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Afrolicious

Afrolicious

Combining live instrumentation with electronics, Afrolicious has quite a few boasting rights. Vocalist and percussionist Baba Duru was an original member of the groundbreaking jazz fusion group the Headhunters and the band has had songs remixed by Thievery Corporation co-founder Rob Garza, legendary dub producer…

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Tequila and Taco Music Festival

Tequila and Taco Music Festival

Love tequila and eating tacos? Santa Cruz joins Oxnard as the latest city to hold the Tequila and Taco Music Festival, a one-day event where Tequila-lovers can try a variety of their favorite tipple while soaking it all up with a wide selection of inspired…

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Foodie File: The Crepe Place

Foodie File: The Crepe Place

It is difficult to define Santa Cruz favorite, The Crepe Place. Co-owner Adam Bergeron describes it as a restaurant, neighborhood bar, community center, music venue. This multigenerational hotspot caters to everyone. First, The Crepes It is no surprise that crepes shine at this restaurant. The…

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Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical

It’s a story about an ugly duckling, an outcast, a freak—a story we all know that never ceases to warm the heart—and in this case, tickle the funny bone. The outcast in question is half-bat, half-boy, aptly named Bat Boy. In this kickstarter-funded rendition, Santa…

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California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival

Music, food and beer is always a winning combination for a summertime activity, and thankfully you don’t have to wait much longer with the return of the California Beer Festival and another jam-packed schedule of good eats and good brews. Bands will play both days,…

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Presidents of the United States of America

Presidents of the United States of America

In the early-1990s, the Northwest was the epicenter of alt-rock, thanks to grunge. Among the bands that were letting both their emotions and flannel shirt tails fly were the Seattle-based Presidents of the United States of America. But unlike many of their peers, this band…

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One Sea

One Sea

The dancing Che Che La Boom and singing Frankie Simone, a.k.a. Chelsea Moreno and Simone Vincenty, put their creative powers together for One Sea—a two-woman show which will feature Simone on vocals and the ever flexible La Boom performing gravity-defying moves on an aerial hoop….

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Chick Corea & The Vigil

Chick Corea & The Vigil

Winning a Grammy is quite an accomplishment. Winning 20 Grammys? Now we’re talking some next-level artistry. Such is the case with Chick Corea, a keyboardist and composer whose many musical contributions include forming the pioneering jazz-fusion group Return to Forever. Over a celebrated career, Corea…

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Preview: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Preview: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

A roster of world-class soloists and a program featuring three world premieres will delight audiences at this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, July 27- August 10. Famed conductor Marin Alsop is back, bringing with her festival newcomers, banjo master, Bela Fleck and ensemble Time…

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Cabrillo Stage Musical Season Continues with Oliver!

Cabrillo Stage Musical Season Continues with Oliver!

The Cabrillo Stage has been hard at work with their third production of the summer, Oliver—Lionel Bart’s musical refashioning of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Revisit Victorian London with Oliver Twist who just wants some more (please, sir!), Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes. Putting song and…

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