MarchFourth!

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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! Word on the street: You have to see it to believe it! Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band, with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, M4 whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy original compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth delivers an indelible experience that leaves audiences flabbergasted and breathless.  Get ready for an unforgettable night of joy and laughs and musical mayhem!

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Dead Winter Carpenters

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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. 


While the roadsigns and towns pass by the windows on the highway of tour, DWCs are writing original material based on this musical journey which speaks magnitudes to these experiences. As the band continues to evolve its definitive sound, one can’t help but feel the change of the alchemy brewing within Dead Winter Carpenters. 

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Foot-stomping original tunes blended with the band’s onstage presence highlighted by the vocal melodies and five part harmonies, ferocious fluidity of the fiddle, deep pounding thump and thud of the upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and the driving drums all meld together to create an experience that is sure leave you wanting more …

B-Side Players

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The B-Side Players are a 9-piece band that is part of a new movement in popular music. They are a band that honors the international cross-pollination that has always made music the universal language. They use any beat that catches their ear, regardless of geography or genre, to create a compelling, horn driven polyrhythmic groove.


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 B*Side Players have been laying down their own inimitable latin global funk since they came together in 1994. Their incendiary live shows have defined them as local favorites with 10 San Diego Music awards. Meanwhile their albums showcase a band with restless musical intelligence, effortlessly blending genres to fashion their own forward looking, latin flavored soul music.

As an eight piece band the players are known for igniting crowds with their fierce rhythms and uplifting message of unity and consciousness. Meanwhile always keeping their focus on the political climate of the world and nation. The B-Side Players are a living and breathing cultural art experience for the mind
body and soul.

Yarn

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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. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers. 

This grammy-nominated roots band is inspired by today’s music devotees' hunger for artists to believe in and follow, and they are giving it to the fans everyday in everyway possible. Yarn’s devotion to their fans is realized in online and social sharing of their music, whether it’s daily video posts, premiering fresh songs on local radio, or performing live in small town venues across the country. They are bringing songs to American music lovers, and the music lovers are responding.  

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They were recently featured on CNN’s Out Front, CMT’s series “Concrete Country” and CMT Pure, Zuus Country’s Americana takeover, Roughstock.com and were featured as Rolling Stone’s “Download of the Day”.


Yarn is led by singer/songwriter, Blake Christiana, who carries the torch for the fan-following that will transport Yarn into the promised land. “Our fans are like family. We are so grateful to people that love music and will help support us in creating it. It’s just remarkable,” Christiana says. “That’s half of my love of the road; we’ve got what feels like family in tons of cities across America.”

Sam Chase & The Untraditional

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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 on a healthy dose of punk rock. Sam's lyrics range from hard rockin' drinking songs to sensitive ballads that tackle the inner workings of the human condition.

Since the band's inception in late 2011, they have released 2 albums, won awards for best band and songwriter in newspaper readers' polls, and toured the U.S. As of the early hours of 2016, Sam and the band have gone back into the studio and laid down 13 brand new tracks for their 3rd release. Many sages and religious fanatics believe that it will bring about the end of days. Stay safe. These are troubled and unpredictable times.

Sharon Allen with her Dusty Boots & Blues

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Sharon Allen and the Dusty Blues play toe-­tappin' music. Over the last 37 years, vocalist Sharon Allen has performed within a myriad of music genres, including blues, folk, and alternative country. In addition to fronting the BackAlley Band and The Firebirds from 1979-­2002, Sharon contributed her singing talents to stage performances with B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, and Johnny Winter. More recently, Sharon is a member of Sherry Austin with Henhouse, and she formed The Dusty Boots to perform folk and alternative country music in Santa Cruz County. The newest band incarnation, the Dusty Blues, reunites Sharon with fellow musicians from her blues roots decades ago.

Joy & Madness

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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. Joy & Madness reaches audiences in a way that few live performers can. Front man and vocalist, Hans Eberbach, brings so much freewheeling energy to the stage, he has literally broken right through the floorboards. His raw, open connection with the audience breaks down barriers and pulls everyone together into the excitement of the experience.

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The band’s new EP, Little Bright World was released in November of 2015 at a Sacramento’s Crest Theater.  Ozomatli shared the bill for a rousing and memorable performance. Since then Little Bright World has begun spinning on terrestrial and internet radio stations around the world. The band’s two EPs have won both Indpendent Music Awards and Akademia Music Awards and begun to garner glowing reviews. Joy and Madness will be performing at festivals and clubs along the west coast throughout 2016.

Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers

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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. Cooper is familiar to many through his work with the China Cats, Gary Gates Band and others. Cooper's first CD reached #5 on Relix magazine's jam band radio charts and the new CD "Batik in Blue" gets regular airplay on KPIG. Fans of Tedeschi Trucks, Little Feat, the Radiators, Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder, etc will appreciate the band's songs, grooves and jams. The band includes former Dark Star Orchestra drummer Mark Corsolini, lap steel genius Scott Walker, versatile veteran bassist Terry Shields, and pianist Lachlan Kane who also contributes original material and stellar harmony vocals. "The band differs from most jam bands by the quality of the songwriting steeped in blues, country, vintage rock and New Orleans R&B." -- Davis Enterprise

The Painted Horses

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The Painted Horses are a rising folk band from the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. Denys Kozakis and Natosha Wengreen discovered their mutual love for songwriting and singing harmonies and started the project along with their good friend and musical partner Jon Payne on bass in 2014. The band regularly performs as a trio, but have also been known to perform with a full band depending on the show and for recordings. The Painted Horses strong songwriting and harmonies seem to connect them mostly with a folk genre that is unique and seemingly all their own. 

2015 was a big year for The Painted Horses, as they continued to grow their fanbase throughout various California cities. Highlights of 2015 include the bands NPR Tiny Desk concert submission being featured as an editors favorite, doing multiple video session for Jam in the Van and Humboldt Live Sessions, and a debut album/song feature on CMT's the Edge. In addition to playing multiple music festivals in California including American River Music Festival, Redgate Ranch Music Festival, and Dio Fest, the band had the pleasure of playing renowned music venues such as Slims (SF), The Chapel (SF), Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma), Sweetwater MusicHall (Mill Valley), Leos (Oakland), Kuumbwa Jazz Center (SC), Moes Alley (SC), and several shows in the Fillmore Poster Room (SF). They played with bands such as Poor Mans Whiskey, Jamestown Revival, The BrothersComatose, Pert Near Sandstone, Kate Davis, Honey Honey, The Wild Reeds, Hey Rosetta, and many more. The band continues to be a favorite in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, and are regularly drawing new faces to their shows.

Rainbow Girls

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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. With soaring harmonies and a slew of instruments they share and swap throughout their set, the ladies of Rainbow Girls pump out original after original of your favorite new songs, whether it be acoustic or electric.

The ladies came together at an underground open mic in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe.  Since then they have released two studio albums, toured the US and Europe extensively, and simultaneously developed two different forms of performing: 1) an electric, rock n’ roll, foot stomping spectacular enticing people to get naked, let loose, and dance wildly; and 2) an acoustic back porch set based around their harmonies and folkier roots.

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Zebra 3

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Hailing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, 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!  These guys rock! Gary Peters; Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals, Jared Austin; Drums & Vocals, Shawn Rasson; Bass Guitar & Vocals, and Addam Stark; on Lead Guitar.