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Edge of The West plus David Holodiloff Sextet
A Two Band Multi-Genre Dance-Til-You-Drop Music Festival
Friday, January 1st, 8.00pm $10/$10
21 and over only
FC Cosponsored Show Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Edge of the West is a rock n' roots jam band that plays danceable, fun music with heart. Their quirky originals and inventive instrumental journeys take you out there, and then bring it all back home with good old hippie classics and soulful covers. The shows are always a good party. Edge of the West mixes their own songs with eclectic selections from a variety of genres. On any given night you might hear anything from Johnny Cash to Grateful Dead to Sun Ra. Notes from the underground drift like smoke signals to a strange, familiar place where old friends meet for the very first time - the Edge of the West. Guitar - Jim Lewin / Bass - Bill Laymon / Drums - Marty Carpenter / Piano - Lachlann Kane http://www.reverbnation.com

Dave Holodiloff is a musician and band leader exploring the acoustic frontiers of the mandolin on the stages of Northern California and beyond. Heralded as “the hardest working musician in Monterey” by the Monterey County Weekly, Dave has made a name for himself both as a performer at festivals and concert venues and as an acoustic event entertainment specialist. His dynamic musical repertoire includes Jazz Standards, Bluegrass Traditionals, Sultry Sambas, Celtic Classics, Gypsy Swing, Latin Rhythms, and much more. David is an experienced percussionist, vocalist, and guitar player in addition to his skills on the mandolin. http://daveholodiloff.com Artists sites and sounds: www.reverbnation.com and http://daveholodiloff.com



Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Ginny Mitchell and S’wang S’wang
A Delicious Blend of Swing (Western, Hawaiian, gypsy jazz) and a Little Twang

Thursday, January 14th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com

Local singer, Ginny Mitchell, returns to The Mug with all things swing! Western, Hawaiian, and gypsy jazz. Her band consists of ace steel and dobro player, Patti Maxine (also harmony vocals), bass player and vocalist Tracy Parker, and swing guitarist, Marc Schwartz (Hot Club Pacific’s lead guitarist). With tight three part harmony and Marc’s Django style guitar this should be great fun, just as it was about one year ago as our best attended show of 2015!

Ginny Mitchell released her first album in British Columbia, Canada where she also won Canadian County Music Association’s Best New Female Vocalist Award. The high-profile win eventually led her to tour throughout Canada and the US as an opening act for Tammy Wynette, k.d. lang, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel and Greg Allman. Her honest and soulful delivery has been compared to Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Linda Ronstadt, Roseanne Cash and the great Patsy Cline. Her independent CD, “Just to Hear Your Voice” released in 2006, received praise and airplay across the US.
Marc Schwartz has played guitar since 1968. He holds a B.A. in music from New York University and has studied with Studio/Jazz guitar greats Allen Hanlon and Milt Norman. Marc’s diverse influences include Bireli Lagrene, Wes Montgomery, John Lennon, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino and Jimi Hendrix. An East Coast native, Marc has lived in California off and on since 1975 and has performed with Larry Coryell, Bruce Forman, Tony Green, Paul Mehling, Ninine Garcia and many others. Marc can be found playing jazz guitar in many Northern California venues.

Patti Maxine, lap steel virtuoso and Santa Cruz legend, is one of the hardest working musicians in our community. A session player in constant demand, Patti is a musical Swiss army knife, handling a wide variety of styles with ease, sliding gracefully from Hawaiian to swing, from R&B to rock, from blues to jazz and back again. As a young girl, Patti studied with lap steel master Elmer Ridenhour. She has recorded and collaborated with dozens of musicians including Mary McCaslin, Sherry Austin, Jayme Kelly Curtis, Rhan Wilson, the Tiki Tones, Asylum’s Way, Freddie Roulette, Cyril Pahanui, Eddie Kamae, Patrick Landeza, John Cruz and Pipa Pinon.

Tracy Parker, bass player and powerful vocalist, is well known and loved for her amazing vocal range and as bass player in Henhouse. She is often referred to as the k.d. lang of Santa Cruz. Her voice is perfectly suited for the Country standards and torch songs that always leave audiences calling for more.


Jim Kweskin, Meredith Axelrod, Suzy Thompson
Vintage Americana Songcatchers Tour
Sunday, January 17th, 2.00pm $17/$20
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader of the Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band that featured Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. http://jimkweskin.com

Meredith Axelrod is a singer and multi instrumentalist who specializes in American roots music. As a solo artist, she has headlined her own shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA, opened for the Cheap Suit Serenaders and for David Bromberg, and toured as far as Australia and New Zealand. http://meredithaxelrod.com

Suzy Thompson is a powerful blues singer in the styles of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith and is unique in her ability to fiddle and vocalize at the same time. In 2003, after thirty years as a working musician, Suzy Thompson released her first solo CD, “No Mockingbird” which features blues songs (including the title track, which has been described as “Memphis Minnie on acid”) and old-time fiddle rags. http://www.ericandsuzy.com/suzy-bio.html


Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
They have played Merlefest, DelFest, and the 2015 season of the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains” and between them have own 8 IBMA awards.
Wednesday, January 20th, 7.30pm $15/$15
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

While it might not be true that Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are, as one colleague recently said, "the most intelligent band in bluegrass,” it is true that few other groups range so widely across the bluegrass community. With three on-air bluegrass radio personalities in the band, they're almost certainly, as Lester Flatt might have said, the broadcastingest band in bluegrass, and with two journalists, a columnist and a media professor, they're probably the writingest, too. Founded by guitarist Chris Jones in 1995, The Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance. Indeed, the group boasts three broadcasters who appear regularly on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction — Chris Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger — and Jones and Weisberger have won acclaim for both musical and industry achievements, with the former earning an IBMA Song of the Year trophy ( “Fork In The Road” ) and IBMA Broadcaster and Print Media Person of the Year awards. Weisberger collected the latter honor over a decade ago and and was the first recipient of the organization ' s Songwriter of the Year award in 2012.http://chrisjonesgrass.com/chris-jones-the-night-drivers/


Dirty Cello plus The Nora Cruz Band
From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass to soaring sultry vocals, you will get it all tonight
Sunday, January 24, 7.00pm $10/$10
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Dirty Cello: Cello like you've never heard before. From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Rebecca Roudman's cello and presentation makes for mind blowing entertainment. http://www.dirtycello.com

"Dirty Cello's music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

Nora Cruz Band: Nora Cruz is a superb and electrifying vocalist. With a commanding stage presence and high-energy show, she's a favorite of Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. Whether soaring or sultry, Nora pours her heart into every song. She can rock the house, or touch your soul – all with a confident, elegant ease. Nora arrived in Santa Cruz in the summer of '85, and by the next year had formed the Nora Cruz Band. http://www.noracruz.com



Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Nina Gerber, Jeri Jones, and Pam Delgado
The Songs of Audrey Auld

Sunday, January 31st, 7:00pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts and Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com

Australian singer-songwriter, Audrey Auld, was one of a kind: equal parts feisty, hilarious and true. It was through her songs that she was able to venture into the dark places of life and shine a humorous light upon them all while reminding us that we are all just "spiritual beings having a human experience". Audrey, who lived in Marin county, Nashville, and then back in California again, passed away on Aug 9th, after a battle with brain tumors, leaving a legacy of music that should continue to be heard. Nina Gerber, Jeri Jones and Pam Delgado have stepped forward to be among the first to keep bringing her songs to you. All three have at one time or another been honored to share her stage, most notably the incomparable guitarist, Nina Gerber, who performed with her on and off since 2005. Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones (2/5 of the band Blame Sally), in addition to several public appearances, also joined her towards the end at  San Quentin prison to perform songs from her album Hey Warden,  a collaboration with her beloved writing students on "the inside".  Please join Nina, Pam, and Jeri at the Ugly Mug Cafe on January 31st, 7:00pm, for a special night celebrating Audrey and her music



Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Les Paul named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Together Frank & Vinny are explosive and big fun to see and hear
Thursday, Febrary 4, 7.30pm $20/$20
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal.Yes, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills, but what you should also know is that their music is fun! Look at the collection of songs on their album, Melody Magic. They play the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a non-stop romp, and they cover the classic from Rocky III, Eye of the Tiger, along with works by Bach, Bizet, Grieg, and Sting. The website all about jazz calls the album a “finely crafted collection of some of the greatest classic(al) music melodies in existence, arranged by one of the most talented, earnest-and-enlightened guitarists in the business today.” Artist sites and sounds: http://frankvignola.com and www.vinnyraniolo.com



Laurence Juber
Two Time Grammy Winning Acoustic Guitar Great of Paul McCartney & Wings
Thursday, February 11th, 7.30pm $17/$20
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Often considered most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1980, Laurence Juber has since had a distinguished career as a solo fingerstyle guitarist. Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar. Pete Townsend put it best in just two words: “A master!www.laurencejuber.com




Cosponsored with Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Snazzy Productions

Sherry Austin & Henhouse with Carolyn Sills Combo
Sunday, February 14th, General Admission $25, Gold Circle $40
Not Sold Online Day of Show – Call Patty At 831.479.9421 For Availability

AT THE KUUMBWA

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, call 831 479-9421 or buy tickets here

With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Sherry Austin & Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. Their music covers the range from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin’ songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion,their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock, is filled with warmth and conviction. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite. Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her sing. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ears.

A musical neophyte compared to the rest of the group, Sherry’s been making up for lost time. Putting out three albums in the past ten years, her music has received regular airplay from KPIG and many other stations worldwide. The Sherry Austin Band has played everything from big festivals to intimate house concerts. http://hensinthehouse.com/

A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band’s original songs, written and produced by Carolyn Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan. http://www.carolynsills.com/

With The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut disc, fans of ‘proper country’ have some new heroes,” says Country Music People Magazine

Carolyn Sills makes the West come alive with her stirring renditions of western swing, country blues, spaghetti westerns and more. Listening to her music is like stepping into an old saloon or smoke-filled jazz club. The bassist and singer performs old-timey originals with titles like “Bad for You” and “Loaded Gun,” poetic throwbacks to music that’s too rarely heard these days.” – Monterey County Weekly

Bassist Carolyn Sills and her guitarist husband, Gerard Egan – Santa Cruz’s Les Paul and Mary Ford – crank out good stories, catchy love songs and creative chord progressions that will take listeners back to rockabilly vibes of the post-World-War-II era.” – Good Times Magazine



Radim Zenkl
David Grisman says “Radim has reinvented the mandolin in several different ways.” Jerry Garcia says “Imaginative and great.”
Thursday, February 18, 7.30pm $15/$15
Under 21 with Parent
FC Cosponsored Show presented with Snazzy Productions
AT DON QUIXOTES MUSIC HALL
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, Reservations online or call 831-603-2294

Radim Zenkl - mandolin player extraordinaire and composer. Radim's style features progressive original and eastern European traditional music flavored with string jazz, new age, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, classical and other. The US Mandolin Champion is redefining the mandolin and its role in music by designing new mandolin-family instruments and creating new playing styles. He has invented a masterful technique, the "Zenkl style," in which a single mandolin sounds like two. Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin. In the recent years he added a variety of ethnic flutes to his concerts and recordings. http://www.zenkl.com

Bela Fleck says about Radim: “Excellent technique and lots of great ideas!” Artist sites and sounds: www.zenkl.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Bob Cheevers
Austin Singer-Songwriter of Renown!

Sunday, Februray 21st, 7:00pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts and Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com

Bob Cheever’s songwriting career goes back a long way. Further than July 1998, when he played for Fiddling Cricket in San Jose. Then he was based in Nashville, had won the Kerrville Folk songwriting competition, and was touring in support of CD, From Gettysburg to Graceland, a thematic collection of songs about the history of the south.

20 years later he moved to Austin, feeling that being in the company of the artists there would increase his creative freedom. Apparently this was true, as his first CD from there, Tall Texas Tales won him the 2011 Texas Music Academy songwriter of the year award. His newest album, his 10th, just released, is On Earth as it is in Austin. He has toured Europe for many years, becoming somewhat of a cult favorite there. The inspiration for all his rootsy blues flavored material is a mixture of the rich southern heritage that comes from growing up in Memphis, plus his current time in Austin. http://www.bobcheevers.com/

Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet…when he releases a record I listen” -Ray Wiley Hubbard




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2016

Cruz Control
Your Santa Cruz Good-time Band

Saturday, February 27th, 7:30pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Tickets $15 donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts and Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com

Cruz Control started out as a Santa Cruz ukulele group, but quickly expanded into a multi-genre force. Consisting of Stan Parola, Gary Cunningham, and Vince Tuzzi – this trio, with about 150 combined years of performing experience (nearly all of it as area residents), has everything needed to keep you entertained. Performing almost entirely covers, they stamp their own creative mark on tunes from a wide variety of genres and performers…. from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Hank Williams, and Guy Clark to The Beatles, J.J. Cale, and Roy Orbison, and on….

Multi-instrumentalist Stan Parola (guitars, uke, banjulele and harmonica), played in garage bands early in life. He currently plays in two other Santa Cruz bands (Island Breeze and Danceland) and particularly likes to perform Neil Young songs. Gary Cunningham started when The Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show and has held down the bass line for many bluegrass and country bands. Currently, in addition to Cruz Control, he is a member of Still Searchin’ and the Swirly Girls. Vince Tuzzi, singer and guitarist, started his professional career as lead singer in the Lee Riders playing up and down the length of the San Joaquin valley in the mid 60’s, before moving to Santa Cruz in the 70’s where he switched to solo performing with an acoustic guitar. He is also well-known as the Singing Santa (no make-up actually required!) making guest appearances in many music shows at holiday time, and, to round it all out, is a purveyor of excellent hot dogs as owner of the Paradise Dogs stand on the Santa Cruz Wharf (where the band played for that structure’s 100th Anniversary). www.vincetuzzi.com



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