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!


Cultural celebration at UCSC

“We all smile in the same language” That’s this year’s tagline for UCSC’s Multicultural Festival.

For 36 years, this campus has been dedicated to celebrating the varied cultures of UCSC’s diverse student population with an annual festival. It’s a fun time to share your culture, and take part in someone else’s as they share with you. And what better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music!

The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event!

This year’s featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia

Rocky RiveraThe festival  takes place at Oakes College’s lower lawn.

Oakes is known for its focus on creating a safe space for students from a diversity of backgrounds, offering housing which bears the names of various leaders and cultural icons such as Harvey Milk, Queen Lili’uokalani, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, and Steven Biko; while bringing to light the issues surrounding culture and ethnicity in our world; some of which students have faced on a personal level.La Santa Cecilia

While we learn about the complexities and tensions in the world, it’s a beautiful moment when we can join together to the motto “We all smile in the same language”.

Here at KZSC we are so glad we can provide the university and Santa Cruz community with a variety of world music shows every week.


SambaDá: a new album and Moe’s Alley performance May 9th

Locally based AfroBrazilian group SambaDá celebrates the release of their new album “Ritual” for 2015. It will be their first record with Senegal native and drum master Ibou Ngom, playing the djembe, sabar, and talking drum, and bass player Etienne Franc. Ritual also features special guest contributions from renown jazz and gospel pianist Tammy L. Hall, Bay Area trombone player Alan Williams of the Afro Funk Experience and Afrolicious, trumpet player Jon Cavanaugh from Flor de Caña, and saxophonist Anne Stafford. Each adds their own energy to this fantastic group dynamic.

imgresTrue to its name, and the SambaDá reputation, Ritual is an album filled with rhythms grooving together! Percussion and horns blend with folkloric songs, and soulful vocals into an album that becomes a ritual experience celebrating AfroBrazilian roots and music.

To listen or download their album, check out their website and listen for them here on the great 88, KZSC!