Outstanding Ethiopian-Pop Debo Band makes an appearance in Santa Cruz tonight, Tuesday July 16, 2013 at Moe’s Alley. This large 11-member group includes musicians and dancers from Addis and Boston, plus local fiddler Kaethe Hostetter formerly of Bonny Doon. They’ve received raves for pushing the envelope of traditional Ethiopian music by incorporating funk, soul, jazz and Eastern European influences into their dance music using a varied assortment of instruments that includes sousaphone, accordion, and electric and acoustic violins. Debo’s most recent CD release was on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and is available streamed in its entirety here. Sun Hop Fat, another group playing Ethiopian dance music opens.
Calling out all movie, beach, and fun lovers!
Every Wednesday night at 9pm on the beach located next to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, our beautiful city will be hosting a FREE movie for anyone looking to have a wonderful evening! Films that have already been shown include The Lost Boys (which was filmed at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk & in parts of Pogonip state park), The Wedding Singer, and the original 1971 Wille Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. If you weren’t able to attended those fine cinematic features, don’t despair! There are still 5 more films coming your way! Hope to see you there
July 17: Tremors
“Run Kevin Bacon, Run!”
July 24: Ice Age
“Watch this cool flick on the warmest of beaches”
July 31: BIG
“All ages and sizes are encouraged to attended”
Aug 7: Footloose
“Dance Kevin Bacon, Dance!”
Aug 14: Chasing Mavericks
“See the six packed star of 300 walk the streets of our very own Santa Cruz”
There is no shortage of festivals to attend in the summertime. With so many to choose from it’s impossible to go to everything; especially with the prices they’re asking these days. You’ve got to be a smart festival shopper to make sure you get the most out of your hard earned cash. On Saturday July 13th the 3rd Annual Phono del Sol: Music and Food Festival will take place at Potrero Del Sol park in San Francisco. The lineup is stacked with a variety of local and out of the area acts to choose from. KZSC favorites Thee Oh Sees, Bleached, Radiation City, and Cool Ghouls are on a bill bolstered by many more. Bonus: they’ve got a pretty sweet group discount! Tell your friends, save some coin and plan to spend a nice Saturday in the park about a week after the fourth of July. Check out the full lineup at phonodelsoul.com and keep your radio, computer and smart phone locked to the Great 88 all summer long.
The Summer Equinox approaches. What better way to bring in the season than to make some music? Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future and author of “Ancient Traditions: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India” will present a world rhythm workshop Saturday afternoon June 22nd at Gryphon Strings. His book, which is the basis for this workshop, received rave reviews. Seats are limited; to reserve a space call Gryphon at 650-493-2131. Gryphon Strings is located at 211 Lambert Avenue in Palo Alto. More details can be found on Facebook
Here’s Montfort’s contemplations on Jimi Hendrix and the classical Indian tradition of the Raga.
Bay Area vocalist Kat Parra helps preserve a rare cultural treasure of the Sephardic diaspora, the Ladino language. An antiquated form of Castilian that includes Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish, Ladino is spoken in very few places today – mainly by older generations in Turkey, Israel and scattered homes across the globe. Besides Ladino, Kat performs in English, Spanish and Portuguese too. Whether her inflections are Afro-Cuban, samba with a hip-hop flair, Latin jazz or salsa, when Kat Parra sings, it’s always “con sabor (flavorful)”. Kat Parra will perform for the Jewish Food and Cultural Fair Sunday, June 9th at Temple Beth El in Aptos.
Attention “Led Heads”! Ledward Kaapana returns to the redwoods with Hawaiian slack key goodness and aloha spirit. Rounding out the sound will be Mike Kaawa on 12 string guitar and Fran Guidry on second slack key. Ledward Kaapana rolls into Don Quixote’s in Felton Tuesday, June 4th. Festivities begin at 7:30.