Illinois fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt has made himself a specialist in French Creole and Cajun language, culture and music. He has just released a new CD exploring the music of Midwestern French America, and is preparing to perform at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival between June 21st and July 1st. We’ll talk with him on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll preview the “Young at Heartland” Senior Acting Program Summer Showcase.
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When you read Kent Conrad’s short bio, you may not learn that he has practiced law and translated Chinese for the Air Force. But his abiding love is music, especially musical theater, and he’s involved in two productions for Summer Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois. We’ll preview the show Gone Missing and Kent’s solo cabaret on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Station Theatre in Urbana will celebrate 40 years of creating innovate theater this summer, beginning with a musical called The Game of Love. The show adapts five one-act plays by Arthur Schnitzler, with music by Jacques Offenbach and Nancy Ford. Director Stephen Fiol and several of his actors will give us a live preview on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will present its 7th annual Kathy Murphy Memorial Student Production, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," this weekend. We'll have a live preview on today's show. And I'll chat with singer-songwriter Steve Poltz, who performs at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount Wednesday night.
Stringtown Lane is a small historic road in Piatt County. It’s also the name of a trio of Monticello musicians who play an eclectic mix of country, folk, pop, Latin and German music—and anything else they like. They’re doing a show at Monticello’s Brown Bag Deli Friday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Peoria Bach Festival has been held annually in June since 2003, and this week they’ll present Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in two concerts, with various associated events. John Jost is co-director of the festival, and he’ll join me on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with singer-songwriter Wil Maring about her performances this weekend with guitarist Robert Bowlin.
Jesse Smith is a Baltimore-born fiddler living in Ireland who is sought after as a teacher and collaborator. Detroit-born flutist, whistle player and uilleann piper Sean Gavin lives in Chicago and plays with the bands Bua and NicGaviskey. Together they’ll appear on the Piper’s Hut series in Urbana Tuesday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Penguin Project originated in Peoria as a theater program for children with disabilities. The Bloomington-Normal branch of the Project will present Beauty & the Beast Jr. next weekend, and their lead actors will join us on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also have a live preview of the Summer Harp Class at the University of Illinois.
Of all the live performances we’ve had on our show so far, one of my favorites was a bluegrass band from Chicago called The Henhouse Prowlers, almost two years ago. Well, they’re back, playing in Urbana Friday night, and they’ll play for us live for the hour on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”
The acclaimed Chicago-based acoustic guitar duo of Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic will make one of their occasional visits to Urbana Thursday night. Guitar Player magazine described their sound as “a stew seasoned with multifinger attacks, percussive beats and heavy Serbian and Greek influences.” The duo will play for us live on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”