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Santa Cruz comes down with the blues

Hamilton Loomis
Hamilton Loomis

Can you get the blues in Santa Cruz?
It’s a fair question to ask. After all, for us more land-locked individuals, the idea of living out our days along the Pacific, the California sun glinting off the sand and casting everything in a warm Santa Cruz glow, sounds eternally enticing. I realize there’s more – indeed, worlds more – to the town but that doesn’t change the fact my heart rate drops and my mellow becomes virtually un-harshable whenever I’m there.
As it turns out, you can get the blues – the musical variety – in that beach community. Just stop by Moe’s Alley.
The Santa Cruz staple has established a Sunday afternoon blues series. Doors open at 3 p.m., the music gets under way an hour later and the performers are an exciting, eclectic bunch. This Sunday it’s Texas guitar ace Hamilton Loomis (above). Moe’s on its non-Sunday schedule has Johnny Winter on April 4 and Tommy Castro on April 19.

Sunday: Hamilton Loomis
March 16: John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys
March 23: Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
April 6: Joe Louis Walker
April 27: Jimmy Thackery

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