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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.


Among the newly booked shows coming to Santa Cruz County venues is the innovative Mexican-born performer Lila Downs, to play live at the Cocoanut Grove on Oct. 17. Singer-songwriter M. Ward (you might know him from the duo She & Him) will play Aug. 18 at Felton Music Hall. The wonderful jazz singer Kim Nalley will perform the music of the late Burt Bacharach on Aug. 28 at Kuumbwa. The award-winning novelist C Pam Zhang will appear at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Sept. 28. Perhaps the world’s premier journalist when it comes to themes of the marine world, Susan Casey, will share her new book on the deepest parts of the ocean at Bookshop on Aug. 8. And the Santa Cruz-based Sound Tribe Sector 9 returns to the Quarry Amphitheater at UC Santa Cruz for two live shows Aug. 4 and 5.

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 ...



June 2: The Exploited, The Catalyst

June 2: Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 2: Tegan & Sara, The Rio

June 2: Good Riddance, Moe’s Alley

June 2: Peter Cat Recording Co., Felton Music Hall

June 3: Trish Toledo, Moe’s Alley

June 3: “First Among Equals,” The Rio

June 3: The Sam Chase Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 4: Stacey Abrams, The Rio

June 4: Djangatos, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 5: Lakecia Benjamin, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 6: Luis Alberto Urrea, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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

June 7: Hobo Johnson, The Catalyst

June 7: Eric Hutchinson, Felton Music Hall

June 7: “Inside Scofield,” Del Mar

June 8: Edward Simon, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 8: Ocean Vuong, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 8: Ana Popovic, Felton Music Hall

June 9: Kr3ture, Felton Music Hall

June 10: Santa Cruz Symphony: “A Night at the Movies,” Santa Cruz Civic

June 10: Pure Roots, Moe’s Alley

June 10: Sin Sisters Burlesque, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 11: Santa Cruz Shakespeare preview, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 11: Cris Williamson & Barbara Higbie, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 12: Pasquale Grasso, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 12: KT Tunstall, Felton Music Hall

June 13: Andrea Nguyen, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 14: Wesli, Moe’s Alley

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

June 15: Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 15: Creed Fisher, Felton Music Hall

June 15: Sang Matiz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

June 16: Emmaline, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 16: “The Lost Boys,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

June 16: Marc Cohn & Shawn Colvin, The Rio

NEW: June 16: Isabel Allende, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 17: Parker Millsap, Moe’s Alley

June 17: Radney Foster, Felton Music Hall

June 17: “Shrek"-themed Rave, The Catalyst

June 18: José James, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 21: Otessa Moshfegh, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 22: Johnny Cash tribute, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

June 22: Julian Marley & the Uprising, Felton Music Hall

June 23: “Mamma Mia,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

June 23: Paul Thorn, The Rio

June 24: Tammi Brown sings Ella, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 25: Ozomatli, The Catalyst

June 26: Claudia Villela, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 27: Lisa See, Bookshop Santa Cruz

June 29: Claudio Rabeca, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 29: Yasmin Williams, Felton Music Hall

June 29: Extra Large, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

June 30: Dumpstaphunk, Moe’s Alley

June 30: Nduduzo Makhathini, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

June 30: “Space Jam,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk



July 1: Carolyn Sills Combo, El Vaquero Winery

July 1: Fleetwood Mac tribute, Felton Music Hall

July 2: Protomartyr, Moe’s Alley

July 6: Fast Times, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 6: Tassajara Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 6: Anuhea, Moe’s Alley

July 7: Metalachi, Moe’s Alley

July 7: “Labyrinth,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 7: Pink Floyd tribute, Felton Music Hall

July 7: Dayan Kai & Joe Craven, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 8: “The Cigarette Surfboard,” The Rio

July 10: Jane Monheit, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: July 12: C.J. Chenier, Moe’s Alley

July 13: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “Book of Will” opening night, Audrey Stanley Grove

July 13: Santa Cruda, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 14: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “Taming of the Shrew” opening night, Audrey Stanley Grove

July 14: “Selena,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 14: Charles Wesley Godwin, The Catalyst

July 15: Daniel Champagne, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 16: Circle Jerks, The Catalyst

July 18: Goth Babe, The Catalyst

July 19: Oumuo Sangaré, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 21: Jerry Douglas Band, Felton Music Hall

July 21: “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 21: The Aquabats, The Catalyst

July 22: J Boog, The Catalyst

July 24: Benny Green, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 26: Steve Earle, Felton Music Hall

July 27: Rayland Baxter, Felton Music Hall

July 27: Rachel Baiman & Cristina Vane, The Catalyst

July 28: Santa Cruz Shakespeare: “King Lear” opening night, Audrey Stanley Grove

July 28: “Top Gun: Maverick,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

July 28: Michael O’Neill Sextet, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 30: Imarhan, Moe’s Alley

July 31: Bobby Watson, Kuumbwa Jazz Center



Aug. 1: Lara Love Hardin, Bookshop Santa Cruz

NEW: Aug. 3: Karen McManus, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Aug. 4: “Shrek,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 4: Chris Cain, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 4-5: Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Quarry

Aug. 5: Sondheim tribute revue, The Rio

Aug. 6: Pato Banton, The Catalyst

NEW: Aug. 7: Tierney Sutton, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 8: Susan Casey, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Aug. 10: The Bad Plus, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 11: “The Neverending Story,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 16: Eliades Ochoa, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 17: Pascal Le Boeuf, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 18: M. Ward, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Aug. 18: Bobby Oroza, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Aug. 21: John Pizzarelli, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 25-26: Jerry’s Middle Finger, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Aug. 28: Kim Nalley, Kuumbwa Jazz Center



Sept. 2: Tim Flannery & the Lunatic Fringe, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 6: Black Uhuru, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Sept. 7: Barrio Manouche, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 9: Julie Byrne, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Sept. 10: Oz Noy Trio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 11: Bireli Lagrene & Martin Taylor, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Sept. 11: Megan Kakimoto, Bookshop Santa Cruz

NEW: Sept. 14: Person2Person, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 15: Fab Four: “Rubber Soul,” The Rio

Sept. 15: Dave Mathews Band tribute, Felton Music Hall

Sept. 17: Pancho Sanchez, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 20: Joshua Redman, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Sept. 28: Pam Zhang, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Sept. 29: Roosevelt, The Catalyst

Sept. 30: MaMuse & the Wild Choir, The Rio

NEW: Sept. 30: Yellowjackets, Kuumbwa Jazz Center



Oct. 5: Lucky Chops, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 6: Santa Cruz Comedy Festival, The Rio

NEW: Oct. 7: The Original Wailers, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 15: Jack Botts, The Catalyst

Oct. 17: Jesse Cook, The Rio

NEW: Oct. 17: JMSN, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Oct. 17: Lila Downs, Cocoanut Grove

Oct. 18: Tommy Prine, Moe’s Alley

NEW: Oct. 20: The Sam Chase, Moe’s Alley

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

Oct. 21: Carsie Blanton, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 22: Powerman 5000, The Catalyst

Oct. 26: David Cross, The Rio

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

Oct. 28: Beats Antique, The Catalyst



Nov. 10: Atlin Gun, Felton Music Hall

Nov. 17: World Ballet Series: “Cinderella,” Santa Cruz Civic

Nov. 18: Zepparella, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 18: Sun Room, The Catalyst

Nov. 19: Bruce Cockburn, The Rio




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