Live in the Atrium
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
MAN MAN is a highly revered, avant-garde rock band born out of the weird streets of Philadelphia and
now brewing in the even weirder sunshine of Los Angeles. The band sounds nothing like but is frequently
compared to some of the more well-known godfathers of the genre, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa,
Can, and The Residents. The ever-evolving ensemble mixes and mashes a variety of genres from
ragtime to rock, electronic to acoustic, doo-wop to exorcism and it revels in defying classifications,
expectations, and anything remotely cliché. Still, what emerges from that mixture are beautifully crafted
little pop earworms that can’t easily be dislodged from your brain.
Man Man is known for its multi-instrumental style that centers around the piano abusing lead singer,
songwriter, and creative force Honus Honus. The other members play a number of important roles, from
wielding clavinets and marimbas to a variety of wind instruments, random toys, and noisemakers. The
band's famously engaging live shows often feel free and formless, as each musical number morphs into
the next without a break, while its musicians quickly change instruments - and often costumes - as the
mood and music dictates.
From its wily debut in 2004 with The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face, the band has grown into an
artfully creative force as it produced Six Demon Bag in 2006, 2008’s Rabbit Habits, 2011’s Life Fantastic,
and 2013's On Oni Pond. Along the way, it has transformed an endearingly bizarre musical style to one
more pop-oriented without compromising its broader intentions of presenting a high-energy, highly
entertaining musical extravaganza. Man Man’s songs are as artistically diverse as Picasso paintings, but
with more color, more impact, more noise, more music, and more outrageous style. This is one show you
cannot afford to miss.
Locus Pocus need not proclaim their belief in the overwrought power of rock ‘n’ roll – they would much rather just write complex and catchy rock songs without explanation or apology. Formed in San Francisco in late 2016, the quintet’s music draws on the last seventy years of music history and jazz technique, folding psych, indie, pop, and punk into a seamless and contemporary sonic pastiche. Onstage, Locus Pocus conjure an uncontainable mania, whipping audiences into a frenzy and adding a fascinating layer of provocation and spectacle to their complex and prismatic songwriting. They released their debut self-titled EP in May 2017 – which, in retrospect, was something of a warning shot for their proper full-length debut. Said debut arrived a year later in the form of Locus Pocus, a lush and compulsively listenable collection of surrealistic rock numbers. Never one for resting on their laurels, the band maintains an active and lauded presence in the Bay Area music scene, supporting internationally touring acts and headlining venues throughout the region. In Locus Pocus’ world, the only direction is up. Expect to see (and hear) them playing and performing accordingly.
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