Del Castillo is the name of two Texas-born guitar-playing brothers, as well as the name of the band they formed together. They’ll bring their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin and blues to the Ellnora Guitar Festival Friday evening, and they’ll be my guests on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with conductor David Commanday about the season-opening concert by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, in Washington Saturday night.
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Ellnora: The Guitar Festival officially opens Thursday night at the Krannert Center in Urbana, with guitarists of all genres. On the Thursday edition of “Live and Local,” we’ll hear three of those players live in our studio: classical guitarist Jason Vieaux; Andreas Aase, who specializes in traditional music of his native Norway; and South African Derek Gripper, whose latest recording translates traditional music of Mali to the Western guitar.
“Sing it high and sing it low, sing out every song they know.” Those are a couple of lines from a song by Dan Zanes, but it could also be a motto for his work bringing music of all kinds to kids of all ages. He’ll play at the Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana this weekend, and he’ll join me on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll talk also with Irish accordionist David Munnelly about his gig with fiddle player Mick Conneely in Urbana Thursday night.
What do you get when you pair a member of Chicago’s Blue Man Group with Kansas City’s sexiest musician? Why, Victor and Penny, of course. Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane sing music they call “antique pop,” with ukulele and a vintage jazz guitar. They play early 20th-century songs, unique arrangements of modern tunes and clever originals, and they’ll be in Fairmount next Saturday. I’ll talk with Victor and Penny on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
Ellnora: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana has come to be recognized (in the words of Fretboard Journal) as "one of the world's most forward-thinking guitar festivals." This year's line-up at the biennial festival features artist-in-residence Cindy Cashdollar and a roster of talent that includes classical, jazz, blues, flamenco, Hindustani, gypsy, rock and gospel musicians--and many more. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Krannert Center's Tammey Kikta about the festival overall, and we'll sample recordings representing just a few of the many talented artists.
Croatia-born classical guitarist Ana Vidovic is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and a winner of multiple prizes and competitions. She'll play at the Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana next week, and I'll talk with her on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And, live in the studio, I'll welcome author William Gillespie and electric violinist Chandra Watkins, who will participate in a show called "Callings" in Champaign Sunday night.
In 1990, while still a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kristina Boerger decided to form what came to be called Amasong: Champaign-Urbana’s Lesbian/Feminist Chorus. Now, twenty-three years later, she returns to the University as its interim director of choral activities. On the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Kristina about her vision for the choral program and about the musical life that led her back to C-U.
As an Australian of Scottish and English heritage, guitarist and singer Fiona Boyes would seem to be an unlikely practitioner of that quintessential American art form knows as the blues. She has been recording and performing internationally for more than 25 years doing just that. She'll bring her trio to Urbana next week for Ellnora: The Guitar Festival, and she'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
I count at least seventeen Celtic bands performing at Erin Feis Peoria this weekend, many of them playing more than once, plus numerous other musicians, dancers, storytellers and more. On the Friday edition of the show, I’ll talk with members of three of the featured bands: The Kells, based in Ohio, The Biffos, from Arizona, and Chicago Reel from—well, Chicago. And of course we’ll hear plenty of their music.
You needn't be afraid of the Rogue Army. That's the affectionate name given to the family of fans of the Baltimore-based American Rogues--whose sound-world, they say, resembles some combination of the 78th Fraser Pipe Band, the Chieftains, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Matthews Band and a symphony orchestra. The American Rogues will play at Erin Feis Peoria twice this weekend, and I'll talk with their lead singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Nelson Stewart on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local."