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May 2011

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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 and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. May features a live Homegrown Music jazz concert on the 23rd. 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 The Trapps. A fine roots rock band from Upstate New York, the Trapps released their CD Cheap Seats in 2009 which received national attention and airplay, including on WVIA's Mixed Bag. This segment is an encore of the band's 2010 Homegrown Music debut, featuring some newer non-album material.

The Trapps
The Trapps in the studio at WVIA
Earl Pickens
Earl Pickens "Family" at WVIA

May 10 Earl Pickens Family. From Lewisburg, PA, comes an outstanding folk and roots band who have released two well-received CDs. The five-member group makes its debut on Homegrown Music with new original music performed with acoustic instrumentation.

May 17 Po Boyz. This soulful Hammond-organ-driven funk and blues trio released their CD Country Funk in the fall of 2010, and embarked on a national tour, including several performances in New Orleans this spring. Organist Keith Hollis previously was a member of the late soul star Solomon Burke's band. Po Boyz' CD was featured on the Mixed Bag Weekly album review. They make their Homegrown Music debut with their infectious original music featuring lead vocals by all three members.

Po Boyz
Po Boyz at WVIA. Left to right: Andrew Wagner, Keith Hollis, Sean "Buzzy" Manion

May 23 A Homegrown Music with BILL MAYS & MASUO and THREE SPIRIT. WVIA's unique series of monthly live radio concert broadcasts continues with an evening or world-class jazz, vocally and instrumentally.

Bill Mays is known world-wide as one of today's great jazz pianists. An outstanding composer and versatile artist, he has worked with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa. His recent projects have included the much-acclaimed Inventions Trio (with whom he debuted a new work at a previous Homegrown Music Concert). Mays is currently performing with the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Phil Woods Group. For his latest appearance on Homegrown Music, he is joined by Japanese-born, Northeastern Pennsylvania resident guitarist Masuo in what promises to be a delightful duo performance.

Three Spirit is a trio of outstanding women jazz vocalists from the Poconos: Nancy Reed, Vicki Doney and Val Hawke. They first came together to perform with Bob Dorough at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, but have since been joining forces as a trio, doing both original music and creative interpretations of standards and contemporary tunes.

The two-hour live concert broadcast takes place in WVIA's Sordoni Theater before a studio audience. Free audience seating may be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis at wvia.org, or by phoning 570-655-2808. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.

Professor and Maryann
Professor and Maryann at WVIA in 2001

May 24 Professor and Maryanne. This popular New York based acoustic duo of Ken Rockwood and Danielle Brancaccio has released several nationally albums that have been critics' favorites. This segment encores the pair's 2001 Homegrown Music debut spotlighting some of their introspective songs that would later appear on their CDs.

May 31 And the Moneynotes. A large, eclectic and downright fun group from Northeastern Pennsylvania who perform an energetic mix of folk, bluegrass, vaudeville and rock, with first-rate original music that has won them enthusiastic audiences. This is an encore of the band's 2009 Homegrown Music debut.

And the Moneynotes
And the Moneynotes at WVIA

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