It’s fast becoming a Santa Cruz holiday celebration, and it captures a kind of brilliant eccentricity that is likely to give those of us who often bored with traditional observances of Christmas a bit of a jolt.
It’s called ‘An Altared Christmas,’ and it’s the brainchild of Santa Cruz musician Rhan Wilson, who gathers together a number of his favorite musicians, dress in shades of black and blue (no red allowed) and plays well-known Christmas carols in a minor key. Check it out Dec. 12 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.
Other newly booked shows in the area includes ‘Ringing Up,’ a different sort of holiday celebration, featuring holiday music played on hand bells (The Rio, Nov. 29); comedian Zane Lamprey (The Catalyst, Dec. 3); the incomparable bluesman Elvin Bishop (Moe’s Alley, Dec. 6); and the smart new-jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood (The Rio, Feb. 20).
Check out the Futures Index for a full list of upcoming opportunities of enlightenment and entertainment in Santa Cruz County.