One day late but zero shows short. Get rocked this week in shades of southern folk, surf pop and Philly flare.


Wednesday, January 27

Royal Holland EP release show at The Blue Lagoon

Coming all the way from Newport, Kentucky to Santa Cruz is Royal Holland, the stage project of singer songwriter Matt Mooney – a rock tinged adventure into Kentucky folk/acoustic music. They will be supporting their brand new EP “Volume Three: Program” alongside Jesse Paradox, Aria, and Little Pete and The Mean Old Men.

Tickets: $5 at the door


Thursday, January 28

The Donkeys at The Crepe Place

Although it may sound cliché, The Donkeys are just four guys from So-Cal who like to surf, drink beer and have a good time. This ethos shines through in their bouncy, happy folk rock tracks that you can’t help but smirk and tap a few toes to. Come down to The Crepe and get your smile on. They will be joined by the local group Jackie Zealous.

Tickets: $8 adv/$10 door


Friday, January 29

Futurebirds at The Catalyst Club Atrium

Dipped in rock and roll nostalgia but with plenty of progressive reverb, somewhere between Neil Young and The Black Lips, comes Futurebirds out of Athens, Georgia. With a sound that is truly hard to describe, but certainly intriguing, these long-haired Southerners have been taking our coast by storm, and will continue to do so this Friday.

Tickets: $10 adv/$12 door.


Saturday, January 30

Warrior King & The Roots Warrior Band at Moes Alley

It wouldn’t be a Saturday in Santa Cruz without some real solid reggae, and Moe’s Alley has got you covered as usual. Reggae powerhouse Warrior King will be joined by his renowned band for a special CD release party in honor of his newest untitled project. Stamp on.

Tickets: $15 adv/$20 door


Sunday, January 31

Dr. Dog at The Catalyst Club Mainstage

Dr. Dog is a band from Philly that plays some damn good rock music, and they have been playing it to sold out crowds around the globe for the better part of the last 15 years. Check out our interview with member Toby Leaman here.

Tickets: $25 at the door