Tune to KPBX and KSFC for these specials this Fourth of July Weekend

BeauSoleil at the Bing | Capitol Steps | Beatles in America

BeauSoleil at the Bing
Friday, July 4, 9-11 a.m. on KPBX

BeauSoleil, known as the "the best Cajun band in the world," played live for KPBX and KSFC audiences at the Bing Crosby Theater last February to help celebrate Mardi Gras. KPBX will air the concert on the morning of Independence Day.
BeauSoleil's signature blend of zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, calypso, blues and traditional New Orleans jazz has entertained crowds around the world for well over 30 years. The group has released more than two dozen recordings, including 2013's "From Banmako to Carencro,"  (as reviewed by A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor.

Watch a Clip from the Concert

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday

Thursday, July 3, 7-8 p.m. on KPBX
Friday, July 4, 1-2 p.m. on KPBX and 5-6 p.m. on KSFC
Saturday, July 5, 6-7 p.m. on KSFC

The Capitol Steps addresses timely issues set to show tunes. There's John Kerry singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?" and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to "Let It Go" when it comes to running for President. The Steps say, "It's a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!"

The Beatles in AmericaBeatles in America - 1964
Friday, July 4
2-4 p.m. on KPBX

When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 and takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour montage features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy.
Some of the recordings are very rare and heard here because of Larry Kane and Art Schreiber, two reporters who made almost every stop of The Beatle's 1964 tour and had remarkable access to the band. Their interviews capture the boys' wonder, humor, and thoughtful analysis of the madness that was swirling around them and enveloping the nation.
Ingles talks with historians and authors whose enthusiasm and excitement also reflects that phenomenal time. Naturally, The Beatles in America - 1964 includes plenty of hits from that year, but in true public radio form, it also showcases lesser-heard gems from early Beatles albums that fans wore through.


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