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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Who’s this you’re hearing?  It’s Guy Fox. This Oakland band combines alt-rock energy with big band arrangements. And they have a reputation for getting folks to dance!

Guy Fox is in San Francisco tomorrow evening, June 10th at The Chapel, starting about 8:00pm.  It’s a free all-ages show.

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Feinstein: "rouge dispensaries" would benefit from new bill… Washington state lawsuit could have wide implications … The graying of Harborside… Big Tobacco watches and waits… Health news… Maureen Dowd’s bad trip… and more.

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This isn’t just any old Dixieland Jazz band you’re hearing. It’s Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz. Sharpe is well known as half the team of “Coyle & Sharpe", creating elaborate man-on-the-street interviews for San Francisco radio in the 1960s. Now Sharpe is known as a respected trombonist with his own combo.

Once upon a time, probably before you were born, live musicians provided music as the audience watched motion pictures. The Marin Symphony plans to revive this custom on Sunday, June 8th. That’s when they’ll play the entire score of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” as the film is shown.

Listen to this! This is tUnE-yArDs, from Oakland, and this track is from their latest album, Nikki Nack.

tUnE-yArDs is primarily singer/songwriter Merrill Garbus. She’ll be introducing her new songs on Friday, June 6th at the Fillmore in San Francisco, with help from a bass guitarist and a loop pedal. Doors open at 8:00pm, with music beginning at 9:00pm.

The music you’re hearing now is being performed by the Davis Senior High School Baroque Orchestra. Davis, California, is beyond our usual local music limits, but we’re featuring them today, because the orchestra is taking part in this year’s Berkeley Festival of Early Music – and second, they’re the only public high school Baroque orchestra in the United States.

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House of Representatives votes to block funds for dispensary raids…  Statewide regulation bills meet opposite fates in California… Legalization news from Minnesota, Nevada, Kentucky… Former premier of Canadian province joins cannabis firm… Do you know the “Weed Fairy”?...  and more.

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The music of Ensemble Mik Nawooj blends techniques from Western European classical music into rock, pop and hip-hop songs. The East Bay Express calls their sound “the future of hip hop.”

The Ensemble Mik Nawooj, who you’re hearing now, has a free show on Saturday, May 31st at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco. It starts at 1:00pm, so bring a lunch.

The band you’re hearing now is Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Rogers, a Bay Area native, started playing guitar when he was 12 years old. That hobby turned into a career as a recording artist, producer and composer.

Roy Rogers & the Rhythm Kings will be on stage Saturday, May 31st at the Empress Theater in Vallejo, starting at 8:00pm. 

The music you’re hearing now is by Rebecca Chapa. She’s a folk singer from San Francisco, who also happens to be a Certified Wine Educator. More importantly, Rebecca Chapa is one of the performers at this week’s “Sing Out of Darkness” event.

The music you’re hearing now is by Phonochrome, a trio of cello, flute and piano. This ensemble came about through a series of conversations among friends at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Phonochrome performs on Thursday, May 29th at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. The program begins at 8:00pm. 

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The song you’re hearing now is by a band from San Mateo, named Parachute on Fire.  While the band members all have different musical tastes, their motto is: “Every Song Is a Party."

Parachute on Fire plays the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Sunday, May 25th, along with two other bands. Music starts about 9:00pm. 

The band we’re listening to now is called A Million Billion Dying Suns. There’s a detailed explanation for that name, involving black holes. But the quick meaning is: We’re all one.

A Million Billion Dying Suns is playing a free show on Thursday, May 22nd. This will be at the Converse Store on Market Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 6:00pm. 

Courtesy of The Golden Gate Park Band

Few civic institutions in San Francisco pre-date the 1906 earthquake. One is the cable car, invented here in 1873. Another one is The Golden Gate Park Band. It dates from 1882, when it was a support unit of the California National Guard. Now it’s a Sunday afternoon mainstay at The Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park.

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You recognize this music – it’s our national anthem, performed by The Golden Gate Park Band, San Francisco’s municipal band. They stage free concerts throughout most of the year at the Spreckles Temple of Music in – where else? – Golden Gate Park.

The Golden Gate Park Band’s next performance is Sunday, May 25th, starting at 1:00pm.

Today’s local music is being played by the Jimmy Grant Ensemble. Grant, a native of northern California, grew up in a family of musicians. And that’s where he learned the music of jazz pioneer Django Reinhart.

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble will be playing Reinhart-style jazz guitar on Friday, May 23rd at The Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. Expect them to start about 7:30pm.

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Legislation progresses from coast to coast…  San Jose dispensaries conflicted over taxes… Microsoft loses tech award to cannabis site…  Alzheimer’s reduced by THC & CBD… “Classically Cannabis” concerts canceled... and more.

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Music has a special power that we all recognize. It can make us dance or sing along. It can make us happy, sad, reflective, agitated or calm. We can hear it live, or recorded. But seldom do we have a small choir serenade us - only us - at our bedsides.

That’s what The Threshold Choir does-- but not everyone can request these services. They only sing to a specific group of people: the infirm or dying.

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SF General to study cannabis as aide for sickle cell sufferers… Don’t look for pot parties in newly legal Uruguay… “Bank co-op” awaits Colorado Governor’s signature… “Pot heart attack” report challenged… Cannabis tourism guide… and more.

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“Drugged driving” bill fails in CA… Bud tenders tend to “over prescribe” edibles…  Colorado attempting to cure dispensaries “cash only” woes… Heart problems in young linked to cannabis… Don’t call Willie a lazy pot smoker… and more.

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AB 2500 fails – would have regulated California “drugged driving” down to the nanogram // Legislature.ca.gov    (See next three related stories.)

The name of today’s local band is a bit confusing. It’s Blood & Dust. But in reality, it’s not really a band: Blood & Dust is a solo performer.  One fan describes this Oakland resident as “two parts heart and one part beard.” 

Blood & Dust is on the program with Megan Andrews next Monday, May 6th at the Acoustic Bistro presentation, which takes place at Osteria restaurant in San Francisco. Music begins about 8:00pm.

You know this song, but it’s not quite Lorde, is it? No, it’s DeCadence, the acappella student group from Cal-Berkeley.  

Actually, this is only the female component of the group. But you’ll be able to hear all the members of DeCadence this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, when they’re having their spring show. That'll take place on campus in Wheeler Hall on Saturday, and Wurster Hall on Sunday. Both shows are at 7:30pm.   

This band, the one you’re hearing now? They’re called The Parmesans, from San Francisco. That might be a cheesy name, but their music is tasty. It’s a blend of contemporary folk, and alt-country, with some bluegrass for garnish.

Can a band be both “of the moment,” and also “timeless?”  It’s possible if the band is Misisipi Mike and The Midnight Gamblers, the six-piece band that you’re hearing now.  

Misisipi Mike and the Gamblers will be playing at Amnesia on Valencia Street in San Francisco this Thursday, starting about 9:00pm.  

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Some drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. changes…  Regulation moves forward in California Assembly… E-cigs to be regulated like tobacco… 4/20 recapped… What’s your favorite pot song?… and more.

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Non-violent drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. overhaul // USA Today

There’s a statue at the Letterman Digital Arts center in San Francisco’s Presidio depicting a classically handsome man. He’s holding some rolled-up papers in one hand, and gazing at something that looks like an overly large, oddly shaped light bulb, which he holds in the other. At his side is a box that most everyone will recognize as an early television.

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NCAA lowers penalties… Martinez outlaws cannabis gardens… Did pot overdose lead to student death?... Cannabis vending machines in Colorado… “420” event in danger of being shut down… Willie Nelson smokes pot!... and more.

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City of Martinez bans outdoor cannabis gardens // KTVU-TV      It joins 89 other California cities and counties with restrictions.

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New statewide legislation introduced in Sacramento…  Maryland says yes to legalization; New Jersey says no… Poppies replace Mexican pot as US prices plummet…  Want some pot-oil pizza? … and more.

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Statewide cannabis legislation introduced in Sacramento // Huff Post    This is a re-working of Assemblyman Ammiano’s earlier effort.

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The gentle sounds you’re hearing now are being played by teacher and musician Eve Decker. Kevin Vance, host of KALW’s “A Patchwork Quilt,” says of Decker, “This is the kind of music that makes the world a better place."

You can hear more from Eve Decker tomorrow, April 11th when she appears at the Dolores Park Café in San Francisco. She’ll be there from 7:30 to 10:00pm.

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