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DJ of the Month December: DJ Ben Baker

DJ Ben Baker has been consistently getting the dance floor rocking while working at the Santa Cruz DJ Company. The ladies love him and guys admire his musical savvy. He exhibits a great ear for music, a keen eye for photography, and a great arm for disk golf. At the county course in San Lorenzo […]

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The Hightones

It was yet another beautiful Saturday in Santa Cruz. The air was filled with sunshine and smiling faces in the streets of downtown. I positioned myself on the outdoor patio of New Leaf to enjoy the weather and a coffee. To my delight, a familiar sound filled the air on the patio not long after […]

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Band of the Month October: Wooster

  Last night I meet up with Brian, singer and guitar player for local band Wooster. I listened to the band practice a few songs before our interview. The practice went smooth as the band jammed into the night. Brian and I steeped outside while the remaining band members continued to jam softly.   SCW: […]

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September Band of the Month: The Expendables

September Band of the Month The following is a phone interview with Geoff Weers, guitar player and singer of The Expendables. SCW: Congratulations on receiving September Band of the Month! Geoff: Thank you so much, I’m really excited about receiving that. SCW: Are the Expendable playing any shows in Santa Cruz sooon? Geoff: Yes, we […]

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Wild About Willie

Greg Archer Good Times Santa Cruz Man, myth, country music legend Willie Nelson descends upon Santa Cruz. The story you’ve been waiting for. WARNING: This article contains mood swings, deep, sometimes haunting personal confessions and occasional marijuana usage. On the flipside: No animals were harmed during the creation of this story. Willie Nelson is a […]

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The Dancetronauts

The  Philip Plastina invited me to Dancertonaut headquarters to see the mother ship and where the Dancetronauts blast off from. We relaxed at his house and discussed the Dancetronauts and current moves in the electric dance music industry. Then on Saturday night he invited me up to The City to party with them VIP and […]

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Lucky plover: Threatened shorebirds get help from researchers, aquarium program

By Donna Jones Photos: Dan Coyro Santa Cruz Sentinel MOSS LANDING — The three tiny western snowy plovers hopped out of the crate and onto the sand at Moss Landing State Beach mid-morning Thursday. A few moments later, the first bird spread its wings and flapped away. The other two slightly younger birds meandered up […]

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Santa Cruz Music Festival 2013

Santa Cruz Music Festival 7/20/13 By Jack Neenan Photos by: Jasmine Castro Santa Cruz was rocking on Saturday night for the 2013 Santa Cruz Music Festival. Tons of people came out to see over 50 amazing performers. Bands packed  venues such as The Catalyst, Motiv, Kuumbwa Jazz, Blue Lagoon, Rosie McCann’s, Streetlight Records, Woodstock’s Pizza, […]

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July Band of the Month Stellar Corpses

July Band of the Month Stellar Corpses Congratulations to Stellar Corpses for receiving Band of the Month! I recently spoke with Dustan Sheehan lead singer and guitar play for this local band. Stellar Corpses have been playing shows in Santa Cruz and across the country for a number of years. I first saw these guys […]

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June DJ of the Month DJ AD

CONGRATULATIONS TO DJ AD FOR RECEIVING DJ OF THE MONTH. WE RECENTLY SPOKE WITH AD ABOUT MUSIC STYLES AND WHAT IT TAKES TO ROCK THE HOUSE IN SANTA CRUZ. SCW: Congratulations of receiving DJ of the Month! How long have you been DJing in Santa Cruz and what style of music do you enjoy playing […]

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Beck to the Future

Damon Orion Good Times Santa Cruz In celebration of Beck’s solo acoustic show at The Rio, GT explores ‘Song Reader,’ the alternative rock icon’s most ambitious interactive art piece yet. Here’s an odd little paradox of the digital revolution: The more sophisticated our technology gets, the more our musical milieu begins to resemble that of […]

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May Band of the Month Cruzmatik

Congratulatins to Cruzmatik for receiving Local Band of the Month. I spoke recently with Jason Williams A.K.A. J-WILLZ and Reggie Stephens A.K.A. FMZ about their band Cruzmatik and life in Santa Cruz. When their first video titled “Party don’t stop” came out I was impressed by their music and the high quality of the video. […]

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April DJ of the Month DJ ToneSol

Congratulation to DJ ToneSol for receiving Local DJ of the Month! We spoke this month with Antonio Solinas about the life of a DJ in Santa Cruz. SCW: Congrats on receiving Local DJ of the month! What type of DJ style do you most associate yourself with? Thank you very much. I consider myself an […]

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Stop and Hear the Music

A Violinist in the Metro A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, […]

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Q & A with reggae band Something Collective! Spreading peace through music.

  Something Collective is a diversified reggae band on the rise here in Santa Cruz!  I’ve had the great pleasure to catch one of their shows, and I was, well… impressed!  The vibe was real, and the music tantalizing.  They have a playful nature and the horn section kills! Plus, they are out to make […]

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Q & A with roots rock reggae band Ancestree

Hey Tómas! Tell me a little about Ancestree and your sound.   Ancestree is a spiritually driven Roots Reggae sound connected to the people and the earth.  We play music to promote equal rights and justice.   How long have you been playing music? And how did Ancestree form?   I’ve been playing music since […]

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WOOSTER – If All The Dew Were Diamonds

SCW: We know Santa Cruzians love WOOSTER… What other areas around the world have really taken a liking to your music?   WOOSTER:  I think the most surprising one is Guam.  We’re actually about a week away from doing our first tour out there.  It’s amazing that we can get popular in far off places […]

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Interview with Honeypot

  Describe your sound for those who haven’t heard it. Wes: I play a drum set that hasn’t been tuned in like 10 years. Buzz: If you don’t have ear plugs in you blink involuntarily. It’s raw instruments, it’s tube amps, it’s raw. We’ve got a big sound I like big guitar. I like to […]

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North Pacific String Band: A Little Bit o’ Music for Everyone

Tori Zdeb from Santa Cruz Waves sits down with Steve Stubblefield, Mandolin player for the local North Pacific String Band.   SCW:  Hey Steve! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your group, the North Pacific String Band. How long have you been playing together?   Steve: In high school, I was the kid […]

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“Bounce Camp” Will Make You Bounce!

  Here at Santa Cruz Waves we are huge supporters of positive vibes and good music.  We recently rallied the team and headed over to Cafe Mare to check out this “Bounce Camp” music.    Most of us were unfamiliar with the music and the scene but soon enough the place was jam packed and […]

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Eight Questions for the Eight-Piece Reggae Band Pure Roots

  SCW: Tell us about your group Pure Roots, the main players, and who you have jamming with you at this point in time.   Pure Roots is a versatile group of hard working musicians that have been on a non-stop effort to debut the band locally and internationally. The leader of the band is […]

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Kendra McKinley: Local Songwriter and UCSC Music Student

Tori Zdeb from Santa Cruz Waves grabs a cup o’ joe with Kendra McKinley, Aptos local and songwriter.   SCW:  Hey Kendra! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? When did you start playing and singing? What got you interested in music? What do you play?   Kendra: I was […]

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Birdhouse: Americana Style in Santa Cruz

    Tori Zdeb from Santa Cruz Waves grabs a burrito with Dan Talamantes, guitarist and lead vocals for Birdhouse, a band started in Santa Cruz a few years ago.     Chris McIntyre-bass, vocals Jeff Wilson-drums, banjo Evan Penza-guitar, lead vocals, and piano Daniel Talamantes-lead vocals, piano, and guitar     SCW:  Hey Dan! […]

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Thrive: Rocking your socks off!

  I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the front man of the rock/reggae group Thrive, Aaron Borowitz. This up and coming California based band has been rocking venues up and down the state, from Montbleu in Tahoe to the Annual California Roots Festival, which sold out at 7,000+ people the second day. […]

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