Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival

There are many luthiers in the Santa Cruz area creating beautiful instruments, and handmade guitars are being exhibited during the month of February through March 15, 2014, as part of the very first Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival. An assortment of instruments are on display at the R. Blitzer Gallery on the West Side of Santa Cruz, CA and you can hear these guitars being played at various venues in a series of concerts (check the main festival website for details). Performers include Jayme Kelly Curtis, founder of the festival, Kenny Hill, William Coulter, Muriel Anderson, Marty O’Reilly, and many more. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History‘s free First Friday of February event (2/7/14) will feature a Hill Guitar Company shop setup displaying how classical guitars are made, crafts activities for kids, a harmonics/physics demonstration and lecture by David Winters, guitar strap weaving, and many live performances by artists throughout the evening. A locally produced book by Jim MacKenzie and Renee Flower featuring photos and essays about local instrument builders has also been released in association with the exhibit.



Rock Charts – Last Week Of January!

Top 10:


1. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS – Give The People What They Want
2. THEE OH SEES – Singles Collection, Volume 3
3. CHEAP TIME – Exit Smiles
4. BLOOD ORANGE – Cupid Deluxe
5. ARCADE FIRE – Reflektor
6. PAINTED PALMS – Forever
7. HABIBI – Habibi
8. POW! – Hi-Tech Boom
9. DESTROYER – Five Spanish Songs
10. TOY – Join The Dots


Top 5 Adds:

m_HxnJbaWr5v3I_XWHztk4A1. TOGETHER PANGEA – Badillac
2. DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True
3. HOSPITALITY – Trouble
4. MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN – Mozes And The Firstborn
5. BE FOREST – Earthbeat





Wowza guys, it’s tuesday! Here’s a song by together Pangea:

American Idol Finalists Party

James Durbin Feb. 15th

Local boy makes good…always a great storyline. But when good things happen to good people, it’s even better. After attending Musicschool in Santa Cruz and plenty of wood shedding, James Durbin shot to nationwide fame during “American Idol” and has now released the CD “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster”.  Always a great show on his home turf, James Durbin plays The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, February 15th. Showtime is 9 pm.


End of January World Charts

Hey folks! The first month of the new year is over, and here are your world charts for its close. Check it!

1 SULTANS OF STRING Symphony Red River-McKhool
2 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I Beats Antique
3 ANOUSHKA SHANKAR Traces Of You Deutsche Grammophon
4 OMAR SOULEYMAN Wenu Wenu Ribbon
5 BOOM PAM “Manara And Summer” [Singles]
7 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Songs From A Zulu Farm Razor and Tie
8 FELA KUTI Zombie UniversalBBB9 HELIOCENTRICS 13 Degrees Of Reality
10 LIJADU SISTERS The Afrodisia Reissue Series KFR


1 VARIOUS ARTISTS Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco Dust To Digital
2 AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND “Op Je Hoede” [Single] Vetnasj
3 SWAY MACHINERY “My Dead Lover’s Wedding” [Single]


Jazzuary at it’s End – The Charts and Adds

Here’s what’s happening with Jazz at KZSC! There’s been tons of material dropping in lately, courtesy of all of our lovely promoters:


1    BEATA PATER    Golden Lady    Self-Released
3    MICHELLE ZANGARA    Songs Of Blue    MZRecords
4    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
5    CHARLES BOLES QUARTET    Blue Continuum    Detroit Music Factory
6    GEORGE COLLIGAN    The Endless Mysteries    Origin
7    CAROLYN LEE JONES    The Performer    Catnround
8    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
9    CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Burstin Out    Origin
10    PINK MARTINI    Get Happy    Heinz


1    DONNA SINGER    Jazz In The Living Room    Emerald Bay
2    JOE SULLIVAN    Whiskey Jack Waltz    Perry Lake
3    CORY WEEDS QUINTET    Let’s Go    Cellar Live
4    DEE BELL    Silva Bell Elation
5    JAKE HERTZOG    Throwback    Zoho

Make sure to catch the fabulous John Abercrombie Quartet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz Monday February 10th!