Pell: KZSC Show Reviews

Arriving at the Catalyst Monday night, a place I have struggled for air let alone space to dance, I was thankful to see a moderate sized turn out. The venue took on a new atmosphere with the comfortable not compacted situation. The few that did make it to the show were obvious die-hard fans and for good reason.

Originally from New Orleans and a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Pell is not the typical sound we hear coming out of that region. He works with more electronic beats switching vocally, as he says, from “affectionate wordsmith to hook-smashing crooner”. He comes across aggressive not because of a violent nature but because of the strength in his intelligent, passionate statements line after line. Pushing the boundaries of the current popular trap / dubby sound, Pell’s foundation is more rhythmic and more ambient. This new trip-pop dreamscape to sonics of rap had the crowd floating.

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Wobbleland: San Jose Comes To Life Under The City National Civic

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!

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Taraf de Akácfa Tues Mar 15th

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.

Le Bruit Court dans la Ville, Mon Mar 14th

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 at the Rio: Saturday, March 12th @ 8:00 p.m.

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.

Tune into KZSC this week to catch extra spins of Spalding’s new album and check out  Kuumbwa Jazz’s website for more information about the show this Saturday night!



Noise Pop Festival: KZSC Show Reviews

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

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