Date: November 4th, 2011
Location: Santa Cruz
Venue: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Tour: The Alpocalypse Tour
With San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland not to far from here, it's not too often that Santa Cruz gets huge artists to perform here. Jimmy Eats World was here not too long ago. The Pixies stopped by this month. Does Snoop Dog count as well? Regardless, in between shows at bigger cities, Weird Al delivered his quirky sense of humor, his silly stage antics, and a set of talented musicians right to our door step. As far as I know, this has been the first time he's been here; possibly due to this being his keyboardist, Ruben Valtierra's old stomping grounds at UCSC. Weird Al made sure we knew of this several times during the show, even allowing Ruben a solo spot and a chance to choose the next song; both times he opted to have Jon Schwartz perform a dazzling drum solo (a snare roll the first time, then a snare roll and a cymbal crash the second time).