Live and Local
The 5th Allerton Music Barn Festival opens Thursday night at Allerton Park in Monticello, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with performers involved in the opening Viennese concert. And we'll hear about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's baseball-themed Labor Day weekend concerts in Springfield and Normal.
It's common for different bands of all kinds to share personnel. For example, take the local bluegrass band Corn Desert Ramblers, add one player and substract a few and you have the Hot Iron String Band. They play in Urbana Saturday night, and they'll join us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a preview of the musical comedy Smoke on the Mountain, playing in Springfield Friday night.
Erin Feis in Peoria is a major festival of traditional Irish music, drawing bands from around the world and featuring local groups as well. The event happens this weekend. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with a member of the very young band from Ireland called Goitse [pronounced gwi-cha], and we'll hear the Bloomington-Normal-based band The Shanties, live in our studio.
The late South African singer Miriam Makeba was among the very first artists to popularize African music around the world. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll learn about an exhibition in Champaign that explores Makeba's music and image through recordings and artifacts. And we'll hear singer-songwriter Denise La Grassa, who will perform at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Normal this weekend.
The Jim Markum Swing Band, based in Pekin, has been around since 2000, headed of course by Jim Markum on lead trumpet. They'll play in Bloomington Tuesday night, and Jim will be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll rebroadcast part of a live session we had back in March with the local blues band Black Magic Johnson, who play in Springfield twice on Friday.
The Champaign-based band Elsinore was founded in 2002, with two studio albums, one live album and four EPs. They'll celebrate the release of the newest EP this Saturday at the Highdive, and lead singer Ryan Groff will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about a show by the a cappella group Acaharmodies! in Peoria this weekend.
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist who plays the ancient brass-strung harp of Ireland. He'll be at the Heartland Gallery in Urbana Thursday night, and he'll join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll talk also with Tony Maher of Rockome Gardens in Arcola, who host their 17th annual bluegrass festival this weekend.
Loose Shoes is the name of a variety band with a full horn section based in Pekin. They'll be playing at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Saturday night, and I'll welcome one of their founders, Eric Reinertson, to the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with Aaron Feder of Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, who play in Champaign on Saturday--their only USA gig in 2011!
Next Saturday starting at noon, the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington will host "Blues at the Mansion," featuring Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones, Blues Hall-of-Famer Steve "The Harp" and the 16-year-old local phenomenon Matthew Curry. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll be pleased to welcome Steve and Matthew live in our studio for an hour of great music.
Friday night in Urbana, the father-and-son duo of Gordon and Gavin Wilson will present a family-friendly show with music, magic, comedy and talking puppets, and father Gordon will join me for a live preview on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about the Corn Stalk Theatre production of Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical, in Peoria through Saturday.
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