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KDRT Broadcasts Live from Davis Music Fest #8 Kickoff, Friday June 15th

Join the KDRT Live DiRT crew for a live broadcast of the Davis Music Festival kickoff featuring performances by Hannah Jane Kile, The Philharmonik, The Midnight Dip, and The Sam Chase and the Untraditional. It’s all happening at the Sudwerk Dock at 2001 Second St., east of L Street, on Friday, June 15 beginning at 5 p.m. If you can’t make the kickoff, listen live on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or KDRT.org. The festival runs June 15 through June 17, presents performances by 40 bands across several Davis venues, and benefits the Davis School Arts Foundation. Learn more at DavisMusicFest.com

You're Invited -- DMA/KDRT Fundraiser at Woodstock's Pizza 05/18/18!

On Friday, May 18th, KDRT and Davis Media Access are celebrating our Spring Fundraiser with a special event at Woodstock’s with LIVE MUSIC from Midnight Dip and The David Jacobin Band PLUS Woodstock’s traditional Friday Night Alive jam.  Beginning at 6 pm, KDRT receives a slice of all purchases made at Woodstock's (even takeout orders if you can't be there) -- all you have to do is mention the KDRT Fundraiser when you order.   It’s all happening at Woodstock’s Pizza in downtown Davis. Thanks for your support!

Al Scorch drops by KDRT for some Live DiRT, May 10

Chicago-based alt-country artist Al Scorch joins Dug Deep for another edition of Live DiRT in the KDRT studio, Thursday, May 10th, at 4:00 p.m.  Al’s songs are about standing up to the powers that be in our society, and they come across in a unique blend of punk, old-time string-band music, and American and European folk.  His latest album is Circle Round the Signs on Bloodshot Records.  Al Scorch and his band play live at the Odd Fellow’s Hall in downtown Davis that same evening.

Live DiRT with Austin Singer-Songwriter Patterson Barrett, Thursday, March 29th

Austin singer-songwriter Patterson Barrett joins host Bill Wagman for another edition of Live DiRT in the KDRT studio, Thursday, March 29th, at 2:00 p.m.  Patterson Barrett has played with Jerry Jeff Walker, Lou Ann Barton, Nanci Griffith, Chuck Berry, and many more.  His latest album is Give ‘Em What They Want.  He will be playing live at the Acoustic Den Café in Roseville that same evening.

Willie Watson on Live DiRT Thursday 092117

KDRT broadcaster Bill Wagman hosts Americana artist Willie Watson live in the KDRT studio on Thursday, September 21st, at 2 p.m.  Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, makes modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On his new Acony Records release,  Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.  Willie appears at Harlow's in Sacramento the same evening.  

Album of the Week - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Eno - Apr 27

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is Eno's second solo album, inspired by a series of postcards regarding a Chinese revolutionary opera of the same name.  Eno described his understanding of the title as referring to "the dichotomy between the archaic and the progressive...Half  Taking Tiger Mountain – that Middle Ages physical feel of storming a military position – and half (By Strategy) – that very, very 20th-century mental concept of a tactical interaction of systems."  Eno and artist Peter Schmidt developed instruction cards called Oblique Strategies to use throughout the creative process of the album.  The content of the lyrics seems to range from espionage to the Chinese Communist Revolution.  Forty plus years later, this album is still mindblowing. Listen in for yourself starting at 5p PT on KDRT.

Album of the Week -- Rush Hour by Joe Lovano

Rush Hour, released in 1995, was a collaboration between the American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano and longtime composer/arranger Gunther Schuller, featuring compositions by Ellington, Mingus, Monk, and Schuller.  Schuller coined the term "Third Stream", referring to a music composed and performed using jazz and classical music techniques.  

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Skeleton" Tree on Album of the Week - Jan 19

Skeleton Tree is a somber LP, even for Nick Cave.  Its's very atmospheric, with songs that defy the usual verse-chorus-verse of most pop tunes in much the same way as his last release, Push Away the Sky. The lyrics were written by Cave and the music by Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis, his chief collaborator since the mid 1990s. While the songs are dark and often sad, reportedly they were written before Cave’s son Arthur passed away unexpectedly in July 2015. The album was released in September 2016 in conjunction with the film One More Time with Feeling, which Cave used as a promotional vehicle rather than doing interviews. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds just stepped off on a world tour last week and will be appearing in Nor Cal on June 24.