Arts & Culture

8:59pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Bluegrass Signal

Earl Scruggs remembered on "Bluegrass Signal"

On Saturday (3/31) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Bluegrass Signal producer Peter Thompson hosts Bay Area banjo players Larry Cohea, Bill Evans, Avram Siegel, and Ryan Breen to honor and reflect on the contributions of Earl Scruggs, who died on Wednesday.  As a member of Bill Monroe's "classic" Blue Grass Boys, co-leader with Lester Flatt of the music's most influential band, the Foggy Mt.

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3:09pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Darryl Cherney asks, "Who bombed Judi Bari?"

Photo courtesy of http://www.judibari.org/

It was called "Redwood Summer." Back in 1990, environmental activists were gathering in Humbolt County, staging tree sittings and calling for an end to clear cutting the redwoods and for the preservation of the Headwaters Forest.

Tensions between the activists and local loggers were rising. Earth First activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney had received numerous death threats for their work.  Still, they continued to fight for the forests.  On May 24, 1990, the two were in Oakland and got in the car to drive down to Santa Cruz for a rally.

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12:03pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Shants

Photo courtesy of The Shants

The Shants, which is Gaelic for "charmed," or “blessed,” call their sound “slow burning Americana, from Oakland, California.”

The Shants will be playing on Sunday (April 1st) as part of “Roots Rocket Sunday,” at Disco Volante in Oakland.

Music starts about 7 pm, and tickets are $1,000 each. APRIL FOOLS! Actually, admission is free….

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8:18am

Wed March 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Preserving San Francisco’s past through sea shanties

The Balclutha
www.nps.gov

At Maritime National Historical Park, the golden age of shantey-ing comes alive again as sailors and sea music enthusiasts gather around an ancient vessel, the "Balclutha.” Peter Kasin’s job is to preserve these ancient shanties, and in turn to preserve San Francisco’s dangerous Barbary Coast past. But not everyone likes their shanties; some say they’re more bouncy than they were in the past, and should capture the sweat of the sailors who sang these songs way back in the 1800s to help make their rough shipboard jobs a bit more rhythmic.

5:31pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Bobby Hutcherson: Master of the vibes

Photo courtesy of http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/bobbyhutcherson/music/

The great jazzman Milt Jackson had an easy way of telling people he met what instrument he played. He pointed to his lapel where he wore a gold pin in the shape of his instrument. It saved him from explaining what his instrument was to nearly every stranger he met.

Most would call it a xylophone, but with electronic accessories it can produce a vibrato. That instrument’s called the vibraphone.

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