SUMMIT SISTERS A decade ago, a self-described “mom band” in the Loma Prieta area used to play for kids participating in Theatre in the Mountains at their cast wrap parties. The band called itself the Summit Sisters, since they all lived off of Summit Road, and mostly played pop and rock tunes like “Brown Eyed Girl.” The band had an engaged audience, but it wasn’t the one they intended. “The kids would be running around eating, and the parents would be listening,” says bassist Suzanne Suwanda. In 2013, a friend asked the band to play a benefit for Pippa’s Garden, a local residence that hosted community events. That gig went so well, it kickstarted the group into thinking outside of kids’ theatre gigs—that, and the fact that Suwanda had just gotten a new vintage electric bass.
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These days, the group plays all over the Santa Cruz area and has a wide range of tunes in its repertoire.
“We do country, we do rock, we do pop, we do jazz, we do blues. We’re kind of everywhere,” says singer Marisa Thompson. “We all challenge ourselves to do new songs or new genres that we haven’t really tried.” The group has an electric rock band set up—but with a flute player that plays on nearly half the songs. The Summit Sisters pride themselves on their harmonies. “We add harmonies wherever we can, whenever there’s an opportunity,” Suwanda says. “Someone will say, ‘John and Paul didn’t harmonize there.’ Well, we like it.” AARON CARNES 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel. $10. 479-9777.
WEDNESDAY 6/12 DANCEHALL
YELLOWMAN If you listen to some hardcore roots reggae fanatics, ’80s dancehall is when Jamaican music went downhill. The genre took elements of reggae and hip-hop, and is often criticized for its sexually explicit and violent lyrics. Regardless of where you stand on dancehall, I think we can all agree that dancehall pioneer Yellowman is one of the best musicians Jamaica ever produced. He’s got hypnotic beats, easy, bouncy flow and clever lyrics. Yeah, some of it is definitely in the “sexually explicit” camp, but he’s also got political and spiritual lyrics. AC 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20 adv/$25 adv. 479-1854.
RENEE WAHL Nashville’s Renee Wahl comes to Santa Cruz in support of Cut to the Bone, a fierce collection of country anthems painted in lurid color. Adjusting meds, seedy motels and trying to get
right before facing judgement—it’s like a feminist Denis Johnson collection with twang. But that’s not Wahl! Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Lauren Wahl (no relation) opens the show. You know what they say: “Wahl’s well that ends Wahl.” MIKE HUGUENOR 7:30 p.m. Michael’s On Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel. $10. 479-9777.
THURSDAY 6/13 ROCK
DEWR It’s easy to discover new music when it’s being sold to you through the latest car commercial. San Francisco’s Dewr might play infectious, car-ad-friendly indie rock, but he’s definitely cut from the old DIY cloth. His innocent-sounding voice is offset with sometimes-sad and always-introspective lyrics flowing over a river of head-boppin’ pop rock. Besides, it’s hard to not like someone who tells his mom in a Facebook post that he’s gonna be on the radio for the first time. MAT WEIR 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $7. 429-6994.
TIA FULLER An alto saxophonist deeply inspired by the searing, blues-smeared sound of Cannonball Adderley, Tia Fuller is a player at ease performing in stadiums with Beyoncé, concert halls with Esperanza Spalding or jazz clubs leading her own combos. She’s gained recognition as a bandleader with a series of strong albums, most recently 2018’s Diamond Cut, and was a vivid presence at the Monterey Jazz Festival last year as an artist in residence. For this tour, she’s joined by a stellar band featuring bassist Eric Wheeler and the superb drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. Rounding out the quartet is her older sister, pianist Shamie Fuller-Royston. ANDREW GILBERT 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $28.35 adv/$33.60 door; 427-2227.
FRIDAY 6/14 ROCK
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