A Chicago-based jazz trio has earned an award for an album recorded live during a performance at a Springfield theater.
The trio of Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray recorded their album ``Sound Portraits'' last summer at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. It won top honors for a live performance at the annual Independent Music Awards given out on Tuesday.
Wertico is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who teaches jazz studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He says the performance was 100 percent improvised and came ``spontaneously from the heart.''
Roots rocker Nikki Hill is a newcomer who has gained attention for her soulful and powerful voice. Her band, who she calls 'The Pirate Crew' includes her husband, Matt Hill - a guitar player and soulful musician in his own right. She headlines on Saturday night. Opening is Marco DiMaggio who has been heralded as one of the world's best Rock 'n' Roll guitarists.
This Friday through Sunday at the Hoogland, The Holly and the Ivy takes the stage. WUIS' Sean Crawford spoke with Aasne Vigesaa, who plays Margaret Gregory and also serves as co-director.
The Holly and the Ivy is a captivating Christmas tale with a difference. Browne’s play, set in 1940s Norfolk, England, begins on Christmas Eve and slowly unfolds over 24 hours, during which time secrets are revealed, skeletons are wrenched out of closets, and lives are changed forever.
Over the summer, National Public Radio foreign correspondent and Lincoln native Kelly McEvers spent a week with Syrian rebel fighters in the northwestern part of the country, near the border with Turkey. McEvers learned that the rebels, operating under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army, are a whole spectrum of people: secularists, Islamists and mercenaries, all with the intent of bringing down President Bashar al-Assad's government.