On Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, community radio stations across the country will unite to commemorate the life of Breonna Taylor and the many female victims of American police brutality. Led by WXOX-FM in Loisville KY the link to Facebook event gives additional info. This date will mark the five-month anniversary of Breonna’s passing. In the words of Breonna’s aunt Bianca Austin, “Justice for Breonna means an end to police brutality and social injustice." KDRT will join more than 50 community radio stations from 11 to 11:10 a.m. Pacific time to hear one of Breonna’s favorite songs and a message from her family dedicated to those who demand equality and stand up for justice worldwide. Tune in at 95.7 FM or stream at kdrt.org.
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The Sons of the Soul Revivers- a venerable San Francisco Bay Area gospel quartet - marked its 50th anniversary on July 4, and is celebrating with the release of their new studio CD "Songs We'll Always Sing." DJ Rodriguez speaks with band member James Morgan on this week's special edition of Silver Nine Volt Heart. Stream here to listen to this episode https://kdrt.org/audio/sons-soul-revivers-featured-silver-nine-volt-hear...
“We definitely used the Pilgrim Jubilees as a blueprint for how the traditional gospel quartet sound should be,” explains James regarding their latest album. “We got a chance to see those guys (Jubilees) in 1977, and long story short, they blew us away."
Starting mid-July, we’ve been able to bring back a number of KDRT programmers into the studio. This is accomplished with widely staggered air shifts and rigorous cleaning protocol. All shows can be heard live on KDRT 95.7 FM, and also streamed live at https://kdrt.org, where you can also find a schedule, program highlights, DJ contact info, or listen or download archived programs.
Here are some highlights:
• Sara TAPS is back with “The Awesome Patrol Show” Wednesdays 1-2 pm, highlighting the best of indie label music.
• “At Night I Fly” is an eight-part series with incarcerated poet Spoon Jackson about his life and poetry. In this series, Jackson dives into the complicated nature of being locked up and yet still growing. Producer Matthew Schneeman then dives into the same themes but on the outside -- connecting the two worlds. Jackson is in Solano State Prison. Show airs Sundays at noon.
Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove are veteran musicians whose individual histories include stints with legends like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, and more. Known for their sultry, laid-back "Tulsa Sound," their new album "Heaven Forever" (released in April) adds their own flavorings, yet is reminiscent of forerunners Leon Russell, JJ Cale and Elvin Bishop. This album, produced by band member Walt Richmond, is sponsored by Little Village Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks out music happening in communities that's created by artists with non-traditional backgrounds, but who often have deep experience as performers. Little Village records and produces a CD album at no charge as a gift to the musicians, and to support community-based artists.
On July 8, Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove appeared on Working from Home, a streaming series produced by Little Village as another means of sharing these traditional roots-style performances while musicians cannot play in their typical venues. Link to it on their website or via Facebook.
In honor of worldwide Make Music Day, KDRT 95.7 FM is producing a special broadcast - the Make Music Davis Song Showcase - where over 20 local musicians of all ages and genres have contributed videos and will join us briefly on the air to share their songs and celebrate our community of music lovers.
This special show airs on KDRT Sunday June 21 at 10 -11:30 AM and again at 6-7:30 PM. To view the YouTube version with videos, link to Make Music Davis - Participate.
Here's the special schedule on KDRT.org for June 21:
10 - 11:30 AM Make Music Davis 2020 Song Showcase - over 20 local musicians stop by and share a song video
11:30 - 3 PM Live Recorded Concerts from Davis Odd Fellows Hall - Calvin Handy and the Jazz Patrol, Misner and Smith, Gary Lee Yoder, and MUMBO GUMBO
6 - 7:30 PM Make Music Davis 2020 Song Showcase - over 20 musicians visit with host Pieter Pastoor and share song videos
7:30 - 9 PM Live Recorded Concerts from Odd Fellows Hall - featuring Achilles Wheel Trio and Me & Him.
Resource listings from the COVID-19 Community Report are updated each week and currently include the following category headings: Arts and Music, Business, Community, County Services, Food, Media, Non-Profits, Public Health and Schools. We’ll continue connecting with local schools, churches, businesses, elected officials, non-profits and so on to provide and update local information. Please send announcements to the Covid-19 Community Response show page at KDRT.org.
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As we look back upon a busy fall, we are grateful for the generosity shown during our 2019 Rootstock fundraising events. We greatly appreciate the MANY listeners who donated, for this support is truly what allows us to continue to produce our 24/7 local broadcast and streaming.
We celebrated our 15th anniversary at a diverse array of community venues, and were thrilled to make new friends, and to reconnect with longtime partners. In mid-November, we hit the "Grassroots Trail" with events that included Berryessa Brewing in Winters with The Muddy Waders, The Barn and Pantry Tuesday Open Mic Night in Dixon with Hattie Craven, 2nd Wednesday Jazz Night at the Root of Happiness Kava Bar in Davis, a special KDRT benefit at Woodstock's Pizza with The West Nile Ramblers, and concluded in Woodland at Sunday Sessions at Blue Note Brewing. Each venue is a hub for communities to gather and support their local musicians.
You are invited to join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Davis City Hall (23 Russell Blvd.), before the Davis City Council meeting, as we gather to celebrate the 6:30 p.m. proclamation presentation in honor of KDRT's 15th anniversary. We are very grateful for this ongoing collaboration between our many volunteers and our listener community.
And then two days later, KDRT will attend (and record) the annual Thursday Live! Holiday Show 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. It's always a festive event, and many people stop by after attending the Downtown Davis Holiday Open House and Candlelight Parade that same evening. The show features the "Odd Star Band" - the talented "house band" that brought you "Summer of Love" and "The British Invasion" concerts not long ago.
The Nov. 22, 2019 episode of Meraki Radio is a special tribute to the life and wisdom of Francis Resta, a remarkable individual whom the KDRT community was fortunate to engage with during his weekly co-host activities on Alison B's show. He died on Oct. 31. "In this 1-hour special," Alison says, "Meraki Radio pays tribute to our late friend and co-host. Carol, his wife, takes his seat in the studio, and visitors from the community share their thoughts. Bill Buchanan, Jeff Shaw, Michael Gangitano, Kate, and Alison B share perspectives, while Carol informs the conversation from Francis's angle. He will be missed forever, but will live on through all the lives he touched throughout his long life." Bill, host of KDRT's "Davisville," speaks of admiring Francis' ability to talk about difficult combat-related topics. He interviewed Francis for "Davisville" in 2018, and the San Francisco Press Club recently awarded the episode first-place among public affairs shows (staff of 1 to 4) on non-commercial radio in the club's annual "excellence in journalism" competition.