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Kat Parra June 9th

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.

 

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Ledward Kaapana June 4th

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.

 

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Ceremony June 7th

Ceremony is a hardcore punk band from Rohnert Park. They have been recording with Madator Records for a few years now and their latest release, “Zoo,” came out last year. Ceremony is set to play the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. If their show there earlier this year is an indicator, it’s bound to be another fun time! Plus you’ll see plenty of  KZSC folks down there. Ceremony is performing with Soft Moon and Total Control as openers. They’ll be appearing in the Catalyst Atrium Friday, June 7th. Showtime is 8:30 pm.

Here’s a video of them playing at Gilman, just to get you pumped:

 

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Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole May 22nd

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is the eldest son of Kekuhi Kanahele and descends from a distinguished hula family. “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” (a Wiki Wiki Wednesday favored song) was composed by his great grandmother, Edith Kanahele Kanaka’ole; his family’s music traditions go back seven generations. Kaumakaiwa brings his experience as ‘olapa (dancer), choreographer and composer to the stage in Felton along with his delightful storytelling. Multi-instrumentalist and Honolulu record producer Shawn Pimental will accompany him for an evening of Hawaiian mele, melodies and powerful singing inspired by the islands Wednesday, May 22nd at Don Quixote’s in downtown Felton.

Watch Him Perform At The Bishop Museum In Honolulu

 

 

 

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Darol Anger and The Furies, Thurs May 16th

An all-star string extravaganza led by fiddle master Darol Anger will be performing at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. Darol has taken acoustic string music into territory which fuses elements of jazz, bluegrass, and other traditions from around the world. He’ll be joined by The Furies, comprised of bluegrass mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist, vocalist Emy Phelps, and Tristan Clarridge, a five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and cellist who has toured with the neo-acoustic band Crooked Still. Their innovative music will bring something new to your ears.

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Colleen Green May 17th

Self described “stoner punk” Colleen Green is on tour promoting her new album, “Sock it To Me.” I picked up the new record at Streetlight Records over the weekend and the fuzzy, lo-fi scathing guitar, Best Coast lyrics and Vivian Girls style vocals got me screeching along in the car. Best bets to check out are “Only One,” “Time in the World,” and we love “Taxi Driver,” here at KZSC. Grab some munchies and get acquainted with “Sock it To Me” released on Hardly Art or check out her bandcamp! The closest Colleen Green will be to Santa Cruz is Amnesia in San Francisco Friday, May 17th. Showtime is 7 pm.