Perfect Timing: Santa Cruz Music This Week


It’s difficult to determine how long a pumpkin will last once it’s been carved. A variety of factors are at play, including local weather conditions, pumpkin skin thickness, and carve design. Estimates range from as low as 48 hours to as high as two weeks. How are you supposed to decide when to make the…

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No Treble: Santa Cruz Music This Week


Whether it’s an ocean-inspired DJ set, a legendary funk ensemble, or two opposite ends of the hip-hop spectrum, any show you choose this week is going to come with a healthy side of bass. Be sure to come ready to bounce around and get down—with proper ear protection, of course. How low can you go?  …

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Almost Famous: Santa Cruz Music This Week


The silver screen has given us plenty of iconic Rock God moments. Our favorites are Billy Cruddup yelling, “I am a golden god!” moments before jumping off a roof in Almost Famous and when Mark Wahlberg’s character in Rock Star forgot which city his wife lived in—“This is Seattle?!” While they may seem a little ridiculous…

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The City of Santa Cruz Turns 150!

City of Santa Cruz celebrates 150 Years

On October 1, the City of Santa Cruz will celebrate its 150th Anniversary with a huge beach party on Main Beach. The Beach Party, which will go from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., offers a great family-friendly opportunity to come out and celebrate the wonderful Santa Cruz community. Down the beach, past the Boardwalk’s stage,…

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Sol and Soul: Santa Cruz Music This Week

Sheila E.

The music bookers in this town love to keep Santa Cruz weird, and this week was no exception. Two Grammy-winning performers, a pornographically-inclined punk band from the UK, a huge festival in the redwoods, and a hilarious but undeniably creepy musical ventriloquist are all in town. Get out and embrace it.   Thursday, September 15…

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Santa Cruz Bike Party Takes to the Streets

Bike party founders Steve Schnaar and Tawn Kennedy

You may have seen a traveling party of cheerful bicyclists around downtown Santa Cruz, complete with music, lights and sounds of revelry, including an occasional yell: “Bike Parrrrrtyyyy!” If this occurred on the second Friday of the month, then you were a witness to our local Bike Party, started by Steve Schnaar and Tawn Kennedy…

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Hiding Out at Hidden Peak Teahouse

tea ceremony

Every time I visit Hidden Peak Teahouse in downtown Santa Cruz, an amazing thing happens. Inside the digital-free space, the vague separation anxiety that occurs when my phone is anywhere but in my right hand soon gives way to a palpable relief. With my phone powered down, the texts, emails, emoticons, tweets, Facebook notifications—the entire…

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