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Doobie Brothers, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, James Cotton Come to Santa Cruz Blues Festival

The 20th anniversary edition of the music festival in Aptos Village Park brings some of the biggest names in music to Santa Cruz County. Tickets on sale today.

A small Santa Cruz band that grew into a world force, the Doobie Brothers, play their first local gig in 20 years to headline the Santa Cruz Blues Festival's 20th anniversary on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27.

Backing them on a lineup that runs from noon to after 7 p.m. are Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos, singer Joan Osborne and New Orleans funk band, Big Sam's Funky Nation.

Sunday's show is headlined by Jonny Lang and includes Los Lonely Boys, Elvin Bishop with James Cotton, and a trio of guitarists Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery and Michael Burks.

The festival started by bringing in strictly blues artists from Chicago and Texas, but has broadened its scope into American roots music of various kinds.

Tickets are $65 for lawn space and $110 for gold-circle chairs for one-day, or $120 and $200 for two-days. Children under 12 are $25 for one day or $40 for two. Children 6 and under are free.

For more information, Santa Cruz Blues Festival.com

nicole evans February 29, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Thats a lie! I saw The Doobie Brothers play the festival 12 yrs ago. I caught one of the drum sticks and Skylark signed it!
Judi Grunstra March 01, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I was hoping there would be at least one REALLY big name for the 20th anniversary. Like Carlos Santana or Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck. I am looking forward to seeing Joan Osborne. Big Sam's Funky Nation should shake things up too.

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