DJ Fizzi Pop Attends SCMF 2018

Written by Sarah Woolley, a.k.a DJ Fizzi Pop

From March 10-11, 2018, Downtown Santa Cruz experienced the whirlwind that is Santa Cruz Music Festival, featuring 200+ artists of musical and visual talent. A unique part about this festival is that most of the artists featured are fellow Santa Cruzians taking over dance floors located at popular hotspots such as Motiv, the Blue Lagoon, and even San Lorenzo Park!

There were three kinds of passes you could receive for the festival: one-day passes for either Saturday or Sunday, a Local’s Pass which is 21+ and grants access to all the bars and restaurant venues where the local artists played, and a Full-Experience pass, which granted you access to the recently-added Civic Auditorium. Considering all the headliners were playing there, I spent a lot of time in that venue.

Overall, the event was fun and had many different choices of venue and music taste. It’s not what you expect of your average music festival in an open field with monstrous stage builds and camping opportunities, but the downtown feel of it all made it very urban and immersed. It was pretty cool seeing my favorite record store (Streetlight) turn into a concert where I could shop for vinyl while jamming to live music. Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage even held a free concert in San Lorenzo Park, where everyone in the city was able to attend without needing a pass!

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of getting to watch Ghostface Killah’s 45 minute solo set, which was followed by the inspiring 20-year old electronic musician, K?D. He played some of my favorite tracks from him, such as “Fourth Impact”, his infamous collaboration with Rezz.

The visual artistry and laser lights ranked up the performances by a million, considering the Civic Auditorium has a high school gym feel to it. The lightshow definitely added a more entertainingly aesthetic feel to the whole vibe of the night.

Sunday was a much more enjoyable day to explore the other aspects of the festival, giving the atmosphere bit of sun following Saturday’s all-day rain shower. The headliners that day included CharlestheFirst, another young DJ from Tahoe whose alt-psychedelia electronic tunes put most people in the crowd in a musical trance. On the lineup also included Santa Cruz local Oliver Tree, a 24 year-old rapper whose fashionable Dixie cup jumpsuit stole the show along with his Soundcloud hits such as “Alien Boy”.  


Following him was a notable choice of female DJs including French producer CloZee whose heavily-world influenced electronic vibes had a great musical flow; and Mija, a small green-haired girl with a vicious talent for mixing house, rock ‘n’ roll, trance, and other musical elements into a smashing DJ set. To close out the festival was Mr.Carmack, whose famous trap remixes got the crowd to get down as hard as they could for the last set of the night.

This year’s SCMF had blown last year’s out of the water, with better organized venues, a good highlight of local artists, and an equal mix of every genre you could imagine for young and old alike.

KZSC is Going To South By Southwest!!

South By Southwest is the fastest growing music and media gathering in the United States. The festival is held yearly in Austin City, Texas, and KZSC is sending five intrepid reporters to bring you the highlights back from the mayhem!! The event will be so fantastic that Obama will be skipping Nancy Reagan’s funeral to fly out! So stay posted to our blog from March 14th to 19th for coverage of the conference’s exhibitions and music showcases.


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New Fall 2014 Program schedule

We’re happy to be kicking off KZSC’s Fall 2014 schedule!  Make sure to check out our  new lineup so that you don’t miss out.

Some of the exciting new shows coming to KZSC feature Hip Hop, Country, Punk (and Post-Punk), Show Tunes, Surf,  Doo-Wop and more!  Some of your favorites from the spring schedule are back—alongside perennial favorites and a handful shows with new time slots.

From every variety of music to talk radio to news, we’ve got you covered.  So keep tuning in to KZSC as we move into sweater weather!

Mornings On KZSC

How big a jolt do you need to get started in the morning? If you have a clock radio (bonus if the clock has hands) set for 6 AM, you’ll be happy to know your old Monday-Friday faves are still tucked in, along with a new Celtic show Saturdays and a musical surprise on Sunday. End or start your day the musical way with The Great 88. Find out more about music, talk and KZSC by looking at our Spring Program Schedule.

New Spring Schedule

What makes spring so exciting at the Great 88? The tonnage of tunes & the massive amount of music programs we’ll offer. A lot of our DJs will be graduating in June, so it’s a last chance for them to host a show. But a bunch of new voices with fresh ideas are ready start as well. And what about your old favorites? They’ll be there too. Find out how we squeeze them altogether in KZSC’s new Spring Program Schedule starting Monday, April 14th.

KZSC Jazz, the Charts and Adds – End of November

Whether you’re eating tofu or turkey this year, its normally a time when people from most any background can reflect upon what they’re thankful for. As for me, I’m thankful for having Coltrane’s A Love Supreme to enjoy on vinyl, but also all of the wonderful new and recent releases in KZSC’s Jazz department. Dig this:

Top 10 Charts:

1 AHMAD JAMAL Saturday Morning Jazz Village
2 BEATA PATER Golden Lady Self-Released
3 DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE Distance Travel Acoustic Music
4 HARRIS EISENSTADT Golden State Songlines
5 KENNY GARRETT Pushing The World Away Mack Avenue
6 JOSHUA SHNEIDER Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra Brooklyn Jazz Underground
8 CHARNETT MOFFETT Spirit Of Sound Motema
10 PINK MARTINI Get Happy Heinz


1 GEORGE COLLIGAN The Endless Mysteries Origin
2 MICHELLE ZANGARA Songs Of Blue MZRecords
4 BOBBY WATSON Check Cashing Day Lafiya

bOk! From the entirety of staff at KZSC, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgivukkah filled with love and gratitude!