The Merrie Monarch, David Kalakaua

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 - 1891.

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 – 1891.

Wiki Wiki Wednesday honors the birthdate of the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.  David La’amea Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836 and known as ‘The Merrie Monarch‘ for his enthusiastic revival of Hawaiian music, dance and sport.

As the cultural ambassador of his nation, the king took a globe spanning trip in 1881, the first king to travel around the world. He met other heads of state, and the trip was documented by one of his cabinet members, William N. Armstrong, who accompanied the king. The book, Around The World With a King, chronicles this trip and the amazing times in which he lived.

The sweeping drama of his times: with treaties and tragedies, revival of hula and Hawaiian culture alongside a forced ‘Bayonet Constitution.’ There were boom times in Hawai’i, an uprising and a Reciprocity Treaty of 1875. The king had ‘Iolani palace built, the only royal palace that today exists on American land.

Fluent in English and Hawaiian, the young David Kalakaua studied law in his younger years, and led the group the Young Hawaiians, whose motto was “Hawaii for the Hawaiians.”

On Wiki Wiki Wednesday, please join us as we celebrate the life of a Royal One, whose musical talents include writing the song, “Hawai’i Pono’i” the state song of Hawaii today.

We will have many musical tributes to the king, along with a very special guest co-host, Welcome, e komo mai, Wednesday morning from 6:00 – 9:00 California time, Ku Imua Kalakaua!





KZSC Show Reviews – Of Montreal

This past week, the Catalyst presented the wonderfully weird indie sounds of Of Montreal and KZSC has exclusive photos from the fanatical festivities. Led by lead singer Kevin Barnes for almost twenty years, Of Montreal has always had a reputation for putting on psychedelic, artful, and avant-garde stage shows. The night of November 3rd was no exception to Of Montreal’s antics. Found footage projector films synced to live songs, Donald Trump ravers, human eating skull dragons, all-American poodles boxing, and so much more were graced the stage as an added cherry on top to an already fantastic live set.

Of Montreal’s latest album Aureate Gloom is currently available online and at a record store near you. Also, Of Montreal announced work on another album at the show, so be on the lookout for that as well.



Willie K. At Moe’s Alley This Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015


Multi instrumentalist, Multi talented Willie K. is blasting into Moe’s Alley Sunday November 8th for 2 blistering sets of blues, a smattering of jazz and perhaps a traditional tune from this virtuoso Hawaiian entertainer. Listen to Wiki Wiki Wednesday on Nov 4 for an interview!

Willie K, from a large musical family, has taken in diverse influences all his life.  As is said in the Islands, he “can play Any Kine,” and he can “sing, small kine,” ~ Willie K., singing ’bout that life; we know this and that he does it wonderfully in his own masterful Willie K. way.

Help welcome this traveling blues man, musician, singer & guitar slinger.  Enjoy yourself as you “het Up” Moe’s Alley on a cool November Sunday evening. The Moe’s Alley door opens at 7:30, the rocking and blues shouting will commence at 8:00 pm. Willie K. comes to us from the middle of Maui, the Valley Isle, which is No Ka ‘Oi, the Best. That’s the way to play …on a Sunday.  For that lil bit of halo, lil bit of horns, get ma’k, get set, GO – Lace your your dancing shoes & let us see ya move your feet!



A Drag Show, The First Openly Gay Country Star & More: The Diversity Center’s 26th Anniversary Gala!

There comes a time when The Diversity Center  has an event that we all wish we knew about, so I’m letting it all come out! You guessed it! I’ll be revealing all the alluring details about The Diversity Center‘s Gala, happening next Saturday, October 17th!

If you have not yet heard of The Diversity Center, it’s a Santa Cruz-based organization that holds programs for folks from all spectrums of the LGBTQQIAP+ community. One of the center’s most widely-known programs is Triangle Speakers, in which schools, colleges, and work places invite members of the queer community and allies to speak on a panel about their personal stories, in efforts to eliminate prejudice against the LGBTQQIAP+ community. Other programs include Conexiones, a bi-monthly series of mixers for people of color and allies, a Queer Youth Task Force, and more!

Benefiting The Diversity Center and its programs, the 26th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 17, 6:00pm – 12:00am, at the Hotel Paradox. It is a 21+ event (due to the cocktails) and will be a truly unforgettable night, featuring special performances by:

There will also be a drag performance, a casino, a live auction, dancing, dinner & dessert, and of course…                 much more!

All proceeds from this event will support  The Diversity Center in continuing to provide Santa Cruz with importance spaces for LGBTQQIAP+ folks and to promote the acceptance of diversity in our community.

Please see the Gala Facebook Event for special announcements, videos, and photos!

For more information, contact Angelica Marcial at 831-425-5422 ext. 109 or gala@diversitycenter.org!

Debashish Bhattacharya

Sept 30: Debashish Bhattacharya live on KZSC

Indian slide guitars have up to 24 strings; several aren’t even touched by the player—they’re moved by soundwaves alone. Debashish Bhattacharya is a master improviser on these rare instruments. KZSC is proud to host him on this week’s Used Records show, Wednesday September 30th between 9 am and noon.

The Grammy-nominated Bhattacharya was the principal student of Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of Indian classical guitar. Bhattacharya invented nineteen entirely new guitars to help him expand this tradition. He eventually developed a new system of playing–and teaching–Indian classical guitar centered on three of those designs. He plays a trinity of instruments, the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, held in his lap; improvising with a small steel bar, metal picks, a celluloid thumb pick, and occasionally a small stone.

Bhattacharya eagerly pursues opportunities to expand this emerging tradition, regularly playing with masters of other musical systems. Earlier this year, he improvised with Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko at the Fes Festival of Sacred Music, a stunning and mesmerizing performance, according the Morocco Wold News and Wall Street International Magazine.

Bhattacharya is in Santa Cruz for a concert on Friday October 2nd, at the Pacific Cultural Center. Tickets are being sold via brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds from this concert will help produce the 2nd International Guitar Festival in Kolkata, India.



Dry Diggings Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Trying to find tickets to next weekend’s Dry Diggings Festival (Sept. 25th-26th)? Tune into the Great 88.1 KZSC this weekend for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the premier reggae festivals of the season! Brought to you by the creators of California Roots, Dry Diggings will take place in the historic El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, CA, a small town made famous during the gold rush.

Quick history lesson: the town known as Placerville was known as “Dry Diggin’s” after the manner in which miners moved cartloads of dry soil into running water to separate gold from the dirt in the 19th Century.

The fest will feature 21 acts including headliners like Dirty Heads, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Budz, Zion I, Don Carlos, Tribal Seeds and J Boog! We’ll be giving away three pairs of tickets throughout the weekend! Stay tuned on The Great 88 this weekend while increasing your chances of experiencing two days of camping, beer and music!

Find out more info about Dry Diggings Festival here: http://drydiggingsfestival.com/