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Jean Ritchie Remembrance on Backroads, Sun June 7th

Jean Ritchie, long-time singer and researcher of traditional songs from her native Appalachia and their connections to British balladry, passed away last Monday at the age of 92. Jean introduced the mountain dulcimer to many, and played a significant role in the folk-music revival of the 1960s. Her songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris among others. As a remembrance to Jean, the next KZSC Backroads folk show (Sunday 6/7/15, noon-2pm) will feature a documentary about her music. The segment to be aired is part of the “Southern Songbirds” radio series that honors the women of early country and old-time music, through the courtesy of Coast Ridge Productions.

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May 24: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

The human joy factory known as, Quintron will load his customized B-3 Hammond organ into The Crepe Place, and play that beautiful machine with wild abandon on Sunday, May 24th.

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Miss Pussycat and friends

You will be compelled to dance, since it will be the only way to match the energy of his performance. Oh yes, everyone will sweat!

Folks who live in New Orleans do know how to have a good time and let loose, and that is where you can see Quintron play at his home base of the Spellcaster Lodge in the 9th ward; should you ever head down to The Big Easy. But, in the meantime, all you have to do is walk or ride your bike to midtown Santa Cruz.

Now, for some bonus information (based on the last time I saw the show) Miss Pussycat will offer up her unique brand of puppet theatre before joining Quintron on vocals and maracas. One of the other things you might want to look for are his inventions like, the Spit Machine (harmonica), the Disco Light Machine, and his most notable, the Drum Buddy. No one can know all that he has in tow for this tour.

The Nots (from Memphis, TN) will be opening the show at 9pm. For more info about the venue go to, thecrepeplace.com and you can get advance tix via ticketweb.com or swing by and buy the tix in person this week. It is going to be a full house, don’t miss out .Cheers!

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Cultural celebration at UCSC

“We all smile in the same language” That’s this year’s tagline for UCSC’s Multicultural Festival.

For 36 years, this campus has been dedicated to celebrating the varied cultures of UCSC’s diverse student population with an annual festival. It’s a fun time to share your culture, and take part in someone else’s as they share with you. And what better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music!

The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event!

This year’s featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia

Rocky RiveraThe festival  takes place at Oakes College’s lower lawn.

Oakes is known for its focus on creating a safe space for students from a diversity of backgrounds, offering housing which bears the names of various leaders and cultural icons such as Harvey Milk, Queen Lili’uokalani, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, and Steven Biko; while bringing to light the issues surrounding culture and ethnicity in our world; some of which students have faced on a personal level.La Santa Cecilia

While we learn about the complexities and tensions in the world, it’s a beautiful moment when we can join together to the motto “We all smile in the same language”.

Here at KZSC we are so glad we can provide the university and Santa Cruz community with a variety of world music shows every week.

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SambaDá: a new album and Moe’s Alley performance May 9th

Locally based AfroBrazilian group SambaDá celebrates the release of their new album “Ritual” for 2015. It will be their first record with Senegal native and drum master Ibou Ngom, playing the djembe, sabar, and talking drum, and bass player Etienne Franc. Ritual also features special guest contributions from renown jazz and gospel pianist Tammy L. Hall, Bay Area trombone player Alan Williams of the Afro Funk Experience and Afrolicious, trumpet player Jon Cavanaugh from Flor de Caña, and saxophonist Anne Stafford. Each adds their own energy to this fantastic group dynamic.

imgresTrue to its name, and the SambaDá reputation, Ritual is an album filled with rhythms grooving together! Percussion and horns blend with folkloric songs, and soulful vocals into an album that becomes a ritual experience celebrating AfroBrazilian roots and music.

To listen or download their album, check out their website and listen for them here on the great 88, KZSC!

 

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Willie K. at Moe’s Alley May 21

As powerful and as unpredictable as an exploding volcano, Willie K pours his musical prowess over Santa Cruz on Thursday May 21st.

Moe’s Alley will be the dancing party point Thursday, May 21st, as Willie K brings his diverse musical interests to the stage.  Willie K knows his blues, as well as reggae-influenced tunes.  Rockers gonna rock, jazz fans will be entertained, as Willie K can play “any kine” ~ with virtuoso status on guitar, ukulele and bass.  He’s musically energetic and prolific, starting in the early family days, as the second of nine boys and four girls in the Kahaiali’i family.  Whether he’s playing traditional acoustic indigenous Hawaiian music, voicing operatic Italian arias (check out the video below) or twisting up tunes on the ukulele, Willie K packs a powerhouse, a warehouse full of blues to you, the listener.

Listen here at KZSC from 6:00 – 9:00 on Wiki Wiki Wednesday mornings, for cuts from Twisted Ukulele, recorded in Germany, and Willie K’s Warehouse Blues.

Let Willie K’s music move you LIVE at Moe’s Alley Thursday, May 21st, doors open at 7:30, for an 8:30 showtime

 

Tal National, the most popular band in the West African country of Niger.

Tal National: Moe’s Alley May 5th

In a journey that began with selling their CDs on street corners, to becoming the most popular band in Niger, now Tal National is promoting their new album Zoy Zoy and on tour, playing Moe’s Alley May 5th.
Tal National’s members represent the different cultural groups of Niger. Their music is a mix of traditional and originals, with a rhythmic complexity that separate them from their Afrobeat contemporaries of neighboring Nigeria. The album Zoy Zoy was recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital, using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio. Despite this or perhaps because of it, Tal National thrives in a country parched of resources but teeming with music and rhythm!
If you want to enjoy the high energy of a live performance by this Nigerien group, check them out at Moe’s Alley on Tuesday!