Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it – or any other song, as a matter of fact – until she settled into her current home in San Francisco. In this edition of Bay Area Beats, McFarling tells KALW’s Martina Castro why she credits San Francisco with helping her launch her musical career, and better understanding the idea of home.
Few civic institutions in San Francisco pre-date the 1906 earthquake. One is the cable car, invented here in 1873. Another one is The Golden Gate Park Band. It dates from 1882, when it was a support unit of the California National Guard. Now it’s a Sunday afternoon mainstay at The Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park.
Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza returns to the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance. He'll talk about his upcoming appearance at the Freight in Berkeley at the end of this month with the Legends of Waikiki, three of Hawaii's most iconic traditional singers. Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.