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August 2007

Homegrown Music is WVIA-FM's exclusive series which each week showcases the talents of regional contemporary music artists in recordings produced in the WVIA-FM studios by series host George Graham. A special feature during August is a Homegrown Jazz special on the 29th. August features all-new performances. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown.html

Aug. 7 Jerry Wagers and Beth Jenkins. From Tunkhannock, PA, this duo presents great melodic pop songwriting and vocal harmonies with an acoustic folk sound. After making their first appearance in March of this year, they return to Homegrown Music a new set of original songs.

Jerry Wagers and Beth Jenkins
Jerry Wagers and Beth Jenkins in the studio for Homegrown Music
The Five Percent
The Five Percent in the studio at WVIA

Aug. 14 The Five Percent. An outstanding rock quartet from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, the Five Percent have released two CDs so far, and made their Homegrown Music debut earlier this year. More of their original songs taken for their WVIA session are featured in this week's segment.

Aug. 21 Alien Red. A well-known and popular rock quartet that formed in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Alien Red makes their Homegrown Music debut performing some of their intelligent and eclectic original music that ranges from alternative-rock to blues-influenced.

Alien Red
Alien Red in the WVIA studio

Jason Olcese
Jason Olcese (right) with Lee Griffin

Aug. 28 Jason O. Jason Olcese is a singer-songwriter from Uniondale, PA, who started his musical career as a drummer. That feel for infectious rhythms permeates his appealing original music, marked by pleasing vocals and an acoustic-based sound. He is joined by Lee Griffin on bass.

Aug. 29 A Homegrown Jazz Special with DAVID LIEBMAN and MICHAEL STEPHANS. One of the world's most acclaimed jazz musicians, Stroudsburg resident David Liebman returns to Homegrown Music for another new musical collaboration, this time with percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Michael Stephans, who has worked with artists as diverse as Pharaoh Sanders and Charlie Byrd to Cher. (Stephans is also known as a writer for his poetry and for writing liner note for well-known jazz musicians.) Liebman and Stephans' collaboration is very free-wheeling with each being heard on a variety of conventional and exotic instruments doing standards to originals. It's a fascinating session. (Note: Airtime 7:00 PM during WVIA's All That Jazz.)

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