Community Grooves


The Community Grooves program, produced and hosted by Natalie Butto, is about culture across diverse genres and communities.
Features include diverse cultural associations and events - such as Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage, Kwanzaa, Oregon Day of Culture, Siren Nation Arts Festival, and India Festival - along with related guests. 
The program airs live on 1st Fridays at 11:30am-12noon on KBOO Portland 90.7 FM, and at After airing, programs are also available as a podcast online.
You are invited to tune in, connect, and celebrate diverse dimensions of culture and community :)

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Episode Archive

Community Grooves on 07/02/10

Air date: 
Fri, 07/02/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Lilith Fair and the Mississippi Street Fair

Host Natalie Butto interviews Annie Bethancourt, the winner of the local artist spot in the Lilith tour and Sony Watson, coordinator for the Mississippi Street Fair.

Community Grooves on 06/04/10

Air date: 
Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Intercultural Communication Institute

 Producer/Host Natalie Butto is joined in studio by:

Tonisha Toler, Regional Arts & Culture Council, talking about ArtSpark and the upcoming grant cycle;


Chris Cartwright, Intercultural Communication Institute, sharing insights about intercultural assessments and the upcoming Summer Institute.


Community Grooves on 03/05/10

Air date: 
Fri, 03/05/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Creative Communities of Women in Portland

Celebrating Women's History month/International Womens Day, Natalie Butto hosts a roundtable discussion about women creative communities in Portland.

Guests are:

Ana Ammann, SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

Lisa Lepine, PDX Creative Exchange

Michel Johnson, WIF (Women in Film) PDX chapter

Adrienne Fritz, Working Artists Network

Community Grooves on 02/05/10

Air date: 
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

We are celebrating Black History Month and the Chinese New Year on this month’s “Community Grooves” program.

Community Grooves on 12/04/09

Air date: 
Fri, 12/04/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

On this month’s Community Grooves program, Host Natalie Butto features Ethos Music Center, celebrating 10 years of providing music education to youth in underserved communities; Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's upcoming Kwanzaa celebration; and Boys & Girls Aid foster care adoption program for long awaiting children.

Community Grooves on 11/06/09

Air date: 
Fri, 11/06/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

On this month's "Community Grooves", Host Natalie Butto features German Culture Week (commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall); Native American Heritage month; and Siren Nation Women Arts Festival.

Community Grooves

Air date: 
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

The Community Grooves program, hosted by Natalie Butto, features diverse cultural organizations and events. It airs live on the 1st Friday of the month 11:30am-12noon.

On August 7th, in-studio guests will be Jaisen Mody - President, India Cultural Association, Portland; and Community outreach representatives from Our United Village.
We will learn more about these associations and upcoming events - including India Festival and the Intercultural Community Gathering.

You are invited to tune in and celebrate culture and community ~

Community Grooves on 07/03/09

Air date: 
Fri, 07/03/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

The Community Grooves show celebrates community and culture across diverse dimensioins and genres, featuring guests and upcoming events.  Today, host Natalie Butto speaks with Marcus Hinz, new executive director of the Oregon Country Fair.  Tune in to hear about his vision, their mission, the upcoming Fair, as well as OCF's at-risk youth camp, Culture Jam.

Note: beginning in August, this show starts at 11:30am and a new show, It Takes a Village, hosted by Shaheed Hamid will begin at 11am.


Oregon Country Fair, Hip Hop Congress, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication

program date: 
Fri, 07/01/2011

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves, joined by guests (via phone): 

Charles Ruff, Operations Manager of the Oregon Country Fair

and Amer Ahmed, a University of Michigan administrator and Board co-chair of the Hip Hop Congress, who will be speaking at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland.

Intro music clips: "Community" - Audio Soul Project
Outro music: "Blue Skies" - Halie Loren

Pride, Q Doc Fest, Buddhist Festival in the Park

program date: 
Fri, 06/03/2011

Host Natalie Butto features Pride NWQ Doc film festival, and Buddhist Festival in the Park.

Guests are:

Debra Porta, President, Pride NW
Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Music clips from "Praise to Tara" by Nada Shakti

Earth Day discussion with Sustainable Northwest and Net Impact Portland

program date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves on a special day this month, honoring Earth Day.

Guests joining in studio are:

Martin Goebel, Sustainable Northwest Founder and President
Graeme Byrd, Net Impact Portland chapter leader; and
Scott Stein, Net Impact Portland and the Bus Project

Tune in for a discussion about green/sustainable culture, 3x bottom line, business impact, generational influences, upcoming events, and the importance of collaboration.

Music clips from "Out in the Country" by 3 Dog Night.

Women's History Month, International Women's Day events and information

program date: 
Fri, 03/04/2011

Host Natalie Butto features Women's History Month and International Women's Day events and information.

Guests are:
Casandra Clements, Portland International Women's Day Coordinator and Board of Directors President;

Traci Boyle-Galestiantz,  Women's Resource Center at Portland Community College Coordinator, and Women's Studies adjunct faculty at PSU

Discussion includes upcoming International Women's Day events, current statistics on women, and perspectives about the term feminism.

 Intro/outro music clips from Women of the World Acoustic CD, Putumayo 2007.

Portland Jazz Festival, Cascade Festival of African Films

program date: 
Tue, 02/08/2011

Celebrating Black History month, Host Natalie Butto previews the Portland Jazz Festival, exploring this year's theme "Bridges and Boundaries, Jewish and African Americans playing Jazz" with Festival Artistic Director Bill Royston.

Also joining the program is Shireen Farrahi talking about the Cascade Festival of African Films.

Community Grooves generally airs on the 1st Friday of the month. Due to special programming last Friday, the show aired live on Tuesday Feb. 8th.

Thanks for tuning in~

Cultural Preview with Oregon Arts Commission and Travel Portland

program date: 
Fri, 01/07/2011

Natalie Butto previews the year in culture, with guests Barbara Steinfeld, VP of Travel Portland, and Christine D'Arcy, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission.

Guests share insights about trends, cultural tourism, the role of each organization, event highlights, funding, and information resources.

Community Grooves is a monthly program, produced and hosted by Natalie Butto, featuring diverse dimensions of culture. The program airs live on the 1st Friday of the month 11:30am-12noon on KBOO Portland 90. 7 FM and on Podcasts are available online at Community Grooves.

Thanks for tuning in and may you enjoy a culturally enriched 2011!

Non Profit Sector and the Non Profit Association of Oregon

program date: 
Fri, 12/03/2010

Host Natalie Butto features the reformulated Non Profit Association of Oregon, with guests: Executive Director Carrie Hoops, and Senior Consultant Guadalupe Guajardo.

We talk about the  culture of giving; state of the nonprofit sector; the role/services of this umbrella organization; and upcoming event on "Building Multicultural Leadership".

Art of Reconciliation and Colored Pencils

program date: 
Fri, 11/05/2010

On November's "Community Grooves" program, Producer and Host Natalie Butto features the Art of Reconciliation.

This inaugural event (Nov. 20-21) will bring together diverse community associations, in celebration of Resolutions NW's 25th Anniversary.

Guests joining in studio are LeRoy Goertz, Art of Reconciliation founder and Resolutions NW cofounder; and

Ronault Catalani of the city's New Portlander Programs; and co-presenting organization Colored Pencils.

Intro/outro music clips from "I am Walking : New Native Music" CD.

This program aired live on Friday Nov. 5th.

Oregon Latino Agenda for Action Summit

program date: 
Tue, 10/19/2010

Natalie Butto attended the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action inaugural Summit and shares short interviews with community advocates and educators Gilbert Carrasco, Patricia Martinez, Steven Bender, and Jose Ibarra.

Portions of these interviews aired on KBOO's evening news today.

Latino Community Leader Roundtable

program date: 
Fri, 10/01/2010

Natalie Butto hosts a Latino leadership roundtable including:

Patricia Martinez - founding Chair of Latino Fund of Oregon; associate faculty at Marylhurst University; former Executive Director for Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; and an educator with 25 years experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator.

Steven Bender - University of Oregon Law school Professor; Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs appointee; co-president of SALT (Society of American Law Teachers); and author of several books encompassing legal, cultural, and historical issues involving Latino(a)s including just released "Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing".

Consuelo Saragoza - Senior Advisor of Public Health & Community Initiatives, Multnomah County Health Department; Co-founder of the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action; and Board member of Hacienda CDC and TriMet.

We talked about current outlook, immigration, education, and health, and the upcoming Latino Agenda for Action inaugural Summit.

This program aired during KBOO's Fall membership drive. You can join and contribute on the website at

Intro/outro music clips from Jessie Marquez CD.


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