Dayton natives Scott Soifer and Jordan Hampton have been playing music together since they were teenagers. Now based in Nashville and performing under the name The Left Hooks, the duo has released Gem City Dialect Volume 1. The debut album embraces jazz, worldbeat, and rock and roll influences with nods to trip-hop and experimental music. WYSO's Juliet Fromholt spoke with Soifer and Hampton ahead of their visit to Dayton.
The Left Hooks will perform at Blind Bob's on July 11th.
Jeff Rudolph, Adam Bryant and Brad Gilbert returned to the WYSO studios as Sam At Eleven prepares to release its sophomore album, Holy Hell. The trio performed a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about the new album, revisiting old songs, and future plans.
Sam at Eleven will celebrate the release of Holy Hell on July 18th at the Oregon Express.
Andrew Goodman was a young man from New York who went to Mississippi during the summer of 1964 to participate in the civil rights struggles that were taking place then in the South. Shortly after he arrived he vanished. Andrew and two other civil rights workers had been taken by members of the Ku Klux Klan and brutally murdered. Their bodies were found some time later.
Springfield's former South High School, built in the early 1900s, is on its way to becoming an educational hub for students. Recently, a consortium of four local schools received an $11.3 million state Straight A grant for the renovation.
South High will now be called the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center, and it will house the Global Impact Stem Academy, Springfield City Schools, Clark-Shawnee Local and the Career Tech Center under the title of College and Career Readiness Hub. The plan is to offer education for in-demand careers and become a center of innovation.