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June 2003

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. Homegrown Music (HGM), presents new performances most Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. June special features include a live concert with the Badlees on the 10th, and some archive segments as part of WVIA's 30th anniversary celebration. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

June 3 Dave Wight. One of the region's finest songwriters over the years, Dave Wight passed away on May 14 after a long battle with cancer. Dave made over a dozen appearances on Homegrown Music going back to 1979, when he was a member of Old Friends. His songs are marked by a combination of gentle wit and great melodic sense. This segment presents a cross-section of the nearly 100 original songs he recorded over more than a decade and a half of appearances on Homegrown Music.

June 10 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with THE BADLEES and JOE CHARLES. WVIA-FM's monthly series of live two-hour concert-broadcasts continues with the return of the region's best-known rock band.

Perennial Pennsylvania favorites, and national touring band the Badlees have been appearing on Homegrown Music since 1989. After a hiatus during which the individual members had opportunities for solo and side projects (heard in Homegrown Music performances), last year the Badlees regrouped for a well-named and well-received CD Renew. The band returns to Homegrown Music for what promises to be a memorable performance of their new material, as well as some old favorites. The Badlees were originally scheduled for February, but a snowstorm prevented their appearance at the time. Hopefully, this time, such weather conditions should not be a problem.

The Badlees in performance at WVIA
The Badlees live on WVIA-FM in 1998.

Joe Charles
Joe Charles
Joe Charles is an up-and-coming singer-singwriter with a roots-rock approach, who is currently working with members of the Badlees on his own CD project.

As usual free audience seating is available at the station's Public Broadcasting Center on a first-come-first-served reservation basis. Phone 570-655-2808 to place reservations. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.

June 17 Asparagus Sunshine. As another facet of the celebration of WVIA-FM's 30th anniversary year, Homegrown Music producer George Graham presents this classic 1978 performance by this beloved Poconos fusion band, consisting of outstanding regional jazz musicians, including bassist Tony Marino (of the David Liebman Group), trombonist Rick Chamberlain (co-founder of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts), Wolfgang Knittle (co-founder of the Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra), and vocalist extraordinaire Jerry Harris. The band was in find form doing a combination of original material and highly original arrangements of existing songs.

Bedful of Metaphysicians LP cover June 24 Bedful of Metaphysicians. One of the more notorious groups to emerge from Homegrown Music, Bedful of Metaphysicians was known for their combination of sophisticated art-rock and fusion arrangements with skewed sense of humor. Their self-titled LP, released in 1986 to a critical accolade in the then-young "Spin" magazine, included material from their Homegrown Music segments. It has become a much sought-after collector's item. This edition of Homegrown Music features highlights from their various original WVIA sessions during the 1980s.

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