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February 2017

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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. A special feature during February is the resumption of the live Homegrown Music concert series, on Feb. 6. Note: Because of a speech by Donald Trump on Feb. 28, Homegrown Music has been rescheduled for the following day, March 1 at 9 PM. 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/

Jan. 3 A Homegrown Music Concert with STEVE BROSKY and NEIL NICASTRO. After an extended hiatus, the monthly live Homegrown Music concert broadcast series resumes with a pair of singer-songwriters, each performing in a trio setting. Steve Brosky is a talented veteran singer-songwriter and rock performer from the Allentown area, where he has won numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards. He has just released a new album called Still. He’ll be performing songs from that recording and others with a trio, including his long-time musical colleague, guitarist extraordinaire Jimmy Meyer.
Steve Brosky
Steve Brosky
Neil Nicastro is a long-time Scranton-area musician who has been a key part of several groups who have appeared on Homegrown Music over the past 20 years, including Dick Fawcett, The Dharma Bums and The Five Percent. This time, he’ll be performing his own songs in a rock trio setting.
Neil Nicastro
Neil Nicastro
The two-hour radio-exclusive concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM, and streamed on wvia.org from the station’s Sordoni Theater.. WVIA’s members and listeners may also attend. Free reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/

Feb. 7 Harmonious Wail. Not exactly native Homegrown, this jazzy Wisconsin trio has made numerous appearances in Northeastern Pennsylvania where they have won many fans with their distinctive sound with mandolin, upright bass and cardboard box percussion. They do creative arrangements of jazz standards and originals in this encore from 2015.
Harmonious Wail
Harmonious Wail in the studio at WVIA
Feb. 14 Michi Egger. A blues guitar prodigy, Ms. Egger put in a remarkable appearance playing guitar with the Ann Kerstetter band at age 16. She has become a fine singer-songwriter in her own right. This session, from 2012, features the still-teenaged artists making her series debut with her own group, including her father Dave Egger on drums.
Michi Eggar
Michi Eggar and Band at WVIA
Feb. 21 The Badlees. One of the most commercially successful and long-running bands from Northeastern PA, the Badlees have had a long association with Homegrown Music. This is an encore of a session from 25 years ago which showed their great songwriting and sound, including versions of some of their songs for which they became well-known.
Mar. 1 Heather Kropf. A fine pianist-singer-songwriter (and radio host) from Pittsburgh, Ms. Kropf released an album in 2015 called Chrysalis which was featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag weekly album review. In one of her visits to Northeastern PA, Ms. Kropf put in a memorable session for Homegrown Music with some of her outstanding compositions and excellent, appealing vocals. (Note special day because of preemption by speech by Donald Trump on February 28.)
Heather Kropf
Heather Kropf at the WVIA Steinway

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