Hey La, Hey La, The Girl Groups are Back!photo by John Atashian

Darlene Love June 29

If you saw the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom”, you know Darlene Love’s story. She sang backup on recordings for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Cher and Aretha Franklin. Love also worked for the legendary producer Phil Spector during the glory days of the girl group era; that’s her voice you hear on the classic “He’s A Rebel”. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love presents “An Unforgettable Evening” at The Golden State Theatre in Monterey Sunday, June 29th. Showtime is 7:30 pm.


KZSC’s Bruce Bratton

We know him as the host of KZSC’s Universal Grapevine and movie critic during Friday’s Bushwhackers program but our beloved Bruce Bratton has contributed a lot more. In honor of his 80th birthday, Bruce received both a special Congressional recognition award and acknowledgement from the California State Assembly. Congratulations Bruce!



Doe Eye May 28th

Doe Eye is the project of Maryam Qudus, a San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist. She just recently put out her debut album T E L E V I S I O N which was produced by John Vanderslice. It’s got a great delicate yet spooky feel to it. There are points where it grooves and points where it kind of flutters along.

Doe Eye is playing with Sun Maiden TONIGHT at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Showtime is 9 pm.


New Program Schedule

No need for extra sensory powers to know that The Great 88 will be have a new program line-up this summer; we do it every year. The changes will begin on Monday, June 9th. To get the latest info on what’s new, keep an eye on our website and KZSC’s Instagram updates!


End of May, New RPM

America takes a 3-day holiday. If you’re planning on spending some time listening to new electronic dance/RPM music, we recommend the following. For maximum results, try two a day:

  1. TEEBS – Estar / Brainfeeder 
  2. CHROME SPARKS – Goddess / Future Classic
  3. HETEROTIC – Weird Drift / Planet Mu
  4. CONRAD CLIFTON – Picture In Picture / Self-Released
  5. TENSNAKE – Glow / Astralwerks
  6. TOURIST – Patterns / Monday

Here’s a few more that just came in the mail; more details next time:MR. SCRUFF – Friendly Bacteria / Ninja Tune; PLAID – Reachy Prints / Warp;  MARTYN – Forgiveness / Ninja Tune; EVY JANE – Closer / Ninja Tune; FREE THE ROBOTS – Two Snakes [EP] / Perfect Touch.  Have a great, sunny holiday weekend!


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.