Santa Cruz Music’s Americana Roots

Marty O'Reilly Santa Cruz Americana musician

“Americana” isn’t an easy genre to define. It can be folk, country, rock, bluegrass, blues or jazz—and usually involves a mixture of those genres. At heart, though, it’s simply American roots music, and over the last few years, it’s risen to the top of the Santa Cruz music scene. These days, several of the most…

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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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Out There: Santa Cruz Music This Week


It seems that whenever it gets hot in Santa Cruz the weirder and more interesting aspects of the city thaw out and put on an extra special display. Whether it’s the talented buskers on Pacific Ave, the humans and animals shredding it up in the ocean or our local characters, people wanna come see what’s going on.…

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