Event details

Event details

Western Wednesday #43: Geoffrey Miller w/ This Old Horse
Wed May | 18 2022 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Moe's Alley , 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
$15 / $20

About This Event

It's a boogie-woogie, country throw down with Western Wednesday #43, featuring the incredible honky tonkin' Geoffrey Miller and This Old Horse! Get there early for free two step lessons!

Doors: 7pm
Two Step Lessons: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
$15 advance / $20 day of the show

Geoffrey Miller

Miller grew up breathing the air of country and oldies AM radio and listening to Waylon, Willie, and Hank Jr. cassettes in the dash of his adoptive father Vern Miller’s work truck. Echos of Bakersfield, California’s “Nashville West”, reverberate across the Central Valley to Sacramento, CA where Miller grew up through family record collections, boom box radios at summer trips to the river, and Hee Haw on afternoon TV. Picking up the frequency from a young age, Miller strummed on toy guitars and sang Merle Haggard verses as a child.

Fast forward to 2019, Miller bends crying notes from his fender telecaster over a room full of two-steppers and swing dancers on a hardwood dance floor. The worlds of country and rockabilly meld in a crowd topped with cowboy hats, pompadours, and pin-up style hairdos. Between the occasional classic by his favorites, Merle, Johnny Horton, and Faron Young, MIller’s original songs fill the room and make a direct connection to the moment.  The clacking of a stand-up bass, the break-up of a 50s tweed guitar amplifier, and the slight rasp in Miller’s voice burrow into the audience with something real.

This Old Horse

Born on the 4th of July in 2020, This Old Horse was formed when five Santa Cruz musicians gathered together in a run-down West Side garage next to a chicken yard. The band quickly took inspiration from the waves crashing, chickens clucking and rats scuffling to render their unique brand of outlaw country, a gritty down-home blend of covers and originals.

From raucous danceable grooves to sweet heart melting ballads, This Old Horse features the exhilarating vocals of Sarah Robinson, Chase Larue’s musical Midas touch on banjo, Jay Smith’s firm grip on the standup bass, Dan Berman’s sparkling mandolin lines, and Everett Touse’s grizzled introspective rhythm guitar. Hide your whiskey and cover your grass, This Old Horse is galloping to a honkytonk near you!

Please Note: This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.