The Merrie Monarch, David Kalakaua

Wiki Wiki Wednesday honors the birthdate of the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i this Wednesday between 6 and 9 am.  David La'amea Kalakaua was born November 16th, 1836 and known as 'The Merrie Monarch' for his enthusiastic revival of Hawaiian music, dance and sport. Fluent in English and Hawaiian, the young David Kalakaua studied law in his younger years, and led the group the Young Hawaiians, whose motto was "Hawaii for the Hawaiians." We will have many musical tributes to the king, along with a very special guest co-host, Ku Imua Kalakaua!
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KZSC Show Reviews – Of Montreal

This past week, the Catalyst presented the wonderfully weird indie sounds of Of Montreal and KZSC has exclusive photos from the fanatical festivities. Led by lead singer Kevin Barnes for almost twenty years, Of Montreal has always had a reputation…

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Debashish Bhattacharya

Sept 30: Debashish Bhattacharya live on KZSC

Debashish Bhattacharya is a master improviser on the Indian slide guitar, and KZSC is proud to host Bhattacharya on this week’s Used Records show, Wednesday September 30th between 9 am and noon. Bhattacharya developed a new system of playing--and teaching--Indian classical guitar centered on three of guitar designs of his own invention. He is in Santa Cruz for a concert on Friday October 2nd, at the Pacific Cultural Center.
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Dry Diggings Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Trying to find tickets to next weekend's Dry Diggings Festival (Sept. 25th-26th)? Tune into the Great 88.1 KZSC this weekend for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the premier reggae festivals of the season! Brought…

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Fiesta De Artes Poster

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, Sat and Sun August 8th – 9th

It’s time again for the Fiesta de Artes, a free annual art and wine festival – in downtown Los Gatos. Featuring food trucks, a variety of live music performers, a play zone for kids, artists selling handmade crafts, and local beer and wine vendors. The Fiesta de Artes is Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, from 10am to 6pm at the Civic Center grounds in downtown Los Gatos.
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Fiesta De Artes Poster

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, Sat and Sun August 8th – 9th

It’s time again for the Fiesta de Artes, a free annual art and wine festival – in downtown Los Gatos. Featuring food trucks, a variety of live music performers, a play zone for kids, artists selling handmade crafts, and local beer and wine vendors. The Fiesta de Artes is Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, from 10am to 6pm at the Civic Center grounds in downtown Los Gatos.
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Mele’uhane Wednesday July 29th

  Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey come to California - and Santa Cruz - next "Wiki Wiki" Wednesday.  Keikilani is the father and Leokani the son in this family duo from Kona, on Hawai'i Island, also known as The Big Island.…

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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…

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Sat Aug 22: Verve Coffee’s 2015 Record Swap and Block Party

Come load up on vinyl records at the Verve Coffee Record Swap & Block Party on Saturday, Aug 22. KZSC will be there selling an eclectic mix of LPs and KZSC merch untill 5 pm, alongside other local music vendors like Metavinyl and Bluebeat. Sift through thousands of records, enjoy a wide variety of food trucks, groove to the live music and enjoy the local yard sale, too! It starts at 7 am at Verve Coffee's Roastery and coffee bar, in Seabright104 Bronson St.
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May 24: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

The human joy factory known as, Quintron will load his customized B-3 Hammond organ into The Crepe Place, and play that beautiful machine with wild abandon on Sunday, May 24th. You will be compelled to dance, since it will be the only way to match the energy of his performance. Oh yes, everyone will sweat!
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Cultural celebration at UCSC

"We all smile in the same language" That's this year's tagline for UCSC's Multicultural Festival. What better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music! This year's featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia. The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event! The festival takes place at Oakes College's lower lawn.
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SambaDá: a new album and Moe’s Alley performance May 9th

Locally based AfroBrazilian group SambaDá celebrates the release of their new album "Ritual" for 2015. It will be their first record with Senegal native and drum master Ibou Ngom, playing the djembe, sabar, and talking drum, and bass player Etienne Franc. Ritual also features special guest contributions…

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Willie K. at Moe’s Alley May 21

As powerful and as unpredictable as an exploding volcano, Willie K pours his musical prowess over Santa Cruz on Thursday May 21st. Moe's Alley will be the dancing party point Thursday, May 21st, as Willie K brings his diverse musical interests to the stage.  Willie K knows his blues, as well as reggae-influenced tunes.  Rockers gonna rock, jazz fans will be entertained, as Willie K can play "any kine" ~ with virtuoso status on guitar, ukulele and bass, he can even voice operatic Italian arias !
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Tal National: Moe’s Alley May 5th

In a journey that began with selling their CDs on street corners, to becoming the most popular band in Niger, now Tal National is promoting their new album Zoy Zoy and on tour, playing Moe's Alley May 5th. Tal National's members represent…

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