Archive for January, 2011

January 27, 2011


Looking for a peak into the Santa Cruz music scene from a local musicians perspective? Check out Keith Thompson’s blog – he’s committed to posting almost daily and seems to always have his finger on the pulse of “the” show happening in town.

You can also submit your upcoming show and get yourself on the calendar. Now you know.

Santa Cruz Jazz #5

January 26, 2011

The Jazz Society of Santa Cruz County is putting out the call for Tracks for the next Compilation Disc-  Santa Cruz Jazz CD #5.

Tracks should be
      * under 5 minutes in length
      * clearly recognizable as jazz
      * commercial cd sound quality
      * performed by local musicians who play regularly in SC county

Send tracks to JSSCC c/o 220 San Jose Ave, Santa Cruz 95060 or give them to a JSSCC person (house band or facilitator) at the Sunday jam

Final selection will be made by March or earlier, and we want to have them produced this April.

Join the ranks of bands in this recorded history of santa cruz jazz.

The 2011 NAMM Show

January 20, 2011

One Man’s Journey: The 2011 NAMM Show at the Convention Center in beautiful Anaheim, California:

Hellish shuttle ride from the airport with a distracted driver and a van full of people going to Disneyland. When she found out where I was headed, this one lady kept touching my back saying that I would have way more fun at Disney for the day. It took a lot for me not to spit on her and tell her that Mickey Mouse is Satan.

Upon entry to the convention, I was greeted by a Mexican accordion/guitar/bass/drums outfit playing on the stage sponsored by our friends at Roland. That was pretty cool. I really wish I got their name.

Into the main hall, I was pulled over by security to make way for the totally awesome rump shaking sounds of the Inglewood High School Marching Band. The guy next to me informed me they had the “hottest tuba player” he’d ever seen. I told him he was too old for her, but that didn’t seem to faze him much. They left everyone within earshot smiling.

Lots of middle-aged dudes with dyed Marky Ramone style mullets. So many it was hard not to notice.

I talked to the guys at Aquarian Drumheads who were very cool. We’ll be using and selling their products exclusively.

Ashdown Amps are awesome. Even though the overbearing Brit rep was blasting the guitar amps when I was trying to talk bass rigs with the sales dude from Tennessee. We’ll be working with them in the future for sure.

Can’t say the same about the fat mustaches at ProMark Drumsticks. When the first words out of their mouths were “we don’t…” I turned right off. Fuck them and their shitty sticks. The guys at Vic Firth Sticks were a little better, but still too ready with the “we don’ts.”

DW Kits had some cool looking drum sets, as did Pearl. But damn if these guys aren’t big business. Seems like you gotta have a million bucks just to get a word.

I like how so many of these companies hire slutty chicks in skimpy outfits to get you to check out their products. Where’s my shot of Jager and a Corona, honey? I already have a guitar pick. I guess it’s something to see for all those lonely salesmen.

Sorry, Sam from Splitshot, I didn’t buy a Leslie when I was down there. Too heavy to bring back on the plane. But it’s on the list.

Saw some familiar Santa Cruz faces: Universal Audio, Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Kyle the sound guy from the Catalyst, Your Music Magazine photog guy standing in some huge line to see a rock star. Lots of rock stars. I saw Kerry King (Slayer), Omar from Mars Volta, The Sublime drummer guy, Dr. Lonnie Smith (in another league, but what the hell), Cliff Williams (AC/DC)…the list is long at NAMM.

Any and all music merchandise was represented at NAMM. It’s a total circus. If you’re into music, you should definitely check it out some time. I was only there for four hours and I was exhausted when I left. It didn’t help that I was at SCRS til 1am the night before, and had to catch a 7am flight down to the OC. But it was a fun trip. Happy to be back.

First Friday – February 4 – “In Love With the Natural World” – Paintings by Mari Stauffer

January 18, 2011

We are really looking forward to this amazing show!

First Friday, February 4
“In Love With the Natural  World” – Paintings by Mari Stauffer
Artist Reception 6-9 pm
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street

Artist Bio:
Plants and animals are the subject matter for artist Mari Stauffer. A UCSC alumni with a BA in Painting & Drawing (emphasis in watercolor), her watercolor and acrylic paintings will be on display. From more representational depictions of flora and fauna, to her whimsical “Endangered Spacies” series, Mari Stauffer invites you to join her in celebrating the natural world around us.

The exhibit will be up for the entire month of February during  normal business hours (daily 10 am – midnight).

Check out all the First Friday events –

First Friday, January 7 from 6-9 p.m. – Robert Curzon – “Life in Abstract” – Abstract expressionistic paintings and drawings

January 1, 2011
First Friday, January 7
Robert Curzon – “Life in Abstract” – Abstract expressionistic paintings and drawings
Artist Reception – Friday, January 7 from 6-9 pm
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street

Artist Bio:

“I am an artist at heart and always have been. I grew up in a very artistic and musical household. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, anything from animals to landscapes. During my later years in high school I began drawing more abstract works in pencil, ink, and charcoal. After high school I started attending community college and took an abstract painting class which is what turned me onto oil painting. In addition to my interest in abstract expressionism I am also into figure drawing and painting.

I gain inspiration for my artwork through emotions, reflections on experiences in my life, through nature with all its wonder and complexity, textures, shapes and creatures, and through music and other artwork.

I am not a full time artist as it does not pay the bills; but it is a passionate hobby of mine. On much of my free time I am also  writing and playing music as I am also a guitarist and song-writer.
I am currently working part-time as a Research Associate at McGraw Hill, and attending school part-time working on my masters degree in Statistics at UCSC.”