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La Misa Negra & Stellamara May 23rd

BBBSpring is the season for shaking it. If you’re looking for fantastic world music to get everybody’s on the dance floor, may we suggest internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic artist Stellamara? In collaboration with Colleena Shakti, Stellamara will showcase Odissi, Indian classical and contemporary dance, along with  Persian devotional dance artists Kristen Sague and Aliah Najmabadi. It’ll be an  immersion full of passion at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, downtown Santa Cruz Friday, May 23rd.  Also coming to Santa Cruz this Friday, we have La Misa Negra! They’ve released their debut album “Misa de Medianoche” and we’ve absolutely been loving it! Playing at Moe’s Alley, this Oakland 50′s and 60′s style Cumbia group shares the stage with El Gran
Silencio, bringing you rock en Español all the way from Monterrey, Mexico. If you want a night of Latin beats, reggae and dancehall combinations, this is the venue for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Stills May 8th

It’s the second name in “Crosby, STILLS, Nash & Young”; he’s a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and supreme solo artist. Stephen Stills is part of rock & roll history. He makes a rare appearance at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz to perform both acoustic and electric music. Stephen Stills plays Thursday, May 8th at 8 pm.

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David Grisman May 5th

At a Bill Monroe bluegrass show in 1964, David Grisman met Jerry Garcia. Fast forward almost ten years and they hook up again as “Old & In The Way”, a bluegrass super group worshiped by Dead heads. David and Jerry continued to collaborate over the years,however “Dawg’s” (Grisman’s nickname, given to him by Garcia) interests ranged widely to include jazz, kleezmer and just about anything else played on the mandolin. His record label Acoustic Disc just released a new album. David Grisman’s Sextet plays it live in Santa Cruz Monday, May 5th at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm.

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Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, Sat May 3rd

The 28th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair is a FREE event on Saturday afternoon, May 3, 2014, outdoors on the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park. The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (aka Northern California Bluegrass Society) sponsors this event, and invited five bands to play this year: The Lampel Brothers with Jim Lewin (noon), The Eddie DuCommun Band with Luke Abbott (1:15), The Naked Bootleggers (2:30), Bean Creek (3:45) and The Harmony Grits (5:00). Bring a blanket or low back chair for lawn seating, along with sunscreen and a hat. There’ll be food and drink available to purchase or bring your own, but this city park requests that you leave alcohol and your dogs at home.

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April 30th: International Jazz Day!

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If you didn’t know, today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day! Around the world, musicians and listeners alike are celebrating the both the historical and contemporary significance of America’s greatest musical treasure. Featuring performances by renowned artists all over the world, think of today as Christmas for jazz lovers worldwide. The hosts of Wednesday’s 2-4pm jazz show Stirrin’ the Soup are ecstatic to share this day with you, so tune in on KZSC to hear some great jazz this afternoon!

Courtesy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), please enjoy the International Jazz Day 2014 Global Concert in Osaka, Japan below via recorded live stream:

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Flor de Cana April 22nd

KZSC World Music department’s been getting some excellent new Latin music lately. From salsa to cumbia to bossa nova, we’re all groovin’ to the smooth spring rhythms, feeling the love for “tropicál” and finding some really cool influences & technologies going into the development of today’s Latin music scene. If you’d like to check out some new Latin spices with a local flavor, may I suggest Flor de Caña at Don Quixote’s April 22nd? Presenting Cuban son, Colombian cumbia and various other Caribbean styles, Flor de Caña is a Santa Cruz-based group that keeps true the roots while creating their own style. Showtime is 8 pm. Don Quixote’s is in downtown Felton.