Today on the show we once again revel in artistic eclecticism, this time from in-your-face, post-punk, alternative, turn-table shattering rock, to smooth jazz, with just a dash of Cirque du Soleil thrown in for good measure. The Winston-Salem band Jews & Catholics are back with a vengeance, and with a limited run of groovy 12” vinyl LPs. And speaking of groove, Jazzen joins us Live in Studio A. They’ll be groovin’ their way back in time with the smooth sounds of Hall & Oats, the Doobie Brothers and more. And what do you get when you combine the creative genius behind Cirque du Soleil with the bottomless well of student and alumni talent at the UNC School of the Arts? The Cirkus Theatre Project, and original stories that will move you.
First we start off with some authentic sounds of New Orleans, and for that we go way back to the early beginnings of jazz. It’s a style of music known as Dixieland, and the Muddy River Jazz Band was here to tell it Live in Studio A. Writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, food historian and New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie keeps the gumbo train going next with a look at his city’s history and its evolving cuisine post Katrina from fabulous Phu to tremendous tacos New Orleans’ style. He’s got a new book Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans and he’s here to share recipes. And Arts Greensboro’s fearless leader Mr. Tom Philion joins David Ford with a sneak preview of 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival. All of this on Triad Arts Weekend.
This week it’s an eclectic musical mix with poetry slam, Kairoff at the Keyboard, plus a nod to some of the unsung heroes behind the music making as well. We begin with “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge” and Bethany Chafin’s conversation with Executive Director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Matt Edwards. Then it’s time for spoken word with some of the Triad’s most talented young poets.
On the first half of today's show, our Associate Producer Bethany Chafin talks it up with author Ken Ilgunas about his new book Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom. Then we head to the open road on two wheels and a sneak peak at The Bicycle: Art Meets Form. It’s the perfect blending of world-renowned custom frame builders, bike derived art, and it’s the first time ever that a USA Cycling National Championship has ever come to North Carolina. Peter Kairoff is back at the keyboard with dynamics in classical music, and organist Ray Ebert is here to share the Sounds of the Summer. Scroll down to hear individual segments.