Javarita Coffeehouse

 ... the Santa Cruz Valley's best-kept secret




The Javarita Coffeehouse series has been the best-kept secret (and bargain!) in the Santa Cruz Valley for 20+ years. In normal times, concerts are held one Friday each month, October-March.  The Coffeehouse is  a ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC, dedicated to supporting and enjoying live acoustic music.



March 11, 2022, Friday, 7 pm

Will Foraker

Friday, March 11 * 7:00 pm

Will Foraker is a smooth and sassy piano player and vocalist who has toured the world, bringing his own style of blues, jazz, rock, and a few songs of his own. Will started playing the piano when he was six years old and has never stopped playing. Tickets at the door $10.00



October 7, 2019, Monday, 7 pm

Che Apalache

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. They began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes.

November 8, 2019, Friday, 7 pm

Hard Road Trio

Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass. The Trio sound is even greater than the sum of these parts: perfect harmonies, stunning mandolin playing, and award winning songwriting. Tickets $15

December 13, 2019, Friday, 7 pm

Mariachi Christmas: Mariachi Azteca del Sol

In Arizona there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to experience a mariachi group singing Feliz Navidad and traditional posada music. Mariachi Azteca del Sol is Southern Arizona’s premier mariachi group with breathtaking arrangements and one-of-a-kind vocalization ... truly the best.

Tickets $10

January 17, 2020, Friday, 7 pm

Scott Ainslie

Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep. Tickets $20

February 21-22, 2020, Friday and Saturday

Hope, Hard Times and the Human Possibility

Join Carrie Newcomer (award-winning songwriter, performer, recording artist, performer), Parker J. Palmer (bestselling author, teacher, activist, and founder of The Center for Courage and Renewal), and Gary Walters (musician, recording artist, composer, educator) in a dynamic interweaving of music, poetry, prose, personal story, and audience participation. Tickets $90

January 18, 2020, Friday, 7 pm

Common Ground on the Border Community Concert

A variety of performances from staff and students of the Common Ground community. Expect everything from drumming, the blues, country, old time, mariachi—you name it—it will happen. A great conclusion to an amazing week. Tickets $10


March 13, 2020, Friday, 7 pm


A great local bluegrass and acoustic trio that features members of the critically acclaimed band “Run Boy Run.” They will feature great songwriting, tantalizing picking, and deep reverence for traditional Americana music with a nice progressive twist.  Tickets $15