January 20 @ 9:30 pm
Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are California-Crafted Rock & Roll – like smoky whiskey with phosphorescent ice cubes in a blues-tinted glass. Led by frontman Hunter Ackerman and flanked by guitar players Carmelo Bonaventura and Jon Siembieda, with Aaron Barnes grooving the bottom end on bass and Brian Lara keeping the rootsy tribal beats, this band has been packing roadhouses and clubs in every town from San Diego to Seattle to Denver. Signed to the world’s leading independent record label, Spectra Music Group, the album “Single Barrel” is playing on 150+ radio stations, holds 14 television licensing deals including Discovery Networks, MTV, and E! Network, while live the band has been dazzling musical reviewers both nationally and internationally with “excellent instrumental execution and wild abandonment” (Monterey County Weekly) in addition to its “uncompromising energy and theatrical dominance” (Broke-Ass Stuart).
January 21 @ 8:30 pm
This San Diego-based band channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. How can you tell? Well, beyond critics having anointed Cash’d Out the “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” and the group having won six San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, and being the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, the real proof lies in what members of Cash’s inner circle have said. “Cindy Cash came to a show, we made her cry and she gave me a necklace with Johnny’s hair in a glass locket,” explains front man Douglas Benson. Benson added that Cash producer Lou Robin has also been to several Cash’d Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like “going back in time.” Come see for yourself!
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January 25 @ 7:00 pm
This new early bird event got off to a roaring start last year and in 2018 it’s going to become the talk of the town. Grease, Grit & Grime has 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 and 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 covered.
January 26 @ 9:00 pm
Led by vocal powerhouse Jamal “J Silk” Walker, this local outfit reverberates soul and funk from head to toe. Formerly known for his eponymous blues band, this singer has stage presence to spare. He and drummer Scott Wilson have also been making dance floors bounce for many years with their reggae band – MYSTAFYA. Last time they were here, new vocalist Brynn Farwell made a huge splash and has taken Elevation’s sound to new heights. Throw caution to the wind while grooving to your favorite funk classics and captivating originals.
January 27 @ 9:00 pm
Sista Kat was born in London, raised in Philly and currently making waves in Nevada County. She is the sort of enchanting reggae vocalist and dynamic hip-hop artist who grabs her audience with a sense of higher power and never lets go. She is on a mission to spread love, consciousness and value of community to the four corners of the earth. Sista Kat and her band of top notch musicians channel influences of reggae, jazz, soul and conscious hip-hop. Inspired by Rastafari, her music is truly for the people, with strictly conscious lyrics and sweet harmonies of praise.
KVMR’s legendary DJ Red Locks celebrates his birthday with opening and tweener sets of roots reggae and dancehall.
February 2 @ 9:30 pm
This Marin County band has made a name for itself with many acclaimed performances at Terrapin Crossroads. They have shared the stage with Phil Lesh so you know they have some aces up their sleeves when it comes to jamming. After their performance here back in August, we’ve coined them the ultimate “cosmic bar band.” Their thought-provoking songs intertwine classic rock, hipster country and psychedelic elements to form a unique brand of what they like to call California soul music.
February 3 @ 9:30 pm
If you’ve seen bands pay tribute to the Grateful Dead here, and chances are you have, you know we hold things to a high standard. Every band offers a different take on the sacred repertoire. No Simple Highway weaves tapestries of rhythm and melody on the wings of a guitar trio. They also do glorious justice to the lyrical element as their vocalists channel the emotional essence of this coveted material. And it’s worth mentioning that keyboardist Scott Foreman won us over in a big way when he appeared back in October with Professor Jones’ Dead on the Bayou. With a bad ass cat like that tickling the ivories, we know that we’ll be rolling away the dew all night long.
February 9 @ 5:00 pm
Come celebrate the release of “Saints of Circumstance” front man Todd Gardner’s first solo album “On the Road.” It’s easy to see why Todd is one of our favorite guitarists as he pours his heart and soul into every note he plays. The angelic tone he achieves and the spaces he explores always seem to defy the laws of gravity. He will be joined by acclaimed musicians Scott Guberman on keys/vocals (Phil Lesh and Friends), Murph Murphy on bass (Izabella, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel), Jeff Hobbs on trumpet/sax/fiddle, and fellow “Saints” Neil Campisano (drums) and Kathryn Alves (vocals).
Recorded in part at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, “On the Round” sounds like a continuation of where the Jerry Garcia Band left off many years ago. These powerful, roots-rock songs will be brought to shimmering life on the wings of multi-part harmonies and fluid group improvisation. This is feel-good music at its finest.