Words by Sarah Jane and Alix Squiggles
Photos courtesy of Santa Cruz Music Festival
Santa Cruz Music Festival is back again and ready to take over the downtown area of Santa Cruz for the third year in a row! On October 10th, this quaint, picturesque suburb of Northern California will be hosting 14 stages with over 120 acts. A universal wristband gets you into all 10 downtown venues. Inspired by the ever-expanding South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, the festival was started by three music-loving locals who saw the potential for a multi-venue, multi-genre music marathon in Santa Cruz.
This year, the home-grown festival is bigger and better than ever, with new elements including a silent disco, two areas of vendors, and a lecture panel. The lecture panel, Santa Cruz Speaks, features talks on Sustainability, Cannabis, Music, and the state of Santa Cruz. The latter even includes Mayor Don Lane as a panelist, a testament to the stellar relationship the festival organizers have with the town.
The musical acts on the lineup, which sports some international headliners, as well as boasting nearly 70% local talent, span genres that will appeal to a crowd of all ages. Big names include RJD2, G Jones, Lafa Taylor, ChrisB., and local favorite, Little John. Continuing to ride their wave of popularity up from SoCal, Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds will bring the house vibes. The best dance party of the day may just come from Delhi 2 Dublin, whose intercultural, genre-blending, electronic, hip-hop sound is soulful, invigorating, and unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Metal heads are sure to be pleased by the lineup at The 418 Project, exemplifying the inclusive and diverse array of talent the SCMF organizers are tapped into. The Frogman Experience, a bass-heavy psychedelic funk opera will be decorating and opening a full day of phenomenal acts at The Catalyst’s Atrium stage. For those interested in something a little less out-there, be sure to catch The Coffis Brothers, an independent, Americana band native to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Blue Lagoon will host a string of rock bands through the afternoon, while some of the Wormhole Wednesday crew rock Cafe Mare, one of the festival’s free venues, with their epic west coast bass.
With so many different acts to choose from, there’s something for everyone at the Santa Cruz Music Festival. It’s sure to continue to grow in coming years, so don’t wait to join on in on this heart-felt endeavor!
(This is an all ages event but please note that some areas are restricted to 21+)
See below for official music and speaker schedule.
Tickets will be available at the box office and NOW available via web:
Physical tickets can be purchased at the Box Office / Will Call Area, at the following address, on the day of the event in exchange for an entry bracelet.
BERDELS 1233 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
+1 (831) 425-2373
Experience Santa Cruz like never before!
All Ages Venues
(The Catalyst Club • The 418 Project • Reef Bar + Pono Bar & Grill • Woodstock’s Pizza • Streetlight Records • Cafe Pergolesi)
RJD2 • Delhi 2 Dublin • PROF • Pep Love • Lafa Taylor • Eliquate • The Coffis Brothers • Boostive • Ancestree • Harry and the Hitmen • Coffee Zombie Collective • Planet Booty • Stereo Stereo • The Frogman Experience • Animo • Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat • Soulwise • Nomalakadoja • Head Soar • Kasia Moon • Fountain of Bile • A Thousand Shall Fall • Stone Sloth
(The Catalyst Club – Upstairs • Motiv • The Blue Lagoon • Poet & the Patriot • Cafe Mare)
Mikey Lion • Lee Reynolds • ChrisB. • LabRat • The Redlight District • GRMLN • Shlump • Indaskyes • Strawberry Girls • Tech Minds • Little John • Pirate • Drop Bear • Beach Fuzz • Desmadre • Downsquarez • Babewatch • Palmz • Stalked by SATELLITES • Tektite • Pure Powers • Stormy Strong • Duffrey • Intellitard • Dastardly • Light The Band • djdj • sethascope • DMajik • Sinclair Wheeler • Al Bundi • Numerous • Jermz • Sincere • Ghambit • Scorpz the Venom • Cambiowashere • Giant • Grizzly • Lowgritt • Stony • Gregg James • Aphotic • Daddy Long Legs • PVNDITS • Lyrical I • Uce Hefner • Lucxke • Dilated • The Bearded Pony • Kenyatte • Necronomijohn
Venue / Age Restrictions / Capacity
The Catalyst Main Stage / 16+ / 800
The Catalyst Atrium / 16+ / 400
The Blue Lagoon / 21+ / 400
The 418 Project / All Ages / 200
Motiv / 21+ / 250
Pono Bar & Grill / All Ages / 200
Poet and Patriot / 21+ / 75
Streetlight Records / All Ages / 180
Woodstock’s Pizza / All Ages / 100
Cafe Pergolesi / All Ages / 115