We are mere moments away from the two-fisted whammy that is Xmas/Kwanza/Channukah and New Year's Eve. It's the time of year when you can fail miserably at the Xmas party knowing full well you can redeem yourself the following weekend at the NYE party. It's the perfect time of year for  a mildly anti-social guy like me(I can be clumsy at a party but I summon every ounce of skill and courage in order to appear suave around the lady folks). It's the time of year to be on your best behavior. Mind your knittin'. Above all else, don't be a giant schmuck(sound advice for the entire year really). 

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Champagne Uncorked

This month's LIVE show at Green Building Supply is Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM.  Chestnuts in many different forms on the menu.  Don’t miss it!

Now on to to this week's Great Taste.

The story of Champagne is a complex one with hundreds of years of history.  It is one of the most famous wines made in France.  A wine cannot be named Champagne unless the grapes are grown in one of the 320 appellations that comprise the entire Champagne area.

Fact:  Every champagne is not extraordinary.   I bet you have experienced some like that.

Many, though, can elicit a transcendent experience.  A few years ago, Alan Tardi, a James Beard award-winning writer and chef, was allowed access to one of the most famous and secretive champagne houses.

Taylor Ross discusses her art porject that she'll be presenting this weekend Saturday, December 10th 8pm to 9pm at the ICON Gallery, the perfect space for what she'll be presenting. You can see her preparations anytime Saturday afternoon after 1pm, with the official showing starting at 8pm. There will also be live music from Lake Mary out of Colorado.

Taylot is an artist, activist, spoken word poet, musical composer, world observer and traveler. The eye of an artist as she scans the landscape wherever her feet find themselves. More scavenger than hunter, she is a found artist with a bent for sustainable beauty, objects made by animals, for instance, then abandoned because they make them anew each year.

Her work in support of the water protectors at Standing Rock included fundraising and delivery of hard wood from Wisconisn, a solar-powered truck, and much more.

  • Fri
    Dec 09
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 11
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

Taylor Ross & John Lennon featured on PLANET ERSTWILD

On PLANET ERSTWILD 2-4pm Friday on KRUUfm.com, I feature two artists Taylor Ross and John Lennon.
Taylor has a performance art event at the beautiful ICON Gallery on Saturday, Dec 10th at 8pm. On John Lennon's passing we mark the life of a true one-of-a-kind artist, even if he may be most associated with a four leaf clover . Sit back and leave the driving to us.
The picture below is the harrowing shot of John signing his album for Mark David Chapman on the way out of the Dakota building. When he returned later that night, Chapman pulled out a handgun and shot Lennon five times at close range, hitting him four times in the back. The Fort Worth, Texas native has been denied parole nine times over his ruthless, senseless killing.

  • Fri
    Dec 09
    7:00 am -
    9:00 am
  • Tue
    Dec 13
    1:00 pm -
    3:00 pm

A 2016 Retrospective

It's Time for 2016 Tasty Two-fers!!

This week we'll hear back-to-back tracks from albums released in 2016. This includes new releases by:

Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Chris Isaak, Van Morrision, Martin Sexton, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Shawn Colvin, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Amos Lee and John Prine.

Plus double-up tunes by up and comers like Chris Stapelton, The Banner Days, Brad Cole, Carl Anderson, Joe Robinson, John Paul White, John Fulbright, Gurf Morlix, The Damn Quails and Sierra Hull.

  • Thu
    Dec 08
    2:00 pm -
    3:00 pm
  • Wed
    Dec 14
    2:00 am -
    3:00 am

Hello Out There

G ManI am shooting sparks out of the top of my noggin in your direction, exhorting you to kick back , and relax, and enjoy my show today at 2 PM. This is part two of my five part 10 year celebration of Centripetal Sounds. Leading off, four brand new songs by Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Hope Sandoval, and David Crosby. Then it is off to my usual fifty year sweep of tunes. Some highlights include The White Stripes, The Gentrys, Traffic, The Eurythmics, and Dillard Hartford Dillard. Here is some more good news, last week I passed the audition! This show is going to three hours long starting December 15th. More about that next week. Long live rock and roll. The G Man

Justin JohnsonEarly in the first hour, watch (and listen) for the bold spotlight on DJ Andy's interview with Justin Johnson (photo left) with music tracks from his new CD If Walls Could Talk.  This sparkling instrumental virtuoso plays heritage cigarbox banjos and guitars, some of which have never been before been recorded. Tune in early!  Read music review on Justin from the Fringe Toast Music column published in Iowa Source Magazine in May 2016.

DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils another LIVE program of 100% never-played-on Fringe Toast tracks featuring first-hour contributions from French DJ electronica master Møme, French band Erevan Tusk, Colter Wall, Michael Penn (brother of filmmaker Sean Penn), and Ibis-masked DJ Claptone (photo right).  Listen closely for first-time tracks from Howe Gelb, The Oh Hellos, and Maribou State.Claptone

The second-hour Chill Zone is anchored by N*Grandjean, Japanese Wallpaper, Steven Wilson, both solo and with his band Porcupine Tree, and Fairfield's own James Dean Claitor who provides a twin-spin from his incredibly abundant music library.   Click here for playlist.

Invite friends to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com. Fringe Toast emits the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.  

Obvious World ~ Sunday Nights ~ 9e/8c/7m/6p ♥

  • Sun
    Dec 04
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Feed Store

Boy oh boy, I'm a lucky so and so. I spent Thanksgiving weekend in the greatest city in the whole wide world(and I don't me Paducah). I was in the Square for the Xmas lighting ceremony. I went to the Bargain Box(thanks for the killer 45's). I got on stage with James Moore at the Depot Brewery. It was just about the most fun I could have. And you'll hear all the gory details in the upcoming weeks on The Feed Store, Thursdays at 10 AM CT and Sundays at Noon CT [Gawd willing...]

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