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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Steep Ravine // Kendra McKinley 

May 22 @ 9:00 PM

Returning to the Club Kuumbwa series are two of our celebrated local groups and artists. Steep Ravine is currently working on their forthcoming second album, The Pedestrian, combining elements of folk, jazz, bluegrass and pop. This show will be the band’s Santa Cruz album release celebration. Kendra McKinley, after celebrating the release of her folky debut album Chestnut Street at Kuumbwa a couple years back, has just released the Beatles, Flaming Lips-esque single “Do What You Want.”

Doors at 9:00 PM
$12 Adv/$15 Door
Advance Tickets Here
No phone reservations
All ages



Spurs // Painted Horses

June 20 @ 8:30 PM

Painted Horses formed in early 2014, mostly through talking and dreaming of what was to come. Denys Kozakis and Natosha Wengreen discovered their mutual love for songwriting and singing harmonies and started the project along with their good friend and musical partner Jon Payne. Their debut album, Ponderosa Pines, was released in March. As the Santa Cruz Weekly puts it, “Spurs breathe the spring-like freshness of their down-to-earth, soulful tunes…” This lo-fi alt-folk group explores depth of sound and subject matter within the span of a scenic drive, often layering guitars, cello, organs, and percussion over a centralized rhythmic acoustic theme.

Doors at 8:00 PM
$5 at the door
All ages