Saturday 8.5 & Sunday 8.6, 2017 | 11am – 8pm
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 performances from global traditions will keep your spirits high as you select from a variety of local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and explore the work of dozens of regional artists and craftspeople. 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. Held in August in front of the Civic Auditorium in downtown Santa Cruz, the 26 year-old Church Street Fair is treasured as the quintessential summertime festival.
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.
2017 STAGE LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED!
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 QUARTET
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
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 BOB BURNETT TRIO
Seven string guitarist Bob Burnett’s musical odyssey has landed him on venerable stages across the US and Canada. Kenny Stahl is a jazz flutist and composer who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Paul Horn, and many others.
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.
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