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The Trolley Drops

Fri. 1/27/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Trolley Drops

Fri. 1/27/23

5:30-7:30pm

The Trolley Drops play songs from the good-time, prohibition-era folk jazz genre known as Jug Band music, which blends the call and response of gospel with the drive of the delta blues and the ruckus sounds of New Orleans Jazz.

BlueLightning Duo

Sat. 1/28/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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BlueLightning Duo

Sat. 1/28/23

3:00-5:00pm

The BlueLightning Duo features Robin Randle Ellison on vocals & guitar, and John Gullic on guitar & vocals. Rockin-boogy-country-twangy-Americana-hillbilly-footstompin’ great music!

The Coast Ridge Ramblers

Sun. 1/29/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Coast Ridge Ramblers

Sun. 1/29/23

3:00-5:00pm

The Coast Ridge Ramblers draw from the roots of American folk, country, and blues music. Expect harmonies, the sound of mandolins and guitars, and songs that are timeless.

Magical Movie Mondays!

1/30/23

Movies In The Taproom 5:45pm

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Magical Movie Mondays!

1/30/23

Join us for Movies in the Taproom on Mondays!

5:45pm start time

1/30: TBD

1st Friday Swirlin’ w/ The Swirly Girls

Fri. 2/3/23

Every 1st Friday 5:30-7:30pm

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1st Friday Swirlin’ w/ The Swirly Girls

Fri. 2/3/23

5:30-7:30pm

Rockin’ New Grass Folky Girly trio with an eclectic mix of old, new, and international rhythms.

First Friday Swirlin’! If it’s the First Friday of the month, you know The Swirly Girls will be playing in the Beer Garden. Come on out!

Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 2/4/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 2/4/23

3:00-5:00pm

Moonshine Crossroads plays Rollicking Americana Music – everything from jazz standards and doo-wop classics to outlaw country and classic rock. With strong vocal harmonies and vibrant electric guitar and kanzoo solos, their eclectic repertoire is sure to include a song that is “your” song and will get your toes tapping.

Lucas Lawson

Sun. 2/5/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Lucas Lawson

Sun. 2/5/23

3:00-5:00pm

Local contemporary folk artist Lucas Lawson teams up with songwriter, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist Dan Frechette for an evening of unforgettable tunes.

About Lucas Lawson:

Lucas Lawson is a young contemporary folk artist who grew up on a farm just north of Santa Cruz, California. In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, while spending time alone on the farm, Lucas developed the 5 songs that make up his debut EP, Revisited Harbor. This isolation encouraged him to complete the process of recording Revisited Harbor by himself. Once finalized on October 23rd of 2020, Revisited Harbor came to the ears of Lucas’s growing community.

Lucas’s upbringing on an organic farm exposed him to the balance and harmonies that all living things have to offer. At a young age, Lucas began attending bluegrass barn dances on the farm, where he first learned to play the guitar alongside local group, the County Line Pickers. When those sadly came to a halt in March of 2020, Lucas found himself writing songs more than ever.

Ezzie and Joel

Fri. 2/10/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Ezzie and Joel

Fri. 2/10/23

5:30-7:30pm

Ezzie DeGiovanni was born into music, with two musician parents and a house full of guitars, accordions, fiddles, drums, and horns. Joel Murach has spent the last 30 or so years in the SF Bay Area music scene playing in bands such as Paddlefoot, 86, and the Low Rollers. Together, the multi-generational duo of Ezzie and Joel bring timeless songs, sweet harmonies, and sublime acoustic guitar interplay for your listening enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

Brad “Guitar” Wilson

Sat. 2/11/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Brad “Guitar” Wilson

Sat. 2/11/23

3:00-5:00pm

International guitarist/singer /songwriter Brad “Guitar” Wilson has a soulful contemporary sound, tapping into all his sources of inspiration. His performances have made him a stand-out hit at countless shows. Considered more than a talented guitarist by his audience, Brad is an exciting entertainer.

As a charismatic guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Brad has become known as a modern hot guitar player who can entertain the house with the best of them. His show features his songwriting and great renditions of dance cover songs. Brad’s live show is presented with spirit and class.

S.R. Laws

Sun. 2/12/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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S.R. Laws

Sun. 2/12/23

3:00-5:00pm

S.R. Laws is an American singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist from Northern California. Inspired by storytellers like John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell and Chuck Prophet filtered through early life experiences wandering the train tracks through wheat fields and smelling the fruit ripening in the orchards in his hometown Marysville, Ca.

S.R. cut his teeth as a songwriter in Austin, Texas. The “live music capitol of the world” and a thriving music scene yielded a bounty of musical and life experiences like no other. Each passing season allows provisions of a burgeoning sound peppered with wry attitudes and energetic rhythms to develop “lyrical pictures,” showing the humanness in the common walks of life. It is through heartfelt performances that allow him and the characters in his songs to “break the ice” with any toe-tapping crowd. He lives in Sonoma County. You can find him performing all over California and with his band The Heartsleeves. His new release “A.M. Sessions” is out now and available at his live shows and on all platforms!

 

Gary Blackburn Trio

Fri. 2/17/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Gary Blackburn Trio

Fri. 2/17/23

5:30-7:30pm

Singer/Songwriter Gary Blackburn returns to our Beer Garden.

Central Coast celebrated singer songwriter based in Santa Cruz, Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals, and stylized guitar picking to his original compositions, and cool covers in the Country, Rock, Folk, Blues genres. Blending old school with contemporary, the Gary Blackburn Band will weave a memorable musical performance of songs that tell stories of love, forgiveness, and the paths that we choose. With a well-rounded repertoire, Gary will show both his versatile soft folk blues side along with his high energy rock side.

 

The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 2/19/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 2/19/23

3:00-5:00pm

The BACK PORCH BOYS dig into the glorious roots of American music from the Delta blues in Mississippi to New Orleans up to Memphis over to Austin and jumpin’ to Chicago. Singer-guitarist RICH COWAN and harmonica enthusiast VIRGIL THRASHER put their combined 90 odd years of playing music on display. You will hear the likes of Tampa Red, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino among other icons from the early days.

The Shady Characters

Sat. 2/25/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Shady Characters

Sat. 2/25/23

3:00-5:00pm

Based in Santa Cruz, The Shady Characters have been playing together for nearly 10 years.

They feature many styles of popular music from such artists as Lucinda Williams, Marvin Gay, Eilen Jewel, Boz Scaggs, The Cure, Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Hall and Oates, and many others, and enjoy choosing songs that will inspire dancing!

Jenny & The Bets

Sun. 2/26/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Jenny & The Bets

Sun. 2/26/23

3:00-5:00pm

“Jazz with a Twist”

Jenny and The Bets is a local jazz quartet led by the swinging and talented vocalist Jenny O’ Leary. Jenny sings standards, blues, and bossa novas while accompanied by guitar, bass and drums.

Matt Hartle

Thurs. 3/2/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Matt Hartle

Thurs. 3/2/23

5:30-7:30pm

As the lead guitarist for the China Cats and Painted Mandolin, Matt Hartle has established himself as the preeminent jam band guitarist for Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. You can also find him hosting a weekly deep dead jam, where he welcomes Bay Area players for Grateful Sunday shenanigans. Matt’s unique voice and intricate playing style always gets the audience on their feet and feeling their groove. You’ll be dancing to songs from legends like Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, as well as rock, blues, jazz, americana, and of course some Matt Hartle originals. Stop by for a “Friday after work” brew and some hot hartle licks when Matt returns to Discretion Brewing on 12/16!

Katalysst

Sun. 3/5/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Katalysst

Sun. 3/5/23

3:00-5:00pm

Katalysst is a progressive folk rock duo that smoothly fuses both simplicity and complexity through thoughtful chord progressions and dynamic bass lines. Combining cheeky lyrics and classical vocal finesse, their music interweaves memorable melodies with compelling motifs. Fueled and inspired by the tumultuous times, Katalysst provides listeners with an unflinching and at times lighthearted interpretation of modern life.

Discretion’s 10th Anniversary Party

Sat. 3/11/23

Can Releases, Live Music, Beer Garden Games & More!

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Discretion’s 10th Anniversary Party

Sat. 3/11/23

Save the Date! Discretion is turning TEN!
12-9pm

Expanded Beer Garden

Live Music throughout the day:

12-2pm: Bröd Och Vatten (outside)
3-5pm: The Messiahs (outside)
5-6:30: Virgil Thrasher (inside)
6:30-8:30pm: Marin County Breakdown (outside)

Double Can Release:

Anniversary 2023
Submarine Canyon Meyer Lemon & Sea Salt IPA, a benefit for Save Our Shores

Limited Edition Commemorative T-Shirts & Glasses for sale

Outdoor Cash Bar

Corn Hole & Other Beer Garden Games

Interactive Save Our Shores Booth

Cement Ship

Sun. 3/12/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Cement Ship

Sun. 3/12/23

3:00-5:00pm

Cement Ship was launched on January 1st, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California by singer/songwriter Tim Brady, just three weeks before the SS Palo Alto (the band’s namesake) was torn apart by heavy storm waves.

The music is inspired by the sea and it’s dynamic nature. The acoustic guitar style and singing tone from Tim can fit a wide array of genres, but maintains a natural and stripped down approach for the sound. Honest and raw, sweet and smoky. It has been described as ‘Americana Soul’ and ‘Beach Folk’.

Less then two years after playing it’s first show, Cement Ship won 2019 NEXTies ‘Band of the Year’ for Event Santa Cruz, and in 2020 was voted ‘Santa Cruz County Runner-Up Best Local Band’ for the Good Times Magazine best of 2020. They have played shows in various states in the USA as well as a 10 show tour of the U.K. in July 2019.

The song and music video for ‘Let’s Break Apart Together’, filmed live on Seacliff Beach in front of the actual Cement Ship, received a great deal of positive feedback from the local community and lead to the band playing the 100th year celebration of it’s own namesake.

The name comes from a Monterey Bay landmark, the SS Palo Alto. Built too late to be used in WW1, the 100 year old ship was grounded at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos and now serves as an artificial reef for marine life, including great white sharks.

Mike Hellman

Fri. 3/17/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Mike Hellman

Fri. 3/17/23

5:30-7:30pm

Mike Hellman is a country and americana troubadour with a bent for the unconventional. Slinging songs with substance, conviction and grit, he’s on a mission to tell his truth and he insists on being heard. While firmly rooted in the rich country and blues traditions of his home state of Texas, he refuses to pander to cliché and his sound is anything but predictable. His lively performances swing from ballad to barn burner to outright rock ‘n’ roll, and his rich baritone conjures earnestness and humor while dealing head-on with all aspects of the human condition (and with a not-so-subtle nod to the underdog). An “outlaw” for outlaws, Mike’s music transcends the often narrow boundaries set by the mainstream country music establishment.

Levi Jack

Sat. 3/18/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Levi Jack

Sat. 3/18/23

5:30-7:30pm

Rock, Americana, Jam, & Outlaw Country from the heart of the Bay Area.

Joel Martin

Sun. 3/19/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Joel Martin

Sun. 3/19/23

3:00-5:00pm

Joel Martin‘s Grateful Zone

Wonderstill

Sat. 3/25/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Wonderstill

Sat. 3/25/23

5:30-7:30pm

Toe-tapping Americana and Folk Rock covers – Perfect for sipping a brew and chatting with friends.

Trianna Feruza

Sat. 4/1/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Trianna Feruza

Sat. 4/1/23

5:30-7:30pm

Trianna Feruza is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist out of Santa Cruz, CA givin’ a new school twist on Pop-Funk fusion with an R&B twist. Imagine Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse’s lovechild. Coming from a family embedded in the Folk-World Music scene, Trianna has a diverse musical background, setting the stage for her unique sound and engaging performance.

NoJoKen

Sun. 4/2/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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NoJoKen

Sun. 4/2/23

3:00-5:00pm

Acoustic rock trio, ranging from The Beatles to Chuck Berry to very catchy originals. You may find yourself wanting to get off your bar stool and dance.

Stormin Norman is long time lead singer for Stormin Norman & the Cyclones. Ken Kraft is lead player and singer for the Cyclones, plays with the White Album Ensemble and was formerly with the legendary Snail band. Jo Jo Fox is bass player and singer for the Cyclones and also with Karen Phoenix Band.

The Messiahs

Sat. 4/8/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Messiahs

Sat. 4/8/23

5:30-7:30pm

An offshoot of Santa Cruz’s iconic rock band Snail, the Messiahs’ original melodies, hot guitar riffs & killer vocals will transport you to rock nirvana. Featuring Bobby O’Neill, Ken Kraft & Craig Owens.

Seven Shades of Grey

Sat. 4/29/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Seven Shades of Grey

Sat. 4/29/23

5:30-7:30pm

Seven Shades of Grey is a South Bay band playing upbeat, party-oriented classic rock, R&B and soul covers. The proceeds from all of their gigs are donated to UCSF Cancer Research.

dandeline

Sat. 5/6/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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dandeline

Sat. 5/6/23

5:30-7:30pm

dandeline is Sheila Schat and Dan Olmsted performing a variety of songs with acoustic instruments and sweet vocal harmonies for your listening pleasure, ranging from bittersweet old-timey ballads to frenetic klezmer instrumentals.

Power Strip

Sat. 5/20/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Power Strip

Sat. 5/20/23

5:30-7:30pm

Power Strip is a project since September 2010 with Noise Clinic and Junk Sick Dawn founder Tait Reed (after returning from Japan in 2008), and internationally touring artist and musician Sayaka Yabuki.

Power Strip was the featured band at the 2012 Santa Cruz Nexties awards. At the 2011 Calamari Fest at India Joze, Power Strip played their opus “The Call Of Cthulhu” operetta based on the science fiction horror story by HP Lovecraft. They have opened for Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s awesome side project band Elettrodomestico at The Catalyst and played in the Catalyst atrium the same night that blues legend BB King played the main stage.

Power Strip is known for playing bent, stripped down covers of songs they like – anything from The Cure to The Germs, to Roy Orbison to Ennio Morricone, to Bernard Hermann to Julee Cruise. Sometimes they have guest players add to the mix, but for their performance at Discretion, Power Strip will be at its most stripped down: guitar, violin, synth, voice, and a headful of wild ideas.

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