Moe's Alley presents Reggae legends from Chile GONDWANA + Special guest E.N Young for a not to be missed Friday night Reggae party! For over thirty years, the Chilean band Gondwana has been touring, performing, and recording uninterrupted. Emerging from the underground music scene during the brutal dictatorship of Agusto Pinochet, Gondwana brings forth a fresh blend of Latin and Jamaican rhythms among other influences such as Rock n’ Roll and soul. With pulsating energy and a smooth, original sound, eight polished musicians are the soul of Chile's number one reggae band.
Country Favorite WAYNE HANCOCK returns to Santa Cruz! Hank & Ella With The Fine Country Band support "Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr. He is the real deal." - Hank III "Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it's always been and always will be."---allmusic.com “The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll ... Read More
Culture Featuring Kenyatta hill makes their highly anticipated Santa Cruz debut. Culture is reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the 70′s golden age of reggae, the ever viable Culture garnered continual US and international acclaim for its long series of classic “roots” albums. Culture’s legendary “Two Sevens Clash” (Shanachie) was Reggae Album of the Year in 1977 and is acknowledged today by Rolling Stone Magazine (April 11, 2002) as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records (the only reggae album to make the list).Culture’s music, featuring the shining lead vocals of Joseph Hill, is solidly roots, perfectly executed and delivered with genuine emotional fervor. Joseph Hill’s devotion to the traditional Rastafarian values of purity, simplicity and justice is exemplified by Culture’s lyrical themes. Milo Miles, writing for The New York Times, named Culture as “the leading exponent of ‘conscious reggae’”. Hill’s message is clear and uplifting. His songwriting abilities are outstanding and music reviewers have lauded his achievements for two decades.Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica and involved with music since early youth, Joseph Hill began his professional recording career in 1972 with the single “Behold the Land.” By 1976 Joseph and his cousin Albert Walker had formed a trio whose name evolved into Culture with the release of the mythic “Two Sevens Clash.” Joseph Hill performed solo under the name Culture and recorded several projects during the early eighties; he and Albert subsequently reunited and produced a long series of critically acclaimed recordings. In fact, Culture’s entire body of work (over 28 albums) can be ... Read More
Moe's Alley welcomes back New Orleans Grammy Winning Greats REBIRTH BRASS BAND Hailed by the New York Times as “a New Orleans institution,” the Rebirth Brass Band have been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off over 30 years ago. Formed by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, along with Basin Street labelmate Kermit Ruffins in 1983, The Rebirth Brass Band has gone from playing on corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon’s HBO hit Treme. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” It perhaps can’t be put more simply than in the words of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, “Just saw THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, unbelievable. Hard as hell, free as a ray of light, there is not a band on earth that is better. Stunning.”No band exemplifies the essence and soul of New Orleans like Rebirth Brass Band.
Latin dance party favorites JENNY & THE MEXICATS make their Moe's Alley debut. Special guests SUENATRON open the show. Jenny and the Mexicats es una fusión de nacionalidades y personalidades, una banda que tiene una historia muy particular más que nada accidental. La banda tuvo sus inicios en Madrid como Pachucos y la princesa, en junio del 2008.Todo empezó cuando Icho (contrabajo) invita a Jenny a vivir en Madrid. Jenny con 20 años había llegado al lugar correcto. Icho llamó al mejor guitarrista que conocía, Pantera un guitarrista con técnica flamenca muy versátil, Icho y él habían tocado juntos muchos años en un grupo de rockabilly y en otro de punk en su ciudad natal en México.Pantera propuso a un colega que tocaba el cajón en lugar de batería, y así llegó David, un extraordinario cajón español, con el cual ya había compartido escenario en el mundo del flamenco.Así es como nace la pequeña aventura de una niña inglesa que emigra a España en busca de nuevos sonidos, y da lugar a Jenny and the Mexicats.Su primer concierto fue Wonderland, un pequeño festival que genera dinero para ayudar la investigación del cáncer en el Reino Unido, en agosto de 2008. Las raíces que este nuevo sonido cargaba, hicieron que Jenny empezara a componer mucho y así Jenny and the Mexicats empezaron a ensayar en el sitio donde todos se habían conocido… un tablao de flamenco.
Moe's Alley presents a Latin Dance Party with LA GARFIELD. El sonido de La Garfield no pretende caer en categorías genéricas. Al contrario, busca romperlas. Divagar las vertientes musicales a través del ensamble de sus instrumentos y explorar la sonoridad de los idiomas. Buscando en este punto de convergencia, el sonido de La Garfield: una expresión atemporal sin espacio a la catalogación. Es por esto que la música y el espectáculo de La Garfield se pueden presenciar en cualquier lugar a cualquier público. De festivales masivos a pequeños bares, de conciertos a espacios públicos, de la costa a la ciudad.A partir del lanzamiento de su primer material titulado Sin Miedo, La Garfield ha tendido puentes y abierto puertas a nuevas presentaciones en diferentes localidades, destacando en estas su participación en el festival 212 de RMX, así como presentaciones en Puerto Vallarta, Guanajuato, Monterrey y Playa del Carmen.La Garfield ha compartido escenario con grandes exponentes de la música local e internacional, haciendo mención del grupo noruego Kakkmaddafakka, Adanowsky, Troker, Golden Ganga, San Juan Project, entre otros. En este momento, La Garfield se encuentra en trabajo de composición de nuevo material, nutriéndose de canciones, viajes, presentaciones, amigos, experiencias y tropiezos; un camino que continúa.
JESSE DANIEL returns for an Album Release! Note this show was re-scheduled from April 17 2020 and all April 17 tickets will be honored. Two 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.NOTE- Note this show was re-scheduled from April 17 2020 and all April 17 tickets will be honored.If you bought a ticket to the original April 17 2020 scheduled performance, and cannot make the new July 3rd 2020 date and you would like a refund. you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund, and you will be fully refunded. Thank you for supporting live music and we look forward to seeing you back at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, California.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 ... Read More
Moe's Alley presents AJ LEE BLUE SUMMIT for a night of Bluegrass & Americana music. Moe's Alley presents AJ LEE BLUE SUMMIT, WILLY TEA TAYLOR & GETAWAY DOGS for a very special DIO Festival Hype Night. PERFORMANCE ORDER WILL BE 8:30pm Willy Tea Taylor (Solo) AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Middle Slot) Getaway Dogs (Closing The Show) “AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That’s not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today. The band are great torch bearers of the music that helped build America. ”-Eric Oblander – Musician, Producer of Rise Up on BCAN (Buckeye Community Arts network)- Winners of the 2019 FreshGrass Band competition- IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award - AJ Lee!- 2nd Place Winfield National Flatpicking Contest Winner - Sullivan ‘Sully’ Tuttle (Molly Tuttle’s Brother
Country favorite Charley Crockett makes his Moe's Alley Santa Cruz debut on Friday July 10th 2020. “If you ask me where I’m going, I can’t tell ya cause I don’t know. But in my mind I see the Valley, you should see the way it glows.” - “The Valley”Charley Crockett’s been running nearly his entire life, but with the title track to his sixth album, the Texas songwriter looks back at where he came from. “The Valley” chronicles his hard upbringing on the south Texas border in San Benito and his single mom’s move to Dallas, but it also distills the essence of Crockett’s fierce and restless independence.Recorded just a week before the songwriter went under the knife for life-saving open-heart surgery in January, the album stirs with an introspection and urgency to tell his story. It’s a story of an artist searching for his place in the world, absorbing the sounds of the country as he attempts to make sense of the struggles of America and life on the road. It’s a story of exile and promise, as Crockett now runs those same highways playing for thousands of fans. With a pawn shop guitar that his mom bought for him when he was 17, Crockett taught himself to play. Summers in New Orleans with his uncle sparked his ear, while the Dallas blues and Valley’s Tex-Mex slipped into his bloodstream. He lit out after high school and spent a decade living rough on the road. He worked the communes and farms in Northern California. He ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Moe's Alley presents a Jamaican Reggae Triple Bill with WARRIOR KING, PREZIDENT BROWN & making his debut DRE TOSH..grandson of Peter Tosh! Moe's Alley presents a Jamaican Reggae Triple Bill with WARRIOR KING, PREZIDENT BROWN & making his debut DRE TOSH..grandson of Peter Tosh!Born to Tass and Doreen Dyer in Kingston, Jamaica on July 27, 1979, Mark Dyer aka ‘Warrior King’ has always had an affinity for music.Like many successful Jamaican entertainers, Warrior King gained his earliest stage experience in talent shows. “I started out with school concerts at first,” he says. “At the time when I just came into music, I used to do some combinations with a youth named Marlon Stewart, his stage name at the time was ‘Likkle Blacks’ and mine was ‘Bounty Junior’. We did Tastee Talent Show among others… so we could really start getting exposure and gain experience.”His first album entitled Virtuous Woman was released by VP Records spent nine weeks on the Billboard.com charts. That same year, the singer spent three weeks on his first tour across the United States to open for Luciano “The Messenger”. Then, in 2003, Warrior King went on a seven week tour with the Abyssinians all over Europe.In 2008, Barrack Obama, former President of the United States of America (USA) publicly declared “Virtuous Woman” as one of his favorite songs and Warrior King as one of his favorite reggae artistes on CNN Live and NBC. Among his many recognitions and awards, Warrior King received The Marcus Garvey Music Award in 2010 along with Jimmy ... Read More
Moe's Alley & KPIG Radio Present THE SUBDUDES for a special early performance featuring 2 sets of live music. Over the course of 25 years and 10 albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. Fresh hot and out of the skillet, The Subdudes’ new album Lickskillet has been recently released.The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music; a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness.Members:John Magnie (vocals, guitar, accordion)Steve Amedée (tambourine)Tim Cook (drums)