Friday, March 14, 2014

Since March is International Women's Month, I played all female artists last Friday night. I received quite a few phone calls during that show from listeners appreciating the music, so I decided to play some more female artists this week, so I hope you'll tune in to 90.1 FM tonight at 11 Central Time.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Please make a donation to KPFT



Please make a donation to KPFT in support of Laurapalooza, a weekly two-hour music program on 90.1 KPFT that features my picks of the newest music releases  -- mostly rock, blues, and contemporary folk. Almost all of the music I play during Laurapalooza on Friday nights from 11 PM to 1 AM is drawn directly from new music we just received at KPFT in the current week. I am the KPFT Music Dept. Liaison and preview all new music submissions for consideration for inclusion in the KPFT music library. I categorize and catalogue new music into the KPFT Music Library and have been doing so for over 10 years (since August of 2003), so I feel I have developed a pretty good knack for knowing good music when I hear it.

If you tune in to Laurapalooza on Fridays at 11 PM or listen when it’s convenient for you online to hear my picks of what’s new in music releases, there is no time like now to show you want the program to stay on the air by donating in support of Laurapalooza. There are many ways to donate to KPFT. One way is to do a secure online pledge via www.kpft.org or you can call or email the KPFT membership department at membership@kpft.org or 713-526-4000, ext. 314. Another way is to email me at laura@kpft.org with your info and I will complete your pledge form and take it to the KPFT Membership Department personally.


If you care about Laurapalooza and want to continue getting that sneak peak of what's new in the KPFT Music Library, please show your support now by taking the initiative to make a donation in one of the easy ways mentioned above.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Andy Zipper and Jordi Baizan came by to see me and become new KPFT listener-sponsors last Friday night, Jan. 25. Their band is called qanda (pronounced Q and A). For more info about qanda and their upcoming live performance schedule, go to http://www.qandamusic.com. To make a donation to KPFT, just call 713-526-5738 or go to www.kpft.org and donate online.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here is a link to an article written by Bob Langham for examiner.com about Laurapalooza: http://www.examiner.com/article/friday-night-plight-what-to-do

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Please take a moment to show you care about Pacifica Radio station KPFT Houston 90.1 by making a financial contribution. Every dollar helps to keep the station operating. Please go to www.KPFT.org and click on the Donate Now button or the Become a Sustainer button. To help me reach my program's goal for the fall membership drive, please indicate Laurapalooza as a program you would like to support.

There is a new KPFT membership incentive -- the heavy-duty black canvas tote bag -- at the $120.00 pledge level. It has printing on both sides. The photo above is the front of the tote bag, with a pocket. The front has the Laurapalooza logo and "Music for Pacificans."
It has the KPFT logo and website on the other side.

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Brian Molnar and Glenna Bell were my guests last Thursday night, September 29. It was the last Thursday night for the program as Laurapalooza moves to Fridays at 11 PM beginning October 7. I will follow The Prison Show and will be followed by Pat & Rosie's Nightsounds. I am looking forward doing Friday nights and hope you will be sure to tune in at 11 PM CST to 90.1 KPFT Houston, 89.5 Galveston, 89.7 Huntsville, or 90.3 Livingston. All KPFT programs are streamed worldwide at www.kpft.org and are archived temporarily online at http://archive.kpft.org.

Monday, August 15, 2011


This is the new Laurapalooza cap. It is being offered as a thank-you gift during the KPFT summer membership drive at the $90 level. I also have black Laurapalooza tote bags on order. They will be offered at the $120 pledge level. If you want all three -- the T-shirt, cap, and tote bag, a combo pack will be available at the $280 pledge level. The phone number to call is 713-526-5738 on Thursday night, August 18, between 11 PM and 2 AM. You can pre-pledge online at www.KPFT.org or by emailing me at laura@kpft.org. Please consider becoming a sustainer! Listen to 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio KPFT Houston.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Thanks to all of the great phone volunteers who helped during the recent KPFT Spring Membership Drive and, of course, to everyone who donated to help keep community radio alive in Houston!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Donate Now Button
We have just a few days remaining of the Spring Membership Drive. Here's an easy way to donate. Jusst click on the Donate Now button and be a listener-sponsor of KPFT. Be sure to indicate Laurapalooza as the program you want to support so you can help me reach my goal of $400. I just got a new batch of Laurapalooza T-shirts, so I'm bound to have your size available. You only need to pledge at the $60 level to get a Laurapalooza T-shirt. There are lots of CDs available too as thank-you gifts. So do it. You know you want to. What are you waiting for?

Herranen Sound Machine --Ryan McGhee (left) and Luke Herranan (right) -- were our in-studio guests on May 19, 2011. Lindsey Slavin interviewed Ryan and Luke and they performed live music. They are Houston area musicians who perform mostly rock instrumentals, with an occasional song with lyrics.
Lindsey, Ryan, and Luke in the KPFT Music Library.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thanks to Ken, Mark, Wilma, Hayden, Lindsey, Robert C. , Betty, Ron, Robert W., Dennis, Dan, Nancy, Derek, Rhia, Diane, Bob, James, Jon, Brian, and Ed for making financial pledges to KPFT in support of Laurapalooza during the recent Winter Membership Drive. It is listener-sponsors who have kept KPFT on the air for the past 40 years. Continued listener support will ensure the station remains on the air in the future.

Bob Allums in Temple, Texas, is the winner of the drawing for the searchable archive of 40 years of Rolling Stone magazine. Congratulations, Bob!

Tonight, I'll feature new music by Drive-By Truckers, Andy Friedman, Bruce Cockburn, and more!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

At KPFT, we're all gearing up for the Winter Membership Drive that begins on Feb. 3 and goes through Feb. 19. I'm excited about doing a membership drive show on the first day of the drive. If you don't have your Laurapalooza T-shirt yet, you'll have another opportunity to pledge your support and get a T-shirt. You can help cut down on the total days of the drive by making an online pledge before the drive begins. Be sure to designate Laurapalooza as the show you are supporting with your donation. Here is a link to KPFT's Secure Online Donation page at www.KPFT.org:
https://www.kpft.org/pledge/index.php

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thank you to David, Robert, another Robert, yet another Robert, Jon, and Michael for supporting KPFT and pledging during Laurapalooza on October 28. You, the listener-sponsor, are what makes KPFT possible!

I have a limited number (three only) portable HD-2 radios available as thank-you gifts at the $150 pledge level. If you want one, either let me know via email (laura@kpft.org) or by calling 713-526-5738 between 11 PM and 2 AM on Thursday, November 4.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thank you Dave, Cindy/Rox, Robert, Patti, Richard, and Nancy for your financial support of community radio station 90.1 KPFT Houston during last Thursday night's Laurapalooza program. Nancy donated for herself and her deceased husband Frankie, who was an active volunteer at KPFT, and all four of their children. We very much appreciate your contributing to keeping local programming on the air.

If you have not yet donated during the fall membership drive, please call in your pledge of financial support for KPFT to 713-526-KPFT (5738) and let's reach the overall goal early. If you listen to our programs using the online web stream or by downloading archived audio using KPFT.org to listen to the programs at your convenience, then it's easy for you to click on the Tip Jar on the home page and donate to your favorite programs. Don't put it off. Your community radio station deserves your support. If you call in during Laurapalooza, Thursday, 11 PM to 2 AM, your pledge will show KPFT's management and program council that you appreciate the program and would like it to stay on the current program schedule. Thanks for listening and thanks for being a responsible listener and supporting the programs you enjoy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On Thursday, October 21, the KPFT Fall Membership Drive begins. I will be asking you to call in with your financial support during Laurapalooza that night from 11 PM to 2 AM, as well as the next two Thursdays, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. Meanwhile, you are encouraged to help give us a head start on our membership drive by contriubuting to the tip jar on the home page at www.kpft.org. Please encourage others to go to the tip jar also. Thank you for listening and thank you for supporting your community radio station!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

In addition to my picks of this week's new music, tonight we'll also hear a John Lennon special hosted by Jody Denberg in honor of John Lennon's (70th) birthday.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Doesn't the Laurapalooza T-shirt look great on Glenna Bell? I meant to post this photo months ago and finally got around to it. She has a new CD, to be officially released in September, called Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder. For more info on Glenna and her upcoming performances, go to www.glennabell.com.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Tonight's show will include new music by Leroy Bell, Cindy Bullens, Jim Halfpenny, Peter Rudy, Eric Beverly and The Sunday Best, Shane Lamb, Amy Correia, and more.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


If you're a somewhat regular Laurapalooza listener, then you are bound to have heard Bill Arneth's poetry around midnight. He has had two books published and performed poetry all over the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He will be my in-studio guest at 11 PM tonight.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thank you to the new members and renewing members who supported KPFT during the Spring Membership Drive! It is only with you that we are able to continue bringing you the independent music, news, and community affairs programs that you enjoy. I have lots of new music in store for you tonight -- Bill Kirchen, Troy Turner, Bettye LaVette, Susan Cowsill, The Vincent Hayes Project, and The Sideshow Tragedy, to name a few -- so I hope you're ready to stay up late.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Thanks to everyone who pledged their financial support last night. And thanks to Bob Gartner who stepped up to fill in for Ameen assisting me with fundraising efforts. We met the new member goal for those three hours and exceeded the monetary goal!

Next Thursday night, Dana Hubbard will return to visit with me in the studio and play some live music. I also plan to air a recording of Ochi interviewing Austin Collins (recorded March 8). If you didn't call in and pledge your financial support for Pacifica Radio KPFT 90.1 last night, you will have another opportunity to do so on May 20. I'll have another new member goal and monetary goal to meet that night. The above photo of Dana Hubbard was taken the last time he was my guest at KPFT. For more info on Dana, his website is www.danahubbard.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tonight's show will include new music by Stone River Boys, Matt King and The Cutters, H-Town Jukes, Samantha Crain, The Sideshow Tragedy, Sam Quinn, Jackie Greene, The Young Veins, Wilder Embry, Morry Sochat & The Special 20s, and Clothesline Revival. At least that's the plan. Tonight will be a membership drive show, so I hope we have time to squeeze all that in. Ameen Raheem will work with me to do our part to help raise funds for KPFT to cover operating costs over the coming months. Please do your part and call in a pledge tonight between 11 PM and 2 AM. The pledge line phone number is 713-526-5738.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

New music for May 6

The May 6 Laurapalooza will feature new music by Lincoln Durham, Kenny White, Walking Sleep, Neil Nathan, Mars Arizona, The Running Kind, Crash Test Dummies, Jim Halfpenny, Wendy Colonna, and Alejandro Escovedo. We will also revisit the new albums by Jason & The Scorchers, and Sonia & Disappear Fear. Hope you're listening!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I hope you went to see Arlo Guthrie and Family on March 23. I went with my sister and enjoyed it thoroughly. Arlo told wonderful stories in between songs. His children and grandchildren are all quite talented. The littlest ones loved dancing and running around on the stage. They tour 10 months out of the year as a family. We sat on a blanket on the hill and had a very nice evening listening to Arlo and Family. I bought a live CD there of Arlo and Pete Seeger, so I'll plan on sharing some of that with you tonight during Laurapalooza (90.1 Houston, 89.5 Galveston or streaming live at www.kpft.org).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

KPFT Membership Drive Feb. 11-27

I get the pleasure of hosting my show on the first day of the drive this time! Local musician Jeff Boortz will be in the studio with me as my guest co-host. So, listen to Laurapalooza at 11:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, and call us with your new or renewal membership at 713-526-5738 during the show. Instead of a pledge incentive (CD, DVD, etc.) you can have 10% of your donation go to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Last Thursday's show (Jan. 7) was chock full of great new music. If you didn't get to hear it live, it's available for a few days on the KPFT audio archives -- http://archive.kpft.org

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

If you missed the Josh Foster interview on December 17, it is now posted as a podcast at www.KPFT.org. From the home page, go to Programming and then KPFT Podcast.

Last Thursday night's show, on December 24, was the first part of the Best Of Laurapalooza 2009. This week, the New Year's Eve show will finish up the "Best-Of" show, but I think I'll also have time to share with you my picks of this week's new music.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Here's a photo of Josh Foster. Now, you won't have to wonder what he looks like when you're listening to 90.1 KPFT on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11 PM.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Josh Foster to perform in-studio Dec. 17

Last night, my brother, Tim Vandevere, and I were at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. We went to have dinner and check out the performers at the open mic. The Duck has the best open mic in Houston (in my opinion). It's hosted by Wayne Wilkerson and he does a great job of running the sound. We hadn't planned on staying to see all the open mic performers because Tim had to fly back home to Seattle this morning and I have to get up really early every morning for my operations engineer job at KPFT. I have to be at work no later than 5:30 AM, Monday through Friday to engineer for the morning shows from 5:30 to 10:00 AM. If you listen in the morning and wonder who is doing the traffic and weather reports, it's me. One of the open mic performers, Josh Foster, really impressed me with his songs, his vocal style and guitar playing, so I invited him to come in and play some live music on my show this Thursday night. The plan is to have him on at the beginning of the show at 11 PM (when more people are listening than in the latter two hours). So, on Thursday, December 17, at 11 PM, please tune in to 90.1 if you're in the Houston area, 89.5 in Galveston or, hopefully, our Internet stream will be repaired by then and you will be able to listen online from www.kpft.org if that is your preferred way of listening. If not, the audio archive will be downloadable from www.archive.kpft.org for one week past the date of the show. Josh's MySpace site is www.myspace.com/jfosterhouston if you want to check it out and listen to some of his songs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grant Peeples returns to Laurapalooza on Oct. 15

Grant Peeples, singer-songwriter out of Sopchoppy, Florida, will make a return visit to Laurapalooza in the KPFT studios on Thursday, October 15. His lyrics are socially conscious, political, and very witty. He'll play some live music and talk about his current album, Pawnshop. His website is http://www.grantpeeples.com/.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

This is Jim Halfpenny and me on July 30 when he did a live in-studio on my show. He played three songs -- Echoes, Blind Pigs, and The Roadway.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jim Halfpenny to visit KPFT July 30

Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Jim Halfpenny will be my guest Thursday, July 30, at 11 PM. He'll play some live music and chat with me before heading to LaGrange to perform at the Bugle Boy on Saturday, August 1. For more on Jim Halfpenny, visit www.jimhalfpennyband.com.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A change is gonna come

KPFT is undergoing a major programming schedule change, so please keep an eye on the http://www.kpft.org/ website home page to know what the changes are. A new program called Deadbeat will debut Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 3:00 PM, hosted by Sandy Weinmann and Dave Dauterive, so stay tuned. Here is a link to the KPFT program director's blog, where you can find out more about the program changes: http://kpft.wordpress.com/

Monday, June 01, 2009

Dana Hubbard at KPFT

Dana Hubbard is based in Berkeley, California, and his website is www.danahubbard.com. He performed three songs during his live in-studio -- Lightnin's Cadillac, Livin' Live, and The Pain of Losing You. His interview and live music performance will be posted soon at www.KPFT.org. From the home page, click on Programming and then click on KPFT Podcast.

Dana Hubbard and Laura Slavin

It was a pleasure having Dana Hubbard as a guest on May 21 while he was in Texas to perform at the Wildflower music festival in Richardson.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dana Hubbard coming to KPFT May 21

Singer-songwriter Dana Hubbard, out of Berkeley, California, will be my guest Thursday, May 21, at 11 PM for an interview and live music performance. I know you've heard some his songs on my show: The Great Human Race, Petroleum People, and the title track to The Grounds Keepers. His lyrics are socially and environmentally conscious, so please tune in to get to know Dana Hubbard. His website is www.danahubbard.com.

Don't forget to call in and make a financial pledge to KPFT in support of Laurapalooza while the Spring Membership Drive is in progress (713-526-5738). To support Laurapalooza, call in Thursday night, May 21, between the hours of 11 PM and 2 AM.

Monday, April 20, 2009

John Houx's Green Period featured

Last Thursday night, April 16, I featured seven songs from John Houx's Green Period. His music can be likened to Dylan's early stuff. Here's a photo so, if you were listening and are curious as to what he looks like, now you know.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

February was Black History Month

During Black History Month (February), Laurapalooza featured three one-hour specials:

Feb. 5 - Gamble & Huff: Love is the Message - The Story of Philadelphia International Records (a salute to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. (The above is a photo of Gamble & Huff).

Feb. 12 - Ashford & Simpson: The Real Thing - A look at the long careers of songwriters, producers and performers Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

Feb. 19 - Sly and The Family Stone. The remaining two hours of the program was music by black artists.

It was fun to do something so different from my regular shows as I usually feature mostly new releases of roots rock, contemporary folk, and blues. Thanks for the phone calls and emails of appreciation.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Photo of Laura Slavin and Jim Post

It was such a pleasure to have Jim Post in the studio on January 15. The interview and music will be posted soon at www.KPFT.org as a podcast. For more info about Jim and his upcoming performances, www.jimpost.com.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Laura will host Jim Post on Jan. 15


Songwriter, recording artist and author, Jim Post will be Laura's in-studio guest on Jan. 15. http://www.jimpost.com

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Happy New Year!

I had a great time doing a New Year's Day program featuring some of the best of Laurapalooza of 2008. Of course, not everything that deserves "best of" labeling will fit into a three-hour program, but it was a good sampling of the music Laurapalooza features. I have never received so many phone calls during one program. I lost count of how many people called in to say they appreciate the music selections played on Laurapalooza. Please remember to contribute to KPFT during the upcoming membership drive that is planned for January 17 through February 1 and do your part to keep free speech alive, along with program hosts' free choices in music. KPFT has never been controlled by corporations and is commercial-free because it is listener-sponsored.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Laurapalooza to feature the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

On Thursday, December 25, at 11 PM, Laurapalooza will feature the 20th Anniversary Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Radio Special with performances by The Allman Brothers, Michael Franti, Joan Osborne, Steve Earle, Gov’t Mule, and more, along with interviews with Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Warren Haynes and Greg Allman. The annual concert thrives on support by volunteer talent and behind-the-scenes personnel. Post-production proceeds benefit Habitat For Humanity, whose goal is providing housing for families in need.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Laurapalooza celebrates Jimi Hendrix's birthday Nov. 27

On this week's program, Thursday, November 27 at 11:00 PM, I will feature Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited) from 1997 and, in honor of Jimi Hendrix's birthday, Electric Ladyland: The 40th Anniversary Radio Special, hosted by Gary Moore.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Laura hosts Grant Peeples live in-studio Nov. 13

I had the pleasure of hosting Grant Peeples for an in-studio interview and performance at KPFT on Thursday, November 13. Mike Manning accompanied him on bass guitar and they played two songs -- Grant's Talking Blues and Sunshine State -- off the new album, It's Later Than You Think. He was in Houston to perform at Last Concert Cafe on Friday, November 14. For more info on Grant Peeples, go to http://www.grantpeeples.com/. A podcast of the interview and live music will be posted at www.kpft.org.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

See below for photos from Truth Network Ball

I had misplaced the disc that had the photos on it (how unlike me to misplace something), so I couldn't post them until now. If I took your picture and it's not posted here, it's because a few of them didn't turn out good (it was so dark inside Dan Electro's Guitar Bar). The live music acts were all good, but The Blue Threads, I must say, were certainly the high point. I had a lot of fun working the front door and doing my part to raise funds to support KPFT.

Dean Becker


Don


Bill


Mary and Cheryl


Audience


Melinda, Sandra and Genie


Dean and Keith


The Blue Threads


Little Brother Project


Tom Loud


Patti Sullivan


The Dragliners


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Truth Network Ball was a success

On Sunday, October 5, I volunteered at the Truth Network Ball at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar on W. 24th St. in The Heights, hosted by Dean Becker. There was live music from 3 to 9 p.m. and my personal favorites were The Blue Threads, who rocked the house and made the audience yell for more. I worked the door, taking admissions. The $10 per person benefitted KPFT, so it was definitely a worthy cause. Besides, I needed to get out and listen to some great live music. I took pictures, but they're not ready yet. I'll post them when they are. I had to use one of those disposable cameras because I lost the charger for my digital camera and will have to buy another.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thanks for supporting

The Summer Sizzle membership drive has concluded and we are back to regular programming. Thank you so very much for supporting Pacifica Radio KPFT Houston!