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Last minute present wrapping? Decorating the tree? Christmas Eve party? Let 91.5 KRCC provide the soundtrack to your Holiday festivities!  On Sunday December 24, we'll be airing the ever popular Tinsel Tales from NPR at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and then local jazz host Tim Everett will be playing some Christmas standards on the Sunday Evening Jazz Show.  We hope you'll allow us to be a part of your Christmas traditions.

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We at 91.5 KRCC understand that recent developments surrounding Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" have been difficult for our members, just as they have been for us. American Public Media’s statement last week involving allegations of sexual harassment was made after a long, thorough and deliberate investigation. American Public Media and 91.5 KRCC are not at liberty to disclose details surrounding its actions, but are committed to providing a safe and secure work environment for our employees.

Because Garrison Keillor owns the trademarks to "A Prairie Home Companion", "The Writer’s Almanac", related brands, and content associated with those trademarks, we are no longer able to use them. In the short term, APM has asked 91.5 KRCC to use the placeholder title, “The Show with Chris Thile.” APM will share a new show title and assets soon. 91.5 KRCC apologizes for any inconvenience to our listeners.

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For this year’s final Air Check episode, we sat down in the studio to reminisce about our favorite songs and albums of 2017. The past year was a fantastic year for new releases, so narrowing our choices down was a difficult task –– we’ve ended up picking everything ranging from the Malian blues artist Boubacar Traoré to Kendrick Lamar’s recent double platinum-certified album, Damn. 

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"Alice's Restaurant" is a satirical, storytellin' (and mostly true) song by Arlo Guthrie, which has become a Thanksgiving Day staple for many public radio listeners. The song begins with the tale of a littering mishap at a refuse dump which was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and follows the hearing and legal citation that ensued. Arlo Guthrie comically leads the listener to the Vietnam-era draft board in New York City which ultimately rejects his military conscription based on his crime of littering. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, the deadpan monologue delivery and fingerpickin' style of the song reveals a strong anti-war theme.

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On this episode of Air Check we bring you a special in studio performance from a pioneer of American punk rock, the front man to X, Mr. John Doe. We also revisit the Bells of St. Vrain, a local group of musicians whose art has a lovely sound that fits in perfectly with the upcoming holiday season, and meet with a group of theater pipe organ enthusiasts working to keep the instrument alive. All that and our favorite new releases on Air Check. 

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Seminal rockabilly and R&B band, The Blasters, will be playing The Black Sheep on Thursday, November 16.  Showtime is at 7:00 p.m. with local musician Chuck Snow opening.

Brothers Phil and Dave Alvin formed the group in 1978, recording 9 studio and live albums throughout their career. Their music has appeared in movies and television, with songs like "Long White Cadillac", So "Long Baby, Goodbye" and  "Marie Marie" garnering success and covers by the likes of Dwight Yoakum and Shakin' Stevens. Born from the energy of the 1980's L.A. punk rock scene, The Blasters are known for their dynamic live shows and audience devotion.

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Cocordion is a Colorado Springs-based, 3-piece indie experimental outfit made up of brothers Mitch and Mason Macura, and Thom Spano. We first discovered the band last year following their incredible release, COS (Home=Audio), and have been following them ever since. Their new album, Expectations, was released on October 28.

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Last week John Doe, the front man for L.A. punk band X, came in to the 91.5 KRCC studios to talk with Vicky Gregor about his new book "Under the Big Black Sun," play a couple acoustic songs, and reminisce about the emerging punk rock scene in Los Angeles during the 1970's and 80's. 

Tune in to Air Check this Saturday, November 4 at 6 p.m. to hear the songs and interview.  (Hint: if you're too busy, or miss the show, 91.5 KRCC will rebroadcast it on  Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., and it will be available in podcast form through iTunes.)

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Here is your alternative to mid-week Halloween festivities fraught with work obligations the day after! 

It's the Seventh Annual Noche de los Muerto (Night of the Dead) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Marmalade under the Colorado Avenue Bridge in downtown Colorado Springs. Doors open at 7, and there will be musical performances from 8-11 p.m. that include the New Depressionists, and members of Moonhoney, Roma Ransom, and La Noche. 

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Recently, Garret Dutton -- aka G Love -- dropped into the 91.5 KRCC studios. He was in Colorado Springs for a show at the Black Sheep, and made time to play a couple songs and speak with music director Vicky Gregor for this month's episode of Air Check.

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Legendary punk rocker John Doe will be performing in the intimate setting of Western Jubilee Warehouse Friday October 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Not only were John Doe and partner Exene Cervenka among the first wave of American punk rockers in the late '70's with their band X, but John Doe has since created an impressive solo career. He has released as many as 12 albums, contributed to numerous film and television soundtracks, and acted in dozens of television shows and Hollywood films. He a recently published a book named after X's album 'Under the Big Black Sun', which chronicles a personal history of L.A. punk.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

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This week on Air check we have a special collection of performances and interviews from local and national talent. Local group Cocordion sits down with Vicky to shares the story of how they came together and discusses their new album, Expectations; Harriett Landrum, aka My Name is Harriett, performs some of her solo work and talks with Jake about her process of building a big sound through looping; And finally, G Love drops by to play a couple songs and chat with Vicky about his illustrious career. 

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On Saturday October 6, 2017 at 2p.m., two of NPR's most popular podcasts will debut in one hour long program on 91.5 KRCC. Planet Money explains the economy in a way that's both engaging and well reported, and How I Built This explores the origin stories of today's most iconic brands from the entrepreneurs who started them.

Saturday's programming line up will shift forward one hour  following Weekend Edition - now you can hear Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me at 10 a.m., Dinner Party Download at 11 a.m., This American Life at noon, Radiolab at 1 p.m., and Planet Money & How I Built This at 2 p.m.

When Tomás Pagán Motta played the Fine Arts Center in August, we talked him into playing a couple songs for us before the show.  Here's a 91.5 KRCC exclusive video of Motta's "My My (Living a Lie)", the title track to his newly released album, Living a Lie.

For more from Tomás Pagán Motta, take a listen to this interview he did with 91.5 KRCC's Vicky Gregor prior to his tour stop in Colorado Springs.

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This week host Dick Fairly wraps up his  weekly Jazz Excursion on 91.5 KRCC by stopping at important milestones along the evolutionary route of classic jazz.

Dick will start his final excursion with Louie Armstrong  in 1927 and end 40 years later with John Coltrane in 1967. The stops will include the seminal recordings of Louie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Joe Morello, John Lewis, Trane, and others. 

Although Dick has reached the finish line of his weekly journey on The Jazz Excursion Sunday evenings at 7, the jazz baton will be picked up by Tim Everett Sunday evenings on 91.5 KRCC.

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After September 30, 2017, 91.5 KRCC will end the weekly broadcast the Best of Car Talk programs.

Car Talk began in 1977 as a regional call in show hosted at WBUR in Boston, and was syndicated nationally by NPR beginning in 1986. Wisecracking brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, otherwise known as The Tappet Brothers, provided weekly advice to car owners about the mechanics of their cars, and, more importantly, advice about the emotional relationships owners had with their cars.  

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George and Ira Gershwin didn't set out to write what have since become jazz standards, but jazz musicians have found that the chord progressions and melody lines of their songs provide great platforms for improvisation. 

We’ll hear their music performed in a variety of styles by a variety of musicians, both instrumental and vocal. The Jazz Excursion is heard on KRCC 91.5 and streaming on krcc.org, Sunday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Miles Davis was one of the most influential jazz musicians in the history of jazz - he was at the forefront of cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, orchestral arrangements, and jazz-fusion. 

His decline began in the mid-1970s, from which he never recovered during the 70s and 80s.  This week we’ll hear selections from his various periods, and explore the genius of Mile Davis' career. 

The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Musician and Colorado Springs native Miette "Mimi" Hope caught a big break in 2014, when she was awarded a full scholarship from Vans to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the years since, she has performed with John Mayer, collaborated with the Boston Conservatory, and released a number of recordings, both solo and with her band, Auva. 

More Brothers In Jazz

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This Sunday evening on the Jazz Excursion we’ll hear from the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), and the Adderley brothers (Julian – aka “Cannonball” – and Nat) to complete last week’s theme of Brothers In Jazz.

We’ll also hear the music of pianist Bill Evans from a newly discovered 1968 recording, plus some old favorites and some new releases. The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org, Sunday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.

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The Imagination Celebration is giving area residents the opportunity to connect to distant lands and cultures from right here in Colorado Springs. As part of the annual What If Festival in downtown Colorado Springs this Saturday, the Imagination Celebration has stationed a "portal" -- a golden shipping container outfitted with a camera, microphone, and an eight-by-eight-foot projection screen -- at the Pioneers Museum. The portal functions like a giant, community Skype box, linking up with other portals stationed in places as diverse as Gaza, Berlin, and Brooklyn.

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91.5 KRCC will be hosting a day of music at the What If Festival this Saturday September 9. Join us on the Nosh Patio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for music with Crystal and the Curious, New Vintage Jazz, Ryan Flores, My Name is Harriet, Edith Makes a Paperchain, and the Reminders.

The 91.5 KRCC Music Stage will be in the beer garden on the Nosh Patio - bring a folding chair, some sunscreen, and a state issued ID if you want to enjoy a beer along with all the great live music.  

Brothers In Jazz

Sep 6, 2017
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Sometimes music runs in families - this week we’ll be featuring several sets of brothers who have made their marks in jazz; they include the Marsalis, Heath, Jones, Adderley, Montgomery, Brecker, and other brothers in jazz. We’ll hear music from the brothers individually and in combination. The Jazz Excursion is heard on Sunday evenings, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org.

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This week on Air Check we to talk to local electronic musician Jackson Jason about his surprising rise to fame on the internet; Colorado Springs native Miette Hope reflects on her musical career and her time so far studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston; We hear singers from Gaza, a violinist in Rwanda, and more through a portal in front of the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs; and we take a minute to talk about some of our favorite local music.

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Labor Day Weekend is a time for rest and relaxation, (or at least it is supposed to be), so the Jazz Excursion will be taking it easy this Sunday evening. We’ll hear some old favorites and some new releases, mostly of the mellow kind.

The Jazz Excursion is heard each Sunday evening, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org or you can access past episodes on our new Music on Demand website at mod.krcc.org.

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The summer just isn't complete without a Red Rocks show, and this summer's concert season is starting to end. Here's your chance to win two tickets for this Friday's concert with Father John Misty at Red Rocks - be listening to 91.5 KRCC Music this Thursday night between 7 and 10 when Jeff gives away a pair of tickets. 

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The 91.5 KRCC mobile app is making it easier to listen to music anytime, anywhere. If you missed Vicky's show last night, you can listen to it now, or listen to it later with the new and improved mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. Just click on 91.5 KRCC Music in the top navigation bar.

Two weeks of archived shows are available at any time - listen to Rasta Ron's Reggae show during breakfast, enjoy the Blue Plate Special during your lunch hour, or calm down with Vicky's evening show on your afternoon commute.

Update your app now at the iTunes App Store or with Google Play, and tap into the tunes from 91.5 KRCC Music 24/7!

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1959 was a Golden Year for jazz. It was a year in which some of the greatest innovators in jazz were recorded on five of the most influential albums in jazz history, and it was also a year in which three great jazz musicians died. 

This Sunday on the Jazz Excursion between 7 and 10 p.m., we’ll listen to those albums, and we’ll hear the music of the jazz musicians who made 1959 remarkable.

You can also listen to Dick's show in our updated 91.5 KRCC Mobile app available on iTunes and Google Play.

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The Jazz Excursion theme for Sunday, August 13 is “The Leftovers”.

Each week the Jazz Excursion playlist grows to more than can be played in the time available (3 hours, Sundays 7 to 10 p.m.). This week we'll hear leftovers from the past few weeks. Leftovers are often as good or better than the original meal – the same is true of the Jazz Excursion leftovers.

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On this episode of Air Check, members of the band Woodshed Red serve up a bluegrass take on Pink Floyd and discuss their eclectic influences in the studio at 91.5 KRCC; Cold Heart Revival performs a few songs from their debut LP, Over The Water; representatives from Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District explain how a beloved DIY space found a new home in the local library; Tomás Pagán Motta shares his thoughts on songwriting, touring, and hearing his own music on the Netflix TV show, Flaked; and we share our favorite songs from the past month.

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