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May 22, 2019

Bill Kirchen

Called the “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player magazine, Bill Kirchen is one of America’s living guitar legends. A virtual encyclopedia of rock and roll knowledge, Kirchen’s live performances, inspired by guitar heroes like Merle Travis, Danny Gatton, Duane Eddy, James Burton, and Buck Owens, are high-energy romps through the last 50 years of American guitar history. As a...

May 21, 2019

Jeff Little Trio

Jeff Little continues an often hidden, yet fascinating tradition of piano playing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception—and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by mountain flatpicked-guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its...

May 21, 2019

Capoeira Luanda

When capoeira mestre (master) Jelon Vieira immigrated to the United States in 1975, Brazil’s African-based folk traditions were little known here. Largely due to his efforts, interest in capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian fusion of dance, martial arts, and acrobatics born in the northeastern state of Bahia, has exploded. Today Capoeira Luanda is integral to Mestre Jelon’s mission to promote and perpetuate...

May 20, 2019

Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys

Terry Domingue is a native of Duson, a small community located 10 miles west of Lafayette in the heart of French Louisiana. Coming of age in this hotbed of Cajun and Creole culture, he developed a passion for zydeco. Since emerging on the scene nearly two decades ago with his own band, Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, Terry has...

April 23, 2019

Rahim AlHaj Trio

A 5,000-year-old musical tradition from the heart of Mesopotamia is alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the adopted home of renowned Iraqi oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj. AlHaj is a cultural ambassador for the deep musical heritage of his homeland. His music evokes the experience of exile, new beginnings, and “the message of peace and compassion and love” that he...

April 22, 2019

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

[caption id="attachment_2153" align="alignleft" width="423"] photo credit: Dave Hollender[/caption] Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass is a hard-driving, hot-as-a-firecracker bluegrass band with a sound rooted deep in the mountains of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. With Danny Paisley’s rich vocals, T.J. Lundy’s timeless fiddling, and Mark Delaney’s stellar banjo picking, the group has earned critical praise as one of the...

April 22, 2019

Cora Harvey Armstrong

Gospel artist Cora Harvey Armstrong hasn’t always lived the life she sings about. While she’s been singing and playing piano in churches on Sundays for most of her life, she spent decades drinking, partying, and living a “hellacious life” the other six days a week. Health problems and an abusive relationship compounded her struggle. When her father passed away in...

April 18, 2019

Boukman Eksperyans

Founded in 1978, Boukman Eksperyans is one of Haiti’s most beloved bands. After the group’s charismatic leader, Theodore “Lòlò” Beaubrun, Jr., saw Bob Marley perform, he was inspired by Marley’s example to similarly uplift and amplify Haiti’s traditional music and its spiritual message. In the decades since, Lòlò and his wife Mimerose, better known as Manzè, pioneered a vibrant cultural...

March 19, 2019


In the 1930s, Hawaiian hotel ballrooms were full of dancers doing the lindy and jitterbug to island swing bands. Hawaiian orchestras took the swing of Glenn Miller, added the Hawaiian ukulele and steel guitar, and created an infectious sound that became popular across America. Like on the mainland, Hawaiian big bands disappeared as tastes changed. Now the music has reemerged...

March 18, 2019

Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool

Dubbed “the wickedest band alive,” by old-school rap hero Doug E. Fresh, the legendary go-go band Rare Essence has honed its sound to near perfection. Together since the late 1970s, the group has performed thousands of times. According to Christopher Richards of the Washington Post, no matter which show you experience, “it’s easy to believe you’re seeing the best one.”...

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