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Summer Music: Jelani Aryeh Went From High School Football Star To Gifted Pop Artist

July 28
By Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

Audiences are back, venues are opening up, and San Diego is bursting with music from local artists this summer. KPBS Summer Music Series returns, kicking things off with Jelani Aryeh.

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The Parker Edison Project: A Lens Into The Minds Of Two San Diego Filmmakers

May 19
By Kurt Kohnen and KPBS Public Media / Parker Edison

In a new episode of the KPBS Explore podcast "The Parker Edison Project," you’ll meet two San Diego-based directors, Ben Johnson and Bill Perrine, and learn more about host Parker Edison's longtime love of film. Plus, rapper King Dice hosts a new episode of the recurring segment, "Movies Millennials Should Movie."

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The Parker Edison Project: How God Changed The Rap Game

May 5
By Kurt Kohnen and KPBS Public Media / Parker Edison

What's the connection between religion and rap? In this episode, an L.A. griot talks rap history, morals and money. Plus, host Parker Edison meets with an Emmy nominee for another exhilarating game of "6 Degrees."

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The Parker Edison Project: Cultural Currency And A History Lesson About Black DJs Crossing The Border

April 21
By Kurt Kohnen

In a new episode of the KPBS Explore podcast, "The Parker Edison Project," we look at cultural currency, the history of radio in San Diego and how Black DJs had to go to Mexico to broadcast in the U.S.

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The Parker Edison Project: How Fashion Impacts Culture

April 7
By Kurt Kohnen and KPBS Public Media / Parker Edison

In a new episode of KPBS Explore podcast, "The Parker Edison Project," host Parker Edison explores how fashion impacts culture.

San Diego Musician, blues man Tomcat Courtney

Remembering San Diego Blues Legend Tomcat Courtney

Jan. 18
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Courtney went from Texas cotton fields to a three-ring circus, and along that road he found the music that sustained his life. The award-winning bluesman and staple on the San Diego music scene died this month at age 91.

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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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