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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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Gator By The Bay Celebrates Zydeco, Blues And Bayou Music

May 9, 2013
By Kurt Kohnen, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Roland Lizarondo

A preview of San Diego's annual Cajun-fest, Gator by the Bay, with music from the band Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters.

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'Gem Of The Ocean'

Feb. 20, 2013
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

To celebrate Black History Month, Cygnet Theater brings in some of the cast from August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” to share a scene.

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Radio Play: 'Christmas, Inc.'

Dec. 24, 2012
By Alison St John, Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen

If you feel Christmas has become a crass commercial event, then here's the perfect thing for you: an original radio play called "Christmas, Inc." The play was created for KPBS by Columbia Street Films and it serves up a sly comic tale of a very corporate Christmas.

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'Mars Is Heaven!'

Oct. 30, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

Listen to "mars is Heaven!" the second radio play from Ray Bradbury and performed by Circle Circle dot dot.

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'Zero Hour'

Oct. 29, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In September, Circle Circle dot dot did a fundraiser called "Invasion" in which they performed five radio dramas. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando was so impressed she asked them to come in and record the two Ray Bradbury plays for air. Listen to the full play here and watch a behind the scenes video.

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Sing Along with Folk-Punk Frank Turner at the Casbah

Nov. 6, 2009
By Kurt Kohnen

UK musician Frank Turner exploits the commonalities of folk and punk rock and demands that you join in.

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Brother Ali, Champion Of Difference, Plays Canes in Mission Beach

Oct. 21, 2009
By Kurt Kohnen

Though Culture Lust contributor Kurt Kohnen has been listening to the music of hip-hop artist Brother Ali for years, the lyrics and music still resonate. Brother Ali has a new album called "Us" and he plays live at Canes in Mission Beach on Wednesday, October 21st.

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JJ Cale Has a Passion for Music, Not the Spotlight

June 2, 2009
By Hank Crook, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

You've heard his songs, but you may not have heard of him. JJ Cale is one of the most low-profile rock 'n' roll legends you will ever find. His songs "After Midnight", "Cocaine", and "Call Me the Breeze" have been made famous by artists like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. We speak to JJ Cale about his musical influences, his friendship with Clapton, and why he's opted to stay out of the spotlight over the years.

Inventor of Mobile Phone Talks Texting, Future of Communication

Aug. 18, 2009
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

How have cell phones changed our lives? Inventor of the mobile phone, and purveyor of portability, Marty Cooper is still at it. We'll find out what the "father of the mobile phone" thinks about texting, and how he thinks we can improve wireless communications.

Paying Tribute to Michael Jackson

July 7, 2009
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

These Days honors Michael Jackson with music from his "Off the Wall Special Edition" album featuring "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."