$18.00 Tickets
Valley Bar Presents
Thu May 16 07:30 pm (Doors: 07:00 pm )
21 and up
Valley Bar Presents

with special guests

Thursday, May 16th 2024
Doors at 7:00 / Show at 7:30


Advance General Admission Price: $18 + fees
Day of Show Price: $23 + fees


AJ Lee & Blue Summit

AJ Lee and Blue Summit made their first appearance in Santa Cruz in 2015. Led by award winning singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, the band has become the most excited and fast rising bluegrass bands to come out the fertile California Bluegrass scene in the last decade. In 2019, they released their debut album, Like I Used To. Their second full length project, I’ll Come Back, came out August 2021 followed be two breakout years touring nationally. 2024 will see the release of the yet untitles 3rd studio record supported by headlining shows and festivals around the country.

Unlike their first record, which featured experimentation with session musicians and electric instruments, the new project is a pure reflection of the live sound of the group, hearkening back to their acoustic roots. Each band member performs at their peak, and the variety of songs on the record caters to their broad fanbase. Certain tracks fall more in the classic bluegrass realm of songwriting, while others fall into that hard-to-define realm of acoustic Americana that blends mesmerizing lyricism and acoustic mastery. The new album is produced by Lech Wierzinsky of the California Honeydrops.

Although falling loosely under the bluegrass label, AJLBS generally plays sans banjo, with Sullivan Tuttle and Scott Gates on steel stringed acoustic guitars, AJ on mandolin, Jan Purat on fiddle, and upright bass - a configuration effectively used to create unique space and texture in the arrangements not as commonly found in the music of their peers.  Drawing from influences such as country, soul, swing, rock, and jam music, the band uses the lens of bluegrass as a vessel through which to express and explore the thread that binds and unifies all great music.

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Cross-Eyed Possum

The Cross-Eyed Possum is an award winning and nationally touring Americana/Bluegrass band playing festivals and events such as Pickin’ in The Pines 2023 and the 40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee. They feature vocal harmonies like Crosby Stills and Nash and display the technical proficiency of a band like The Punch Brothers. The band is currently celebrating their second studio album "Out On My Own" which was released July 2023.