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State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS

Whale Watching and Condor Spotting
10:00 AM - Noon, Saturday and Sunday - January through February
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
(831) 667-2315 

California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the vista point on Highway 1 at mile marker 37 just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available and have binoculars to share.

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

TOURS:
Winter hours: (November through March)
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m.
Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.
www.pointsur.org

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active Guided Hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. Activities run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Return next spring for the updated schedule.

Music in the Tavern

+Saturday, January 31 ~ CB Brand + Olivia Mancini

CB Brand + Olivia Mancini
10:00 PM ~ FREE

CB Brand

CB Brand

Tipping their hat to you from Shaky Town Northeast, CB Brand has been living up to it's moniker as "The Loch Ness Monster of Country Rock Outfits" for years now: appearing through the foam in grainy photos and sound recordings while reeling apologues bandied about in the bars and living rooms of regional hamlets.

With Chadwick Brown vocally/rhyhmically steering the group of Austin Macnutt on guitar, Chris Camacho on bass, and Mike Scutari of drums… the band slides across the spectrum of country and boogie rock music akin to the glowing lamp on an old Wonderbar radio leading down the road to the sparkling river of the lost weekend ahead.

Peppered in with original classics, including the California regional hit "Let's Go Get Stoned" and the favorite-in-Kuala Lumpur "She Came With The Whiskey", CB Brand's long haul sets flip through a well stocked rock and rollodex to work out hand-tooled versions of songs from waypoints on the musical map including Blue Cheer, Love, The Bee Gees, John Phillips, Canned Heat, Terry Allen, Merle Haggard, Rolling Stones, J.J. Cale, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Paycheck, The Kinks and on down the road to that Stuckey's glowing in the distance...

www.mypsace.com/cbbrand

http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/cb-brand/20054975-37382514

Olivia Mancini

Olivia Mancini

Olivia Mancini's sense for melody will make any songwriter jealous. Olivia Mancini is one of the few female live acts coming out of Washington, D.C. that is equally appealing to a male audience as well as a female audience. Olivia Mancini's folk-pop roots combined with her true Rock 'n' Roll aesthetic embraces every sense of American culture. Olivia Mancini has been touring the U.S. and Europe for more than 10 years,performing her original songs as a singer-songwriter, or with her bands, Olivia & the Mates, and Astra Via.
http://www.oliviamancini.com

+Friday, February 6 ~ (((folkYEAH!))) Presents Sean Hayes

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents 10 Year Anniversary Show Series
Sean Hayes (Trio performance)

Show 10PM - 12:30AM
TICKETS $30

Sean Hayes

www.seanhayesmusic.com

+Saturday, February 7, 2015 ~ Saffell

Saffell
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Billy Martini Show

An old piano lands in the house when Saffell is in forth grade.

He opens the lid and sees what looks like miles of black and White keys. His eyes go wide and Saffell begins to tinker. Having already won the School writing contest at La Fiesta Elementary school, landing his photo in the local paper, lyrics were soon to find there way into Saffell's new musical expression. By high school Saffell had gathered an early repertoire of original songs. He went on to mentor privately with renowned touring and recording artist Doc Collins and in addition earned his associates degree in music in Santa Cruz. In School Saffell learned theory but with Doc he learned that and more, the discipline
and art of good songwriting.

Alongside Saffell's passion for music was his talent with a paintbrush, his quest for spiritual practice and a longing to travel. By a series of serendipitous events Saffell found himself on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota at a Lakota Sioux Sundance Ceremony. Just a 19 year old white kid from California participating in an ancient sweat lodge ceremony. Two years later he found him self in Florida at an ashram learning kria yoga with a revered master from India. These would prove to be only the beginning of an ongoing adventure in spiritual discovery and practice.

All these experiences and more have found there way into Saffells lyrics and music. Singing about moments of awakening, as well as the trials of our shared human mistakes and moments of darkness. Like all of us Saffell has had to face his own demons and personal loss. Not the least of which was the passing of his mother when he was 7. Through all of this Saffell has continued to evolve and mature as a songwriter and as a human being.

He currently performs as a trio, with Bill O'Donnell on Drums and Matt Pasquale on bass.

Saffell is based in Northern California and his blend of groove, originality, and natural talent is capturing the attention of music lovers up and down the state. At first listen the rhythm and hook, the slide and swagger of Saffels music will grab you. But there is also a depth to Saffell's songs and lyrics that doesn't readily present itself.

Like all great music, these songs keep delivering the more you listen. Ultimately inviting you into the childlike wonder of music that we all share. Like a child opening a piano for the first time.

www.saffellmusic.com

 

+Saturday, February 21 ~ Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us Record Release Party

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us Record Release Party
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

+Saturday, February 28 ~ TBA

To Be Announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, March 7 ~ Jim Lewin Band

Jim Lewin Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

THE Jim Lewin Band!

Jim Lewin is a guitar slinger and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. He's made a name for himself as a go-to picker in Americana, Jamband, and Bluegrass circles as a member of high-level acts such as Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton, and Frank Wakefield. Lewin currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA, and has toured the world as a sideman, played on countless independent records and enjoyed national radio airplay.

A member of alt-country favorite Great American Taxi, Lewin's songwriting has been featured on the last two releases, both of which landed in the top 10 Americana Radio charts. He also fronts his own band, Jim Lewin Band, where he is able to showcase more of his quirky, fun originals, and skillful guitar work. The Jim Lewin Band plays Rock n' Roll and Americana with a hippie Jamband flavor that will appeal to fans of Grateful Dead, The Band, Wilco and Neil Young. Members include Bill Laymon (Jefferson Starship, New Riders of the Purple Sage), Marty Carpenter (Freddy Fender, Lucky Tubb), Charlie Wallace (Cake), and Lachlann Kane (JGB).

Jim also occasionally appears solo and in various other musical endeavors. Some of the other big names Jim has done limited performing or recording with include heavyweights Don Was, Bill Kreutzmann, Gillian Welch and Peter Rowan.

http://www.jimlewin.com/

+Saturday, March 14 ~ Hank & Cupcakes

Hank & Cupcakes
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Hank & Cupcakes

Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are everything you would not expect them to be. Named in reference to notorious Charles 'Hank' Bukowski and one of his lovers 'Cupcakes', this Brooklyn based duo by way of Tel Aviv Israel & Melbourne Australia are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers.

With their full luscious sound, breathtaking stage personas and the brutal honesty with which they play, Pedal board magician Hank commands an army of pedals with his bass guitar while powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes dominates the drums standing up while belting out emotive and groove filled vocals, making it difficult to believe there are only two people on stage. Pinpointing down to a certain genre of music is hard with this duo.

With a recklessness reminiscent of Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an early RHCP rawness, a fun-punk Ting Tings vibe and a 'The Kills' raw rock sex appeal, Hank & Cupcakes are the embodiment of all of those, creating a new hybrid of music motivated by true freedom and boundless limits.

Hailed by MTV as a "Fresh new artist with an infectious blend of electro pop goodness" by Paste Magazine as "Irresistibly Danceable" and as having a "Funky Fresh Sound" by the New York Post, the powerful duo broke away from the music industry and a BMG label contract just over a year ago in order to be free of artistic manipulation and corporate BS.

Becoming a truly independent band, Hank & Cupcakes recorded, produced & mixed their second studio album 'CA$H 4 GOLD' on their own and are now honing their explosive live performances in front of audiences as they tour the country.

http://www.hankandcupcakes.com/

 

+Saturday, March 21 ~ Thevianthrope

Thevianthrope
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Thevianthrope

Therianthrope is the musical duo of tabla/percussionist, Miles Shrewsbery, and Nylon string guitarist, Dusty Brough. Their music is inspired from their diverse backgrounds in Indian Classical Music, Flamenco, Balkan music, Jazz, and pop, as well as their love for surfing and the ocean. Because of their mutual love for all kinds of music in addition to riding waves, Dusty and Miles began creating a new kind of musical fusion between indian rhythms, nylon string guitar, and the flowing-ness of the sea. Therianthrope is a a unique musical journey that encompasses an almost genre-less approach to rhythm, melody and the ocean that is sure to surprise you! 
milesshrewsbery.com
dustybrough.com
avaazrecords.com

+Saturday, March 28 ~ The Painted Horses

The Painted Horses
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Thevianthrope

The Painted Horses are a folk band from the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. 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.

The band formed in early 2014, mostly talking and dreaming of what was to come. In August 2014 the band began recording at the famous Prairie Sun Studios in Northern California, bringing musicians from all over the bay area to create and perform original songs. The album highlights masterful performances by Dan Lebowitz (ALO) on pedal steel, Jason Crosby (Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh) on piano/violin and Jeff Wilson on drums and banjo. Their debut album "Ponderosa Pines" is due out in March 2015 and is not to be overlooked.

http://thepaintedhorsesmusic.com/

+Saturday, April 11 ~ Jim Lewin Band

Jim Lewin Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Jim Lewin Band

Jim Lewin is a guitar slinger and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. He's made a name for himself as a go-to picker in Americana, Jamband, and Bluegrass circles as a member of high-level acts such as Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton, and Frank Wakefield. Lewin currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA, and has toured the world as a sideman, played on countless independent records and enjoyed national radio airplay.

A member of alt-country favorite Great American Taxi, Lewin's songwriting has been featured on the last two releases, both of which landed in the top 10 Americana Radio charts. He also fronts his own band, Jim Lewin Band, where he is able to showcase more of his quirky, fun originals, and skillful guitar work. The Jim Lewin Band plays Rock n' Roll and Americana with a hippie Jamband flavor that will appeal to fans of Grateful Dead, The Band, Wilco and Neil Young. Members include Bill Laymon (Jefferson Starship, New Riders of the Purple Sage), Marty Carpenter (Freddy Fender, Lucky Tubb), Charlie Wallace (Cake), and Lachlann Kane (JGB).

Jim also occasionally appears solo and in various other musical endeavors. Some of the other big names Jim has done limited performing or recording with include heavyweights Don Was, Bill Kreutzmann, Gillian Welch and Peter Rowan.

http://www.jimlewin.com/