Calendar of Events



Today’s Date:
Tuesday, September 1,, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189

Cow Cliffs and Elephant Trunk Highway 1 Projects

*UPDATE #16*

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES – A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is underway.  It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.
Construction this week will include the continuation of drilling and placing of metal piles. Due to Labor Day traffic restrictions, we will not close the road neither this Thursday night, Sept. 3 nor next Tuesday night, Sept. 8. This phase of the project continues with full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point which began June 22 is tentatively scheduled through the end of November, weather permitting. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 10 pm until 7 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 10 pm.  All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this roadwork.
Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.
The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

Cow Cliffs and Elephant Trunk Highway 1 Projects
Photo of drilling hole to place pile



MONTEREY COUNTY – A primarily daytime ∏-mile project to construct a viaduct along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from south of Big Creek Bridge to South of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur was postponed and will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, Caltrans officials announced today.
Cow Cliffs work for this week will consist of continuing signal installation and modifying the existing striping for the new signal. Traffic control consists of flagging at the existing traffic signal overnight from 8pm until 6am Sunday through Thursday (Friday morning). Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time during daytime roadwork.  However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December, after the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall overnight closures have been completed.
The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur.  Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for regular updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.
In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.
The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Cow Cliffs and Elephant Trunk Highway 1 Projects
Photo of Cow Cliffs area with existing 24/7 traffic signal

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway
construction zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

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State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family


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 through Labor Day weekend.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park amphitheatreSTATE PARK ACTIVITIES
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only
When: Every Day at 10 AM
Where: Meet staff at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)
When: Every Day at 11:30 AM
Where: Meet staff at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
What: Half hour of storytelling, games and activities

Saturday, September 5th
2:00 p.m.
"Big Sur River Gorge Exploration"

Join Dustin on a hour long adventure to one of our park's most beautiful places. Rock scramble, splash, and climb your way back to the best swimming hole on the river. Bring your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3

3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Discovering Pfeiffer Falls"

Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program: "Talent Show!"

Do you have a hidden talent? Come show it off at the campfire center! Tell a story, perform a skit, sing, dance or tell a joke. ALL AGES WELCOME, Must be family friendly. Headphone jack and iPod hook-up available for music accompaniment. Sign-up at the show.

Sunday, September 6th
2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Redwoods—Giants of the Forest"

Join Dustin at the Campfire Center for a one hour program about Redwoods. We will stroll through the redwoods and learn how they survive in this unique Big Sur environment.

3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Big Sur through the Ages"

Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer's Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

7:30 p.m.
Campfire Program "Step Back in Time"

Join Park Interpreter Sara for some old time music and a photo history of this park. Learn who built the campground and the about people who have called this park home for the past 82 years. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Meet at the Campfire Center.


Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, including holidays.

Discovery CenterCome visit the Discovery Center in Big Sur, California located at Andrew Molera State Park. At the Discovery Center, you can see and interact with the exhibit Bringing the Condors Home and learn about condors and the efforts to recover the birds to the wild.

The Discovery Center is a great place for anyone interested in spending time in beautiful Big Sur, going on breathtaking hikes with views of the mountains and ocean. Bring your family or friends and have a picnic, sign up for tours or interact with on-site biologists and naturalists. The Discovery Center is open to the public and free of charge and was created and managed by the Ventana Wildlife Society.

Point Sur Lighthouse

"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.

Summer Hours
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Adult $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.

Moonlight Tours
August 28, Friday - 6:45 PM
August 29, Saturday - 6:45 PM

September 27, Sunday - 6:45 PM
Adults $20.00,
Ages 6-17 $10.00
Age 5 and under are free.


Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago. Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Music Calendar

+Saturday, September 5 ~ Scary Little Friends

Scary Little Friends
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Cosby

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!

+Saturday, September 12 ~ French Cassettes

French Cassettes
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Cosby

Infectious melodies with booty-shaking rhythm, in the style of big slappin' beats.

+Saturday, September 19 ~ Sky Country

Sky Country
10:00 PM ~ Free

Sky Country

Sky Country offers up warm, hazy sun-soaked Rock n Roll inspired by the coasts and deserts of the western frontier - a genuine California sound born and bred from the lineages of renegade surf culture and ramblers of the lost nowhere lands to the east. The songs amble down the bleached highways and byways of windswept americana where guitars can still sound like bones, drums still barrel down the tracks, and poets still wink and grumble at the human heart.

Nico Georis - vocals,keys,guitar
Mikey Selbicky - vocals,guitar,
Adam Zerbe - vocals,bass
Will Condon - drums

+Saturday, September 25 + 26 ~ (((folkYEAH!))) Presents 2 Day Camping weekend with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents Two Day Camping weekend in Big Sur with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Fountainsun (featuring Daniel Higgs + Fumie Ishii)
Heron Oblivion
Meg Baird

Friday, Sept 25
Saturday, September 26

Music on the campground stage plus the tavern stage.


+Saturday, October 3 ~ Split Screens

Split Screens
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Split Screens

The project of San Francisco multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, Split Screens' music has always seemed to exist within its own, slow-moving world. Sculpting a place where elegant vocals meet gentle swathes of rich instrumentation, his creations always feels undeniably widescreen; a vivid projection of the cracks found between our own surroundings and those we imagine. Much like the collage art pieces he also produces, Cafiero crafts pop songs that feel like a meeting of disparate worlds; sonic landscapes that take in the old and the new, the rough and the smooth.

2012's self-titled EP was a wistful kick-starting of the Split Screens project, housing five introspective compositions that offered a heartening deviation from the hurried rush of the day. A far more fleshed-out affair, debut full-length 'Before The Storm' added a muscular backbone to Cafiero's skeletal frameworks, with far sturdier layers of percussion, brass, and even a sitar, resulting in a truly distinctive record - and one that would gain far wider recognition when the gorgeous haze of 'Close Of Your Eyes' was picked-up by hit TV show 'Bones'.

With this body of work behind him, Cafiero continues to look forward, finishing 2015 with a local residency and an upcoming west coast tour. The progression, again, is there for all to see, with the new songs sounding resoundingly alive; the kind of emotive, resonant pop songs that usually spill from far more seasoned artists. With his artwork becoming more ingrained within his musical creations and a live show based around varying sound-bites and samples, Cafiero's craft is quickly becoming as impressively far-reaching as the landscapes that so inspire him.

+Friday, October 9 ~ Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell
10:00 PM

Midnight Pine

Jeff's onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opening for multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition out of over 13,000 entrants in 2013, Jeff Campbell released "In Spite of Everything", a 5 song EP produced by 6x Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, late that year. The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock EPs and Singles Charts.

+Saturday, October 10 ~ McHugh & Devine

McHugh & Devine
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Midnight Pine

McHugh (Donegal, Ireland) and Devine (New City, New York) met in early 2014 at a West Coast Songwriters competition in San Francisco, CA. Both new to the scene at the time, they decided to combine forces and begin writing songs together. Fast forward almost two years later and you can find McHugh & Devine touring throughout the West Coast as a 4-piece band to support their self-produced EP titled The Movie Blues.

Constantly genre hopping, the band's live show is captivating. And it all stems from the duo's synergy. While Devine leads the way with strong lead vocals and rhythm guitar, McHugh carries the band as he switches instruments nearly every song and adds spot-on vocal harmonies. The end result is a contagious mix of positive energy and originality. Rock N' Roll, Americana, Pop, Bluegrass, Country, and Folk… that's McHugh & Devine. It's twenty-something blues with a nostalgic twist.

McHugh & Devine just placed 2nd in the 2015 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest for their single "Flame".


+Saturday, October 24 ~ Junk Parlor

Junk Parlor
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Junk Parlor

Junk parlor is a gypsy junk rock band born from the mind and musical wanderings of Jason Vanderford. Sounds of rock, underlying gypsy jazz rhythms and a 50's tinge create a familiar yet twisted up sound that steers you off the beaten path. Vanderford has a throaty howling voice that ranges from a cool low croon to an all out bawl, alluding to tales of fantastical love, late night betrayal and wily satisfaction.

Vanderford leads the band with his beckoning vocals, acoustic banjo and rhythm guitar alongside Jimmy Grant's Django infused lead electric guitar. Backed by an uncompromising beat from drummer and cajón player Rt Goodrich and the growling electric fretless bass of Tim Bush, Junk Parlor is a dreamscape junkyard of sounds based out of San Francisco, California. Their debut album "Wild Tones" was released October 2013 and they recently completed their first Pacific Northwest tour.

Junk Parlor's members have played the gamut of festivals and prestigious venues including Outside Lands, Kate Wolfe Fest, Djangofest, Gaia Fest and SXSW to name a few. Jason Vanderford has played, recorded and toured with the Americano Social Club, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Clint Bakers New Orleans Jazz Band, Little Charlie's Caravan, Avatar Ensemble and Seth Ford Young Quartet. Jimmy has lead the Jimmy Grant Ensemble and accompanied George Cole, Gonzalo Bergara and Tim Kliphuis. Rt Goodrich has laid down rhythms and toured with Staggerwing, Beso Negro and Standing Room Only. Tim Bush has played extensively with Danny Montana, Sweetie Pie and the Doughboys, Chuck Day, Sam Andrew, Jim Martin, and Freddie Roulette.


+Saturday, October 31 ~ Gunkadeit

10:00 PM ~ FREE

Junk Parlor

GUNAKADEIT, pronounced (goo-naka-date) is the pop project of Natasha Kozaily, a third culture kid from the Cayman Islands, with Lebanese roots, now residing in California.

+Saturday, November 7 ~ Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers from Santa Cruz, CA evoke the sound of the epic party times of 1929. This distinctively high-energy crew lures their audience back in time through the Southern boulevards into a world of sinnin', salvation, and bathtub gin, revisiting a place where the hardships of life are cause for a high-spirited musical celebration. With piano, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, violin, drums, bass, and sassy female vocals at the helm, The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers bring a fresh twist to the genres of 1920's/30's New Orleans Prohibition era Jazz, Barrelhouse, Dixieland, and Old-Time by incorporating modernized themes into their lyrics and a small but present jamband component to their music. The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers have nearly sold out their very first two shows and hope to complete their first recording by years end.

Band members are an all-star cast coming from diverse musical backgrounds and local projects such as Flor De Cana, Shady Groove, Deep Ellum, Samba Stilt Circus, China Cats, Coffee Zombie Collective, Channel One, and more.

+Saturday, November 14 ~ Billy Martini Show

Billy Martini Show
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Billy Martini Show

Santa Cruz rockers, Billy Martini and Steve Allison have been playing and writing music together for years, but when Billy Martini stepped from behind the drum kit and took the microphone and a feather boa, The Billy Martini Show was born.

Hard rockin' tunes along the lines of Foo Fighters and AC/DC, and a stage show with costume changes and dancing girls that has been compared to The Tubes and KISS…

"The Billy Martini Show cranks out a full out fun show of rock the way it was meant to be performed: with style". –Skott Freedman (

"An infectious brand of high octane rock and roll". –Garrett Wheeler (Metro Santa Cruz)

The Billy Martini Show has shared the bill with national acts such as Pat Travers Band and The Tubes, have played at multiple festivals such as X-Fest in Modesto, and First Friday in Las Vegas. The band has played more than 300 shows in the 5 years they have been together.

Their first two albums, "Like No Other" (2007) and "Pajama Party A Go-Go" (2009), are available on iTunes and CDBaby, and their third release, "Love Sombrero" is due out this fall. Here's what the media had to say about the first two records:

"Welcome to The Billy Martini Show and be prepared to rock. From the first track to the last, this CD (Like No Other) is a testosterone pumped homage to the rock and roll lifestyle". – Darryl Gregory (

"Pajama Party A Go-Go is the full package. It's everything arena rock should be in a tight little shrink wrapped case: boisterous, flamboyant, full of catchy hooks and powerhouse lyrics". – Jessica Skelton (Your Music Magazine)

The Billy Martini Show also has a 70's Musical Tribute available for private events, Festivals, Casinos, and live music venues.

+Saturday, November 21 ~ Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings
10:00 PM ~ Tickets TBA

Mason Jennings

Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following.

Jennings was born in 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but moved to Pittsburgh with his family shortly after. While still a young boy, his father moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and sent his son a series of tapes featuring bands that were storming the then-fertile Twin City music scene. Inspired, Jennings picked up a guitar and starting writing songs by the age of 13. Three years later, Jennings decided to pursue a career in music and promptly dropped out of school, opting instead to move to Minneapolis and work on his songs full-time. At 19, he'd already attracted the attention of a major booking agency and begun receiving offers from record companies, but Jennings was more interested in a situation that would offer him creative freedom, not a fast influx of cash. Jennings soon retreated to his apartment and began working on his first album, which he recorded and scrapped four times before finally settling on a final track list.

In 2013, before setting to work on his latest album, at the advice of a friend, the Minnesota-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist holed up in the back room of his wood-nestled cabin studio with just a guitar, electric piano, bookshelf, notebook, tape recorder, and one 90-minute cassette—then wrote all winter long. Emerging with the notebook and tape full of about 30 new songs, Jennings decided to skip his standard approach of self-recording and called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list-plucked lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result of those "dream collaborations" and his own hard-won inspiration, 'Always Been', released November 2013, proves to be Jennings's most radiant and refined effort of his career.

Over his 12-year career, Mason has released an extensive and diverse collection of 10 albums. His catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, literary and historical themes, and distinctive voice have created a rabid and loyal fan base. His records have sold over 250k in the US alone.
Mason has compiled a storied and beautiful catalog of music and continues to produce thought provoking creative new music for fans to enjoy.