YOSVANY TERRY QUARTET Saxophone prodigy Yosvany Terry stuns listeners with his latest, ancestral memoriesan effortlessly captivating 10-track suite. The native Cuban combines inspiration from Africa and France with a killer modern jazz ensemble. Yosvany leads the quartet alongside the brilliant French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, his brother Yunior on double bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts on the trap set. $36.76/$42; $21 students. Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. kuumbwajazz.org.
PACIFIC ROOTS After several years on the scene, the Santa Cruz-based reggae rockers regrouped with a new lineup, returning to their roots in 2019. The band’s mission is to deliver a blend of punk, rock, ska and reggae that channels the Californian vibe ignited by Sublime more than two decades ago. Boardwalk shows take place on the Colonnade Stage on the beach at Neptune’s Kingdom – the dance area is in front of the stage. Free. Thursday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. The Colonnade at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. (Free Movie at the Beach features Ghostbusters: Life After Death on Friday, July 22, 9 p.m.). beachboardwalk.com.
‘CANDIDE!’ With the score by the incomparable Leonard Bernstein and lyrical contributions from the subversive and legendary Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler’s book is transformed into a fast-paced musical about Candide. “Baron Thunder-Ten-Tonck’s illegitimate cousin” is expelled from his homeland, dragged into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, cheated of a fortune, shipwrecked on a deserted island and separated from his true love Cunégonde. $25-60. Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. (runs Saturday, August 13). Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. cabrillostage.universitytickets.com.
JESSE COLIN YOUNG In support of his recently released Highway TroubadourSinger-songwriter Jesse Colin Young — the Youngbloods’ founding frontman — delivers intimate acoustic shows across the country with his “Highway Troubadour.” Tour.” At age 80, the longtime musician continues to showcase his powerful tenor voice and expert fingerpicking on re-recorded solo performances of tunes from Young’s entire catalogue, including an altered version of Youngbloods classic ‘Sugar Babe’ and a stripped down rendition of ‘Dreamers’ “Throw a Rock.” Of course, the popular sing-along song “Get Together” remains one of the most inspirational hits of the ’60s $33/$48 plus fees Friday, July 22, 8 p.m. Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. www.riotheatre.com.
WAVES WITH BOYO AND SMUT Waves broke big with the 2010s king of the beachthe outfit’s third record — it made several lists, including pitchfork‘s “Top 50 Albums of 2010”. The unpolished hook-laden garage rock nuggets in the style of dookie-era Green Day are exploding with an I-don’t care attitude, and the band’s unpredictable and talented frontman Nathan Williams has helped propel the band into one of the most popular indie acts of the last decade. The San Diego rockers recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the LP. $22/$25 plus fees. Friday, July 22, 9 p.m. Catalyst Atrium, 1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. katalystclub.com.
‘THEWELFTH NIGHT’ Directed by Paul Mullins, director of The Agitators, Pride and Prejudice, Love’s Labor Lost, The 39 Steps and hamlet, Twelfth Night is the story of Viola who, along with a group of others, has been physically and emotionally shipwrecked. “Stuck in old notions of love and sorrow that have become so stale they have become something entirely different, from winter to spring the world of Illyria is rocked by the passions of young Viola, who disguises herself as a man to become to survive.” Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. Visit santacruzshakespeare.org for more information about Santa Cruz Shakespeare.
THE CALIFORNIA HONEY DROPS WITH PAPIBA AND FRIENDS Led by bubbly multi-instrumental talent Lech Wierzynski, the California Honeydrops have been delivering a smorgasbord of R&B, funk, soul, blues and just about every other musical genre since 2007. The Bay Area collective’s live shows resemble epic dance parties more than concerts. To celebrate their anniversary and return to live performances, the Honeydrops released covers from the cave, a unique series collection album featuring, well, covers of their favorite songs. Meanwhile, their 2022 Lil Bit of Lovin’ Tour is a hyperactive spectacle filled with pent-up energy from the enforced two-year hiatus. $45/$49 plus fees. Friday 22 July and Saturday 23 July at 8 p.m. Felton Music Hall, 6275 9 Highway, Felton. feltonmusichall.com.
CABRILLO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL Dubbed “Music of Our Time, For Our Time,” the special two-week event returns with live performances at the Civic Auditorium and other venues across the county. Visit cabrillomusic.org for more information about the event. Sunday 24th July to Sunday 7th August.
ANIMAL PROTECTION RECORDS NEW SPACES The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter invites the public to visit the new cat and rabbit areas at the shelter, located at 1001 Rodriguez St. in Santa Cruz. Visit the shelter for “Bedtime Stories with Shelter Animals” on July 29 between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring their favorite book and visit the shelter to read to the dogs, cats and rabbits. On July 30th, all shelter animals will be available for a Pay it Forward adoption donation of the adopter’s choice. The suggested donation ranges from $20 to $200, and adopters can choose a fund for their donation to go to: Planned Pethood Fund (low-cost/free spay/neuter) or Extra Mile Fund (special life-saving procedures for homeless animals).
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SECOND HARVEST To mark Santa Cruz County’s 50th anniversary of service, the dinner will host local and national speakers commemorating the 44-year tenure of outgoing CEO Willy Elliot-McCrea. The event is public. $50. Thursday, July 21, 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. [email protected].
LET US TALK ABOUT IT Let’s Talk About It: Finding Common Threads Through Conversation is an interactive event aimed at bringing people together for conversations based on curiosity and to connect across differences. It is jointly organized by the CRC and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Dialogues cover a wide range of identities and experiences. People with misunderstood and marginalized religious identities, police officers, activists and people affected by homelessness. The two people engage in a conversation that promotes empathy and understanding. Free. Sunday, July 23, 2 p.m. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org.
STORYTIME FOR TODDLERS The weekly bilingual program – in person – includes sing-alongs, nursery rhymes and books that encourage early literacy. Free. Wednesday, July 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Freedom Branch Library (meeting room), 2021 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. cityofwatsonville.org.
SANTA CRUZ SANDHILLS TOUR Experience Santa Cruz’s most fragile ecosystem, the Sandhills, during a two-mile guided hike. Learn about the formation of the habitat and the unique plants and animals that are adapted to the area. Meet at the campsite’s amphitheater on Graham Hill Road and travel through a breathtaking mountain setting. Free ($10/daily parking fee). Sunday, July 24, 9am-11am. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton. thatsmypark.org.
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