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Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 3/2/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Moonshine Crossroads

Sat. 3/2/24

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.

The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 3/3/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Back Porch Boys

Sun. 3/3/24

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.

Keg of Honor Mondays

2/26/24

$5 Pints From a Select Keg Every Monday

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Keg of Honor Mondays

2/26/24

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

3/4: TBD!

Movie Mondays!

3/4/24

Movies In The Taproom 5:45pm

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Movie Mondays!

3/4/24

Movies in the Taproom Every Monday!

5:45pm start time

3/4: 50 First Dates

Trivia Tuesdays!

3/5/24

6:00-7:30pm

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Trivia Tuesdays!

3/5/24

Next Trivia Night: 3/5
6:00-7:30pm
Hosted by Michael Cahalan

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

Free to play | Prizes | Up to 6 per team

 

1st Thursdays w/ Matt Hartle

Thurs. 3/7/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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1st Thursdays w/ Matt Hartle

Thurs. 3/7/24

5:30-7:30pm
Every 1st Thursday of the Month!

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.

Just The Three Of Us

Fri. 3/8/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Just The Three Of Us

Fri. 3/8/24

5:30-7:30pm

Acoustic Beatles and Classic Rock Covers from Liam Gillespie, Pattie Gilbert, and Peter Stroet

11th Anniversary Party

Sat. 3/9/24

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

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11th Anniversary Party

Sat. 3/9/24

Celebrate 11 years of Discretion on 3/9/24 from 12-9pm! Event is rain or shine!

Enjoy the company of a Discretion-loving community in an our expanded, heated Beer Garden (dog & family-friendly).

Live Music throughout the day!

12-2: Marin County Breakdown – family band who loves contemporary and traditional bluegrass, plus some old time, country, blues, rock, and jazz
3-5: Untangled – original, acoustic “Americana Pop” songs that playfully untangle life
5-6:30: Back Porch Boys – blues roots featuring Rich Cowan on vocals & guitar and Virgil Thrasher on the voodoo harmonica
6:30-8:30: Lake Eagles Blues Band – music for ya soul 

Triple Beer Release:

Anniversary 2024 (Spruce Tip IPA)

Submarine Canyon (Meyer Lemon & Sea Salt IPA — benefit beer for Save Our Shores)

Coconut Telegram (Hazy IPA w/ Toasted Coconut)

Interactive Save Our Shores Table w/ staff on site
2-6pm

Commemorative Pint Glasses for sale ($8 glass only | $12 w/ beer fill)

Outdoor Cash Bar selling Anniversary 2024 & Submarine Canyon, on tap and in 16oz cans to-go

Italian Finger Food Menu from Sugo at Discretion

Corn Hole & Other Beer Garden Games

Harpin’ and Clark

Sun. 3/10/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Harpin’ and Clark

Sun. 3/10/24

3:00-5:00pm

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.

Bill Reiland Trio

Fri. 3/15/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Bill Reiland Trio

Fri. 3/15/24

5:30-7:30pm

High energy covers of favorites from all genres and eras

Lynn Crossett

Sat. 3/16/23

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Lynn Crossett

Sat. 3/16/23

5:30-7:30pm

Songwriting-focused Indie Americana music

On his Central Coast tour from Austin, Texas, Lynn Crossett will be playing songs from his Top 10 Americana Country album, “In the Company of a Song,” along with songs from his next album to be released in 2024 produced by the same Grammy-winning producer, Lloyd Maines. And there will likely be some gems written by some of his songwriting heroes!

The Paperback Ryders

Sun. 3/17/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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The Paperback Ryders

Sun. 3/17/24

3:00-5:00pm

The Paperback Ryders are an acoustic harmony power-trio. Accurate harmonies from many notable bands.

Third Thursdays w/ Slingshot

Thurs. 3/21/24

Every Third Thursday 5:30-7:30pm

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Third Thursdays w/ Slingshot

Thurs. 3/21/24

5:30-7:30pm

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 spacecrafts 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)

Lucas Lawson

Fri. 3/22/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Lucas Lawson

Fri. 3/22/24

5:30-7:30pm

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.

The Shady Characters

Sat. 3/23/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Shady Characters

Sat. 3/23/24

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!

7th Wave

Sun. 3/24/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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7th Wave

Sun. 3/24/24

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.

Junebug Bayer

Fri. 3/29/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Junebug Bayer

Fri. 3/29/24

5:30-7:30pm

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.

Brian Fitzgerald

Sat. 3/30/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Brian Fitzgerald

Sat. 3/30/24

5:30-7:30pm

Brian Fitzgerald (7- and 6-string guitars) is an active member of the Bay Area music scene. An accomplished jazz guitarist and teacher, he draws from a deep musical background and education, covering a wide range of influences. He has toured and performed extensively as both a sideman and band leader. In addition to a wealth of studio and recording experience, he is well versed in both jazz and classical theory and composition, and has had years of experience writing and arranging for big bands, R&B groups, and jazz ensembles.

A short list of the venues includes Monterey Jazz Festival, Cabrillo Music Festival, Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, Bing Music Series at Stanford, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Artichoke Festival, Begonia Festival, and Jazz On The Wharf.

He is the dynamo behind the scenes at Kuumbwa Jazz who handles all the education programs (including their Summer Jazz Camp) and manages all the booked artists.

“My actual bio is long and boring, but diverse and very Irish. It includes much formal classical and jazz training and education, some great programs and teachers, tons of coffee and endless hours of disciplined practice.”

NoJoKen

Sun. 3/31/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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NoJoKen

Sun. 3/31/24

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.

1st Friday w/ Local Honey

Fri. 4/5/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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1st Friday w/ Local Honey

Fri. 4/5/24

5:30-7:30pm

Local Honey is a Santa Cruz-based band that drips with honey sweet harmony and hums with tight, inventive musicianship. Local Honey’s repertoire pays homage to some of the the big voices of the last seven decades, including Big Mama Thornton, Rachael Price, Gladys Knight, Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, and Amy Winehouse, among other divas. They seek out feel-good songs with strong vocals and infectious beats and make them their own. Though Local Honey is a new band, all of them are veterans of the Santa Cruz and Monterey music scenes. Members have worked with Honeytone, Ten O’Clock Lunch, Come Together, Backyard Birds, Menage, and Bay Bop. Over the years they’ve played in different combinations at many venues, including Michael’s on Main, Chaminade, Davenport Roadhouse, Hallcrest Vineyards, Joe’s Bar and the Food Lounge.

The Jamissaries

Sat. 4/6/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Jamissaries

Sat. 4/6/24

5:30-7:30pm

Featuring Arindam Krishna Das’ originals, as well as funked-up versions of music they love by the likes of The Beatles, Cream, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Donovan, Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Tenacious D and more. This band is on a mission to get your soul grooving and your body moving with funky, sweet, sticky, psychedelic Jamz…!

THE JAMISSARIES are –

Arindam Krishna Das – guitar/keys/vocals
Jonathan Kessler – bass/vocals
Alex Bahler – guitar
Rob Borella – drums/vocals
Graham John MacFarlane – percussion

Hagemann Jazz Trio

Fri. 4/12/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Hagemann Jazz Trio

Fri. 4/12/24

5:30-7:30pm

Jazz Trio focusing on Standards and songs from the American Songbook with an emphasis on improvisation and collaboration.

Featuring:

John Bouwsma-Saxophone
Jamie Brudnick-Double Bass
Shawn Medeiros-Drums

The Coast Ridge Ramblers

Sat. 4/13/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Coast Ridge Ramblers

Sat. 4/13/24

5:30-7:30pm

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.

Marin County Breakdown

Fri. 4/19/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Marin County Breakdown

Fri. 4/19/24

5:30-7:30pm

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.

Dirt Rakers

Sat. 4/20/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Dirt Rakers

Sat. 4/20/24

5:30-7:30pm

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.

Bonny June & Bonfire

Sun. 4/21/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Bonny June & Bonfire

Sun. 4/21/24

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!

The Messiahs

Fri. 4/26/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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The Messiahs

Fri. 4/26/24

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.

Flypaper Blues

Sat. 4/27/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Flypaper Blues

Sat. 4/27/24

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.

1st Friday w/ Axe & Acoustic

Fri. 5/3/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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1st Friday w/ Axe & Acoustic

Fri. 5/3/24

5:30-7:30pm

Axe & Acoustic is a new local band with classic covers, fun originals, harmonies, harmonicas, all kinds of strings and drums.

Steven Graves

Sat. 5/4/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Steven Graves

Sat. 5/4/24

5:30-7:30pm

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

Love Creek

Fri. 5/10/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Love Creek

Fri. 5/10/24

5:30-7:30pm

Love Creek is a psychedelic rock group from the Santa Cruz Mountains, performing funky originals and beloved covers that are sure to get you dancing and singing along.

Jazz On Tap

Sat. 5/11/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Jazz On Tap

Sat. 5/11/24

5:30-7:30pm

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!

Wild Iris – Mother’s Day Show

Sun. 5/12/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Wild Iris – Mother’s Day Show

Sun. 5/12/24

3:00-5:00pm

This beloved local band has been entertaining locals here in Santa Cruz for over 9 years. Their sound is a rich acoustic mix of varied musical genres. Local guitarist Bryan Shelton’s folksy picking style along with Kate Mullikin’s evocative lyrics and smokey vocals, make their performance a fresh listening experience. For this outside, afternoon performance, they’ll be accompanied by stand-up bassist, Devon Pearce and Fiddle and Mandolin player Tommy Lee Baker.

Go to www.wildirissantacruz.com to listen to their past and latest albums.

Brotherhood of Freaks

Sat. 5/18/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Brotherhood of Freaks

Sat. 5/18/24

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!”

Lefty Rosa

Sun. 5/19/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Lefty Rosa

Sun. 5/19/24

3:00-5:00pm

Lefty Rosa was born in Santa Cruz county but has traveled far and wide to perfect its dreamy brand of original Americana music. It features Ezzie DeGiovanni (acoustic guitar/vocals), Joel Murach (Telecaster/vocals/harmonica), Chris Weinress (upright bass), and Tom Murach (drums).

 

 

 

 

Chiseled

Sat. 5/25/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Chiseled

Sat. 5/25/24

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.

Wonderstill

Sun. 5/26/24

Live Music 3-5pm

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Wonderstill

Sun. 5/26/24

3:00-5:00pm

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

Eyes Like Lanterns

Sat. 6/15/24

Live Music 5:30-7:30pm

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Eyes Like Lanterns

Sat. 6/15/24

5:30-7:30pm

Eyes Like Lanterns is a four piece Indie-Folk Rock band that seeks to bring a new sound to the Northern California Folk Rock scene by blending Indie-Rock influences with Southern Blues styles to create a fresh take on an age-old genre.

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