Live and Local

WILL - Live and Local - September 30, 2010

Trio X and Marc Ribot at the Sudden Sound Concert; Conductor Michael Luxner

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(Duration: 43:23)

The Sudden Sound Concert Series at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign presents artists in the fields of improvised music and avant-garde jazz. Curator Jason Finkelman will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" to preview performances by Trio X and Marc Ribot. And I'll talk with conductor Michael Luxner about this Saturday's concert by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.


WILL - Live and Local - September 29, 2010

Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University; Bossa Nuevo

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 24, 2010

Fiddler Liz Knowles; Henhouse Prowlers

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 23, 2010

Singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott; “Leading Ladies”

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 22, 2010

Tito Puente Jr.; Singer and guitarist John Elder

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(Duration: 29:14)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 21, 2010

Cuban band Sandunga at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

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!]


WILL - Live and Local - September 17, 2010

Mike Boedicker’s film “Revolting”; Dracula the Undead

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(Duration: 58:10)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 16, 2010

Performance artist Deke Weaver; The Illinois Symphony

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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(Duration: 48:45)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - September 15, 2010

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Billie Holiday tribute show; Dallas Street

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(Duration: 43:58)

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.


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