Music

  • Taking T-Rex Off The Legislative District Map, And Versatile Pianist Tom Cawcutt

    The website ProPublica called the map a tyrannosaurus — with its hungry mouth taking a bite out of Democratic-leaning Douglas County to push Wisconsin’s 73rd Assembly district Republican. Now, the maps have been redrawn, with the state Supreme Court agreeing they more fairly reflect Wisconsin’s voting demographics. University of Wisconsin-Superior Political Science Professor Alisa Von…

    Taking T-Rex Off The Legislative District Map, And Versatile Pianist Tom Cawcutt
  • Celebrating Garifuna Music with Aurelio

    Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on the Honduras Caribbean coast, Aurelio Martinez, may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in the Garifuna music tradition. This tradition encompasses the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors, a group of shipwrecked enslaved Africans who intermarried with locals on the…

    Celebrating Garifuna Music with Aurelio
  • #1548 24 February 2024 The Road To Higher Ground with Jonathan Øverby

    Tonight’s showcase features: Norma Waterson, Ojos De Brujo, Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Abigail Washburn & Bela Fleck, Isley Brothers,Aretha Franklin, Buddy Holly, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trixie Smith, Emma Sweeney and more.

    #1548 24 February 2024           The Road To Higher Ground with Jonathan Øverby
  • A guidebook for Bruce Cockburn fans

    Canadian author M.D. Dunn talks with WPR’s “BETA” about his book, “You Get Bigger As You Go: Bruce Cockburn’s Influence and Evolution,” which is more like a guidebook for learning about Cockburn’s music than a biography.

    A guidebook for Bruce Cockburn fans
  • #1547 17 February 2024 The Road To Higher Ground with Jonathan Øverby

    Your weekend showcase features Karine Polwart, Anne Phoebe, Family Atlantica, Tito Puente, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Leontyne Price, Mami Smith, Catrin Finc & Seckou Keita, Mano Chao, George Jones, Kate Rusby, Tannahill Weavers, Magfos Herrera and Pink Martini. Hear the broadcast streamed Saturdays 5 p.m. Central on WPR’s NPR News & Music Network at wpr.org and…

    #1547 17 February 2024 The Road To Higher Ground with Jonathan Øverby
  • Green Bay orchestra performance to share classical music with the next generation

    Providing young musicians the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone is one of the goals of “Musician’s Journey: Beginner to Adult,” which the Civic Symphony will perform Friday at St. Norbert College’s Walter Theater.

    Green Bay orchestra performance to share classical music with the next generation
  • ‘Early Music For The Ages’ with Dr. Rebecca Cypess

    Coming soon is Jonathan’s podcast series that explores ancient music and its role in shaping future genres, cultures, and musicians who followed.

    ‘Early Music For The Ages’ with Dr. Rebecca Cypess
  • ‘Farm to turntable’: Wisconsin company builds and sells record players for up to $10K

    A company based in Delavan has been making high-end record players since the 1970s. The head of the company explains how it makes turntables retailing for upwards of $10,000.

    ‘Farm to turntable’: Wisconsin company builds and sells record players for up to $10K
  • Milwaukee’s SistaStrings accompany Joni Mitchell at Grammys

    When Joni Mitchell made an emotional appearance at the Grammys this weekend, a pair of Milwaukee sisters were on backup. Mitchell, who is 80, sang her nearly 60-year-old ballad “Both Sides Now” at the awards show Sunday. The New York Times described the performance as being something like “a brief, magical visitation from a musical…

    Milwaukee’s SistaStrings accompany Joni Mitchell at Grammys
  • ‘Immediate Family’ documentary is like a musical ‘Band of Brothers’

    Film director Denny Tedesco talks with WPR’s “BETA” about a documentary film about Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel and Leland Sklar, four of the hardest-working session players in the 1970s and ’80s.

    ‘Immediate Family’ documentary is like a musical ‘Band of Brothers’