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Here Come the Festivals

In honor of the three--count 'em, three--music festivals going on this week, not to mention a couple more on the horizon, we've decided to dedicate the Rock Show to the dissemination of timely information for your waxing sense of aural elation. Take your pick among the digital, African, local, jazzy and/or bluesy stuff ...

Santa Cruz Digital Arts Festival


APRIL 10: Artistic and Technical Issues of Digital Music Production w/ Wayne Jackson. UCSC Towne Center Extension, Room 223, Pacific and Cathcart; free; 6:30-8:30pm.

APRIL 11: An Evening of Digital Looping w/ Rick and Bill Walker. Union, 120 Union; $10 sliding scale; 8pm.

APRIL 12: Groovin' at the Union: An Afternoon of Atmosphere, with D. Ben Noble, DJ Dao, Falling You, Formless, Tide Pool, Tweakoz.com, free, noon-8pm; An Evening w/ the Mermen, $4-$12; 8pm; Union, 120 Union St.

APRIL 15: Woodstockhausen Family Presents Amar Chaudhary, Fan Club, Kinder Bender, Later Days, NoSuch Music with Tim Thompson's Tune Toys, Tweakoz.com, Wayne Jackson. Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific; free; 8pm.

Battle of the Bands

Aptos Club, 7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos; 688.9888. Order of bands is randomly decided each evening, all shows are 21 and over.

APRIL 11: Epicure, In Like Sin, Serendipity Project.

APRIL 18: Los Dryheavers, Live Wire, Sapos Muertos.

APRIL 25: The Fire Sermon, 3 Up Front, Third Eclipse.

Global African Music & Arts Festival And Symposium


APRIL 15: Ensemble Tartit. Kuumbwa, 320 Cedar St.; $18-$25; 7:30pm.

APRIL 20: Jazz and Gospel Service. First Congregational Church, 900 High St.; 11am.

APRIL 20: Randy Weston. UCSC Music Center Demo at 6pm. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall solo piano concert at 8pm; $15-$17.

APRIL 21: Hesterian Musicism--Global African Experiments in Music, Light, Word and Dance. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall; $15-$17; 7pm.

Santa Cruz Blues Festival


MAY 24: Ray Charles, Howard Tate, Lucky Peterson, Michael Burks. Aptos Village Park; $40-$65, kids 12 and under $20.

MAY 25: Jimmie Vaughan, the Ford Blues Band, Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, Angela Strehli. Aptos Village Park; $35-$60, kids 12 and under $20.

Two-day passes: $65-$115, kids 12 and under $30.

Monterey Jazz Festival


SEPT. 19: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain, Issac Delgado Y Su Orquesta, Michel Camilio Trio, plus Jason Moran & the Bandwagon, Soulive & Metalwood, Mary Stallings, Oregon, Berklee-Monterey Quartet 2003, Global Funk Council, Along Came Betty.

SEPT. 20: The Neville Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ralph Towner & Friends, Four Brothers, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, plus Kurt Elling & the Laurence Hobgood Trio, Eddie Duran, Bruce Forman, Calvin Keys, Omar Sosa Sextet, Carla Cook, Boban Makovic & the Serbian Orkestar, Bobby Bradford & the Mo'tet, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Dena DeRose Trio with Matt Wilson.

SEPT. 21: Herbie Hancock Quartet with Bobby Hutcherson, Nnenna Freelon, Dave Douglas New Quintet, the Crusaders, the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Big Band, Winning Big Band from the National High School Jazz Competition, plus Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone, Billy Bang Sextet, Jacky Terrasson Trio, Ralph Towner, Clayton Brothers Quintet, Dave Ellis, Monterey County High School & College Jazz Groups.

Mike Connor

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