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State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS

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, December 27 ~ The Coffis Brothers

The Coffis Brothers
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Coffis Brothers

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains that have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. The band consists of Jamie Coffis (Vocals, Keyboard, ) Kellen Coffis (Vocals, guitar,) Kyle Poppen (Guitar,) Aidan Collins (Bass,) and Henry Chadwick (Drums.) They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense, melodic, rootsy and heartfelt. The songwriting duo of Jamie and Kellen show an obvious love for a bygone era of music and for groups like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young and The Beatles as well as a sense of maturity and experience beyond their years.

www.coffisbrothers.com

+Saturday, January 3 ~ Scary Little Friends

Scary Little Friends
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Scary Little Friends

Biography
Scary Little Friends is the Folk-Rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums, Jon Payne on bass, and Patrick Blizinski on keys. Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record their debut album, “From the Beginning”, which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff Buckley) and surfs-up psychedelic guitar; a trademark of the “San Francisco Sound”. Based in both Santa Cruz and SF with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

Since forming in early 2013, the band has quickly risen up in the local Bay Area music scene, performing with Folkyeah! and Loving Cup Presents, playing major Santa Cruz and SF shows at Rio Theatre, Don Quixote’s, Moe’s Alley, Brick & Mortar, Boom Boom Room, and Bottom of the Hill. The band has shared the stage with a variety national touring acts, such as: Boy & Bear, Chuck Prophet, Caravan Palace, Stone Foxes, Baptist Generals, Streets of Laredo, Jimbo Mathus, Debauche, Wildlife (Canada), Jail Weddings, Coffis Brothers, as well as Terrapin Crossroads staples Midnight North and Go By Ocean. They even shared the bill with Norah Jones for her surprise visit to Santa Cruz’s Crepe Place!
Description
Scary Little Friends is thoughtful and emotional rock/pop songwriting that we want you to hear. Awesome vocals and musicianship: www.soundcloud.com/scarylittlefriends
http://www.scarylittlefriends.com/
+Saturday, January 10~ TBA

To Be Announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, January 17 ~ TBA

To Be Announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, January 24 ~ TBA

To Be Announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, January 31 ~ Olivia Mancini + CB Brand

Olivia Mancini + CB Brand
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+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 14 ~ Edge of Art

Edge of Art
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, February 21 ~ Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, February 28 ~ TBA

To Be Announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, March 7 ~ Jim Lewin Band

Jim Lewin Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Thevianthrope

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 and Cupcakes

Hank and 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

Thevianthrope

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/