May 26, 2010

The Ruthless Goats, a quartet who specialize in music of 19th- and early 20th-century America

Jim "Banjo Gramps" Eyman says, "Music recorded after 1934 makes me nervous." That sentiment seems to guide The Ruthless Goats, a quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists who specialize in music of 19th- and early 20th-century America. They have gigs in Urbana and Oakwood over the next few weeks, and we'll hear them live in our studio on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.

May 25, 2010

Singer-songwriter Ash Devine

On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," my guest will be Ash Devine, who bills herself as a singer-songwriter, caring clown and multi-talented lover of the arts and social change. She is in Champaign-Urbana for a few performances and for rehearsals of a new theatre piece called AquaTown: A Future Hydrohistory. She'll perform for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.

May 21, 2010

Parkland College Guitar Ensemble; singer-songwriter Hilary Scott

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble, led by Jordan Kaye, live in our studio. They'll be playing at the Urbana Free Library Sunday afternoon. And I'll talk with Hilary Scott, a nationally touring singer-songwriter, who will be at Aroma Café in Champaign on Saturday night.

[NOTE: Due to illness, Hilary Scott was not able to appear.]

May 19, 2010

Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana; “David and Lisa”

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Chester Alwes, music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, who will give an all-Bach concert Sunday night. And we'll hear about a play called "David and Lisa," based on a novel and film, produced by the McLean County Diversity Project in Bloomington.

May 18, 2010

East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra; St. Joseph community band and chorus

The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra boasts talented young people from much of our listening area. They'll play their spring concert on Sunday the 23rd, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear two of the orchestra's chamber ensembles display their skills. We'll also learn about a community band and chorus happening this summer in St. Joseph.

May 17, 2010

Singer-songwriter Gloria Roubal and bassist Ed Schaller

Singer-songwriter Gloria Roubal counts among her musical influences Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Pink Floyd, Ravi Shankar, Bach and Beethoven. She has performed as G. Lee with the band Jet Blonde but mostly does solo acoustic gigs. She and bassist Ed Schaller will play next Saturday in downtown Champaign, and they'll be my guests on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.

May 14, 2010

Fiddler Wade Benson Landry

Fiddler Wade Benson Landry has been performing since he was a boy in Louisiana. After many years as a side man with some of Nashville's greats, he now has his own show, "Swingin' Cajun Style" in Branson, Missouri. He'll bring his Cajun swing and comedy to the Bement Country Opry on Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.

May 13, 2010

Brazilian Music Night with Bate Calado

The band Bate Calado plays a mix of Brazilian music: bossa nova, choros, forro and more. They will be one of four bands featured in a Brazilian Music Night in Urbana Friday night, and they'll join us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Dan Southerland, director of the new Urbana Pops Orchestra.

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