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Led Kaapana with Fran Guidry
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vocal & Ukulele Master, and Grammy Award Winner
Led and Fran are celebrating a new album: Kaliponi to Kalapana

Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:30pm $17/$20
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Led Kaapana's mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations. Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana, there were few distractions. "We didn't have electricity, no television, not even much radio," says Led. "So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music." Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. "People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep," Led recalls. "You'd fall asleep to the music, wake up and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!" https://ledkaapana.com

Fran Guidry's CD called Kaleponi, is all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, with a few choice originals. Fran will accompany Led for an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian music and more. http://www.kaleponi.com



Anthony Arya Plus Preacher Boy
An afternoon of Roots, Blues, and Americana story songs
Sunday, September 8th, 2:00pm $10/$10
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

You're invited to experience an afternoon of world-class Americana and Blues storytelling as the young singer-songwriter phenom Anthony Arya-riding ever higher in the wake of his star turn on THE VOICE-welcomes veteran songwriter and alt-bluesman Preacher Boy for a matinee performance sure to be loaded with slide-guitar driven, blues-powered songs and stories.

Santa Cruz teenager Anthony Arya is often described as an old soul - his original tunes appeal to all ages. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from the swinging jazz of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice - a unique tone with a natural rasp - makes for captivating performances. Shortly after Arya appeared on national TV on Season 15 of NBC's The Voice, he released his debut album, Going To California. His songs are frequently played on KPIG radio. Now, Arya has a fast growing fan base who love everything about his live performances and are streaming his music. Fans say you're likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance. http://www.anthonyarya.com

Preacher Boy is a pioneering Modern Blues and Americana artist who arrived on the scene with a career-making performance at The San Francisco Blues Festival in 1995-the San Francisco Examiner wrote that, "Those who arrived late may have missed what could well have been the top act on the entire bill next to John Lee Hooker himself." More than two decades later, Preacher Boy continues to deliver his raw, powerful brand of the blues. Of his most recent release, 2018's The Rumble Strip (Coast Road Records), Rev. Keith A. Gordon wrote that, "Simply put, Preacher Boy's performances on The Rumble Strip leave nothing but scorched earth in their wake." http://ww.preacherboy.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Sherry Austin, with Patti Maxine
Americana Covers and Originals
Friday, September 13th 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

Local Soquel area resident, Sherry Austin, has played many times in the Ugly Mug series. Her material is pure Americana - a mixture of classic folk, country-folk, and folk-rock, and she sings only where it's comfortable - no screaming or stretching. Her compositions, and the covers she chooses, show off her warm contralto voice, fully engaging the audience with her lyrical skills and clarity of delivery. Sherry is, of course, a huge Kate Wolf fan, performing much of Kate's material and being regularly invited to perform at the Kate Wolf Festival. Her CD, Love Still Remains, is a collection of Kate Wolf songs. In this show she will be accompanied by Patti Maxine, Queen of Steel, playing steel and acoustic guitars and singing a few herself. http://www.sherry-austin.com

"In her unassuming way, she is a much bigger talent than she gives herself credit for" - Brad Kava, SJ Mercury News



Tony Furtado Band
He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”– David Lindley
Tuesday, September 17th, 7:30pm $17/$20
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”– David Lindley, musical adventurer . Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he's also an accomplished sculptor, but that's another story). All of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony “True talent doesn't need categories.http://www.tonyfurtado.com



Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber
Laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate
Thursday, September 19th, 7:30pm $30/$33
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014's Songwriter of the Year. Eliza's music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is "poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy." In 2014, she received a Grammy nomination for her Red House Records release, The Nocturne Diaries. Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, it is a restless contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate. http://elizagilkyson.com

Nina Gerber: "Nina's guitar style is wide and brave. As she glides thru this record project, she uses each of her guitars as if it's the one she was born to play. Acoustic or electric, she sounds beautiful, smokey, precise, full of the licks you love to hear, even though it sounds like you're hearing them fresh, for the first time, and some of them--you are. She's a player, folks--we're lucky to have her near---" Herb Pedersen http://www.ninagerber.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

ZEEK!
Original songs and select covers from Rick Zeek with his fine friends (Rhan Wilson, Patti Maxine, Michael Westendorp, and Olaf Schiappacasse)
Saturday, September 28th 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

Rick Zeek has been a fixture in the Santa Cruz area acoustic music scene for many years, most often appearing with his partner, Rhan Wilson, in one of the several groups they formed over the years. The current one is Jazz the Dog, now playing several brewery and wine bar gigs around town.

Rick has been singing most of his life, since his early days at church and grade school back in Pennsylvania. He has performed locally in The Sista Monica Gospel Choir, helped produce and performed in the Altared Christmas and other Altared shows, along with numerous acoustic configurations of friends and bands. These days you can see him playing his acoustic guitar and singing his own renditions of well-loved Americana and country covers (particularly excellent versions of Neil Young songs), plus his own heartfelt originals, usually with Rhan and Patti Maxine accompanying. In this show he will be upfront and central, playing mostly his original tunes, along with some select covers, backed by his friends. www.rickzeek.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Goodnight Moonshine
Molly Venter of Red Molly, with Eben Pariser.
A special early Sunday show!

Sunday, October 6th 6:00pm Tickets $20 adv / $23 door
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 for reservations or more information.

Fabulous vocalist, Molly Venter, one third of Red Molly, will be back in town for a special show, gracing our stage with husband and guitarist Eben Pariser, in their duo project, Goodnight Moonshine.

"few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter" says American Songwriting Magazine. Molly's trademark, the emotional potency of her voice, can change from a sweet moan to gritty shout and back, and is surrounded and supported by a landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben, on vocals and electric guitar. Venter's voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on television, Apple Computers, and in Warner Brothers films. Willow Tree was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today.

Co-writing often, the couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy relationship and sing of grief and joy in equal measure; Molly gives smooth delivery to Eben's assertions while Eben gives form and focus to Molly's raw passion. Courageous unveiling, and depth, of experience make the collaboration between this married couple, and now parents, addictively captivating. In addition, in live shows they include a number of eclectic covers. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime.

Molly and Eben visited us in January this year. It is an honor they want to return so soon. www.goodnightmoonshine




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

The Todalo Shakers
Vintage Party Music
Thursday, October 10th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

What do veteran performers of blues, jug band, jazz, and old time music do for fun? Why, form a band and wail on their favorite 1920s party music! The Todalo Shakers, from Seattle, Mendocino, and Berkeley, have been playing together sporadically for over 20 years, and are celebrating their 2019 release, Rock Away My Blues.

They specialize in vintage jug band party blues, rags and stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. Complex and soulful vocal arrangements create rich and funky harmonies, and a great feeling of camaraderie; the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for their material and for each other is unmistakable. Mix in hot ragtime tunes on fiddle and mandolin, and the party really gets going!

Band members are Suzy Thompson (from Berkeley), long known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals (she is the fiddler of choice for Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, and Del Rey, and has also worked with Maria Muldaur, Dave Alvin and Peter Rowan); Eric Thompson (playing mostly mandolin here), who began exploring the country blues in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia) and more recently in his work with such artists as David Nelson, and David Grisman; Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold (Mendocino), who has toured and recorded the Delta Sisters and the Balkan Kafe Orchestra; and Bruce "WB" Reid (Seattle), who sings and plays a rare vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as "the enforcer"). WB spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon, of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. WB has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest old-time string band), and with the Carolina Jug Stompers.

The Todalo Shakers partied with us last year and we are delighted to have them return for this CD Release show. www.ericandsuzy.com/todalo-shakers



Christie McCarthy & The Wielders
with special guests Patti Maxine & Tracy Parker
A very special evening of originals, covers, heart, and humor

Thursday, October 17th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
PRESENTED WITH SNAZZY PRODUCTIONS - FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Join us for a very special evening of originals, covers, heart and humor with acclaimed singer-songwriter Christie McCarthy & her band, The Wielders, featuring Glenn MacPherson on guitar, Stephen Bigger on keyboards, Kinsha Em on percussion, Tracy Parker on upright bass, and the legendary Ms. Patti Maxine on lap steel. Christie's blues-rock anthem “Forgiveness” is in rotation on KPIG. She's also receiving airtime on over 25 radio stations nationwide with three more songs off her 2018 release Big Picture, which was engineered by Keith Greeninger and produced by Jimmy Norris. Good Times' Aaron Carnes writes that Big Picture's “subtly complex hooks and lush harmonies” reveal a “wealth of influences from the realms of folk, Americana and rock ‘n' roll.www.christiemccarthy.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Ernest Troost
Singer-song writer and guitarist from LA
Patti Maxine and Josh Lowe open

Friday, October 18th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

Ernest Troost is an Emmy winning film and TV composer, as well as a singer-songwriter/guitarist who is a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award. His songwriting style combines folk and Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with evocative stories and colorful character portrayals-as though the Carter family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together.

"Ernest has phenomenal guitar chops. His voice is uniquely his own, and free of affectation. His lyrics, though deep, are in a straightforward, everyday vernacular. Humble on stage and off, Ernest is the whole package."-Steve Dulson, Past-President, FAR-West

"Troost's style and subject matter recall Dylan, Dave Alvin, and Richard Thompson--enviable company indeed."-Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

Locals, Patti Maxine (known as the Queen of Steel), and singer songwriter, Josh Lowe (of Josh Lowe and the Juncos) will open with a short set previewing their upcoming CD release. http://www.ernesttroost.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Michael Gaither and Friends

Friday, November 1st 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

More Information to Come




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Sharon Allen and the Dusty Boots

Saturday, November 9th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

More Information to Come




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Josh Lowe and Patti Maxine

Saturday, December 7th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

More Information to Come




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2019

Sylvia Herold and Chuck Ervin

Friday, December 13th 7:30pm Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
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 for reservations or more information.

More Information to Come



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Last Updated: 09/26/19