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Native American Music Awards: Local Baltimore “JAR” Nomination

Jean Albert RenaudOctober 5, 2017 – Native American Music Awards: Baltimore Nomination

The 17th Annual Native American Music Awards — Nammy’s — are coming, and for the first time a Baltimore recording artist has been nominated.

Jean Albert Renaud, or “JAR” as he is now known, is nominated as Best New Artist of the Year and his song “I Ride Horses” is nominated as  Best Country Song of the year.  We sat down to talk with Renaud, who began his career as a Motown star in the 1960s and  now dedicates much of  his time to the plight of wild horses and to long distance riding.


Cultural Year in Review

Moonlight (Credit: Wikipedia)December 20, 2016 – Segment 1

We host our annual Cultural Year in Review Round Table! We discuss and examine this year’s music, movies, television, and more.

We’re joined by: Denzel Mitchell, farmer, educator, food justice advocate and political commentator;  Eze Jackson, rapper, activist, and Host of “The Whole Bushel” on The Real News Network; and Ann HornadayWashington Post Film Critic.


Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Performing at Reginald F. Lewis 10th Anniversary Gala

Ellis Marsalis plays out jazz at Snug Harbor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_Marsalis,_Jr.

November 10, 2015 – Segment 4

Today we have a special musical treat, as jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr. joins us to talk about his upcoming performance at the Reginald S. Lewis Museum for their 10th Anniversary Gala. Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is an accomplished, original jazz pianist and a jazz instructor who has helped shape some of the genre’s most important new musicians. A figurehead of the jazz music revival in New Orleans in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Marsalis has enjoyed a career spanning almost four decades.


Eubie Blake Center Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Billie Holiday

billieSeptember 15, 2015 – Segment 2

The Eubie Blake Cultural National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday with an exhibit curated by Stuart Hudgins,  “Billie Holiday: A Life in Music,” who joins us for this segment.


Kane Mayfield: On Baltimore and His New Music

Kane MayfieldSeptember 2, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk with rapper Kane Mayfield, who will be performing Friday September 4th, at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.


Sounds of the Aeolian: Classical Organ & Black Classical Music

organApril 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We talk about the upcoming Sounds of the Aeolian, a classical organ concert featuring the very rare Aeolian-Skinner organ. With: Dr. Samuel Springer, organist, Lecturer-Piano, Opera Workshop Fine Arts Music; and Bryan Alston, organist and Choir Director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.  The concert will take place Sunday, April 26, at 4:00 pm, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore.  

 


Baltimore Blues Artist Quinton “Q” Randall

thecleanseMarch 26, 2015 – Segment 4

Baltimore blues artist Quinton “Q” Randall joins us to talk about his music and life. He recently released his new album The Cleanse. 


Broken House

houseMarch 23, 2015 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a sneak preview of the short film and documentary project Broken House, which explores house music, dance and culture in Baltimore. We talk with Khoran Lee, filmmaker and director of Broken House, veteran of the US Army and Morgan State alum; Danielle Evans, production assistant for Broken House, Baltimore City public school teacher and basketball coach and Morgan State alum; and Aaron Wiggins, cast member of Broken House and Morgan State alum. They are raising money for their film on Kickstarter.


Blues Artist Quinton “Q” Randall

qFebruary 2, 2015 – Segment 2

Baltimore blues artist Quinton “Q” Randall joins us to talk about his music and life. You can check him out on February 10th at the Ottobar with Sidewalk Chalk and J Pope N Funk Fridays and on February 11th in Jessup with Poet Mosaic.

 


Jewish Music Special: The Shondes

shondesJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 3

In the second part of a two part series on Jewish music, producer Mark Gunnery speaks to two founding members of the Brooklyn-based rock group the Shondes, Louisa Solomon, lead vocalist and bassist, and Eli Oberman, who plays violin and sings harmony. They discuss their music, the ethics of political engagement as musicians and Jews, and their support of the cultural boycott of Israel.

Click here to listen to the first part of this series, an interview with the Klezmatics.


Jewish Music Special: The Klezmatics

KlezmaticsJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery presents a two part special on Jewish music. In this first installment, he speaks with members of the Klezmatics, one of the most popular klezmer bands in the US. Band members Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London discuss Yiddish culture and music, Jewish spirituality and politics, and the cultural boycott of Israel.

Click here to listen to the second part of this series, an interview with the Shondes.


LOVE the Poet and Jahiti On The Bolton Hill Open Mic Series

jahitiJanuary 16, 2015 – Segment 3

We hear a special preview of the Bolton Hill Open Mic Series show this weekend, with: spoken word artist and musician Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet; and singer-songwriter Jahiti.


New Year’s Eve Music with Keith Covington

keithDecember 31, 2014 – Segment 2

Keith Covington, former owner of the New Haven Lounge, brings us into 2015 with great conversation and some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz music, from Johnny Hartman to Wynton Marsalis.


Solstice Music With Helicon

heliconDecember 30, 2014 – Segment 1

We listen back to our annual visit from Helicon, the Celtic-inspired folk group.

We’re joined by: Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle; Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin; Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes; Rennie Pearson on flute and wooden flute; and Brad Kolodner on banjo.


Holiday Music With Tom Hall

Tom_HallDecember 29, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our holiday music series with Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, who shares some great seasonal choral music.


Holiday Music With Eric Conway

conwayDecember 29, 2014 – Segment 1

We’re joined by the Director of Morgan State University’s Choir, Eric Conway to hear music of the holiday season.

This segment originally aired December 27, 2012.


Holiday Hip Hop Music with Florida

floridaDecember 26, 2014 – Segment 2

Florida, host of WEAA’s Strictly Hip Hop, visits our studio for a departure from traditional holiday music, when we hear hip hop related to the season.

This segment originally aired December 27, 2012.


Holiday Music with Milton Dugger

miltonDecember 26, 2014 – Segment 1

We’ll hear crooners, jazz standards, and even a little Cee Lo Green when Milton Dugger, musician and president of Gumption Records, shares some of his favorite holiday music with us.


Christmas Eve Music With Edward Polochick

Edward-PolochickDecember 24, 2014 – Segment 2

In this holiday Marc Steiner Show special, we’re joined by conductor Edward Polochick, who shares some of his favorite holiday music. Polochick is Artistic Director for Concert Artists of Baltimore, Music Director for the Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Choral Activities at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.


Celebrating The Solstice With The Music Of Helicon

HeliconDecember 18, 2014 – Segment 3

Stay tuned for a very magical musical treat: our annual visit by Helicon! The Celtic-inspired group will hold their 29th Annual Winter Solstice Reunion Concerts at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium on Saturday, December 20, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Today, we are honored with a “preview” concert, by: Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle; Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin; Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes; Rennie Pearson on flute and wooden flute; and Brad Kolodner on banjo.


John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at 50

ColtraneDecember 9, 2014 – Segment 2

Fifty years ago today, John Coltrane recorded his classic album A Love Supreme. We discuss the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.


Visit From Jamaican-Born Singer & Musician Alex Marley

Alex Marley

November 4, 2014 – Segment 3

Jamaican-born singer and musician Alex Marley sits down to talk about his music when he was in Baltimore this summer. To hear more of his music, visit his website.

 


Molly Ringwald’s Cabaret-Style Jazz Performance Coming to Baltimore

Molly RingwaldOctober 15, 2014 – Segment 2

It’s WEAA’s fund drive, and we have a week’s worth of interesting shows and premiums for you! Please call in to 410-319-8888 from 10-noon and help us meet our goal! You can also pledge online at: http://www.weaa.org/contribute-now/

I interview 1980s teen idol Molly Ringwald about her upcoming cabaret-style jazz performance at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.

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Cultural Crossroads: Afrofuturism

blaqstarrOctober 10, 2014 – Segment 4

We rebroadcast of our show on Afrofuturism, with world-renowned Gospel and Blues singer Lea Gilmore! Lea and Marc talk with: Baltimore-based producer, DJ, and singer Blaqstarr; poet, MC, singer and producer Camae Defstar, aka Moor Mother Goddess; and author, filmmaker, dancer, and futurist Ytasha L. Womack. Womack’s latest book, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, black comix, and the legacy of Afrofuturism.

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Rene Marie Sings Eartha Kitt

Rene MarieSeptember 4, 2014 – Segment 4

We talk to the talented vocalist, actress, and writer Rene Marie. After starting her vocal career at the age of 40, Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world: winning over critics, receiving awards like the Best International Jazz Vocal CD by France’s Academie Du Jazz, gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and becoming a headliner at major international festivals.

You can see Rene Marie Sing Eartha Kitt this weekend at the Creative Alliance on Saturday, September 6th at 7PM and 9PM.

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Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

Arab-RapJuly 23, 2014 -Segment 2

We speak with Dr. Hisham D. Aidi about his new highly-acclaimed book Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.

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Holly Near Coming to Baltimore

holly nearMay 12, 2014 – Segment 5

Marc interviews American singer-songwriter, actor, teacher, and activist Holly Near, who will be performing at Common Ground on the Hill on Wednesday May 14.  

 

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A Musical Benefit To Combat Human Trafficking

pierreApril 4, 2014 – Segment 6

We close out the show with a preview of a musical event benefiting TurnAround, Inc., on April 11. We’re joined by Pierre Bensusan, acoustic guitarist composer and bilingual improvisational vocalist, and Amelia RubensteinLGSW, Team Leader of the Anti-Trafficking Program at TurnAround, Inc. For more information on the event, call 410.526.6367.

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Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy ‘Little Bird’ Heath On Life, Work & The Meaning of Jazz

Jimmy Heath

March 3, 2014 – Segment 2

Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath joins us to discuss his life, work, and the meaning of jazz today.  His autobiography is titled, I Walked With Giants.

This segment originally aired November 17, 2010.

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Cultural Crossroads: Opera And Cuba

 afrocubanJanuary 15, 2014 – Segment 3

It’s our latest Cultural Crossroads conversation with Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor and chanteuse extraordinaire Lea Gilmore!  We start our conversation with a report back from Baltimore-based professors and musicians who visited Cuba to speak about Afro-Cuban music and opera. Guests include: Vincent Stringer, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Director of Opera Workshop, and Assistant Professor of Music at Morgan State University; Dr. Samuel Springer, Lecturer on Piano at Morgan State University; and Caridad Morales Nussa, professor at Towson University and Cuban consultant for Orpheus Music Global.

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Eric Conway: Music of the Season

Eric ConwayJanuary 1, 2014 – Hour 2

We’re joined by the Director of Morgan State University’s Choir, Eric Conway for music that embodies the holiday season.

 

This segment originally aired December 27, 2012.

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Ringing in the New Year with the Music of Helicon

HeliconJanuary 1, 2014 – Hour 1

We celebrate the New Year with the music of Helicon, as they join us for their annual visit to our studios. You  hear Brad Kolodner on banjo and fiddle, Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin, and Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes.

This segment originally aired December 19, 2013.

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New Year’s Eve Music With Guillermo Brown

brownDecember 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We’ll keep the New Year’s party going with Guillermo Brown, host of WEAA’s Fiesta Musical, with Latin songs about the New Year and celebration.

 

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New Year’s Eve Music From Keith Covington

covingtonDecember 31, 2013 – Segment 1

Keith Covington, former owner of the New Haven Lounge, brings us into 2014 with great conversation and some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz music, from Johnny Hartman to Wynton Marsalis.

 

 

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Holiday Music With Milton Dugger

duggerDecember 30, 2013 – Segment 3

We’ll hear crooners, jazz standards, and even a little Cee Lo Green when Milton Dugger, musician and president of Gumption Records, shares some of his favorite holiday music with us.

 

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Holiday Music With Tom Hall

TomDecember 27, 2013 – Segment 1

We continue our holiday music series with Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, who shares some great seasonal choral music.

 

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Christmas Music With Lea Gilmore

LeaDecember 24, 2013 – Segment 1

From John Lee Hooker to Whitney Houston, blues and gospel artist and Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor Lea Gilmore shares some great holiday sounds.

 

 

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Celebrating the Solstice with the Music of Helicon

kolodnersDecember 19, 2013 – Segment 3

We celebrate the upcoming solstice with the music of Helicon, as they join us for their annual visit to our studios. You will hear Brad Kolodner on banjo and fiddle, Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern, piano and mandolin, and Chris Norman on wooden flutes, penny whistle, and bagpipes. Helicon will play for two performances this Saturday at Goucher’s Kraushaar Auditorium.

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The Racial Politics Of Hip Hop

DDmDecember 2, 2013 – Segment 4

Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Blues & Gospel singer Lea Gilmore joins us for a conversation on the racial politics of Hip Hop, Soul and Rock & Roll, in light of last week’s controversial American Music Awards. Baltimore-based rapper DDm also joins us.

 

 

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Remembering Ruby Glover

rubygloverDecember 2, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to Arts and Culture with Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Blues & Gospel singer Lea Gilmore! We begin the hour talking about an upcoming tribute concert to the late Baltimore Jazz legend Ruby Glover, to be held Saturday, December 7, at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance. Joining Lea in-studio will be visual and performing artist Joyce Scott; and poet and performing artist Margaret Locklear.

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The Doc & The Dug: Music Legends Share Tunes

The Royalettes

November 21, 2013 – Segment 4

Stay tuned for a special treat when Baltimore music legend Milton Dugger, founder of Gumption Records, joins us to celebrate his 50th anniversary as the Baron of Soul, and is joined by another musical treasure: Dr. Doo Wop! There will be a special celebration of Dugger’s career on November 30th at St. Mary’s Hall in Baltimore.

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New Muslim Cool: Hip Hop & Social Change

Hamza SulimanNovember 8, 2013 – Segment 2

Marc speaks with hip hop artist and Muslim-American Hamza Perez, subject of the documentary New Muslim Cool. He speaks about the growing population of Latino Muslims and what it means to make music for social change. Then author Bakari Kitwana discusses the importance of hip hop. He is the author of The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture.

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Ethel Ennis and Cyrus Chestnut at An Die Musik

Ethel EnnisOctober 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We bring you a special musical treat – Baltimore’s First Lady of Jazz Ethel Ennis will be in-studio along with her husband, writer and former Baltimore Sun reporter Earl Arnett, and pianist, songwriter, producer, and Baltimore native Cyrus Chestnut. Ethel and Cyrus will be performing Friday and Saturday night at An Die Musik!

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Happy Labor Day! The State Of Labor In 2013 Featuring Our Favorite Labor Songs

Walmart Workers ProtestSeptember 2, 2013 – Hours 1 & 2

Happy Labor Day! We celebrate with a 2-hour special of interviews and music. You will hear local activists, union members, and workers talk about what Labor Day means in 2013 and what major challenges workers face across the country, interspersed with songs by Woody Guthrie, Bo Diddley, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, and others.

Our guests include: Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and author of Union Strategies for Hard Times and From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook; Cory McCray, an organizer for his local union and co-founder of B.E.S.T. Democratic Club; Jasmin Jones, server and union leader at Duclaw, operated by Aeroservices Group at BWI Airport; and Mike Hachey, organizer with Unite Here! Local 7.

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Vibrant Opera Community At Morgan State University

Porgy and Bess - Morgan State University Vocal Studies and OperaAugust 29, 2013 – Segment 1

Blues & Gospel singer, Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor, and Director of Network Operations for the Moving MD Forward Network Lea Gilmore is in the house! Lea co-hosts a conversation about the Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop, with:

  • Vincent Dion Stringer, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, and Artistic Director of Opera at Morgan State University;
  • Dwight R.B. Cook, Director of Douglas Moore’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” which is being produced for the 2013-14 season of Opera at Morgan State University;
  • Joanna Ford, soprano and faculty member in Vocal Studies and Opera at Morgan State University;
  • tenor Anthony Marcicano;
  • and soprano Dimery Mowery.

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Lea Gilmore On The Best Film, Books, And Movies

Lea

August 14, 2013 – Segment 3

We are joined by Lea Gilmore – songstress, activist, and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor – for a discussion with Marc about the music they’ve been listening to, movies they’ve been watching, theater they’ve been attending and books they’ve been reading. Callers join us to share their favorites as well.

 

 

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FUNI: Icelandic Folk Music

FUNI: Icelandic Folk MusicJune 28, 2013 – Segment 3

We close out the show with Icelandic folk music! Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir of FUNI, an Icelandic folk music group, give a preview of their upcoming Friday night performance tonight at An Die Musik.

 

 

 

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1963: The Music and The Movement

1963: The music and the movementJune 14, 2013 – Segment 2

Hear from Robert Shahid, co-host of WEAA’s Baltimore Blend, who will tell us about the event that WEAA will host next Wednesday, June 19, in partnership with the Creative Alliance: “1963: The Music and The Movement.” The event, which promises to be inspirational and educational, will entail a panel discussion focused on music in the era of the civil rights movement.

 

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Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media

We Shall Not Be MovedJune 5, 2013 – Hour 2

We bring you a panel discussion we recorded this past semester at UMBC, titled “Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media.” The panel, moderated by Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at UMBC, included stories from:

 

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By And By: New Orleans Gospel At The Crossroads

crown seekersMay 8, 2013 – Segment 5

We’re joined by filmmaker Joe Compton to talk about his documentary By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads. The film focuses on The Electrifying Crown Seekers, a gospel group, and band members James Williams and Keith Williams join us as well.

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Lea Gilmore on the Grammys

February 13, 2013 – Segment 2

We are joined by Center for Emerging Media Cultural Correspondent and blues/gospel singer Lea Gilmore for a conversation about the Grammys. We go beyond the spectacle of who wore what and focus on the artists who won Grammys but weren’t featured on the broadcast. Why were they left out? We discuss that and more with Lea Gilmore.


January 29, 2013 – Hour 1

 

Gospel singer and Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Lea Gilmore, joins Marc for a cultural roundup. They talk about some of their favorite music, art, and movies of late.

 


December 31, 2012 – Hour 2

We’ll keep the New Year’s party going with Guillermo Brown, host of WEAA’s Fiesta Musical, with Latin songs about the New Year and celebration.


December 31, 2012 – Hour 1

Keith Covington, former owner of the New Haven Lounge, brings us into 2013 with great conversation and some of the best traditional and contemporary jazz music, from Johnny Hartman to Wynton Marsalis.


December 27, 2012 – Hour 2

Florida, host of WEAA’s Strictly Hip Hop, visits our studio for a departure from traditional holiday music. We hear hip hop related to the season.


December 27, 2012 – Hour 1

We’re joined by the Director of Morgan State University’s Choir, Eric Conway for music that embodies the holiday season.


December 26, 2012 – Hour 2

We’ll hear crooners, jazz standards, and even a little Cee Lo Green when Milton Dugger, musician and president of Gumption Records, shares some of his favorite holiday music with us.


December 26, 2012 – Hour 1

Happy Boxing Day! We continue our holiday music series with Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.


December 24, 2012 – Hour 1

Conductor Ed Polochick joins us for some good conversation and to share some of his favorite Christmas choral and classical music.


December 19, 2012 – Hour 2

Every year since 1996, the folk ensemble Helicon have joined us to share seasonal music from around the world. They join us once again in the lead up to their 27th annual solstice concert, hapening this Saturday at Goucher College. Band members Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock, and Chris Norman play for us in studio.


November 14, 2012 – Segment 2

We are joined by a Sudanese artist living in Baltimore, Mosno Al-Moseeki, who started an online campaign to bring coverage to the little-reported protests that started in Sudan in the middle of June as a reaction to price increases and austerity measures taken by the Sudanese government.

 

We will hear some of his music, a reaction to the Sudanese government’s actions, and hear perspectives from Ali Abdul-Lateef, one of the organizing members of the Sudanese non-violent resistance movement, Girifna.

 

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October 31, 2012 – Segment 1

We discuss the new performance piece “Red Flags.” We’re joined by the three creators/performers of the piece: spoken-word artist/musician LOVE the poet (aka Michelle Antoinette Nelson), filmmaker/theater director Bashi Rose, and dancer/choreographer Vincent Thomas. “Red Flags” runs at the Arena Players until November 4.


October 2, 2012 – Segment 3

Listen to our conversation with Steven Galloway, author of the award-winning novel, “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” a story of a musician in the midst of chaos during the siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s.


September 19, 2012 – Segment 3

Staying in the musical groove, we will close out the show with a look at A Tribute to Nina Simone! On Friday night at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, playwright Rosiland Cauthen, Education Coordinator at Centerstage, will direct a night of music, dance, spoken word and media works.

 

We are also joined by Navasha Daya, performer in the tribute and former lead singer and co-founder of Fertile Ground.

 

The event – A Tribute To Nina Simone: An Evening Honoring the High Priestess of Soul – takes place this Friday, September 21st at the Creative Alliance. There will be two shows: one at 7pm and one at 9pm. Tickets are $15 – 10 dollars if you’re a student. For more information about the show and to buy tickets, visit www.creativealliance.org.

 


September 11, 2012 – Segment 3

We spreak with Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, a Palestinian classical violinist who is the director of the Polyphony Foundation, an organization that brings together young Palestinian and Israeli musicians.


August 14, 2012 – Segment 3

We are joined by a Sudanese artist living in Baltimore, Mosno Al-Moseeki, who started an online campaign to bring coverage to the little-reported protests that started in Sudan in the middle of June as a reaction to price increases and austerity measures taken by the Sudanese government.

 

We will hear some of his music, a reaction to the Sudanese government’s actions, and hear perspectives from Ali Abdul-Lateef, one of the organizing members of the Sudanese non-violent resistance movement, Girifna.

 


July 24, 2012 – Segment 2

This month marks what would have been legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. In honor of his life and legacy, local folk singers including Katie Lauter, Ryan Harvey, the Ghostwrite, Caleb Stine and Mike McGuire of Oella performed a tribute concert at Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Station North. This evening we listen back to performances from that night and interviews with Katie Lauter and Ryan Harvey.


May 9, 2012 – Segment 2

Listen in as actress Melanie Marshall, cast member of Fela!, joins us for an interview.

The Broadway musical about the life and music of Fela Kuti is coming to the Baltimore at the Gilliam Concert Hall in the Murphy Fine Arts Center from Tuesday, May 15th to Sunday, May 20th, 2012.


March 19, 2012 – Segment 3

Join us for an hour of music and conversation, as our panel celebrates 40 years of The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.
Joining us are:
Lea Gilmore, Cultural and political correspondent for CEM
Troy Burton, Artistic and Executive Director of the Eubie Black Center
Craig Alston, Musician and Baltimore Native
Warren Wilson, Board Member at the Eubie Blake Center
Don’t miss the 40th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, February 12, 2012 4:00 P.M. at The Eubie Blake Cultural Center. 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201. Click here for more information.

March 5, 2012 – Segment 3

We’re joined today by Billy Cox, Jimi Hendrix’s bass player and good friend, to reflect on the human and musical legacy of the legendary guitar player.  Dr. Bob Hieronimus, muralist and radio host, joins us as well.  He’s also an organizer of the 2012 Experience Hendrix tour.  Billy Cox will be performing as part of the tour, which will be at the Strathmore Center tomorrow night at 8pm.


February 14, 2012 – Segment 2

Join us for a look at the legacy of singer, songwriter, and pianist Nina Simone.  This Friday, February 17th, the Creative Alliance hosts an evening of music, poetry, spoken word, and more in tribute to Simone.  We’re joined by some of the participants in the evening.

Rosalind Cauthen, Playwright and Education Coordinator at Center Stage
Jonathan Gilmore, Vocalist
Rahsaan Eldridge, aka Wordslave, a soul, R&B and Hip Hop Vocalist
Bashi Rose, Theatre Artist and Filmmaker


December 28, 2011 – Hour 2

Keith Covington started up the New Haven Lounge, one of the best places around to see live jazz, in 1987.  He brought us the gift of great holiday jazz and blues music.

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December 28, 2011 – Hour 1

Helicon join us for an hour of live music in the studio.

The members of Helicon are:

Ken Kolodner played hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira, and fiddle on the show today. Ken is a world renowned hammered dulcimer player who resides here in Baltimore, MD. In addition to playing and recording music, Ken teaches hammered dulcimer and fiddle to around 70 students.

Robin Bullock, who played cittern and guitar on today’s program, currently resides in France. Robin writes and performs music from Celtic and American traditions, and plays and records in the US and Europe extensively.

Chris Norman played wooden flutes on the show today. Chris tours both solo and with the Chris Norman ensemble. He’s the founder of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops, and now lives in Novia Scotia.

 

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December 29, 2011 – Hour 1

Tom Hall is the Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Arts & Culture Editor of Maryland Morning.  He joins us to share his favorite holiday music.


December 27, 2011 – Hour 2

It’s a Steiner Show tradition to bring some of our Baltimore’s best known music lovers and musicians into the studio at the holidays to share their favorite seasonal music.

Today Jon Carney, Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joins us to share some beautiful pieces of classical music.


Christmas Music With Ed Polochick

December 24, 2013 – Segment 2

In this holiday Marc Steiner Show special, we’re joined by conductor Edward Polochick, who shares some of his favorite holiday music. Polochick is Artistic Director for Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Music Director for the Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra.

 

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December 26, 2011 – Hour 1

Milton Dugger has been producing soul music for fourty years.  In one of the Marc Steiner Show’s holiday traditions, he joins us to play some of his favorite tracks and talk about music.  You can find some of the many great albums he’s worked on over the years here.


December 22, 2011 – Hour 2

For our last show before Christmas, we’re joined by singer Lea Gilmore and conductor Edward Polochick for an hour of holiday music, cooking, stories, and more!

Lea’s Egg Nog Butter Cake

1/2 c. softened butter

2 lg. eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 c. egg nog

Candied cherries – red and green

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. rum extract

3 c. sifted cake flour

3/4 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. water

GLAZE:

2 tbsp. Karo

2 3/4 c. powdered sugar

3 tbsp. egg nog

1/2 tsp. rum extract

Beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar beating until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Blend in flavorings. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter mixture alternately with egg nog and water beating until smooth. Turn into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until done; cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool. Glaze and decorate with fruit.


December 15, 2011 – Hour 1

Helicon join us for their 18th annual appearance on the show.  While they’re now living in different countries and no longer performing regularly as a band, they reunite each year for a Winter Solstice concert.

This year’s Helicon Winter Solstice concert, the 26th, will be December 17th, at  3:30 PM and 8:00 PM at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson, MD.  For information, directions, or tickets, click here.

The members of Helicon are:

Ken Kolodner played hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira, and fiddle on the show today. Ken is a world renowned hammered dulcimer player who resides here in Baltimore, MD. In addition to playing and recording music, Ken teaches hammered dulcimer and fiddle to around 70 students.

Robin Bullock, who played cittern and guitar on today’s program, currently resides in France. Robin writes and performs music from Celtic and American traditions, and plays and records in the US and Europe extensively.

Chris Norman played wooden flutes on the show today. Chris tours both solo and with the Chris Norman ensemble. He’s the founder of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops, and now lives in Novia Scotia.

 


December 14, 2011 – Segment 2

The OrchKids join us to share some music and talk about the importance
of arts education. OrchKids is the revolutionary program run by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra that combines after-school music instruction with mentorship and academic enrichment.  Our guests are Director of Artistic Program Development Dan Trahey, Lynette Fields, parent of an OrchKids member, and members:

Asia Palmer, Flute
Sincere Echols, Trumpet
DeShae Parker, Cello
Joshua Grandy, Cello


December 5, 2011 – Segment 2

We’re joined this hour by Toure, whose work as an author, journalist, and cultural critic includes fiction, music writing, and essays on a wide variety of topics.  His new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now, contains excerpts from over 100 interviews Toure conducted with leading thinkers of our time.


November 23, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for interview with Michael Lawrence, a local filmmaker whose latest project is a documentary called Bach & Friends.  In it, he gathers some of the most renowned musicians of our time to reflect on Bach’s legacy and give performances of his music.  There are great classical players, like Joshua Bell, Richard Stoltzman, and Hilary Hahn.  But rounding out the film are a few surprises as well – you’ll hear Bobby McFerrin, banjo player Bela Fleck, ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, and many more.

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November 15, 2011 – Segment 3

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop joins us to discuss the massive new piece that the symphony will be be playing this Friday and Saturday, the 17th and 18th at the Meyerhoff: Arthur Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bücher (“Joan of Arc at the Stake”).  The performance will involve over 300 people, as the orchestra, chorus, and actors act out the oratorio that focuses on the life of the 15th century French hero.

For tickets, click here or call 410.783.8000.


November 8, 2011 – Segment 3

Why is a German play from the 1920 relevant in modern Baltimore?  Find out as we speak with cast and crew from the Annex Theater’s production of the Threepenny Opera.
Joining us are:
Evan Moritz, director of the Threepenny Opera and founding member of the Annex Theater
Walker Teret, musical director of the Threepenny Opera
Rose Chase, Bob and Betty in the Threepenny Opera
The Annex Theater Presents: The Threepenny Opera by  Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
November 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th
All shows at 8pm
Autograph Playhouse, 9 W Charles St
Join us for a Theater Baltimore conversation with the cast and crew of the Annex Theater’s production of the Threepenny Opera

November 8, 2011 – Segment 1

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, vocalist for Sweet Honey in the Rock. Marc sits with the musical prodigy and discusses the group’s evolution and performance at Kraushaar Auditorium. Find out how Sweet Honey in the Rock stays relevant while remaining true to their musical roots.

October 27, 2011 – Hour 2

Join us for a special hour that mingles the history of the civil rights movement, the legacy of African American music, and live jazz piano from Lafayette Gilchrist.  Archivist Stuart Hudgins from the Fell’s Point and Federal Hill Preservation Society joined Lafayette and Marc in our studios at Clean Cuts Studios, where they discussed Baltimore’s links to the civil rights movement and listened to archival recordings of African American cultural pioneers including Zora Neale Hurston and Lead Belly. 

You can hear Lafayette Gilchrist and saxophonist Whit Williams in a special benefit concert for the first Fell’s Point African American Musical Tour on Tuesday, November 1st, at 7:30pm in the Morgan Stanley Building at 1300 Thames St.  Click here or call 410.675.6750 ext. 16 for tickets and more information.


October 20, 2011 – Hour 1

Dr. Lester Spence joins us to discuss his new book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics. In it, he proposes that the acendency of hip-hop culture and rap music in the US was a defining factor in the willingness of Americans to elect an African American to the presidency. 
Dr. Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.


October 18, 2011 – Hour 1

We’re joined this hour by Toure, whose work as an author, journalist, and cultural critic includes fiction, music writing, and essays on a wide variety of topics.  His new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now, contains excerpts from over 100 interviews Toure conducted with leading thinkers of our time.


October 12, 2011 – Hour 2

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson has two upcoming events focusing on the Middle Passage. Joseph Norman, an artist in residence at the Creative Alliance, has connected four hundred and one black and white paintings to create a massive mural of his own telling of the Middle Passage. In addition, on October 14th at 8 pm, there will be music and performance to compliment Norman’s piece. We are joined by Norman himself, along with Leslie King-Hammond, Graduate Dean Emeritus and founding Director at the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art, MK Asante, professor of Creative Writing and Filma in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, author, and filmmaker, Bashi Rose, actor, playwright, and director, co-founder of Nommo Theatre, and director of the film Me, Myself, and Us, and Rosiland Cauthen, a playwright who will be performing short pieces about the Middle Passage during the performance on Friday.


September 20, 2011 – Segment 3

Composer and Morgan State University Associate Professor Dr. James Lee III joins us to discuss his new work Chuphshah! Harriet’s Drive to Canaan, which is inspired by the life of Harriet Tubman.  The piece was commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and its world premiere will be with the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall this Friday, September 23rd.  Call 410.783.8000 or click here for tickets and more information.

August 10, 2011 – Hour 1

CEM Cultural Correspondent Lea Gilmore joins Marc to discuss recent headlines. She is the founder and director of Umoja Musica, an international music and human rights organization and was chosen by Essence Magazine as one of the 25 Women Shaping the World.


August 3, 2011 – Segment 2

Join us for another Theatre Baltimore conversation.  Today we’ll speak with members of Baltimore’s DIY Theatre Scene about next week’s Ten Minute Play Festival at the Bell Foundry in Station North.  DIY stands for Do It Yourself, and our guests join us to discuss why they’re opting out of the big regional theatres and choosing to create plays in backyards, living rooms, and basements all over the city.
The Ten Minute Play Festival is a four night extravaganza of 14 short plays, written, directed, and performed by a diverse group of Baltimore artists, musicians, theatre-regulars, and theatre-beginners.
We’re joined by:
Lola Pierson, founder of The Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company and author of Tide Pool in this year’s festival
Sam Shea, member of the Copycat Theatre and director of Bath Time Is Fun Time
Tim Paggi, member of the Annex Theatre and author of Lone Drummer

The Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company’s Third Annual Ten Minute Play Festival
The Bell Foundry in Station North, 1539 N Calvert St
A Night: August 11th and 13th
B Night: August 12th and 14th
8pm

For more information, and a list of plays, e-mail unsaddestfactory@gmail.com or click here.

July 21, 2011 – Segment 1

Today we bring you another Urbanite Radio Story.  Dr.  Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education.  In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective.  One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines.  So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.

Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Read Deborah Rudacille’s article, This is Your Brain on Art, in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.


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July 18, 2011 – Hour 1

We Shall Overcome.  I Woke Up This Morning With My Mind on Freedom.  Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.  The songs that served as the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement were more than just entertainment.  They were organizing tools that inspired and mobilized participants, and helped with outreach outside of the movement.

Today Lea Gilmore co-hosts a look at the intertwined history of music and social change.  We’ll be joined by:

Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a civil rights leader who worked with SNCC, SCLC, and AFSC

Gaye Adegbalola, a blues singer and activist

 

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July 13, 2011 – Segment 1

Woody Guthrie’s birthday is tomorrow, July 14th.  He would have been 99.  Joining us to discuss his legacy are playwright Michael Patrick F. Smith, musician Caleb Stine, and Creative Alliance Program Director Megan Hamilton.  Michael’s play, Woody Guthrie Dreams, premiered at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore in 2004.  Michael and friends will be back at the Creative Alliance Saturday July 16th at 8pm for a fundraiser for an upcoming production of the play in New York City.  For more info on the fundraiser event, click here.

 


June 23, 2011 – Segment 2

Chuck Brown, the legendary Godfather of Go-Go from Washington, DC is known for hits like “Busting Loose” and “I Need Some Money.”  You’ll have a chance to see him perform live here in Baltimore this Saturday at 3pm on the Highway to Nowhere, at the intersection of Franklin and Gilmor Streets in West Baltimore, as part of ROOTS Fest 2011.  We sat down to discuss his legacy, a musical career spanning six decades, and what’s in store for visitors to the festival this weekend.


June 16, 2011 – Segment 3

This weekend you won’t want to miss the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at the Creative Alliance.  With food, workshops, and musical performances, the events celebrate the history and traditions of Maryland.

Today on the show we’ll catch up with two participants in the festival.  Diz Russell is the only surviving member of Baltimore’s legendary Orioles – not the baseball team – but arguably R&B’s first vocal group.  We also speak with arabber Felix Willis about the deeply rooted but endangered tradition of arabbing.

Dr. Cliff Murphy, the Program Director of Folk & Traditional Arts and the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions at the Maryland State Arts Council, joins us as well.

The Festival will take place Saturday, June 18th, from 10am – 7pm at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.


May 31, 2011 – Segment 3

Last Friday the poet, musician and activist Gil Scott-Heron passed away.  Best known for his spoken word piece The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Scott-Heron’s music was one of the most important precursors to hip-hop.  We’re joined by E. Ethelbert Miller, board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies and poet, to reflect on Scott-Heron’s legacy.


May 19, 2011 – Hour 1

Up first, don’t miss our Spotlight on Maryland Housing, as Housing Secretary Raymond Skinner joins Marc to discuss emergency assistance for homeowners at risk of falling into foreclosure.
Then, we’re joined by Dr. Michio Kaku, famed physicist, to talk about his new book, Physics of the Future: How Science will Change Daily Life by 2100.
Finally, we’ll hear selections from the new album by Lance Reddick (known to most Baltimoreans as Lt. Cedric Daniels on The Wire) and talk to the actor/musician about his work.

May 10, 2011 – Segment 1

Lea Gilmore hosts an hour of beautiful music, and a discussion about the importance of music in social justice movements around the world.  Joining her in the studio are:

Paul Creighton is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher of Multicultural Studies and Peace Education.

Frank McGuire is the percussionist in Umoja Gaelica, and has performed with many other groups in the UK and the USA.  He set up the first Bodhran school in Russia.

Lynn Tocker, a Schottish multi-instrumentalist

Gaye Adegbalola, a blues singer and activist