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!]
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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.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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.
Sinfonia da Camera is the resident chamber orchestra at the Krannert Center in Urbana. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with music director Ian Hobson about the group's new season, opening next Saturday, which carries out a theme of music used in films-an intriguing concept that covers some great classics.
Friday, September 10, 2010
It has been said of Sacred Harp singing, "It wallops your stomach, vibrates your spine, makes the inside of your head buzz." The Harp singing tradition is alive in central Illinois, and we'll hear about it on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with the leader of the Grammy-nominated Latin band Tiempo Libre, who open the Krannert Center's season in Urbana on Friday night.
The Hot Club of Detroit is a terrific five-piece band inspired by the spirit of Django Reinhardt. They'll visit the Iron Post in Urbana on Sunday night, and band member Paul Brady will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with violist and composer Rudolf Haken about his upcoming solo recital.
The handbell ensemble Bells in Motion has released a new CD, and they're throwing a Premier Party on Saturday in Springfield. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with one of their members and sample the disc. And we'll hear about Soul Miners Children's Theatre Company, who are seeking students and teachers for the current term.
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana has announced an exciting and varied season of music, dance, theater and multi-media events for 2010-2011. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," Mike Ross and Bridget Lee-Calfas will join me to share some highlights through conversation and recordings.