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May 2010

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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. Heard Tuesdays at 9:00 PM, Homegrown Music (HGM), presents new performances many weeks. May features another live Homegrown Music concert-broadcast on the 3rd. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown-music

May 3 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with MICHAEL STEPHANS' SPACIAL EDITION and ANDY SCOTT. WVIA's unique monthly series of two-hour live concert broadcasts features a jazzy evening with a distinctive instrumental group and an acclaimed singer-songwriter.

Michael Stephans is a drummer known for his work on the West Coast with jazz notables such as Benny Maupin. For the past few years he has been a resident of the Poconos, and a professor of English at Bloomsburg University (he is a published poet and author), Stephans has been collaborating with artists like David Liebman, with whom he recorded a duet album. Spacial Edition is a new group making their debut. The personnel includes notable jazz violinist Zach Brock, pianist Jim Ridl and bassist Steve Varner.

Spacial Edition
Spacial Edition. Clockwise from upper left: Michael Stephans, Steve Varner, Zach Brock, Jim Ridl
Andy Scott
Andy Scott at WVIA
Andy Scott is a creative singer-songwriter whose jazzy songs and often witty lyrics have been winning considerable praise. His CD Don't Tempt Fate featured a guest appearance by Madeleine Peyroux, and was featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag weekly album review. Andy Scott will be performing a solo set on piano and guitar.

As usual, WVIA's listeners and members are invited at attend the live concert in the station's Sordoni Theater. Free audience reservations may be made at http://www.wvia.org or by calling 570-655-2808. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.

May 4 Laura Vecchione. Acoustic singer-songwriter Laura Vecchione has released two well-received CDs, Girl in the Band and Deeper Waters, which were both featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag. This segment features an encore of Ms. Vecchione's Homegrown Music debut from early 2009.

Laura Vecchione
Laura Vecchione recording at WVIA
Joe Rathbone
Joe Rathbone (left) weith Deanna Murray and Kurt Chiappardi at WVIA

May 11 Joe Rathbone. Singer-songwriter Joe Rathbone returns to Homegrown Music with a new collection of songs that feature his trademark melodic-rock approach and appealing vocals. He has released three CDs since 2002, all gaining national attention. For his third HGM appearance, he is joined by a trio while remaining in an acoustic setting.

May 18 Plus 3. A great Northeastern Pennsylvania rock band, Plus 3 has had an on-and-off existence since they came together in the early 2000s. They releases a couple of CDs, and also put in an appearance for Homegrown Music at the Bloomsburg Fair in 2008. This edition of Homegrown Music is an encore of their first session for the series in 2003.

Plus 3
Plus 3 performing at a live Homegrown Music Concert at WVIA

Steve Brosky
Steve Brosky (left) with Jim Meyer from their Homegrown Music session
May 25 Steve Brosky with Jim Meyer. Veteran Allentown-area singer-songwiter and rock musician Steve Brosky has performed in many contexts over the years, and released several CDs. Recently he has move toward a more acoustic sound. This week HGM presents an encore of a 2008 acoustic session with outstanding guitarist Jim Meyer.

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