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MATT MUNOZ: Sinbad still keeping comedy clean

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    Comedian Sinbad appears at at the Fox on Saturday.

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    By Photo by Joseph Michael Ruiz

    Bakersfield band Choirs will perform Saturday at Sandrini's.

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By MATT MUNOZ, Californian columnist

Whether you're into feasting on corned beef and cabbage or raging on St. Patrick's Day, locals have a few choice weekend options for getting their green groove on.

Flashback comedy to alternative rock, or format-free independent radio, the choice is yours.

On Saturday night, comedian Sinbad rolls into the Fox, to remind everyone he's still alive and kickin'.

As you may recall, the towering 56-year-old funnyman was part of a 2007 Internet death hoax after a hacker broke into a bio reference website similar to Wikipedia to post that David Adkins aka Sinbad had died of an apparent heart attack.

The comedian from Brenton Arbor, Mich., took it all in stride, capitalizing on the hoopla as a way to jump back into the scene after mysteriously going MIA for a spell.

Few comedians hit career strides like Sinbad did in the '80s. After being cast in "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World," the actor's good-natured, profanity-free comedy style became a calling card for mainstream success.

At the peak of Sinbad-mania, the comedian simultaneously hosted Showtime at The Apollo, taped numerous hit stand-up specials, had his own TV show, emceed the 2000 Miss America Pageant, and who can forget his starring role as bumbling postman Myron Larabee in "Jingle All The Way," alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Love him or hate him, it's tough to be a clean comedian in these dirty times, and you'll be hard pressed to find someone over the past three decades who's left their comedy crossover mark like Sinbad. If you don't believe me, check out his classic '96 special "Sinbad -- Afros and Bellbottoms."

Saturday's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 to $47 plus service charge. The Fox is located at 2001 H St. More information, at 324-1369 or vallitix.com.

KSVG fully licensed

Good news arrived last Friday for independent terrestrial radio station 89.7 FM KSVG.

According to KSVG co-founder Jake Chavez, the station has been granted a full licensing by the FCC for 24-hour broadcast beginning Monday.

"I was so relieved it was done. We did it," said Chavez, who, along with co-founder Greg Looney, debuted the station last December. "I called up Greg, told him the news, then we went to have a celebratory burger at Muertos in downtown."

It's been a goal six years in the making for the duo who put in hours filling out mountains of paperwork, and draining their bank account with most of their own money to bring the station to life in a labor of love.

"I feel great about it. It's been something I've dreamed about since I was 17 years old," said Looney, who by days also works as a local bartender.

KSVG currently broadcasts from a tiny downtown studio from noon to midnight with a rotating staff of more than 15 on-air personalities, most with no prior experience, hosting multi-format specialty shows. One hour it's hardcore, the next indie rock, making way for reggae, rockabilly and goth plus a helping of local music submitted by bands directly to the station. Another genre soon to be added to rotation: outlaw country.

"Right now, we just need to become a better radio station," said Looney. "Our DJs are at about 50 percent, but our focus is to keep building."

Quality of station reception depends on your location. Although KSVG is considered a Bakersfield station, their antenna stands in Mettler, making it difficult for the entire city to tune in.

"I'm working on making the station sound better," added Chavez. "To do that we're going to need a stronger translator, then we should be able to cover the greater metropolitan area."

To raise listenership until they raise enough funds to upgrade their terrestrial radio antenna, KSVG streams online at http://ruby.streamguys.com:5570/ksvg.m3u, where you can connect and listen through your preferred media player.

During overnight broadcast hours, an automated system will keep continuous music flowing until the next DJ steps up for their schedule shift.

As a nonprofit community radio entity, KSVG accepts tax-deductible donations. All funds will go toward more upgrades and running costs to continue providing a format Chavez labels "indie rock/mod/college."

"A lot of people I know already know about us, along with random people I run into. I get some 'Thank yous' and 'We love everything you guys play.' It's a good feeling."

Listeners can meet members of the KSVG staff on Sunday at Bakotopia's 2013 St. Patty's Day Shamrock Shindig at On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., at 3 p.m.

For information, call 327-7625 or visit facebook.com/KSVGRadio.

Matt's pick

Choirs and Redadare at Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St., 9 p.m., Saturday, $5, 322-8900.

After an extended period of silence, Bakersfield alt-rockers Choirs are ready to take the stage again. Fans can listen to a new song from the group titled "Vestige" at soundcloud.com/choirs. According to a post on the band's official Facebook, the band will debut a wealth of new material at Sandrini's for a sneak peak of their upcoming new CD. Also appearing are local quintet Redadare, featuring former members of a band I was oddly familiar with some years back, Throatshot. Welcome back.

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