live music with Joe Cruz & the Scenic Roots

This eclectic band brings to the stage a vast array of styles, sounds and influences, painting a broad spectrum of musical landscapes.

The ensemble is led by multi-stringed instrumentalist Joe Cruz, who entertains with an arsenal of acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, and sings songs from such great artists as Paul Simon, Eric Clapton and Ben Harper, to name a few. He takes you into the realms of jazz and blues, and transcends into infectious Latin beats and shredding electric guitar a la Santana. Back in the engine room holding down the drums, Joel Arpin offers up rhythms and beats from reggae to samba, swing to swampy two-beat, African rhythms to funky R & B backbeat, creating a wave for all to ride. The foundation and bottom end of the group is commanded by bassist Kevin Rowe. A solid groovemeister and skilled improviser, he brings a worldly sophisticated sensibility with a background in classical music, along with jazz and world beat.