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Groundation’s Harrison Stafford interviewed by DJ Tiffany

Professor Harrison Stafford, the leader of Groundation, was speeding across the California desert when he connected with KZSC’s DJ Tiffany on “Joy in the Morning.”

He lays down a history and culture of reggae music and discusses his documentary called “Holding on to Jah.” He also talks about Groundation and their upcoming new album and concert in Santa Cruz on Friday Aug 29th at the Catalyst, with J Boog.

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Programmer of the Month: Henry Bertheaud (Roux)

August’s Programmer of the Month, Henry Bertheaud, is bringing back talk radio to KZSC!

Henry began his career as a programmer at KZSC this past spring on the classical music program, “Machauts Circus.”  An incoming sophomore at UCSC, Henry is spending his summer hosting Sunday mornings’ “If It Ain’t Baroque…” in addition to Thursday evening’s “Geek Folk” collective. To conclude his hat trick, “Roux” interviews literary artists on the wicked collective talk program, “Happy Beyond Words” on Thursday nights.

Henry has also earned himself a seat on KZSC’s Governing Board as Talk and News Director. We are ecstatic to have “Roux” on our team, so be sure to tune into the Great 88 and check him out! Congratulations, Henry, on being August’s Programmer of the Month!

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Summer music sale, Sat Aug 30

Everybody had such a good time at our first Summer Music Sale, we can hardly wait to do it again. It’s almost time! We’ll see you at Verve on Saturday August 30th. An expanded set of vendors, mild summer weather, and all the great memories from last year mean that we expect even more of our friends will come out this time. Save the date. We’ll bring KZSC coffee mugs to hold your favorite beverage from Verve, and record tote bags to haul off all the great music you’ll find.

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Programmer of the Month: Shay Stoklos (DJ Lux)

She’s young, talented and committed to KZSC. What’s left to say about Shay? “DJ Lux” as she’s known on the airwaves is now a card-carrying member of KZSC’s Program Review Committee. Fun family fact: her father was one of the greatest beach volleyball players of all time. We get to talk with her every week through email; you will be able to hear Shay next October when she joins many of our returning students on KZSC’s fall program schedule.Congratulations Shay for being June’s programmer of the month!

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Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2014 Concert Review

 
Tech N9ne and his Strange Music camp are work-horses. They tour for two-thirds of the year, and still manage to find time to release many quality albums. Strange Music put out 13 projects in 2013 alone.

Tech N9ne made a stop at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz for a sold out show on Sunday, June 1. The Independent Grind Tour 2014 has over 70 stops and includes opening acts from Psych Ward Druggies, Jarren Benton, and Freddie Gibbs; Tech N9ne is joined by Krizz Kaliko on stage for his set.

The Psych Ward Druggies began the night, Sunday, with a very energetic set. They bring an interesting dynamic with several MCs on stage, as well as a live band. Their performance was a good way to get the crowd going. Jarren Benton, of the Funk Volume label, was up next. Benton was just named to the 2014 XXL Freshman List. The crowd seemed to really enjoy his performance. The Atlanta native’s style incorporates elements of the hip-hop from his home town with influence from Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, as well as artists from other genres such as Nine Inch Nails. The final opener was Freddie Gibbs, accompanied by his ESGN affiliate G-Wiz. Gibbs’ has been releasing music for about ten years, but his career is now at its highest point following the release of his critically acclaimed collaborative album with Madlib, titled Piñata. The set was going well, but Gibbs really won over the crowd when he rapped a verse his song “Rob Me a N***a” completely accapella. It was interesting he chose not to perform any of his songs from Piñata, but his other work is still very hype. Following Gibbs’ performance, the stage was set up in an interesting fashion, with props laid out across it. Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko came out together wearing all white, Tech N9ne with his face painted. The performance was very theatrical, as Tech and Krizz are very animated in the way they perform and there were many special effects incorporated in the set. The audience absolutely loved it; there was so much energy in the Catalyst that night.

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Summertime Schedule

Yes, you can blame it on the bossa nova. The Great 88 begins our summer schedule with everything from bossa nova to blues to Beatles and beyond. Tastier than a deep-fried Twinkie, our new line-up features the premiere of shows from new programmers. And since the days are longer, many of your long-standing favorites will have expanded hours. Check our website for the changes and schedule starting June 9th. Keep the sunblock handy and stay tuned to KZSC.