Live and Local
Thursday on "Live and Local," guest host Roger Cooper talks to a guest about the production of "Annie" at the Muni in Springfield, and visits with Bob Pearse about Music at the Landing at Kickapoo State Park. Bob plays in the group Strings Attached. Randy McCabe of High Cross Road Band will also be along. He plays at Kickapoo on Friday.
Sitting in with guest host Roger Cooper is trumpeter Jeff Helgeson, who is playing Friday at the Iron Post in Urbana, and Megan Wolf, director of resource development for 40 North 88 West. She'll tell us about the 6th Annual ACES awards.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," guest host Roger Cooper talks to singer-songwriter Michael Kammin, playing at Krannert Uncorked in Urbana on Thursday. During the second half, he talks to organist Stephen Buzard. He is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College and is headed to Wells Cathedral as their organ scholar.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear highlights from four shows heard earlier this year, with live performances by violinist Stefan Milenkovich and cellist Dmitry Kouzov; a talented two-girl band from Urbana called Endless Pages; a solo turn by singer and bodhran player Dean Karres; and a duo on traditional Chinese instruments.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear highlights from three shows heard earlier this year, with live performances by the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band Wind Quintet, a barbershop quartet from Danville called Four on the Floor and the Pacifica Quartet.
Desafinado is a six-piece ensemble based in Champaign-Urbana that plays samba, bossa nova, and MPB, or Musica Popular Brasileira. The group will appear later this month at the first CU Pride Fest, and we've got them for a full hour of music on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
Button accordion player Paddy O'Brien, fiddler Patrick Ourceau and guitarist Pat Egan are the internationally acclaimed traditional Irish trio Chulrua. The band will play at Urbana's Independent Media Center Tuesday night, and they'll join me in the studio for an hour of lively music making on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company is currently presenting the musical Footloose, with its Oscar- and Tony-nominated score, at Parkland College. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," a few of the actors will share a song or two. And we'll hear a preview of the coming season at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur.
According to the Minneapolis-based Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets A Prairie Home Companion-an eclectic mix of bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will play at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount Friday night, and they'll be my guests on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
The musicians of Maria and Co. are all veterans of the local music scene, playing in multiple groups representing many musical genres. Accordionist Maria Merkelo, violinist Dorothy Martirano, guitarist and balalaika player Rob Prescott and bassist Josh Houchin will appear at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday evening, and they'll join me live in the studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
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