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Some of the finest musicians on the Monterey Peninsula are coming together for a night of original music at Planet Gemini in Monterey. The night will feature sets from Nicole Dillenberg, Michael Gaither, Madrigal & Strange, and more! There will be an open mic and public jam to follow, so players welcome!

Whether you call it Americana, folk, or singer-songwriter, Michael Gaither is a storyteller. He takes the “write what you know” idea to heart, crafting songs that cover small-town nostalgia as well as modern technology, always humorous takes on everyday life. A Santa Cruz County native, his songs also have a healthy preoccupation with locales from the past (“Starlite Drive-In Saturday Night”) and present (“Highway 17″). Michael has released three CDs of original songs, all of which have received local and international airplay. His fourth, “Best of Breed Romance,” drops this April. Michael also produces/hosts the “Songs and Stories” podcast, now in its tenth year. It features stories behind his songs and interviews with other independent songwriters. www.michaelgaither.com

This Santa Cruz duo has a treasure-trove of imaginative original folk, country and Americana music as well as great cover songs. Stephanie Madrigal’s rich voice blends perfectly with Laura February-Strange’s inventive vocal harmonies and slashing acoustic guitar.

Interested artists and bands, email amywarr3n@gmail.com