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MOON BLOCK presents fourth annual Desert Daze Festival!

MOON BLOCK presents several music + art festivals a year including DESERT DAZE, BEYOND THE WITCHING HOUR, & MOON BLOCK PARTY. Each event is curated, organized, and built from the ground up by a group of close friends and a growing collective of musicians and artists from Los Angeles and beyond including members of JJUUJJUU, Deap Vally, Fever the Ghost, + more.

Once described as a ‘psychedelic bootcamp’, Desert Daze returns for its fourth annual appearance, bringing with it an amazing lineup to create this magical experience once again. Desert Daze will be featuring performances from Warpaint, DIIV, Chelsea Wolfe, Bass Drum of Death, and much more! It will be held at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA on Saturday, May 2.

Tune in this week for a chance to win tickets to Desert Daze Festival! Keep an eye out for upcoming Facebook and Instagram giveaways.

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Seabright Stringfest Apr 24th-26th

The 4th Annual Seabright Stringfest (Santa Cruz, CA) kicks off with a square dance Friday evening, April 24th, called by Erik Hoffman with music by the Earl White Stringband and The Percolators at the Market St. Theatre. Free concerts that feature 12 bands playing Appalachian string band, bluegrass, blues, Celtic and other traditional string music from around the world continues on Saturday, Apr 25th from 11am-10:30pm at the Seabright Brewery patio, with concurrent directed indoor jamming in the adjacent Java Junction Coffee House from 9:30am-6pm. The fourth Sunday of the month bluegrass and old-time jam session at Ocean View Park follows on April 26th starting at 1pm and continuing until people are worn out. Schedule and details are at fiddlersjam.com. Tune in to KZSC for “Backroads” on Sundays 12-2pm and “Ramblin’ Round” on Wednesdays 2-4pm to hear more acoustic string music.

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Fri Apr 24: Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live in Santa Cruz

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KZSC Alums Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris return to Santa Cruz for a LIVE taping of their popular comedy/variety podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go! on Friday April 24th, at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Jordan Morris is an actor who has also written for the Comedy Central show @midnight and Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit. Jesse Thorn, “America’s Radio Sweetheart” hosts National Public Radio’s Bullseye show. He also leads Maximum Fun, a growing network of more than twenty podcasts, including Lady to Lady, hosted by comedians Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker, an international quiz show hosted by television personality Dave Holmes, and a show hosted by the Daily Show’s John Hodgman.

Indie musician and recording studio legend John Vanderslice, will be a guest for this show, along with the women’s a capella group The High Tones, and Bucky Sinister, a poet, actor, and comedian.

Tickets are already available and going fast. The doors open at 8:30 pm at 320 Cedar Street, and the show starts at 9 pm.

More information is available in this UCSC news article by Scott Rappaport.

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Jordan (right) and Jesse (left) in their Los Angeles offices

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HGMNY & Oscillate Me presents Flow-Fi Showcase @ f8

HGMNY is a music-based collective that was formed in the pits of Santa Cruz in 2009 and includes innovative acts like BOATS, Mikos Da Gawd, KA$HMIR, and many others. Their aim is to bring other forward thinking and innovative artists into the community. Fast forward to 2015 and HGMNY continues to bring amazing acts to the Bay Area by partnering with other regional collectives like Los Angeles’ Soulection and Team Supreme crews.
HGMNY & Oscillate Me present the first Bay Area Flow-Fi Showcase at f8 in San Francisco on Sunday, April 25. This event is stacked with future beats artists like Diversa, Chris McClenney, Geotheory, and Mars Today. This will be Chris McClenney’s and Geotheory’s debut appearance in the Bay Area and I’m sure the HGMNY fanbase will give them a warm welcome.
Make sure to tune in this week for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Flow-Fi showcase!
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KZSC Show Reviews: A Place to Bury Strangers

At the beginning of every quarter at UCSC, I always create a list. On this list are all the shows that are coming up during that quarter that I know I just have to see. On March 13th as I took the overcrowded 16 bus down from Crown College to the forsaken depths of the Santa Cruz Metro Center and crossed the streets to the Catalyst, there was one last concert I had to cross of my list. It was a concert to perfectly wrap up the Winter quarter at UCSC. That concert was A Place to Bury Strangers.

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Israeli and world music coming to Santa Cruz

SazNext Monday, March 16, Santa Cruzians can start off their week with music by Diwan Saz who will be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall.

Diwan Saz come promoting an intercultural, harmonious message of common roots/coexistence through middle eastern music. The group will also play the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and at the South by Southwest festival.

Diwan Saz is a group of musicians from many faiths performing the ancient music of Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian language. Diwan Saz explores melodies from various ethnic and folk traditions.

Diwan Saz is lead by Yohai Barak, who plays Saz and Baglama. Rabbi David Menachem sings the piyutim ( sacred chants), young singer Muhammad Gadir provides folk-like vocals and Turkish singer, Lubne from the Arabic Orchestra of Nazareth adds her voice to the mix. You can see the full ensemble performing live at Don Quixote’s!

For more information on all the musicians and their performances, the website is: www.diwansaz.com

Here is short preview of Diwan Saz performing “Fidayda”