FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (February 20, 2008)
CONTACT: Ted Coe (KCSB Development Coordinator): (805) 893-3921

KCSB-FM, La Casa de la Raza, and the Scimitar Cooperative Present An All-Ages Music Event With The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Ollin, Local Bands, a Live Broadcast, and More, Weds., March 5, 7:30pm

SANTA BARBARA – KCSB-FM, La Casa de la Raza, and The Scimitar Cooperative present performances by The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Ollin, Oso, and the Radical Women’s Performance Troupe, on Wednesday, March 5th, 7:30pm, at La Casa de la Raza. This all-ages event will also feature an open house hosted by La Casa’s Bici Centro bike collective, outreach by area organizations, and a live concert broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM.

“KCSB has worked with La Casa and the Scimitar Co-Op before, but never in such a multi-faceted way,” says Joshua Redman, KCSB’s General Manager. “We’re excited to bring these bands to town, with The World/Inferno Friendship Society making its area debut, and Ollin returning after a long break, playing politically-conscious music that’s impossible not to dance to. The night showcases exciting local talent too, and calls attention to our non-profit organizations and other socially-aware Santa Barbara groups.” Says Redman, “KCSB is also excited to air this concert for listeners who can’t make it to the venue, something we hope to do more in the future.”

Tickets are $10 at the door. This is an all-ages event, but a beer garden will be open for concertgoers 21 and over, courtesy of Telegraph Brewing Company. Mexican food and other snacks will also be for sale. For more information, call (805) 893-3757. Proceeds benefit KCSB and La Casa De La Raza.

About the Artists: For over ten years, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, from Brooklyn, New York, has blended punk, soul, swing, avant-garde cabaret, and “world” music styles. Its 2007 CD, Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s Twentieth Century, is a rock opera that reflects on contemporary history through the life of character actor Peter Lorre. The World/Inferno Friendship Society also collaborated with theater innovator Jay Scheib to present the work as a multi-media stage production. The eight-member orchestra is noted for its circus-like performances and devoted fans. Ollin (pronounced o-LEEN) is also an eight-member ensemble. From East Los Angeles, Ollin mixes traditional Mexican music with Irish melodies, Klezmer riffs, German polkas, African syncopations, and more. With punk roots and a swing-band’s energy, Ollin is a hard-rocking standout in L.A.’s Chicano music scene. Likened to the Irish band, The Pogues (which they toured with in 2006), Ollin’s latest CD, San Patricios, honors U.S. draftees from Ireland who switched sides during the Mexican-American War and fought alongside Mexico’s army. Band members have also worked on many theatrical productions, including Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine. Oso is an indie-rock band that mixes “math rock” intensity and rootsy Americana, while the Radical Women’s Performance Troupe is a new circus company; both are from Santa Barbara.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Ollin, Oso, & The Radical Women’s Performance Troupe

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008, 8pm (Doors 7:30pm, Bici Centro Open House 7pm)

La Casa de la Raza, 601 E. Montecito St.

$10 Concert Admission Plus Live Broadcast

About KCSB-FM, La Casa de la Raza, and The Scimitar Cooperative: KCSB is located at UCSB, and offers a wide range of sounds and perspectives from the Central Coast. The only non-profit community radio station based in Santa Barbara, KCSB gives year-round training to individuals and groups who do not otherwise have access to radio resources. La Casa de la Raza is a non-profit community organization providing resources to the underserved Chicano and Latino residents of Santa Barbara County, while also making its center available to a many other groups and private citizens. The Scimitar Cooperative is a local collective that has been presenting hardcore, punk, & indie rock at Central Coast locations for about 3 years, primarily at La Casa for the past two.