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Singer/songwriter and musical powerhouse Aoife O’Donovan makes a return visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage this week.  At a young age, she has already recorded, collaborated, toured and performed with a list of musical A-listers too long to name, and we’re happy to have her back with us to share some of her latest inspirations.  Santa Cruz-based artist Marty O’Reilly and his ‘Old Soul Orchestra’ also stop in to share their one-of-a-kind sound, plus a great eChievement Award story about a California woman with a creative idea to keep waste out of the landfill.

NOTE: KALEIDOSCOPE has moved to a new day and time! Kaleidoscope is now heard on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month! Take note!    

From rock to blues, jazz to worldbeat, Kaleidoscope is a free-form radio expression session featuring several genres of music during one program or similar styles for a whole program. If a historic music event happened on the date of the show, you might just hear a retrospective on the event or artist.

Travianna Records recording artist Pi Jacobs will be stopping by Studio A, Friday morning May 5th at 10:30 am. She will chat with Brian about her new album A LITTLE BLUE, and her show at Redwood Cafe in Cotati on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Maybe she'll even share a song or two with us!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

On their sophomore album Pageant, queer punk duo PWR BTTM explode with glitter, grit and a powerful message of inclusion that extends way beyond their roots in the LGBTQ community. Also, on a special Nashville Session, Ann Powers welcomes Ruby Amanfu.  

Listen to World Cafe weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

The Retro Cocktail Hour is a hi-fi highball of vintage "bachelor pad" music, exotica, private eye jazz and eccentric, overstimulated pop music of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.  

The show's spiced with everything from obscure Italian B-movie soundtracks and bossa nova to contemporary bands like Don Tiki, the Tokyo Panorama Mambo Boys, Waitiki, the Tikiyaki Orchestra, the Italian Secret Service, Balanco and others.  

The dream continues this Monday night, April 10 from 7-10PM PDT on KRCB-FM Radio 91, streaming at 

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Notes on Spring - hosted by Charlie Warren: an assuring hour of music and information about the promising resurgence of spring, including rare facts about the featured music and the reasons for springtime warming and rain.

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The Black Market trust will be in Studio A with Doug Jayne, Tuesday March 28th at 1:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ Records

Feb 15, 2017

The records made by the Beatles have sold millions of copies, and their songs have been heard exponentially more often. Yet there are details and surprises within that familiar music that can be revealed through careful deconstruction.

Producer George Martin not only supported the Beatles' studio experimentation, says Scott Freiman, he sometimes had a hand in the innovations himself.

Music, Comics & Collecting Records: R. Crumb & Jerry Zolten  

This week on American Routes - we spin some shellac and wax nostalgic with the iconic cartoonist, musician and record collector Robert Crumb, who’ll share with us his love of musical times gone by. Then we talk to educator and vinyl aficionado Jerry Zolten about the story of Paramount Records, started by a furniture manufacturer, whose recorded legacy is now contained in two swank suitcases.  

American Routes airs every Friday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91  

Friday at noon - American Routes cruises the musical map of Detroit, catching the sights and sounds of the Motor City. From Hamtramck to Dearborn, we'll meet the proud people who made the cars and played the bars. Jazz modernist Yusef Lateef tells of his time on the assembly line. Smokey Robinson talks about growing up with Motown's future stars. We'll learn how to construct a hit record from Motown studio insiders, then visit a raccoon hunters club, known for bluegrass jams. Plus rockabilly stars, dream cars and polka bands... all from Detroit.

A Time Capsule from the 1960s

Jan 17, 2017

Surrounded by thousands of years of native history, the burned out ruins of a 196os commune in northern Marin County have yielded an unexpected glimpse into the details of “hippie” life  from that era.

While the extensive and varied collection of damaged vinyl records was perhaps the most interesting thing he found in the wreckage of the Burdell Mansion, State Parks archeologist Breck Parkman says there were some other things that were more surprising.

Unpacking the Debacle that was Altamont

Dec 20, 2016

  The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 free concert at the Altamont speedway has become mythologized as “the end of the 60s,” a symbolic counterweight to the romanticized images of peace, love and Woodstock. But a detailed new book from veteran San Francisco music writer Joel Selvin shows that the full story of the event is much more complicated.

When Psychedelia Flowered in the North Bay

Dec 13, 2016
History Museum of Sonoma County

As the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's “Summer of Love” approaches, a new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum examines that how era played out in the North Bay.

The North Bay was a low-key, out-of-town "incubator" for musicians from the San Francisco scene, observes Eric Stanley, curator for the History Museum of Sonoma  County.

Life Inside the Beach Boys

Oct 22, 2016

It’s been half a century since the Beach Boys were at their peak in the 1960s, yet their music endures and surviving members of the band maintain a busy concert schedule. One of them is founding singer Mike Love, whose new autobiography charts the often rocky history inside the band.

With dozens of books about the Beach Boys already published, why another one? Love says he wanted to offer his own unique perspective.

Suzanne Ciani’s Musical Odyssey

Aug 23, 2016
Katie McMurran

Bolinas-based composer Suzanne Ciani has achieved success and earned five Grammy nominations for her New Age piano music – but her body of work goes far beyond that one category. Ciani was an early pioneer of the Buchla – an unusual electronic instrument developed here in the Bay Area in the 1960’s. Now thanks to renewed interest… and a recent music reissue… Ciani finds herself returning to her analog electronic sounds. Katie McMurran has her story.

Ciani made the recording below  in Paris in 1971.

"Your Song Changed My Life"

May 8, 2016
NPR

From established stars to promising newcomers, there always seems to be one key song from their early years that was a turning point in their musical life. But the connection between that song and their later creative output is not always clear, as Bob Boilen has discovered, and documented.

  For life-long music lover Bob Boilen, talking with artists he admired about the songs that were a key, early influence for them was a pathway to a deeper understanding of their music.

One unexpected but insightful example came from a  well-known jam band guitarist.

Theater Company Commissions Jack London-Inspired Theme

May 2, 2016
Transcendence Theatre Company

  The Valley of the Moon will observe a Jack London centennial this summer, in many ways—even a new musical anthem.

The Transcendence Theatre Company's fifth season of Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State park opens with three consecutive weekends of a  show called This Magic Moment. The first performance is June 17.

Dogsled Race Inspires Local Composer’s Song Cycle

Mar 16, 2016

Inspiration is where you find it. For Robin Eschner, most recently, it was in the deep snow and cross-cultural history of far northern Minnesota.

  Eschner's extended song cycle isn't just written for a multitude of singers; the music also represents a host of voices from pre-history to the present.

A New Home for Funky Fridays

Mar 10, 2016
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  Funky Fridays, a popular series of fundraising concerts in the Sonoma Valley has found a new home for the coming summer season, and it seems that everyone involved couldn’t be happier.

Hear more about the history and interior details of the Hood Mansion in this North Bay Report from October, 2006

  The upcoming fourth season of Funky Friday concerts will feature these performers.

May 27

When and where to see and hear great LOCAL music in the North Bay!

A Musical View from Inside San Quentin

Dec 26, 2015
Audrey Auld

Every inmate inside San Quentin prison has at least one story to tell. Some of them were melded into music by the late Audrey Auld. The North Bay singer-songwriter talks about that process on today’s archival North Bay Report from last June.

Mixed in with the regrets, longing, anger and remorse shared by the inmates in her writing sessions, Auld also found the ingredients for a love song of sorts—one that she says is the essence of mixed emotions.

Dr. Elmo's Holiday Hit Endures

Dec 23, 2015

  With Christmas almost here, we revisit the man behind one of silliest songs of the season. From the North Bay Report archives, here’s our 2004 interview with Dr. Elmo Shropshire.

John Trudell, 1946-2015

Dec 10, 2015

John Trudell, who died Tuesday, was a poet, a soldier, a musician, and an outspoken activist for Native American issues. He spoke with KRCB during a North Bay visit several years ago, and today we revisit that archival North Bay Report.

Eloquent, impassioned and powerful, Trudell's words were his greatest strength, even in his music vidoes. See two examples below.

An Introduction to the Theremin

Sep 9, 2015

  The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s annual fall Chataqua revue features an eclectic array of local performers. This year, they include local actor, writer and mime Eliot Fintushul playing an unusual electronic instrument called a Theremin. He explains and demonstrates how it works in this archival North Bay Report from 2007.

Tickets for the current OAEC Chataqua performances can be purchased here, as long as any remain available.

Musical Play Memorializes Labor Icon

Jun 10, 2015

  Long-ago labor organizer Joe Hill used music to make his point. Now his music is central to a biographical play about Hill's life, which returns to Sonoma County this weekend, with singer-songwriter John McCutcheon in the title role.

  In his biography of Joe Hill, The Man Who Never Died, author William Adler theorizes that Hill foresaw that his death might help to spread his pro-labor message, and ensure his legacy. It's an interesting speculation, says McCutcheon.

During our KRCB-FM Radio 91 "Spring FUNds Drive" - we have some of the hardest tickets to get: 3-day passes to Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015! These 3-day general admission passes are SOLD OUT! But - we have 2 pairs! These hard-to-get tickets could be yours - with your donation of $600.00 per pair. 

For the week of February 17, 2015:
 

Robert Earl Keen: Happy Prisoner - The Bluegrass Sessions is an album unlike any other in his storied catalog. Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Keen has put his unique stamp on fifteen standards and other beloved tunes (twenty on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, even Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines on vocals, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on fiddle, and Danny Barnes on banjo.

Russian River Inspires Unconventional "Opera"

Dec 25, 2014

  The Russian River is the setting, the subject, and even a part of the soundtrack for an unusual “opera,” that is premiering this weekend outside of Healdsburg. Fittingly, it’s called “Stages of the Russian River.”

 You can get a feel of the flavor of the Stages of the Russian River opera from  the rehearsal video clip below.

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