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 gala@diversitycenter.org!

Debashish Bhattacharya

Sept 30: Debashish Bhattacharya live on KZSC

Indian slide guitars have up to 24 strings; several aren’t even touched by the player—they’re moved by soundwaves alone. Debashish Bhattacharya is a master improviser on these rare instruments. KZSC is proud to host him on this week’s Used Records show, Wednesday September 30th between 9 am and noon.

The Grammy-nominated Bhattacharya was the principal student of Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of Indian classical guitar. Bhattacharya invented nineteen entirely new guitars to help him expand this tradition. He eventually developed a new system of playing–and teaching–Indian classical guitar centered on three of those designs. He plays a trinity of instruments, the Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, held in his lap; improvising with a small steel bar, metal picks, a celluloid thumb pick, and occasionally a small stone.

Bhattacharya eagerly pursues opportunities to expand this emerging tradition, regularly playing with masters of other musical systems. Earlier this year, he improvised with Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko at the Fes Festival of Sacred Music, a stunning and mesmerizing performance, according the Morocco Wold News and Wall Street International Magazine.

Bhattacharya is in Santa Cruz for a concert on Friday October 2nd, at the Pacific Cultural Center. Tickets are being sold via brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds from this concert will help produce the 2nd International Guitar Festival in Kolkata, India.


Dry Diggings Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Trying to find tickets to next weekend’s Dry Diggings Festival (Sept. 25th-26th)? Tune into the Great 88.1 KZSC this weekend for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the premier reggae festivals of the season! Brought to you by the creators of California Roots, Dry Diggings will take place in the historic El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, CA, a small town made famous during the gold rush.

Quick history lesson: the town known as Placerville was known as “Dry Diggin’s” after the manner in which miners moved cartloads of dry soil into running water to separate gold from the dirt in the 19th Century.

The fest will feature 21 acts including headliners like Dirty Heads, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Budz, Zion I, Don Carlos, Tribal Seeds and J Boog! We’ll be giving away three pairs of tickets throughout the weekend! Stay tuned on The Great 88 this weekend while increasing your chances of experiencing two days of camping, beer and music!

Find out more info about Dry Diggings Festival here: http://drydiggingsfestival.com/
































Joe Louis Walker, photo by Marilyn Stringer

Sept 16: Joe Louis Walker at Moe’s Alley

Joe Louis Walker, photo by Michael Weintrob

Joe Louis Walker. Photo by Michael Weintrob

Carol’s interview with iconic San Francisco bluesman Joe Louis Walker is available–on demand–in the Test of Time archives, until September 25. He’s played with Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Rush, and Mike Bloomfield. JLW plays Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on Wednesday September 16. This multiple Grammy-winner and 2013 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame will offer an evening of eclectic music, from gospel and blues to funk and straight ahead rock and roll.

Carol’s interview on The Test of Time, from Friday September 11 covered JLW’s lengthy career–which saw him play with Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Rush, and Mike Bloomfield. The interview also traced his early influences and preview his forthcoming CD “Everybody Wants A Piece,” which is due on October 9th.


Wed Aug 26: “Play What You Feel and Play With Aloha,”

Ledward Kaapana, from Hawai’i Island, playing his inimitable slack key guitar style, rallies in the redwoods with Fran Guidry on Wednesday.  These gentlemen of music perform at 7:30 pm Wednesday, August 26th. Led has been entertaining audiences since “small kid kind” days in the tiny village of Kalapana, with the black sand bay.  There were no distractions such as TV way back when, so sweet pure music playing was the party entertainment.  Ledward most recently performed “down the wharf” in Santa Cruz for the Aloha Outrigger races and Polynesian festival this last Sunday.  If you missed that fun, here’s another chance to see and hear the rascal Ledward talk story and play music. Fran Guidry brings his own guitar art to the stage and together, these men will make the strings sing.

Don’t forget to start your Wednesday in a Hawaiian music way; Wiki Wiki Wednesday mornings from 6:00 – 9:00 am, we may have a lei or even a ticket giveaway during the festivities.  Locals know it’s 88.1 fm, or where ever you may be, stream online at kzsc.org. Mahalo nui for listening, &  remember –

Party like a Pacific Islander, don’t forget to wear some flowers in your hair, Lei around and get the great sounds at Don Quixote’s Wednesday August 26th showtime 7:30 pm – aloha!

Fonzie’s “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations Volume One

These are some of my favorite songs to come out so far this year. Don’t sleep on ’em!


BONES – Sodium (Prod. by Purp Dogg)- SoThereWeStood (Team Sesh)

Bones is always in rotation on The Fonzie Scheme. He’s already dropped three awesome releases this year, including Powder last month. This came out in January and I still bump it consistently. Purp Dogg is most famous for his production on We Made It by Soulja Boy and Drake, and he put together another banger here.  Check out the visual for Sodium.



Post Malone – White Iverson (Prod. by FKi) – Single (Self-Released)

This is my song of the year candidate right now. If you heard my interview with KReezy earlier this week on The Fonzie Scheme, you know that White Iverson was the biggest rap song at SXSW this year. The melodic-rap style Post Malone takes on here is so catchy, and we can all relate to the line “I need that money like the ring I never won…”


Xavier WulfFort Woe (Prod. by Yung Dubz) – Tundra Boy Season One (Hollow Squad)

Xavier Wulf really goes in on this. I’ve played several songs off Tundra Boy Season One on The Fonzie Scheme, and that’s because this whole release is straight fire.


ari solus – klonopin – caveman ep (Self-Released)

I’ve never heard more blending of genres than on ari solus’ caveman ep. I’d place his style somewhere between Bladee, Mac DeMarco, G-Eazy, Dean Blunt, and Drake. I can’t get enough of this song.


Pyramid QuinceYoung Gods (Prod. by Dexter Dukarus) – Fila Coodie EP (Awful Records)

Awful Records is taking over in 2015. The Fila Coodie EP has been a standout for me over the countless releases they’ve already dropped this year. Keep an eye on Dexter Dukarus; he’s consistently dropping fire.


Cashy – Here I Go (Prod. by Purp Dogg) – Holographic Art EP (Vintage Mob)

Cashy is about to blow up. I’ve been bumping his Priceless and Platinum Plus EPs pretty much non-stop since I was introduced to them. I can’t wait for his second collaborative EP with Purp Dogg, titled Holographic Art, dropping May 8.


Kali UchisRush (Prod. by Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD)- Por Vida EP (Self-Released)

Kali Uchis is taking the industry by storm collaborating with the likes of Tyler the Creator and Diplo, as well as both Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD here on this track. BADBADNOTGOOD just produced a full album for Ghostface Killah that I highly recommend checking out, called Sour Soul. Kali Uchis surprised crowds at Coachella Weekend 2 by coming out during Tyler’s set to perform “Fucking Young/Perfect” and during Kaytranada’s set to absolutely kill her performance of this song here.


Maxo KreamCell Boomin feat. Father (Prod. by Wxlf Gxd) – #Maxo187 (Self-Released)

Maxo has great imagery in describing his trapping:  “Face-timing with the plug, but my phone on three percent…” Check out his whole mixtape featuring Joey Bada$$, Le$, Fredo Santana, and more!


There is obviously so much more music I’ve been bumping this year, and that’s why this is just Volume One of the “Don’t Sleep on ‘Em” Recommendations.


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