Author Archive | Damon Orion 333 333: Featured Musician

Local hip-hop artist 333’s output as a conscious freestyle rapper is an extension of his efforts “to grow and to learn more and more of who I am.” Whether making music, working as a coach and mentor or doing any of several different kinds of yoga, he’s constantly practicing what he refers to as […]

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Coffee Zombie Collective Featured Band

Coffee Zombie Collective: Featured Band

If Santa Cruz is about keeping it weird, then a quirky band like Coffee Zombie Collective is a natural choice as the musical entertainment for This Is How We Cruz, a celebration of all things Santa Cruz that will take place at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 8th. CZC specializes in twangy, tongue-in-cheek adaptations […]

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Marya Stark Unstoppable Joy

Marya Stark: Featured Musician

Along with creating rich, compelling music as a solo artist, local singer/songwriter Marya Stark plays in duos like Scarlet Crow and Stark Levity, works as a music therapist, teaches compassionate communication, practices Qigong and leads workshops for freeing up the voice. On the day that Local Santa Cruz spoke with Marya by phone, she had […]

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Gina René

Gina René: Featured Musician

Local Santa Cruz bids an affectionate farewell to R&B singer/songwriter Gina René, who relocated from Santa Cruz to L.A. in early May. As well as creating soulful, spirited original music, Gina has performed in the electronic soul group Soulstice with her brother Gabriel, sung backup for Michael Franti & Spearhead and appeared on The X […]

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Mike Ryan Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Santa Cruz Shakespeare – Finally Some Good News

Interview with Santa Cruz Shakespeare artistic director Mike Ryan Just over a year ago, Santa Cruz Shakespeare artistic director Mike Ryan received some distressing news: his theater company’s lease on Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, the spot in the UCSC redwoods that has been the site of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s summer presentations since 1981, had not been […]

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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel: Featured Musician

If you’ve heard his solo guitar adaptations of songs by The Beatles and Mason Williams that have been making the rounds on social media lately, you’ve undoubtedly uttered an expletive or two in appreciation of Australian-born fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuel’s gusto and technical prowess. A one-man band of sorts, Tommy simultaneously plays melodies, bass lines, […]

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Heather Christie

Heather Christie: Featured Artist

Santa Cruz-based singer/songwriter Heather Christie seems to spend every waking moment engaged in one creative project or another. Along with fronting the “bluestronica” duo Feral Fauna, she performs solo under the name of Cheraki, sings in the all-female soul/folk quartet Sirens of Soul and collaborates with artists like Subaqueous, Alia, David Block and SaQi. On […]

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Bridget Henry - Featured Artist

Bridget Henry: Ebb & Flow Featured Artist

Since at least as far back as the 15th century, people have been using the curious practice of dowsing in an attempt to find ground water, metals, ores and other materials. Dowsing involves the use of a forked rod or twig that supposedly twitches when pointed toward the substance or object that is being sought. […]

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