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5:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Blues Guitarist Josh White Jr. On Being His Own Performer In The Spirit Of His Father

Josh White Jr.
Credit Courtesy of Douglas A. Yeager Productions, LTD

When blues guitarist Josh White Jr. started performing onstage with his father at the age of four, he had no idea it would charter a course for the rest of his life. His father, the late Josh White Sr., was a folk musician who worked with everyone from Woody Guthrie to President Franklin Roosevelt. He grew up performing alongside him, and has since developed a solid career as a singer/songwriter. In anticipation of his June 29th concert at Foundry Hall in South Haven, he shared his thoughts shunning the labels of the music world, and paying homage to his father's roots while developing his own cross-cultural sound. 

 Here is an excerpt: On honoring his father's legacy onstage:  "You know...before he died I remember him talking with our manager, and my dad was afraid that his guitar style would be lost because he didn't know if I was going to maintain it. Wherever I go I always make sure I have within my set two or three songs in a row that my old man did the way he did it and speak on him. Again it was something I was born into - I started doing it when I was three and a half. That which has happened has been a progression of. There was nothing else that was really pulling me that I wanted to do, and people started enjoying me doing my own stuff, and that's hard to beat."

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Local Music
4:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

LHI Live: Jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson and Sara Gazarek
Credit saragazarek.com

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist-composer-arranger Josh Nelson visit with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall in WMUK's Takeda performance studio, for an hour of songs and conversation on a range of topics, including the song writing process, the privilege of teaching, and the special camaraderie of jazz artists around the world.

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Station News
4:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Grassroots' Mark Sahlgren Wins Community Arts Award

Mark Sahlgren, the co-host of WMUK's acoustic music show Grassroots, will receive a Community Medal of Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

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Local Authors
3:21 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Proud To Be A Working Stiff? Read George Dila's New Short Fiction

Hear the full interview with author George Dila

When Michigan author George Dila printed buttons to advertise for his new chapbook of short stories called Working Stiffs. A few people didn't want to wear it, but Dila says even more people were ecstatic to claim that they too were a "working stiff."

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Glass Art
2:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Beads Show Child Cancer Patients' Journey

7-year-old Maddux Hescock plays with his Journey Beads from Bronson Hospital
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Saturday, Kalamazoo glass artists and Bronson Hospital staff will make beads for child cancer patients. They’re called “Journey Beads,” and each one represents a type of treatment or therapy the kids have gone through.

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