Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabrillo Festival and City of Santa Cruz/Civic Auditorium have cancelled the 2020 Church Street Fair. Read the press release here.
Saturday 8.1 & Sunday 8.2, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
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. We are thrilled to welcome Emcee Brett Taylor back to the Fair this year! 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 28 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.
Food vendors may contact the Civic Auditorium with proposals or questions.
Local purveyors are especially encouraged!
2020 STAGE LINEUP TBA
2019 STAGE LINEUP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
11:00am QI GONG WITH LEWIS LEE REGEN
Join us for a Qi Gong flow that will clear stress, generate well-being, boost energy levels and enhance your quality of life! Open to all levels of experience, this class will be taught by Lewis Lee Regen, a Certified Teacher in multiple lineages with over 10 years of experience teaching and promoting wellbeing, mindfulness, and empowerment through the practice of the meditative healing arts. qigongsantacruz.com
11:45am THOMAS SPEARANCE MUSICAL SAW
Wonderful, mesmerizing, and sometimes eerie sounds of the musical saw are produced by this talented musician and local legend Thomas Spearance, a three-time champion of the International Musical Saw Association! Adults and children of all ages will be intrigued by his magical mastery of this otherwise ordinary household tool!
12:15pm SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE
Young dancers and burgeoning ballerinas en pointe present ballet with precision training and exquisite choreography. This pre-professional training company has been directed by Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher since 1998. SCBT presents their beloved annual Nutcracker production each December with a 52-piece orchestra conducted by Music Director Pamela Martin. scbt.org
1:00pm ARGENTINE TANGO WITH JOHN & NANCY LINGEMANN
This dancing duo will inspire your soul with their spectacular and stirring Argentine Tango performance, an interpretive partner dance that involves a deep connection between the dancers and with the music. The Lingemanns are a part of the Tandy Beal Company’s ArtSmart program in Santa Cruz and Monterey County schools, and have taught their $3 tango classes at Calvary Episcopal red church for 20 years, held Wednesdays at 7pm with a public tango dance afterward.
1:15pm ÁGUA DOCE DANCE
Inspired by the fundamental brilliance and vibrancy of Afro-Brazilian Dance, this uplifting and invigorating dance group led by Artistic Director Stephanie Emmanuela blends the artistic expression of a foreign culture with a unique contemporary style.
1:45pm ELIE MABANZA & ANNE STAFFORD
The irresistible beauty and depth of a masterful guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Congo joins forces with the soulful and expressive playing of a multi-instrumentalist horn/woodwind player from Santa Cruz’s infectious top-rate Brazilian dance band, SambaDá. Acoustic guitar blends with native African rhythms and world music influences for a moving performance you won’t soon forget.
2:45pm PLAN B ORGAN TRIO
This instrumental trio fuses elements of soul, jazz, blues, funk and R&B to span the range of accessible grooves, swinging jams and a variety of recognizable classics. planbtrio.com
4:00pm DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE
Arabic melodies accompany an exotic palette of belly dance styles from traditional folkloric, Egyptian Raks Sharqi, Tribal Fusion, Turkish, and more. Directed by Janelle Rodriguez, the dance group also includes musicians Mark Bradlyn (oud), Cary Nichols (Bass), Geoff Childers (lead percussion), and Janelle Rodriguez (percussion). desertdreamdance.com
5:15pm TAMMI BROWN
Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of gospel and jazz music, soulful and heartfelt songs will be combined with blues, pop and rock influences and delivered by a voice filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility. A vocalist in a two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated vocal ensemble, Tammi is an internationally experienced singer who has performed with some of the most notable music industry icons around the world. tammibrown.com
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
11:15am THE GREAT MORGANI
Clad head-to-toe in flamboyant performance attire, this master accordion player has a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs from around the globe.
12:15pm EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ
Children from schools in Santa Cruz County sing and perform on recorders, violins, and xylophones; an inspired demonstration of music’s power to create joy and transform lives. By expanding access to collective music-making through pre-orchestra and string ensembles, the group fosters positive child development and promotes social change.
1:00pm FREE FAMILY CONCERT inside the Civic Auditorium
It begins with a Tour of the Orchestra followed by Clarice Assad’s É Gol !, a new work inspired by legendary Brazilian female soccer star, Marta Vieira da Silva. Cristian Măcelaru will lead the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra as Assad shares tales of empowerment and invites the audience to sing along!
2:30pm WATSONVILLE TAIKO
A Fair favorite, this ancient Japanese drumming tradition brings together rhythm, movement and harmony in traditional and contemporary works.
3:30pm RAÍZES DO BRASIL
Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form and cultural experience, is performed in a roda (circle) to music and clapping, as capoeiristas exchange offensive moves and floor maneuvers in acrobatic choreography.
4:15pm FLOR DE CAÑA
High-energy Caribbean dance music, including Cuban Son and Colombian Cumbia, comes to life with an impressive rhythm section. This septet from Santa Cruz has a vibrant sound that is sure to get you moving!
5:30pm THE INCITERS
Santa Cruz’s own internationally touring, 60’s style, foot-stomping’, hip-shakin’ original soul band boasts exceptional musicians with three female vocalists, four horns, and one solid rhythm section.
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