The Don’t Miss This Show show

Conceived by concerned community members, made possible by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and featuring home grown talent, the “Don’t Miss this Show” show benefits Santa Cruz City Schools music programs. What better way to spend a Saturday evening?  Swing by the other school events taking place that day, then cap off your evening with a show sure to remind you why Santa Cruz school arts programs are so important.


Where and When

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, at the Rio Theatre;  7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

Buy tickets in advance, either at Streetlight Records, or online at the Rio Theatre website ( Advance tickets are $8 for students, $16 for adults and $35 for the coveted Gold Circle seating which allows you to get up close and personal. If you wait until the day of the performance, you may not be able to get any tickets, but if there are a few available they will be $10 and $18 respectively. We suggest you buy now. Don’t miss this show!


SCHS Bagpipe Corps:  They lead parades, they win talent show contests, and they help remind us why we love Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz High School Bagpipe Corps will blow you away.

Tess Dunn: 14 year old singer/songwriter sensation Tess Dunn has performed in front of sold out audiences at Moe’s Alley and the Cayuga Vault. Her new CD “Darling, Just Walk” was produced in Studio City by singer/guitarist Ari Shine who describes her voice as “passionate” with a “really broad range”. Tess has been playing piano since she was 5 and writing songs since she was 12.

small-poster-11Meaningless Sax: This all-saxophone ensemble consists of current and former students of the famed Paul Contos at UCSC. Meaningless Sax has played throughout the Monterey Bay area, demonstrating their virtuosity on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax. They will be playing a couple of selections from their stylistically diverse repertoire.

Mission Hill Jugglers: Mission Hill Jugglers Noah Malone and Robin Johnston were winners of the 2007 Mission Hill Talent Show. These talented 14 year olds have competed at the Las Vegas World Juggling Federation and will win you over with their unsurpassed enthusiasm for juggling.

Motion Pacific Dance Company: Motion Pacific Dance Company has been one of the premiere dance schools in Santa Cruz for 11 years. A combined troupe of young dancers and teachers will be performing some electrifying hip hop dance numbers you don’t want to miss.

Musicscool All-Stars:  The Musicscool All-Stars, under the direction of former Doobie Brother and White Album guitarist Dale Ockerman will rock out the end of the first half of the show. You’ll hear 12 year old guitarist Cameron Racca, 16 year old bass player Nick Wallace, 14 year old drummer Ty Wallace and the unbelievable 19 year old vocalist James Durbin, who has been wowing crowds with his appearances with the White Album group.

Te Hau Nui Polynesian Dancers: Te Hau Nui Polynesian Dance Company was founded over 10 years ago by Lorraine Kalehuakeaikewekiu Kinnamon. Through the sacred and festive dances of Hawai’i, Tahiti and New Zealand, Te Hau Nui aims to evoke the magnificent spirit of Polynesia and its people. Unlike the slow storytelling of the Hawaiian hula, Tahitian dance is noted for pounding drums and dazzling moves. You will be mesmerized and enthralled.

Kellen Coffis: Kellen Coffis began singing onstage at age 4 with his mother, local recording artist and Jazzbird, Vicki Neville Coffis. He took up guitar at age 5 under the tutelage of Steve Palazzo. Now at 19, he is an accomplished singer/songwriter who plays and sings with passion and depth. He has performed regularly at the Felton Farmer’s Market where his mellow voice and experienced guitar playing have made his act an impressive delight.

Chris Garcia: Professional juggler Chris Garcia can juggle almost anything, but unless you see him juggle the diabolo (a giant Chinese yo-yo) you can’t appreciate his mastery. He was the 2008 California State Diabolo champion and coordinates the UCSC juggling club. He is fast and furious and somehow makes it all look easy.

One Piece Breakdancers: The members of the crew are close friends who practice together almost daily and push each other to always reach new levels. Known for their dynamic power moves, One Piece has inspired many fellow breakdancers and has performed for a variety of occasions—from roller derbies to concerts. In the summertime, you can catch the crew entertaining the crowds in downtown Santa Cruz.

Tammi Brown: Tammi Brown, sultry songstress, musician and Grammy nominee (for her backup vocals on the tune “Steppin’ Out”) will close the show.  George Benson says Tammi Brown “has a talent only a few are given.” Tammi started her career as a backup vocalist for award-winning Blues singer Sista Monica and was hand-picked by hip hop artist, M.C. Hammer as a vocalist for his Southeast Asian tour. Since then, Tammi Brown has performed all over the world with industry heavy-hitters and has shared the studio with top-notch artists including Tony Lindsay/Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Dave Tucker and many others too numerous to name. 

Richard Stockton: A former hippie turned comedian, Richard Stockton, creator and host of the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour, will delight you as our silver tongued Master of Ceremonies. He has appeared on prime time television and toured nationally as a stand-up comedian. There will be no let-up to the entertainment during the show.

Stu Branoff: Special pre-show entertainment will be provided by Stu Branoff, professional yo-yo player, founder of the Santa Cruz Yo-Yo Club and beloved 5th grade teacher at Bay View Elementary School.