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Kurt Kohnen

Recent Stories by Kurt Kohnen

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El Vez Brings Mr. Bob's "Unhappy Hour" To The Casbah Monday Night

May 14
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego’s own Robert Lopez has lived an exciting life performing around the world, but not really as himself. He's better known, either on national television shows or opening for rock stars in a gold lamé Mariachi suit, as the Mexican Elvis, El Vez.

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The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The American Songbook

Dec. 12, 2017
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.

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The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Album, ‘California Brown’

Aug. 25, 2017
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The B-Side Players are holding a record release party Saturday at the Music Box. The group joined Midday Edition to perform titles off their latest album.

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Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Performs In Escondido Tuesday

Feb. 2, 2016
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When you think about ukulele music what comes to mind? Gentle strumming on the beaches of Waikiki? Perhaps an old Elvis movie? Prepare to be re-introduced to this charming instrument, by the amazing repertoire of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

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Adams Avenue Street Fair Takes Over Normal Heights

Sept. 24, 2015
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ahead of the annual music festival in Normal Heights, San Diego country artist Sara Petite performs live in the KPBS studios.

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Tenor René Barbera Sings For San Diego

Sept. 17, 2015
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Opera brings back rising star Rene Barbera for a solo recital this Saturday at the Balboa Theater.

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Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Perform At San Diego's Casbah

June 16, 2015
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers performed at the Casbah on Kettner Boulevard in June.

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The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble Plays Sound Of San Diego

June 23, 2015
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble has a new self-titled debut album featuring laid back, soulful vibes with song titles like "Strolling Adams" and "City Heights."

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Balboa Park To Host First 'Make Music San Diego' Festival

June 18, 2015
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Before Balboa Park is filled with music Sunday for the first "Make Music San Diego" festival, Hot Pstormi previews the event with a live in-studio performance on Midday Edition.

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San Diego Blues Man Tomcat Courtney Opens Up About His Life And Career

Oct. 10, 2013
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Roland Lizarondo

San Diego music legend, Tomcat Courtney stops by KPBS to tell stories and sing some songs.

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