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Salinas Underground

We tell the story of the city we grew up with by interviewing the people that make it what it is: the business people, the musicians, the scholars, anyone that adds to the culture of Salinas.

Jul 2, 2022

This is a hybrid episode of the podcast that was recorded in two different locations. The first half was recorded in the studio and the second half was recorded on location at Steinbeck's Home Brew Fest.  In the studio, Kim Lawson, current President of the Salinas Steinbeck Rotary Club, and Cary Swensen, Home...


Jun 14, 2022

For this episode, we packed up some of the equipment in the studio and headed over to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the Ink at the Bay Festival. The event is back as big as ever after a two-year hiatus because of a global pandemic, and the event is back as big as ever! Listen as we talk to tattoo machine...


Jun 2, 2022

After a two-year break for a worldwide pandemic, Ink at the Bay is back at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Paulina sits down in the studio to tell us how an idea her brother had one day has morphed into a three-day festival featuring some of the best tattoo artists in the world. It's an inspirational story, and there...


Feb 12, 2022

Paper Tacos is the hottest greeting card company in Salinas and most of us have never even heard of it. In this episode, Jesus Ruvalcaba talks to us about his humble beginnings in a labor camp in Castroville to becoming an art director at one of the oldest companies in the Silicon Valley. He fell in love with art as...


Feb 8, 2022

Samantha from 831 Comadres joins us this week to talk about a show that was planned at the end of last year. In December, the city of Salinas and the Big Sur Land Trust announced that they had received millions of dollars from the state to put into two park projects in Salinas. One is the complete revitalization of...