May 31, 2011

Pianist Sam Gingher

Sam Gingher is a versatile pianist who has won concerto competitions with symphony orchestras, played in funk and jazz bands, written music to Robert Frost poems and given mini concerts for kids. He'll play a mixture of classical tunes, jazz standards and novelty rags at the Iron Post in Urbana tonight, and he'll join us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


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May 27, 2011

The Brothers Burn Mountain

Jesse and Ryan Dermody of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, are The Brothers Burn Mountain, who play what they call "rootsy Americana and bluesy bluegrass." They'll be at Memphis on Main tonight from 6 to 8, and they'll give us a live preview on today's edition of the show.


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May 25, 2011

Illinois New Music Festival; Greater Decatur Chorale

The first annual Illinois New Music Festival opens tonight in Peoria and runs through Saturday, with nightly themed concerts. On today's show, I'll talk with co-artistic director George Stelluto of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. And we hear about this weekend's concerts by the Greater Decatur Chorale from conductor Jason Garrett.


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May 24, 2011

Luke Winslow-King

Luke Winslow-King is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and composer inspired by New Orleans jazz, delta and country blues, gospel, ragtime, folk and classical music. He'll bring his trio-guitar, washboard and tuba-to the Iron Post in Urbana Tuesday night, and he'll join us live in the studio on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." NOTE: As you listen to the live performance, no need to check your radio for sound problems. Luke and Esther are singing through a mic and amp system chosen deliberately to recreate an old, "dirty" sound. Hope you enjoy it!

 

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May 23, 2011

Ashley Riley and Jessica Jolly of Somebody’s Daughter

Ashley Riley and Jessica Jolly are musicians working in Decatur who have their own solo gigs but who together make the duo called Somebody's Daughter. They'll be playing on the patio at Jimmy Ryan's in Decatur next Friday after happy hour, and they'll join us for a live hour of music on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.


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May 20, 2011

World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest

The World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest has been playing Peoria since 1975, and the 2011 contest will happen Memorial Day weekend, with guest artists, workshops and a sing-along party. Faye Ballard will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local" to talk about the event and do a little playing herself. And we'll hear about an evening of indie folk bands in Urbana on Saturday.


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May 19, 2011

Satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman

What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for twenty years and has won warm praise from the likes of Joni Mitchell and Tom Lehrer. Roy will play at the Independent Media Center in Urbana Thursday night, and he'll join us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.


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May 17, 2011

Monty Python’s Spamalot; University of Illinois Alumni Band

Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show will play at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield Tuesday night, and I'll talk with the man who plays Sir Dennis Galahad on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about Sunday's concert by the University of Illinois Alumni Band.


May 16, 2011

The Alleluia Ringers; summer youth musical theater camp

The Alleluia Ringers are a well-traveled handbell choir from Concordia University in Wisconsin. Their spring tour will bring them to Decatur Monday night, and I'll talk with their director on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from Jodi Prosser about a summer youth musical theater camp happening in Champaign during the month of June.


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