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May 2019

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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 and Saturdays at 6 PM on WVIA-HD2. A special feature during Mau is a live jazz and fusion concert on the 13th. 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/

May 7 Alyssa Lazar. Youthful singer-songwriter-pianist Alyssa Lazar is from Clarks Summit, PA, and creates appealing songs that are influenced by both classic singer-songwriters and more contemporary artists. This is an encore of her early 2018 Homegrown Music debut.
Alyssa Lazar
Alyssa Lazar in the studio for Homegrown Music

May 13 A Homegrown Music Concert with TEEN TOWN and the EDDIE SEVERN QUARTET. It’s an evening of two generations of jazz and fusion on this month’s live concert in WVIA’s unique long-running live performance and broadcast series.
Named after a composition by the late bassist Jaco Pastorius, the trio Teen Town are literally teens, ranging in age from 14 to 19, but playing jazz-rock fusion at a world-class level. They recently won a 2019 Down Beat Student Music award, and were a big hit at the 2018 Scranton Jazz Festival. They made their Homegrown Music debut in a session last month, but they will make their live concert debut.
Teen Town
Teen Town at WVIA
Trumpeter Eddie Severn, former lead player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, has performed with Benny Golson, Sammy Nestico, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, and many others. Severn will perform a set of original pieces with keyboardist Steve Rudolph, drummer Marko Marcinko, and his 14-year-old son, and Teen Town member Gabriel Severn, on bass.
Eddie Severn
Eddie Severn
As usual, two-hour the concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM and streaming on wvia.org. Free audience seating in the Sordoni Theater in the station’s studios is available for WVIA’s members and listeners on a first-come-first-served basis at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/ Note: Start time: 8:00 PM

May 14 The Ann Kerstetter Band. From Northumberland, PA, Ann Kerstetter is a retired teacher who returned to her first love, playing and singing the blues. This archive session from 2009 features the band is fine form with mostly original tunes. Notable blues pianist Greg Burgess is a featured member.
Ann Kerstetter Band
Akk Nerstetter Band at WVIA in 2009
May 21 Greg Jacquin. A singer-songwriter based in New York State, Greg Jacquin released his debut full-length album Clocks Slow Down earlier this year, and it has been receiving national airplay on college and non-commercial stations. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a set of his original music in a solo acoustic setting.
Greg Jacquin
Greg Jacquin in the studio at WVIA
May 28 Timothy Zieger Band. Composer, guitarist and vocalist Timothy Zieger is from Factoryville, near Scranton. He writes appealing, melodic original songs, and performs them in two-couple quartet setting with his wife Abigail, along with Seth and Sarah Mitchell in this encore from 2018.
Zak Sobel
Timothy Zieger (second from right) and his band in the studio for Homegrown Music

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