Saturday 8.6 & Sunday 8.7, 2016 | 11am – 8pm
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, the Church Street Fair offers an inspiring immersion into the famously vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz, California, as expressed through music, dance, art, food, and wine. Non-stop music and dance from across the globe will keep your spirits high as local DJ and emcee Brett Taylor introduces performers from the Church Street Stage. You’ll select from a variety of local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and explore the work of dozens of regional artists and craftspeople. Held each year in early August in front of the Civic Auditorium in downtown Santa Cruz, the Church Street Fair is the quintessential summertime festival. Free activities for children and their families include the Creativity Tent for Kids and the Cabrillo Festival’s Free Family Concert with Tour of the Orchestra.
The Church Street Fair is a collaboration between the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the City of Santa Cruz’ Civic Auditorium. If you are an interested art or food vendor, please contact the Civic for more information: 831.420.5260.
2016 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMANCES
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
11:15am THE GREAT MORGANI
Clad head-to-toe in flamboyant performance attire, this master accordion player and local treasure has a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs from around the globe.
12:15pm SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE
Young dancers and burgeoning ballerinas on pointe present ballet with precision training and exquisite choreography.
1:00pm SAMBA CRUZ
Smooth Brazilian music styles from sambas to bossa novas, baiao, choro and more.
2:15pm THE UKULELE DICK SHOW
Ukulele Dick expertly explores the breadth of the instrument with a swinging collection of songs from the Great American Songbook, Blues, Jazz, Novelty and more.
3:15pm DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE
Desert Dream’s continuous creativity melds an exotic and colorful palette of belly dance styles into an always-irresistible performance.
4:15pm DOMU AFRICA
Domu Africa conveys the Griot traditions of Senegal, West Africa with powerful performances including percussion, vocals, and dance.
5:15pm BRYN LOOSLEY AND THE BACK PAGES
Americana music that radiates soul and heart, this popular band brings their songs to life with thoughtful arrangements and driving rhythms.
6:30pm 7 COME 11
This Hammond organ-fueled fever-dream trio pushes the musical envelope and turns the funky grooves of 60s and 70s legends into something exciting and entirely new.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 (11:15am-7:45pm)
Traditional Mexican dance and music performed by two folkloric youth groups making their Church Street Stage debut–Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensamble Musical.
12:15pm BANANA SLUG STRING BAND
With guitars, voices, crazy characters, and an extraordinary ability to connect with children, these “eco-warriors” change the world–one child at a time!
1:00pm FREE FAMILY CONCERT inside the Civic
The Free Family Concert starts with a Tour of the Orchestra! Then Marin Alsop and the Festival Orchestra perform the hilarious and engaging Mr. Smith’s Composition, narrated by the composer himself, Greg Smith.
2:30pm WATSONVILLE TAIKO
This ancient Japanese drumming tradition brings together rhythm, movement and harmony in traditional and contemporary works.
3:30pm TRU SCHOOL HIP HOP
A unique style of Hip Hop and Street Dance for audiences of all ages.
4:15pm THE DOWN BEETS
Bluegrass meets “new grass,” with creative originals and complex arrangements of beloved standards.
5:00pm PARADISE SOUL SAVERS
Mixing soul music, New Orleans R&B, and Detroit funk with a selection of rare tunes from the 60s and 70s.
A Santa Cruz favorite, SambaDá is rooted in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, but also references salsa and cumbia, blending them playfully with funk and reggae beats.
CREATIVITY TENT FOR KIDS
The Cabrillo Festival’s “Creativity Tent for Kids” offers two full days of free hands-on music and art workshops under a big canopy adjoining the gardens of the Santa Cruz City Hall, Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 11am-5:30pm! The Creativity Tent is just one of many exciting components of children’s activities at the Festival. All workshops are free for children and their families! Special thanks to Mariposa’s Art/Arts Council Santa Cruz for assistance in curating this year’s artist workshops!
2016 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE TBA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
Music Together with MusicalMe, Inc.: A huge hit with the toddler set, Music Together/MusicalMe transforms the Creativity Tent into a fun and friendly drop-in circle time, where kids and their adults can sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments together. (www.musicalme.com)
Metal Etching/Repujado—Kyle Morris Kids will learn the cultural history of the Repujado technique, and then try the process themselves by etching an image into tooling metal using a wooden stylus.
Mixed Media Recycled Audio Mobiles—Oliver Whitcroft Participants create collages with recycled vinyl records and music images, then finish with fishing line for a beautiful mobile.
DIY Instruments—Emma Garcia Young makers will create and decorate their own instrument using a variety of unusual materials.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
Mixed Media Bird Prints—Susana Terrell Participants will collage with musical pages, then print birds using a variety of pre-made shapes, before embellishing their work with oil pastels.
Aboriginal Stencil Wood Paintings—Amanda Hess Kids learn about the culture and decorative traditions used by Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal people. They will then stencil onto wood and cut out an animal shape, apply paint in small dots and lines to create visual beats with pattern and rhythm.
Mural Painting—Katelyn Byrne Our teaching artist will sketch out a mural on an 8×4’ ply board depicting a particular music style or inspired by the technique of a famous artist. The board will lie flat on a table so that participants can collaborate on completing the design.
Found Poetry Collages—Magdalena Montagne Participants will write a poem, using fragments of poetry from published authors of the great literary canon. The poems will be assembled on construction paper along with collaged imagery to create beautiful works of art to take home.
Mixed Media Starry Night Paintings—Claudia Stevens Using pastels, tempera, metallic ink and watercolor pencils, students create their own magical Van Gogh-inspired Starry Night. Movement, repeated pattern, and texture along with line, shape, proportion, and color mixing are all introduced.