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Flypaper Blues

Fri. 9/22/23

Live Music in the Beer Garden

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Flypaper Blues

Fri. 9/22/23

5:30-7:30pm

Santa Cruz based Americana band Flypaper Blues is straight out of your grandfather’s rifle barrel. A little whiskey, coffee grinds, 2-in-1 oil and whole lot of fiddle. Driving drums, bass rhythms. This 100% homegrown, local band brings influences from traditional bluegrass, post punk, ragtime, to alt-county genres. Songwriting is personal, comedic, and inspired by the existential need to transcend the hazards and pitfalls of modern life with soul nourishing music.

The Fintztones

Sat. 9/23/22

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Fintztones

Sat. 9/23/22

5:30-7:30pm

Presenting to you the father-daughter duo, The Fintztones! Gene Fintz and daughter Alia Fintz have been playing music most of their lives, and bring to you an eclectic blend of folk, shuffle, blues, rock, jazz, reggae and more – with sweet vocal harmonies, guitar, bass, and saxophone. Both songwriters in their own accord, they sing mostly original songs from the heart with some covers to uplift your spirit and bring joy, especially when it’s needed most.

Lefty

Sun. 9/24/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Lefty

Sun. 9/24/23

3:00-5:00pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Keg of Honor Mondays

9/25/23

$5 Pints From a Select Keg Every Monday

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Keg of Honor Mondays

9/25/23

Every Monday our brewers select a Keg of Honor, and YOU enjoy $5 pints from it all day long (until it’s gone)!

9/25: TBD!

Movie Mondays!

9/25/23

Movies In The Taproom 6:45pm

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Movie Mondays!

9/25/23

Movies in the Taproom Every Monday!

6:45pm start time

9/25: TBD!

Trivia Tuesdays!

Hosted by Hivemind Trivia

6:30-8:00 pm in the Beer Garden

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Trivia Tuesdays!

Hosted by Hivemind Trivia

Next Trivia Night: 9/26
6:30pm
Hosted by Robby of Hivemind Trivia

Pair one of our 16 beers on tap with some lively Beer Garden Trivia, every Tuesday at 6:30pm! No sign-ups required. Just come a little early to snag a table in the Beer Garden.

Free to play | Prizes | Up to 6 per team

 

Third Thursdays w/ Slingshot

Thurs. 9/28/23

Every Third Thursday 5:30-7:30pm

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Third Thursdays w/ Slingshot

Thurs. 9/28/23

With a big map and no planned destination, this trio of seasoned improvisers from the jazz and jam band worlds use song and structure the way spacecraft use planets: not to land and stay, but to SLINGSHOT around and be propelled back out into the galaxy. During this mostly-improv show, a familiar song could materialize at any time. Or not. All we can promise is that nobody knows what’s going to happen.

Slingshot is:

Guitar and Vocals: Matt Hartle (China Cats, Painted Mandolin, Shady Groove, Grateful Sundays with Matt Hartle and Friends)
Bass: Pete Novembre (OM Trio, Coffee Zombie Collective, Aza, Elephino)
Drums: Bret Bailey (Shady Groove, Elephino, Cosmic Pinball, BlissNinnies)

Power Strip

Fri. 9/29/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Power Strip

Fri. 9/29/23

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.

Cement Ship

Sat. 9/30/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Cement Ship

Sat. 9/30/23

5:30-7:30pm

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.

The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 10/1/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 10/1/23

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.

1st Thursdays w/ Matt Hartle

Thurs. 10/5/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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1st Thursdays w/ Matt Hartle

Thurs. 10/5/23

5:30-7:30pm
6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7

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 “Thursday after work” brew and some hot hartle licks when Matt returns to Discretion Brewing for 1st Thursdays of the month this summer.

The Shady Characters

Sat. 10/7/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Shady Characters

Sat. 10/7/23

5:30-7:30pm

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!

Summer Beer Sails

May-October 2023

On the Chardonnay II & O’Neill Yacht Charters

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Summer Beer Sails

May-October 2023

Enjoy Discretion on a boat! For schedule of beer cruises, visit the links below. We’ll see you out on the ocean…

Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Discretion sails on 5/27, 6/24, 8/19, 8/26, 9/16, 10/14

O’Neill Yacht Charters

Discretion sails on 5/26, 6/30, 7/22, 8/27, 9/9, 10/7

Brad “Guitar” Wilson

Sun. 10/8/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Brad “Guitar” Wilson

Sun. 10/8/23

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.

Levi Jack

Sat. 10/14/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Levi Jack

Sat. 10/14/23

5:30-7:30pm

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

dandeline

Sun. 10/15/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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dandeline

Sun. 10/15/23

3:00-5:00pm

dandeline, the duo of Sheila Schat and Dan Olmsted, fashions an engaging blend of original and traditional songs, combining elements from Americana to country to blues and hot-club jazz and klezmer music, played with guitar, violin, cello, and lots of harmony singing.

Sheila and Dan are musical veterans of local and Bay Area acts that include Tiny, Loretta Lynch, Liar, The New EZ Devils, The Violets, Carmaig de Forest and Mushroom. Dandeline has shared the bill with acts including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Camper Van Chadbourne, Penelope Houston and many more.

Ryan Price

Fri. 10/20/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Ryan Price

Fri. 10/20/23

5:30-7:30pm

Ryan Price is a multi-instrumentalist out of Santa Cruz, CA who has melded an array of genres spanning from Funk, to R&B, to Jazz and on into a unique style of his own. He is known for looping bass, guitar, vocals, and percussion all on the spot in front of a live audience.

Junebug Bayer

Sat. 10/21/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Junebug Bayer

Sat. 10/21/23

Junebug Bayer is a singer/songwriter from Santa Cruz, California who specializes in folk-fusion fingerstyle guitar, occasionally adding harmonica, tap dance, autoharp, kazoo, ukulele, and banjo into the mix.

The Jamissaries

Sun. 10/22/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Jamissaries

Sun. 10/22/23

3:00-5:00pm

Arindam Krishna Das has been active in the local music scene since arriving in Santa Cruz’s mystical mountains in the early 90s.The Jamissaries are Arindam on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Kessler on bass, Alex Bahler on lead guitar and John Burton on drum kit, featuring Arindam’s original tunes and sharing music they love. This includes songs by The Beatles, Yes, Led Zepplin, The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Tenacious D and more. Join them on their musical odyssey.

Nerdy

Fri. 10/27/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Nerdy

Fri. 10/27/23

5:30-7:30pm

Nerdy was formed by singer songwriter Jamie Ortner in 2023, with Chris Walker on the drums.

They have made quite the name for themselves this year – doing 2 hour shows at breweries and wineries all over California from Sacramento to Modesto (their home town) to Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Twain Heart, and soon Olfactory Brewery in San Francisco.

Nerdy is also staying busy with new recordings on his YouTube channel: Officialnerdymusic

Nerdy describes his music as “Romantic Ambient Christian Inspired Folk Pop.”

The Trolley Drops

Sat. 10/28/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Trolley Drops

Sat. 10/28/23

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.

Tom Jacobs

Sun. 10/29/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Tom Jacobs

Sun. 10/29/23

3:00-5:00pm

“A lifelong guitarist, I am a fingerstyle player performing acoustic instrumentals and vocals with Americana, blues and jazz roots. My fingerstyle playing is inspired by Tommy Emmanuel, often referred to as the greatest fingerstyle musician today. My vocals feature covers of my other music heroes, James Taylor and Paul Simon. Audiences appreciate my fancy fingerstyle songs combined with a range of soulful and upbeat vocals.”

Brotherhood of Freaks

Fri. 11/3/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Brotherhood of Freaks

Fri. 11/3/23

5:30-7:30pm

Brotherhood of Freaks plays the music of Chris Robinson Brotherhood. If you know the music of CRB, you’ll be stoked to hear it played live again by musicians who love playing these songs. If you’ve never heard CRB, it’s just great danceable music, in the vein of the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, the American rock & roll catalog, and good ol’ psychedelic music. CRB disbanded after the tragic passing of Neal Casal in 2019. Brotherhood of Freaks was formed to keep that treasure trove of musical bliss alive and rockin’.

Based in Santa Cruz County, Brotherhood of Freaks features Steve Sofranko (China Cats, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel) on keyboards and vocals, Mike Cross on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Johnson (Cosmic Pinball, Kava Jah, Crate Diggers) on lead guitar, Paul Garcia (Puffball Collective, Slugs & Roses) on drums, and Kyle Gorath (Velour) on bass. We have embraced the CRB catalog and hope to lovingly play it for your listening and dancing pleasure! “Let the (music of) CRB set you free!”

Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 11/4/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 11/4/23

5:30-7:30pm

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.

1st Friday Swirlin’ w/ The Swirly Girls

Fri. 11/10/23

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

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1st Friday Swirlin’ w/ The Swirly Girls

Fri. 11/10/23

5:30-7:30pm

Rockin’-New Grass-Folky Quartet 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!

Steven Graves

Sat. 11/11/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Steven Graves

Sat. 11/11/23

3:00-5:00pm

Honest American Roots Music with Travis Cruise.

Expect songs from Steven Graves CD, “All Alone,” plus some new Nashville tunes and unrecorded gems!

‘American roots music, compellingly honest, beautifully crafted and fully realized songs that just happen to be in the Americana realm. Really good stuff. — Dennis McNally | Grateful Dead Publicist

NoJoKen

Sun. 11/12/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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NoJoKen

Sun. 11/12/23

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.

Regal Squalor

Fri. 11/17/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Regal Squalor

Fri. 11/17/23

5:30-7:30pm

Max Sciarra and Gavin Belok grew up going to rock shows across the Northeast seaboard. Post college, while at desk jobs, they realized that they could produce the magic with their own fingers. After rocking the barn in the Connecticut backyard for years, the journey led to the Bay Area. There, August Bozin joined the band as the rhythmic powerhouse behind the kit supporting Gavin’s massive bass tones and Max’s searing guitar.

From sweet serenades to rock based jam vehicles, Regal Squalor keeps the house grooving all night long. Combining Americana with funk, swing, and pop songwriting, Squalor’s catalog engages music lovers by having a seemingly endless song selection.

Marin County Breakdown

Sat. 11/18/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Marin County Breakdown

Sat. 11/18/23

3:00-5:00pm

Acoustic string band out of Marin Country drawing from traditional bluegrass and old-time, plus some country, blues, rock, and jazz to create a contemporary California bluegrass sound.

Michael Gaither (Duo)

Fri. 11/24/23

Live Music 2-4pm

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Michael Gaither (Duo)

Fri. 11/24/23

2:00-4:00pm

Songwriter and KPIG DJ Michael Gaither and Greg Abelar (duo mode this time out) return to Discretion Brewing for their first 2022 show at the brewery! They love this place and are thrilled to be back. Expect a fun afternoon of award-winning Americana originals, with a generous helping of cover tunes from artists who’ve influenced them (Petty, Zevon, Dylan).

Chiseled

Fri. 11/24/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Chiseled

Fri. 11/24/23

5:30-7:30pm

Chiseled is three pretty cool guys from San Jose who play original music with some stylized covers. Call them indie folk, but you’ll also hear straight folk, country, and indie rock out of them.

Billy Reese

Sat. 11/25/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Billy Reese

Sat. 11/25/23

3:00-5:00pm

7th Wave

Sun. 11/26/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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7th Wave

Sun. 11/26/23

3:00-5:00pm

7th Wave is a very musical, acoustic band with three lead singers, three guitars, flute and percussion. Each member is vocally featured and beautifully blended to create stunning three part harmonies backed with finely executed instrumentation. 7th Wave’s song choices span the spectrum of many decades from the 60’s to present. Together the three musicians create a synergy of harmony, charisma and fun in their performances.

Rayburn Brothers Band

Sat. 12/2/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Rayburn Brothers Band

Sat. 12/2/23

3:00-5:00pm

The Rayburn Brothers Band bring a broad range of influences to their music and play songs that are a mix of folk, rock, blues, world, and Americana. Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation. All songs feature the effortless harmonies of Craig and Keith, augmented by the dulcet voice of Eliza James that give the vocals texture and intimacy. Long time lead guitar player Nick Heinz adds fluid guitar lines evoking classic rock greats, while the driving rhythm is provided by the bands own TnT, Tom Levenhagen on bass and Tom Duncan on drums, as keyboard player Kevin Taylor weaves in and out of the songs with grace and harmony.

Revelation Chant

Fri. 12/8/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Revelation Chant

Fri. 12/8/23

5:30-7:30pm

Revelation Chant is a Rastafarian Reggae Band from Santa Cruz, California

Harpin’ and Clark

Fri. 12/15/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Harpin’ and Clark

Fri. 12/15/23

5:30-7:30pm

Harpin’ and Clark are Jon Troutner and Peter Clark. They are a guitar and harmonica duo playing Americana, jazz, blues, ragtime, country and folk. Mixing carefully selected traditional and popular tunes with original songs, their combination of chromatic and blues harmonica and fingerstyle guitar provides a uniquely listenable musical experience. Jon and Peter have been developing their craft and entertaining Santa Cruz audiences for over forty years.

Bonny June & Bonfire

Sun. 12/17/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Bonny June & Bonfire

Sun. 12/17/23

3:00-5:00pm

Fan-coined “Americana-meets-Vaudeville” singer-songwriter trio

Original story-songs, dramedy, stellar vocals, sweet harmonies, great entertainment!

Bonny June & Bonfire are an original music trio that sing together like birds on a wire. Their entertainment style has been coined by fans as “Americana meets Vaudeville”. Bonny’s wild storytelling blends sweet & saucy, drama & comedy with fantastical characters such as cowgirls & pirates, heroes & villains, lovers & monsters. Beloved local guitarist/singer/producer Ken Kraft established popular bands Snail & The White Album Ensemble. Excellent bassist/singer Craig Owens’ varied history includes The Messiahs & Lacy J Dalton. With stellar vocals, beautiful harmonies and seasoned players, a Bonfire show is sure to have you listening & laughing, crying & drinking, singing & swaying and fully entertained!

S.R. Laws

Sat. 12/23/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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S.R. Laws

Sat. 12/23/23

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!

 

Jenny & The Bets

Fri. 12/29/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Jenny & The Bets

Fri. 12/29/23

5:30-7:30pm

“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.

Dirt Rakers

Sun. 12/30/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Dirt Rakers

Sun. 12/30/23

3:00-5:00pm

The Dirt Rakers (acoustic trio) are an Americana band featuring Erik Rozite (guitar and vocals), Jayne Williams (mandolin and vocals), and Sean Woodward (lead guitar), a home-brewed group out of the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains, blending a high octane / cask-fermented feel, purdy harmonies, and a deep love of all rootsy genres of music. Rock, country, bluegrass, and folk all swirl together in their magical musical brew.

Jazz On Tap

Sun. 12/31/23

Live Music 3-5pm

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Jazz On Tap

Sun. 12/31/23

3:00-5:00pm

Jazz On Tap plays jazz standards from The Great American Song Book. Featuring crooner Rocky Pase on vocals, Richard Robinson (sax, clarinet), Preston Brahm (piano) Thom Nold (Bass) and Bruce handloff (drums). Come out, enjoy a beer and swing with us!

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