The Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University will feature two concerts this month celebrating the music of Robert Schumann. I'll talk with pianist R. Kent Cook about this Sunday's recital on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear some tracks from the new CD by local band Bossa Nuevo in advance of their CD release party.
Live and Local
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have the final installment in our weeklong coverage of the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, and it should be a doozy, with two live bands in our studio. Fiddler Liz Knowles will bring her quartet of traditional Irish musicians, and the Henhouse Prowlers will play red-hot bluegrass from Chicago.
Leading Ladies," a dance musical dramedy filmed in Champaign, will make its area debut this weekend. Last summer I talked with the writer-director team of Erika and Daniel Beahm just after they wrapped shooting, and I'll air that conversation on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott, who will perform at the second CU Folk and Roots Festival.
Tito Puente Jr. steps out of the shoes of his famous father with his new CD, "Got Mambo?" He'll bring his Latin Big Band to the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston on Friday, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear local singer and guitarist John Elder, one of the many performers at this weekend's Champaign-Urbana Folk and Root Festival. NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, we do not have an archive of the portion of today's show with Tito Puente, Jr., for which we sincerely apologize! The audiophile contains the complete segment with John Elder.
Our focus this week on the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival will continue on the Tuesday edition of the show with a live performance in our studio by the local Cuban band Sandunga. And we'll preview "Words in the Wind," with actors from our community bringing to life children's books in a concert-style performance.
The Austin-based jazz-and-western-swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown will be among the headliners at the 2nd Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival this weekend. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with their guitarist, Whit Smith, and sample their recent CD. And we'll hear local singer-songwriter Jeff Arrigo, live in our studio. [NOTE: Due to a family emergency, Mr. Arrigo was not able to appear on today's show. We hope to have him another time!]
Mike Boedicker's film "Revolting" is a dark comedy about a playwright struggling to write a sequel to his lone hit. Filmed in Danville and Champaign, with a mostly Baroque score, it will be shown in Champaign next weekend. Mr. Boedicker will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear some scenes from Rantoul Theatre Group's original production Dracula the Undead.
Performance artist Deke Weaver calls his Unreliable Bestiary "an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them and the worlds they inhabit." "Elephant," the second installment in the series, will premiere next week in Urbana, and Mr. Weaver will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a preview of the Illinois Symphony's new season.
The illustrious singer and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater will bring her Billie Holiday tribute show to the Krannert Center in Urbana on Saturday, and she'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a preview from Dallas Street of Parkland Theatre's new season, which opens Sept. 22.
Jean "Django" Reinhardt was a Gypsy jazz guitarist whose compositions and performances have been tremendously influential on many subsequent jazz musicians. A trio based in Champaign-Urbana plays the Music of Django Reinhardt regularly, including this Sunday at the Iron Post and at the upcoming Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. They'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.