Intermedia Arts & Desdamona

As a mid-sized arts organization, Intermedia Arts relies on foundations and funders for their general operating support—foundations and funders who have lost enormous amounts of their assets in our current economic crisis. Intermedia Arts is in crisis. More importantly, small and mid-sized arts organizations all around us are in crisis. But here’s the thing—crisis does not equal failure, and crisis does not mean collapse. It is our response to this crisis that will determine our future. Friend of the show and fellow mid-westerner, Desdamona and I discuss the impact this organization has had in her life and the inspiration and support they lend to so many exploring artists. While this particular art organization is housed in Minneapolis, the story is one that might just be a shared experience for many who care about a valued resource….for more on that check Dez’ blog. We did take a moment to discuss the scene that makes Desdamona such a cool artist, her workshops and tours and collaboration with Carnage as Ill Chemistry, and what new ideas they are putting down in the studio.

Check out my conversation with Desdamona right here.

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Sharon Jones brings it to Madison

On December 3rd at the Barrymore Theater, Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings will bring their high energy rhythm and soulful sounds into Madison. Ohh and Sharon will bring it so we can feel it…..From the rumble and grumble of thick funk jerking you to the dancefloor to the soaring soul guaranteed to make you sigh, one thing is for sure: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are legitimate heavy-hitters. I am thankful that Sharon was able to take a moment while at her moms after working on some new pieces to chat with me about the upcoming show, her appearance with Denzel and some interesting bits about Lou Reed’s BERLIN tour that might cause you to search the internet high and low. Opening the show will be Menahan Street Band, comprised of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and The Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), I have a feeling that on the 4th of December, many around here will just have witnessed the show of the year.

Check out my conversation with Miss Sharon Jones right here.

Dixie Longate’s Tupperware Party

Who new that there are so many “different” uses for Tupperware? Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her uncatalogued, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. She will bring her party to Madison from October 21st – November 2nd at the Promenade Hall, inside the Overture Center. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became the #1 Tupperware seller in the U.S. & Canada as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products!

check out my chat with Dixie right here.

Maggie Lakis of Ave Q

I had the chance to talk with Maggie Lakis who plays with puppets for a living….I know right…COOL. She spends a lot of her time hanging out in the neighborhood of Ave Q. That neighborhood will take shape on the stages of Overture Hall within the enriching walls of our Overture Center here in Madison from October 21st through October 26th. Maggie and I talk about the way she got this very cool and mind opening gig, something about the relationships between puppets and human (strictly professional) and why this show might just be that “something different” you have been looking for.

Listen to my conversation with Maggie Lakis here.

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Maggie Lakis, Trekkie Monster, David Benoit

LA Theatre Works’ Susan Loewenberg

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On Tuesday October 21st, L.A. Theatre Works, a top radio theater company for the last two decades, invades Overture Center for an evening of harrowing audio drama. The original 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre of the Air sent the nation into hysterics over what they thought was an actual alien invasion. L.A. Theatre Works recreates that experience in gripping detail. The Lost World, based on a story by Arthur Conan Doyle, follows the expedition of a group of scientists to a remote part of the Amazon jungle locked in prehistoric times, complete with dinosaurs! I had the opportunity to chat with Susan Loewenberg, the founder and Producing Artistic Director of L.A. Theatre Works about the work involved in making these productions, the work her organization accomplishes to preserve and produce significant works of dramatic literature on audio with public access to all. We also talk about how we, as people can download a weekly nationally syndicated radio show, the Fund for Independence in Journalism and of interest to all, the Center for Public Integrity. Susan is an incredible person in my opinion and I am thankful for people like her keeping our radio histories alive for generations to discuss.

my conversation with Susan here.

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Thanks to Ruth, Lucy and Susan for making this interview possible

Mama Kia & Casa de Milagros

Our good friend and songstress Sara Wasserman recently took off from her normal (yeah, whatever that is) world and set off for Puru to spend time and learn from a group of special people at Casa de Milagros. Casa de Milagros (Home of Miracles) is a children’s home in the Sacred Valley near historic Machu Picchu, Peru. It was founded by the Chandler Sky Foundation to heal the mind, body and spirit of many of the thousands of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty on the streets of Cusco, Peru and surrounding towns. Over 3,500 children live on the streets of Cusco many abandoned by families that could not feed them. Malnutrition, infrequent bathing, and inadequate care cause widespread health problems including skin infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis, rickets, and chronic intestinal infections. But the loneliness and fear experienced by these children forced to live on the street alone are the most painful afflictions of all. in this conversation with Sara we learn what a typical day for the children is like and just what inspiration she walked away with from this amazing experience. The Chandler Sky Foundation aims not only to heal the street children, but to educate them so that they may be able to return to their communities equipped with the skills and the spirit to heal the area’s economy. In addition to saving the lives of many needy children, the Foundation helps to conserve one of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests. Through teaching children methods of farming that allow the land to be used over and over again, there will be a decreased need for migration into the precious rainforest reserves that we, as a planet, need for survival. These programs, developed from a progressive global consciousness, place the Casa de Milagros in a category of its own. To help raise awareness and monies for these children, Sara is organizing a benefit in her home town of Mill Vally California with 100% of th efunds heading to Mama Kia….thusfar (and we’ll keep you updated, Sara has confirmations from her father Rob Wasserman , Bob Weir and Jay Lane many other fantastic people will follow in their footsteps so stay tuned.

Listen to Sara tell us more about it all right here.

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Lovely Chara & Mama Kia (in the hat)…creator of the orphanage.

Moist Paula Henderson

From Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber to Secretary (with or without Big Boss) to Moisturizer, check out all the projects friend of the radio program “Moist” Paula Henderson has been up to since she arrived in New York some 15 years or so ago. While we go way back, every time I see her or hear her music It is a constant re-FRESHer course in soundology. From the avant to the rockin’, Paula has her horn and will travel to the next destination on a wave of inspiration and an eye for the inevitable changes life in music dictates. When you listen to this conversation, consider it just that…a chat between two friends with the premise that it’s all about the music in mind-WHATEVER form that music may take.

Check out my conversation with Paula here.

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Mel & Rich of SIRSY

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I want to thank Mel & Rich of the band Sirsy for catching up with me. As always, our creative minds take over and in this conversation we talk about everything from how the new album Revolution has been received by live audiences as well as album listeners, we also chat about the inevitable journey to Madison (?) and even the proper treatment for stingray stings. Z A P!!! Making their own revolution.

Check out my conversation with this dynamic duo right here.

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A.K.A.C.O.D. get to know ’em here.

Monique Ortiz and I have been going back and forth trying to get a time together to discuss so many things. Finally, it all started to jive and we got a phoner in live on the show (7/14). The newest project A.K.A.C.O.D, is true mysterious wisdom put on top of some low, experimental and otherworldly sounds laced with Dana Colley on Saxophone(S), Larry Dersch on percussion, and Monique plays the fretless bass, the 2-string slide bass and takes care of the vocals that if allowed, takes you to places you only thought about. In this conversation we discuss the path followed leading up to the beginnings of A.K.A.C.O.D. and its development through the past workings/teachings of Mr. Mark Sandman, and other projects Monique has been involved in including Bourbon Princess.

Please join me in enjoying this music & check out my conversation with Monique Ortiz here.

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It’s in the words–Desdamona

While she surrounds her lyrics most of the time with hip beats and soul enriched moments in the musical now, somehow I still get focused back on the words. Up to the top in rhyme and meaning, however you are looking at it, Desdamona has put herself on the map with her new release The Source. While there are so many exciting features about this album, Desdamona’s ability to tell a true story as seen through her eyes and relate it as an easily formed connection in open minded people, is a blessing. In this live conversation recorded on 07/14/07, we discuss the creation of this innovative album, her upcoming tour with collaborators, Sly & Robbie and we even discuss the possibilities of me doing a video as Elaine from Seinfeld dancing to the tune Infinity which features Ill Chemistry…..no kidding……

Check out our conversation HERE.

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a 2 piece named Sirsy…let’s discuss.

Looking around the room for that big sound that appears to be coming from that two piece on stage….look no further, it is them. This super-duo is called Sirsy. Fronted by the charismatic Melanie Krahmer who has a stunning voice capable of a lion’s roar & a sultry good morning whisper, with the lungs of a young swimmer & the grrrr-owl of a sixty something blues singer. She “plays Ian Anderson-esque flute solos and can bang those drums while doing so, all while standing up! Sharing the stage is cowriter, Rich Libutti, a dynamo on BOTH bass & guitar who even plays a snare with his feet (during Melanie’s flute solos) so the drums
don’t stop! WHAT??? I had the pleasure of talking with Melanie about the band, the live show and well having some laughs along the way. Sirsy is a fine addition to the friends of greenarrowradio. You can check them out at the Main Pub in Manchester CT on June 22nd. See you there.

Listen to our talk about Sirsy here.
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Embrace Bomb Squad’s Brenna Gethers

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Brenna Gethers, the front woman of the Connecticut based funk group the BOMB SQUAD. Some might recognize her name from being a finalist on American Idol a few years ago, but the future looks to be fortified with some straightforward attitude and a little down home happy funk that is sure to please all those true music seekers. Those seekers need to look no further than on June the 9th at the Danbury Music Festival in Danbury CT, and again on June 22nd at the Skybox in Fairfield. You know that I’ll be at one of these events and I will be looking for you. To tempt your open minds and thirsty earholes even further, I will be getting some new material to PREMIERE on the show in the very near future. So stay tuned in!!

Check out Brenna taking a moment to talk with me here.

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Talking with Ellie Vee of the Charms

When Little Steven began signing bands to his new label, Wicked Cool Records, one of the bands at the top of the list was Boston-based purveyors of the garage rock movement, the Charms. On February 14, the Charms make their Wicked Cool debut with Strange Magic, their fourth release. The Charms’ sound garnered them attention from the very beginning when lead singer/songwriter Ellie Vee and guitarist Joe Wizda formed the band in 2002. Their first demo immediately caught the ear of Bill Kelly (Teenage Wasteland) and Gene Simmons, who was so impressed by what he heard that he called Ellie Vee personally to offer his feedback. The demo also landed in the hands of their manager Steev Riccardo who pushed the band to record their first CD Charmed I’m Sure. The disc was released in January 2003 on Red Car Records, a label stared by Riccardo, Vee and Wizda. Reaction to the CD was immediate with heavy airplay on college radio and specialty garage rock radio shows, and media coverage in local publications. Before long the Charms became one of the most popular bands in Boston. This band is even more red hot in a live setting, but the studio work gives you a great feel for this band living inside the world of high powered rock-n-roll.

Check out Ellie Vee & MisterG chatting here.

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Desiree Bassett: Keepin’ R-n-R Alive!

Desi was hanging out in studio A once again….We discussed her recent trip to L.A. at NAMM, a timetable on heading into the studio and as usual, she rocked the station to its knees. Check out the link to her in studio session with me and give the video from the WIMBASH a look-see as well. You will thank me. It is good to know rock and roll is safe.

Listen to our in STUDIO A time here.

Watch the VIDEO here.

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Desi And Joe Satriani NAMM 2007

WOMEN in MUSIC part II

Beautiful Soldier, Nadine Zahr
Jackknifes, Red Heart the Tickler
End of the Line, Emily Grogan
Psychedelia in A, Emily Grogan
Movin’ Room for a New Day, Emily Grogan
Share the Ride, Lisa Lawrence
Compass Rose, Chris Pureka
Big Lovin’ Woman, Shemekia Copeland (live)
Them Changes, Nikki Armstrong
What’s Wrong with Me, Skye (Nouvelle Vague Remix)

*Chat w/Terry Reeves of MusicMattersEntertainment*

Mood Swing, luscious Jackson
Fly Away, Sara Wasserman & Aaron Neville
**Conversation with Sara Wasserman**
Fresh out of Tears, Sara Wasserman
Sara Smile, Sara Wasserman/Vernon Reid
Beautiful, Tristan Prettyman/G.Love
Centre of nowhere, LadyBUG Mecca
Gembi, Ramatou Dikite
Bassa Kele, Mamou Sidibe
Enter Sandman, Harptallica
Children of the Grave, Desiree Bassett

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WOMEN in MUSIC…What can be better?

…I’ll tell you what might be better…PART TWO OF WOMEN IN MUSIC NEXT WEEK!!!!

D.I.Y, Exit Clov
Violent Berries, Exit Clov
From the Bottom up, Dayna Kurtz
Ol’ Cook Pot, the Duhks
Mountain o’ Things, the Duhks
Girl of Opportunity, Angeline
Out of Control, Lisa Lawrence
My Dear Country, Norah Jones
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
Transitional, Susan Cagle
Beauty, Wax Poetic
Waiting in Vain, Rolla
Rock & a Hard Place, Supreme Beings of Leisure
Fight & Make up, Briana Holcombe
Clean up Woman, Nikki Armstrong (live)
Porchswing, Bourbon Princess
Done, Michelle Suesens
Crimson & Clover, Evil Stig
Oh Atlanta, Alison Krause & Union Station
VooDoo Woman, the NRG band feat. Nicole Hart (live)

***ON AIR CONVERSATION WITH NICOLE HART***

Hot’lanta, the NRG band feat. Nicole Hart (live)
Intruder, Janis Joplin
Coo Coo, Janis Joplin
Revolution Eventually, Sugarbitch
I Drink, Southern Crush

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Introducing Sara Wasserman,

Music has been a part of Sara’s life from day one. The daughter of Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, Sara was immersed in a rare musical world from an early age. This experience has molded her into a young artist with whom few can compare. Even though she has been surrounded by many great people of art, what made me want to talk with her is her ability to create her own song & unique musical style. Her musical influences draw from a diverse list of artists, but it is the voice of Sara Wasserman that I believe will be the inspiration of those seeking a fresh blend of expressive lyrics with seductive melodies.. From her soul-stirring ballads to her sensual up-tempo vocals, Sara’s unique take on contemporary melodies is a refreshingly creative approach.

And soon I will be spinning a variety of songs from Miss Wasserman that’ll be sure to fuel your open minds and fill those thirsty earholes.

LISTEN TO OUR CONVERSATION HERE.

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LadyBug Mecca come out and play.

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Alrighty people, get ready to TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC with LadyBug Mecca of Digable Planets. I am thankful that I was able to catch a moment of her time as she has been stacked with things-a-happ’nin’. In our convo we talk about her recent video work with Raheem DeVaughn and Kenny Dope on a fly hit dubbed “DOGG STARR”. We touched briefly on the MTV unplugged performance of PLANETS for the movie FREEDOM WRITERS, and her honor of being sampled by SNOOP. HELL YEAH! Matter of fact, she has a cameo in SNOOP‘s most recent video “CANDY“. There is much more to this convo so check it out. LadyBug Mecca is cooler than the FONZ, and maybe even TRON. I would love to have the LadyBug and MisterG show some Saturday morning, spinnin’ the eclectic-ness would blow your thirsty earholes and open minds from here to there. We’ll see!

PEACE,
G

click here for LadyBugMecca and MisterG’s chat.

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11/23/06 This Turkey Survived…..so far.

Lots of guest today. We had my nephew stop in to wish the listeners a happy thanksgiving and to be cute as hell. Briana Holcombe blessed us with her presence and even sang a little tune that mentions yours truly, we will make sure to keep our eyes on what she is up to, and believe me that won’t be a difficult task. And a true friend of greenarrowradio, Mr. Melvin Sparks called in to chat and let us know he will be at the Main Pub in Manchester CT on Dec. 2. A must see.

Here’s what the 4 hours of the show looked like.

The Great Ceilidh Swindle, Peatbog Faeries
Mouth Music
Loyin’ Loyin’, Babatunde Olatunji
Dance of the Hunter’s Fire, Mickey Hart
Satan Dub, Lee “scratch” Perry
Oualahila Ar Tesninam, Tinariwen
Ya Man, Balkan Beat Box
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Weasel Potpie, That 1 Guy
Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode
I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow (Kevin Shield remix)
Dumb World, Rav Shmuel
Last Chance, Rav Shmuel
***Conversation w/Nadine Zahr***
Beautiful Soldier, Nadine Zahr
The Minute I, Nadine Zahr
A little Better, Nadine Zahr
Childe, Dana Varon
Home Movies, the Jamie McLean band
Holy Water, the Jamie McLean band
Bottle of Red Wine, Eric Clapton & friends
Sunshine of your Love, Ginger Baker
I Only have Love, Phantom Blues Band w/Taj
Think, the Phantom Blues Band
I Drink, Southern Crush
***Briana Holcombe Phone Conversation***
Fight and Make Up, Briana Holcombe
Right Here, Right Now, Briana Holcombe
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
I will, Al & the Transamericans
Waiting for the Punchline, Al & Transamericans
Carnival Time, Leftover Salmon
***Phone Conversation w/Mr. Melvin Sparks***
Funky good time, Melvin Sparks
Louisiana Sky, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
Girl of Opportunity, Angeline
Rainy Day Blues, Willie Nelson
Head ’em off at the Pass, Wolf Krakowski
Shady Grove, Grisman/Garcia
Blues for Luci, Pedro Arevalo
Barstool Boogie, Dan Hicks & Jimmy Buffett
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Nothing to be Sad About, Honeytribe
Angelina, the Tony Tyler Trance
the Mother, Xavier Rudd
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Beautiful, G-Love/ Tristian Prettyman
Let the good times roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
100% Pure Love, Tey
Burning Down the House, the Cardigans w/Tom Jones
Boom Shak-a-la-ka, Apache Indian

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listen to my conversation with the lovely and talented Ms. Briana Holcombe

Rocker Rhonda G. of SOUTHERN CRUSH!

If you like to RAWK…not just rock, then let me point you in the direction of SOUTHERN CRUSH. A Pure force from Atlanta Georgia. This three piece Southern Blues RAWK band is taking the music scene by storm. I was fortunate enough to get a moment of the lead lady, the Raspy, Raptured Rocker Rhonda G. on greenarrowradio. Take a listen here to our conversation. If you are looking for me, I’ll be shaking the apple tree.

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Oh hell, here is todays fill in set list while we’re at it:

Ride, G-Love
Beautiful, G-Love featuring Tristian Prettyman
Sweet Life, Karen Gibson Roc
Revolution Eventually, Sugarbitch
Beef Jerky, Cibo Matto
Georgia Slop, Los Lobos
When , King Johnson
Workin’ Sux, King Johnson
let the Mermaids Flirt w/me, scrapOmatic
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Let the Good Times Roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Corrin, Corrina, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
(turn on your) Lovelight, Them feat. Van Morrison
I Like’s That, Skeebo Knight
Expressway to your Heart, Merl Saunders & friends
Take me with you, Orchestra Morphine
Rhythm & Booze, Treat her Right
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Broken Down Piece of Junk, Brian Setzer
You’ve got the best in Town, Band of Gypsys
Mama, he Treats your Daughter mean, Susan Tedeschi
No Riders, Shannon Curfman
Battle of Faomo, Southern Crush
Apple Pie, Southern Crush
**Conversation with Rhonda G. of Southern Crush**
I Drink, Southern Crush
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
DIY, Exit Clov
K.C. Jones, North Mississippi All Stars