Courtesy of Mar Velez


Second Fridays at the Legionnaire Saloon in downtown Oakland are not just any bar night. It feels more like a backyard party or a family reunion.

Curator Ashara Ekundayo: Sights & Sounds

Mar 8, 2018
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Ashara Ekundayo told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Bay Area Beats: Faisal Zedan

Mar 7, 2018
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Oakland’s Faisal Zedan is a musician from a village in southern Syria. Growing up, his family loved music, and he grew to be obsessed with Arabic drums called darabukkas.

Photo courtesy of Ajoy Bose/modified from original

For a little while, in the hills of Rishikesh, India it will be 1968 again.

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The Stanford Band scatters on

Feb 15, 2018


On a fall evening at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto — better known as “The Farm” — college-football rivals UC Berkeley and Stanford meet for their annual showdown at the 120th “Big Game.”

The stadium is divided in half, with Cal fans in blue and gold on one side, and Stanford in Cardinal red on the other. Chants and cheers can be heard throughout the crowd.

The band always wins

Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Feb 12, 2018
Bo Walsh


Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

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Bay Area Beats: DiaPa’Son

Jan 31, 2018
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Son Jarocho is a style of Mexican folkloric music that’s been growing roots here in California for at least 50 years. The music grew out of the historical mix of Indigenous, Spanish, and African cultures in the state of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico. It’s often practiced at a type of gathering called a fandango, where the community shares music, dance, poetry, and food.


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When we think of hip-hop shows, we may think of night clubs and big loud concert halls. But how bout 11 a.m. at the public library in the kids section?

Patricia Chin was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  She had never left the neighborhood when she auditioned to be a chorus girl. It was quite a leap for a young Asian-American girl, born in 1935, but Chin loved the adventure, and saw it as a way to bring home extra money. Her group, the Chinese Vanities, performed in nightclubs up and down the West Coast.

Cellista finds her voice and artistic home in San Jose

Nov 16, 2017
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The multidisciplinary musician known as Cellista started playing the cello as a schoolkid in Colorado, and even studied cello performance in college. As an adult she took a break from her instrument while living abroad in France — but after returning to the United States, and moving to San Jose, Cellista made a passionate return to music. 

Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it — or any other song, as a matter of fact — until she settled into her current home in San Francisco.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

Once Asha effortlessly brought India to my kitchen in California. 

JoAnn Mar

There's an increased use of live music at Bay Area’s major hospitals and hospices to bring healing and comfort to people who are near death.

Today's music is Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra. This San Francisco band has been performing in one form or another since 1996.  Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra fill the stage at the Ivy Room in Albany on Friday (6/30), along with two other bands. 

Claire Stremple


(Editor's note: this story was inspired by Jill Tucker's feature profile of Tim Wilson in the April 21, 2017 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.)

KALW seeks producer/engineer for Sights & Sounds

May 15, 2017

KALW's Sights & Sounds is seeking a multi-talented producer/engineer to join the team. Sights & Sounds is KALW's arts reporting project which features artists and creative thinkers from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a special focus on those that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

Rich Black



The Bay Area is a music-lover’s paradise.

John Nilsen

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-American musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. She grew up in San Francisco and now makes music that blends jazz with her native Ethiopian music.

Is remix culture an exciting new development in the arts, or a sign that genuine creativity is dead?

Sights & Sounds: Elaine Magree

Mar 30, 2017
David Allen

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Theater artist, nurse and political activist Elaine Magree told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: SoundBox

Feb 23, 2017
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All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Jazzman Noel Jewkes

Feb 7, 2017
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Living in the Bay Area requires some serious resourcefulness; there's at least one group of people who are pretty used to that: jazz musicians.

Sights & Sounds: Alisa Rose of Village Road Trio

Dec 15, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Alisa Rose, fiddler for the folk-inspired classical music group Village Road Trio told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Kitka brings the music of Eastern Europe to the Bay

Nov 28, 2016
Thomas Pacha

Kitka is a women's singing ensemble based in Oakland. For more than 35 years, the group has been singing songs drawn from Eastern European vocal traditions. What began as an informal group of singers with a passion for those Eastern European harmonies and rhythms has grown into a critically-acclaimed professional ensemble.

Sights & Sounds: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Nov 17, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer, performer, educator, and Chief of Programming at the YBCA Marc Bamuthi Joseph told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. // Left Lane

San Francisco rapper Adam Vida pairs his songs with video that often goes viral, including one shot spontaneously at the riots that followed the San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series win. In this installment of Bay Area Beats, Adam Vida talks about the evolution of his sound.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

I don’t know how many shoes this old radio program sells. But it can never feel the same as hearing those voices,

Cellist Zoë Keating takes to the woods

Sep 22, 2016

Zoë Keating's unique style of music has won her acclaim, and all the while she's remained an independent artist. KALW's Martina Castro went to talk with her at her home studio about how she experiments with the sound of her instrument.