July 18 @ 9:00 pm
No passport is required to embark on an exotic musical journey around the world. This local ensemble pioneers a groundbreaking sound based on traditional rhythms from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. The highly danceable, spiritual amalgamation materializes from a hypnotic symbiosis of percussive rhythms, bass vibrations and melodies carried on the wings of guitar, sax and flute. Keyboardist Jim Wendt (Saints of Circumstance) injects a jazzy, psychedelic, Grateful Dead influence into the mix.
July 19 @ 8:00 pm
Our Third Thursday tradition continues! Hosts Jonny Mojo (guitar/vocals) and Gary Campus (drums) of the acclaimed local band – Achilles Wheel bring together incredible musicians to conjure magic from the Grateful Dead songbook. Every month we bask in the euphoria of their boundless imaginations and improvisational mastery. In July we welcome back the cerebral bass stylings of the ever-impressive Murph Murphy (Stu Allen and Mars Hotel). Swooping into the party as the undeniable “x-factor” will be volcanic guitarist Matt Salata (Candelaria, Totally Dead). One of our favorite Nor Cal keyboardists – Jim Wendt – has just been added to the mix. This is going to erupt!
July 20 @ 5:00 pm
An appreciation for the music of Tom Petty is one thing most of us can agree upon. The messages his songs convey weave a universal thread that links people of all ages and ideologies. This Nevada County band arose in the wake of his untimely passing to pay tribute to Petty’s lifetime of phenomenal music contributions. Petty Luv injects their own distinct passion into a wide array of his greatest hits. Together we’ll dance and reconnect with the sweet emotion that was ignited when we first heard this music on the radio way back when.
This nine piece ensemble from Sacramento became a local’s favorite the first time they hit our stage. What’s not to like about hypnotic rhythms, a four-piece section of funky horns and captivating melodies? Throw in the commanding stage presence and velvety vocals of Julian Cunningham and you have a serious force of nature. As soon as these grooves hit your ears, there is no choice but to surrender to the dance floor. Ideateam is touring behind their new album, locked and loaded with fresh material to ignite all of our senses.
July 21 @ 9:30 pm
This jam-grass, gypsy funk duo from the Ozark Mountains of Fayetteville, Arkansas are sure to make you smile. Their debut here last year filled us all with a warm and fuzzy glow. The synergy between this pair shoots sparks of inspiration in every direction. Sunshine’s effects-laden electric banjo playing is something to write home about. Touring behind their new album “Kaleidescopic,” they surely have new tricks up their sleeves.
July 25 @ 9:00 pm
What do you call a musical gumbo that recalls the ancestral strut and joie de vivre of the New Orleans’ Tremé, the drama and ecstasy of the church’s wailing floor, and the suited-up sophistication of jazz threaded with the party funk of Parliament? What do you name sounds that hail from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the red dirt South all at once? How do you label music that simultaneously evokes all of the uncontainable energies and passions exploding from so many disparate musical legacies? Here we call it Water Seed. This nine-piece tour de force was the talk of the town long after their performance here last year. The amount of fun they generate is immeasurable!
July 26 @ 6:00 pm
On the last Thursday of each month, you can consider a trip to the Crazy Horse like going down to the crossroads. Fortunately this event is all about filling your soul rather than selling it. Grease, Grit & Grime has long since become a local institution for anyone who loves the blues. They like to call it “Dirty Blues” but it goes down smooth like a spoonful of honey or a shot of good whiskey. When it comes to the sultry, dance-inducing side of the blues equation, you can be sure they have that dialed. The addition of local guitar hero Bob Woods has lit a fire under this band over the last few months.
July 27 @ 9:45 pm
July 28 @ 9:00 pm
This band from Colorado has covered a lot of ground since they last graced our stage. They hold nothing back with soulful, rootsy Americana and guns-a-blazing jam rock. Their original material has a hypnotic effect with its striking balance between light and dark themes. Touring behind their new album “The Prize,” The Drunken Hearts are hitting their full stride. The lead vocals and stage presence of Andrew McConathy are arena-worthy. Then you have the pedal steel and banjo stylings of Cody Russell which are a huge part of what sets this band apart.
Enjoy an opening set from The Heart Hunters – a duo all the way from Atlanta
August 1 @ 9:00 pm
A coalition of local DJs – including Kronosaurus Flex, Fossil, Party P and Nory B – unleash their dynamic vinyl arsenals every last Wednesday of each month. We’ve moved this one to the first Wednesday instead to celebrate the occasion of Jerry Garcia’s Birthday. Kronosaurus Flex has tons of tricks up his sleeve to celebrate the man who remains a shining beacon of light for so many of us. Tune in for an eclectic listening session, dance party and vortexual community gathering. Float down a river of sonic bliss as an expansive range of musical styles blend together effortlessly. Soak up the relaxed setting, relish the needle drop on unexpected classics and get turned on to deep cuts you never knew existed.