Psychedelic Soul Favorites MONOPHONICS return to Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz for a special album release party. ALANNA ROYALE supports.With a timeless sound that blends heavy soul and psych-rock, Monophonics have built a reputation over the past decade as one of the best live bands in the country. Led by singer Kelly Finnigan, the band of has drawn on their colorful history — both their experiences as veteran touring performers and as individuals growing up in the Bay Area — to create “It’s Only Us,” their fourth release since 2012, out March 13th on Colemine Records. A reflection of what they see as the current state of the world, the record touches on difficult subjects such as broken relationships, mental health issues, gun violence and power struggles, all with an underlying message of unity, resilience and acceptance. The band’s signature style of arrangement — leaning on warm textures, thanks to rhythm and horn sections whose reputations precede them — has been expanded with top-notch production and creative instrumentation: a Mellotron, lap steel guitar, harp and Moog all round out the Monophonics’ trademark soul sound, while Finnigan’s vocals are more powerful than ever. At times these tracks can feel classic, as familiar as an old song you grew up with, while simultaneously raising questions about the state of music in 2020 and what the future might hold.“It’s Only Us” is the sound of a group continuing to grow as songwriters, musicians, performers and people — reflecting on where they’ve been, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible ... Read More
Los Lobos returns to Moe's Alley. Note this is the 6pm show & there are no refunds or exchanges. There is also a 9:30pm show.Los Lobos still are: Louie Perez: Drums, Guitars, Percussion, Vocals | Steve Berlin: Saxophone, Percussion, Flute, Midsax, Harmonica, Melodica | Cesar Rosas: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin | Conrad Lozano: Bass, Guitarron, Vocals | David Hidalgo: Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Melodica, Drums, Violin, Banjo | Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez: Drums/Percussion
Los Lobos returns to Moe's Alley. Note this is the 9:30pm show & there are no refunds or exchanges. There is also a 6pm show.Los Lobos still are: Louie Perez: Drums, Guitars, Percussion, Vocals | Steve Berlin: Saxophone, Percussion, Flute, Midsax, Harmonica, Melodica | Cesar Rosas: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin | Conrad Lozano: Bass, Guitarron, Vocals | David Hidalgo: Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Melodica, Drums, Violin, Banjo | Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez: Drums/Percussion
Jamaican Reggae Legend MICHAEL ROSE - The Voice Of Reggae's 1st Grammy Returns To Moe's Alley In Santa Cruz, California.For more than thirty years, Mykal Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican reggae to the delight of fans around the world. Mykal was the lead singer on Anthem, the Black Uhuru album backed by Sly and Robbie that won the first reggae Grammy. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the "Ruff" Rose has achieved great success throughout his career while different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity. June, July 2019 Mykal Rose and the Reggae Angels completed a five week, coast to coast US tour that headlined five festivals backed by Sly Dunbar & Lloyd Parks. Prior to that tour Mykal headlined the Jamrock Reggae Cruise.Worldwide, Mykal Rose is a household name. He is one of the top reggae artists in the world. Mykal is an exceptionally talented vocalist and performer. He has an original style and sound that was quickly embraced by fans and music lovers. Mykal is the favored voice of Black Uhuru, with his Waterhouse slurs, effective songwriting, militant dancing and vocals.Mykal Rose has recently been releasing a lot of new music. Mykal now has a new album out called Ska Ska Ska that was recently released and has gotten much acclaim worldwide. Along with the album he has a new music video out called Everybody Gwan Ska. Check it out on this link.
JESSE DANIEL returns to Santa Cruz celebrating the release of his 2nd album "Rollin On" Co-produced by Grammy Nominated Tommy DetamoreTwo years after releasing his self-titled debut — an album whose songs mixed the twang of classic country with greasy, roadhouse-worthy muscle, earning its creator an Ameripolitan Award for Honky Tonk Male along the way — Jesse Daniel is Rollin' On.Inspired heavily by the California country music that's been emanating from his home state for decades, Rollin' On finds Jesse Daniel in fighting shape, clear-eyed and inspired after overcoming the addictions that haunted his teens and early twenties. It's a record about momentum, redemption, and the realization that the darkness of your past doesn't have to dim the brightness of your present. Co-produced by Grammy-nominated legend Tommy Detamore, Rollin' On is perhaps most importantly a modern update of a timeless sound — a California country record for the 2020s, with one boot planted in the same sonic territory that Buck Owens and Merle Haggard once occupied, and the other pointed in a direction that's entirely Daniel's own."I'm a nut for the Bakersfield sound," says Daniel, who grew up in a rural mountain town outside of Santa Cruz. "It's really become a part of my songwriting. This record is all about taking a step forward, but it also carries on the tradition of country music made in — and inspired by — California."Daniel's time in the Golden State wasn't always so inspirational. A punk-rock kid who cut his teeth in the dive bars and local clubs that ... Read More
Jamaican Reggae Great COCOA TEA returns to Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. Cocoa Tea is a great reggae singer well appreciated for his smooth melodic approach.Cocoa Tea, born name Calvin George Scott, was born in 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica. He recorded his first song 'Searching in the Hills' in 1974 without success. In 1983 he met producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes with who he recorded his first hits 'Rocking Dolly' and 'I lost my Sonia'. Two years later, he released his debut album Wha Them A Go Do ... Can't Stop Cocoa Tea on Lawes’ Volcano label. Then, he worked with the producer King Jammy and notably released the hit 'Who She Love' in 1988 with Shabba Ranks and Home T. Cocoa Tea is a consious artist with serious lyrics. His career moved forward in the 1990’s with the release of great tunes such as 'Riker's Island', 'No Blood For Oil', and 'Oil Ting'. He also started his own label, Roaring Lion in 1998 upon which he released several singles by him and different artists.
DAVE BARKER is cancelled. All tickets have been fully refunded. The rumors can be put to rest, the skeptics quieted, the aficionado of classic Reggae blessed. First Round Promotions with Wake the Town Radio and Black Sheep Scooter Club present: One night only, an exclusive performance, and a first time ever on American soil, the legendary voice of so many Ska hits, one loses count. None other than, Dave Barker, “Mr. Shocks of Mighty”. Dave will perform over an hour of hits, spanning his vast catalog, even a few lost tracks we’ve worked into the set with the help of The Capsouls. Opening up the dance floor will be local Soul sensations, The Inciters.Special guest Dj’s, Marv Mack (LA), SureShot (Oakland) and Adam Tadesse ( Festival ’68) more to be announced.All part of the fun filled weekend with The Annual Morningwood Scooter ride, events around town galore, and the shenanigans of Proper Skin Productions.This is it Kats, the real deal and one of the few left. Buy now or cry later……
Moe's Alley presents a night of live Bluegrass & Americana with HENHOUSE PROWLERS + ONE GRASS TWO GRASS.Founded over 14 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education.The Prowlers have now been to more than 25 countries across the globe. Working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors, the band incorporates music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and more into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.When performing live, presenting workshops and wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers find and spread the commonality we share as human beings through the universal language of music.
Moe's Alley presents Jamaican Reggae Royalty THE WAILERS for a rare intimate performance. Buy your tickets early for this one! Not many bands can claim genuine legend status. The Wailers, however, can comfortably claim their place in essential music history. Culture defining; rebel hearts with brave souls embodying the spirit of 70s era-defining reggae. Now playing a special set featuring incredible cuts from Bob Marley’s formidable back catalogue along with a string of greatest hits, The Wailers are giving you a chance to be part of the legacy. Aston Barrett Jr, himself reggae royalty as son of the irrepressible ‘Familyman’, carries the flame for The Wailers in a show that is simply not to be missed. Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded, toured and made history together between 1972 and 1981. It was Bob Marley himself that requested the Wailers stayed together. Today, carrying on the mission are original members, children-of-legends and a host of immensely talented musicians. The afore mentioned Aston Barrett Jr delivers startling echoes of his uncle’s (Carlton ‘Carly’ Barrett) one drop drumming sound. Guitarist Donald Kinsey is joined by Wendel ‘Junior Jazz’ Ferraro, shaping that classic sonic identity. Josh David Barrett achieves the seemingly impossible by confidently stepping in to Bob Marley’s shoes to provide truly excellent lead vocals. Owen ‘Dreadie’ Reid (Julian Marley’s Uprising Band and a firmer student of ‘Familyman’) and Andres Lopez (Albrosie, Lutan Fyah and a former student of original Wailers member, Tyrone Downie) add yet more quality to an incredible line up. Shema McGregor, daughter of I ... Read More
Moe's Alley welcomes back Santa Cruz's favorite dance band SambaDá for an Afro BraziLatin Dance Party! Moe's Alley welcomes back Santa Cruz's favorite dance band SambaDá for an Afro Brazilian Dance Party! Get your tickets early and don't miss the hottest dance party in town!Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.
County/Honky Tonk Favorite DALE WATSON returns to Moe's Alley for a special evening with performance featuring 2 sets of Dale & his band. Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.
Cass McCombs + Steve Gunn return to Moe's Alley for a very special double bill. Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, “Mangy Love,” (8/26, ANTI) ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date.