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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The Emma Lee Project

Musician, Emma Lee is known for her guitar picking and sweetly provocative lyrics. She describes the music that she and her band creates is a result of a serious romance with three of her musicians… and a serious flirtation with three others.

You can experience the result of these romances and flirtations at a free show Sunday at Peri’s Silver Dollar Saloon in Fairfax, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

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He shares his unique finger-picking guitar style and socially conscious lyrics throughout the Bay Area and northern California. He’s appearing tomorrow, August 22, at The Lost Church in San Francisco, starting at about 7:30pm.

Today we are featuring the music of the Bum City Saints. These San Francisco punks say their sound is what happens when you combine boredom with a burning desire to play music. You can hear them tomorrow, August 21, when they storm the stage at The Knockout on Mission Street in San Francisco. The show starts at 8pm.

Musician, Robin Galante will be giving a late morning performance at the Creativity Explored art space in San Francisco next Tuesday, August 21, 2012. The event is sponsored by Bread & Roses, and begins at 11:00AM. 

Oakland rapper Kreayshawn had a major music video hit in 2010, with over three million views in the first three weeks. Now she’s back with another video, the first single from her new album. She’ll be performing live on Saturday August 18 at Roe in San Francisco. Doors open at 10 pm.

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The Oakland-based band, Felsen are transmitters of Lo-Fi Pop. They have opened for bands such as the Stone Foxes and Marcy Playground --  they even have three songs on the “Rock Band” video game!

Felsen is playing tomorrow night (August 8) at the “50 Mason Social House,” as part of the SF Underground Music Fest. The lights go down about 8pm.  And a reminder: be sure to stay for the guy in the white bunny suit!

The Blind Willies describe their music as “gospel, revised by thieves, pimps, poets, losers, children, and malcontents.”

If this sounds appealing to you, show up this Thursday, August 16 at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The band is part of this year's free noon concerts, starting at 12:30pm.

Today, we're featuring the Junior Choir of Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. The YMP has been helping musically gifted students who can’t afford specialized training since 1968. Students come from 60 schools in four Bay Area counties. You can hear The Young Musicians Program Choral Youth Orchestra this Saturday (08.11) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, starting at 7pm. Admission is free.

You might be surprised by what you hear: it’s not Ray Charles, and it’s not Joe Cocker. It’s Tim Hockenberry.

Hockenberry will soon stop performing at the Bay Area clubs where he has played for years, replacing them with shows at auditoriums. How did that happen? He’s now a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. Even Howard Stern likes him!

(Newsday) // The federal tax court has ruled against San Francisco’s now-closed Vapor Room. It means the business owes thousands of dollars in back taxes – and has wide implications for all dispensaries.

Today we are featuring the harp-playing of Amelia Romano. She’s one of three young harpists performing at the “Festival of Harps, the Next Generation,” taking place this Wednesday, August 8 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

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The band Dark Hollow says there's a bluegrass revival in the Bay Area, and they're claiming some credit for it. Dark Hollow has been performing traditional songs, and adding some of their own, for over seven years now. They’re sure to be playing some selections from their new album when they take the stage at The Sand Dollar Restaurant in Stinson Beach on Sunday, August 5. It's an afternoon show, from noon to 3 pm.

Courtesy of San Francisco Lyric Chorus

What’s that you’re hearing? Well, it’s not the usual four-piece band that we often feature. This is the San Francisco Lyric Chorus. The Chorus will be only a portion of what you’ll hear when they combine voices with the Rochester, New York, Oratorio Society, along with the Redwood Symphony, in performing the Berlioz Requiem, and other pieces, this coming Sunday, August 5. It’s an afternoon show at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, starting at 3 pm.

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The door to the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco's Tenderloin district is unlocked on the 15th of each month, rain or shine, fog or wind, and a converted tamale cart is rolled onto the sidewalk. The man pushing it into place is Michael Swaine.

“People either call me the Sewing Guy or The Roving Tailor,” he says.

Cannabis news roundup

Jul 25, 2012

(LA Times) // The Los Angeles City Council passed a total ban on cannabis dispensaries July 24. It doesn’t directly impact dispensaries in other parts of the state, other than to add to the air of uncertainty surrounding the industry.

Long ago and far away – in Greece, nearly 3,000 years ago, to be exact – highly-trained athletes gathered every four years at a place called Olympia to show off their skills and to honor Zeus, king of the gods.

Today we are featuring the sounds of the Shotgun Wedding Quintet. They may be a jazz brass band, but they also have a hip-hop flavor. This week you can hear them outside, and you can hear them inside.

On Thursday, July 26, they’re at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, for the Noon Time Concert.

Today Crosscurrents is featuring The Fret Not Old-Time Gospel Band. They play Americana gospel, which they describe as “farmer formal” -- sacred songs from the Civil War era to the Depression. They frequently play at funerals, gospel missions, benefit concerts and prisons. Next Sunday (07.22) they’ll be at the Deuel Vocational State Prison in Tracy, starting at 5pm.

 

Today's local music is by Sonny and the Sunsets. They’ve been in the Bay Area music scene for a while, but they’ve never released a full album – until now. The band starts promoting their new release in the Northwest and Canada next month, so your last chance to hear them locally is this Saturday (07.21) when they’ll be at The Independent in San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.

 

Today we are featuring the Bay Area trio called Golden Bough. These modern-day minstrels mostly make music rooted in ancient Celtic ballads, but they often add some original compositions to their live shows. They’re playing tomorrow, June 29 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley at 8 p.m.

Marijuana is legal for medical use under California law, but sale and possession are still federal crimes. Raids on growers and dispensaries – and a general climate of uncertainty – are increasingly creating problems for the industry.

Last week, the company that processes most dispesary credit card transactions nationally announced that starting in July, it would no longer do so. This means businesses will now have to conduct most of their business in cash.

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Today we are featuring Bay Area rockers, Dirty Ghosts. They played Shoreline Amphitheater at the beginning of this month, then did some shows in Calgary, and will be back in San Francisco on Wednesday (06.27) at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall. Doors open at 8pm; music is at 9pm.

 

Today we are featuring The Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble. Jones is a noted percussionist, who has performed and recorded with everyone from Larry Coryell to Zion-I. You can actually hear him twice in San Francisco this Saturday, June 23, 2012. He’s at the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting at 1pm. Then he’s playing again at the 850 Cigar Bar, beginning about 10pm. 

For today's local music we are featuring La Pena Community Chorus of Berkeley. While their songs use folk traditions, the lyrics are usually about contemporary social injustice throughout Latin America. The chorus is performing a benefit concert at La Pena Cultural Center on Saturday (06.23) at 8pm, marking the center’s 37th anniversary.

 

 

 

(Medical Marijuana Business Daily) // Patients will need greenbacks to purchase their green bud at cannabis dispensaries throughout the US starting next month – unless they have a Discover card. Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS), the main national credit card clearinghouse working with dispensaries, notified them by email that  the company will stop processing Visa and Mastercard transactions as of July 1…

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That’s not Wilco you’re hearing, and it’s not Tom Waits either, although you might detect elements of both is this song by The Famous.

They’ve been perfecting their “raw country meets post punk” sound at live shows throughout the Bay Area since 2003.

You can hear The Famous  Sunday, June 24th  at 4pm in San Francisco at Thee Parkside.

Summer’s almost officially here, so the Iron Springs Pub in Fairfax is doubling up on their music offerings. The band Blue Light River, that is today's feature music, will be joined by the Dry Creek Rounders on both Wednesday and Thursday nights June 20th and 21st this week, starting around 9pm.

Today we are featuring Burnt Ones. This San Francisco group channels glam rockers, with a nod to the girl groups of the Sixties. They’re performing on Saturday, June 16th at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in the City. The music should start around 8pm.

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Jun 11, 2012

Today we are featuring music by Audiafauna. First you’ll notice the strong female vocals, but then listen for their soothing electronic touches. Audiafauna is performing on Saturday, June 16 at The Vagabond Ballroom, in Oakland. Doors open at 8pm.

Today we're featuring music by The JAMband. Band leader Charity – who only goes by one name – says this may sound like “kids music,” but really its “people music.” Their goal is to “provide a place for families to relax, connect and have fun together.” If that sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, then you may want to hear them at The Beach Chalet on the Great Highway in San Francisco this Sunday, June 10 starting about 3pm. 

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