Attention live music fans: the Santa Cruz American Music Festival is back with a stellar lineup for 2017. Building on the foundation of the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, this Memorial Day Weekend fest is one of the musical treasures of the area, attracting top blues, rock, country and soul artists from around the country. This year’s lineup includes the Rides, comprising Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, the mighty Mavis Staples (above), rocker Melissa Etheridge doing a Memphis rock and soul review, Santa Cruz favorite the Devil Makes Three, and more.
INFO: 11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday May 27 & 28. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. Aptos, $65-$190. 454-7900. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the festival.