Dec 12: Nahko And Medicine for the People

Coming to the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, December 12th, with the Wheeland Brothers opening the show up at 9:00 pm, is Nahko and Medicine for the People.

With the power of Real Talk Music, Nahko gathers a tribe of truth seekers to each concert and event.  Nahko is of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures and adopted into the family of music. Help make the movement move Saturday night. Doors open at 8:00 pm, the Wheeland brothers of Orange County start the festivities with their beach rock reggae.  The show is 16 and up, get ready to dance, heal and sing.

Come let’s build a bridge!



Mike Neider of Blast! – KZSC Interviews

Recently, we at KZSC had the opportunity to talk with the guitarist of the legendary Santa Cruz Skate Punk band, Mike Neider. Recently, the band put out a new EP with Dave Grohl on drums and Chuck Dukowski on bass. Hear more about the EP, Blast’s first album release in almost 30 years, and  info about the punk scene in the 1980s here on

The Merrie Monarch, David Kalakaua

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 - 1891.

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii governed from 1874 – 1891.

Wiki Wiki Wednesday honors the birthdate of the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.  David La’amea Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836 and known as ‘The Merrie Monarch‘ for his enthusiastic revival of Hawaiian music, dance and sport.

As the cultural ambassador of his nation, the king took a globe spanning trip in 1881, the first king to travel around the world. He met other heads of state, and the trip was documented by one of his cabinet members, William N. Armstrong, who accompanied the king. The book, Around The World With a King, chronicles this trip and the amazing times in which he lived.

The sweeping drama of his times: with treaties and tragedies, revival of hula and Hawaiian culture alongside a forced ‘Bayonet Constitution.’ There were boom times in Hawai’i, an uprising and a Reciprocity Treaty of 1875. The king had ‘Iolani palace built, the only royal palace that today exists on American land.

Fluent in English and Hawaiian, the young David Kalakaua studied law in his younger years, and led the group the Young Hawaiians, whose motto was “Hawaii for the Hawaiians.”

On Wiki Wiki Wednesday, please join us as we celebrate the life of a Royal One, whose musical talents include writing the song, “Hawai’i Pono’i” the state song of Hawaii today.

We will have many musical tributes to the king, along with a very special guest co-host, Welcome, e komo mai, Wednesday morning from 6:00 – 9:00 California time, Ku Imua Kalakaua!




KZSC Show Reviews – Of Montreal

This past week, the Catalyst presented the wonderfully weird indie sounds of Of Montreal and KZSC has exclusive photos from the fanatical festivities. Led by lead singer Kevin Barnes for almost twenty years, Of Montreal has always had a reputation for putting on psychedelic, artful, and avant-garde stage shows. The night of November 3rd was no exception to Of Montreal’s antics. Found footage projector films synced to live songs, Donald Trump ravers, human eating skull dragons, all-American poodles boxing, and so much more were graced the stage as an added cherry on top to an already fantastic live set.

Of Montreal’s latest album Aureate Gloom is currently available online and at a record store near you. Also, Of Montreal announced work on another album at the show, so be on the lookout for that as well.


Willie K. At Moe’s Alley This Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015


Multi instrumentalist, Multi talented Willie K. is blasting into Moe’s Alley Sunday November 8th for 2 blistering sets of blues, a smattering of jazz and perhaps a traditional tune from this virtuoso Hawaiian entertainer. Listen to Wiki Wiki Wednesday on Nov 4 for an interview!

Willie K, from a large musical family, has taken in diverse influences all his life.  As is said in the Islands, he “can play Any Kine,” and he can “sing, small kine,” ~ Willie K., singing ’bout that life; we know this and that he does it wonderfully in his own masterful Willie K. way.

Help welcome this traveling blues man, musician, singer & guitar slinger.  Enjoy yourself as you “het Up” Moe’s Alley on a cool November Sunday evening. The Moe’s Alley door opens at 7:30, the rocking and blues shouting will commence at 8:00 pm. Willie K. comes to us from the middle of Maui, the Valley Isle, which is No Ka ‘Oi, the Best. That’s the way to play …on a Sunday.  For that lil bit of halo, lil bit of horns, get ma’k, get set, GO – Lace your your dancing shoes & let us see ya move your feet!


A Drag Show, The First Openly Gay Country Star & More: The Diversity Center’s 26th Anniversary Gala!

There comes a time when The Diversity Center  has an event that we all wish we knew about, so I’m letting it all come out! You guessed it! I’ll be revealing all the alluring details about The Diversity Center‘s Gala, happening next Saturday, October 17th!

If you have not yet heard of The Diversity Center, it’s a Santa Cruz-based organization that holds programs for folks from all spectrums of the LGBTQQIAP+ community. One of the center’s most widely-known programs is Triangle Speakers, in which schools, colleges, and work places invite members of the queer community and allies to speak on a panel about their personal stories, in efforts to eliminate prejudice against the LGBTQQIAP+ community. Other programs include Conexiones, a bi-monthly series of mixers for people of color and allies, a Queer Youth Task Force, and more!

Benefiting The Diversity Center and its programs, the 26th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 17, 6:00pm – 12:00am, at the Hotel Paradox. It is a 21+ event (due to the cocktails) and will be a truly unforgettable night, featuring special performances by:

There will also be a drag performance, a casino, a live auction, dancing, dinner & dessert, and of course…                 much more!

All proceeds from this event will support  The Diversity Center in continuing to provide Santa Cruz with importance spaces for LGBTQQIAP+ folks and to promote the acceptance of diversity in our community.

Please see the Gala Facebook Event for special announcements, videos, and photos!

For more information, contact Angelica Marcial at 831-425-5422 ext. 109 or!