Entertainment

The KPFA Crafts Fair features live music both days from noon until 5pm.
There will be plenty of room there to sit, relax, and enjoy the music.

Saturday, December 20th
 9:00am - Noon: KPFA Live Broadcast HOST: Larry Bensky
Larry is the host of Piano every Sunday morning from 5-9am on KPFA.

KPFA Radio broadcasts live from the Winter Crafts Fair at the Craneway, featuring artist interviews, musical selections, and topical discussions with non-profit activists, fair traders, musicians, and KPFA luminaries. KPFA 94.1 FM is the nation’s original listener-sponsored, noncommercial, public radio station founded in 1949. KPFA’s mission is to encourage cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression; to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, creeds and colors; to promote freedom of the press and to serve as a forum for various points of view, while maintaining an independent funding base. KPFA broadcasts on 94.1 FM and KPFB 89.3 FM, Berkeley, and KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, on 97.5 FM in Santa Cruz and on the web worldwide at www.kpfa.org.

 Noon - 1:30pm: Destiny Muhammad
Destiny Muhammad is a recording/ performing artist in the singer-songwriter fashion on Harp. Her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Calvin Keyes, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Ambrose Akisemuire,and Jazz Divas Diane Witherspoon & Denise Perrier to name a few. She has also headlined for the 'Women in Jazz' Concert series and the AfroSolo String Virtuoso Concert Series San Francisco.
 1:45pm - 3:15pm: Eric and Suzy Thompson & Friends
These virtuoso roots musicians specialize in the down-home sounds of the American South. Their musical palette includes Appalachian story-songs and bluegrass breakdowns, classic country blues, Louisiana Cajun dance music, and paso dobles from Puerto Rico. Eric's flatpicking on guitar and mandolin is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness; Suzy is a powerful singer, an award-winning fiddler and Cajun accordion player who has apprenticed with older generation Louisiana Cajun musicians under an NEA Fellowship. Founding members of many influential roots music groups including the Black Mountain Boys, Any Old Time, the Klezmorim, and the California Cajun Orchestra, Eric and Suzy have also worked with Jerry Garcia, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Trio, the Texas Sheiks and many other fine musicians.
 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Casey Mattson with Tommy O’Mahony
 

Pianist, Casey Mattson, grew up in Santa Cruz playing an eclectic range of instruments in an array of musical styles. He studied jazz with trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College from 2009-2011, and received the Smith Dobson Memorial Scholarship and the Ray and Sue Brown Scholarship in music. Currently, Casey studies at the Jazzschool- now known as the California Jazz Conservatory - and is working toward his undergraduate degree in Jazz studies. A high in demand freelancer, Casey has played in various Jazz, Funk and R&B groups around the Bay Area for the last two years.

He is accompanied by bassist, Tommy O’Mahony. Greatly sought after for his versatility and musical feel, bassist Tommy O'Mahoney also plays with The Shams, Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time, the Lee Dynes Trio, The Easies,  Soul Ska, and Kate Lamont.

Sunday, December 21st
 9:00am - Noon: KPFA Live Broadcast HOST: Stephen Kent with co-host, Sally Phillips
Stephen Kent is the host of Music of the World every Thursday at 11am on KPFA.

KPFA Radio broadcasts live from the Winter Crafts Fair at the Craneway, featuring artist interviews, musical selections, and topical discussions with non-profit activists, fair traders, musicians, and KPFA luminaries. KPFA 94.1 FM is the nation’s original listener-sponsored, noncommercial, public radio station founded in 1949. KPFA’s mission is to encourage cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression; to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, creeds and colors; to promote freedom of the press and to serve as a forum for various points of view, while maintaining an independent funding base. KPFA broadcasts on 94.1 FM and KPFB 89.3 FM, Berkeley, and KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, on 97.5 FM in Santa Cruz and on the web worldwide at www.kpfa.org.

 Noon - 1:30pm: Eric Kupers and Keith Penney

Eric Kupers is the director of Bandelion, an ensemble of dance, music, theater and visual artists committed to ongoing interdisciplinary research, as well as the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble, which brings together students, alumni, community members and professional performers with and without disabilities and from diverse cultures to create original performance works. Eric aspires to create performance that resembles a collision of the work of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pina Bausch, Contraband, and Dr. Seuss.

Eric Kupers is joined by guitarist, accordionist and percussionist Keith Penney, who has been with Bandelion since 2008. Keith can also be seen around the Bay Area performing with his own band, Karate Mountain.

 1:45pm - 3:15pm: Pete Madsen
Pete Madsen is an exemplar of fingerstyle, bottleneck slide, blues, and ragtime solo guitar.  He plays at the KPFA Crafts Fair for the first time this year in our new venue at the Craneway Pavilion. One can also catch Pete gleefully indulging in more electric guitar-driven musical genres such as surf, rockabilly and blues with his band, Buzzy Frets, at a variety of Bay Area music venues.  He is also a respected teacher of blues guitar technique.  We welcome Pete and his acoustic guitar to the KPFA Crafts Fair!
 3:30pm - 5pm: Stephen Kent
Multi Instrumentalist and composer Stephen Kent's musical career has taken him across five continents, living at various times in the UK, Spain, East Africa, Australia and the US. His musical scores, composed for theatre, circus and dance companies, have received international acclaim and his work as a performer and recording artist has established him in the world music scene, exploring a broad range of playing styles and musical genres. As a performer on the Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu he has pioneered its use in contemporary music across the globe collaborating with a number of musicians, including Airto Moreira (Brasil), Zakir Hussain (India), Habib Koite (Mali), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Leonard Eto (Japan), Choi Jong Sil (Korea), Steve Roach (USA) and many more. Stephen also hosts Music of the World, a weekly show on Pacifica Radio's KPFA.
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