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Krannert Center director Mike Ross and his staff have always viewed their biennial guitar festival as a microcosm of their core philosophy and approach to programming, and that's no exception for the third biennial festival.
The performances at the event on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 will run from the classical to the popular to the experimental to "world," featuring a few returning artists, new discoveries, homegrown talent in jazz guitarist Jake Hertzog and blues artist Laurie Morvan, and major names such as Ani DiFranco, Bill Frisell, Dan Zanes and Jerry Douglas.
In more than 20 years of thrashing rock, L.A. Guns has traded members the way guitarists trade strings. "I think we're at 37," said drummer Chad Stewart. "I'm not even kidding."
But the band hitting Radmaker's Tolono stage on June 25 can boast the band's namesake: Tracii Guns, a legend in the Hollywood rock scene and "magical character," Stewart said. "He is the Guns in Guns N' Roses."
URBANA – A jazz orchestra that performed here in the 1980s will reorganize for a happy hour gig from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.
On Thursday, former University of Illinois Professor Ray Sasaki will perform, also at the Post, with the Jazz Sextet.
Highlights of the upcoming 2009-10 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, read Sunday's The News-Gazette and go to www.krannertcenter.com, where the schedule and details (including on the third Biennial Guitar Festival) will be up in mid-June.
Tickets go on sale July 16 at 10 a.m. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists will be formed for sold-out performances.
URBANA – Dance legends, violin virtuosos and plenty of Russians will be among those taking the stage during the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season.
Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Feinstein, the Moscow Festival Ballet and Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, MOMIX dancer-illusionists and many more internationally recognized artists and groups will hit the stages and spaces at Krannert this year.
The steel guitar warbled a gentle vibrato as traveling country singer Jerry Bennett brought his lips to his cordless microphone.
"Go rest high ... on that mountain," crooned Bement Country Opry's featured performer that evening. He looked like a lumberjack in his plaid shirt, aside from his soft smile. Susan Williams, a principal for the Vermilion Association for Special Education, who was the pinch-hitting guitar player, raised her subdued face to shine in a spotlight as she bounced a treble harmony on the line. She closed her eyes as Bennett crescendoed.
N-G Film Series to slime big screen with 'Ghostbusters'
If there's something weird and it don't look good, who ya gonna call? Well, these days you might call the government for a bailout, but back in 1984, you'd call Ghostbusters. For its 25th anniversary, Ivan Reitman's classic genre-crossing comedy, "Ghostbusters," loaded with talent from "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," slimes back onto the big screen in The News-Gazette Film Series at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Illinois District Barbershop Chorus contest, the Coles County Barbershop Chorus will present its 40th annual Summer Show, "Incarcerated Rhythm," at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Dvoark Concert Hall at Doudna Fine Arts Center on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
The concert theme, which continues that of the district contest, is a spoof of prison life and political satire and includes songs like "Jailhouse Rock," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and other familiar tunes.
DANVILLE – This year's Cellular One Summer Sounds concert series will kick off today in Danville's Temple Plaza, and organizers said it will be bigger and better than before.
Now in its 12th year, the free concert is being expanded from two hours to three. And North Street, from Vermilion Street to the alley behind Temple Plaza's stage, will be closed to traffic to expand seating.
CHAMPAIGN – Listen in on Karinsa Moline's music classroom this week and you're likely to hear the plucking of sitar strings, the jingling of ankle bells and the strains of a flute.
Moline's students at South Side Elementary School have been studying Indian and Sri Lankan music, and they've made their own instruments.