A casual concert series featuring independent artists and cheap beer!

Starting from day one – when Kuumbwa Jazz was founded forty years ago – budding local bands and musicians were featured on our concert billings, strengthening the local music scene by aligning its talent alongside nationally and internationally known masters. The tradition of Kuumbwa being a place for new and independent artists continues today with the Club Kuumbwa series. Oftentimes local, and oftentimes residing in genres slightly outside of jazz, the bands that are featured in this series are poised to become future stalwarts of our musical community and on our stage. With these all ages shows being held on weekend nights, with drink specials and inexpensive cover charges, Club Kuumbwa looks forward to broadening the pool of talented artists who feel at home on the Kuumbwa stage, as well as the audiences who will enjoy them.

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Abalone Grey // The Painted Horses

November 20 @ 9:00 PM

Strong vocal harmonies, engaging soulful lyrics and unique melodies make up the backbone of the band Abalone Grey. The band formed in late 2014 after players from various musical projects joined together at one of those classic and special musical gatherings on the north coast of Santa Cruz, CA. The members of Abalone Grey include: Bobcat Rob Armenti (vocals, guitar, banjo), Emma Rae Marie Shaw (vocals, bass), Kat Factor (vocals, guitar, washboard), Luke Kinney (vocals, mandolin, guitar) and Noah Freedman (fiddle/violin, vocals). As a group they showcase a strong collection of musical talent, translating into folk love ballads, murderous melodies and foot stomping rhythms.

The Painted Horses are a folk band from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Denys Kozakis, a Santa Cruz local, and Natosha Wengreen, growing up back and forth between Logan, Utah and Placervile, Ca, discovered their mutual love for songwriting and singing harmonies and started the project along with their good friend and musical partner Jon Payne on bass.  The trio make up the foundation of the band which adds the help of fellow musicians/friends for live shows and recordings. The bands  strong songwriting and gentle harmonies seem to connect them mostly with a folk genre that is all their own.

$5 at the door
Doors at 9:00pm – show at 9:30pm
All ages

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Steep Ravine // Patchy Sanders

December 4 @ 9:00 PM

Local favorites Steep Ravine‘s sound is equal parts poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, bending folk and bluegrass in compelling new directions while paying homage to the spirited Northern California landscape they call home. Joining them on the bill is Patchy Sanders. As Kenneth Pattengale from The Milk Carton Kids aptly puts it, “If Danny Elfman had a folk orchestra it would be Patchy Sanders. This is honest music full of nuance and dynamics.”

$12 advance / $15 at the door
Advance Tickets Available Here
Doors at 8:30pm
All ages