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The KPBS Summer Music Series
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A music-discovery podcast from KPBS with in-depth artist interviews and stories behind the songs. The KPBS Summer Music Series features encore presentations of our best in-studio performances and interviews, celebrating San Diego's diverse music scene and beyond. The podcast is hosted and produced by Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, and Jade Hindmon. Megan Burke is Senior Producer.

  • Saxophone player, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson tours regularly with The Rolling Stones, has collaborated with Lenny Kravitz, has album credits with The Allman Brothers and is well known for his many solo projects. Then, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble share their new album of jazz, funk, and soul.
  • Bluesman Tomcat Courtney traveled from the cotton fields of Texas by way of a 3-ring circus; and on that road he found the blues. And- her album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and she’s a four-time San Diego Music Award winner, Whitney Shay shares a moving collaboration that celebrates healthcare workers. Credits: Produced and hosted by Kurt Kohnen, Jade Hindmon, and Alison St John. Megan Burke is senior producer.
  • Early 1990’s, acid-jazz pioneers The Greyboy Allstars put San Diego on the map with their funky brand of "West Coast Boogaloo." Plus Euphoria Brass Band share their special blend of funky west coast second-line jazz.
  • Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact have a funk infused soul sound that harkens back to the 1970s Motown and Stax Records era. We also hear from San Diego band Thee Sacred Souls who recently released .
  • Jelani Aryeh’s songs have a rich sonic palette and sound other-worldly. His lyrics explore the complexity of our times, but his music somehow always lets the sunshine in. Plus, Jesus Gonzalez’s music draws inspiration from nature, and so much more.
  • Sonido De La Frontera is the combination of Soundsystem culture, a hip hop production aesthetic, and the sounds of Latin America’s most prolific dance music: Cumbia. Plus bi-national band La Diabla combines traditional Cumbia music with the gritty spirit of Tijuana. Credits: Produced and hosted by Kurt Kohnen and Jade Hindmon. Megan Burke is senior producer.