Charlie Harris and Cody Jensen of the Hobnob String Band
Provided by Hobnob String Band
November 02, 2016

Live From Studio F - Hobnob String Band

The 8th annual C-U Folk and Roots Festival starts Thursday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and continues Friday and Saturday in downtown Urbana.  The Hobnob String Band and Hubby Jenkins are performing Thursday at Krannert.  Three members of the Hobnob String Band joined Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline for the latest edition of “Live from Studio F.” 


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


Still picture from "The Bathrooms are Coming", the 1969 American-Standard Musical.
Steve Young
December 04, 2015

Night Of ‘Corporate Musicals’ Coming To Champaign

Veteran David Letterman late night writer Steve Young has compiled dozens of recordings from trade shows and conventions, songs from companies ranging from car manufacturers to beer breweries to General Electric.  "The Lost World of Industrial Musicals" comes to the Art Theater Co-op in Champaign Friday night.


Jessica Hopper sitting on an outdoor staircase
Photo provided by Featherproof Books
September 24, 2015

Music Critic Hopes Conversation Leads To Change

Music critic Jessica Hopper recently started a social media conversation about how women and other marginalized groups have been discouraged in their pursuits in the music industry.  Hopper will be in Champaign-Urbana for this weekend's Pygmalion Festival.  She spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about how that conversation started, and where she hopes it could lead.


The Punch Brothers (Left to Right: Paul Kowert, Noam Pickelny, Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, and Gabe Witcher)
Courtecy of The Punch Brothers
September 12, 2015

Punch Brothers On Their Sound, Solo Careers And Returning To Champaign-Urbana

The Punch Brothers are an acoustic band with a sound that defies most descriptors. They're playing this weekend as part of the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and two members of the group, Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny, spoke with Illinois Public Media about how they describe their sound, solo projects, taking over for Garrison Keillor (in Thile's case) and, in Pikelny’s case, coming back to play after graduating from the University of Illinois. 


Author Michael Perry
Courtesy of Michael Perry
April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


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