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Shuffle: Steel Yard SoundSystem Celebrates One Year In Cleveland

6/14/2018
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Steel Yard SoundSystem , a monthly dance party in Cleveland, celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday. In this week’s Shuffle, we revisit an interview from last year. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with then-Cleveland Scene Managing Editor Eric Sandy who wrote about Steel Yard SoundSystem. Sandy says it’s driven by Electronic Dance Music, Reggae and Dub . To understand the sound, it’s helpful to understand what “Dub” is. Sandy calls it a loose musical term incorporating reggae and the...

Duration:00:03:59

Shuffle: More Musicians Tell Concertgoers, 'Lock Up Your Phone or Leave it at Home'

6/7/2018
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Fans who went to rocker Jack White’ s concert at Jacob’s Pavilion in Cleveland Wednesday night were told to lock up their cell phones or leave them in the car. It’s a growing trend among artists who are fed up with people taking photos or video and not paying attention to their show. Cleveland.com life and culture reporter Annie Nickoloff says White and others like The Lumineers , Childish Gambino and Chris Rock are using San Fancisco start-up, Yondr .

Duration:00:03:51

Shuffle: Project D.R.E.W. Helps Veterans Heal Through Song

5/31/2018
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Editor's note: This is an encore of a Shuffle that originally ran Feb. 1. Music is being used as a healing tool for some Northeast Ohio veterans. For this week’s Shuffle, we hear about a new project that pairs songwriters with soldiers. On a recent Sunday afternoon in Avon Lake, a handful of veterans and their families gathered for a concert -- just for them. The performance was the culmination of a weekend workshop called Project D.R.E.W., Delivering Restorative Energy to our Warriors . A...

Duration:00:04:59

Shuffle: Metro Parks Ensemble Fosters a Love of Music And Nature

5/24/2018
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The Summit Metro Parks will again be filled with music this summer, as its ensemble returns for its 18th year. The Metro Parks Ensemble is made up of 34 of the hardest working musicians in the region. And they’re all volunteers, some in their 80’s. Director Karen Bennett of Munroe Falls says it's all for the love of the parks and the camaraderie. "It’s just a really fun thing to be out in nature making music. And the other thing is friendship. Everybody just gets along and feeds off of one...

Duration:00:04:12

Shuffle: Marc Lee Shannon's Long Road Back To The Beginning

5/17/2018
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Akron musician Marc Lee Shannon has performed all over the country, most notably as the longtime guitarist for Cleveland rocker Michael Stanley. Now, Shannon is releasing his first solo album in 10 years. A long road Walk This Road is a fitting title for Shannon's new album. At 19, he left Akron to pursue a music career in Los Angeles. In the 1990's, he returned home and joined Michael Stanley ’s backing group, the Resonators . He’s contributed to about a hundred albums with Stanley and...

Duration:00:04:52

Shuffle: Teaching Classical Guitar in Inner-City Cleveland

5/10/2018
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A non-profit arts organization is turning inner-city Cleveland kids into classical guitarists. It's a growing outreach program started by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society , that began working in the schools about six years ago. This past spring, they got a Cleveland Foundation grant to expand to an after-school program in the Clark Fulton neighborhood. Learning the basics The kids meet each week at the City Life Center , where they pick up a guitar from a storage area and grab some...

Duration:00:04:25

Shuffle: A Husband and Wife Accordion Duo in 'America's Polka Capital'

5/3/2018
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Cleveland is known as “America’s polka capital,” where the traditional music and dance still draw devoted fans. But the genre is struggling to reach a broader and younger audience. In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira met a husband-and-wife duo who’s taking polka all over Cleveland. Happy music Go to the Hofbrauhaus in downtown Cleveland on a weekend, and you’ll probably hear Nancy and Eric Noltkamper playing German polkas. “For somebody who’s never heard it, it’s happy music,”...

Duration:00:05:07

Shuffle: Akron's Angie Haze Joins 80 Young Musicians For 'The Bigger Picture Project'

4/26/2018
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Akron singer-songwriter Angie Haze is collaborating with dozens of middle school students for a concert this weekend. The Bigger Picture Project aims to connect Akron’s music scene to the schools. A one-woman band Haze is known as Akron’s one-woman band. Her home studio is lined with every instrument you can think of, from guitars and mandolins to keyboards and kazoos. And she’s taught herself to play them all, including her signature tambourine shoe stitched together with pieces of suede...

Duration:00:04:12

Shuffle: Record Store Day Compilation Album Showcases the ‘New’ Akron Sound

4/19/2018
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An Akron record label is celebrating Record Store Day this weekend by releasing a compilation album inspired by the Akron Sound. The 'new' Akron Sound Ben Patrick and his garage rock band The Dreemers started Akron Recording Company last year as a way to unify the music scene. He, along with friend and producer Nate Bucher of See Creatures , are big fans of the Akron Sound made popular by 1970s bands like Devo and the Rubber City Rebels . They got 16 Northeast Ohio artists to contribute...

Duration:00:04:32

Shuffle: Piano Tuner Makes His Debut as a Composer With "Songs of Ascents"

4/12/2018
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For more than 25 years students and faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music have known Mark Graham as the man in charge of tuning the school’s 108 pianos. But this weekend, he’ll be wearing a different hat: that of a composer. Graham has been tuning and maintaining pianos at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music for 26 years. During that time he’s kept a little-known secret: For decades, Graham has led a quiet side career of sorts as a composer. “I might well be the...

Duration:00:04:13

Shuffle: Punch Drunk Tagalongs' Big Sound Breaks Through

4/5/2018
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A Cleveland indie rock band is building momentum after recording its first album with a multi-platinum producer. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to Alisha Stahnke of Punch Drunk Tagalongs about their big sound and big break. In 2015, singer-songwriter Alisha Stahnke was coping with a breakup by playing gigs at open mic nights in Akron's Highland Square and hanging out with other musicians. “And that’s kind of what eventually led me into Punch Drunk Tagalongs .”...

Duration:00:04:43

Shuffle: Musicians Lead Akron's Kenmore Neighborhood Revival

3/29/2018
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A few city blocks in east Akron are coming back to life with the help of musicians. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz walked Kenmore Boulevard to hear how the community is rebuilding a music district. When you make the turn off the I-76 exit ramp and onto Akron’s Kenmore Boulevard, it’s hard to tell at first glance that this is the site of a renaissance. The busy street is riddled with potholes. The brick buildings are old, and many are vacant. But if you look closer -- or...

Duration:00:05:10

Shuffle: Rolling Stone Magazine's 50 Years On Display At The Rock Hall

3/22/2018
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[Editor's note: This previously aired on WKSU on May 4, 2017] The iconic music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone turns 50 this year. On Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens an exhibit that takes music fans through the vast archives of photos and interviews. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel about Rolling Stone Magazine at 50. Rolling Stone Magazine was founded in San Francisco 1967. It was a big year...

Duration:00:04:25

Shuffle: Cleveland Celtic Band Ballinloch Pays Homage To Their Homeland

3/15/2018
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It’s easy to hear live Irish music during the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. But local Irish musicians say their scene is thriving year-round. For this week’s Shuffle, Maureen Conway-Reich and Marcus Dirk of the band Ballinloch talk about their roots. 'Ballinloch' means 'our town on the lake' in Irish, and the band says it's a tribute to their homeland of Ireland and their hometown of Cleveland. Generations keep the culture alive Reich says Northeast Ohio has a rich Irish music...

Duration:00:04:18

Shuffle: Minerva Rockers White Buffalo Woman Take Their 'Foolish Hearts' On The Road

3/8/2018
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A rock band from rural Stark County is touring the Midwest after releasing its latest album. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU contributor Brittany Nader talked with White Buffalo Woman ’s lead singer Evan Rutledge about the small-town band from Minerva that’s building a following. Dead audience Most bands make their debuts in front of a live audience. White Buffalo Woman’s first chords fell on dead ears. “We wrote the majority of our first album in the basement of a funeral home,” Rutledge...

Duration:00:04:44

Shuffle: An Online Platform to Unify Cleveland's Hip-Hop Sound

3/1/2018
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A teenager’s hobby has turned into the go-to website for showcasing Cleveland’s hip-hop scene. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to John Stursa about how his site, ImFromCLeveland.com , is helping the city's hip-hop community find its identity. From hobby to career Twenty-three-year-old John Stursa of Lorain, grew up listening to artists like Chip the Ripper and Lil Wayne with his brother. At the age of 13, Stursa began posting videos of his favorite local hip-hop...

Duration:00:04:44

Shuffle: Matt Hectorne Explores the Struggles of the Touring Musician

2/22/2018
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Singer-songwriter Matt Hectorne was raised in the South but now calls Northeast Ohio home. His latest album, “Work,” explores the challenges of living as a married musician often on the road. The album’s direct, one-word title refers to Hectorne’s own efforts to build a career and improve himself. Hectorne was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi, but he grew weary of small-town life and eventually ended up in the Cleveland area. “There wasn’t too much modern stuff going on,” Hectorne...

Duration:00:04:51

Shuffle: Going From Solo to Duo to Encourage Female Leads

2/15/2018
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Two northeast Ohio songwriters who spent years on their own are a starting a new band, as a couple. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU contributor Brittany Nader talked with Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda about finding a new role for men and women in musical spaces. Harmonizing old tunes Making beautiful music isn’t just a well-worn euphemism for romance. Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda are both musicians who, until recently, worked separately. They started bumping into each other at open mic...

Duration:00:05:22

Shuffle: Metal Rockers Help Local Bands Get Fans Beyond Their Hometowns

2/8/2018
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An Akron heavy metal band that broke onto the national scene in the early 2000's is trying to help other local bands get out of their parents’ basements and into other cities.

Duration:00:04:56

Shuffle: Project D.R.E.W. Helps Veterans Heal Through Song

2/1/2018
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Music is being used as a healing tool for some Northeast Ohio veterans. For this week’s Shuffle, we hear about a new project that pairs songwriters with soldiers. On a recent Sunday afternoon in Avon Lake, a handful of veterans and their families gathered for a concert -- just for them. The performance was the culmination of a weekend workshop called Project D.R.E.W., Delivering Restorative Energy to our Warriors . A veteran shares his or her journey with a musician, who writes a song...

Duration:00:04:59