Jerry’s Middle Finger

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley presents a Jerry Garcia dance party with JERRY'S MIDDLE FINGER. Jerry's Middle Finger (JMF), a Los Angeles based band, has taken many forms over the last many years, but has settled sweetly into mastering their true calling... performing and celebrating the music of The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB).With some of the strongest and most seasoned players and vocalists in California’s jam band community on their roster, they have been playing consistently to large audiences all over California, packing venues and getting rave reviews.Lead vocalist and guitarist Garrett Deloian has toured the world on the blues circuit, but in JMF he is allowed to truly shine and explore his passion and lifelong love for the work of Jerry Garcia. His guitar tone has been hailed by many of his musical peers, along with Jerry fans around the country, as one of the best “Jerry tones” out there. The energy Garrett brings to the stage is truly unique in the post-Jerry scene.JMF’s rhythm section, with original JMF drummer/founder Rodney Newman and bassist Burt Lewis (of Stu Allen & Mars Hotel), consistently locks in on the dynamic explorative grooves, dipping and elevating the music delivering magic at every turn. The foundation they set for the songs, tapping into their mastery of Jerry’s songbook, pulls audiences onto their feet, energizing them to get up and move.JMF has two outstanding powerhouse vocalists- Halina Janusz (of Mother Jones and Sugar Mountain) and Lisa Malsberger (of Grampa's Grass and The Rumrunners). Their smooth, rich vocal tones and soaring, stellar harmonies place ... Read More

Metalachi

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

METALACHI the world's only Heavy Metal Mariachi band returns to Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz. Hand picked by Warren Moscow to sacrifice a chimichanga (goat sacrifice had already happened) in exchange of running the Metalachi Fan Page. Since I was hungry, I said SI SENOR!On a hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilizers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live.Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life.

CANCELLED – CASS MCCOMBS + Steve Gunn

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

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.

Michael Rose

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

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.

The Third Mind

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

THE THIRD MIND: Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven), David Immergluck (Counting Crows) Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson) (((folkYEAH!)) presents the Santa Cruz debut of THE THIRD MIND - Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven), David Immergluck (Counting Crows, John Hiatt), and Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, Better Than Ezra), Jesse Sykes (Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter)"I had a crazy idea and was looking for musicians who perhaps didn’t think it was so insane. Many years ago I’d been reading John Szwed’s excellent biography of Miles Davis, “So What”, and was fascinated by his thorough descriptions of how Mr. Davis and his producer, Teo Macero, created some of his classic electric albums like Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson. Basically, Miles would gather great musicians in a studio, pick a key and a groove and then record everything live over several days. Then he and Mr. Macero would edit and shape these improvisations into compositions. Having never recorded like that, I had a fantasy to try it someday if the fates ever allowed. One night after a gig in San Francisco, a decade or more later, I mentioned this fantasy to Victor Krummenacher. I’d known the always musically adventurous Mr. Krummenacher for a couple of decades (since he was a young buck bassist in Camper Van Beethoven) and hoped he would understand." – Dave Alvin

Israel VIibration

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley proudly presents Jamaican Reggae Legends ISRAEL VIBRATION for a rare and intimate performance at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA. Israel Vibration and Roots Radics feature some of the best original recording musicians in the business. They are rock solid. Flabba Holt, Dwight Pinkney, T-Bird and Steve Golding are the ultimate reggae musicians. Israel Vibration has an extensive catalog of music that consistently keeps coming with many classic hits such as Ball Of Fire, Get Up & Go, Cool & Calm, Why Worry, Vultures, Licks & Kicks, The Same Song and their latest album release is called Play it Real Along with the album there is a music video called Man Up.They have done many major US tours for many years featuring three vocalists and the Roots Radics. Their extensive music catalog spread out worldwide before the CD market went online. Ras Records and Jim Fox of Lion and Fox recording Studios in Washington DC did great work helping to build and promote their music.Mention the name Israel Vibration in reggae music circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special vocal group. The positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over three decades. The lead vocalists, Wiss and Skelly cast a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message. Israel Vibrations have been touring very strong worldwide for many years. They are regularly featured on most ... Read More

The Wailers

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

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

Jesse Daniel

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

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 atendeesupport@eventbrite.com 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

Jesse Daniel

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

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 atendeesupport@eventbrite.com 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

Diego’s Umbrella

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz presents Gypsy Rock Favorites DIEGO'S UMBRELLA. Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz presents Gypsy Rock Favorites DIEGO'S UMBRELLA.DIEGO'S UMBRELLA ABOUT DIEGO'S UMBRELLA - There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego's Umbrella and those who don’t know them yet. Celebrated as San Francisco's ambassadors of Gypsy Rock, these world-renowned entertainers have created an irresistible mélange that is entirely their own. A Diego's Umbrella show is a singular, ecstatic experience. One concert is all it takes to becoming a believer. Night after night they effortlessly blend eastern European sounds, marching drums, beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks with a showmanship that has all the fire and unpredictability of youth, marked by a chiseled refinement of years of experience on the road. The group's uncanny gift for pleasing crowds, from standard clubs to huge festivals such as High Sierra and Outside Lands, has earned them a zealous and ever-expanding following across the United States and Europe. Continuously touring abroad has always fed their aesthetic, and has resulted in incorporating the scales of klezmer, the strings of flamenco, and the energy of punk rock.

Ata Kak

Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

(((folkYEAH!))) presents Ghana's legendary artist for a very rare appearance and Santa Cruz debut. (((folkYEAH!))) presents Ghana's legendary artist for a very rare appearance and Santa Cruz debut.Ata Kak’s cassette Obaa Sima fell on deaf ears when it was self-released in Ghana and Canada in 1994. Following an eight year search, Awesome Tapes From Africa tracked down the mysterious singer with a cult internet following and re-released his album. On the heels of extensive critical acclaim for the reissue, Ata Kak began performing live in 2013, storming stages at Sonar and Glastonbury festivals, among many others, backed by his London-based band.Ata Kak’s music—an amalgam of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk, hip-hop and electronica—is presented with the sweaty passion of a Prince record and the lo-fi DIY bedroom recording charm of early Chicago house music. The joyous soul and casual brilliance of the recording has inspired listeners worldwide, culminating in performances from Australia to Russia and Morocco to Croatia. Now—finally—Ata Kak and his band announce a series of shows across the United States.Ata Kak's tape was the inaugural post of the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa, when it started in 2006. Founder Brian Shimkovitz came across the cassette at a movable stall in Cape Coast, Ghana in 2002. About 50 copies had been pressed in Ghana and released in 1994 but the recording was forgotten, it had not found success. Shortly after its appearance on ATFA, it developed into an underground obsession among internet music circles. The story of this remarkable recording continues and Ata Kak, who had ... Read More