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Trio Balkan Strings, Santa Cruz House Concert Thurs May 25th

Trio Balkan Strings will be appearing at a house concert in downtown Santa Cruz at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. They’re a virtuosic guitar trio from Belgrade, Serbia who perform a unique fusion of Balkan music, crossing various genres with elements of swing, jazz and world music. Zoran Starcevic and his two sons, Nikola and Zeljko play original compositions with great energy, with music based in Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek and Asian roots. All members of the band have been classically trained, but exude an affection for rock, blues, pop and jazz, particularly the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. To experience their dynamic music in an intimate, up close, acoustic setting, contact Concerts@InstantHarmony.com for reservations and directions. KZSC features World Music on “Heat Wave” Mondays, 9-11am, “Unfiltered Camels” Mondays 4-6pm, and “From the Heart” Thursdays, 4-6pm.

Molly Tuttle Band, Wed May 10th

Molly Tuttle grew up playing bluegrass with her family members in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is now an award-winning songwriter (first place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest) and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist. Molly has been gaining broader recognition after radio appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion” and concert sets at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. She’s touring now with a band of super pickers, including mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, previewing work from her soon to be released first solo EP “Rise.” Molly’s band will be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Wed, May 10th, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tune in to hear bluegrass and country music on KZSC on Sundays, 12-2pm on “Backroads” and Fridays, 6-9 am on “Bushwackers Breakfast Club.”

Kevin Burke, Solo House Concert, Fri May 5, Soquel, CA

Kevin Burke, traditional style Irish fiddler, will be performing in an intimate house concert in Soquel, CA on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm. Kevin was the fiddler of the acclaimed Bothy Band, teaming with the late and legendary guitarist and vocalist Micheal O’Domhnaill for many years, and more recently recording and touring with guitarist Cal Scott, and the extraordinary Celtic Fiddle Festival band, drawing from Irish, Quebecois, and Breton roots music. Kevin has a very wry sense of humor, and his concerts always feature his amusing stories and jokes interspersed between his masterful presentation of extended medleys of tunes, both original and traditional. Information to make reservations and receive directions to the concert are at the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay‘s website, the non-profit organization sponsoring the event. Tune in to hear Celtic music on KZSC every Sunday morning on “Whimsical Will O’ Wisps” (6-9am), and Sunday afternoons on “Backroads” (noon-2pm).

De Temps Antan, Sun Aug 21st

De Temps Antan, an engagingly joyful and energetic trio playing traditional style French-Canadian (Quebecois) folk music, will be in concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Sunday evening, August 21, 2016. Together since 2003, all the members contribute to the intricate arrangements of vocal harmonies and instrumentals, and are also composers of original songs and tunes. Current band members include Eric Beaudry (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Andre Brunet (fiddle, winner of “Canadian Grand Master” title, and foot percussionist), and Pierre-Luc Dupuis (button accordion, harmonica) who have toured the world to great acclaim. Their concert is sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Tune in for more traditional and contemporary folk music every Sunday afternoon on KZSC during “Backroads.”

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.

Taraf de Akácfa Tues Mar 15th

Taraf de Akácfa is a band based in Budapest, who met as traveling street musicians in Hungary. They’ll be playing for a dance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7pm. Hailing from Sweden, France, the SF Bay Area. as well as Hungary, they’ve learned traditional folk tunes and songs from some of the finest Roma musicians, and have added their own energetic spin on arrangements of Balkan, Gypsy, and Transylvanian dance music. The band currently includes Johannes Olsson (accordion), Lulu de la Rue (violin), Valentin Desmarais (double bass), Isaac Misri (guitar), and Ferenc Zimbar (cimbalom). Bring your opanke (Balkan dance shoes!), boots and sneakers and be ready to dance up a storm to celebrate the ides of March.