A Tribute to Bob Dylan — Nineteen musicians with the highway blues harken back to the windblown verses of folk Americana and legendary songwriter Bob Dylan for an evening where “everybody must get stoned.” The Wheel Company’s third annual celebration will feature 20 selections from the musician’s prolific catalogue, punctuated by audio clips from some of Dylan’s famous interviews and spoken word by Santa Cruz Councilman John Leopold.
$20 in advance, $25 at door. Jan. 25, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Kuumbwa Jazz Center
The Lady Crooners / Aly Tadros / J. Irvín Dally — Ethereal jangle pop dreamscapes fold nicely into an expansive acoustic mapping of psychedelic folk’s greener pastures. Enter J. Irvín Dally’s sun room where home-recorded freak folk joints float and fade, then gear up and take to the dusty desert road as orchestrated by the torch ballads of The Lady Crooners and full-bodied timbre of Aly Tadros.
$8 at door. Jan. 30, show at 9 p.m., the Crêpe Place
Father John Misty — Former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman goes on a freewheeling, acid-soaked journey through coastal fever dreams, accompanied lyrically and spiritually by his highfalutin alter ego Misty. Tillman fleshes out tales of triumph and disaster as his sonically spirited protagonist trips out in Los Angeles’ concrete jungle. With lush electric folk textures fit for the cosmos and weirdo power pop cues at his command, Misty conquers the psychedelic narrative with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
$17.50 in advance. Jan. 31, doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., the Rio Theatre
Don Rothman Memorial — From justice and beauty to Shakespeare, professor Don Rothman wrote and instructed myriad matters as a revered member of UCSC’s creative community for 39 years. On the day of his memorial, UCSC and those he influenced will come together to celebrate the man and his memory. Speakers at the memorial will include his children, Dov and Naomi Rothman, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Oakes Provost Kimberly Lau and others. An open mic will follow the scheduled speakers, as well as memory books and a video booth at the reception for others to speak about Rothman’s impact on their work and life.
Jan. 26, with the memorial beginning at 3 p.m., UCSC Music Center Recital Hall