Richard Smith

Richard Smith & Steve Palazzo Live on Backroads Sun Apr 10th

Steve PalazzoExtraordinary guitarists Richard Smith and Steve Palazzo will be stopping in for a live interview and performance during the KZSC folk and country show “Backroads” this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016 between noon-2pm. Catch them in concert later that day at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7pm. British fingerstyle guitarist Richard has mastered a variety of musical genres, ranging from classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches, and has performed around the world. Steve is known as one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Santa Cruz, CA area, teaching fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles to scores of eager students of all ages. He has built guitars for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company and performed with the Homefire bluegrass band in the past, and continues to develop his mastery of other roots styles of traditional music. Tune in to “Backroads” for a lively visit with these artists.


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).

IBMA Awards

Bluegrass Awards Show on Backroads, Sun Nov 8th

The 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards show was held last month, and KZSC will feature highlights from this event on Backroads, between 12-2pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Recorded live at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Gibson Brothers co-host this year’s show. We’ll be airing musical performances by The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell and others. Tune in for the special live performances, coupled with lots of thank yous from the award winners.

Photo by Eric Thompson

Seabright Stringfest Apr 24th-26th

The 4th Annual Seabright Stringfest (Santa Cruz, CA) kicks off with a square dance Friday evening, April 24th, called by Erik Hoffman with music by the Earl White Stringband and The Percolators at the Market St. Theatre. Free concerts that feature 12 bands playing Appalachian string band, bluegrass, blues, Celtic and other traditional string music from around the world continues on Saturday, Apr 25th from 11am-10:30pm at the Seabright Brewery patio, with concurrent directed indoor jamming in the adjacent Java Junction Coffee House from 9:30am-6pm. The fourth Sunday of the month bluegrass and old-time jam session at Ocean View Park follows on April 26th starting at 1pm and continuing until people are worn out. Schedule and details are at Tune in to KZSC for “Backroads” on Sundays 12-2pm and “Ramblin’ Round” on Wednesdays 2-4pm to hear more acoustic string music.

Balsam Range

Bluegrass Awards Show on Backroads, Sun Nov 23rd

Highlights from the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show will be featured during “Backroads” on Sunday, Nov 23rd between noon and 2pm. Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas host the show that features special performances by The Boxcars, Claire Lynch, The Gibson Brothers, Noam Pikelny Band, Della Mae, Jerry Douglas, The Spinney Brothers with Michael Cleveland, The Seldom Scene, The Del McCoury Band, and more. Tune in for lots of music and laughs between the heartfelt thank-you speeches by the award winners. and the appreciative cheers and applause from the more than 2,000 folks who attended this recent event at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium in North Carolina.


Bean Creek plus The Abbott Brothers, Sun June 1st

Bean-Creek-FDF12-3172-409Two local Santa Cruz bluegrass bands, Bean Creek and The Abbott Brothers headline the official after-party of the Redwood Mountain Faire on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7pm at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA. This year, Bean Creek was named “Best Bluegrass Band” by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and individual members of the band also received awards, Billy Pitrone for “Best Male Vocalist,” Rob Horgan for “Best Banjo Player,” and Pete Hicks for “Best Mandolin Player.” The always engaging young Abbott Brothers will present energetic versions of classic honky-tonk and country songs, and old-time brother duets as well as straight ahead bluegrass and sizzling instrumentals.