Check out this year's lineup! 


Carolyn Wonderland
The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men
The Nibblers
Sherry Austin With Henhouse
Victor Krummenacher and His Flying Circus
The Banana Slug String Band
Olde Blue
Bryn Loosley and the Back Pages
Ginger & Juice


Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
Poor Man’s Whiskey
The Dustbowl Revival
The Stone Foxes
Painted Mandolin
Edge of the West
Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players
Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners
La Inedita
Taylor Rae
Whiskey West


Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for more than a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This,” Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)" and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with
The Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin follow up their previous album, the Grammy nominated, Common Ground, with, Lost Time, a collection of blues songs from various artists that inspired the Alvin Brothers at a very early age. Common Ground focused exclusively on Big Bill Broonzy songs. With Lost Time the Alvin brothers dig in to the music of James Brown, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Blind Boy Fuller and Leroy Carr, among other greats.  But they cover four songs by Big Joe Turner, as tribute to the blues legend they met as teens, and who became their friend and mentor.  Dave Alvin says, "We tried our best to honor all these magnificent musicians, songwriters and singers as well as expose them to new listeners, and perhaps raise some ghosts up from their graves for a minute or two. And, hopefully, my brother and I have also again found some damn lost time.”

Carolyn Wonderland

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’s gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even thows in a whistling solo on occasion.

Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood (Bismeaux). From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake. 

The follow up, Peace Meal (2011), was produced by a stellar cast including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson, and two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell (the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

2014 highlights included key festival appearances in North America and Europe, as well as guest sit-in appearances with cohorts Vintage Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s (Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs he and Iggy wrote in 1973 and 1974 called“Re-Licked” along with Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart, and many more. 2015 highlights include her first-ever New Orleans JazzFest appearance, appearance on Carson Daly Show, and a live album called “Live Texas Trio.”

Cole El-Saleh plays keyboards and key bass. His keyboard work can be heard on Carolyn Wonderland’s most recent three albums, as well as about a hundred other projects, mostly recorded and produced in Austin, Texas between 1996 and the present.

Rob Hooper was born in Dallas, TX and started playing drums when he was 11 years old. Rob started playing professionally at age 18. He has played drums for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the Resentments, Seth Walker, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, and many more.

Poor Man's Whiskey

Poor Man's Whiskey is an American band originating in the San Francisco Bay Area rooted around the songwriting talents of Josh Brough and Jason Beard (who met in 1993 at the University of California, Santa Barbara). Poor Man's Whiskey's live show and sound is a blend of high octane old time bluegrass music (often done on traditional acoustic instruments of banjo, guitar, and mandolin) and a more psychedelic blues/jam rock style that call upon their earlier influences such as Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead. Poor Man's Whiskey seamlessly transitions between acoustic and electric styles with a carefully crafted commitment that revolves around well written songs and stories while maintaining an exciting element of improvisation and the openness to let a song expand. Besides their seven original albums and high energy shows, Poor Man's Whiskey is also known for their special "interpretation sets." They gained international attention by their bluegrass rendition of "Dark Side of the Moonshine" (a bluegrass take on the classic Pink Floyd album), as well as successful interpretive sets of Paul Simon's "Graceland", The Allman Brothers Band, The Eagles, Old and in the Way, and Kate Wolf. These sets are played in conjunction with an original set or a special festival late night party.

The Dustbowl Revival

Founded in 2008 in the bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, The Dustbowl Revival has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking stringband section. They've opened for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and last year toured China as a guest of the state department in addition to headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonderfest (Denmark). 

While bluegrass, gospel, New Orleans swing and blues were what brought the gang together, (a fateful Craigslist ad got it all started), after touring over two hundred dates a year for the last four years, the band realized as it began to collaborate more on the road, that it was never content to be a throwback band recreating lost eras. When they recorded their soul-dipped new single “Busted” it was like a door opening. As they charge into 2017 with their new studio album, helmed by Grammy-winner Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphy's), Dustbowl is ready to bring their newest  sound - the place where funk and folk meet - to a bigger audience.

The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes are San Francisco's rock band.  They bear the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge that rock 'n roll can move a new generation. They’ve played in front of thousands at festivals like Outside Lands and Voodoo Fest, they’ve headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater in their hometown and they have supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top.  Now, with the release of their fourth album, Twelve Spells, they have solidified a place in their City's rich rock 'n roll history.  

Founded by brothers Shannon(vocals/drums/harp) and Spence Koehler(guitar/vocals), who came from the Sierra Nevada foothills near Tollhouse CA, The Stone Foxes started back in the Koehler’s SF State days in the Sunset District of San Francisco. Two weeks before they went on tour in 2011, they decided they needed a keyboard player and they added Elliott Peltzman from Fairfax CA to play for a couple months...but he never left. They needed another drummer who could also play bass and guitar for tour in 2013, so Shannon called his high school friend Brian "The Buffalo" Bakalian...he never left either.  Their old friend Vince Dewald came in to jam one day later on that year, and after the Indiana kid started singing, playing his lefty guitar, and his brother's right handed bass upside down, it was a done deal.  Finally in 2014, after convincing(basically begging) Vince's old bandmate to move back from his home town of Boston, Ben Andrews came out to play guitar and violin.  After their first practice with Ben, the circle was finally complete and they had beers at the Lone Star tavern on Harrison Street to celebrate their new found brotherhood. 

Invoking the audience with their commanding stage presence, even jumping down into the crowd if the mood strikes. Their fans know they are in for something action packed and they light a fire in the band, just as the band spreads fire back into them. Guitarists digging in, lead vocals changing between two unique voices with impassioned nuance, and keyboard and organ sounds that fill the space with smoke and burning embers. There are crunchy drum tones, wailing harmonica draws and violin cries that can silence even the most raucous of rooms. But this is not a sit-down-and-watch kind of event. Like Elvis once said about rock n roll, “If you feel it, you can’t help but move to it.” The Stone Foxes' live show brandishes this kind of dynamic passion on stage.  It's impossible not to feel it.





Based out of San Francisco, Katdelic - Winner of 2016 Best of the Bay (Best Band Bay Guardian) and is currently the #1 artist in their genre on Reverbnation. Their live show features Grammy Winning Songwriter RonKat Spearman on Guitar, Keyboards and Lead Vocals, two bass players, Rob Poole (bass and vocals) and Kirk Peterson, DJ loops and vocals keyboards, lead and background vocals by Lesley Grant and the amazing Adam Lipsky on drums.

They make music that is a unique hybrid of funk, soul, EDM, rock and pop. The resulting groove is infectious, futuristic and sophisticated, giving audiences an insatiable need to dance all night.

Led by Ronkat Spearman, a Grammy-winner songwriter, producer, singer, and former George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic member (guitar, vocals). RonKat is creating new, modern music, it's a fusion of genre's that is the future.
"They laid down thick slices of good dirty funk driven by two bass players that instantly warmed up the crowd....If you want to go out to have a good time and shake a tail feather, you can’t lose with this band….they play oceans of deep funk." SF SONIC (The Independent 12/16)




The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n’ roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Every bit as influential as their early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight ahead rock are evidence of an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.

The Nibblers

In 2009, The Nibblers formed out of a love and appreciation for obscure R&B, Funk, and Soul recordings from the ‘60s and ‘70s. What started out a small project of love soon became a fully realized 8-piece band, playing for an ever growing audience hungry for music that feeds both the booty and the brain. Over the past eight years, the band has evolved, with many talented players, blending their own original work with the classic flavor of the music that inspires them. From the blistering horns, the meaty rhythm section, to the soulful singing, The Nibblers put out a sound that makes you want to move from your head down to your tail. They’ve shared their sound at music festivals such as High Sierra, Guitarfish, For The Funk Of It, Hangtown Halloween Ball, and enjoy playing alongside the great bands that make up the family of funk.

Painted Mandolin

Dynamic, High Energy Acoustic Journey thru Jerry Garcia’s repertoire, with original arrangements and surprising twists and turns, with jams that rise up your spine.

Painted Mandolin keeps you on your toes, and heels, and Soul…dancing all the way thru this music, that we Love. Painted Mandolin is:

Joe Craven-Mandolin, Fiddle and Percussion
Larry Graff-Guitar
Matt Hartle- Guitar
Roger Sideman-Bass

Edge of the West

Edge of the West is a Honky Tonk Jamband with eclectic roots and a penchant for adventure, recently returning from rugged tours in Alaska and Hawaii. Their inventive originals and outlaw hippie sound strikes a chord with lovers of alt-country, Americana & the Grateful Dead. The group writes original tunes and draws from from a deep well of eclectic covers, never playing the same show twice. Their 2016 debut record received glowing reviews and solid Americana radio airplay. The band features members from Great American Taxi, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Todd Snider & More.

Sherry Austin with Henhouse

With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on Rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, Jim Norris on percussion, and Santa Cruz legend, Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro. 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 band performs original songs written by Sherry and Sharon Allen, as well as much loved covers by Americana artists, such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith. 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 ear. Well-known for her years as a blues singer with the Firebirds, Sharon shows equal passion and mastery of Americana songs that fill her solo album, “Along the Way”.

Bass player, Tracy Parker, is known for her powerful and amazing vocal range. Her voice is well suited for the Country standards and torch songs that always leaves audiences wanting more.

Lap steel virtuoso Patti Maxine is one of the hardest working musicians in Santa Cruz. A session player in constant demand, Patti plays most nights of the week. A musical Swiss army knife,
Patti handles a wide variety of styles with ease, sliding gracefully form Hawaiian to swing, from R&B and rock, from blues to jazz and back again.

Jimmy Norris comes to Henhouse with over forty years of contributions to the local Americana scene. His effortless rhythms and flavorful beats help groove the sounds for the Hens. He's a welcome rooster in the coop, drumming and co-producing sessions for the group.

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.


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Victor Krummenacher and His Flying Circus

Victor Krummenacher’s multi-faceted career begins in the mid-80s in Santa Cruz, California,  when he and Lowery formed Camper Van Beethoven, and—after Jonathan Segel joined the group--their jangly and stoned “Take The Skinheads Bowling” became an instant college radio staple. Victor Krummenacher, the San Francisco-based co-founder of indie rock icons Camper Van Beethoven, has taken time away from the still very active band (two albums and tours in the last year and a half) in order to record a solo album titled Hard To See Trouble Coming.


Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players

Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players is an award winning acoustic quartet hailing from Stockton, California. These four gentlemen effortlessly blend Americana, bluegrass, soul, and old time music to create a unique, fresh, and energetic sound. It is obvious from the moment this group takes the stage that they are ready to have a good time! They have been featured on the same bill with such notable acts as Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, Della Mae, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Vince Gill, just to name a few. Whether it's a winery, theatre, club, or an outdoor festival, these boys are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Snap Jackson    
In July of 2006, after hearing John Hartford’s Mark Twang album, singer-songwriter, Snap Jackson, walked into a music store in Stockton, California and purchased his first banjo. He has been obsessing over it ever since. Aside from playing both Scruggs Style and clawhammer banjo, Snap also plays the ukulele and mountain dulcimer. In recognition of his efforts, Snap received the Male Vocalist of the Year Award in 2015, in addition to nominations in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for the Northern California Banjo Player of the Year award. He also received an endorsement deal in 2011 with both the Deering Banjo Company and Kala Brand Ukuleles. In recent years Snap has become a sought after instructor in all things banjo, lending his talents to both private students and music camp attendees. When he is not on the road fronting his band, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, he can be found at home drawing and spending time with his family. Some of Snap’s major influences include: John Hartford, Nina Simone, Aesop Rock, Tony Trischka, Jerry Garcia, Earl Scruggs, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder.

Shane Kalbach    
Shane Kalbach is a man of many talents. Since receiving his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from California State University, Sacramento, Kalbach has become a respected player in the California music scene. Aside from playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Knock on Wood Players, Kalbach played principle viola for both the Merced Symphony and The Townsend Opera Players. Despite his busy schedule, Shane has remained very active in various youth music programs including the La Honda Music Camp, Pacific Music Camp, The Central Valley Youth Symphony, where he is the conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra. Shane is also a dedicated music teacher throughout the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, CA. For any of you out there looking to study with Shane, he is available for private lessons at Main Street Music in Tracy, CA. Shane's list of major influences is way too long to list here and is ever changing.

Eric Antrim    
Eric Antrim and Snap Jackson first met at the 2010 C.B.A. spring campout and instantly hit it off. After relocating to Fresno County, he joined the Knock on Wood Players on November 11, 2010. Eric enjoys playing the guitar, and has, ever since he received one from his mother on his 15th birthday. Before playing with the Knock on Wood Players he was a member of the Sonoma County band, the New Stumptown Rounders. Besides playing music, Eric enjoys rock hounding, gardening, and working with his girlfriend, Hannah, on her family’s farm. In 2014 Eric received an endorsement deal with Bourgeois Guitars. A few people who have inspired Eric musically are: Tony Rice, Jerry Garcia, Doc Watson, Clarence White, The David Nelson Band, and The Stanley Brothers.

Brian Clark    
As the son of two musical parents, Brian Clark was exposed at an early age to a wide range of sounds. His first professional gigs came very early on, performing with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Co. Brian picked up the bass in Junior High school and has never looked back. He studied Classical String Bass Performance at both Delta College and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca, where in 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in music. He has been a member of several bands including, New Clear Days, The Valley Concert Band, the Delta College Monday Night Big Jazz Band, the international touring company, Up with People, as well as many other theatre productions. Brian continues to be a top call bassist in the Central Valley, and beyond. Brian’s major influences include: Edgar Meyer, Ray Brown, Scott LaFaro, Thelonious Monk, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Banana Slug String Band

The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. they have played in 40 states, and 5 Countries, for almost 2 Million people. They have released 11 award winning CDs. Their music is used in School curriculum's and classes around the World. They have played noted music festivals such as, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times! 

Their Live show is legendary, and include characters such as; the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from Folk to Blues to reggae, Rock and Roll and Rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away, inspired, and ready to learn more about the Earth.

The Slugs are Environmental Educators, and met teaching in Outdoor Education in San Mateo county, working at Env. Ed. Schools deep in the Redwoods. Solar Steve and Marine Mark are currently the Administrators and directors of San Mateo county outdoor Ed.

Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Marine Mark, and Solar Steve are the Real Deal…..Impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, educators, and eco-warriors! With guitars, voices, crazy characters, and an extraordinary ability to connect with children…. they change the world, one child at a time!



Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners

Jesse Daniel plays authentic Honky Tonk country music for the working class. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, his sound lends itself to the likes of Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, all big influences of his, while maintaining its uniqueness. Having seen his share of hard times, heartbreak, high times and low times, he possesses a coat of thick skin acquired only through a life lived. A must see for any country, rock and roll or plain old music fan alike.




Olde Blue

Olde Blue is composed of three veteran musicians from Santa Cruz, CA. A love for traditional blues music shapes the feeling of their songs. Morgan Monticue's stand up bass and Marcus Thayer's drums provide a lively yet solid backbone, while Yeshe Jackson's guitar playing and singing bring soulful life to their music. Featuring a long list of original material, they are in the final stages of completing their second full length album. Olde Blue can currently be seen playing in bars and clubs all over Santa Cruz county, with wider ranging West coast tours coming soon.  

"Olde Blue's music and manner harken to a bygone era, when gents held the door for ladies, and people lived by finer standards" - Julie Horner, Santa Cruz Mountains Bulletin

Bryn Loosley and the Back Pages

Formerly the frontman for racous roots rock band Buffalo Creek, Bryn Loosley emerged as a singer/sonwriter with his 2008 release “The Wrecker”, which featured performances from Jackie Greene, Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips, and former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed. Although hailed as a “quiet gem” by his hometown press, the album avoided the attention of a larger audience. 

His second album, “Blood Year,” emerged from a songwriting project begun in 2010. After committing to writing at least one song every month, Loosley’s attention turned to the months themselves as subjects. The result is an album that features 12 songs, one inspired by each month of the year. While some songs, like the quiet “May” address their subject literally, others, like November’s “Thank You Anyway”, are abstractions born of the month’s events. Still others are personal tributes, like the love song “The Alchemist”, or the lovesick “March 2007”. Taken as a whole, the song cycle blooms and fades with the change of the seasons, reflecting the passage of the year through its mood, as well as its message. The album is set for release on May 11, 2013.

In 2011, Bryn won a Gail Rich Award, given to artists who inspire the diverse and culturally-rich community of Santa Cruz, where he performs with his band The Back Pages, and works as a middle school teacher.

Taylor Rae

Taylor Rae is a singer songwriter from the mountains of Santa Cruz, California. With an extensive background in musical theatre, a natural gift of melody and growing up singing in the church, it was almost inevitable for her music journey to start at an early age. She made the move to Los Angeles after high school to attended Musicians Institute and to pursue a career performing her original music. She put together a band there and released her third studio album, "Gettin' High to Stay Low" in 2014. Today Taylor happily resides in her hometown of Ben Lomond where she continues to make her living playing live music around town and the surrounding areas. She has been awarded The 2017 Santa Cruz NEXTies "Musician of the Year." Her songs continue to evolve in a melting pot of r&b, jazz, funk/rock and blues that she likes to call "Soul & Roll."


La Inedita

The New Peruvian Urban Cumbia Style: Chichamuffin!!!

Formed in 2010 in Lima, Peru. LA INEDITA is positioned on top of the Peruvian independent scene. Exploiting the many musical influences of its 4 members, LA INEDITA has created his own style: CHICHAMUFFIN, fusion of Chicha (traditional Peruvian cumbia) of Raggamuffin and Dancehall with subtle touches of Hip-Hop and other nuances.

The power of CHICHAMUFFIN broke boundaries from the start being recommended in the press of USA, Europe, Mexico and South America. In 2015 LA INEDITA was part of the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX where it was selected by the organizers of the event among the 32 must-see shows within the framework of 2000 bands worldwide. LA INEDITA ending Festival toured the east coast of USA, taking their music to Washington DC, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, New Jersey, Port Chester and Fort Lauderdale in Florida. In August the band toured Europe, participated in the Afrika- Karibik Festival in Germany and Milano Latin Festival in Italy, also did a show in Zurich, Switzerland.

This year, the band will enter the studio to record what will be their second album due out early 2017. The band also made their second tour to USA called “Tropical Constellarion” in the months of June and July by more than 20 cities from coast to coast. Dare to live the new musical experience of popular urban culture of Peru. Members: Adrian Rocha Lead Vocal Ellioth Tafur Guitar & Chorus Piero Peláez Bass Guitar & Synths Salvador Villalobos Drums & Sequences.

Whiskey West

Whiskey West combines the sounds of outlaw country, bluegrass and honky tonk to create an edgy toe tapping, good time acoustic-based sound. The crew bring elbow grease, musicianship and camaraderie whenever they are called upon to hit the stage.


Ginger & Juice

Hailed as one of the best local bands you’ve never heard of, Ginger & Juice is a upbeat indie funk and yacht rock outfit from the woods north of Santa Cruz California. Blending elements of old school funk and blues with infectious hook lines and sophisticated grooves, they create a stand-alone genre sure to keep you on your feet.

Simultaneously influenced by bands such as Steely Dan, Curtis Mayfield, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys, they forge a musical path all their own. Taking the best pieces of each style they arrange a patchwork of highly contagious tunes not to be missed. 

"A blend of smooth '70s yacht rock and groove-rich, toe-tappin' R&B."

-Aaron Carnes, Good Times Santa Cruz