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The Parker Edison Project: How Fashion Impacts Culture

April 7
By Kurt Kohnen

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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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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