic Christmas,” The Rio

Dec: 18: Caroline Polachek, The Catalyst

Dec. 18: Morton Marcus memorial reading (virtual event), Bookshop Santa Cruz

Dec. 18: Locomotive Breath, Michael’s on Main

Dec. 19: Thievery Corporation, The Catalyst

Dec. 28: White Album Ensemble, The Rio

NEW: Dec. 30: Devlon LaMarr Organ Trio, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Dec. 31: Coffis Brothers, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Dec. 31: Jackie Greene, Felton Music Hall


January ’22

Jan. 7: Al Franken, Santa Cruz Civic

Jan. 8: Y&T, The Catalyst

Jan. 11: Best Coast, The Catalyst

Jan. 15: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Rites of Passage,” Civic Auditorium

Jan. 15: Muriel Anderson, Michael’s on Main

Jan. 16: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Rites of Passage,” Mello Center

NEW: Jan. 19: Jamestown Revival, The Catalyst

Jan. 21: Joan Osborne, The Rio

NEW: Jan. 25: Subtronics, The Catalyst

Jan. 26: Circa Survive, The Catalyst

Jan. 26: Jewel Theatre, opening night, “The Weir,” Colligan Theater

Jan. 26: KT Tunstall, Felton Music Hall

Jan. 29: Jesse Cook, The Rio


February ’22

Feb. 3: Martin Sexton, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 10: Built to Spill, The Rio

Feb. 12: Steely Dead, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 12: Santa Cruz Symphony: “The Hill We Climb,” Civic Auditorium

Feb. 13: Santa Cruz Symphony: “The Hill We Climb,” Mello Center

Feb. 18: Tom Rigney & Flambeau, The Rio

Feb. 23: Circle Jerks, The Catalyst

Feb. 24: Inner Wave, Felton Music Hall


March ’22

March 6: Habibi, Moe’s Alley

NEW: March 15: Marc E. Bassy, The Catalyst

March 27: Santa Cruz Symphony: Family Concert, Civic Auditorium

March 30: Guided By Voices, The Catalyst

March 30: Jewel Theatre, opening night, “Remains to be Seen,” Colligan Theater


April ’22

April 3: Gary Numan, The Catalyst

April 23: Pierre Bensusan, Michael’s on Main

April 30: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Kaleidoscopes,” Civic Auditorium


May ’22

May 1: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Kaleidoscopes,” Mello Center

May 14: Son Lux, Felton Music Hall

May 15: Vieux Farka Toure, Felton Music Hall

May 18: Jewel Theatre, opening night, “An Iliad,” Colligan Theater

May 21: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Carmina Burana,” Civic Auditorium

May 22: Santa Cruz Symphony: “Carmina Burana,” Mello Center


June ’22

June 3: Typhoon, Felton Music Hall

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


July ’22

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


September ’22

Sept. 30: Dale Watson, Moe’s Alley




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