Steven Short


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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Connie Ducey

Jan 30, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Connie Ducey

Connie Ducey started singing harmony with her parents when she was three, and officially sang in public for the first time at age nine. She’s been performing regularly at clubs and events around northern California for the past dozen or so years.

You can hear her Thursday (February 2) at The Panama Hotel in San Rafael. Music starts about 7pm.

Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Ryan Balboa Be Bop Band


No, jazz legend Coleman Hawkins is not from the Bay Area, and he’s not back from the dead. But you’ll learn about him, and other jazz greats, in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which you can see at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on Sunday (January 29).

The program also includes live jazz from Jimmy Ryan’s Balboa Be-Bop Band, both before the film, and then again after.

Vampires and werewolves, the possessed and undead souls featured in the Twilight books and their stylish movie adaptations, may currently have teens transfixed, but the idea of these creatures walking among us dates back to at least ancient Greece. There the man-wolf was called Lycanthropos.

Broun Fellinis

Jan 24, 2012

Where else but the Bay Area would you find a band that describes its music as “a soulful and aggressive style of postmodern improvised/composed jazzical sound that is informed by dub, Afro beat, abstract funk, drum and bass?" There’s more, but you get the idea – and that idea is called Broun Fellinis

They have a CD release party planned next Sunday, January 29, at Café du Nord in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

Adios Amigo

Jan 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Adios Amigo

How about a happy pill? That’s how the San Francisco Chronicle describes the music of the band, Adios Amigo. The band is a side project of Johnny Major, drummer for another band named Il Gato. He says living in the Bay Area “allows one to write happy, hopeful, celebratory music.”

Adios Amigo will be performing on Friday (January 27) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. 


Jan 19, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Exray's

Did you see the movie, “The Social Network”? If so, then you’ve heard music by Jon Bernson, who the Bay Guardian calls “a force of nature in the Bay Area music scene.” His current band, Exray’s, has a show this Saturday (January 21) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. They take the stage about 9pm.

Do you know what year this is?  I’m not asking what you write on your checks (providing you still use them). That’s easy: it’s 2012.  But what do you say when you say it out loud?

Con Alma

Jan 17, 2012
courtesy of Con Alma

The singers you’re hearing are known as Con Alma. This vocal jazz ensemble, which has been active in the East Bay and San Francisco since 1999, has been described as “fresh and full of subtle surprises.” 

They’re performing Saturday (01.21) at Avonova in Oakland, starting about 8pm. 

David Velasco

Jan 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of David Velasco

David Velasco and his friends will play their ambient music at San Francisco’s Dolores Park Cafe tomorrow night (January 13).

Go Van Gogh

Jan 11, 2012
Photo courtesy of Go Van Gogh

The Go Van Gogh music is often called “country music,” which means: while it’s played by Americans, it’s influenced by the music of many countries. They return to Disco Volante in downtown Oakland on Saturday (January 14), starting about 9:30pm.