LOCAL BAND MOLLY’S REVENGE
For the past 16 years, local ensemble Molly’s Revenge has brought upbeat traditional Irish music to local and national audiences. David Brewer, the only original member of the lineup, says of the group that it “blasts high-energy Celtic dance music in a really lively and entertaining way. It’s a very actionpacked show.” Can’t argue with that.
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On Dec. 1, however, Molly’s Revenge will show a different side of their music with their holiday Winterdance show. It will feature traditional Irish dancers, and L.A. vocalist Christa Burch will be providing guest vocals.
“The Winterdance show is much more sculpted with highs and lows— everything from really delicate stuff to fast and lively, like people are used to seeing,” Brewer says. The idea is to bring to Santa Cruz a little slice of how folks celebrate Christmas in Ireland, where a winderdance like this is an informal gathering. A lot of the songs that Molly’s Revenge will be playing will be familiar to Irish audiences, but less so to American ones. “It’s all very different from what we usually do as Molly’s Revenge. It’s much more of a show than a concert, I guess you could say,” Brewer says. “The biggest thing that people respond to is they see how much fun we’re having. People get absorbed into that joyous effect that it brings. And that’s really our goal. So the traditional stuff is our vessel to do that.” AARON CARNES INFO: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Don Quixote’s, 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton. $17/ adv, $20/door. 335-2800.
WEDNESDAY 11/30 JAZZ
ECHO FABRIC Echo Fabric is a new Santa Cruz outfit blending traditional jazz with electronic sounds, including arpeggiated synthesizers, sequenced basslines and synth piano. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Jon Lukas, whose resume includes creating music for website intros of Silicon Valley tech companies in the ’90s, Echo Fabric is designed to “bring the audience in with familiar jazz elements, then introduce exciting, original, contemporary territory.” On Wednesday, Lukas is joined by jazz vocalist Magdalena, Olaf Schiappacasse on drums and Brad Hecht on saxophone. CAT JOHNSON INFO: 7:30 p.m. The Crow’s Nest, 2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. $3. 476-4560.
THURSDAY 12/1 JAZZ
CAMILA MEZA QUARTET It seems entirely fitting that Chilean-born guitarist/vocalist Camila
Meza concludes 2016 by making her California debut with her own band. On her earlier visits this year, the New York-based musician contributed vocals to trombonist Ryan Keberle’s South American-inflected band Catharsis, and joined Cuban pianist/composer Fabian Almazan at SFJAZZ on vocals and guitar. She co-headlined an all-star concert at the Stanford Jazz Festival with Israeli guitar star Gilad Hekselman, but she caps a banner Bay Area year with her blazing young quartet featuring pianist James Francies and drummer Jeremy Dutton, rising players from Houston, and Israeli bassist Or Bareket. She’ll be focusing on music from her gorgeous, sumptuously melodic 2016 album Traces (Sunnyside). ANDREW GILBERT
INFO: 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227.
FRIDAY 12/2 ALTERNATIVE
PETER MURPHY “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is arguably the eeriest song to come out of the early-’80s British postpunk revolution. When Bauhaus broke up in 1983,
singer Peter Murphy carried on as a solo artist. His 1989 record Deep was a turning point that merged goth with college pop. Much of his later work explores Middle Eastern music, but the unifying factor is a haunting, and heart-wrenching baritone that carries emotion like no other. He’s doing his “stripped” tour, bringing strippeddown versions of his music from across his discography. AARON CARNES INFO: 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $33. 423-8209.
SATURDAY 12/3 BLUEGRASS
FLYPAPER BLUES Newly established local band Flypaper Blues is made up of Trevor Bridge, Lauren Wahl, Devon Pearse and Darlene Norman, featuring two-part female harmonies, driving upright bass rhythms, fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitars. Adding to Santa Cruz’s growing roster of bluegrass bands, the Flypaper Blues draw inspiration from traditional bluegrass, folk, and alt-country genres. Pigmanlion opens the set. KATIE SMALL INFO: 9 p.m. Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $8. 429-6994.