Blues guitarists Pete Madsen and Jon Lawton perform live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Guitarists Pete Madsen, pictured above, and Jon Lawton bring their individualized approaches to acoustic blues to The Hear and Now, and talk with host Derk Richardson about their inspirations, their personal histories, their technical styles, and their plans for their Acoustic Blues Showcase with fellow blues guitarist Preacher Boy, February 22 at The Monkey House … Continued


An International Fingerstyle Guitar Summit–live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 23

Guitar lovers, take note! Host Derk Richardson welcomes acclaimed acoustic fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken (California), Alberto Lombardi (Italy), and Janet Noguera (Mexico) to the KPFA performance studio. They will play live on the air, with sound engineering by Tony Ferro. It’s a preview of the threesome’s concert the next night, Friday, Jan. 24, at the … Continued


Beth Custer brings new Trance Mission music to The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Host Derk Richardson welcomes clarinetist/composer Beth Custer back to KPFA to introduce the long-awaited new recording by the unique world-fusion trio Trance Mission, with Stephen Kent (didjeridu, percussion, cello-sintir) and Peter Valsamis (drums, percussion, electronics). The group will be celebrating the pre-release of the album Le Pendu at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Monday, January 13.


Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020

Continuing a longstanding KPFA tradition, Heather Hafleigh, photographer and maven of all things “cowboy” and “western,” brings her annual round-up of cowboy poetry and songs to Derk Richardson‘s “The Hear and Now” for the first time. A regular yearly feature of Larry Kelp’s “Sing Out,” Heather’s two-hour special is inspired by her visits to the … Continued





Oakland art-rock duo Grex performs live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Sep. 19

Karl Evangelista (guitar, voice, percussion, electronics) and Rei Scampavia (keyboard, voice, percussion, electronics) are Grex. Their most recent album is Electric Ghost Parade, so you’ll probably hear some of that music as they play a live-broadcast in-studio concert, but they also promise to debut “some brand new slabs of explosive art rock and electronic sound.” … Continued


Ariel Wang and Briget Boyle perform live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, September 12

Bay Area singer-songwriter, guitarist (and classical violinist) Ariel Wang is about to release a new album, Bridges, and celebrate it with a show at the Starry Plough in Berkeley on Saturday, Sep. 14. As a preview, she and her band–Lewis Patzner, cello; Terrell Liedstrand, mandolin and vocals; Tim DeCillis, drums; Kevin Gordon, bass; Matt Montgomery, violin; … Continued