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 07/01/11

Air date: 
Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Oregon Country Fair, Hip Hop Congress, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves, joined by guests (via phone): 
Charles Ruff, Operations Manager of the Oregon Country Fair
and Amer Ahmed, a college administrator and Board co-chair of the Hip Hop Congress, who will be speaking at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland.

Community Grooves on 06/03/11

Air date: 
Fri, 06/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Q Doc film fest, Pride NW, Buddhist Festival in the Park

Host Natalie Butto features guests from Q Doc film festival, Pride NW, and Buddhist Festival in the Park.

Community Grooves on 04/22/11

Air date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Earth Day, Sustainable Northwest, Net Impact

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves on a special day this month. We honor Earth Day (2011 Billion Acts of Green theme), and discuss green/sustainable culture. Guests are leaders of Net Impact Portland chapter and Sustainable Northwest. 

Community Grooves on 03/04/11

Air date: 
Fri, 03/04/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Women's History month, International Women's Day

Host Natalie Butto features Women's History Month and International Women's Day, with guests previewing upcoming events.

Community Grooves on 02/08/11

Air date: 
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Portland Jazz Festival

As we celebrate 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 to talk 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 is airing live today Feb. 8th.

We invite you to tune in~

Community Grooves on 01/07/11

Air date: 
Fri, 01/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Cultural Year in Preview

Natalie Butto previews the 2011 year in culture, with guests Barbara Steinfeld, VP of Travel Portland, and Christine D'Arcy, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission.

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.

Community Grooves on 12/03/10

Air date: 
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Host Natalie Butto features the newly revamped Non Profit Association of Oregon, with guests Senior Consultant Guadalupe Guajardo and Executive Director Carrie Hoops. We will talk about the state of nonprofits; spirit and culture of giving; and upcoming event on "Building Multicultural Leadership".

Community Grooves on 11/05/10

Air date: 
Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Art of Reconciliation and Colored Pencils

On this month's "Community Grooves", Producer and Host Natalie Butto features the Art of Reconciliation. Guests are the event founder, as well as a representative from co-presenting organization Colored Pencils.

Community Grooves on 10/01/10

Air date: 
Fri, 10/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Latino leadership roundtable

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 "One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Caeser Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity".

Community Grooves on 08/06/10

Air date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Festa Italiana and the Beloved Arts and Music Festival

On the August "Community Grooves" program, Host Natalie Butto is joined live in studio by organizers of the Festa Italiana and the Beloved (Sacred Art and Music) Festival. They will preview these upcoming events, and share insights about the related community.


Festa Italiana, Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival

program date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010

On the August "Community Grooves" program, Host Natalie Butto is joined in studio by:

Lucia Galizia and Bob Iannacone of the Festa Italiana, who talk about the local Italian community and culture, and the 19th annual Festa coming up at the end of the month; and

Elliot Rasenick, Founder and Director of the Beloved (Sacred Art and Music) Festival, who provides insights about the origins and highlights of the upcoming weekend event.

Guests also share thoughts about bridging traditional and modern cultures.

Intro/outro music segments from the Italian Cafe CD.


Lilith Fair local artist winner Annie Bethancourt and Mississippi Street Fair

program date: 
Fri, 07/02/2010

Host Natalie Butto interviews Annie Bethancourt, Ourstage local artist winner for Lilith Fair in Portland. The concert is on July 2nd with a portion of proceeds benefitting Bradley Angle House. The Lilith Fair 2010 tour kicked off in Canada, and this is the first stop on the US tour.

Sony Watson also joins Natalie to share a preview of the upcoming Mississippi Street well as insights about the neighborhood. The Fair takes place on July 10th and benefits local schools.


Music performed live in studio by Annie Bethancourt.



No. Fest interarts festival in North Portland

program date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010

Host Natalie Butto is joined by Sean Ongley to preview the 3rd annual No. Fest interarts festival taking place in North Portland (St Johns) this weekend. Sean also shares insights about the festival origins, and what he has learned on the way.

Guests include: multimedia artists Dustin Zemel and Billygoat (David Klein and Nick Wooley).


This program aired during Radiozine programming on KBOO.

  • Title: No. Fest
  • Length: 27:50 minutes (25.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Intercultural Communication Institute, Regional Arts & Culture Council

program date: 
Fri, 06/04/2010


On June's Community Grooves program, Producer and Host Natalie Butto is joined in studio by:

Chris Cartwright, Director of Intercultural Assessment, Intercultural Communication Institute,

sharing insights about intercultural trends and the global Summer Institute;


Tonisha Toler, Grants and Outreach Coordinator, Regional Arts & Culture Council, talking about ArtSpark and upcoming grants.

Guests will also shares perspectives on what is culture anyway....

Intro/outro music segments from "We the People" CD by Brule'




Community Power - Real Wealth of Portland, Transition PDX, Burning Man

program date: 
Fri, 05/07/2010

As part of KBOO's special news and public affairs day, the topic on "Community Grooves" today is Community Power. We explore alternative economic models and avenues for building and empowering communities.

Host Natalie Butto is joined in studio by:

Marcia Meyers and Jared Gardner from Real Wealth of Portland

David Johnson of Transition PDX (a UK originated model); and

Tzara Vierck representing Burning Man and Burning Man Portland.


Thanks for supporting community radio and community power.


Roundtable discussion on the women's creative community in Portland

program date: 
Fri, 03/05/2010

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

Guests are:

Ana Ammann, SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day 

Lisa Lepine, PDX Creative Exchange

Michel Jackson, WIF (Women in Film) PDX chapter

Adrienne Fritz, Working Artists Network


SWAN Day takes place on March 27th and 28th. 

Music clips courtesy of SWAN Day performers

Intro: "The Rain Song" by Carley Baer from "You Can't Control the Weather" 

Outro: "Wonder" by Acoustic Minds from "AM Radio" 

Both CD's are expected to be released in late March


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Cascade Festival of African Films, Chinese Gardens + Chinese New Year events

program date: 
Fri, 02/05/2010
On February’s “Community Grooves” program, we celebrate Black History Month and the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Natalie Butto hosted the program live and was joined in studio by Cascade Festival of African Films representatives Ronna Neuenschwander and Shireen Farrahi; as well as Lan Su Chinese Gardens’ Managing Director Jane De Marco.
This is the 20th annual Cascade Festival of African Films, which runs Feb. 5-March 6.
Portland’s Lan Su Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary and is hosting several events to commemorate the Chinese New Year in mid/late February.
Electronic intro/outro music composed by MC Natalie B

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Ethos Music Center, Boys & Girls Aid foster youth adoption, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Kwanzaa celebration

program date: 
Fri, 12/04/2009

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; Boys & Girls Aid foster care adoption program for long awaiting children; and Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's upcoming Kwanzaa celebration.

 Guests are: Charles Lewis, Ethos Music Center; Kendra Morris-Jacobson, Boys & Girls Aid; and Adrienne Flagg, IFCC.

German Culture Week, Native American Heritage month, Siren Nation arts festival

program date: 
Fri, 11/06/2009

On this month's "Community Grooves", Producer/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. Guests include representatives from the German American Association, Siren Nation; and we hear a story from Wisdom of the Elders.

Oregon Day of Culture, Disability Employment Awareness month events, Latin American Film Fest

program date: 
Fri, 10/02/2009

On today's Community Grooves program, Host Natalie Butto features Oregon Day of Culture, and Hispanic Heritage Month Part 2, including interviews with Oregon Cultural Trust manager and Latin American Film Festival founder. 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month and following are related events:

Connecting Communities gathering

October 15th

Harvest Festival & Resource Fair - Free opportunity to learn more about disability resources for families with a child experiencing developmental disabilities; and to have some family fun.

For general information


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