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Martin Luther King special - A Patchwork Quilt

Jan 16, 2021

This Saturday at 5pm, we will rebroadcast the award-winning show celebrating the life and work of The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

Almanac - Tuesday 1/21/20

Jan 21, 2020

It's Granola Bar Day!

A Patchwork Quilt - Martin Luther King Jr special

Jan 18, 2020

This week we can hear an encore broadcast of our Martin Luther King Jr special first aired in 2004. We'll hear excerpts of speeches by the Reverend King interspersed with music of the time and the spirit. This show won the Silver Reel Award from the NFCB.  Listen to the latest A Patchwork Quilt on the Local Music Player for this week.

Playlists for A Patchwork Quilt for August 2019

Aug 19, 2019

Playlist for 

A Patchwork Quilt

Saturday August 17, 2019


91.7 KALW San Francisco

500 Mansell Street

San Francisco, CA 94134

Kevin Vance, host and producer

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Playlist for A Patchwork Quilt
Saturday May 18, 2019
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
91.7 KALW
500 Mansell Street
San Francisco, CA 94134
Kevin Vance, host and producer

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Raise Your Voice! comes from High School and College-age students around America demanding change after the school killings in Parkland, Florida.  Amalia Fleming from Morro Bay sings at KALW this afternoon at 5. Members of Raise Your Voice! will perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass next weekend.  You can hear her performance on our local music player and select A Patchwork Quilt to play.

Paul Griffiths sings live on A Patchwork Quilt

Sep 22, 2018

Paul Griffiths as well as Jim Bruno dropped by Saturday to sing a set of songs before their gig  at The Lost Church. You can hear them on our Local Music Player, under A Patchwork Quilt.

A Patchwork Quilt Today at 5 o'clock...

Sep 15, 2018

Joan Osborne sings songs of Bob Dylan. Also San Francisco's Cynthia Lin sings favorite standards in studio today.  Her new CD is called Ukulele Days.  Tune in, Enjoy, and #StepUp4KALW!  Thanks!

Duck Baker live on A Patchwork Quilt Today at 5pm

Mar 10, 2018

Finger style guitarist Duck Baker will be Kevin Vance's guest on A Patchwork Quilt. He's played for many years recording for such instrumental guitar-friendly record labels as Kicking Mule and Shanachie's Guitar artistry series.  Duck has lived, performed, and is admired all over the world, from the Bay Area to the U.K. and back again. He has a new CD of never before heard recordings from the 1970s and a show at the Freight later this month.

The Kingston Trio on A Patchwork Quilt

Feb 8, 2018

The Kingston Trio will perform live on A Patchwork Quilt this Saturday at 5pm.  No, not the original Kingston Trio from the 1950s and ‘60s.  Josh Reynolds, son of original founding member Nick Reynolds, now heads up the Trio, along with his cousin Mike Marvin, who was also raised in Sausalito by Nick Reynolds — and their boyhood friend and musical collaborator Tim Gorelangton. The Kingston Trio are coming through the Bay Area, performing at Yoshi’s in Oakland at Jack London Square this Friday evening. Saturday afternoon, they’ll appear at the KALW studio with Kevin Vance. 

A Patchwork Quilt Today Saturday 12/16/2017 at 5pm

Dec 16, 2017

Two celebrations at the same time, with music by such musicians as Nina Simone, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Sister Rosetta Tharpe,  Andy Statman and David Grisman, and the like.  Enjoy!

later today on A Patchwork Quilt

Jul 8, 2017

Later today during the 5 o'clock hour we'll hear from Peter Yarrow (the "Peter" of Peter, Paul, And Mary). We'll talk about his 50 years of music making and activism.  He and Bethany and Rufus Yarrow are giving a show at the Freight And Salvage this week. 

Martin Luther King Special on A Patchwork Quilt

Jan 11, 2017

This Saturday at 5pm we'll hear our award winning show celebrating the life work and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We'll hear songs for civil rights from the period and the present interspersed with segments of Dr King's spoken word.  Presented by Kevin Vance.

A Patchwork Quilt: Sad songs later today

Nov 12, 2016

Later today on A Patchwork Quilt, some of our favorite sad songs.  It's 98 years since the end of the War To End All Wars and we'll say so long and give thanks to Leonard Cohen and maybe get through another sad and mad news week. 

A Patchwork Quilt Saturday June 18, 2016 at 5pm

Jun 18, 2016

Some folks coming to town

such as Mike + Ruthy and Veretski Pass

Songs about Orlando

from Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Robinson, from Puerto Rico and Afghanistan

and my son William and I revisit our old Father's Day program from years ago....

Later today on A Patchwork Quilt...

May 14, 2016

A Patchwork Quilt with Kevin Vance can be heard Saturdays at 5pm here on 91.7 KALW and at


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A love letter to radio

Apr 9, 2016
Cascada De Flores


Thursday January 21, 2016

Jan 21, 2016

January 21 is the 21st day of the year. 

A Patchwork Quilt Sat Dec 12 5pm

Dec 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra, 100 years old today, sings a song for Donald Trump and all of America

Wednesday September 30

Sep 30, 2015

September 30 is the 273rd day of the year
There are 92 days remaining until the end of the year.
Sunrise Today: 7:04 AM
Sunset Today: 6:54 PM
Daylight Hours: 11 hours, 50 minutes
The Moon is 91.5 per cent illuminated, a waxing gibbous moon
High tide was at 12:53 early this morning at  5.7 feet
Low tide will be at 7:17 this morning at 1.2 feet
High tide again at 1:44 this afternoon at  6.5 feet
and low tide again at 8:01 tonight at  -0.3 feet
Today is...

A Patchwork Quilt Sat. Sept. 12 5pm

Sep 7, 2015

Kevin plans on letting out the stops and having fun on today's show playing favorite songs and artists, and offering access to the Patchwork Quilt CD Grab Bag as our way of thanking you for your support of KALW!

Love and Ireland

May 23, 2015

Among other things, Today at 5pm Kevin will play some Love songs from Ireland in celebration of the passing of Marriage Equality by popular vote in Ireland today.

A Patchwork Quilt: Let's Grow This!

May 15, 2015

This Saturday at Five, join Kevin Vance for a quick  Giving of Thanks to B.B. King, a celebration of Radio, songs about growing, and the Patchwork Quilt Grab Bag!

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A Patchwork Quilt

Apr 17, 2015

This Saturday at 5pm, we'll talk about the Bay Area Storytelling Festival happening next weekend in Orinda, we'll celebrate Record Store day by playing lots of folk vinyl, and Happy Earthquake Day!

A Patchwork Quilt: John Renbourn 1944-2015

Mar 28, 2015
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...among other things, Kevin will remember the great English guitarist John Renbourn.  He was a founding member of the great folk group of the 1960s & '70s Pentangle, a lover and interpreter of English folk music, Renaissance and Medieval , and American Be-Bop Jazz will scores of album titles to his name.

Pierre Bensusan

Mar 3, 2015

The Great French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan will be Kevin's live music guest this Saturday at Five here on KALW

Scottish Music after the vote

Sep 20, 2014

A set of Scottish music this Saturday afternoon at 5 in celebration of Scotland's brave attempt at home rule.  We'll hear from Dougie MacLean, Dick Gaughan, and the Battlefield Band.  Warning: you may hear bagpipes.

Hearts of the Dulcimer

Sep 8, 2014

This Saturday at 5, we'll be featuring music from the new documentary, "Hearts Of The Dulcimer", produced out of pocket and out of love for the music by musicians and filmmakers Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang.

Also during the program, we'll hear from CSNY 1974, the new release of stadium performances of the legendary singing group, Crosby Stills Nash and Young.