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The KPBS Midday Edition Summer Music Series features in-studio performances and interviews with San Diego musicians representing a cross-section of the region's diverse music scene.

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Summer Music: Indian K Explores His Identity In 'Duality 2'

Sept. 17, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

The hip-hop artist Indian K is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. He spent the early part of his childhood living on his tribe’s reservation. His life has taken him on a long and winding road through foster care and prison and back into the community as a respected musician.

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Summer Music: Voices Of Our City Choir

Sept. 10, 2020
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

This summer, the entire nation had the chance to meet the group of homeless musicians and singers who first assembled in a small metal church in 2016. As contestants on "America’s Got Talent," the group has wowed the judges and moved into the contest's semi-finals.

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Summer Music: San Diego Songwriter Alfred Howard Teams Up With His Mom For New Project

Sept. 3, 2020
By Alison St John, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

As part of a new multimedia project, Alfred Howard is writing 100 songs — each one accompanied by an original watercolor painting by his mother.

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Summer Music: Thee Sacred Souls Bring 'Souldies' To San Diego

Aug. 27, 2020
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego-based trio only started playing a year ago. But by their second show, they were signed to the same label that backed Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.

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Summer Music: How Nature Inspires Musician Jesus Gonzalez

Aug. 20, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

Gonzalez, who is known for his experimental style and looping techniques, joined Midday Edition on Thursday as part of our annual summer music series.

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Summer Music: Greyboy Allstars Release New Album

Aug. 13, 2020
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

"Como De Allstars" is the bands first album in seven years.

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Summer Music: Tijuana-Born Guitarist Israel Maldonado On His Musical Roots

Aug. 6, 2020
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

From his upbringing in Tijuana to life in Carlsbad, Maldonado opens up about his musical influences.

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Summer Music: Blues Artist Whitney Shay Hopes New Album Will Inspire Fans To 'Stand Up'

July 30, 2020
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

Shay is a four-time San Diego Music Award winner. Her new album debuted number one on the Billboard Blues Chart.

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San Diego Musicians: NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Seeking Entries

March 9, 2020
By Jade Hindmon

NPR Music's Tiny Desk contest is looking for the next great undiscovered musician. The contest submission period ends March 30.

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San Diego Bluegrass Band Prairie Sky Performs In The KPBS Studio

Sept. 5, 2019
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the final installment of Midday Edition's first summer music series we hear from one of San Diego's finest bluegrass bands. Prairie Sky stopped by the KPBS studio to perform and talk about Appalachian music.

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Bi-National Band La Diabla Combines Traditional Cumbia Music With Spirit Of Tijuana

Aug. 29, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Kurt Kohnen

The band La Diabla brings its bi-national dance party wherever it goes. As part of the Midday Edition Summer Music Series, musicians Ivan Rodriguez, Adrian Rodriguez and Jose Bolanos stopped by the KPBS studio to share their influences and some history about cumbia music.

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Euphoria Brass Band Brings West Coast Second Line Jazz To KPBS

Aug. 22, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Kurt Kohnen

As part of the Midday Edition Summer music series San Diego's Euphoria Brass Band stopped by KPBS to share their special brand of funky west coast “second line” jazz and talk about how they started.

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Family Rockabilly Band The Sea Monks Perform In The KPBS Studio

Aug. 15, 2019
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego family band The Sea Monks perform their coastal country tunes in the KPBS studio.

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Rebecca Jade And The Cold Fact Perform Songs From Their New Album 'Running Out Of Time'

Aug. 8, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Kurt Kohnen

The San Diego band Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact have a funk infused-soul sound that hearkens back to the 70s Motown and Stax-record era.

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The Parker Meridien Announces New Album And Performs In The KPBS Studio

Aug. 1, 2019
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego band, the Parker Meridien, performs as part of the KPBS Midday Edition Summer Music Series.