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November 22, 2013

 

Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith: Not Creation, But Discovery

The roots-music pioneer, passing through Bloomington, opens up about the creative process and what pushes him to continue writing and performing.

November 14, 2013

 

Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay: Not The Usual Standard-Bearer

She brings songs from the Great American Songbook and Weimar cabaret, alongside her originals, to Greencastle Thursday night.

November 8, 2013

 

crowd listening to a live band perform in a basement

Hoosier Underground: Bloomington’s Basement Music Scene

The local music scene is not limited to commercial venues. The house show scene is alive and well in basements across Bloomington. But good luck finding a show!

October 24, 2013

 

members of the band harpeth rising sit in front of leafless trees with instruments in hand.

Harpeth Rising, Take Four

“Tales from Jackson Bridge” marks the fourth release in as many years for the eclectic quartet of Jacobs School alumni, Harpeth Rising.

October 11, 2013

 

music director, composer and librettist

When Sibling Revelry Turns Dark: Ghost Brothers’ Debut

Ghost brothers, ghost girl friends and even a ghost mother and father populate this dark tale.

October 1, 2013

 

singers Christine Salem and Janiece Jaffe perform at 2013 Lotus Festival

Songs Of The Spirit Need No Translation

Christine Salem, controversial singer of banned slave songs, invited local chanteuse Janiece Jaffe to join her Lotus set for a musical meeting of spirits.

September 30, 2013

 

lily & madeleine

Video: Lily And Madeleine’s Backstage A Cappella Performance

Lily & Madeleine are a sister duo from Indianapolis. Go backstage with them before their appearance at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.

September 25, 2013

 

Photo of the Swedish band Väsen.

Lotus 2013 Promises Cure For The Väsen Street Blues

Olov Johansson of the Swedish band "Väsen" speaks about the trio's special connection to Bloomington, where they'll be performing this weekend at Lotus.

September 24, 2013

 

Leyla McCalla in New Orleans

Leyla McCalla Brings Vari-Colored Songs To Lotus

Leyla McCalla of the Carolina Chocolate Drops discusses her debut solo album that features songs she wrote to poems by Langston Hughes.

September 19, 2013

 

The Lilac Crazy quartet

Purdue Professor Finds Her Voice In Doo Wop

A new book by a retired Purdue University professor tells how she conquered a lifetime of self-imposed silence through singing.

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