The Redlight District downtown Santa Cruz by Joshua Huver 2

Santa Cruz’s socially-conscious psychedelic rock and roll quartet The Redlight District are looking to end 2016 strong with an EP release party this Friday, December 17 at Moe’s Alley.

The new EP is titled One Hour Motel, and contains never-before-recorded songs “I Need Someone,” “So Far Away,” “Bohemian Girl,” and “Should I Return.” The band spent several weeks earlier this year recording in a home studio in Santa Cruz and have been writing new material as well.

Earlier this month, vocalist Stephen Sams, guitarist Ravi Lamb, keyboardist Dan Leitner, and drummer Keoki Thompson put together an impromptu sidewalk performance in downtown Santa Cruz. For two hours, the band’s raucous blues echoed the length of Pacific Avenue and drew a comfortable crowd, raising awareness and collecting over $700 in donations for the camps at Standing Rock.

Opening the show will be three other promising up-and-coming Santa Cruz locals. Wild Iris will kick the night off at 8:30, followed by Eric Morrison & The Mysteries and the upbeat funk party of Ginger and Juice will carry the evening into the main event. Each opening act will get about an hour-long set each, leaving The Redlight District room to stretch and close the evening.

The band also has a string of dates lined up at SF’s The Boom Boom Room for Winter 2017: January 11, February 1, February 15, and March 1.

The Redlight District, Ginger and Juice, Eric Morrison & The Mysteries, Wild Iris
Moe’s Alley
December 17, 2016
8:30pm, $7 (18+)