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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.


One of America’s finest fiction writers and the author of “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” Jennifer Egan visits the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz on March 15 in an event presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Seattle-based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado performs live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on March 17. Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa returns to Kuumbwa alongside Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on April 22. Dumpstaphunk returns to Moe’s Alley for a show June 30. The Boardwalk’s annual Chili Cook-off will take place Oct. 28 this year. And don’t miss Santa Cruz’s legendary surf-psyhedelic masters The Mermen at The Crepe Place on Feb. 25.

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. 3: Michael Gaither & Nick Alaga, El Vaquero

Feb. 4: Melissa Aldana, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Feb. 4: School of Rock, The Catalyst

Feb. 6: The Wood Brothers, The Rio

Feb. 6: Kenny Barron, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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

NEW: 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

NEW: 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

Feb. 24: Yasmin Williams, Felton Music Hall

Feb. 24: Thy Art is Murder, The Catalyst

Feb. 24: Brianna Conrey, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: 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

NEW: 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

NEW: March 4: Fear, The Catalyst

March 7: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Rio

NEW: 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

NEW: March 11: Tempest, Brookdale Lodge

March 12: Zakir Hussain, The Rio

March 13: Pup/Joyce Manor, The Catalyst

March 14: Elizabeth McKenzie, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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

NEW: 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

NEW: 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

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

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

NEW: 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

NEW: 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

April 7: Creed Bratton, Felton Music Hall

April 11: Bumpin Uglies, Felton Music Hall

NEW: April 12: The Brother Brothers, Felton Music Hall

April 14: Jesse Daniel, The Catalyst

April 15: The Residents, The Rio

April 15: Steely Dead, Felton Music Hall

April 20: Snail Mail, The Rio

April 20: Dustbowl Revival, Moe’s Alley

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

April 27: Warren Zeiders, The Catalyst

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

NEW: May 5: Santa Cruz Latin Collective, Brookdale Lodge

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

May 16: Molchat Doma, The Catalyst

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

NEW: June 30: Dumpstaphunk, Moe’s Alley



July 15: Daniel Champagne, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 18: Goth Babe, The Catalyst



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

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




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