October 05, 2010

The film Leading Ladies

The film Leading Ladies just had its local premiere in Champaign, the town in which it was written and filmed, and I ran an interview on "Live and Local" that was recorded before the film was completed. I've since talked again with the filmmakers, and I will air the combined interviews, with more music, on the Tuesday edition of the show, in advance of this weekend's screening in Normal.

October 04, 2010

Millikin University Music Professor Ronald YaDeau

Millikin University Professor Ronald YaDeau has been an active pianist, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest for many years and has taught piano and music theory at Millikin since 1978. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'm pleased to have Prof. YaDeau as a guest in advance of his recital Friday night.

September 30, 2010

Trio X and Marc Ribot at the Sudden Sound Concert; Conductor Michael Luxner

The Sudden Sound Concert Series at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign presents artists in the fields of improvised music and avant-garde jazz. Curator Jason Finkelman will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" to preview performances by Trio X and Marc Ribot. And I'll talk with conductor Michael Luxner about this Saturday's concert by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.

September 29, 2010

Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University; Bossa Nuevo

The Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University will feature two concerts this month celebrating the music of Robert Schumann. I'll talk with pianist R. Kent Cook about this Sunday's recital on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear some tracks from the new CD by local band Bossa Nuevo in advance of their CD release party.

September 24, 2010

Fiddler Liz Knowles; Henhouse Prowlers

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have the final installment in our weeklong coverage of the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, and it should be a doozy, with two live bands in our studio. Fiddler Liz Knowles will bring her quartet of traditional Irish musicians, and the Henhouse Prowlers will play red-hot bluegrass from Chicago.

September 23, 2010

Singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott; “Leading Ladies”

"Leading Ladies," a dance musical dramedy filmed in Champaign, will make its area debut this weekend. Last summer I talked with the writer-director team of Erika and Daniel Beahm just after they wrapped shooting, and I'll air that conversation on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott, who will perform at the second CU Folk and Roots Festival.

September 22, 2010

Tito Puente Jr.; Singer and guitarist John Elder

Tito Puente Jr. steps out of the shoes of his famous father with his new CD, "Got Mambo?" He'll bring his Latin Big Band to the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston on Friday, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear local singer and guitarist John Elder, one of the many performers at this weekend's Champaign-Urbana Folk and Root Festival. NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, we do not have an archive of the portion of today's show with Tito Puente, Jr., for which we sincerely apologize! The audiophile contains the complete segment with John Elder.

September 21, 2010

Cuban band Sandunga at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival

Our focus this week on the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival will continue on the Tuesday edition of the show with a live performance in our studio by the local Cuban band Sandunga. And we'll preview "Words in the Wind," with actors from our community bringing to life children's books in a concert-style performance.

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