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Sounds So Sweet: Summer and Victoria Spivey, the 'belle of the blues'

Summer doesn't officially start for another couple of weeks, but we live in Davis. We've always started our warm season early, so this week Sounds So Sweet celebrates summer. Join host Wayne Hagan for a show featuring summertime and Victoria Spivey, whom the Blues Foundation describes as "a belle of the blues with a head for business and a visceral gift as a songwriter."

This week on Celtic Songlines: Golden Bough and more

This week on Celtic Songlines we find NorCal's Golden Bough (pictured -- remember them from all their shows at the Palms?), Alasdair Fraser with Tony McManus and Natalie Haas, Capercaillie, Denmark's Myrkur, Lorkin O'Reilly, Kevin Crawford, from Northern Ireland the band Connla, the extraordinary fingerstyle guitar of Duck Baker, Paddy Tutty, trad band Open the Door for Three, Paddy Reynolds and friends, and Planxty.

You have lots of ways to listen to this great set of music, hosted by Dave Reynolds:

  • If you live in Davis within reach of our signal, tune in live on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon at KDRT 95.7FM, with replays Monday 8-9 p.m. and Saturday 6-7 p.m.
  • Or stream at kdrt.org
  • Or subscribe to the Celtic Songlines podcast on Apple podcasts!

Eye on Sports returns this afternoon after 3 years away

Eye on Sports returns today!

Cody Westergaard and Chuck Garcia resume their sports program today, June 2, after 3 years away. They began Eye on Sports in 2019, then put it on hiatus in March 2020. On Fridays at 4, they'll cover local sports in the first part of each show, and national sports in the second.

We're really glad they're back in the lineup. Tune in for some great discussion and information about sports, in Davis and beyond.

Peter Schiffman, rest in peace

Updated May 31

This hurts.

Peter Schiffman, one-half of KDRT's The Folk Brothers, a man loved and respected in countless hearts, homes, communities and towns, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 26.

We send our love and condolences to his family and friends, and to all the dogs he loved so very much.

While Folk Brother Bill is away traveling, KDRT DJ Rodriguez honored Peter's love for music and KDRT during this week's Folk Brothers broadcast.

Peter's daughter posted this announcement to his Facebook page:

This week Technocult Radio goes dramatic, starting with the 'Kardashian Dinner Party'

Today we have radio plays performed live from Technocult Radio Theater, produced by the students of TCS 112, a radio production class at UC Davis.

First up, about 8 minutes in: "Kardashian Dinner Party," followed by "Insert Group Name Here."

Stick around for the conversations about how the students made their plays, and about the Film Fest @ UC Davis 2023.

Live this Friday! The Frank Fox Doo Wop Party, benefiting Watermelon Music

Our very own Frank Fox, host of The Wild Fox Party at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, was in the middle of the doo-wop sound in New York. Now he has single-handedly put together a doo-wop happening to benefit Davis store Watermelon Music, with performances by several groups, a sing-along, and more. The groups include Zest, Tune Up, The Davis Local Vocals, and Frankie & Friends.

It happens this Friday, May 26, 7:30-10 p.m. at Watermelon Music, 1970 Lake Blvd., Davis. There's no cover charge, but all donations will go to Watermelon!

Jess Goddèsse delivers rock, palpable grooviness, and more on Divine Intervention

Join disheveled heavenly host Jess Goddèsse this week on Divine Intervention for rock -- and other styles...

And for gorgeous weather -- which you can't feel through the radio, but was happening.

For general grooviness -- which you can hear and feel.

For Vinyl Vespers and a new Goddess of the Month -- because we said so.

This week on Na Mele O Hawai'i: Healing for Davis, and celebrating moms

This week's Na Mele o Hawai'i  opens with a tribute in memoriam and support to the victims of the recent attacks in Davis. Music has its legitimate place in the healing process, and we hope our offering of Hawaiian music, filled with aloha, can help in that process.

For the remainder of the show, we celebrate Mother's Day (May 14) with a shower of mele all about pua -- flowers. Enjoy!

David Breaux, RIP. He was known in Davis for his persistent, public focus on compassion

Update:  Link here to a Davis Enterprise article with photos documenting the vigil Sunday evening April 30, organized by the Davis Phoenix Coalition. 

We as a community continue to process the extremely sad news of David Breaux's death. His devotion to compassion inspired the creation of the Compassion Corner Earthbench at 3rd and C streets downtown, which is a local landmark to many. David was slain in Central Park on Thursday just a day before the 10th anniversary of the "community work party" that constructed the Earthbench. The Davis Enterprise is reporting the story, which it has already updated several times.

Thousands of people talked with David, mostly as he stood at 3rd and C for several years in all weather, but also for newspaper articles or broadcast programs. He appeared twice on Davisville, KDRT's longstanding public affairs program, in June 2010 and again for a follow-up discussion in December 2013, in which he explained what brought him to Davis, why he stood at 3rd and C, his deep commitment to compassion, and what he wanted to achieve. By 2013, his vigil had grown into a much larger effort.