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KDRT live at Davis Music Fest: Friday at Sudwerk & Saturday at Armadillo Music

We're thrilled to be broadcasting LIVE again at the 12th annual Davis Music Fest.  Friday, June 14 opening night we'll be live from Sudwerk from 4-9:15 pm with musician interviews and a live stream from the north Hop Yard Stage including Alex Togashii, Yekeno, and The Snares.  We'll also be speaking with the Sudwerk South Stage bands including Lucas Lawson, Guerro, and Ten Foot Tiger.  Saturday, we'll be at the Armadillo KDRT Listening Lyrics Stage 3:45-9 pm with live streams of Anton Barbeau, Sam Chase, and Megan Slankard, and special interviews from Misner & Smith, Broken Compass, Routine Layup, and Milly.  More information at Davis Music Fest   

Thank you for the outpouring of support for our grassroots radio KDRT!

Yesterday on Big Day of Giving 2024 close to 130 local nonprofits participated in BDOG, including our "mothership" Davis Media Access. Regionwide, a total of 826 nonprofits came together and the $100 million mark was surpassed in total since the area's first giving event 12 years ago. We too broke our record this year surpassing our biggest goal ever! We are extremely grateful for your support and hope to thank you in-person this spring as we are out in the community with live broadcasts from Davis Pride June 1 and from the first two days at the Davis Music Fest June 14-16. Your support on BDOG2024 goes a long way toward implementing these efforts and is greatly appreciated!

Local filmmakers debut Open Country on March 10 at Odd Fellows Hall -- a benefit for KDRT

Filmmakers Glenda and Jesse Drew of Davis made Open Country, a journey into the roots of American country, to reclaim the music as the creative expression of working people of all colors. The movie features interviews with well-known musicians, performances, archival clips and animation, and it sold out the venue when it recently screened in San Francisco.

The Drews will screen their movie in Davis Sunday, March 10, at the Odd Fellows Hall, doors 6 p.m.; show 6:30 p.m.; Q&A 8:15 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will benefit KDRT. We hope to see you there! Tickets available online here. Keep reading to learn more:

Local musicians Natalie Cortez and Christopher Cassels visit Live Tracks, Jan. 25, 2024

KDRT DJ Jim Buchanan typically includes his live recordings of local bands on his Live Tracks show, but tonight (Jan. 25) he also has the pleasure of hosting longtime Sacramento/Davis-based musicians Natalie Cortez and Christopher Cassels live in the studio. Lately, many may have seen them playing as part of the 5-piece Natalie Cortez Band, which plays regularly in Sacramento and Davis (Davis Music Fest, Music for Natalie Corona Benefit concerts, and a 2019 benefit for KDRT to name a few).

Tonight they also talk about playing as a duo in the upcoming "Cozy Concert Series" at Morgan's Mill in Woodland, Friday, Jan. 26, from 7-9 p.m. This new series is organized by Left of the Dial Promotions, and features unique duos from several local 4-to-5 piece bands on the second and fourth Fridays in January and February.

Happy 2024 and a hearty Thank You for your generous support of KDRT in 2023

Davis Media Access staff, board, and all the KDRT volunteers are thrilled to report that the Fall 2023 Fundraiser exceeded our goal by close to 25 percent, and was our most successful KDRT fund drive to date! In its 19th year of broadcasting, our grassroots station relies on its very dedicated 30+ volunteer DJs and a supportive listener community.

 As 2024 begins, we're happy to be moving forward toward training several new programmers and getting out in the community for more in-person events. In case it slipped your mind, you can still show your support here. Thanks again!

KDRT and Davis Music Connections present New Year's Eve radio theatre concert Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-midnight

KDRT's DJ Ned of Davis Music Connections has combined his vivid imagination, audio editing skills, and deep knowledge of the regional music scene to create a unique radio theatre style show as a treat for listeners on Dec. 31, New Year's Eve 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  News Flash- In case you missed it LIVE, you can stream it HERE.

Ned has compiled a rich variety of live recordings of local band favorites including Mumbo Gumbo, The Essentials, Misner & Smith, Boca do Rio, Cake, Lawsuit, and Tom Fay & The Rhythm Kings. They will be presented as if they are playing live for one last concert at Freeborn Hall, UC Davis' beloved former music venue. Various KDRT DJs will join the performance by introducing each band, and the show includes the expected countdown to midnight, "Auld Lang Syne," and one final band to round out the performance. Tune into 95.7 FM or stream live

SF Press Club honors Davisville and Timeout Radio

KDRT radio programs about generational responses to war; Vince Guaraldi’s holiday music; a project that connects post-pandemic UC Davis students in a fun way, and the sport of Ultimate have all won awards for excellence in the 2023 San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards. The club announced the honors during its annual awards dinner Dec. 13 in San Francisco. Several outlets

Jeff Sanford of the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra on Silver Nine Volt Heart, Nov. 30, 2023

Updated 12/1

For this week's show, Silver Nine Volt Heart host Rodriguez interviewed Jeff Sanford about his recent Cartoon Jazz Orchestra album, Playland at the Beach. This was as fun as it sounds!

Wildly creative cartoon soundtracks, heard on anything from the classic cartoons of the '40s and '50s with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to today's Anime, deliver an adventurous mash-up of classical, jazz, pop, folk, and everything in between. This music has a new home with Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, a group of gifted, serious musicians who enjoy playing this zany, challenging music that swings like crazy.

Playland at the Beach was released by the Little Village Foundation, a California arts nonprofit that seeks to increase cross-cultural understanding by recording and producing underground artists whose music has not yet been discovered outside their community.

Grassroots gratitude from KDRT: Thank you all!

updated Dec. 10

THANK YOU for supporting your local grassroots radio by donating to KDRT! Our DJs enjoyed visiting their colleagues' shows during on-air fundraising, and seeing many of you at the variety of live music events during the past two weeks.  We're thrilled that your generosity so far has brought us to within 85 percent of our $7,000 goal. If it's slipped your mind, no worries, there's still time to donate.

Bay Area singer songwriter Maurice Tani interviewed on Silver Nine Volt Heart, Jan. 26, 2023

DJ Rodriquez invites you to tune in to Silver Nine Volt Heart from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 for a live interview with Bay Area musician Maurice Tani. This special broadcast will highlight the sounds from Maurice's new album, All In, on the Little Village Foundation record label.

After a long career playing with legendary Bay Area bands such as The Flamin' Groovies, Big Bang Beat and the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Maurice has embarked upon a new trail of solo creativity he calls "Americana, without limits." We will speak to him about his new adventures and his plans for the upcoming live performance at the Thursday Live! concert at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis on Feb. 2.