Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jason Isbell- Live at 6pm - 3/31

Tune in for an in-studio performance with Jason Isbell at 6pm this Tuesday. We are celebrating Cesar Chavez with special programming today so "Live@5" will take place at 6pm, opening Al Perry's Clambake.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are performing with Justin Townes Earle Tuesday night, March 31st 8pm, at Club Congress in a KXCI Presents show. Formerly in the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell is a literate songwriter who combines Southern soul and rock n' roll.

It's a busy week ahead for music fans with KXCI Presents shows on Wednesday with Madeleine Peyroux, Thursday with Beausoleil and Friday with Bruce Cockburn, all at the Rialto Theatre.

Live@5's are scheduled with Eleni Mandell on Wednesday and Beausolelil Thursday as well.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

KXCI Presents - Hawaiian Guitar Masters in Tucson

KXCI is excited to present a rare opportunity to hear several of the best Hawaiian slack key guitarists in the world, right here in Tucson. The show is this Saturday, March 28th, 8pm, at the Rialto Theatre. This Masters of Slack Key Guitar concert features George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi and Richard Ho'opi'i.

George Kahumoku Jr. is bringing his Grammy Award winning show to Tucson on March 28th. There is plenty to celebrate after winning the Grammy three straight years for “Best Hawaiian Music Album.” Kahumoku, considered by many as the greatest solo sack key guitarist alive, was also one of the albums producers. These three CDs: Masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Legends of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, and last year’s release Treasures of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar were actually live shows that were recorded and hosted by Kahumoku in Maui. His reason for recording these CDs, is same for organizing this tour, and that is to present the greatest Hawaiian artists performing today. Also accompanying Kahumoku on this tour will be:

Dennis Kamakahi is one of Hawaii’s most prolific composers having written such famous Hawaiian standards such as Wahine Ilikea, Pua Hone and Koke’s among many others. At the early age of 19, his rich voice and superlative guitar skills led him to be honored to replace the preeminent Gabby Pahinui in the acclaimed band The Sons of Hawaii. Now after 40 years as a professional musician, he too can claim to be one of Hawaii’s most renowned artists.
Richard Ho`opi`i is a living legend of Hawaiian music and master of the traditional art form of Hawaiian falsetto. For many years he performed with his brother Sol as the Ho`opi`i Brothers. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship, America’s highest honor for traditional artists. Charismatic on stage, his lively music, thick white hair and infectious smile, make him one of the most recognizable Hawaiian musicians.

All three Grammy winners will be playing solo sets with some accompaniment and hula. Then all three musicians will perform together in a big finale to end the show. Including intermission this will be a two and a half hour program. Reserved seats are available at he Rialto Theatre box office for $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are also available at Bookmans. Info: 740-1000.

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Cesar Chavez Day Programming, Tuesday March 31, 10am- 6pm.

KXCI, 91.3-FM, Tucson's community radio station, will devote seven
hours of its programming day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate
César E. Chávez Day, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. In addition the programming will
honor Chicana activist and student leader, the late Consuelo Aguilar.

Chicano Connection host Bobby Diaz will begin the day with a music
mix from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Democracy Now!

Justin Enriquez of La Serenata will continue the homage from 1 to 3 p.m.,
including a live musical performance.

Onda Suave's Neto Portillo Jr. will complete the special program
during the Home Stretch from 3 to 6 p.m. with music and live interviews.

Community voices will pay tribute to Chavez's leadership in the gains
made in labor and human rights, as well as focus attention on the
continuing struggle of workers, students and immigrants.

Chavez was born in Arizona on March 31, 1927 in Arizona near Yuma and
died on April 23, 1993, not far from where he was born.

Consuelo Aguilar was a young Chicana warrior who died Feb. 17. She
would have been 27 on April 5.

Please tune in March 31 for César E. Chávez Day on KXCI, 91.3-FM,
Tucson's community radio. Or listen live at www.kxci.org

More information about local efforts is available at http://www.azcesarchavezcoalition.com


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Membership Drive Ends Saturday Night

Thank you to the more than 1,000 people (a new record!) who contributed to our spring membership drive, which wrapped up on Saturday night during The Blues Review with Marty Kool. We reached our goal of $100,000 - also a new record for listener support!

If you were one of our supporters in this campaign, thank you!

If you weren't one of our supporters this time out, there's always an online opportunity to give. Just click the "Pledge Now" link at the top of any page at KXCI.org to support YOUR Community Radio!

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Featured Albums of the Week: Clem Snide, Chris Isaak

This week's featured albums on KXCI 91.3FM:

Clem Snide's Hungry Bird
"One of indie rock's great also-rans, Clem Snide, have been an on-again, off-again vehicle for Eef Barzelay's wry, country-inflected songcraft since the Nineties. Their latest album, Hungry Bird, begins with an abstract ditty that sounds like Michael Stipe fronting Pavement, and evolves into a meditation on maleness and mortality. The melodies and arrangements, spiked with trombone and banjo, are simultaneously edgy and refined." - Rolling Stone review

Chris Isaak's Mr Lucky
"Rather than focusing on one sound, (Isaak) brings all his musical personas together under one roof. Mr. Lucky shows that the talented Isaak doesn't have to pick a passion. He can pursue them all with great results." - Newsday review

Purchase Hungry Bird and Mr Lucky through one of Tucson's great local music stores, or order through the links below from Amazon.com. By purchasing through these links, part of your purchase comes back to support your Community Radio!

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

KXCI Twitter Name: GreatMusic

Twitter is one of the fastest growing ways to stay in touch via the internet, and KXCI recently created a station Twitter account that has already attracted more than 100 followers around the country.

To learn more or to create your own Twitter account, visit http://twitter.com/home.

KXCI's name is GreatMusic, be sure to sign up to follow us. We post >almost< daily with updates on special programs, contests, Live at 5 information, and more!

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Laura Gibson - Live@5 - Friday 3/6

Tune in to The Homestretch for a Live@5 performance with Laura Gibson.

Laura is a rising new voice from Portland, OR. She Has a gorgeous new album, Beast of Seasons, and will be performing Friday March, 6th at Solar Culture with Musee Mecanique and Niam Amour. Below is press description of the new album.

Beast of Seasons opens with a hum and drone, a veil of fog conjuring a sense of atmosphere not unlike the Pacific Northwest coastal timber town where Laura Gibson was raised. A plaintive strum emerges with a voice in tow; a candle, a tender and flickering wisp of a voice suffusing the space with a warm glow. Coos and cracks, chirps and slurs, clucks and purrs all come into focus with perceptive musicality. Laura Gibson alights on a branch of the music tree that no one else has found. Written from a room in a house overlooking the mossy gravestones and mature maples of one of Portland's oldest cemeteries, Gibson draws on anatomical imagery (words like bones, skin, tongue, and spine appear multiple times), and updates the pastoral imagery of Appalachian folk and country blues idioms with the landscape of the body. Perhaps, more than anything, Gibson's songs might be quiet reflections of the human body, reflections both of strength, and of frailty. With Beasts of Seasons, Gibson offers up an intimate affirmation of mortality, both vulnerable and courageous, dark and illuminating, ordinary and extraordinary.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

KXCI Commemorates International Women's Day With Special Programming

KXCI Commemorates International Women's Day With Special Programming
Listen Live 91.3 KXCI Tucson or on line at www.kxci.org

Saturday March 7 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; noon-2:00 p.m.
Sunday March 8 6:00am-6:00pm

Special Programming Producer
Amanda Shauger
Broad Perspectives Radio Producer
Susie B.

Every year since 1909, many nations celebrate the achievements of women as well as the struggles for social and economic justice they face. Here in the Old Pueblo there is really only one way to properly do it: tune into KXCI at 91.3 FM, from 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; noon-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and again on Sunday March 8 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.

International Women's Day Programming on KXCI features predominantly women programmers and some of our favorite brothers weaving and blending women musical artists along with herstories and interviews with women from the Tucson community and the national stage to create a rich tapestry of voices unsurpassed by any broadcast anywhere.

Celebrate the achievements and share concerns of women worldwide by tuning into 91.3FM KXCI Tucson:

Saturday March 7 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; noon-2:00 p.m.
Sunday March 8 6:00am-6:00pm

International Women's Day Special Lineup

Saturday March 7

5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. Mele O Hawaii features women artists from the islands.

8:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. Acoustic Alternatives features women Celtic and folk artists.

Noon- 2:00 p.m. Ruby of Ruby's Roadhouse declared, “OF COURSE I want to feature women artists for IWD; it's during the fundraiser and Susie B. is pitching with me as well. Trust me -- it will be a "bon temps roulez" because I will bring back some extra funky music from New Orleans.”

Sunday March 8

6:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. The Gospel Truth features the great women Gospel Singers.

10:00 a.m.-noon The Roze Lady exclaimed, “I will be honored to host the American Traditions show. I'll be excited to play ladies singing gospel to soul and torch to swing and everything in between!”

noon-2:00 p.m. Jazz Sundae host Mark Rosenbaum invites Desert Diva Diane Van Deurzen to co host and share some of their favorite female jazz artists.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Simple Folk will be replete with female folks singers.

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 30 Minutes features women news makers and emerging youth voices.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. A View From Slightly Off Center features live interviews with women news makers.

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Broad Perspectives Radio does what it does best in a special extended version. Producer Susie B. hosts a provocative show with live women guests and great music.

More information is available from Special Programming Producer Amanda Shauger at amanda@kxci.org or by phone at 520-990-3623 or producer Susie B. at sbaines@cfraz.org or by phone at 795-4135.

Additional Background Information:

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.

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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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Your Morning Brew Featured Album of the Week

Featured Album of the Week, Your Morning Brew, 8:20am
(Week of March 2nd)

U2, No Line On The Horizon
"No Line on the Horizon (is) U2's first album in nearly five years and their best, in its textural exploration and tenacious melodic grip, since 1991's Achtung Baby." - Rolling Stone review

Find U2's new album in your favorite local record store, or click the link below to purchase through Amazon.com, where part of your purchase comes back to support your Community Radio.

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