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The Santa Cruz Mountains Welcome Peter Rowan

Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer Plays the Brookdale Lodge By Julie Horner Bill Monroe once observed that bluegrass music has its roots in Celtic music; that lilt is in the heart of the songs and in the sounds of the fiddle, the mandolin, and the guitar. He called the commonality between the two genres “the ancient tones.” Over St. Patrick’s… Read More
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The New Horizons Band Celebrates the Release of ‘Kaleidoscope’

By Julie Horner The New Horizons forthcoming album Kaleidoscope is what band founder, drummer and bass player Jimmy Palafox calls “a mashup of all my inspirations.” Featuring 12 tracks, their first full length album came out on January 12, 2024 and features original compositions by band members past and present. The official release party is March 30, 2024 at the… Read More
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These Dreams: Redwood Groove Rocks

Local Santa Cruz Mountains Band Gets Ready to Roll By Julie Horner There’s no resume,” Brad Andersohn said. “It’s the path traveled.” Brad and his wife and musical partner Debra Lee Andersohn are founding members of Redwood Groove, a band with roots in the Santa Cruz Mountains and influenced by the venerable sounds of the glory days of KSJO and… Read More
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Peace Out: Remembering John Burton

“Life is a flicker. Burn bright as you can, while you can. Shine Light. Fly free my Brother, my friend, my bandmate, drummer and percussionist extraordinaire John Burton” – Ed Levy By Julie Horner Ben Lomond drummer John Burton was remembered with two public celebrations of life this winter, one at Joe’s Bar, the other at the Brookdale Lodge. According… Read More
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China Cats Winter Dance Party 

Mountain Music Productions and the Santa Cruz County Veterans Hall present the China Cats Winter Dance Party at the Vets Hall in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, January 27 at 7:00 pm. Tix $20 Advance: The Bay Area’s longest-running tribute to the Grateful Dead, the China Cats have been burning up stages with the same band members since 2012.… Read More
Tempest Band Celtic Columns Music 

Brash, Bawdy, and Brilliant: Tempest Celebrates 35 Years of Rock-Driven World Music

By Julie Horner The year 2023 has been a blur. Tempest, the legendary folk rock band founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 80s by singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Oslo, Norway native Lief Sorbye and Cuban born drummer Adolfo Lazo, is celebrating their 35th anniversary with a national tour. “We’ve done a lot,” Lief said. “It’s been a… Read More
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Going With the Flow: Local Band Love Creek Releases First Album

By Julie Horner “We have some exciting news!!” Malakai Lawton messaged. “We are so happy to announce that we are going to be releasing a live album in the next few weeks!” Recorded on location at the Farmer and the Flea festival at Skypark in Scotts Valley this summer, Love Creek’s EP of originals and covers called “Redwood Grove,” recorded… Read More