Thursday, June 16

MU330 at The Crepe Place

MU330 (pronounced “em-you-three-thirty”, or “muso” as in musically aware) is a ska band formed in 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri. These five high school friends have been playing punk style, high-energy ska shows together for the better part of the last 30 years. Kind of like Weezer meets The Specials—the punk influence is strong, but the songs are more melodically and lyrically driven than your average ska band. Come get your twist on, ya rudeboy.

Show at 9pm. $12 at the door


Thursday, June 16

Immortal Technique at The Catalyst Main Stage

He’s been called the angriest emcee in Hip-Hop, and while that may be the case, his fans have nothing but positive things to say about him. One of the first underground hip hop emcees to “make it” on his own by touring the country and selling albums out of the back of his van (about 200,000 of them), this Peruvian-born, Harlem-based emcee has carved out quite the cult fanbase in the past fifteen years. His music focuses on pointing out the mainstream culture’s political, historical and hypocritical acts. Come ready to think, or at least dance.

Show at 9pm. $22 in advance/$25 at the door


Saturday, June 18

Donavon Frankenreiter at The Catalyst Main Stage

While he was well known in the surf world beforehand, it wasn’t until 2009 that Donavon brought his fluid, practiced and stylish approach that made him a big name in the ocean to the music world. Since his breakout song “Free” Donavon’s music has been in surf videos, commercials, gigantic stages, and more than likely stuck in your head on more than one occasion. In the same vein as artists like Jack Johnson or Mason Jennings, Donavon seeks to translate the peacefulness he achieves from surfing into his music. Come on down and see if it does the trick.

Show at 9pm. $20 in advance/$25 at the door


Saturday, June 18

Eve Of Eden at HopHead Public House

If you’ve had your ear to the music scene in Santa Cruz, then you have may have heard the telltale vibrations of a new local sensation starting to gain momentum. New to Santa Cruz but no stranger to the industry, Aliza Hava and her group Eve of Eden have been making a name for themselves around town. Eve of Eden’s unique sound—kind of country, with a southern rock twang and some folk and pop thrown in—coupled with Aliza’s sultry, ethereal voice, long music career, and empowering backstory is distinctive and hard to resist. Read our full interview with Aliza here before you check out the show.

Show at 9pm. Free