Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
This big band from Chico is an explosion of New Orleans funk, jam-rock and Americana soul. Fueled by a turbo-injected horn section and layered with percussive rhythms, Swamp Zen’s music is like a magic carpet ride across the cosmic plane. Continuing the tradition they established last New Years Eve, this show is going to catapult us into 2018 on a comet of love.
Opener: Low Flying Birds
Led by Doug Stein, charismatic vocalist and guitarist of Swamp Zen, this band from Chico knows how to get the party started. Prepare for a thorough, sonic indoctrination to Americana soul-grass, outlaw country, funk ‘n roll. Mixing powerful originals with classic covers, it’s the kind of music and dance vibe that leaves you no choice but to throw caution to the wind.
Advance ticket sales are over. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door at 7:30pm.
January 5 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist/Vocalist Sean Lehe is one of those musicians we can always trust to take us on a thrilling adventure. Lately he’s been blazing trails with Jelly Bread but we’ve enjoyed his work in the past with Poor Man’s Whiskey, Izabella, The Family Practice, Bumptet and Band Beyond Description. For our first show of the new year, Lehe unveils this exciting new project featuring Derek Brooker (Tracorum), John Morales (Dad’s LPs, 10 Mile Tide), Jeff Coleman (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Uncle Harlen’s Band) and Sam Phelps (Izabella, Drunken Kung Fu). The band churns out what is at once a raw and refined take on classic rock ‘n roll. Old tunes sound new, and new tunes sound like you’ve heard them on the airwaves for as long as you can remember. Dual lead guitar lines weave in and out of a dense rhythm section along with some sweet harmonies to bring you back home after a big jam. Birds of Fortune are familiar and comfortable, daring and exploratory; dance floor friendly but certainly not afraid to fly.
January 6 @ 9:30 pm
Do you remember Black Cat Grave? They are a trio who played here a couple times featuring guitarist/vocalist Bryan Kehoe (Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, M.I.R.V.) and drummer Tim Soya (Victims Family). They blew people away with their shocking mix of hillbilly polka, rockabilly, spooky surf noir, opera (yes, opera) and country. The duo is back now with this band which will feature a couple of major league Bad asses. Musical thrill-seekers will thrive on the adrenaline-pumping onslaught we have in store.
January 10 @ 9:00 pm
A coalition of local DJs – including Kronosaurus Flex and DJ Fossil – unleash their vinyl arsenals for an eclectic listening session, dance party and chill community gathering. Float down a river of sonic bliss as an expansive range of musical styles blend together effortlessly. Soak up the relaxed setting as you get turned on to deep cuts you never knew existed. For future reference, this event usually takes place on the last Wednesday of the month.
January 12 @ 5:00 pm
Hailing from the Bay Area, The Humidors have been churning out their own unique brand of party music for half a decade. Combining elements of hard-hitting funk, greasy soul, vintage R&B, soul jazz and more you can be sure that this eight-piece unit is committed to the groove in all its shapes and forms. With the recent addition of Andre Cruz’s soulful and heartfelt lead vocals, The Humidors are taking their music to the next level and ready to spread the Gospel of Funk to dance floors everywhere. Those 2017 dance moves are ready for a tune up and these are just the cats to do it.
January 13 @ 9:30 pm
Emerging from Ashland, Oregon, Eight Dollar Mountain serves up high-energy, traditionally inspired bluegrass inspired by some of the all-time greats like Bill Monroe, Flat & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Tony Rice. Their hard-driving rhythm pulls audiences onto the dance floor with a sound reflecting the roots of mountain music, blues and old time country. They sound familiar, like the tunes coming from the back porch of the neighborhood moonshiner, yet their energy carries the bluegrass tradition into the 21st century.
January 18 @ 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. The boys from Midnight North are back as special guests this month. Alex Jordan (keyboard/vocals) and Connor Croone (bass) have a powerful synergy with Jonny and Gary which has paid dividends on a handful of previous occasions. With the comfort level these four have, anything could happen. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Justin Purtill (guitar/vocals) from Stu Allen and Mars Hotel has just been added to the mix. This is going to launch into the stratosphere!
January 19 @ 9:00 pm
Joe Craven is a percussionist, mandolinist, violinist and multi-instrumental dynamo acclaimed for his work with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, David Lindley and many more. He is a pure performer with an electrifying stage presence, showering audiences with infectious, jubilant energy. Bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff has played and/or shared bills with jazz, blues and rock/pop greats Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, The Isley Brothers, Maceo Parker and many more. Bruce MacMillan lends impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bringing a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers. The quartet is now solidified with the addition of funky, jazz drummer Barry Eldridge. They will be featuring new material from their upcoming “Garcia Songbook” which pays tribute to Craven’s work in the early 90s with Garcia and Grisman. A fluid fusion of Americana, jazz, newgrass and Latin elements sets this band apart from any other.
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).