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Metro Santa Cruz Summer 2005 Guide


Summer 2005 Concert Guide

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

'As a festival dedicated solely to doing new orchestral music we're unique," Executive director Ellen Primack says of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Entering its 42nd year, the festival continues to break new musical ground.

"This is a composers' festival," Primack states. "They are here and the interaction between the conductor, the composer and the orchestra influences both the audience and the music making."

Not only will Steve Reich and John Adams put in appearances, but Marin Alsop, fresh off her Brit Award win for Female Artist of the Year, will return to the rostrum to lead the very talented Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.

"There are players from all over the country," Primack says, "The community hosts all of them. We have about 75 families who open their homes. We even have some musicians that come year after year and stay with the same family. They really become integrated into the community." Even rehearsals are free and open to the public.

Thanks to the open ears of Alsop, this festival will feature a surfeit of new music including the West Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace's Skvera, which is a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra featuring Marc Ribot. Like everything else in the festival, it has never been heard around these parts, and promises to be both compelling and interesting.

Highlights include:
8/5 "Dazzling Dutchman" featuring Marijn Simons
8/6 "Rivers Rush" featuring Philip Glass and R. Carlos Nakai
8/7 "Kronos Quartet Solo Recital"
8/13 "Skvera" featuring John Adams and Marc Ribot

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Aug. 1-14
Santa Cruz Civic Center and other venues
831.420.5260; www.cabrillomusic.org

Peter Koht

Carmel Bach Festival

With the discovery of a brand new Bach work last week in Leipzig, Germany, Johann Sebastian has managed to make the headlines once again, despite shuffling off to the great oratorio in the sky 255 years ago. His as-yet-not Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis-ed "ritornello aria" for soprano, strings and bass continuo was written in 1713 for Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxony-Weimar and was discovered in the Anna-Amalia Library by a researcher interested in 18th-century paper. The tune will soon make its concert debut under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner.

It will probably be a few seasons until it makes its appearance at the Carmel Bach Festival, but no doubt that day will come. One of the leading venues for the interpretation and preservation of the music of the Baroque, the festival is entering into its 70th season, and it remains in the capable and deft hands of conductor Bruno Weil.

Featuring 22 days of Baroque-based love played in intimate, unamplified spaces, the festival is noted for its excellent programming, commitment to historical performance practice and incredible acoustics. This year's festivities include performance of Papa Johann's Mass in B Minor and all six of his inimitable Brandenburg Concertos. But the classical virtuosity isn't just limited to the work of Bach and his contemporaries. In fact, this year, Ludwig van puts in an appearance with the performance of his Symphony no. 9. There is even a program dedicated to the lute family. Who can say no to a theorbo?

Highlights include:
7/16 Mass in B Minor
7/19 Lute Family of the Baroque
7/20 Monteverdi's Vespers
7/21 Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
7/22 Beethoven Symphony no. 9

Various venues in and around Carmel including Carmel Mission and the Sunset Center
831.624.2046; www.bachfestival.org

Peter Koht

Day Tripper Pick
Monterey Jazz Festival

Everything comes in cycles. Whether the 12 bars of the blues or the phases of the moon, everything comes around again. This year, the cyclical Tao of the universe strikes the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Friday, Sept. 16, concert will feature none other than Sonny Rollins on the stage. Called "the quintessential jazz improviser" by Tim Jackson, the festival's organizer and artistic director, Rollins was there at the first MJF 47 years ago. Of Rollins' longevity, Jackson says he "is still carrying the torch for jazz tenor players and remains vital and creative to this day."

Carla Bley, the artist awarded this year's commissioned piece, is also making a return to the Monterey Peninsula. In fact, her opus is all about her first trip to the area. "She grew up in Oakland and when in the mid-'50s, at 17 years old, she got a job in a bar in Monterey playing solo piano," Jackson says, "she lived in Pacific Grove and drove back and forth to Monterey in an old Model A." Both the club she played at and the piece share a name: "Black Orchid."

The entire weekend of the festival is crammed with talent, both inside and outside the Arena, from the finest in high school players assembled in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra to the soulful chops of Artist in Residence Branford Marsalis. It's one ritual whose annual cycle is a joy to behold.

Highlights of the Festival Include Performances By:
Sonny Rollins
Carla Bley
Pat Metheny
John Scofield
Tony Bennett
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Madeleine Peyroux

Sept. 16-18

Peter Koht

Other Concerts

418 Project
418 Front St, Santa Cruz
6/17 Interchange Movement Dance Jam
7/1 Choice Music Showcase
7/9 Nothing Left
7/22 Ancient Embers: We Women, Our Voices
8/5 Choice Music Showcase
8/19 Interchange Movement Dance Jam

Aptos Club
7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos
6/16 The Achievements, Rum and Rebellion, Cross Town Rivals
6/17 Golden Gods, Automatic Animal. Fuzzplow
6/18 Sad Boy, Kat Killer, Verbal Abuse
6/19 Unsane, Big Business, Bulletride
6/23 Forget, the Jones
6/25 Splitting Seconds, Final Summation
6/26 The Boweltones, The Waking Moments, The 28ths
6/30 September 22, Mexico Mexico, Soul Asunder
7/4 Shaw, Surprise Band
7/9 Los Creepers, Chop Tops
7/11 Cerberus
7/15 Fish Out Of Water
7/16 All She Wrote, Vincents, Breva
7/29 Emptyhanded
7/30 Antidote, Attics, Trigger Renegade
8/5 Exhausted Prayer
8/25 Buttonhook
8/26 The Deep End, The Generators
9/13 Cell Block 5, The Vibrators

931 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
6/30 Tim Fuller
7/19 Sujian Steven
8/6 Kuzanga

Brookdale Lodge
11570 Highway 9, Brookdale
6/25 Anthem
7/9 Biker Appreciation Day
7/16 Karma

1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
6/20 Battle of the Bands Finals
6/21 Steel Pulse
6/23 Louis XIV
6/25 The Expendables
7/9 Corrosion of Conformity
7/12 Built to Spill
7/20 Aquabats
7/23 UFO
7/26 Circle Jerks
8/6 Y&T
9/17 Carl Denson's Tiny Universe

Cayuga Vault
1100 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
6/21 Solstice Celebration
7/9 Teka
7/17 Prince Diabate Ensemble
7/22 Voco
9/9 Heather Houston
9/10 New England Trio
9/24 Maria Marquez Quartet

Don Quixote's
6275 Highway 9, Felton
6/25 West African Highlife Band
6/27 Holiday And The Adventure Pop Collective
7/3 Hot For Teacher
7/9 African Showboyz and Danjuma Adamu
7/10 Geoff Muldaur
7/13 Karan Casey
7/14 John Keawe
7/19 Fiamma Fumana
7/22 Firme and Raigambre
7/26 Waterson/ Carthy
7/28 Ariel Thiermann plus John Lester
7/31 Afrobeat Down
8/7 Ian Tyson
8/12 Universal Language
8/13 Hippie Hop: Temple Of Funk, Twobers, Garbage Pail Kid, Mr. Free
8/28 DeMania Trio: Alex De Grassi, Michael Manring & Chris Garcia
9/11 Diabate & Walter Strauss
9/21 Eric Bogle
9/27 Dervish

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
7/15-16 Billy Corgan
7/19-20 Kings of Leon and Secret Machines
7/23 Jackie Greene
7/26 Reel Big Fish with American Hi-Fi
7/27 Femi Kuti
8/5 to 8/10 The Black Crowes
8/11 Howie Day with Anna Nalick

Greek Theater
Gayley Road and Stadium Rim Way, Berkeley
7/8-9 Widespread Panic
7/23 Mark Knopfler
8/19 Jack Johnson
8/24 James Taylor
8/26-27 Tom Petty
9/2 Brian Wilson
9/10 Loggins and Messina

320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz
[email protected]
6/28 Me'Shell Ndegeocello
7/3 John Santos & Machete
7/5 The Slip
7/6 Robben Ford Band
7/7 Sasha Dobson's East Meets West
7/11 Airto Moreira
7/18 Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana
7/21 John Ellis Quartet
8/1 Django Reinhardt Festival
8/8 Gonzalo Rubalcaba New Cuban Quartet
8/12 Marc Ribot
8/17 Warsaw Village Band
8/20 Robert Walter Super Heavy Organ
8/28 Kuumbwa's 30th Birthday Party (San Lorenzo Park)
9/12 Cedar Walton Quartet
9/13 Pat Metheny Trio
9/26 Jim Hall Duo

Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz
6/22 Dubwize
6/24 The Chop Tops and Mule train
6/26 Dave Stein
6/29 Tony Monaco
6/30 Angela Strehli
7/23 Cabaret Diosa and Burn
7/2 Chris Cain
7/3 Shane Dwight
7/8 Juice
7/14 the Motet
7/15 Vinyl
7/16 B-Side Players & Universal Language
7/22 Aphrodesia
7/23 Cabaret Diosa
7/27 Graham Parker
7/29 Itals
7/30 Candye Kane
8/6 Mumbo Gumbo
8/7 Roger Kline & The Peacemakers
8/13 Roy Rogers
8/15 Drag the River
8/17 Asylum Street Spankers
9/9 Dave Meniketti
9/16-17 Coco Montoya

Monterey Blues Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
June 24-26
Featuring performances by:
Tommy Castro
Billy Preston
Chris Cain
Buddy Guy
Ruth Brown
Shemekia Copeland
The Neville Brothers

The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga
6/21-22 David Byrne featuring The Tosca Strings
6/28 Daryl Hall & John Oates
6/29 Lyle Lovett
7/2 Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
7/6 Chris Isaak
7/13 The B-52's
7/22 Tears for Fears
7/27 Mark Knopfler
8/2 LeAnn Rimes
8/6 Violent Femmes
8/9-10 Gipsy Kings
8/11 Aimee Mann
8/13 Carole King
8/14 Styx
8/19 Stanley Clarke/Bela Fleck/Jean-Luc Ponty
8/25 Al Jarreau/Cassandra Wilson/The Rippingtons
8/28 Tony Bennett
8/29 Tom Jones
9/1-2 The Doobie Brothers
9/18 Ani DiFranco

418 Cedar St, Santa Cruz
6/16 The New Thrill Parade, This Is My Fist, Ghostwood
6/18 Sarai's Spine, Fletch Van Vliet
7/2 Cair Paravel
7/6 Dusty Rhodes and the Rover Band
7/20 The Strangers

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
37 Church St, Santa Cruz
7/11 Beck
8/1-15 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
8/6-7 Cabrillo Music, Art and Wine Festival

Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View
7/10 Live 105's BFD 2005
7/2 Bone Bash VI featuring Judas Priest
7/3 Latin Summer Festival featuring Pitbull
7/4 San Francisco Symphony
7/23 The Sounds of the Underground featuring Lamb of God
8/13 Ozzfest 2005
8/19 Coldplay
8/20 Toby Keith with Lee Ann Womack and Shooter Jennings
8/28 John Mellencamp with John Fogerty
9/3 Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago
9/11 Oasis

Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
6/23 Robert Earl Keen
7/3 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
7/16 The Waifs
7/30 Lila Downs
9/30 Joan Baez
10/03 Gillian Welch

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk Beach, Santa Cruz
6/24 Greg Kihn Band
7/1 Classic Rock All-Stars
7/8 Colin Hay of Men At Work
7/15 Rose Royce
7/22 Eddie Money
7/29 Family Stone Experience
8/5 The Fixx
8/12 Mickey Dolenz
8/19 Papa Doo Run Run
8/26 Survivor
9/02 The Drifters

Vets Hall
846 Front St, Santa Cruz
6/30 Talking Roots Tour featuring Bambu Station
7/2 Reggae Explosion Tour
7/29 Midsummer's Night Dream Party featuring The Mutaytor
7/30 Reggaeton - Ska and Reggae Latino

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From the June 15-22, 2005 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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