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The Coffis Brothers w/​Aj Lee & Blue Summit

All Ages, Food Avail­able for Purchase

$25.00 — $20 Cas­toro Club Members

Jamie and Kellen Coff­is, born and raised in the San­ta Cruz Moun­tains of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, don’t tend to over­think their music. Noth­ing in their reper­toire is over­wrought or out­stays its wel­come. This is pure roots rock, focused on melody, har­mo­ny, rhythm and mood. There are echoes of The Byrds, Tom Pet­ty and The Jay­hawks, and from years of tour­ing, they have honed their sound into shim­mer­ing, high-ener­gy rock and roll. They’re posi­tioned in a long line of sib­ling duos that stretch­es back to the Del­mores, the Lou­vins, and the Ever­ly Brothers.

AJ Lee and Blue Sum­mit made their first appear­ance in San­ta Cruz in 2015. Led by singer, song­writer, and man­dolin­ist, AJ Lee, the blue­grass band has per­formed all over the world, but finds home in California’s Bay Area. In 2019, they released their debut album, Like I Used To. Their sec­ond full length project, I’ll Come Back, came out August 2021 — with nation­al tour­ing in sup­port of the record ongoing.

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 (“Put Your Head Down,” and ​“Faith­ful,”) fall more in the clas­sic blue­grass realm of song­writ­ing, while oth­ers (“Lemons and Tan­ger­ines,” and ​“I’ll Come Back,”) fall into that hard-to-define realm of acoustic Amer­i­cana that blends mes­mer­iz­ing lyri­cism and acoustic mastery.