musicians http://michiganradio.org en Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/local-musicians-blend-tunes-ghana-new-orleans-detroit <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Palms and Kofi&nbsp;Ameyaw are two of the musicians behind the band A L'Afrique.</strong></p><p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to our interview with them above.</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:22:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 15863 at http://michiganradio.org Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit Meet indie-folk group The Accidentals http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-indie-folk-group-accidentals <p>Popular music has had stellar examples of singer/songwriters who met in school...whose partnership began at a very young age.</p><p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney met when John was 16 and Paul was just 15. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in grade school. They were 12 years old and had their first hit record, "Hey Schoolgirl," when they were just 16 years old.</p><p>Now we want you to meet a Michigan duo who are getting a lot of buzz for their indie-folk songs, <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/moreaccidentals">The Accidentals</a>.</p><p>The Accidentals are Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, who met at the Interlochen Arts Academy. They are 18 years old, and they joined us today from Traverse City.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:39:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 15501 at http://michiganradio.org Meet indie-folk group The Accidentals Stateside for Monday, September 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-30th-2013 <div><p>Special Education students and their families in Michigan are about one month into the new school year and they&#39;re feeling the impact of the federal sequester cuts.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we looked at the cuts to special </span>ed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> funding and find out what it means to schools and students.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>And, a look at social media etiquette and your job--what&#39;s allowed and what&#39;s not.</p><p>And, one Detroit musician, and AP reporter, talks about his family&#39;s deep roots in Motown.</p><p>Also, we spoke with one man who has made it his mission to save pinball machines from the scrap yard. He plans to open up a private pinball museum.</p><p>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are just hours away from what appears likely to be a partial government shutdown. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats and the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, have been unable to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.&nbsp; If no agreement is reached today, which appears likely, the government begins shutting down at midnight.</span></p><p>David Shepardson, Washington D.C. based reporter for the Detroit News, joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:21:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14650 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 30th, 2013 AP reporter becomes a singer-songwriter-musician in his off hours http://michiganradio.org/post/ap-reporter-becomes-singer-songwriter-musician-his-hours <p>His name is <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/jeffkaroubjar">Jeff Karoub.</a> You&#39;ve heard him here on Stateside in his role as an Associated Press reporter covering the Detroit area.</p><p>But today, we met a &quot;different&quot; Jeff Karoub. We met the singer-songwriter-musician who has just won a grant from the Knight Foundation for a project he calls &quot;Coming Home To Music.&quot;</p><p>Jeff Karoub joined us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:38:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14645 at http://michiganradio.org AP reporter becomes a singer-songwriter-musician in his off hours Couple from Lansing is telling Michigan stories through their music http://michiganradio.org/post/couple-lansing-telling-michigan-stories-through-their-music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They call themselves "Gifts or Creatures."</span></p><p>That's Brandon and Bethany Foote with the song "Relicts and Ghosts" off of their new album "Yesteryear Western Darkness," their second album out from Earthwork Music.</p><p>The Lansing-based couple joined us today in the studio.</p><p>To find out more, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.giftsorcreatures.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://www.giftsorcreatures.com/</a>.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:54:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 14442 at http://michiganradio.org Couple from Lansing is telling Michigan stories through their music Ann Arbor band The Ragbirds is starting their fall tour with a baby on board http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-band-ragbirds-starting-their-fall-tour-baby-board <p>They're called "<a href="http://www.theragbirds.com/">The Ragbirds</a>," a five-piece folk-rock-fusion band out of Ann Arbor.</p><p>The band has quite an avid following. Fans who are looking forward to seeing the Ragbirds hit the road. But when that happens this fall, the Ragbirds will be packing more than guitars and fiddles and percussion. They're going to be packing diapers and all the myriad supplies that you need to travel with a baby.</p><p>Lead vocalist and Celtic fiddler Erin Zindle is due just about any moment now. She joined us today in the studio to talk about the "Brave New Baby" tour.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:28:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 13961 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor band The Ragbirds is starting their fall tour with a baby on board Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear' http://michiganradio.org/post/iggy-pop-what-happens-when-people-disappear Of the many things made in Michigan that have become part of the fabric of American culture — the auto industry, Motown — punk rock is often overlooked. Thu, 02 May 2013 13:44:35 +0000 NPR.org 12379 at http://michiganradio.org Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear' Detroit Symphony to host summer camp for metro Detroit teens http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-host-summer-camp-metro-detroit-teens <p><a href="http://www.dso.org/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians will share their expertise with metro Detroit teenagers at a new summer music camp.</p><p>The six-day camp is part of the DSO&#39;s new <a href="http://blog.dso.org/2012/02/mdso-dso-sos-announce-summer-program-for-metro-detroit-youth/">Avanti Summer MusicFest</a>, and is open to musicians ages 14 - 18.</p><p><a href="http://www.dso.org/page.aspx?page_id=371">Shelley Heron</a> is an oboist with the orchestra, and she&rsquo;ll be one of the instructors. Heron has taught at similar camps in Canada for decades. She says &quot;the biggest thrill is hearing them the first day and wondering, oh my gosh how are we ever going to get these kids to produce a concert at the end of the week? And then a little miracle happens.&quot;</p><p>In addition to master classes and workshops, the campers will perform side by side with DSO musicians on stage at Orchestra Hall.</p><p>There are no auditions for the camp; the first 140 students to apply will be accepted.&nbsp; It costs $300 to attend the camp, but Heron says &quot;we have raised financial aid funds in order to help those students who otherwise wouldn&rsquo;t be able to participate in an activity like this.&quot; Financial aid is available on a first come, first serve basis. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:00:22 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6289 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony to host summer camp for metro Detroit teens Artpod: Songs from Seth & May http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-songs-seth-may <p>Today&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/artpod">Artpod </a>features a live, in studio performance!</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_021612.mp3</p><p>Michigan musicians <a href="http://sethandmay.com/">Seth Bernard &amp; May Erlewine</a> dropped by Michigan Radio to talk about their new album inspired by their journey across Ethiopia.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:59:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6251 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Songs from Seth & May Interlochen will teach the kids how to write songs http://michiganradio.org/post/interlochen-will-teach-kids-how-write-songs <p>The Interlochen Center for the Arts is creating a program that will teach young musicians the &quot;discipline of popular music songwriting.&quot;</p><p>Interlochen has traditionally been a mecca for classical music, but in recent years the institution (which hosts both a summer camp and a year-long school) has embraced more contemporary art forms.</p><p>For example, students can major in &quot;motion picture arts&quot; and study the latest filmmaking techniques.</p><p>Interlochen has just posted <a href="http://www.interlochen.org/job/lissw">a job opening for a lead instructor </a>for its new singer/songwriter program.</p><p>From Interlochen&#39;s website:</p><blockquote><p>This program will lead students to creative approaches to popular musical composition by developing skills in melody, harmony, arranging, and lyric writing, while seeking to nurture a distinct individual writing and performance style.</p></blockquote><p>The northern Michigan institution has taught many young musicians who&#39;ve gone on to become successful singer/songwriters, including</p><ul><li>Norah Jones,</li><li>Rufus Wainwright,</li><li>Sufjan Stevens,</li><li>and, most famously, Jewel Kilcher.</li></ul><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:07:08 +0000 Kyle Norris 5186 at http://michiganradio.org Interlochen will teach the kids how to write songs This year try listening to ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/year-try-listening-artprize <p>ArtPrize 2011 begins Wednesday afternoon in Grand Rapids. Sound and performing arts will play a bigger role in this year&rsquo;s contest. Music, ballet, and other performances are, after all, art. But there haven&rsquo;t been a lot of entries in the past.</p><p>The winner of the art competition gets $250,000 in prize money. Organizers claim it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s largest art prize.</p><p>This is the third annual ArtPrize. The third time I&rsquo;ve seen giant sculptures, breath-taking murals, funny and eye-opening drawings take over a three-mile zone in downtown.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:04:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4231 at http://michiganradio.org This year try listening to ArtPrize Kids make music about their lives & struggles http://michiganradio.org/post/kids-make-music-about-their-lives-struggles <p>A program based out of Flint teaches kids the fundamentals of songwriting and music production. But the songs kids write are not your typical bubble-gum pop. The program is a professional music studio that travels to schools and community centers in Flint, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. It&#39;s called <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bangtownmobilestudio">Studio on the Go.</a></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:24:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 3990 at http://michiganradio.org Kids make music about their lives & struggles Artpod: Two guys, one remote island, and a piano-hauling bicycle http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-two-guys-one-remote-island-and-piano-hauling-bicycle <p><span style="font-size: medium;">On today&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510078">Artpod</a>, we&#39;ll hear from a New York physician who <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/man-buys-remote-lake-superior-island-plans-new-artist-residency?nopop=1">bought a remote, uninhabited island</a> in Lake Superior. His plan is to turn it into an artist residency next summer. </span></p><p>The land, known as <a href="http://flavors.me/rabbitisland">Rabbit Island</a>, is about a half hour boat ride from the Keweenaw Peninsula.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:42:03 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3289 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Two guys, one remote island, and a piano-hauling bicycle Mr. B pedals his 'boogie woogie' piano across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/mr-b-hopes-brighten-lives-he-pedals-his-piano-across-michigan <p>A quintet of musicians has been traveling across the state for the <a href="http://www.joyboxexpress.com/on-the-road-events">past 10 days</a>. They don&rsquo;t have a tour van or a u-haul stuffed with instruments. Instead, the guys are pedaling their bikes from Holland to Detroit&hellip;with their instruments in tow! They&#39;re also raising money for various charities along the way.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 02:15:35 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3272 at http://michiganradio.org Mr. B pedals his 'boogie woogie' piano across Michigan Clarence Clemons, The Big Man In The E Street Band, Has Died http://michiganradio.org/post/clarence-clemons-big-man-e-street-band-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMB3M43AEpc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5buOHjOGiI</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:21:38 +0000 Marc Hirsh 2951 at http://michiganradio.org Clarence Clemons, The Big Man In The E Street Band, Has Died Artpod: Homegrown talent http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-homegrown-talent <div class="file_preview_link medium_text">There&#39;s no shortage of musicians who got their start in Michigan: <a href="http://www.madonna.com/">Madonna</a>, <a href="http://www.iggypop.com/">Iggy Pop</a> and <a href="http://www.whitestripes.com/">The White Stripes</a> come to mind. Problem is, they left the state to make it big.</div><div class="file_preview_link medium_text">&nbsp;</div><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/music-collectives-keep-talent-michigan">Emily Fox reports</a> there&#39;s a movement to try to encourage musicians and bands to stay in Michigan. On today&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510078">Artpod</a>, we look at how local &quot;music collectives&quot; are hoping to keep homegrown talent in the state.</p><div class="file_preview_link medium_text">http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_060811.mp3</div><div class="file_preview_link medium_text"> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 20:59:11 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2813 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Homegrown talent Detroit Symphony extends CEO's contract http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-extends-ceos-contract <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will keep its executive director for the next few years.&nbsp; The DSO announced this afternoon&nbsp;that its Board of Directors renewed CEO Ann Parsons&rsquo; contract through 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Parsons led the Detroit Symphony through the recent dispute with its unions that shutdown the DSO for much of the past year.&nbsp; The six month strike came to an end after musicians agreed to a 25%&nbsp;cut in pay.&nbsp;</p><p>In hopes of luring back its fans, the DSO is cutting ticket prices for the upcoming symphony season.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:02:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 2750 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony extends CEO's contract DSO announces its 2011-2012 season http://michiganradio.org/post/dso-announces-its-2011-2012-season <p>The <a href="http://detroitsymphony.com/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> announced its 2011-2012 season today.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-rehersals-begin-today">The DSO is trying to recover from a contract dispute</a> between its management and musicians that scuttled much of the 2010-2011 season.&nbsp;&nbsp; The DSO is late in announcing its 2011-2012 season plans.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-announce-2011-12-season-week">A Chicago based arts consultant</a> says the late announcement will p Fri, 20 May 2011 16:23:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 2589 at http://michiganradio.org DSO announces its 2011-2012 season Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehersals to begin today http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-orchestra-rehersals-begin-today <p>Rehearsals are scheduled this morning for musicians at the <a href="http://www.detroitsymphony.com/">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a>. The DSO musicians <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-musicians-return-work-thursday">ended their six-month strike earlier this week</a> after they reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with DSO management.</p><p>The Symphony&#39;s <a href="http://www.dso.org/CalendarView.aspx">first post-strike concert</a> is scheduled for Saturday night. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The dispute was over how deep a pay cut the musicians would have to take to help the struggling symphony balance its budget. The musicians were offering to accept a 22 percent cut, while management sought and then imposed a 33 percent cut.</p></blockquote><p>In an announcement on the DSO&#39;s <a href="http://www.dso.org/page.aspx?page_id=703">website</a>, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin said:</p><blockquote><p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder_PageContentLB">&ldquo;As we return to our home, I&rsquo;m confident that the artistic product will continue at the highest possible level. There is much to be done but the DSO will emerge a healthier and stronger institution.&quot;</span> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:53:13 +0000 Zoe Clark 1946 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehersals to begin today Detroit Symphony may face "steep" hills once strike is resolved http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-symphony-may-face-steep-hills-once-strike-resolved <p>The <a href="http://dso.org">Detroit Symphony Orchestra</a> musicians strike may be nearing its end, but there&rsquo;s still a lot of work that needs to be done to get things back on track at Orchestra Hall.</p><p>For starters, the organization has to figure out how to overcome some &lsquo;image&rsquo; problems that come with a six-month strike.</p><p>Elizabeth Weigandt is a DSO spokeswoman. She says it hasn&rsquo;t been pretty to watch the strike unfold, and some patrons may not be happy with how things were handled over the last six months, but &quot;we&#39;re hoping that as we get back to making music for them, doing what they love, they will be able to let go of what&rsquo;s happened, just as we will, and move on to an even better future.&quot;</p><p>Then there&#39;s the music. Nearly all of the current season has been lost to the strike, and the summer season was threatened as well. But Weigandt says the summer season is back on and she doesn&rsquo;t think the<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/fate-detroit-symphonys-2011-12-season-still-unknown"> 2011-12 season</a> will be delayed:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Obviously we have to move quickly to get the word out about what next season will be, but we do have a lot of interest. We will probably make the announcement as soon as we can. I would say within the next couple weeks.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Neither side has released details about the proposed contract. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:36:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1924 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Symphony may face "steep" hills once strike is resolved