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Tony Furtado Trio
Featuring Luke Price and John Reischman
Tony is an Evocative and Soulful Singer, a Wide-Ranging Songwriter and a Virtuoso Multi-instrumentalist

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30pm $17/$20
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Tony Furtado: 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.” Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival . http://tonyfurtado.com

Luke Price: a talented young multi-instrumentalist known for his great balance of taste, rhythm, and technical ability. Luke began competing in fiddle contests and quickly made a name for himself winning the National Title at ages 12 and 17. In 2014, he became the National Old-Time Fiddling Grand Champion.

John Reischman: is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He's a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He's also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds all over Canada and the United States.



Rayburn Brothers Band plus Gary Blackburn Band
A One Night Festival of Rockin' Americana, Folk and Blues
Friday, May 11th, 8:00pm $8/$10
21 and over
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Rayburn Brothers Band: Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn bring a broad range of influences to their music. Hailing from the Monterey Bay, they play songs that are a mix of folk, rock and Americana. Their voices harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation. The Rayburn Brothers Band has created a brand of California roots rock that has depth and energy. Their songs convey the essence of love, longing and pain that only seasoned songwriters can express in such heartfelt terms. The Rayburn Brothers sing from the soul, touching in their audiences a chord of the human experience. http://www.rayburnbrothers.com

Gary Blackburn Band: Local celebrated singer-songwriter, Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking culled from his own unique sound in the country, blues, and rock genres. His influences are from the great performers of the classic country, folk blues, and rock communities, Gary's original tunes reflect his own personal style, blending old school with contemporary. Gary will weave a memorable musical performance for his audience, connecting with songs that tell of love, forgiveness and the paths that we choose. Gary's band includes local talents Kevin Taylor on keyboards, Dan Waller on bass, and Tom Duncan on drums. www.garyblackburn.net



The Crooked Jades
Reinventing pre-radio American and old-world music for a modern age, with their fiery, soulful performances
Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show, Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future. www.crookedjades.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Todalo Shakers

Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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 for reservations or more information.

The Todalo Shakers play vintage jug band party blues and old time rags and stomps. The band features lots of harmony vocal arrangements, making for a rich palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie, the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for the music being very clear.

Suzy Thompson (Berkeley) has long been known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals. Eric Thompson (playing mostly mandolin here) began exploring the country blues way back in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia). Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold (Mendocino) is a perennial favorite instructor at many West Coast music camps. Bruce "WB" Reid (Seattle) 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. Upright bassist Matt Weiner (Seattle) boasts a distinguished resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers and Hot Club of Cowtown. His slap bass solos are always a highlight of a Todalo Shakers performance!

What exactly is a "Todalo"? Pronounced "TOE-dah-low", it's closely related to "diddy-wah-diddy", and crops up occasionally in obscure old blues songs: "I'm satisfied, satisfied, my todalo shaker by my side" is a line from the Memphis Jug Band classic "You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back" and references to "todalo" turn up in songs by both Mississippi John Hurt, and Bessie Smith. www.ericandsuzy.com/todalo-shakers




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

The Michael Shay Trio
Michael Shay, Chris Kee, and David Phillips
Roots Flavored with Other Traditions

Friday, May 25th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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 for reservations or more information.

Blending the nuance of a classically-trained musician, the twang of a born-and-bred Texan, and a genre-bouncing career spent collaborating with musicians from around the world, Michael Shay's vision as a singer-songwriter exists comfortably outside any "Americana" box while still evoking his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Dead. Shay's songs are as likely to invoke the bars and backroads of cow towns as the graveyards and parlors of old Europe, dancing with the ghosts of Hank Williams, or William Blake…. sometimes while you dance too. Joined by Chris Kee (of The Waybacks, Houston Jones, Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Airforce) on upright bass, and David Phillips (Tom Waits, Charlie Hunter, and John Wesley Harding) on pedal steel, the Michael Shay Trio always features harmony singing as a centerpiece of the live shows, and is as comfortable in taprooms and bars as in listening rooms and concert halls ("you can drink to the music, and you can think to this music").

The new Michael Shay vocal album, "Like a River; The Songs of Jim Harris" was released in the USA last November. He has 8 earlier albums spanning rock, folk, swing, Balkan, country, Latin and tango, and classical, which are representative of where he has lived and with whom he has collaborated over the years. www.michaelshay.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Steve Palazzo, with Charlie Rice and Rachel Goodman
Pickin' and singing duets vintage 30's to 50's
Saturday, June 2nd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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 for reservations or more information.

Santa Cruzian, Steve Palazzo, is this year's Santa Cruz County Arts Council Gail Rich Awards winner in the music category. These annual Awards recognize those who inspire our culturally rich community. Steve has been involved with music his entire life and his rich amalgam of traditional bluegrass, blues and old-time country music, along with an enormous repertoire, speak to a lifetime immersed in playing, building (as the 3rd employee of Santa Cruz Guitars) and teaching acoustic guitar. His mastery of American Roots guitar styles and heartfelt vocals always make for a compelling performance. He was a regular member of the local bluegrass group, Homefire, for many years; hosts many excellent house concerts; and, when he has time away from his prodigious teaching schedule, accompanies and sings with favorite local partners, like Charlie Rice and Rachel Goodman.

The show will feature Steve singing old-time country duets with Charlie and Rachel, performing a separate set with each of them. Both sets will be drawing heavily from the pre-Bluegrass 1930's era of classic "brother duets" by the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys & Monroe Brothers, right up through the Louvin and Everly Brothers. Former bandmate with Homefire, mandolinist Mike Osgood, has also threatened to join in the festivities.



Ménage
Americana with swing and verve with special guest Patti Maxine
Wednesday, June 6th, 7:30pm $12/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Ménage is four friends who play a variety of acoustic music, including Folk, Country, Americana, String Jazz and Originals with sterling harmonies and compelling instrumentals. Ménage is Jay Bowyer, Wendy Treat, Ron Clegg and Cheryl D'Alessandro. For this show we will have Peter Young on upright Bass, world class steel guitarist Patti Maxine and some special friends helping us make for a special night. www.facebook.com/MenageauVale/



Laurence Juber
Grammy Award Winning Spellbinding Acoustic Guitarist & Entertainer of Paul McCartney & Wings
Sunday, June 10th, 2:00pm $25/$25
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements” – Downbeat
A Master!“- Pete Townshend, The Who
The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding.” – Guitar Player Magazine

GRAMMY winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. A music graduate of London's Goldsmith's College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970's. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 25 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. The latest, LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles! is the third in his series of arrangements by the Fab Four. It was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.www.laurencejuber.com



Jeremey Kittle Trio
Turtle Island's Jeremey Kittle – Celtic to Bluegrass to Bach & More
Wednesday, June 20th, 7:30pm $18/$20;
Celtic society members receive $2 discount on the above prices by way of rebate at the door

<21 w/parent
Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay; FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Jeremy Kittle Trio: Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group. This Jeremy Kittle Trio show features mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine) and guitarist Quinn Bachand (who's toured with fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster). Jeremy Kittle Trio's highly anticipated new album is set to release in April. http://www.jeremykittel.com

Kittel's group, with the mandolinist Joshua Pinkham and guitarist Quinn Bachand, takes the string band tradition to marvelously rarefied levels of collective virtuosity. Playing a repertoire from bluegrass to Bach to a strathspey and reel set--[they] sounded thrillingly spontaneous." - Times UK




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

'Em Two Gurlz!
Santa Cruz favorites Tracy Parker and Patti Maxine
Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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 for reservations or more information.

Tracy and Patti are two of the Santa Cruz area's most popular and prolific musicians, playing separately and together in numerous collaborations as well as in their regular gig for the past few years, the now defunct Sherry Austin and Henhouse band. Both are multi instrumentalists, though Patti is usually seen with her lap steel guitars and Tracy with her standup or electric bass, and both are wonderful and versatile solo and harmony vocalists. Both are in constant demand as performers and session players. Last year Tracy fronted her own major show at Kuumbwa, as did Patti a couple of years before that. Both were sold out and were notable, not just for their individual performances, but also for the quality of musicianship they attracted to play with them.

You never know what you'll hear when Tracy and Patti sit down together. Join us for a night of pure fun as they float between jazz, Americana, Country, Folk, Hawaiian, blues and anything else that takes their fancy. www.pattimaxine.com



Amy Rigby plus Alex Lucero
“Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing—" The New York Times
Sunday, June 24th, 2:00pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show, Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Amy Rigby:The Old Guys, Amy Rigby's first solo album in a dozen years, measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York. The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up. Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. She's released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric's own Southern Domestic Recordings. She has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe, appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, World Cafe, Whad'Ya Know, All Things Considered, BBC Radio 6 Music's Marc Riley Show and Mountain Stage. http://www.amyrigby.com

Alex Lucero: Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's, lead singer/frontman, Alex Lucero showcases his timber and rasp as well as high falsetto in his live and studio performances. Alex is frontman for Live Again. As a solo artists he plays some of the same songs but more singer-songwriter tunes. “My favorite genre is soul music—Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke. That's my wheelhouse. That's my favorite music of all time,” Lucero says. “I try to play that every single show we play, regardless of the lineup.” Lucero has two new albums—one solo, one with Live Again. www.facebook.com/Alexluceromusic/




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Dirk Hamilton, with special guest, Marky Starks

Friday, July 13th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door 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 for reservations or more information.

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Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Villanelle
CD release for "Light Path", "a harmonious vocal and instrumental blend of contemporary and traditional folk, a cappella, and inspirational music"
Sunday, July 22nd, 7:00pm Tickets $12adv / $15door donation (under 12 half price)
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.

Villanelle began when Lynnette Mello and Karen Rodriguez met in the fall of 2011. Having a natural vocal blend, and a similar passion for music as therapy, they started out singing a cappella for bed-bound patients in hospice care. Since then they have expanded their music and have broadened their audience, completing their first album of original music in 2015, Paint Me a Song.

A villanelle is a type of poetry, and each of their original songs is a creatively crafted poem set to music in the style of country/folk and Americana with an Appalachian influence. They accompany themselves with a variety of acoustic instruments that include dulcimer, concertina, recorder, flute, ukulele, autoharp, guitar and piano, and have recently added a bass player, Oscar Rodriguez, Karen's husband. Their family friendly music appeals to all ages. Some of their songs will tug on your heart, and others will make you smile as they were written for just plain fun. Recently they completed their second album, Light Path. With their goal of bringing joy, comfort, positivity and meaning to others through their music, they hope to inspire and touch the hearts of listeners. "When you're lost and confused and feeling all alone, I will send the light path to lead you home.", from their title song, Light Path.

On Sunday, July 22nd, 7pm, at The Ugly Mug, Villanelle will be sharing songs from both of their albums, and celebrating the release of Light Path. www.villanellemusic.com



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