One of the first hair metal bands, Y&T laid the groundwork for bands such as Poison, Ratt and Mötley Crüe to become pop music sensations. The Oakland-based band’s big hit came in 1985 with “Summertime Girl.” Four decades later, Y&T, which helped bring Flying V guitars, leather pants and the lovably cheesy glam aesthetic into the mainstream, is still going strong. On Jan. 28, the band brings its hard-rocking, never-say-die ethos to Santa Cruz.
INFO: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 423-1338. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.