Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis in studio during the recording of "Wild, Wild, Wild."

Andy Goodwin

October 19, 2018 - News Local/State

Robbie Fulks To Headline C-U Folk & Roots Festival

The tenth annual C-U Folk and Roots Festival got underway Thursday night in downtown Urbana. The headliner for the first Folk and Roots Festival in 2009 was award-winning musician Robbie Fulks. The Chicago-area resident and Pennsylvania native is back to headline this year’s event.


Otis Rush performing at Notodden bluesfestival, Norway, in 1997

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September 30, 2018 - News Local/State

Legendary Chicago Blues Guitarist Otis Rush Dies At 84

Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-influenced sound influenced generations of musicians, has died. He was 84.


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September 28, 2018 - The 21st Show

Music, Comedy And More From The Pygmalion Festival

On the 21st: We're coming to you from the Pygmalion Festival at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Pygmalion showcases a wide range of guests and performers, and we invited some of those people to our show: everyone from the organizers of the festival, to astronomers, to musicians, to stand-up comedians. 


Aretha Franklin performs at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2013. Franklin died on Thursday in Detroit.

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August 16, 2018 - News Local/State

Aretha Franklin Was America’s Truest Voice

Aretha Franklin's voice is the voice of America. No other contemporary artist embodied the nation's brash optimism with as much flair, nor exemplified its sorrow-forged resilience as convincingly. No one better expressed American joy. Her murmurs gave shape to a sensuality that defeated repressive moral codes and replaced them with the commandments of tenderness, of sweet bitter love. Her high notes made hope happen. When she sang, we remembered that we could walk on the moon.


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