Wednesday, February 28, 2007

International Women's Day - Thursday, March 8

Thursday, March 8 ain't yer momma's normal Hallmark Holiday, but every year since 1909, many nations celebrate International Women's Day. Here in the Old Pueblo there is really only one way to properly do it: tune into KXCI at 91.3 FM, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for special programming to honor local, national and internationally prominent women.You can listen wherever you are in the world at www.kxci.org.

Women programmers will weave and blend women musical artists along with herstories and interviews with women from the Tucson community to create a rich tapestry of voices unsurpassed by any broadcast anywhere.

Ginger Doran will show you how women can rock from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. Music mixer extraordinaire Amber Askey will carry the torch from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.. Suzuki Bean, who began spinning discs as a teen 8 years ago and is now the host of "Go, Suzuki, Go" will jump into the mix from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 -p.m.

Susie B and Quynn Elizabeth, producers of "Broad Perspectives Radio" program (by, for and about women) will host from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! team will be sure to give you an angle of International Women’s Day that you won’t find anywhere else. Kristi Lloyd caps off the day with a joyful celebration of women on the "Home Stretch" from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the achievements and share concerns of women worldwide by tuning into 91.3FM KXCI Tucson on Thursday March 8, from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

"The women of KXCI will once again take to the airwaves to celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th. Check here for updates about a day of programming which seeks to highlight the achievements and the concerns of women. Music by women will abound and we'll be sure to feature lots of interviews with women from Tucson. There may be a few national and international surprises".

International Women's Day (March 8) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage.
The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies.


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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Matt Moon's Global Guests

Join Matt Moon on Global Rhythm Radio from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 as he talks with Tina Raimerez, founder and artistic director of Ballet Hispanico. Born in Venezuela, the daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and a Puerto Rican educator, Ms. Ramirez is the leader of the most respected Latin dance troupe in the world. Ballet Hispanico will perform on Saturday, March 3 at UA Centennial Hall.

Later in the program, Matt will talk with Will Clipman, Grammy-Award winning percussionist and composer who has recently returned from the Grammy Awards. Clipman was nominated for two Grammys for his recent rhythmic contributions to Native American recordings. Matt will talk with Will about musical projects, past, present and future, and how rhythm is the uniting force among people from different countries and cultures.


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Kevin Pakulis - Live@5 - Tues Feb 27th!


Kevin Pakulis and band are in for Live@5 on The Homestretch, this Tuesday Feb 27th.

Considered one of Southern Arizona's top songwriters and musicians, Kevin has a brand new CD, Mockingbird Radio, just out on San Jacinto Records. It's a great slab of rockin' americana featuring Pakulis's songs, guitar playing and top notch backing band.
There will be a CD release party at the Boondocks on Saturday, March 10th, with Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios opening.


One of Kevin's songs is also featured on the compilation CD, Mercy On The Arizona Migrant Trail, and he will be performing this Wednesday night for it's release party.
February, 28 2007 at Salpoint Catholic High School
1545 E. Copper, Tucson, Arizona - 5-9pm

Mercy On The Arizona Migrant Trail CD Release Concert... Tucson songwriters donate their original compositions and recorded efforts to a new compilation benefiting humanitarian groups working to change U.S. border policies and to help remove death from the migrant equation.


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Monday, February 26, 2007

Tucson Music Melee Deadline Approaching



KXCI is teaming up with Fox 11 for this year’s Tucson Music Melee, a contest and concert to find Tucson’s best musician or band.


If you think you're one of the best, keep reading!


The entry deadline for this year's contest is fast approaching - you can find all the information you need to apply at http://www.fox11az.com/musicmelee/details.html.


The top five finishers perform at a concert event in May (to be broadcast on Fox 11!) and the winners receive a musical prize package. And all entries are posted online, giving your band added exposure.


Don't miss this great opportunity to share your music with even more Tucson listeners and viewers!


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Chuck Berry Wraps Up African-American Music Showcase


This Wednesday, we'll wrap up our look at Black History Month with our final African-American Music Showcase, featuring Chuck Berry.


"Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! The King Of Rock n' Roll" will air this Wednesday (February 28th) from 5 to 6pm. The hour-long program features Berry on all his best tunes, like Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, and Johnny B. Goode.



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Friday, February 23, 2007

Kristy Kruger Returns To Tucson


Long-time KXCI favorite Kristy Kruger (found on our first Live From Studio 2A CD) returns to Tucson for a concert on Monday, March 5th at The Hut. She'll also be performing that day "Live at 5" on The Home Stretch.


Kristy is touring in support of her new CD, "Songs From A Dead Man's Couch," but more importantly, in honor and rememberance of her brother, Lt. Col. Eric Kruger, who was killed in Iraq on November 2, 2006, during his third tour of duty in the Middle East.


Kristy is honoring her brother's memory by performing in all 50 states. Her Tucson appearance takes place Monday, March 5th at the Hut, 305 North 4th Avenue. Doors open at 7pm, with the show from 8 to 10pm. L.A. singer-songwriter Leslie Stevens opens the show.


In lieu of a cover charge, donations to a memorial fund for Lt. Col. Kruger's four children will be accepted.


"He died in the name of this country, so I'd like him to be remembered in every state in this country," Ms. Kruger said.


A staple in the Dallas acoustic scene, Kristy Kruger has released four albums independently and was awarded the 2006 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Female Vocalist . Her latest release won the Independent Music Award for Americana Album of the Year and the Dallas Morning News named it one of the top 10 local releases of 2006.
Learn more at kristykruger.com.



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Ryan Bruce Hired As KXCI GM

We are extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Bruce as KXCI's new General Manager. He will be joining our team April 16th.

For the last 5+ years Ryan has been the general manager at WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington, Indiana. He has also worked for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, giving him a wealth of experience that he can bring to Tucson and Southern Arizona to further improve our already great station.

Please watch this blog for information about official welcoming events for Ryan in April.


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tucson Scene SXSW Showcase Benefit - Friday


TucsonScene Brings the Old Pueblo to Austin: TucsonScene.com is a non-profit, ad-free local music website and they’re taking six KXCI-featured local acts to Austin, TX, next month for the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). This Friday, February 23, Club Congress hosts a benefit show for the TucsonScene SXSW Showcase to help the artists raise money for gas, food, lodging and transportation. The musicians featured are an eclectic collection of Calexico protégés as well as Tucson’s finest quasi-folk prodigies, including Salvador Duran, Andrew Collberg, Marianne Dissard, Naim Amor, Will Elliott and Vicki Brown. Expect special guests, rare cover songs and a few surprises. The cover is only $4 and limited-edition T-Shirts and CDs with exclusive tracks will be available at the door.

SHOWCASE ARTISTS: French-born NAIM AMOR plays avant-pop songs in the vein of Serge Gainsbourg. His latest album, "Sanguine" (due out this spring in Europe on Universal/Atmosphérique) was produced by Joey Burns of Calexico, for which he played guitar on "Garden Ruin" among other collaborations (album "ABBC" Amor Belhom Duo/Calexico). His previous, "Mistake Love", was produced by John Parish http://www.myspace.com/naimamor MARIANNE DISSARD performs similar songs, though one would more imagine a sultry Nico singing in a French cafe. She has also worked with Calexico, dueting on the single "Ballad of Cable Hogue" , and her upcoming album is co-written and produced by Calexico's Joey Burns. She has written lyrics for Naïm Amor, Howe Gelb, Françoiz Breut and Amor Belhom Duo. http://www.myspace.com/mariannedissard

SALVADOR DURAN is a Mexican-born flamenco guitarist. He can be heard on the title track to the new Iron and Wine/Calexico CD "In the Reins" and has toured with both bands worldwide. A mesmerizing live performer, he comes equipped with his acoustic guitar, wooden stomping box, harmonica and gorgeously resonant voice. The sleeper hit of this past Lollapalooza fest with Calexico!
http://www.myspace.com/salvadorduran2007
VICKI BROWN , an NPR Featured New Artist, plays the violin and uses loops to create beautiful sonic landscapes, not unlike Andrew Bird or Final Fantasy. She's performed with DeVotchKa and countless local bands and will already be playing at SXSW with Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter in the No Depression tent .
http://www.myspace.com/vickibrown ANDREW COLLBERG was recently voted 'Best New Artist' by the Tucson Weekly. Described as a "pop-phenom" and "prodigy", his music appeals to a broad audience. His band recently opened for the Violent Femmes and got a huge response to their Beatlesque pop numbers. His debut release, despite being recorded in his living room, is probably the most major-label-potential CD Tucson has ever seen. http://www.myspace.com/andrewcollberg WILL ELLIOTT scored the Weekly's Best Singer-Songwriter award last year after only being on the scene for a few months. His wry lyrics and vocals have brought comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Harry Nillsen and is finishing up his second album, which is being produced by Collberg. http://www.myspace.com/willelliotttucson



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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Matt Moon's Global Guests


Hey y'all, I just got confirmation that Samir Chatterjee and Kinnar Seen (The MasterMusicians of India) will make a guest appearance on Global Rhythm Radio this Thursday at 6:45 pm.


These are two incredible musicians from India: Samir plays tabla and Kinnar plays sitar. They will be performing with the Ethos Percussion Ensemble at Centennial Hall on Friday.


Can you help spread the word to listeners about this?


Gracias, or as they say in Hindi, Dhanyavad!


-Matt Moon


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Monday, February 19, 2007

Tucson Music Melee


KXCI is teaming up with Fox 11 for this year’s Tucson Music Melee, a contest and concert to find Tucson’s best musician or band.


If you think you're one of the best, keep reading!


The entry deadline for this year's contest is fast approaching - you can find all the information you need to apply at http://www.fox11az.com/musicmelee/details.html.


The top five finishers perform at a concert event in May (to be broadcast on Fox 11!) and the winners receive a musical prize package. And all entries are posted online, giving your band added exposure.
Don't miss this great opportunity to share your music with even more Tucson listeners and viewers!



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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Aaron Neville: African-American Music Showcase


Throughout the month of February, KXCI will offer an African-American Music Showcase each Wednesday afternoon from 5 to 6pm, each week spotlighting the contributions of an amazing black musician.


We've already shared Fats Waller and Buddy Guy with you. Tune in this coming week (February 21st) for a very different special, featuring the incredible Aaron Neville.


Rather than focus on Aaron's music, this special, called "Aaron Neville: Bring On The Soul," will feature Aaron performing classic songs by the all-time great R&B artists - Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Al Green and more - who have inspired Aaron throughout his own legendary career.


"Singing them," Aaron says, "especially in the aftermath of Katrina, was a deeply spiritual experience. They helped me get through. They gave me hope. And for me, music has always been about hope."


Catch this latest installment in KXCI's African-American Music Showcase this Wednesday, February 21st, from 5 to 6pm, only on YOUR Community Radio 91.3FM. And be sure to tune in on February 28th as we wrap up our celebration of Black History Month with "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! The King of Rock & Roll."


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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

KXCI's Mardi Gras Radio Special

On Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras - February 20, from 6pm to midnight there's gonna be a "Fais-do-do Mardi Gras Party!" on KXCI, featuring all KXCI DJs and friends.

From 6-8pm, Ruby and the Reverend J.P will co-host;
From 8-10pm Ruby and Mary D. Buckley are the hosts,
and then from 10-12midnight, Rose Lady and Dr. Mambo take you up to the end of Mardi Gras.

We will feature cajun, dixieland, zydeco and swamp pop music at our on-air party, so "Laissez les bons temps roulez!"


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

International Women's Day, Thursday March 8

The women of KXCI will once again take to the airwaves to celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th. Check here for updates about a day of programming which seeks to highlight the achievements and the concerns of women.

Music by women will abound and we'll be sure to feature lots of interviews with women from Tucson. There may be a few national and international surprises.

Find out more about the history of International Women's Day here.

You can contact a producer here.


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Black History Month Continues on KXCI


KXCI celebrates Black History Month with locally produced segments featuring students and staff from TUSD and the U of A, members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and other people from the community. Segments include brief biographies of influential African Americans, historical events, poetry and book excerpts.

The segments are scheduled to air:

Monday- Friday 10:30 am, 1:30pm and 5:15 pm
Saturdays 7:30 am, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
Sundays 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 7:30 am,8:30 am,9:30 am and 1:30 pm

I have been deeply humbled and honored to have such tremendous community support. Many of the people who participated last year reached out to include more people for this year. I have really gotten a chance to learn from each person who comes in to share.

The following segments have been produced thus far:

Greensboro Four-Clara Rogers
George Washington Carver-Chris Golston
Florence Price-Elaine House
Janet Bragg Tuskeegee Airmen-Gloria Smith
The Song of Solomon-Leslie Campbell Grant
Barbara Jordan-Clara Rogers
Margaret Campbell-Gloria Smith
Jim Crow-Kim Kunnie
Clayton Bates Peg Leg-Erik Emerson
Buffalo Soldiers-Gloria Smith
Religion-Gloria Smith
Thomas Dorsey-Doris Williams
Langston Hughes-Kim Kunnie
Nappy Hair-Theda K Rogers
Ann Plato-Doris Williams
Comedy American Style-Leslie Campbell Grant
Frances Harper-Theda K Rogers
Pittsburgh Courier-Elaine House
Amiri Baraka-Kim Kunnie
Martin Family-Gloria Smith Delta Sigma Theta-Dr. Yvette Miller
Absalom Jones- Tina Wade
Quotes-Albert Emerson
Benjamin Banneker-Constance Richardson
Booker T. Washington Quote- Constance Richardson
Buffalo Soldier Mounts- Dr. Michael Engs
CJ Walker-Travis Howell
Elijah McCoy- Tina Wade
Elizabeth Keckley- Doris Williams
Betsy Coleman-Wanda F. Moore
First Sergeant Moses Williams- Dr. Michael Engs
Hortense Johnson- Doris Williams
Ida B. Wells Barnett Brianna Buckner
James Brown- Erik Emerson, Sr.
Dorothy Height- Wanda F. Moore
Literacy Efforts-Doris Williams
Curtis Martin Quote- Erik Emerson, Jr.
Lorraine Hansberry-Levette McEady
Mary McLeod Bethune- Constance Richardson
Maya Angelou-Aminah Jackson
Maya Angelou Quote-Constance Richardson
Nikki Giovanni-Sandy Acevedo
Prince Hall- Tina Wade
Sojourner Truth- Constance Richardson
Buffalo Soldiers- Dr. Michael Engs
WEB DuBois-Levette McEady
William H. Carney-Tina Wade
Phenomenal Woman-Aminah Jackson
Phenomenal Woman-Wanda F. Moore
Shirley Chisolm-Wanda F. Moore
MLK Nobel Prize-Alva Smith White

Check here for further updates.


Appreciation for the African American cultural
heritage is celebrated throughout the entire
year and highlighted during the annual MLK
Celebration through the months of January through
May at African American Student Affairs at the
University of Arizona.

Many members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Tucson
generously gave of their time to help create these
segments.


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Monday, February 12, 2007

See You At The Peace Fair: February 24th


Join KXCI Community Radio at the Tucson Peace Center's 25th Anniversary Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival, continuing a quarter century tradition as Arizona's largest gathering of peace, social justice and environmental groups.



The Tucson Peace Fair is Saturday, February 24th from 11am to 5pm at Reid Park Bandshell in Tucson. This free, family friendly event includes live music, food, children's activities and much more, including booths from more than 75 community organizations.



Children 12 and under are encouraged to stop by the KXCI booth to pick up a free peace foam finger, while supplies last.



To learn more about the Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival, visit peacecalendar.org.


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Buddy Guy: African-American Music Showcase


As part of KXCI Community Radio's celebration of Black History Month, we are proud to announce the return of the African-American Music Showcase, each Wednesday in February from 5 to 6pm.


Our first showcase on February 7th featured a one-hour special on the legendary Fats Waller.


This week's showcase on February 14th features legendary bluesman and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy. Guys tells his own story, looking back on his life and career as only he can. The one hour program features 15 classic tracks from throughout Buddy's career.


Buddy Guy was an influence on Clapton, Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and many more - now he can be an influence on you! Tune in February 14th from 5 to 6pm for "Buddy Guy: Can't Quit The Blues," only on your Community Radio 91.3FM KXCI.


Future Wednesday profiles in February include Chuck Berry and Aaron Neville's tribute to soul music.


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Friday, February 09, 2007

Randy's Grammy Special

Tune in to The Home Stretch Friday from 4 to 6pm for Randy's annual pre-Grammy Awards special, featuring artist's up for music's top award this weekend.

Because it's KXCI, because it's great music, and most of all, because we're the ONLY station that plays this variety, we'll be featuring artists from a wide range of categories and genres, including Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Imogen Heap, KT Tunstall, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Bela Fleck, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Beck, Neil Young, Green Day, Sergio Mendes, Los Amigos Invisibles, Keb' Mo, U2 and as many others as we can fit into two hours!

That's this Friday from 4 to 6pm, ONLY on your Community Radio 91.3FM.


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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Free Download of Ghost Rider Available

Local Tucson author and KXCI fan Jonathan Lowe has a new work, Ghost Rider, available now as a free download at fictionwise.com.

The book, not to be confused with the new Nicolas Cage movie "Ghost Rider," is available at http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook43447.htm

From fictionwise.com:
"In one story, a man rides an offroad motorcycle among the ghost towns of Southern Arizona, searching for clues to his grandfather's legacy. In another, a wimp buys a Harley to spite his mother-in-law, then rides to meet his destiny at an abandoned Titan missile base in the desert. Next, a former playboy faces a woman's revenge at his class reunion, and a bachelor living near the Mexican border acquires a family he never expected, thanks to a portal that opens--not to Mexico--but to another world! These previously published mystery & science fiction stories, plus novel excerpts from Fame Island, Awakening Storm, and Postmarked for Death are here offered as a FREE download, so hop on for a free ride as a passenger of the "Ghost Rider" today!"


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Fishtank Ensemble - Feb 8th @ Solar Culture

Fishtank Ensemble is group of talented musicians who are masters in violin, saw, accordion, shamisen, flamenco guitar, contrabass, percussion and voice. They play an eclectic mix of flamenco, Swedish folk music, klezmer, Gypsy jazz, other folk sources as well as original songs.

The group formed in the spring of 2005 around gifted fiddler Fabrice Martinez, originally from France. He spent seven years traveling around Europe in a mule-drawn caravan learning and playing folk music with "Croque Mule." Much of that time was spent living in Romania, often in Gypsy villages. The members of the Fishtank Ensemble met at a workshop in Oakland, California and 3 weeks later recorded their debut album Super Raoul. “Raoul” is a gypsy slang term for “cool.” You can check out their music on their myspace page at: www.myspace.com/fishtankensemble

The Fishtank Ensemble will play an all-ages show at Solar Culture on Thursday, February 8th at 9PM. For more information you can visit the Solar Culture website at: www.solarculture.org If you enjoy the local band Molehill Orchestra (playing at Plush this Friday, by the way), you will love the Fishtank Ensemble.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

Wednesdays: African-American Music Showcase


As part of KXCI Community Radio's celebration of Black History Month, we are proud to announce the return of the African-American Music Showcase, each Wednesday in February from 5 to 6pm.


The first showcase on Wednesday, February 7th features a one-hour special on the legendary Fats Waller. His songs, piano style and on-stage antics helped make him one of the first African-American superstars. He was a clear influence on better remembered stars like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.


Meet Fats Waller for the first time when KXCI airs "Fats Waller: If You Got To Ask" Wednesday, February 7th from 5 to 6pm.


Future Wednesday profiles in February include Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, and Aaron Neville's tribute to soul music.


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Thursday, February 01, 2007

KXCI celebrates Black History Month

KXCI celebrates Black History Month with locally produced segments featuring students and staff from TUSD and the U of A, members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and other people from the community. Segments include brief biographies of influential African Americans, historical events, poetry and book excerpts.

The segments are scheduled to air:

Monday- Friday 10:30 am, 1:30pm and 5:15 pm
Saturdays 7:30 am, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
Sundays 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 7:30 am,8:30 am,9:30 am and 1:30 pm

Check here for additional updates.


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