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.


The Donkeys + Jackie Zealous @ the Crepe!

The Donkeys and Jackie Zealous at The Crepe Place 1/28

This Thursday January 28th @ 9pm The Donkeys and Jackie Zealous will be playing at The Crepe Place on Soquel Avenue (just a block from the Rio Theater).

Jackie Zealous is a local Santa Cruz surf/garage trio, who have made impressionable performances all around Santa Cruz’s finest music venues, including an on-air appearance on KZSC’s own Local Brew (a local music/ live-performance show on Saturdays from 9am-noon).

Are you wondering what kind of a band name Jackie Zealous is? Just remember this rhyme:

Jackie Zealous is the name of a man who lives in a van…

Jackie’s name was the inspiration behind the name of the band.

Jackie met the band outside of where they practice; this ended up serving the band well, with Jackie’s unsought advice about their sound and management. The band has since developed a turbulent sound similar to  Ty Segall and The Stooges but also with a tranquil side to them that blends into a jangly amiable stage presence. Jackie Zealous fuses very nicely with The Donkeys.

The Donkeys are a quartet from San Diego with a “rod rock” feel, backed up with  Santo and Johnny-like guitar leads. The Donkeys have finished their tour of over 150 shows in 2014 and have been working on their new album “Midnight Palms” which is to be released on February 12th on Easy Sound. They have been playing together since high school and they are known for having a very tight and cohesive stage presence.

Tune into KZSC 88.1 FM this week for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show!

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De Temps Antan

De Temps Antan, Tues July 14th

Celebrate Bastille Day with the French-speaking band De Temps Antan, who will be bringing vibrant traditional music from Quebec to Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 7:30pm. This trio features former members of the seminal French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante, including the charismatic André Brunet on fiddle, composer of many delightful tunes, and a previous winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, along with Eric Beaudry on guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis on button accordion and harmonica. Everyone in the band sings, and their sense of fun in performance is quite contagious. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay.

Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie Remembrance on Backroads, Sun June 7th

Jean Ritchie, long-time singer and researcher of traditional songs from her native Appalachia and their connections to British balladry, passed away last Monday at the age of 92. Jean introduced the mountain dulcimer to many, and played a significant role in the folk-music revival of the 1960s. Her songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris among others. As a remembrance to Jean, the next KZSC Backroads folk show (Sunday 6/7/15, noon-2pm) will feature a documentary about her music. The segment to be aired is part of the “Southern Songbirds” radio series that honors the women of early country and old-time music, through the courtesy of Coast Ridge Productions.


Santa Cruz Percolators Live on Backroads, Sun May 24th

SC PercolatorsThe Santa Cruz Percolators will be on the air at KZSC during the Backroads folk show on Sunday (5/24/15, between noon-2pm) for an interview and some live music. The Percolators play a variety of traditional dance music from around the world, featuring melodies from Appalachia, Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The band includes long-time Santa Cruz residents Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar). Their upcoming concert and dance on Wednesday (5/27/15) at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA will celebrate the release of their new CD “Step Out.”

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.