Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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If you look back at the origins of rock music — or Rock and Roll, as it was known in the 1950s — you hear that the new sound borrowed elements from gospel, rhythm & blues, and country.

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Have you already overdosed on the Summer of Love commemorations? Do you need an antidote? Then you should see the new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed. It has nothing to do with that pivotal event.

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It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

Today’s music is by the Beau Brummels.  That sounds like a group from the current invasion of British music, but one of the band’s founders studied musical composition at San Francisco State College. Another member has performed solo in North Beach.  The Beau Brummels play regularly at the Morocco Room in San Mateo. 

The tune you’re hearing now is being performed by Asheba. He’s a musical storyteller born in Trinidad, now living in Oakland. 

Asheba will be blending sounds of the Caribbean in a family concert at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday (7/25).

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Have you heard the expression “I’ll be there with bells on”?  It indicates that you’re very enthusiastic about the activity. Practitioners of the ancient art of Morris dancing are enthusiastic about their dance form. They not only wear sleeves of bells on their legs during performances; they also practice with them.

This music?  It’s by Foxtails Brigade

 Laura Weinbach, the group’s singer, says she’s the daughter of a horror filmmaker, whose neighbors were circus contortionists. You can ask her about that after the show when they play at Amnesia in San Francisco on Friday (6/23). 

Today’s local music is by Makru [< mah CREW].

They sing in English and Spanish “in hopes of spreading a message of respect and love.”

Makru performs Friday (6/30) at Studio Grand, on Grand Avenue, in Oakland.

Band: http://www.makrumusic.com/

Twitter:@makrumusicsf

Email: info@makrumusic.com

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Venue: http://www.studiograndoakland.org/

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Peppino D’Agostino is a master guitarist. He’s comfortable with so many musical styles that he calls his sound “minestrone music.” 

Peppino D’Agostino will be serving up his tasty guitar licks on Friday (6/16) at the Historical Museum in Benicia. And if you miss him there, you’ll have to go to Italy — he’s playing a festival there at the end of the month. 

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  The song you’re hearing now is by Ed Sheernan, being sung by Yes M’am! This a-cappella trio (Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles) sings traditional folk songs, along with music that might never be considered “folk” … until you hear their version. Yes M’am! takes part in the 41st annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which is happening this year at Everett Middle School on Saturday, June 10 from Noon until 10pm. 

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Making vacation plans is a chore. The traffic in Yosemite is terrible, and a landslide makes it impossible to get to sections of Big Sur without a helicopter. So where can you go to enjoy some peace and quiet? How about another part of our solar system?

The music we’re featuring today is by singer/songwriter Mike Rufo. His music has been featured on KALW’s Saturday music programs, “A Patchwork Quilt” and “Bluegrass Signal.”

One of Mike Rufo’s music projects, called No Exit, will be part of the entertainment during the Haight Ashbury Street Fair this Sunday, June 11. 

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The music we’re featuring today is by Bay Area musician Martin Luther.

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Today’s local music comes from Sol Horizon, a world-music/reggae band from the North Bay. They describe themselves as “moving feet and inspiring minds.”

 Sol Horizon comes to San Francisco on Friday (6/2) when they play at The Elbo Room.  

The music we’re featuring today is by a six-piece combo called The Seshen. Their sound encompasses drum machines, synthesizers, live percussion and vocal harmonies.

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Today’s local music is by Beso Negro. They play a modern style of European gypsy jazz, but they’re actually from Fairfax. And that’s where Beso Negro will be playing on Friday, June 26, at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar.

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Today’s local music is by Quiles & Cloud of San Francisco. Quiles & Cloud, who are on a national tour, will be at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Friday, May 25. Their next stop after that is in Franklin, Tenn. 

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This music is the "Quartet" from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” as performed by pianist Steven Bailey. Steven Bailey has a free performance scheduled on Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. He'll play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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