Mark O’Connor has always been tricky to classify. A classically trained violinist, he’s also one of the finest roots fiddlers around, breezing easily through traditional bluegrass, swing, pop, folk, Americana and progressive bluegrass, which is rooted firmly in traditional techniques and styles, but expands from there into uncharted territory. As the Los Angeles Times put it, his music has “crossed so many boundaries that his style is purely personal.” Joining O’Connor are a few of his family members, as well as National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart.
INFO: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.