Patti Maxine & Friends; Friday, September 13, 2013


Patti Maxine & Friends
Friday, September 13
Kuumbwa Jazz

“AceSteeler” – Good Times Weekly

Patti Maxine is one of the best lap steel guitarists you will ever hear. She is a member of Sherry Austin with Henhouse and The Island Breeze Band and frequently sits in with other local bands including Miss Lonely Hearts, Ho’omana, and The Juncos.  Patti began gigging professionally at a young age, and it wasn’t long before she gained a reputation for her skillful guitar playing, establishing herself as a top flight musician, and one who was very much in-demand for recording sessions. She is right at home in any style of music, wherever the lap steel guitar can shine. She is also a gifted singer who can touch your heart with her vocal styling.

Patti Maxine grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where she learned her future stock-in-trade from lap steel guitar legend Elmer Ridenhour. It was Ridenhour’s idea that Patti, who was 14 at the time, learned to play the lap steel guitar. Originally, she had wanted to learn standard guitar, but fell in love with the lap steel. Its expressive vocal-like quality easily won her over.  A quick study, Patti was soon performing on an instrument where females were a rarity in those days. At 17, she won the International Lap Steel competition in Ohio.  She also developed a passion for Hawaiian music, a style of music where the lap steel guitar plays a major role. Her deftness on the instrument has led to performing with such high profile, popular Hawaiian musicians as Eddie Kamae, Cyril Pahanui, John Cruz and Stephen Inglis.

In the mid-’70s, Patti relocated to Santa Cruz and was one of the original members of  Saddle Up & Boogie, bringing Western Swing-oriented music to the Monterey Bay Area. Four decades later, she is still one of the busiest, most in-demand, musicians in town, performing as a solo act, and within many other groups and configurations. Patti is also very active in education and a supporter of Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit youth music program. With her signature long thick grey locks, she is the co-founder of the Patti Maxine Living Wig Foundation, a fundraiser for WomenCare (

She’ll be joined onstage September 13th by a hand-picked group of stellar talent:  (Dorian Michael (San Luis Obispo), lead guitar, Jak Nobel (Oakland), lead guitar, Alisa Rose (San Francisco), fiddle, Matt Bohn (Santa Cruz), bass, and Rick Alegria (San Jose), drums and surprise local guests.  Together they will perform many styles of music including Western Swing, Hawaiian, Folk, Standards, Americana and originals.

Patti Maxine & Friends

DATE: Friday, September 13, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan


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