Oisin Mac Diarmada, All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and one of the producers of the “Irish Christmas in America” traveling show, now in its 10th season, will be joining DJ Sophaloaf in a live interview on KZSC’s “ShamRock” show this Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 1:00-2:00pm. Oisin (member of the band Teada), along with the well-regarded button accordionists and singers Seamus Begley and Seamus’s daughter Meabh, plus virtuoso uillean piper and flute player Sean Gavin (from the band Bua), and Champion Irish step dancer Samantha Harvey, will all be appearing later that evening in a Santa Cruz show at the Kuumbwa that features traditional tunes, Irish ballads and carols, recitations, and some energetic dancing, all presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Tune in every week to “ShamRock” for a mix of Irish rock and folk music.
Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of Alexandra & the Starlight Band stopped by the station to do an interview with our own DJ Soul Patch during his program Not-so-distant Relatives which airs every Thursday from 2pm-4pm. Listen for Alexandra’s rocking acoustic jam! Although the KZSC talk department is fairly new on the scene, KZSC has a long tradition of getting awesome artists, writers, musicians and other talented people on the air. We want to keep that tradition alive by getting more exposure for some of these great interviews you may have missed, and some that are coming up in the near future! Stay tuned to KZSC and kzsc.org
Thursday July 17th be sure to tune in to “Happy beyond words” with me, DJ Roux, to hear a special live poetry reading with Gabe Kittle, a local poet and teacher! He will be sharing his poetry with us as well as talking about his poetry workshop at the tannery arts center and his upcoming projects. It’s sure to be very exciting and I hope you all tune in!
Check out Gabe reading “Writing a new world,” in a film by Jake Cushnir.
If you weren’t at Kuumbwa Jazz Center for progressive jazz-fusion group Synapse(!) last Saturday night, you surely missed out! The dynamic, sharp styling of saxophonist Nikki Mokover and trumpeter Nick Bianchini was backed by an amazing rhythm section; featuring percussion monster Jaime Sanchez, keyboardist Ittai Rosenbaum and bassist Robert Ross. Oliver Whitcroft provided live sampling and looping throughout the show as well. The 1.5 hour set took the entire audience by force- with wild dancing, cheering and general mind expansion as a result.
Synapse(!) is “a cultural culmination of musicians whose diverse backgrounds each add a unique flavor to a fresh yet mature sound. Synapse is alchemy, melting multiple genres into one in pursuance of solid gold.”
Club Kuumbwa is a concert series launched by Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s own Bennett Jackson, and strives to be a venue that provides a casual setting to showcase local/independent artists, all while being accessible to a larger community audience at a lower cover charge. Bennett encourages up-and-coming artists to contact them for booking, and new dates continue to be added, so don’t miss the next Club Kuumbwa Show!
Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will be visiting the Backroads show live on KZSC on Sunday, December 15, 2013 between noon and 2pm prior to their concert appearance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA at 7pm that evening. They’ll be celebrating the release of their new CD “Apple Blossom Lane” which features Chris’s warm bluesy folk vocals and Nina’s tasty guitar backup. Both are veterans of the Bay Area folk scene.
September 6th I had the great pleasure to attend the War and Peace Tour at the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz, Ca. The tour had all-star underground headliners Immortal Technique and Brother Ali speaking their mind about the injustice and corruption brought forth by the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, and the corporate takeover of the media and U.S. government. They brought attention to the hypocrisies in our government’s current reasoning for war with the Syrian government, asked the audience to stop being programmed by the television, and as always, spoke of revolution. These messages were delivered all the while they entertained the pumped up crowd with refined beats, raps, and the essence of true Hip Hop culture. The soft-spoken delivery of Brother Ali made for the perfect balance to the always angry Immortal Technique. After the show they remained loyal to their crowd and stuck around to meet all in attendance and signed whatever anyone had to bring. The tour continues on across the nation until October 4th and I highly recommend you catch one of the dates because it is a show not worth missing.