This week we'll feature two wonderful, guy-girl duos, who will be appearing at Cafe Paradiso this Saturday night. Husband and wife duo, Barnaby Bright (left), were the grand prize winners at the NY Song Circle competition and they've been featured on national television soundtracks for episodes of ER and Days of our Lives. Their EP 'Gravity' was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon. They've played at the Lincoln Center and NPR's Mountain Stage and shared stages with the Lumineers and Norah Jones.
This will be the third Fairfield appearance for sweethearts Chuck and Mira who are known as The Sea The Sea (right). These two have mastered the art of weaving their voices into a single musical elixir. They've also appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage, been praised by the roots music magazine, No Depression, and just released an album, called Love We Are We Love, produced by Todd Sickafoose whose prior work includes Anais Mitchell and Ani DeFranco.
"Because on March 17, we are all Irish."~~old Chinese saying
Aretha Franklin's birthday is coming up March 25th and we're taking this opportunity to celebrate the heavenly gifted singer's Grammy decorated [18 Grammys!!] illustrative career.
It took her 6-7 albums and a trip to Muscle Shoals, Alabama before her career really took off record sales-wise but her gifts are in ample abundance every step of the way for Lady Soul, the first woman inducted into the rock'n'roll hall of fame. After a short tribute to comedian David Brenner who passed away this weekend, we present two hours of the acoustic and electric lady land that is Aretha Franklin. Enjoy.
If it's not too much to ask I would like the city of Fairfield to come to an absolute halt on March 21 in honor of my mother's birthday. No mail delivery. Government offices closed. All the flags up in the park. Band in the bandshell. Fireworks optional. Mary Theresa Mottet(my actual producer) is turning a spry 85. Of course my family is gathering to celebrate the event. But I would love it if the city could raise the roof on her behalf.
Another weekend, another Oscar nominated film at the Orpheum Theatre. Starting Friday, Philomena, nominated in four categories, including Best Picture and Judi Dench for Best Actress. Also showing, three films by the great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, described as an American hero by the New Yorker. Blank was known for his "poetic, vibrant films that captured the lives, culture, food and music of people at the periphery of American society." Full information posted Friday at OrpheumTheaterFairfield dot com.
There's more exciting Orpheum news. Coming soon is 12 Years A Slave, the Oscar winner for Best Picture and my personal prediction for 2014's best film of the year, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Far-out; right-on and solid.
We'll talk about that, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 11:30.
"I did a 5 movie Best Picture deal a couple weeks back. I almost didn't go to Philomena --- so glad I did. It is WONDERFUL" -- Jim Rubis
On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some popular songs like you've never heard them before. I'll be featuring NYC-based pianist Scott Bradlee's series Mashups By Candle Light.
"For the past several years, I've used the last hour of my weekly performances at Robert Restaurant to offer some commentary on popular culture through the use of musical juxtaposition- or "mashups"- of various recognizable themes. My aim is to create a setting where genre and taste distinctions no longer exist, and all songs - both highbrow and populist - are at long last freed from their cultural coded baggage. It is a time for reflection. It is a time for appreciation. It is a time to play ridiculous mashups and still make tips doing so." -Scott Bradlee
We'll also hear from Omaha Diner (bottom-right), an experimental jazz quartet composed of Charlie Hunter (guitar), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Bobby Previte (drums) and Skerik (saxaphone). Together they deconstruct and reimagine various songs which at some point have reached #1 on the Top 40 pop chart.
On top of that we've got a whole lot more great experimental jazz covers of popular songs courtesy of Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Hot 8 Brass Band, Black Chamber, Jack Brass Band, The New Mastersounds and Broken Brass Ensemble. Stream it live March 15th, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.
i think those of us with weak voices are particularly awed by pure vocal music--a capella--it seems so miraculous. if you think you're hearing anything other than human voices (or other parts of the human body, like hand flaps, or stomps) you'd be wrong. it's all voice.
this week's show features magical groups like take 6 (pure virtuosos), rajaton (from finland), insideout (their "bolero" will leave you voiceless), and brilliant overdubbing by todd rundgren, bobby mcferrin, and imogen heap.
i'll spin the concept i'll play marvin gaye's "how sweet it is" without the instrumental backing, alison krauss's "down to the river to pray," and one of the most beautiful melodies and harmonies from the early 60s re-done by huey lewis & the news, "it's alright"--the perfect message for anyone contemplating weird or hard times.
Steve Gunn released an album in 2013 called Time Off, and we will hear it in its entirety during the 2 O'Clock hour. Also in hour one, Bob Lind, The Growlers, and Turnquist Remedy from a 1970 release called Iowa By The Sea. Seriously. Hour two kicks off with The Allman Brothers Band song Blue Sky. William Tyler and Jodis each have some ten-minute-long songs, and I wrap up with a new song by Fuzz. Check this out for some tunes you may have missed before. Cool Breeze
Join us for the astute and judicious insights of JP Sottile, the Newsvandal and semi-lucid meanderings of co-host James Moore, as we go "Inside the Headlines" for another full court press of the week's stories of note.
Our three tiers today are power plays (what the frack?), five miles through the snow (public support for high income privates), and hear 'em roar (are u Reddy?). Well, I'm ready. Tune in and turn on. As always, links to all the headlines discussed--and then some--are listed below. Just click "Read more" (which is good advice in general, private).