Wed Jun 26 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Moe's Alley

1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065

$17 advance / $22 day of show

Ages 21+

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Gettin' an early jump on a special Western Wednesday in June with Wayne "The Train" Hancock with special guests The Soda Crackers!

Wednesday, June 26th
Doors: 7pm / Two-Step Lesson: 7:30pm / Show: 8pm
$17 in advance / $22 day of the show
21+

WAYNE HANCOCK
Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.  He is the real deal.”   – Hank III

“Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.”—allmusic.com

“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine

Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing–that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.

Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

Wayne’s disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. Like he’s fond of saying: “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.”

Little known fact: Wayne is the only Bloodshot artist to have had their CD taken aboard a space shuttle flight.

“A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he’s trying desperately to preserve.” —AllMusic.com

Western Wednesday #67: Wayne Hancock w/ The Soda Crackers

  • Wayne Hancock

    Wayne Hancock

    Honky Tonk

    Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.  He is the real deal.”   – Hank III

    “Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.”—allmusic.com

    “The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine

    Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing–that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.

    Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

    Wayne’s disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. Like he’s fond of saying: “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.”

    Little known fact: Wayne is the only Bloodshot artist to have had their CD taken aboard a space shuttle flight.

    “A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he’s trying desperately to preserve.” —AllMusic.com

  • The Soda Crackers

    The Soda Crackers

    Honky Tonk

    When a band’s square-shaped business card has a photographic image of a saltine on one side and the two types of tunes available on the other – Country and Western – that’s an instant clue something unique is on this musical menu. 

    With a goal to bring back the “classics,” The Soda Crackers – a five-piece band whose average age barely cracks the 30-something barrier – are in full swing these days. Make that – full Bakersfield Sound with a nice helping of Western Swing thrown in as a side dish of sorts. 

    What started as a group of Southern Californian musicians – all with other “day jobs” – gathering in garage jam sessions turned into their first paid performance in April 2021 for a slot at the “Western Swing Out Weekender” in Tehachapi, Calif., a mountain community just east of the home to The Bakersfield Sound. 

    Bakersfield is also “home base” for two of the Crackers – brothers Zane and Felix Cooper Adamo – so booking additional gigs in Kern County seemed like a natural next step for the band. 

    The Soda Crackers have brought their honky-tonk playlist to multiple venues throughout Taft and Bakersfield, including performances at Oildorado Days, the Taft Moose Lodge anniversary event, the opening of The Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the Kern County Museum, the Kern-tucky event in the Kern River Valley, special events at The Cuyama Buckhorn and, as a bucket-list highlight in April, gracing the stage at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. 

    “I was born and raised in Bakersfield and grew up on Western Swing music,” says Zane Adamo, 29, who serves as the band’s rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and second fiddler. “My brother, Cooper and I started taking fiddle lessons when we were 6 and 5, then played locally with a group of musicians who knew and loved The Bakersfield Sound and Western Swing genres when that was THE music of the time.” 

    Back when the Adamo brothers were too young to drive themselves to the local senior centers where they once performed, the little fiddlers served up what their older audience craved – a chance to turn back time. 

    And now, The Soda Crackers introduce The Bakersfield Sound and Western Swing to concertgoers closer to their ages as well. Among the band’s most popular musical renditions are: “Faded Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues, Lone Star Beer & Bob Wills Music,” “Swingin’ Doors,” “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” and “Mind Your Own Business.” 

    And just for a dash more “local ingredients,” lead fiddler Felix Cooper Adamo adds his own vocals and a crowd-pleasing Kern County-fied verse to “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” that mentions just about every little local town, including Arvin, Lamont, Shafter, Wasco and Porterville.

    “We knew there could be an audience for these songs being played by a new generation of musicians,” Zane Adamo says. “It’s been great to see the music live on with original fans of it and then find some new fans along the way.” 

    Western Swing is the unmistakably Texas-style sound popularized by fiddle legend Bob Wills in the 1930-40s dance halls. It traveled through Texas, Oklahoma and the lower Great Plains, combining country string bands with old-time fiddle traditions and big-band jazz. 

    Dust Bowl migrants brought the music with them as they headed west for better prospects, which directly influenced Bakersfield greats, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, who would each contribute to the twangier, edgier Bakersfield Sound. 

    What the two musical styles have in common – and where The Soda Crackers happily pick up the baton with their own stamp – is getting people out on to the dance floor. Sometimes, even when there isn’t room for one! 

    “Nothing makes us happier than to watch people move around tables and chairs and make space for dancing – that’s what this music is meant for,” Adamo says. 

    In addition to the Adamo brothers, The Soda Crackers also include Nick Green on pedal steel; Jesus “Chuy” Holguin on stand-up bass; and, when he has availability, much in-demand Bakersfield drummer, Cesareo Garaza. Other “local guest Crackers” have been known to add to this musical recipe as well. 

    Although available for hire, The Soda Crackers don’t charge people to attend their concerts. Tips, of course, are always welcomed – especially since most of the band members drive over the Grapevine for the opportunity to serve up their special dish of The Bakersfield Sound and Western Swing. 

    Soda crackers (the food version) might be cheap, but gas sure isn’t!

     

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Western Wednesday #67: Wayne Hancock w/ The Soda Crackers

Wed Jun 26 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
Western Wednesday #67: Wayne Hancock w/ The Soda Crackers

$17 advance / $22 day of show Ages 21+

Gettin' an early jump on a special Western Wednesday in June with Wayne "The Train" Hancock with special guests The Soda Crackers!

Wednesday, June 26th
Doors: 7pm / Two-Step Lesson: 7:30pm / Show: 8pm
$17 in advance / $22 day of the show
21+

WAYNE HANCOCK
Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.  He is the real deal.”   – Hank III

“Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.”—allmusic.com

“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” – Slug Magazine

Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing–that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.

Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

Wayne’s disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. Like he’s fond of saying: “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.”

Little known fact: Wayne is the only Bloodshot artist to have had their CD taken aboard a space shuttle flight.

“A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he’s trying desperately to preserve.” —AllMusic.com

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limit 10 per person
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$17.00

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This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.