See the full list of musicians playing at the Faire.
Polyrhythmics continues to evolve and mature into a muscular live unit apt to painting vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that is redefining the term “funk” for 21st century audiences. The “Occupy the Dance Floor” movement is alive and well as evidenced by the growing audiences of the 8-piece orchestra and the intensity the band is providing for them from the stage and in the studio.
Harpin jonny & friends with larry hosford & bob O'neiLl
Jonny Troutner (a.k.a. Harpin’ Jonny) has been playing harmonica in Santa Cruz since 1992. He proves that the harmonica is for more than just playing the blues, harping on songs that range from jazz to country.
Over the past three years, the band has cemented its status as a leading light in the improvisational rock scene of the Bay Area and beyond, consistently providing energetic musical sets, whether opening for nationally touring acts or hosting their own full-blown jam sessions that can last all night.
scary little friends
The rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums and Jon Payne on bass, Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks or tricks, just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.
Heathen Hill plays a mix of original and cover-songs in the Americana style of music, with a progressive bluegrass edge.
pawn shop soul
Founded in 2013 by veteran soul, funk, and jazz musicians, Pawn Shop Soul features a full horn line not often heard in this millennium. Satisfying body and soul, Pawn Shop Soul provides high-energy dance music in the tradition of Stax, Volt, Chess and many others.
MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment—a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country, year-round, stealing the festival wherever they appear, taking audiences from all walks of life on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization!
The B-Side Players are a 9-piece band part of a new movement in popular music. They explore the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland, dropping bits of Cumbia, Salsa, gritty street Samba, Son Montuno, Jarocho and Boogaloo into the mix.
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
The Sam Chase & the Untraditional hail from San Francisco, CA. Their 7 piece live shows blend rock 'n roll and folk, while maintaining the musical sensibilities that come from growing up with a healthy dose of punk rock.
joy & madness
With a raucous mix of raw stonesy energy, pulsing groove, and juicy horn lines coloring tightly crafted songs, Joy & Madness brings a modern classic pop sensibility to a new age of joyous funk and soul.
the painted horses
The Painted Horses are a rising folk band from the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. Their strong songwriting and harmonies seem to connect them mostly with a folk genre that is unique and seemingly all their own.
Orgone is an 8-piece soul machine driven by Dan Hastie and Sergio Rios, once two kids from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles united by a hunger for raw soul recordings. While the musicians began by covering Booker T. & the MGs, The Meters, and other giants of soul, they eventually carved out a sound all their own.
hot buttered rum
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.
Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk - it’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun.
banana slug string band
The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California.
Soulwise is a reggae/rock band from Santa Cruz, California with catchy melodies and meaningful, heartfelt lyrics. Soulwise plays all original music, with hopes of spreading positivity and good times far and wide!
dead winter carpenters
In a time when music has been transformed and genre lines are left behind like the seasons, Dead Winter Carpenters are producing an ever-evolving style of music. The time spent, both in the studio and criss-crossing the American countryside, has provided Dead Winter Carpenters with a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country that has an edge that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical.
Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. This grammy-nominated roots band has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers.
Sharon Allen with her Dusty Boots & Blues
Sharon Allen and the Dusty Blues play toetappin' music. Over the last 37 years, vocalist Sharon Allen has performed within a myriad of music genres, including blues, folk, and alternative country.
Scott Cooper & The Barrelmakers
Scotty & the Barrelmakers is a Santa Cruz-based Americana jam band led by Bay Area veteran musician Scott Cooper. The band showcases Cooper's songwriting with jams that build in dynamics culminating in climactic jams.
Zebra 3 covers the 90’s alternative scene while mixing in originals, country and classic rock. No limits – just songs you know and love by artists like The Cure, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Alan Jackson, Stone Temple Pilots, Blink 182 and a load of other greats!
Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of 4 songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives whose wide spectrum of genres is hard to classify, but something along the lines of funky, bluesy, soulful, psychedelic pop with roots in folk and rock n’ roll.