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Good Morning Bedlam plays Nightshop in Bloomington Thursday night.
Good Morning Bedlam

Good Morning Bedlam is another young string band more inspired by — than tethered to — traditional bluegrass.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, it's all about the magic with music from Pippin, Xanadu, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

Old Salt Union plays the Castle Theatre Friday night
Jfeldman Photography

In the bluegrass world where technical prowess is highly valued, stand-up bassist and vocalist Jesse Farrar of Old Salt Union believes songwriting actually trumps instrumental virtuosity.

Danielle Nicole plays the MSA Blues Concert and Fundraiser at Monarch Music Hall tomorrow night
MF Photography

It's not easy to recapture the magic of a family music group after touring exhaustion kills the joy and the chemistry. Kansas City native Danielle Nicole has done that by changing her scene.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear music from the small screen!  With Fall premieres happening all over televsion, the spotlight is Glee, Smash, and Stranger Things.

Guitarist Naeim Rahmani guests at the upcoming Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention in uptown Normal
Naeim Rahmani

Naeim Rahmani is unusual in the world of classical guitar. He began formal lessons at age 22, an age most serious players had already been practicing for up to 4-5 hours per day since their mid-teens.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, The Fantasticks, and The Color Purple.

Jason Hawk Harris plays Nightshop Friday night.
Bloodshot Records

Jason Hawk Harris’ debut on Bloodshot Records is an Americana gem many are calling one of the best albums of the year.

Jared Alcorn of Waiting Room Records reviews the new Drab Majesty album
Jon Norton / WGLT

If you had walked into Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal in the last few weeks, you might have thought owner Jared Alcorn was in a nostalgic 1980s mood. An album with a nod to that synth sounding decade was getting heavy play on the store's turntable.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, we are going back to work with music from 9 to 5, Rent Live!, and The Producers.

Wiplot plays a rare show at Nightshop Saturday night.
Vince SanFilippo

The Bloomington-Normal alt-pop/rock quartet Wiplot makes a rare performance Saturday night at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington.

On this week's episode of Center Stage, the spotlight is on going to school with music from Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, and Bye, Bye, Birdie!

Adam Larson's new album "Listen with Your Eyes" is now available
Dave Frenzia

It's been a busy few months for Normal native Adam Larson.

The acclaimed saxophonist and composer recently moved from New York City to Kansas City. His new album "Listen with Your Eyes" drops today. And he learned he'll be inducted in the University High School Alumni Hall of Fame next month. The latter caught him off-guard.

Sheryl Crow plays guitar on stage
Joel C Ryan / Invision/AP

What is Highway 309? It's the station that plays Sheryl Crow, Josh Ritter, Death Cab for Cutie, and John Hiatt. You never know what you're going to hear on Highway 309. But know that what you hear will be good.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from Mamma Mia, Gypsy, & Bye, Bye Birdie.

Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin are Ida Mae. They play the Peoria Blues and Heritage Festival Saturday night.
Dean Chalkley

Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean seemingly had it made by 2014. The English natives were half of the grunge/blues band Kill It Kid that was signed to Sire Records and had just released its third album.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Centerstage, you'll hear music from Hadestown, No No Nanette, and Euphoria.

Grant Milliren plays Nightshop in Bloomington Saturday night
Jeff Smudde / Courtesy of Grant Milliren

Grant Milliren, now 21, was getting serious about music by his mid-teens. But the Illinois State University arts technology student was also a varsity athlete at Neuqua Valley High School in suburban Naperville.

Josh Ritter plays The Castle Theatre Friday night.
David McClister

Josh Ritter is known worldwide as a talented songwriter. Matter of fact, Paste Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest living songwriters in 2006.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you will hear music from Funny Girl, The Jungle Book, and 42nd Street.

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials headline the Front Street Music Festival August 17.
Paul Natkin

Lil' Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials emulate the Chicago houserockin’ style of fellow Alligator Records great Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed's uncle, Delmark Records artist J.B. Hutto.

Adia Victoria plays guitar
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

What is Highway 309? It's the station that plays Mark Knopfler, Stone & Snow, Adia Victoria, and Deanie Richardson. You never know what you're going to hear on Highway 309. But know that what you hear will be good.

John Conlee play the Normal Theater tomorrow night
John Conlee

John Conlee is one of those small-town boys that made good. Coming of age in the 1950s on a farm outside Versailles, Kentucky, Conlee’s family sold eggs door to door and raised sheep and even feeder pigs. Their cash crop at that time was tobacco.

National Park Radio plays the Hallowed Hall in downtown Bloomington Sunday night
National Park Radio

Stefan Szabo came to professional music at the relative late age of his later 30s.

The founder of the folk/Americana band National Park Radio says working full-time in IT after college, then getting married and having two kids at 19 and 21 kept him from pursuing his love of music, at least full time.

The Menzingers play The Castle Theatre Friday night
Jess Flynn

The Philadelphia-based pop/punk band The Menzingers has received critical acclaim for their last two albums, much of which fleshes out the angst of moving from 20-somethings into their 30s.

The Darts play Nightshop in Bloomington Thursday night
Chris Barber

A judge and prosecutor ... a sports medicine teacher ... an orthodontist office administrator. That doesn't scream "all-female horror-punk/garage-rock band that tours the world."

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "Mame," "Mamma Mia," and "Oklahoma."

Subscribe to WGLT's Center Stage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or NPR One.

Tony Young, center on vocals, and Baaad Boyz play Jazz UpFront tonight
Baaad Boyz

The leader of Springfield's soul/R&B/funk mostly cover band Baaad Boyz said a special ingredient separates them from other area bands.

Denise LaGrassa at the piano
Mark Gordon

Denise LaGrassa is known best in the Central Illinois area and in Chicago for her jazz-blues sound.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "An American in Paris," "Vanities," and "West Side Story."

Subscribe to WGLT's Center Stage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or NPR One.

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