On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Kymberly Harris, artistic director of TheatresCool of Bloomington-Normal, about the company's current production. It's a play called "Faith," described as "a darkly funny look at therapy, medication, romance, parents, and even suicide." We'll also hear from conductor Gary Shaw about the Greater Decatur Youth Band, which gets under way June 9.
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Jim "Banjo Gramps" Eyman says, "Music recorded after 1934 makes me nervous." That sentiment seems to guide The Ruthless Goats, a quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists who specialize in music of 19th- and early 20th-century America. They have gigs in Urbana and Oakwood over the next few weeks, and we'll hear them live in our studio on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," my guest will be Ash Devine, who bills herself as a singer-songwriter, caring clown and multi-talented lover of the arts and social change. She is in Champaign-Urbana for a few performances and for rehearsals of a new theatre piece called AquaTown: A Future Hydrohistory. She'll perform for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble, led by Jordan Kaye, live in our studio. They'll be playing at the Urbana Free Library Sunday afternoon. And I'll talk with Hilary Scott, a nationally touring singer-songwriter, who will be at Aroma Café in Champaign on Saturday night. [NOTE: Due to illness, Hilary Scott was not able to appear.]
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have a singing visit by members of Amasong in advance of their concerts in Champaign this weekend, called "Women's Words, Women's Voices." And I'll talk with Paul Wirth of the Iron Post in Urbana about their first annual jazz festival Friday night, featuring numerous acts from the local area.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Chester Alwes, music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, who will give an all-Bach concert Sunday night. And we'll hear about a play called "David and Lisa," based on a novel and film, produced by the McLean County Diversity Project in Bloomington.
The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra boasts talented young people from much of our listening area. They'll play their spring concert on Sunday the 23rd, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear two of the orchestra's chamber ensembles display their skills. We'll also learn about a community band and chorus happening this summer in St. Joseph.
Singer-songwriter Gloria Roubal counts among her musical influences Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Pink Floyd, Ravi Shankar, Bach and Beethoven. She has performed as G. Lee with the band Jet Blonde but mostly does solo acoustic gigs. She and bassist Ed Schaller will play next Saturday in downtown Champaign, and they'll be my guests on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
Fiddler Wade Benson Landry has been performing since he was a boy in Louisiana. After many years as a side man with some of Nashville's greats, he now has his own show, "Swingin' Cajun Style" in Branson, Missouri. He'll bring his Cajun swing and comedy to the Bement Country Opry on Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
The band Bate Calado plays a mix of Brazilian music: bossa nova, choros, forro and more. They will be one of four bands featured in a Brazilian Music Night in Urbana Friday night, and they'll join us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Dan Southerland, director of the new Urbana Pops Orchestra.