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Ride the Wave

Summer in Surf City? We’ve got a shirt that looks good wet or dry. The KZSC Surf Shirt looks so good you can almost smell the saltwater. It features the red, green and gold reggae colors and is available in all sizes inside our website shop.

Janis Joplin Performing at Monterey Pop Festival

Monterey Pop Monday

It was known as “The Summer of Love”. 1967 introduced a sea change in popular culture around the country and the world. About an hour south of Santa Cruz, musicians that became rock royalty appeared at the Monterey International Pop Festival. The Great 88 looks back on how young people, artists and performers like Jimi, Janis, Otis and The Who came to California’s Central Coast and made music history that summer 45 years ago. Were you there? You’ll feel like it Monday morning starting at 6 AM on  KZSC-FM.

Darol Anger

Darol Anger and The Furies, Sun Aug 19th

An all-star string extravaganza will be led by fiddler Darol Anger at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 starting at 7pm. Darol has been pushing the envelope of modern American string music by combining elements of bluegrass, jazz, and world music traditions into his compositions. He has played with the David Grisman Quintet, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings and other ensembles, and taught at the Berklee College of Music. He’s touring this time with the Furies, which includes Rushad Eggleston (cello), Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin), Emy Phelps (guitar, vocals), and Nic Gareiss (foot percussion).

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channel ORANGE

Frank Ocean, a member of Odd Future (OFWGKTA) recently released his second album, channel Orange, on July 10. His first album was quite successful, and I look forward to seeing where this album leads him.  Along with his new album Ocean sent out a letter to his fans informing them about when he “realized [he] was in love”.  His first love was a man.  Ocean spent an entire summer falling in love with this man. I found his story extremely impressive and I am a very proud fan.

Ocean writes in his message, “To my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are…and we were. I won’t forget you. I won’t forget the summer. I’ll remember who I was when I met you. I’ll remember who you were and how we’ve both changed and stayed the same. I’ve never had more respect for life and living than I have right now “.  

I find his letter and his honesty almost revolutionary.  I am a very proud fan of Frank Ocean and I cannot wait to see where his immeasurable talent takes him.

If you have not listened to channelORANGE, you should. His new album, as some may know, shows hints of his love for multiple people in his life. His lyrics are well thought out and he uses his knowledge of words well.  Ocean’s attributes are revealed throughout the entire album. Please take the time to listen to it. Some of my favorite songs are Pyramids, Bad Religion, and Forrest Gump.  Enjoy his creativity, honesty, vulnerability, and talent. 

Queer and Pleasant Danger

Kate Bornstein in Santa Cruz!

Gender theorist and activist Kate Bornstein will be at Bookshop Santa Cruz to promote her new book, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir. The book is described as “The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.” Her works on gender such as Gender Outlaw have been assigned here at UCSC, but don’t forget to look into her hilarious twitter page. She will be reading from and signing her new book on Thursday August 16 at 7:30pm.