Fiesta de Artes poster

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, Sat and Sun August 8th – 9th


It’s time again for the Fiesta de Artes in downtown Los Gatos! This free annual art and wine festival – brought to you by the Los Gatos Kiwanis Club – offers something for the whole family: food trucks, a variety of live music performers, a play zone for kids, artists selling handmade crafts, and local beer and wine vendors.

The Fiesta de Artes is Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, from 10am to 6pm at the Civic Center grounds in downtown Los Gatos. Visit for more information. Don’t miss out on this free summer fun event!



Mele’uhane Wednesday July 29th


Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey come to California – and Santa Cruz – next “Wiki Wiki” Wednesday.  Keikilani is the father and Leokani the son in this family duo from Kona, on Hawai’i Island, also known as The Big Island.     The family is big on talent, as papa Keikilani distills 5 generations of Hawaiian storytelling, paniolo cowboy action, music and hula into his singing and songwriting. Eldest son Leokani “Leo” has come up from the percussion and rhythm of his youth and has taken to guitar in a Big Island way.

Join us on Wiki Wiki Wednesday July 29th as we host Mele’uhane live in studio during the program, which runs & rollicks from 6:00 – 9:00 am.

The gentlemen of Mele’uhane perform at Pono that evening, 6:30 inside the Reef Bar building at 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

You can hear the music from their new album, the cd entitled, “The Garden” honoring the island of Kaua’i, the land, the people and the music.

Join KZSC Wednesday morning, July 29th to hear the boys live  & see you at Pono that night!

De Temps Antan

De Temps Antan, Tues July 14th

Celebrate Bastille Day with the French-speaking band De Temps Antan, who will be bringing vibrant traditional music from Quebec to Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 7:30pm. This trio features former members of the seminal French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante, including the charismatic André Brunet on fiddle, composer of many delightful tunes, and a previous winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, along with Eric Beaudry on guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis on button accordion and harmonica. Everyone in the band sings, and their sense of fun in performance is quite contagious. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

Sat Aug 22: Verve Coffee’s 2015 Record Swap and Block Party

Tired of being the only one in your group not cool enough to have a record collection? Do you like music at bargain-basement prices? Come load up on vinyl records  at the Verve Coffee Record Swap & Block Party on Saturday, Aug 22!

KZSC music tote bag

Fill up your KZSC tote bag with music! (suggested serving)

Come spend the day discovering new music and old favorites with other highly-caffeinated music enthusiasts! The record swap-meet starts at 7 am at Verve Coffee’s Roastery and coffee bar, in Seabright104 Bronson St, a couple of doors down from the Pacific Edge climbing gym. We’ll be there till 5 pm, alongside other local music vendors like Metavinyl and Bluebeat. Sift through thousands of records, enjoy a wide variety of food trucks, groove to the live music and enjoy the local yard sale, too!


KZSC is selling an eclectic mix of LPs. We’ve also got coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other KZSC merch to help you show your fine taste in local, live radio. See you there!


Jean Ritchie

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.


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.


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, and you can get advance tix via or swing by and buy the tix in person this week. It is going to be a full house, don’t miss out .Cheers!