.Be Our Guest: Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Jazz can be complex, cerebral music for toe-tapping philosophy majors and high-falutin’ independent filmmakers.

Drummer Sammy Miller thinks it should be uplifting music for everyone, and it should fill your heart with joy. He and his band the Congregation take elements of traditional jazz, gospel, Dixieland and swing, and hammer so much happiness into it, you’ll swear you’ve been held hostage at Disneyland for weeks.

Make sure you check out the smiles on the band members’ faces. It’s not the drugs—music really makes them this happy. Now they’re trying to infect us all with this overwhelming exhilaration.

INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Kuumbwa, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $28.35/adv, $33.60/door. Information: kuumbwajazz.org.

WANT TO GO?

Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.

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Cat Johnson
Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on community, collaboration, the future of work and music. She's a regular contributor to Shareable and her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Yes! Magazine, No Depression, UTNE Reader, Mother Jones and Launchable Mag. More info: catjohnson.co.
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