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Notes 2016 August
Welcome Kevin Doherty!
Kevin Doherty
We’re extremely pleased to introduce the newest member of the CapRadio music team… Kevin Doherty. Doherty took over as host of morning classical on CapRadio 88.9 Sacramento, 91.7 Groveland/Sonora, and 88.7 Sutter/Yuba City on August 1st. Listen for his friendly voice weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 AM.

With a deep knowledge of classical music, experience as a professional opera performer, and an engaging on-air style, Doherty is sure to become a favorite with CapRadio listeners, just as he was at his previous station, WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he hosted the weekend program Early Morning Concert.

A native New Yorker, Doherty received his bachelor's degree in music from Ithaca College. He has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people during his nearly two decades as a professional opera singer.

"Kevin's extensive musical background is a huge plus," says CapRadio's managing editor for music Paul Conley. "But what distinguished him most among the candidates in our national search was his authenticity. Kevin has none of that aloof, elitist tone that used to be common on classical radio. He wants to connect with listeners and with the community in a very real way."

Doherty will deliver CapRadio's distinctive and refreshing mix of classical music along with interesting facts and anecdotes about the music and its makers. He joins an experienced weekday lineup that includes fellow music hosts Cale Wiggins, Donna Apidone, Gary Vercelli, Victor Forman and Dennis Newhall.


Profiles in Jazz: Gregory Porter
By Gary G. Vercelli, Jazz Music Director
Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter is a charismatic figure who stands 6 foot 4 and weighs 225. His promising football career never got off the ground as he suffered a career-ending shoulder injury while on scholarship at San Diego State University. Understandably depressed at first, Porter decided to channel his energy into music. His rich baritone voice soon brought him to the attention of the jazz loving public, eventually leading to a contract with the renowned jazz label, Blue Note Records.

Porter’s original approach as a vocalist and composer blends his love for gospel and blues with his firm jazz roots. His latest CD Take Me To The Alley -- a follow up to his 2014 Grammy winning, million-seller Liquid Spirit– finds Gregory expanding not only as a robust vocalist, but as a versatile composer whose lyrics are full of socially-conscious content.

Born in Sacramento and raised in Bakersfield, the 44-year-old Porter still has family in this area. His mother was a storefront preacher and Porter honors her with passionate lyrics that show respect and compassion for the afflicted and down-trodden among us.

Porter’s recent concerts at the Mondavi Center in Davis and the Harris Center in Folsom were both imbued with a spiritual presence. The bearded Porter, wearing his trademark Kangol cap, saluted his area relatives with songs that showed a special place in his heart for the romantic as well as some soulful barn-burners! It appears the NFL’s loss turned out to be a big win for the jazz community! Watch and hear Gregory perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.


Volunteer At Capital Public Radio!
Volunteer Gardener
Love Capital Public Radio? Passionate about groundbreaking community and world-wide news coverage? Curious what's going on in the world of Classical and Jazz music? Volunteer with us!

At Capital Public Radio we love volunteers, and this place couldn't run without them. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year and vary by task, such as staffing special events, writing thank-you notes, or helping maintain the CapRadio Garden by way of seasonal harvest, produce pruning, structure maintenance and mentorship opportunities. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out the linked form and let us know how you’d like to help.


Friday Nights At The Barn
Friday Nights at The Barn
Beginning August 5th, join Nick Brunner for Friday Nights at The Barn. Dance to Blue Dog Jam inspired playlists and local bands. Although the styles of music will change weekly, the live music will feature a thoughtfully curated mix of danceable Rock, Pop, Bluegrass and folk music from the past, present and future.

The Barn in West Sacramento’s Bridge District is a multi-use structure positioned along the Sacramento River. This piece of architecture connects the natural landscape of the riverfront to its modern neighbors, bridging the region’s history to a new civic identity.

“I’ve been hosting new music on CapRadio for eight years in one form or another, so of course I’m excited about this. To help curate the sound of a limited run showcase in a unique setting like this is a thrill. One of my favorite aspects of public radio is discovering new music, and I can’t wait to bring that to everyone coming to see The Barn,” Brunner said of the partnership.

RSVP on Facebook for this free event for a glimpse of the food trucks and lineup each week. Follow Nick on Twitter @CapRadioNick for updates on weekly playlists and bands. 

Date: Fridays, August 5 through October 28
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Location: The Barn
985 Riverfront Street, West Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)


CapRadio Reads "Belgravia" By Julian Fellowes
Belgravia Julian Fellowes
If you are missing Downton Abbey, CapRadio Reads has just the thing! Join us August 9 at either 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM for our Face to Face Book Club meeting for the discussion of Julian Fellowes' "Belgravia".

Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, has taken a leaf out of Charles Dickens' book and written a story that he originally published in serial fashion, available on e-readers and iPads. Now this tale of two families in London, just after the Battle of Waterloo, is available in hardback book form. There is, sadly, no Dowager Countess, but there are lovely ladies, ruined daughters and villainous men, and it's a grand story.

We hope to see you there!

Date:Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

As you know by now, our events fill up fast. To reserve your space, register by clicking here. And you can always find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events at


Second Saturday Artist Reception Featuring The California Rice Commission

Sandhill Cranes Rice Commission
Capital Public Radio presents art on loan from the California Rice Commission as part of its rotating Second Saturday art exhibit. More than 100 years ago, the first commercial rice fields were planted in Northern California. From humble beginnings, family farmers in the Sacramento Valley now account for 97 percent of California’s rice production and virtually all of America’s sushi rice. Rice fields also provide vital environmental benefits, including habitat for nearly 230 wildlife species, providing food and a resting place for millions of ducks, geese, and other birds of the Pacific Flyway.

To capture the beauty and vitality of this industry, the California Rice Commission annually commissions original artwork. From the first painting by Gregory Kondos ("California Rice Fields," 2006) to René C. Reyes’ depiction of dancing Sandhill Cranes ("Elegance," 2016), it’s our pleasure to share this unique part of California.

The Artist Reception will feature wine by Wine on 49, live music by the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. For more information, visit our Facebook event here.

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

The Art is on display through September 26th, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Second Saturdays at Capital Public Radio are funded in part by the Cultural Arts Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, with support from the City and County of Sacramento.


California Counts Town Hall Live: The Pros And Cons Of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
California Counts
Marijuana has made it onto the California ballot once again. Prop. 64 would legalize recreational use of marijuana and hemp under state law and set the standard for sales and cultivation taxes. Join Insight host Beth Ruyak, KPCC’s Larry Mantle and special guests as they dive into the pros and cons of Prop. 64 and what it might mean for the state’s bottom line.

This event is part of California Counts, a collaboration among KPCC, KQED, KPBS and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election.

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: The Guild Theater
2828 35th Street, Sacramento CA 95817 (Map)

Reserve your seat at:

Political Junkie + PolitiFact California
Political Junkie & PolitiFact
Join us for some fun with this feisty 2016 election season. Insight's Beth Ruyak hosts an evening of satire and fact checks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin, PolitiFact national editor Angie Holan and PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols. 

We’ll talk about politics, fact checking and of course, those scuttlebutton puzzles.

Tickets are going fast – get yours here.

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Live Event: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: The California Museum
1020 O Street, Sacramento CA 95814 (Map)


Science Friday In Sacramento
Science Friday in Sacramento
Experience a live taping of Science Friday on Saturday, September 24th at the Mondavi Center. From exploring the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology and other cool stuff.

Created in 1991 by host and executive producer Ira Flatow, it’s much more than just a radio show (which airs on over 400 public stations nationwide). Science Friday produces award-winning videos with such titles as “The Unlikely Tale of a Tenacious Snail” and “Your Very Special Microbial Cloud” as well as original web articles covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars. Experience a live taping of a show its creators describe as “brain fun, for curious people.”


Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Mondavi Center
144 Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA 95616 (Directions)

Join Capital Public Radio At This Year's Run To Feed The Hungry
Rick Kushman Run to Feed the Hungry 2015
In 1994, 796 participants turned out for the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry event on Thanksgiving morning. This Sacramento tradition, now celebrating over 28,500 participants, is not only the largest run in Sacramento but also the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country!

Join the Capital Public Radio team as we participate in this annual event, benefiting the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Run, walk or skip your way through East Sacramento the morning of Thanksgiving Day with fellow CapRadio members and listeners as we raise money for a great cause.

Team members will receive a “Run to Feed the Hungry” team shirt, CapRadio swag, and can access the team tent area for coffee and breakfast snacks the morning of. Registration is due November 4th (but why wait!) and members can pick up their race packets at Capital Public Radio on November 22nd.

To register for the CapRadio team, select “Team Adult” or “Team Youth,” and choose “Capital Public Radio” as your team selection. CapRadio team members will meet before the race in the team tent area, but racers are free to choose their own race length and start time accordingly.

Race day is Thanksgiving Day morning – Thursday, November 24, 2016 – rain or shine, starting at 8:15 AM on J Street just west of the Sac State entrance.

For more event information, visit the Run to Feed the Hungry website. We hope to see you there!

Join CapRadio Travels To The Emerald Isle This October
And Cuba In December!
October 22 – November 2, 2016

Journey with CapRadio to Ireland, where Irish history, literature, music and beauty meet.

"Before people were making Bucket Lists, I was dreaming of Ireland," says Lisa Cooper, the CapRadio host for this trip. "Won’t you join me as we head to the Emerald Isle? I can’t wait to meet the locals and experience the music, the Cliffs of Moher, the Killarney Valley, the Dingle Peninsula and all the history that goes along with them."

The deadline to travel to Ireland with CapRadio Travels and Earthbound Expeditions is coming up soon, so sign up today!

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December 10 – 17, 2016

Experience Jazz in Cuba! The Havana Jazz Fest with CapRadio.

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Want to see what's coming up? Check out all our travel adventures at

Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$10 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, August 14

$12 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Jazz Concerts, August 18


Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
18th Annual Race For The Arts, August 27

In This Issue

Welcome Kevin Doherty!

Profiles In Jazz

Volunteer At Capital Public Radio!

Friday Nights At The Barn

CapRadio Reads

Second Saturday Artist Reception

California Counts Town Hall Live

Political Junkie + Politifact California

Science Friday In Sacramento

Join Capital Public Radio At This Year's Run To Feed The Hungry

Join CapRadio Travels to the Emerald Isle and Cuba

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