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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.


In new bookings this week, surfer Maya Gabeira, who set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Record for biggest wave ever ridden by a female surfer, comes to Bookshop Santa Cruz on Aug. 3 to talk about big waves and her new children’s book. The neo-gothic folk duo Rising Appalachia plays live at the Rio on July 29. Throwback country and rockabilly artist Wayne “The Train” Hancock pops in at Moe’s Alley on Aug. 17. And acclaimed jazz drummer (and “beat scientist”) Makaya McCraven brings his combo to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Oct. 27.

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 30: The Deadlies, Beach Boardwalk

June 30: Leila Mottley, Bookshop Santa Cruz



July 1: “Sing 2,” Beach Boardwalk

July 1: Mario y Su Timbeko, Moe’s Alley

July 2: Royal Jelly Live, Moe’s Alley

July 2: Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Michael’s on Main

July 3: Bill Kirchen, Michael’s on Main

July 5: The Hive Poetry Collective, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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 6: State Champs, The Catalyst

July 7: The Waybacks, Michael’s on Main

July 7: Man in Black, Beach Boardwalk

July 7: Patrick Landeza & Sons, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 8: Yuko Mabuchi, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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

July 8: The iTals, Moe’s Alley

July 8: Houndmouth, Felton Music Hall

July 9: Ken Kraft, Michael’s on Main

July 10: Jaime Wyatt, 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 13: Gary Griggs, Bookshop Santa Cruz

July 14: Edith Piaf tribute, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 14: Brass Magic, Beach Boardwalk

July 14: Backyard Birds, Michael’s on Main

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: Mike Dawes, Felton Music Hall

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 16: Preacher Boy/Nicole Wilson, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 17: Martin Courtney, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 18: Joel Frahm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 19: Erika Sanchez, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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

July 20: Mykal Rose, Moe’s Alley

July 21: Pacific Roots, Beach Boardwalk

July 21: Yosvany Terry, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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 22: Jesse Colin Young, The Rio

July 22-23: California Honeydrops, Felton Music Hall

July 23: “The Sounds of Grunge,” The Catalyst

July 23: Pete Sawyer & the Left-Hand Monkey Wrench Gang, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 25: Ben Williams Band, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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

July 26: The Traveling McCourys, Felton Music Hall

July 28: 4to Prestigio, Beach Boardwalk

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

July 28: Gary Meek, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

July 28: Phil Marsh, Michael’s on Main

July 28: Phil Marsh, Michael’s on Main

July 29: “Iron Man,” Beach Boardwalk

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

NEW: July 29: Rising Appalachia, The Rio

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

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

July 30: George Kahumoku Jr., Michael’s on Main

July 30: The Altons, Moe’s Alley

July 31: NRBQ, Moe’s Alley

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

July 31: Les Claypool, The Rio



Aug. 1: Marcia Ball, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 3: Nellie McKay, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 3: Maya Gabeira, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Aug. 4: Coffee Zombie Collective, Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 4: Steve Kimock, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Aug. 4: Leslie Karst, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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

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

NEW: Aug. 6: Greg Koch, Felton Music Hall

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

Aug. 7: John Jorgenson, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 7: Taking Back Sunday, The Catalyst

Aug. 8: Terence Blanchard/Turtle Island String Quartet, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Aug. 8: Anthony Marra, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Aug. 9: Chastity Brown, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 10: Thee Sacred Souls, The Rio

Aug. 11: Joint Chiefs, Beach Boardwalk

Aug. 11: The Kingston Trio, The Rio

Aug. 11: Isaiah Sharkey, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 11-13: The Brothers Comatose, Moe’s Alley

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

Aug. 12: Anthony Arya’s Rock-a-palooza, Michael’s on Main

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

Aug. 13: Rolling Stones tribute, Michael’s on Main

Aug. 15: Joe Farnsworth/Peter Bernstein, Kuumbwa Jazz Center CANCELED

NEW: Aug. 16: Garcia Peoples, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 17: John Moreland, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Aug. 17: Wayne Hancock, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 18: Kenny Garrett, Kuumbwa Jazz Center CANCELED

Aug. 19: Paul Thorn, The Rio

Aug. 19: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Felton Music Hall

Aug. 19: Chris Cain, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 19: Greg Loiacono, Michael’s on Main

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

Aug. 20: Agent Orange, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 22: The Hu, The Catalyst

Aug. 22: John Pizzarelli, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Aug. 23: Mac DeMarco, The Rio

Aug. 24: Paula Fuga, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 25: Booker T. Jones, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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

Aug. 26: Brooks Nielsen, The Catalyst

NEW: Aug. 27: Eagles tribute, Michael’s on Main

NEW: Aug. 28: Maddie Poppe, Moe’s Alley

Aug. 31: Summer Dean, Felton Music Hall



Sept. 1: Mimi Fox, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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

Sept. 4: Nouvelle Vogue, The Rio

Sept. 4: Groundation, Moe’s Alley

Sept. 5: Tab Benoit, Felton Music Hall

Sept. 6: Less Than Jake/Bowling for Soup, The Catalyst

Sept. 7: Claudia Villela, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 9: The Melvins, Felton Music Hall

Sept. 10: Salif Keita, The Rio

Sept. 10: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Felton Music Hall

Sept. 12: Remi Wolf, The Catalyst

Sept. 13: Bill Frisell, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Sept. 15: Wayne Krantz, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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. 16: Bonnie Prince Billy, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 17: Niki, The Catalyst

Sept. 17-18: Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival, Roaring Camp

Sept. 19: Billy Cobham, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 22: Gary Meek, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 23: Snail, Michael’s on Main

Sept. 23: Judy Collins, The Rio

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

Sept. 24: Kikagaku Moyo, The Rio

Sept. 24: Russian Circles, Felton Music Hall

Sept. 28: Grace Kelly, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 29: Eric Vloeimans & Will Holshauser, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Sept. 30: Dale Watson, Moe’s Alley

Sept. 30: Kid Bloom, The Catalyst



Oct. 1: Oliver Tree, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Oct. 3: DakhaBrakha, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 4: Om, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 4: The Dolly Rots, Moe’s Alley

Oct. 5: Bear’s Den, Felton Music Hall

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

Oct. 6: Apocalypta, The Catalyst

Oct. 7: Bonny Light Horseman, The Rio

Oct. 7: Dirty Honey, The Catalyst

Oct. 7: The Pogues tribute, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 8: Daniel Romano, The Crepe Place

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

Oct. 12: Graham Nash, The Rio

Oct. 15: Punktoberfest, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 16: Todd Snider, The Rio

Oct. 17: Kenny Garrett, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Oct. 22: Chili Cook-off, Beach Boardwalk

NEW: Oct. 22: Michael Jackson tribute, Felton Music Hall

NEW: Oct. 27: Makaya McCraven, Kuumbwa Jazz Center

NEW: Oct. 27: Kelsey Waldon, Felton Music Hall

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

Oct. 29: Tom Petty tribute, Felton Music Hall

Oct. 30: Black Jacket Symphony, The Rio



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

Nov. 11: Illuminati Hotties, The Catalyst

NEW: Nov. 13: Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Moe’s Alley

Nov. 16: Carsie Blanton, Moe’s Alley



Dec. 16: Gangstagrass, Felton Music Hall

Dec. 30: Tommy Emmanuel, The Rio




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