March 25, 2011

Black Magic Johnson

Springfield's Reggie Britton is Black Magic Johnson, who has been playing the blues for more than 25 years. His band has opened for the likes of Koko Taylor and Lonnie Brooks, and he'll play in Springfield and Bloomington over the next couple of weeks. Black Magic Johnson will join me live in the studio on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.

March 23, 2011

Red Mask Players present Romantic Fever; accordionist Maria Merkelo, cellist Barbara Hedlund

The Red Mask Players in Danville will present the Midwest premiere of Romantic Fever, a romantic satire by Sharon Tipsword, one of Red Mask's own. The show opens this weekend, and we'll hear a preview on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll be joined live in our studio by accordionist Maria Merkelo and cellist Barbara Hedlund, who perform in Urbana on Thursday.

March 22, 2011

Sweet Wednesday

When was the last time you heard a song about rats named Grumpy, Sleepy and Sister Heartache? Those are among the varied characters who appear in songs by Dave Falk and Lisa Housman, who together are the Massachusetts-based duo Sweet Wednesday. They'll be at Memphis on Main in downtown Champaign Tuesday night, and they'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.

March 18, 2011

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts Suites; Mauvais Sort

In his later years, Duke Ellington produced and recorded three Sacred Concerts, in San Francisco, New York and London. Suites from those concerts will be presented in Urbana in the coming weeks, and we'll hear a preview on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll introduce listeners to a wonderful band from Canada called Mauvais Sort, playing in Bloomington Friday night.

March 17, 2011

Music for Royal Occasions by the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana; Irish music events

This Saturday, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will present a concert of fanfares, odes and anthems called "Music for Royal Occasions." Music director Chester Alwes will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll run down the area's schedule of Irish music events for St. Patrick's Day with Dean Karres, who runs the Piper's Hut Concert Series.

March 16, 2011

Nora Chipaumire; Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque Show

Nora Chipaumire is a Zimbabwe-born choreographer, director and dancer who creates provocative and politically charged multimedia dance performances. In residence at the University of Illinois this week, she'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about Jack Milo's Baggy Pants Burlesque Show, in Sullivan this weekend.

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