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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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Mon Feb 29th

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).

Irish Band Téada Fri Feb 26th

Award-winning Irish traditional band Téada (Gaelic for “strings”) kicks off its “reAwakening” tour in the U.S. with an appearance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Friday, February 26, 2016. Their performance will provide a glimpse into the 100-year period of Irish musical renaissance from 1916 to the present. Led by fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, the band also includes Sean Gavin on pipes and flute, Patrick Doocey on guitar, legendary singer Séamus Begley on accordion, plus dancer Brian Cunningham. They’ll be performing to a backdrop of archival video and slide shows for a unique cultural experience. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.


Local Artist of the Week: Solar Glory

We are officially kicking off the “Local Artist of the Week” blog series here on the world-famous KZSC Website! To start off strong, we will be showcasing Solar Glory, a Santa Cruz-based space rock/experimental/drone/post-prog/psychedelic group! Check out their Facebook Page here:

Out of all the local artists, why does Solar Glory take this week’s prize? The three best reasons are:

  1. They just released an out of this planet new album called Pilot on Bandcamp this past Thursday, Feb. 18th! Check it out here:
  2. They’re the dark, spacey, psychedelic rock band that Santa Cruz has been missing!
  3. They will be playing a set at West Fest (a free music festival at UCSC’s College Eight) this Friday, February 26th from 4-7:30p.m. Check out the Facebook Event here:

You might be wondering how Solar Glory got their fascinating name or maybe you’re left with deep questions like, “I wonder what music means to the members of Solar Glory?”. You can find out the answers to this questions and beyond: check out Solar Glory’s interview with one of our newest members of KZSC!



Feb 24: KZSC, College 8 & Oakes Present: West Fest 2016 Music Festival!

KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1FM  in part with College Eight and Oakes College have collaborated to put on a free music festival, West Fest 2016 on the College Eight Upper Lawn, on the date of Friday, February 26th from 4-7p.m!

After receiving 60+ applications from local acts, KZSC DJs decided on a diverse line-up, incorporating music from psychedelic space rock and gameboy tunes to Grammy-nominated cellist Rushad Eggleston. The line-up also ranges from acts who have years of experience of performing to other acts that have gotten their start in recent months. Check out the long-awaited release of the line-up below!  Also, see the Facebook Event link for more information:


RUSHAD EGGLESTON (philosophical cello-Rock goblin) 


His & Her Anatomy (West Coast hip-hop/soulful rap) + Mesha L+SPC-CDT (hip-hop & mixed beats) 


SOLAR GLORY (psych space rock)  


 me pretty (Theatrical PUNK)  (WE’LL LEAVE THEIR MUSIC A MYSTERY)

SKY COUNTRY (hazy n’ harmonic rock n’ roll)  

sky country


OLRIGHT (ridiculous, sample-phonic beat rapper)   

Guttersnipe (sonidos mexicanos)


DJ Compost (ROCK N’ ROLL)

Blast Process (gameboy tunes)