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Poptek Records founder Andy Ingram sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions for some previews of ALOTFEST, a music/art variety festival happening in Springfield, OH. Joining Ingram were members of Poptek bands The 1984 Draft, Second Best, Once A Pine, and April & June for live performances and interviews.

ALOTFEST is presented by Mother Stewart's Brewery, Hatch Artist Studios, and the Greater Springfield CVB. More info can be found on Facebook.

Backyard Boogie This Weekend in Tipp City

May 29, 2018
Backyard Boogie flyer
via Facebook

Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the 2018 Backyard Boogie festival, and share some samples from this year's lineup.

The 2018 Backyard Boogie festival runs June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More info can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Conrad's Corner: May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Open Door"

William T. Vollmann writes some massive books. His current offering is so enormous that his publisher had to split it into two volumes. The first installment is "No Immediate Danger-Volume One of the Carbon Ideologies." Volume Two, "No Good Alternative," will be published in June.

I spoke to Bill Vollmann about the first volume-we had a sobering discussion about this very important book. Vollmann has written this book by taking the approach that he is leaving this text behind for some reader in the future to peruse. A reader who will probably be fairly miserable and living in a world that is far different from the one we know now.

Conrad Balliet reads Marsha Bush's poem, "Endings"

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

An odd novelty tune, 1946's "Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)" placed Ella Fitzgerald in the studio with swing master Louis Jordan to record a lively calypso duet about a wife beater whose wife murders him with a frying pan in public.

One of the first black musicians to find major crossover success with mainstream white audiences, "King of the Jukebox" Jordan wrote and performed many singles that topped the R&B charts and simultaneously reached the top ten in pop as well, scoring at least four hits that sold over a million copies. 

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

Ella Fitzgerald and legendary bandleader/pianist Count Basie shared an innate sense of rhythm and swing that made them a great pair, and they teamed up a few times during her career.

1963's Ella and Basie! is 41 minutes of wall-to-wall excellence from some of the top musicians in jazz, and one of the finest ever released by either artist. In 2017, online music news magazine Pitchfork named it the 175th best album of the 1960s, saying of Ella and Basie, "As musicians, they had almost too much in common. The horns in his band punched with a lead singer’s brio, while she sang like a horn, winding and unpredictable, the words mere containers for the sounds she made."

Conrad's Corner: May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Cursive Repurposed"

Conrad's Corner: May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Where Are My Shoes And Socks"

Mary Gauthier
Laura Partain

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her music to the Miami Valley this weekend for a performance at the 2018 Nowhere Else Festival in Martinsville, OH. Ahead of the festival, Gauthier sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions for an interview, and a performance of songs from her latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads.

The 2018 Nowhere Else Festival is May 26 and 27. Learn more at: http://www.nowhereelsefestival.com/

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