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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Victor Evdokimoff to visit Bluegrass Junction November 13th

From the 50’s to the 70's, Baltimore was the capital for Bluegrass music as migrant workers from Appalachia sought work in industrial cities and brought with them their music. The book Bluegrass in Baltimore describes the Bluegrass scene in Baltimore and DC as the music was passed to the 2nd generation who took it to a wider audience through the folk revival of that time.

Victor Evdokimoff was fortunate to be living in Baltimore as a graduate student during the late 60's. He met and played with many great bluegrass musicians such as OlaBelle Reed and Alex Campbell at Sunset Park. There he met Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Charlie Moore, Jim and Jesse, Del McCoury, and others.

Later Victor moved to Washington DC and interacted with Buzz Busby, The Country Gentlemen, John Duffy, The Seldom Scene, Smiley Hobbs, Cliff Waldron and others.

Victor will bring music and stories from this era like his meeting with Bill Monroe backstage at Sunset Park. Tune in to the WICN Bluegrass show on Tuesday November 13th at 7:00PM to get a look into this transformational time of our music.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Two-time Tony winner, and Obie, Emmy and Drama Desk recipient, Andre DeShields broke out in the title role in The Wiz, followed by choreographing two shows for Bette Midler and then joining the cast in the original Broadway production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.  Andre discusses the cultural significance of jazz and how it’s influenced every move he’s made in his career.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

This Week on The Soul Serenade

Booker T.

This week marks the 74th birthday of one of soul music’s most beloved artists, Booker T Jones. Along with the MG’s they backed some of the greatest soul music to come out of Memphis in the 1960s and 70s. Over the years Booker T. has never slowed down, working with music greats from all genres, from Willie Nelson to Neil Young to Elton John. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Booker T. Jones. It all starts at 7pm…

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Pianist Chick Corea has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence. That imprecise tally leaves out a lot in an expansive career — but, more to the point, it creates the false impression that Corea compartmentalizes his musical output, when the truth suggests something far more holistic.

Jazz Night in America caught up with Corea during a recent gig at Scullers in Boston — just across the river from Chelsea, Mass., where he was born and raised. He was on tour with a new trio he calls Vigilette, with Carlitos Del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The set list combined songbook standards like "On Green Dolphin Street" with originals like "Rhumba Flamenco," each number delivered with Corea's brand of articulate flair.

A few days after the performance, Corea sat down with Christian McBride — our host, and his longtime musical collaborator — for a collegial and far-ranging conversation. They discuss the first time Corea saw Miles Davis, an experience that changed his life, and one he recalls with absolute detail. Corea also reflects on the role of an artist: "We have a mission to go out there and be an antidote to war, and all of the dark side of what happens on Planet Earth," he says. "We're the ones that go in and remind people about their creativity."

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:30pm

Will the mid-term elections decide the fate of the country and is the public apathetic? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Carrie Lucas, president  of the Independent Woman's Forum. Hear what she has to say about the political battlefield and who stand to win or loose.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Samuel Kariuki, founder and president of both FOCUS and FOCUS Dream Center and a pastor with Liberty Church in Shrewsbury, and James Cahill, an engineer with Framingham-based J.F. White Contracting, who is providing volunteer engineering services to both FOCUS and FOCUS Dream Center. They talk about making a difference in the lives of families, orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. This episode aired originally on January 7, 2018.

In 2002, Pastor Kariuki, a native of Ruiru, Kenya, founded FOCUS, a non-government organization, in Ruiru, which has a population of about 240,000. “FOCUS” stands for “Families, Orphans, Children Under Stress.”

FOCUS was formed as a response to the social and economic challenges faced in Kenya by families, youth, children, and communities at large, with an overriding interest in HIV/AIDS and its social and economic impacts. FOCUS recognizes the HIV/AIDS crisis will persist for decades, and believes a conscious shift in our attention and efforts can help alleviate the suffering and pain many Kenyans face daily.

FOCUS’ dream and prospects are for a better and brighter future for those Kenyan communities. Recognizing the worth of each individual, FOCUS accepts the responsibility to protect, advocate for, and promote the well-being of those communities. FOCUS seeks to achieve its goals through these five programs: education; health; water and sanitation; food and nutrition; and, leadership development and empowerment.

In 2016, 14 years after he founded FOCUS in Kenya, Pastor Kariuki founded a U.S.-based non-profit organization called FOCUS Dream Center, in Worcester. That was done to support the work of FOCUS, and to increase FOCUS’ ability to help more children in Kenya.

The stated purpose of FOCUS Dream Center is “to raise funds to support sustainable community programs through evidence-based approaches that are effective and efficient.” Those programs provide educational, nutritional, and medical programs for orphans in Kenya as well as water and sanitation for the community at large.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve D’Agostino does volunteer public-relations work for FOCUS and FOCUS Dream Center.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with RICHARD BLADE. He is one of the most popular rock DJs in America, and  has also hosted, directed and/or starred in TV series like Video One, MV3 and Video Beat. He has recently written a new memoir that is a wild ride from blasting dance beats in clubs all over Europe to  becoming one of the hottest on-air personalities at the legendary KROQ in Pasedena. It’s one amazing wild trip. His new book is titled: WORLD IN MY EYES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

There are many theories about why the Roman Empire fell, but none of them have ever taken into consideration the crucial role of climate change and disease. Tonight on Inquiry, we have a fascinating conversation with KYLE HARPER. He is a professor of classics and letters and senior vice-president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. His thought-provoking new book is titled: THE FATE OF ROME: CLIMATE, DISEASE, AND THE END OF AN EMPIRE

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

The annual FOLK REVIVAL tribute to veterans for Veterans Day.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:30am

It may surprise you to learn that cities can be great places to go birding. Urban environments can offer the city-based birder lots of opportunities to see common and even unusual species. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome one of the great urban birders, DAVID LINDO. He is a naturalist, writer, broadcaster, speaker, photographer, wildlife tour leader, and educator. His new book is the perfect guide for looking for birds in cities: HOW TO BE AN URBAN BIRDER.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation with noted jazz writer and critic NATE CHINEN about his book PLAYING CHANGES: JAZZ FOR A NEW CENTURY. On this show we talk about jazz’ evolution around the world, and about artists like Ibrahim Maalouf and Vijay Iyer (photo). 

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