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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."

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Illinois Rail play the Bluegrass and Brass Summer Concert tomorrow
Illinois Rail

A steamboat cruise on the Illinois River seems an unlikely first gig for a gospel-tinged bluegrass band.

The Shugz Beatz play the Sugar Creek Arts Festival Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Shuga Beatz

Songwriting is an important component for members of the Shuga Beatz, the Bloomington-Normal rock/blues/R&B sextet. Important enough to mention such on the group's website.

Stone & Snow
Courtesy

For over seven years, the alternative folk group Stone & Snow has been building a career one step at a time.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "High School Musical," "Showboat," and a Glee-ful rendition of "Grease."

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Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris on stage
Stephen Chernin / AP

Have you noticed that WGLT's music lineup sounds a little different these days?

David Lowery, front, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker
Bradford Jones

If David Lowery did nothing else but write and record “Teen Angst” for his early 90s debut Cracker album, it would be one heckuva song to be remembered for.

The crackling rocker takes an apparent jab at folk music and conventional wisdom with one of the great lines in a rock song:

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "Kismet, "Moulin Rouge," and "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."

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Lauren Jenkins plays The Castle Theatre Friday night.
Michael Church

Big Machine label group artist Lauren Jenkins utilized her background in acting and film directing to produce a video short to compliment three traditional music videos related to her new album.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "Li'l Abner," "42nd Street," and "The Book of Mormon."

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

Matt Anderson, Edward David Anderson and Tim Kramp of Backyard Tire Fire
Edward David Anderson

Black Dirt Music Festival founder Edward David Anderson says the outdoor July event next to the Castle Theatre is intended to celebrate the best features of Bloomington-Normal.

On this week's episode of GLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," and "Man of La Mancha."

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On this week's episode of GLT's Center Stage, Ariele Jones plays selections from "Newsies," "Beauty and the Beast," "Into The Woods, and "The Way We Were."

Adia Victoria sings
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The weather held out and a big crowd turned out for Saturday's 19th annual GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU.

Acousticity's Final Episode: 6/2/19

Jun 6, 2019

GLT’s Acousticity aired its final episode June 2, 2019. The Acousticity music stream ends June 10.

Travis Thacker (sax) and Ryan Nolan (bass)
Robert Clark / RobotFresh

The Bloomington-Normal instrumental powerhouse Disorganizer unveils its first full-length album Friday night when the quartet performs at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington.

Poster Children vocalist and lyricist Rick Valentin said his one-man project Thoughts Detecting Machines allows him to flesh out ideas not necessarily a fit for Poster Children.

Ariele at the microphone
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Some changes are coming to GLT’s music lineup—and we think you’re going to love it.

The Musical 'Rock of Ages' plays the BCPA Wednesday night
Jeremy Daniel

The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” is a send-up to the outrageous hair and costumes especially favored by 1980s hair-metal acts.

Patrick Sweany
Joshua Black Wilkins

When bluesman Patrick Sweany plays Jazz UpFront on Saturday night, he'll be sporting a new release, and a new recording he says gave him goosebumps during the recording process.

On this week's episode of GLT's Center Stage, Ariele will rock you with music from “Rock of Ages,” playing at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) next week. You’ll also hear cuts from the Who’s rock opera, “Tommy”, along with tunes from "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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Adia Victoria headlines the GLT Summer Concert June 8
Red Light Management

South Carolina native Adia Victoria is often described as a blues woman with elements of punk, gospel, and goth. Not unlike Flannery O’Connor, one of her favorite authors.

Gangstagrass performs Tuesday at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington
Sean Jamar

You might think bluegrass and hip-hop would mix like oil and water, but Gangstagrass banjoist Dan Whitener says the band attracts bluegrass fans being turned onto hip-hop for the first time, and hip-hop heads who get into bluegrass through Gangstagrass.

Daniel Wolff and Sarah Vos. Dead Horses play The Hallowed Hall Saturday night.
Brandie Myhre

Sarah Vos said she was conflicted about her religious upbringing even before her father was kicked out as pastor of their Missouri Synod denomination Lutheran church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Ken Lam in action
Ken Lam

The lure of the symphony and the timelessness of classical music comes from the power and images invoked in the listener.

Gary Clark performs
Matt Sayles / Invision/AP

We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Acousticity's May Playlist: Ending On A High Note

May 1, 2019
John Prine
Mark Zaleski / AP

Since 1992, GLT’s Acousticity has explored the world of “flexible folk,” with a distinctive mix of bluegrass, Celtic and songwriter music.

Duane Betts and Devon Allman
Allman Betts Band

When you're the son of an Allman Brothers founder, music doors can open easier ... but expectations are higher.

Devon Allman and Duane Betts know this firsthand.

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