Pogo Studios Archives Donated to the Sousa Archives
Recently, Champaign’s famed Pogo Studio closed its doors after nearly 30 years when owner Mark Rubel left for a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. But the music that was recorded there will live on at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois.
Rubel has donated master tapes and other recordings to the archives. His sister, Sasha has donated photos and other memorabilia related to Pogo studios and the local music scene.
Illinois Public Media's Jason Croft recently took a trip to the Sousa Archives to visit those in charge of the collection--Scott Schwartz and Rory Grennan.
At this point, Schwartz said the Sousa Archives is planning an exhibit for this fall focusing on Pogo Studios and how it captured the essence of the local community.
Mark Rubel has made more than a thousand recordings at his Pogo Studio in Champaign. His clients have included Alison Krauss, Hum, Rascall Flatts, Luther Allison and many other national acts. More to the point, he has recorded countless musicians living and working locally, and when he moves to Nashville next week, he will be greatly missed. I’ll talk with Mark Rubel, and we’ll hear samples of his work, on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," my guest will be Mark Rubel of Pogo Studio in downtown Champaign. Mark has produced and engineered hundreds of records in his career, with an incredible array of clients, including Alison Krauss, American Minor, Toby Twining, The Red Hot Valentines, Thomas Mapfumo and many, many others. He'll share some of his experiences and give us a peek into the world of audio production.