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Planet Cruz: Local Comedy at the Rio Theatre

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The Comedians include:

Teresa Tudury , Don Reed as seen on  HBO, Showtime, and The Tonight Show, Kellen Erskine, Dan St. Paul with “What’s Funny After 50?”, Sven Davis, Alan Heit , Ryan Coonerty , and  Zach Friend .

The event will be hosted by Richard Stockton and there will be plenty of  comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz for all the locals and neo-locals out there! Where else could a professional comedian space-cowboy come from? Only Santa Cruz!

For more information, Check out their promo video and http://planetcruzcomedy.com/ for all that Planet Cruz has to offer you!

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Simrit Kaur at the Pacific Cultural Center

simrit-love-crop1Harvest of the fruits of a new fall here at KZSC. World is starting off the quarter with an interview of artist Simrit Kaur!

Simrit , with her unique touch to devotional chant music, will be performing at the Santa Cruz Pacific Cultural Center on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm. She also has a new album out soon! This album features a song with lead singer of the Go-Gos, Belinda Carlisle.

You can hear Simrit speak on music and her new album on Cross Stitch this Monday, at it’s new time slot, noon to 2pm.

Here is the song Mul Mantra, from her new album Simrit , so you can have a listen!

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Meow (Run) The Jewels!

The super talented hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P are set to release their second collaborative studio album, Run the Jewels 2, on October 27. The pre-orders for the album began last month, and several interesting packages are available. For $25,000 The Show and Tell Package sends the emcees to your city to accompany your child on a day of school, including “personal bully protection for 24 hours”.

According to The Meow the Jewels Package, for $40,000 “Run The Jewels will re-record RTJ2 using nothing but cat sounds for music.” Much to the surprise of Killer Mike and El-P, a Kickstarter popped up to raise the funds for the package. The Kickstarter received much online attention, and various big name producers, such as Just Blaze, SKYWLKR, Baauer, Prince Paul, and Dan The Automator, offered to produce beats for the album if the funding goal was reached. With 11 days remaining for funding, over $55,000 has been raised, and Meow the Jewels is going to be a real album!

Check out the preview for Meow the Jewels, and their song from the actual Run the Jewels 2 album “Close Your Eyes and Count to F–k” below.

 

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The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers New CD

Legend was issued originally in 1984, 3 years after Marley died from cancer. It quickly became the biggest-selling reggae album of all time, and it remains so to this day. Accordingly, the vast majority of the songs here have passed into the public consciousness so completely that you’ll be able to sing the chorus to them despite never having knowingly heard them before.71rqP13SVRL._SL1500_

 

 

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One to Watch: Jazz: Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Social music. This is how up and coming artist, John Batiste refers to his music and jazz music in general as during a live set of Jon Batiste & Stay Human.* At first, this phrase may seem pretentiously effusive. After all, it does not take a professional music critic nor an intellectual to understand that music is meant to be enjoyed by others or shared. What the twenty seven year old Lousiana pianist means instead is that jazz likes to draw from all sorts of styles and inspiration in a way that allows for seriously progressive music. Jazz is everything you want it to be in many ways, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human  are creating some seriously enticing progressive jazz.

Batiste is backed by a talented group of young artists: Eddie Barbash (sax), Ibanda  Ruhumika (tuba), and Joe Saylor (percussion). I had a chance to see the group in performance at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The group’s carefree and fun loving vibes was most evident in in Batiste’s wardrobe choice for his big MJF debut: skinny mint green suit. The man has confidence and knows how to have a good time.

The group is surely eclectic in its inspiration and sound. It’s almost as if Andree 3000 successfully decided to dapple in jazz one day. Batiste has a soulful voice that is built for R&B and smooth jazz, yet his music touches upon numerous musical styles. One moment he crooned a classic and the next he is busting out some hardcore Dixieland jazz, whose rollicking vibes got the otherwise indifferent audience on its feet. Whatever he decides to draw from, what is certain is that Batiste is a virtuosic pianist who enjoys some serious foot stompin’ backed percussion. I look forward to seeing what is next for the man in the mint green suit.

* See video for Jon Batiste & Stay Human covering “Wrecking Ball” below