John Craigie has plenty of stories and song material, partly because the modern-day troubadour is always on tour. “I am literally on the road 100 percent of the year,” says Craigie, who hasn’t had a home where he pays rent or a mortgage in six years. “You gotta keep moving. You don’t want to overstay your welcome anywhere.”
A guitar-slinging heroine conjuring multitudes with only her voice and ax: the image of the singer-songwriter is an enduring one. But this iconic persona has shown its age in our time of sequencers and one-man laptop bands. So it was refreshing to watch Rachel Fannan at the Crepe Place circa 2008, assembling ornate live multi-part arrangements with electric guitar, drum machine and loop box that pushed the limits of what a single performer could produce live.
You’ve seen this movie before. You’ve even seen it with Mark Wahlberg in the lead. But to be fair, our middle-aged incarnation of Marky Mark can still work a room.
James Durbin, who started singing in bars at 15, has an edge that even his most ardent fans may have missed as they watched his ride on national television last year. “Being on [American] Idol, you get this stigma of being this wholesome person or else you don’t make it very far,” Durbin said before a secret concert earlier this week.
On a cold Santa Cruz night, where’s the best place to be? Bellied up to the bar in a cozy, friendly pub, lifting a pint and forgetting your woes.
Musings on a sunny Santa Cruz weekend.
The Santa Cruz Mountains is one of California’s oldest wine making regions, and it’s making some of the country’s most exciting wines—if you know where to find them. That’s why there’s Passport Day, which literally provides a map to some of the appellation’s greatest treasures. This Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, anyone with wine passport can gain access to some 50 local wineries—including many that are normally closed to the public.
Two members of the defunct St. Louis band MU330 join four ex–members of Santa Cruz’s Slow Gherkin (A.J. Marquez, Matt Porter, Brendan Thompson and Phil Boutelle) and local reggae drummer to an all-star ska dream team.
That heavenly hand-held creation that starts with butter, sugar and flour is one of the greatest gifts to mankind, and Santa Cruz has some excellent examples of it.
Mini cupcakes for you inner child and a pinot for lovers.