February 26th and 27th, marked another successful year for the Bay Area concert Wobbleland hosted by Vital Events. Lines wrapped around The City National Civic with people eager to dance all night to the sweet sounds of EDM. Headliners Hucci and GTA dropped killer tracks, but honestly all the DJs brought their best to the weekend. From the opening performers to the headliners, the dancing never stopped! On top of their usual indoor main stage, Wobbleland included an outdoor tent introducing two stages for first time. The second stage was perfect if you wanted to get outside for some air and still enjoy the show. Wobbleland 2016 was a huge hit. I think my favorite part, besides the music, has to be the crowd. It must have been the music or simply the bay area people, but everyone was so friendly and dancing. The weekend was a huge success and KZSC thanks one of our own, Santiago Torrecilla, for inviting us to join!
Taraf de Akácfa is a band based in Budapest, who met as traveling street musicians in Hungary. They’ll be playing for a dance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7pm. Hailing from Sweden, France, the SF Bay Area. as well as Hungary, they’ve learned traditional folk tunes and songs from some of the finest Roma musicians, and have added their own energetic spin on arrangements of Balkan, Gypsy, and Transylvanian dance music. The band currently includes Johannes Olsson (accordion), Lulu de la Rue (violin), Valentin Desmarais (double bass), Isaac Misri (guitar), and Ferenc Zimbar (cimbalom). Bring your opanke (Balkan dance shoes!), boots and sneakers and be ready to dance up a storm to celebrate the ides of March.
The band Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz of the Town) includes true legendary performers of the traditional music of Quebec, Canada who will be appearing on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA. Lisa Ornstein (fiddle) and André Marchand (guitar) were former members of the influential Quebecois band La Bottine Souriante, and have teamed with Normand Miron (accordion, harmonica) in this trio. They play fiery and beautiful fiddle tune melodies both original and traditional, paired with vocals which often have folk tales intertwined. All three can add foot percussion to keep things rolling. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.
Esperanza Spalding caused KZSC’s phones to ring more than usual this week, after airing a ticket giveaway for Spalding’s highly-anticipated Santa Cruz show this Saturday.
In case if you missed the news, GRAMMY® award-winning jazz singer, composer, and bassist, Esperanza Spalding will perform at the Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062) this Saturday, March 12th at 8:00p.m.
At this debut Santa Cruz performance, audience members will experience a live and theatrical rendition of her latest project, Emily’s D+ Evolution, released last Friday, on March 4th, 2016.
This past week, the Noise Pop festival of San Francisco swept up the city in exciting shows ranging from Carly Rae Jepsen to Kamasi Washington. Although we at KZSC weren’t exactly able to see the big names of the festival, we did get a peek behind the press curtain and what we saw was amazing. Two shows in particular that blew us away were the Thermals and Diane Coffee shows at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be playing top quality traditional style bluegrass at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Monday, February 29th, 2016. From Charlestown, Indiana, Mike has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award as Best Fiddle Performer of the Year an unsurpassed ten times. All the band members sing, and grew up in musical families. The Flamekeepers include Nathan Livers on mandolin, Tyler Griffith on upright bass, Joshua Richards on guitar, and the newest member, Cody Looper on banjo. Local Monterey Bay area bluegrass band Bean Creek opens the show. Tune in to hear bluegrass and acoustic country music on KZSC on Backroads (Sundays, 2-4pm), Ramblin’ Round (Wednesdays, 1-2pm), and Bushwackers Breakfast Club (Fridays, 6-9am).