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Things to do in Santa Cruz: January 25-31



SUNSET LINES WITH HUMAN ERRORS AND BANDS Liz Brooks (vocals/synth) and Paul McCorkle (producer/guitar/synth) decided to form Sunset Lines after the intense collapse of an earlier project. Their 2017 debut EP, Inclined plane, is synth-heavy pop centered around San Francisco, the joys of moving to a new city and wounds that heal after the end of a long-term relationship. The duo have continued to hone the sound of Sunset Lines – Brooks on the writing side and McCorkle on the music production side. The result: ’80s synthpop with fresh modern production and effects, which erupt in their latest EP, Home Everywhere. The newly married couple now live in Santa Cruz, and the new chapter of Sunset Lines features a tight rhythm section courtesy of Brett Wiltshire (bass) and Adam Soffrin (drums). The synthpop roots remain intact with a dance-oriented bonus sound that inspires energetic live shows with an ever-present symbiotic relationship between the band and the audience. $10. Wednesday, January 25, 9 p.m. The Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.

NEIL HAMBURGER WITH MAJOR ENTERTAINER From Madison Square Garden to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Gregg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger, has performed at every venue imaginable. Once he even did a show in pitch darkness. The comedian, whose alter ego echoes from the inspiration of Andy Kaufman, among others, has a growing list of television credits, including “Tim and Eric Awesome Show,” “Tom Green Live,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Jack White produced Hamburger’s Live at Third Man album in Nashville, and one of his earlier 1992 records Great calls—was praised by Play magazine as one of the “40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time”. The 2015 feature film Entertainment, loosely based on the Hamburger alter ego, stars John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan and Michael Cera. It premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. Hamburgers record from 2019, Still residentcontains a remarkable version of “Everything’s Alright”. Jesus Christ superstar that includes Hamburger singing alongside Mike Patton and Jack Black. “Twenty years of touring for a normal entertainer would be great,” said Hamburger Impose recently. “But 20 years of touring to me is like 45 or 50 years of touring to someone else, because there are no days off.” $25/$30 plus fees. Thursday, January 26, 8 p.m. The Catalyst Atrium, 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

SMOKE FIGHTER WITH KING TIDE AND THE NEVER HASBEENS Smoke Chaser, featuring members of the Suborbitals and Monterey singer Malinda DeRouen, describes themselves as an “original Santa Cruz rock band that creates luscious, catchy psychpop soundscapes.” Meanwhile, the Never HasBeens’ We will not be unheard of is a country-punk-alt-rock hybrid intertwined with the fingerprints of Santa Cruz. St. Paul was inspired to write “Radio Songs,” a catchy indie throwback to early ’90s MTV “Buzz Bands” like the Gin Blossoms, after listening to Wilco’s cover of The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” on KZSC had heard. “Radio songs they came out my window / ‘Waterloo Sunset’ covered by Wilco,” sings St. Paul. There’s even a shout-out to the local radio station: “When the radio waves began to rise from the left side of the dial / The ‘Great Eighty-Eight’ still survives.” $10/12 plus fees. Thursday, January 26, 8 p.m. Felton Music Hall, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton.

CUT CHEMIST WITH MH THE VERB (DJ SET PLUS FULL BAND) Cut Chemist (born Lucas MacFadden), a talented turntablist, DJ and producer, is also a member of the underground rap group Jurassic 5 and the Los Angeles Latin funk band Ozomatli. His tracks have also appeared on two renowned DJ compilations, Return of the DJ, Vol. 1and Deep concentration. Cut Chemist exploded onto the scene with its B-side debut “Unified Rebelution” in 1993. “Lesson 4: The Radio” paid homage to Double D and Steinski’s influential hip-hop collage “Lessons 1-3” and features homages to Indeep, Bob James , Spoonie Gee and Dan Ackroyd. Cut has kept busy contributing “Lesson 6” to Jurassic 5’s EP of the same name and producing the record. He’s also a masterful remixer of work from everyone from DJ Shadow to Liquid Liquid and beyond (scratch for Less Than Jake). Multimedia artist MH the Verb uses afro-futurism, ala Octavia Butler, to build community while mixing jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronica. The MC/DJ/producer has created a spacey catalog mixing live instrumentation and studio production, complemented by his bass vocals and poetic activism. $22/24 plus fees. Friday, January 27, 8 p.m. Felton Music Hall, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton.

GHOST NOTE WITH DJ WYZE 1 Ghost-Note – led by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy Award-winning percussion duo Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth – exposes a burst of sound. Alongside next level musicians – representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar and others – they push funk into the future and build an uplifting foundation, inspired by the likes of James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone. With Ghost-Note’s 2019 LP, swagism, their mission is clear: first and foremost to unleash hard beats and then form a tapestry of uninhabited, layered music. The record features a variety of notable guest collaborators including Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson, Bobby Sparks and Nigel Hall. Swagism is also an example of the band’s amazing ability to fuse and magnify sounds, ultimately bringing complex alliances together. $25/$30 plus fees. Saturday, January 28, 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz.


JASON MARSALIS QUARTET: IN TRIBUTE TO LIONEL HAMPTON The Jason Marsalis Quartet pays homage to iconic vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. From an early age it was clear that Marsalis had what it took to become a jazz great, comparable to his father, Ellis Marsalis, and siblings, Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. The four brothers and their patriarch Ellis form “New Orleans’ venerable first jazz family”. Known as both a vibraphonist and drummer, Jason continues to grow and develop as a composer and recording artist. His maturity and musical mastery are evident every time he performs. The Jason Marsalis Quartet consists of clarinetist Joe Goldberg, pianist Kris Tokarski and drummer Gerald Watkins. $42/$47.25; $23.50/students. Monday, Jan. 30, 7 pm. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz.


HOUSING X COLLECTIVE: HOUSE PARTY Eat, drink, shop, dance and laugh the night away as you enjoy live music from the Joint Chiefs, food from Yakitori Toriman, Hindsight Café and A Party For Your Palate, sweets from Laurel Bakes and Bread Boy, drinks from Front & Cooper, live comedy from DNA Comedy Lab and KindPeoples and an interactive scavenger hunt (win a wine tasting at Windy Oaks Estate). There will also be a champagne toast to celebrate the partnerships that have helped more than 1150 people through HOUSE. Dr. Josh Bamberger, an early adopter of Permanent Supportive Housing, will speak. $10. Thursday, January 26, 6-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz.

HISTORICAL RANCH GROUND TOURS Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy farm. This hour-long tour includes the 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns, and other historic buildings. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. $10 (parking fee). Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 1 p.m. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz.


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