Latest news from Rio Theater is it the double date of Set of white albums has been postponed, thanks to the unnamed virus. The New Years Eve shows, however, are all scheduled starting Thursday morning. Of course, no one can blame you if you see fit to stay home on Friday night, but didn’t we all follow this script last year? It would be great to see crowds come and support such great local bands like the Coffis brothers, the China cats and the California honey drops. As we’ve all realized, living in the 2020s is about balancing safety and life. Either way, be sure to host ’22 with someone or do something you love. Good year!
– Wallace Baine
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Now here’s what the BOLO team thinks you should know for the weekend and beyond:
(Click on the category headers for the full listings of BOLO in this category.)
White Album Set – POSTPONED: The Omicron variant hijacked Santa Cruz’s New Year’s tradition for another year. The dedicated group of local musical adventurers who make up the Beatles-focused White Album Ensemble have decided to postpone shows scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday and return “hopefully in a few months.” Tickets will be honored for the makeup date, and refunds are available at the point of sale.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
California Honey Drops: For the last week of the year, Oakland-based funk / R & B group the California Honeydrops are the Santa Cruz Honeydrops. The Drops started their three-date swing in the area on Wednesday, and have another show at Felton Music Hall on Thursday, then move to the Catalyst on New Years Eve. The Honeydrops are no stranger to the Santa Cruz audience, having visited the region several times during their ten-plus-year tenure as a group (and a few of the players have UCSC roots as well). Their energetic, sassy and muscular style of funk and soul is really what we all want to hear as we prepare for the New Year.
Coffis Brothers / AJ Lee: Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz will ring in 2022 with a quintessentially local celebration, featuring the prominent folk / rock group that emerged from the San Lorenzo Valley, the Coffis Brothers. Kellen, Jamie and their band mates are known for their beautiful vocal harmonies and Byrds-style vibe. Also on view is the bluegrass combo AJ Lee & Blue Summit, led by longtime Santa Cruzan Lee, which started performing as a child. She brings her group Blue Summit to an evening of reflection and celebration. The show time is 9 p.m. and continues until the ball drops.
Cats from China: It’ll be a grateful New Year at Michael’s on Main in Soquel as popular Dead China Cats tribute band take the stage to welcome the New Year. The Cats, led by guitarists Matt Hartle and Scott Cooper, have been performing together for over a decade, and they bring an encyclopedic knowledge of the Dead catalog to their performances. This is a special evening dinner show that begins at 7 p.m. with a meal and ends after midnight with champagne.
Jackie Greene: Outstanding Northern California singer-songwriter Jackie Greene has been performing in Santa Cruz for ages, and his local fan base will be in full force to celebrate the New Years with a special NYE show at Felton Music Hall. . Sir Jackie comes out of the pandemic with another big show. The opening is the Live Oaks. It all takes place at Felton Music Hall. Show time is 9 p.m.
Acoustic Sunset with Anthony Arya: It’s a whole new year, and talented Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Anthony Arya welcomes him to Felton Music Hall with the second show in a series he calls “Acoustic Sunset.” Sunday’s show features Arya performing with local lap-steel maven Patti Maxine and South Bay-based looper and instrumentalist Casey Wickstrom, both of whom are frequent collaborators of Arya. It’s a sweet evening show, which starts at 7 p.m.
– Wallace Baine
High tides: Royal tides are exceptionally low and high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon are aligned. The first three days of 2022 bring such alignment, with the very low tides providing fantastic tidal pooling and more beach to walk on. Saturday’s lowest tide will be just after 3:30 p.m., Sunday’s around 4:30 p.m. and Monday’s around 5:15 p.m. As always, no matter the tide, don’t turn your back on the ocean.
Corralitos Farm and Garden Market: With the Westside and Live Oak Farmers’ Markets not being held this week due to the holidays, take a Sunday tour to find your solution in Corralitos. This small, open-air market offers food, produce and other produce from farmers and gardeners that grow within a radius of around eight kilometers from Corralitos.
– Max Chun
Sunday marks the last day for a pair of exhibits at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History: “The art of the Santa Cruz speed wheel”, By the iconic Jim Phillips, and“Ocean of Light: SubmersionCurtain-like LED string lights, the color of which vibrates in the black box of the windowless Solari Gallery at MAH. Check the museum’s website for holiday hours.
“Indicators”: Surf and art come together for an exhibition at the R. Blitzer Gallery in West Santa Cruz, showcasing the artistic creations of well-known figures in the surfing world of Santa Cruz, including Stan Welsh, Margitta Dietrick-Welsh , Vince Broglio, Nancy Broglio, Ed Dickie, Tessa Hope Hasty, Dave Anderson, Boogie Bill, Gary Hughes and more. Everything is being played at the Blitzer until January 28, at 2801 Mission St., in the old Wrigley Building.
“Gifted”: The downtown Curated By the Sea gallery fills its Front Street space with a wide variety of artwork from over 30 of the biggest names in Santa Cruz’s art scene, regularly alternating content throughout of the season of gifts. Curated is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment, at 703 Front St., Santa Cruz.
– Wallace Baine
CHILDREN & FAMILY
Redwood Grove for the kids! : Start the new year with a nature outing for the whole family. Explore the quintessential redwood forest in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and learn some basics about how redwoods grow, the animals that live in and around our tall trees, and all the ways redwoods affect the environment . Make your way to the visitor’s center and don’t forget the $ 10 daily vehicle fee.
– Max Chun
Humorous night on brewing a bigger goal: DNA’s Comedy Lab brings comedians from the Bay Area and beyond to Greater Purpose Brewing every Friday for a weekly showcase. Chad Opitz is headlining a full roster for this week’s New Years special, complete with champagne pilsner and party favors.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Comedy Night: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing welcomes comedians from the Bay Area and beyond for performances every week. Regulars at The Punch Line San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Rooster T. Feathers make the Westside laugh.
– Haneen Zain
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