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April 2014

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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. Special features during April include an April Fool's Day set of humorous songs, and a live Homegrown Music Concert Broadcast on the 14th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Apr. 1 A Homegrown Music Anthology: An April Fools Set of Humorous and Novelty Songs. From the Homegrown Music archive, producer George Graham digs up a few of the humorous, quirky, satirical and strange original songs that have appeared on the series over the years.

Alfa Garcia at WVIA
Apr. 8 Alfa Garcia. Filipino-born singer-songwriter Alfa Garcia (known professionally by her first same) returns to Homegrown Music for a new collection of her appealing original music performed in a solo acoustic setting, including some songs on ukulele.

Apr. 14 A Homegrown Music Concert with CLARENCE BUCARO and ROGUE CHIMP. WVIA's distinctive series of monthly live two-hour concert broadcasts continues with performers in two very different styles, an acoustic folk artist and an electronic instrumental group.

Clarence Bucaro is an Ohio-born singer-songwriter who became enamored with soulful New Orleans-style music. In several albums over the years, including one featured on the Mixed Bag Weekly Album Review, Bucaro has been winning national audiences and critics with his easy-going style and "sweet, buttery" vocals. After settling in New York State, he made his Homegrown Music debut last year in a studio session. He makes his first Homegrown Music live concert appearance.

Clarence Bucaro
Clarence Bucaro

Rogue Chimp
Rogue Chimp at WVIA
Rogue Chimp are a creative instrumental band from the Scranton and Clarks Summit, PA, area. They combine synthesizer and electronic beats with a violin in a danceable but musically fascinating mix. They return to the Homegrown Music concert series after a memorable appearance in 2011.

As usual, WVIA's supporting members and listeners are invited to attend the live concert in the station's Sordoni Theater. Free audience seating is available by advance reservation on a first-come-first-served basis. Go to http://wvia.org or call 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM)

Apr. 15 Brazz Tree. The duo of violinist/vocalist Mazz Swift and acoustic guitarist Brad Hammonds put in a couple of Homegrown Music studio appearances and a live concert while they were together. They performed a fascinating and eclectic stylistic mix that included Celtic influence, old psychedelic rockers and a lot of first-rate original music. This encore features highlights from the group's studio sessions in 2006 and 2007.

Brazz Tree
Mazz Swift and Brad Hammonds of Brazz Tree

Alan Semerdjian
Alan Semerdjian at WVIA
Apr. 22 Alan Semerdjian. Singer-songwriter Alan Semerdjian has been on the music scene for a number of years in various capacities, including as a member of the alternative band Surreal in the 1990s. His recent music has taken a turn toward the contemplative, on his latest CD Quiet Songs for Loud Times. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a new collection of songs beyond the CD, performed in a solo acoustic setting.

Apr. 29 Honey King. A delightful acoustic trio from New Jersey, Honey King consists of musicians who had otherwise played in electric blues bands. Focusing on thoughtful music and strong vocal harmonies, the group made a Homegrown Music concert appearance in 2013. This segment is an encore of their debut studio session for HGM from 2012.

Honey King
Honey King at WVIA

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