DIO Fest – April 25-27 – Camping, Music, Art and Food

The lineup has been posted.  This will be three days of music, art and camping in the Santa Cruz mountains.

DIO Fest will be held at Camp Krem just up Big Basin Way the weekend of April 25th.

Click HERE to visit the DIO (Do It Ourselves) Fest website for more info.


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From the website:

DIO Fest exists so that corporate mega-festivals don’t eventually rule the world. It exists to help us remember that the person on the stage is not so different from the person in the audience, or the local farmer that’s supplying the grinds. It serves to remind us that we can do great things when we come together. 

Boulder Creek Radio Station Meets The August 11th Deadline


August 12, 2013 Boulder Creek, CA. -Efforts to get the Boulder Creek radio station on the air by the August 11th deadline have succeeded. The non-profit organization, Common Frequency, was tasked with installing the antenna at a site on Bear Creek Road and hooking up a computer to broadcast a continuous loop of content until the local radio outfit Boulder Creek Community Radio(BCCR) can begin broadcasting its own original content. The station, KBCZ at 90.1 FM has been silent for over a year and if it didn’t go live by the August 11 deadline it would have gone dark, without a license for the foreseeable future. The sale of the station still has some hurdles to overcome and will not be fully purchased until sometime in January 2014. Interim Director Tim Welch said, “We are thrilled to hear the station is broadcasting and to know the FCC broadcasting license did not expire. We are optimistic that we will now be able to purchase the license and move forward with setting up the infrastructure for what will be Boulder Creek Community Radio, a non-commercial, educational (NCE) station that will serve to further unite this great community.”

Boulder Creek Music – Instrument Spotlight

Boulder Creek Music has an impressive roster of vintage and sought after guitars, amps, mandolins, drums and more. Here’s a sample:

This is a like new early 2000’s PRS  with dual Humbuckers. Also is a 1964,  85 watt Fender Showman.


The Twinkies are priced at $400.

Boulder Creek Music Lives

Below is a note from Boulder Creek Music owners Ray Newkirk & Barry Tanner. If you have any instruments or music gear you’d like to sell, please bring them by the store. They’ve hit a big bump in the road, but are doing thier best to keep the shop open.

BOULDER CREEK MUSIC LIVES! 2-15-13 – By Ray Newkirk & Barry Tanner

Before too many rumors are spread lets quickly shed a little light on the life and death of Michael Aron (<not a typo) Smith and the status of Boulder Creek Music.

Yes, there was a Uhaul truck taking instruments from Boulder Creek Music on Tuesday & Wednesday, 2/12 & 2/13/13.  First, we are not closing our doors.

As most of you know, BC Music opened it’s doors 11/17/12. It was the dream of Michael Smith and Barry Tanner. Ray Newkirk jumped in as one of Santa’s elves because it seemed like a good idea.

Mike ran the Musician’s Trading Post on Ocean St about 25 years ago then got married , moved to Seattle, opened the Trading Musician, got divorced, opened Georgetown Music, ran that for 6 years then decided to move back to Boulder Creek, where his son, Marshall, had been born in 1989.

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Since then, Mike took his own life at the end of a rope in Seattle (some call it suicide capital of the U.S.), presumably due to heavy financial woes, right after selling Georgetown Music to his ex-wife. As most of the equipment in BC Music came from Georgetown Music, much of it went back there because Marshall is rightful heir to Mike’s estate.

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