Young Performers Showcase
A benefit for Santa Cruz City Schools
March 20, 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre
Tickets $8 Students, $20 Adults, $40 Gold Circle
Available at Streetlight Records and TicketWeb
The Young Performers Showcase is back for a second year!  Formerly known as Don’t Miss This Show!, it truly is a show not to be missed.  The talented young performers and house rocking closing numbers by Tammi Brown are draws enough.  But what makes this event even more special are the people behind it.  Rick Linzer, a local marriage and family therapist along with fellow musicians and enthusiasts Steven Bignell, Colin Alder and Alan Heit, felt they could not stand by and watch school music programs suffer as the state slashed education funding. With the support and sponsorship of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, these fine community members conceived, organized and staged the show; donating 100% of the proceeds to Santa Cruz City Schools music programs.  We hope you’ll join us again this year – for an even more wonderful evening in a time of even greater need.

About the Performers


Sven Davis: Sven Davis, our emcee, will open the show and introduce the performers. A longtime local writer and humorist, he is regular on the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour. He has produced and emceed variety shows for years. His cholesterol is very high, so enjoy him while you can.

Almost Chaos

Almost Chaos: The rock band trio Almost Chaos has performed at the Crow’s Nest, The Catalyst, and  many other local venues. Comprised of Mack Hesson (13) on drums, Jose Picazo Jr. (13) on bass, and Derek Mather (14) on guitar, Almost Chaos has won local Battle of the Bands competitions; were the Western Region finalists in the national SchoolJam USA  competition; and also made the finals in the Music Olympicks.

Tess Dunn: Tess Dunn is a 15-year old singer-songwriter sensation whose raspy vocals and mature piano compositions transcend her years. An affecting advocate for those with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease she battles, Tess has been dubbed in the media as “the young and the fearless.” Tess Dunn has performed in front of sold out audiences at Moe’s Alley and the Cayuga Vault.
Camille Castro & Sisters: Seventeen year old Camille Castro began singing with Cabrillo Youth Chorus at age eight. She has performed with CYC at Carnegie Hall and recently performed with Kids On Broadway. Her sisters Elena and Rachael are 14 years old and have been dancing since they were five. The three sisters will perform singing and dancing numbers that will delight you.
Santa Cruz Jugglers: Noah and Robin are 14 years old and in 9th grade at Santa Cruz High. They have been juggling for 3 years and have won awards at the World Juggling Federation and International Jugglers Association competitions. They will win you over with their talent and unsurpassed enthusiasm for juggling.

Harbor High Cheerleaders: Last year the Harbor High Competition Co-ed Cheerleading Squad took first place in two different divisions in Las Vegas. These twelve students will literally go above and beyond to entertain and wow you. The team is comprised of Brittany Arias, Sara Atsatt, Tati Broadnax, Sky Chandler, Haley Fisher, Kayla Franco, Chris Hughes, Gilberto Mendoza, Ayla Musch, Jenna Pase, Shannon Plant, and Jennifer Yeung and is coached by Erin Asamoto.

Dancenter Hip Hop Crew: Dancenter is the oldest continuously owned dance studio in Santa Cruz County. Under the direction of Caitlin Fahey, a troupe of young dancers (Kimberly Berens, Kayley Paulden, Mimi Brown, Kelsey Scott-Behrens and Haley Clegg) will be performing some electrifying hip hop dance numbers you don’t want to miss.

Cam Racca, Musicscool All Stars

James Durbin and the 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 13 year old guitarist Cam Racca, 17 year old bass player Nick Wallace, 15 year old drummer Ty Wallace and the unbelievable 20 year old vocalist James Durbin, who has been wowing crowds with his appearances with the White Album Ensemble.

Luis Sanchez and D.S.R. Dance Crew: Virtuosos street dancer and choreographer Luis Sanchez (aka b.boy stylez) has been dancing for 10 years and has opened for artists MC Magic, Ice Cube, The Pack, Sophia Maria and Frankie J. His crew of young Watsonville dancers will be performing Old School Hip Hop and breakdancing. Winners of talent shows and freestyle battles, this is a rare chance to see them in Santa Cruz.

Alysha Antonino: Imagine if you  will, the intensity,  passion and vocal sounds of a Tina Turner or Janis Joplin. Think of the current crop of young female pop/rock and r&b powerhouse singers who have dominated the popular music scene during the past few years, blend the two and you might begin to describe 22 year old Alysha Antonino. Since age two, she has sung at major sporting events, gala fundraisers, political events. And for the last 6 years she has been a featured performer with “White Album Ensemble”. You will “Want to Hold Her Hand”.

ROMP: Rhan Wilson’s new band ROMP is an anagram of the first names of four very talented and longtime local musicians: Rhan Wilson, Olaf Schiappacasse, Matt Bohn and Patti Maxine. They have played in Wilson’s Altared Christmas” and Altared Valentines” shows and are the house band at the “Planet Cruz Comedy Hour”. They will be performing with Alysha Antonino and Tammi Brown.

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. You don’t want to miss this show!