Upcoming shows in Santa Cruz County: The Fall 2013 edition

October 10, 2013

A new season means a new array of live shows to go to!

Here’s a peak at what’s coming up in the next several weeks in terms of live music in Santa Cruz County.

(Eds note: This is by no means an all-inclusive list; just a selection that caught our eye.)

Oct. 10

  • In honor of John Lennon’s birthday (which was technically yesterday,) Don Quixote’s in Felton hosts Drew Harrison of the Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings. Harrison performs a solo tribute to Lennon starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Oct. 11 

  • Just Cream and Purple Haze: Don Quixote’s holds a second night of tributes, this time with a pair celebrating the works of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, respectively. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 12

  • California Honeydrops: This Oakland-based ensemble plays New Orleans-style jazz and always puts on a good show. They’ll be joined at Moe’s Alley by special guest Howell Devine. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  • Hank III: Grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams Jr., Hank III is known for his live performances. He’s coming to the Catalyst this time, with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance.

Oct. 13

  • Joe Pug: Alt-folk singer and songwriter from Chicago Joe Pug will stop at Don Quixote’s as part of his fall tour. Tickets are $12, show starts at 9 p.m.

Oct. 16

  • Tim Kasher: Omaha native and frontman for Cursive and the Good Life comes to the Crepe Place at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. Jake Bellows opens.

Oct. 18 

  • Sensations: Greg Loicano of the Mother Hips is joined by members of Tea Leaf Green and Alo in his side project, the Sensations. The band performs at the Crepe Place. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance.
  • John Medeski: John Medeski, of Medeski Martin & Wood fame will perform a solo set on piano at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Dinner and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.

Oct. 19

  • Sean Hayes: San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Hayes will be joined by the Blank Tapes at Don Quixote’s for  9 p.m show. Tickets are $20 in advance

Oct. 24

  • Birds of Chicago: This collective  is based around JT Nero (JT & The Clouds) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl), and the group represents a compelling new voice in North American roots music. Show’s at Don Quixote’s in Felton starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Oct. 25

  • Cake: Cake’s hits include their cover of seminal 70s disco love song “I Will Survive,” along with “Going the Distance” and many more. The band comes to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $46.50.

Oct. 27

  • They Might Be Giants: Fun-loving seminal pop band They Might Be Giants will return to the Rio Theater for another enthusiasm-packed show that’s guaranteed to entertain. Tickets are $27.

Nov. 1

  • The Stone Foxes:San Francisco’s Stone Foxes use classic blues structures in their songs, and the band has opened for the Grammy-winning Black Keys. Show is at Don Quixote’s, 9 p.m., tickets $15 in advance

Nov. 5

  • Terakraft: Terakraft will perform the music of Mali and the Sahara at Don Quixote’s. The group, presented by (((folkYEAH))) is described as “a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the desert have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result they are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today.” Tickets are $12 in advance, show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Mike Doughty: Former Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty  most recently released a full album of covers in which he plays songs by composers as varied as John Denver, Stephen Sondheim and Cheap Trick. His solo show at the Rio Theater is $22.

Nov. 8

  • Wanda Jackson: Wanda Jackson is often called the queen of rockability and is credited with being the first woman to record a rock n’ roll song in 1958. She’s even in the music Hall of Fame, but she’s still working hard and entertaining audiences all over. She’ll be joined at Don Quixote’s by Red Meat and Songs That HotBox Harry Taught Us. Tickets are $22.
  • Macy Gray: I don’t what she’s been doing since the single “I Try” came out, but she’s celebrating the 14th anniversary of that album’s release with a show at the Catalyst. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Nov. 12

  • Meat Puppets: Who said grunge is dead? The Meat Puppets are still around, apparently, and they’re coming to the Catalyst.

Nov. 14

  • Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby got back!! The crooner of this venerable tune graces the stage at Moe’s Alley at 9 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance, $28 at the door.

Nov. 15

  • Andrew Bird: Beloved indie darling Andrew Bird will play two back-to-back shows at the Rio Theater, both of which are likely to sell out. Tickets are $32.

Nov. 16

  • Andrew Bird: Beloved indie darling Andrew Bird will play two back-to-back shows at the Rio Theater, both of which are likely to sell out. Tickets are $32.
  • Cass McCombs: This popular singer-songwriter will be appearing at the one and only  Don Quixote’s in Felton.

Nov. 22

  • Dick Dale: The king of surf rock returns to Moe’s Alley for a repeat performance. Last year’s show was a blast. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $25.

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