Jeff Bieri

Program Manager

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If you’ve spent any time in the Broadmoor neighborhood of Colorado Springs, you’ve probably heard a chorus of musical chimes float down Cheyenne Mountain to the valley below.

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On this episode of Air Check, three more favorite songs from Jeff, Jake and Vicky, a talk with the Denver-based band the Flobots about their musical mission, we have a listen to the swan songs of I Sank Molly Brown during their last live performance as a band at Right Heel Studios, Jake and Jeff investigate the musical history of the Will Rogers Shrine on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, and three must-see concert events of the summer/fall music season. 

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Invisibilia is Latin for "invisible things." The program explores the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions -- interweaving narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. The show is co-hosted by a trio of NPR's award-winning journalists, Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin, who have roots at This American Life, Radiolab and The Atlantic.

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This month on Air Check, Sub Pop alumna Sera Cahoone hangs out with Vicky and performs a couple of songs, John Bueno from Pueblo’s Pulp magazine chats with The Brightest Quasar over a cup of coffee, local producer Bill Douglass talks about working with Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan, and Hannah Fleming explores the many stages of a rock and roll career with Chuck Snow and the Youthful Nothings. 

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On Saturday, July 29th, the 11th Annual 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival will feature six-time Grammy Award Winners the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Paladins, Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with Movers and Shakers, and Mike Clark and Sugarsounds. 

Pre-festival parties will include Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors on Wednesday, July 26th, the Paladins on Thursday, July 27th, and Bob Corritore on Friday night, July 28th. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1st.

91.5 KRCC member tickets ONLY will be available at the 91.5 KRCC Offices, 912 N Weber St, for $40.

General public tickets will be available at Ivywild Drygoods, and online at Ticketfly.com.  There will be a limited number of VIP seats available for $91.50.

More about the 2017 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival available here.

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In addition to VuHaus you can see great video content with NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.  Local talent Alex Koushak showed up there earlier this year - maybe one of your friends has been there too!  Check our the vast archive of Tiny Desk Concerts here.

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Colorado Springs resident Craig Carnick had a front row seat to one of the great eras in American music. Back in the 1960s, he worked the night shift as a recording engineer at Motown Studios in Detroit, Michigan.

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April's episode of Air Check announces NPR's Tiny Desk Series move to Colorado Springs--just kidding. But it does bring Colorado Springs musician and Alex Koshak back from a tour with Esme Patterson, where they performed at the real Tiny Desk in NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. John Craigie, modern-day troubadour, drops in to play a few songs from his new album No Rain, No Rose; Craig Carnick tells the story of Motown Studios where he worked the night shift as a recording engineer in the 1960s; and the Bells of St. Vrain share the art of handbell performance.  

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In the last 6 months, Colorado Springs said goodbye to several beloved DIY spaces.

91.5 KRCC walked away with two Awards of Excellence from this past weekend’s Colorado Broadcasters Association annual event in Denver.

VuHaus (pronounced “view house”) is a collaboration of public radio and television stations from across the country, deeply rooted in their local music communities who share a common mission to support artists and be a source of music discovery for audiences around the world. VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization, with an aim to be true partners to artists while providing a unique window into the country’s most vibrant music scenes. 

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On this episode of Air Check Jake talks with local photographer Larry Hulst about the decades of photographs that he has taken of Rock n Roll icons; L.A. group The Wild Reeds stop by the 91.5 KRCC studios; We look into the DIY arts and music scene in Colorado Springs; and Hannah Fleming speaks with Finnish musician Lau Nau about the art of improvisation and scoring films. 

91.5 KRCC will be introducing listeners to some new favorites this Monday, March 6th.  I hope you will join us at 10am weekday mornings for news and topical debate with NPR's 1A.  91.5 KRCC is also adding the popular economic news program Marketplace, to our weekday line up at 3pm and 6:30pm.  

I'm really excited to be able to present the "new" A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile of the bands Nicklecreek and The Punch Brothers hosting the show on Saturdays 4pm to 6pm, and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. 

Music fans can rest assured that 91.5 KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor will continue to curate music weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, with great community volunteers rounding out the music block from 10pm to midnight.

Your favorite weekend music shows will include my Blue Plate Special blues show every Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Vintage Voltage with GT at 8pm.

On Sunday evenings you can relax and expand your music education through the Jazz Excursion with host Dick Fairley at 7pm. End your weekends with great reggae from host Ron Wilson starting at 10pm. See the entire new schedule here.

We are working on digital on-demand deliveries of all of our local music shows through our website, and on mobile apps that are available for iPhones and Android devices on iTunes and Google Play. We hope to have this feature live next week so you can listen to 91.5 KRCC Music whenever and wherever you want. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support,
Jeff Bieri
91.5 KRCC Program Manager

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Six time Grammy Award Winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will be headlining this year's Blues Under the Bridge Festival on Saturday July 29th!  Also, playing this years festival are rockabilly/blues group the Paladins, harp player Bob Corritore and guitarist Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with the Movers and Shakers out of Denver, and local favorites the Sugar Sounds.  

Tickets will be going on sale soon, and 91.5 KRCC will be announcing pre-festival parties and concerts leading up the full day festival in the next couple of weeks.

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On this episode of Air Check, multi-talented local musician Ryan Flores reflects on his life as a working artist; author LeAnna DeAngelo tells the story of the first performance at Red Rocks; the legendary David Bromberg drops by to play a few tunes; and our very own Vicky Gregor takes a trip down memory lane with a jar of ticket stubs dating all the way back to the mid-80s.

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When Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal goes on vacation, there's only one person who can replace him: Tom Hanks.   The two-time Oscar-winning actor will guest host an episode of the NPR news quiz, taped in front of a live (and, let's be frank, very lucky) audience in Chicago.  Hear the show this Saturday January 14th at 11am, and again on Sunday January 15th at 10am.

This month on Air Check, we highlight some of our favorite interviews, stories, and in-studio performances from 2016 - Inaiah and Desi Lujan perform "The Runner" from their most recent project In/Planes; Electronic musician Tor talks about his album "Blue Book"; Ulysses Baxter, a.k.a. the Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher, tells the story of his improbable ascent of Pikes Peak; Colorado Springs' own Stoney Bertz discusses the connection between hip hop and high school debate; we hear in-studio performances from Ages and Ages and Millicent, and KRCC deejays pick the music that impressed them the most in 2016.

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Join us Christmas weekend for Holiday Specials on 91.5 KRCC.

This Christmas Eve  at 4pm it's Hollywood Holiday -  Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, will take you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies, and add to your holiday cheer.

On Christmas Day from 11am to 1pm, celebrate with NPR's Tinsel Tales 1 & 2 -  two hours of holiday humor, and warmth, with a host of festive voices.  Continuing an NPR tradition, Tinsel Tales provides the best and most requested holiday stories.  Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, stories of the season.  Hosted by Lynn Neary.

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Mike Doughty gained his musical fame in the 1990's with the group Soul Coughing.  In this segment of Air Check, Doughty talks about his music, poetry, and addictions with 91.5 KRCC's Jeff Bieri.  Mike's new solo release is called The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, and his most recent memoir is titled The Book of Drugs.

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On this episode of Air Check we dive into the local punk music scene with the local group Cheap Perfume,  Vicky hosts the Denver based band Paper Bird for an in studio performance and interview, Jake heads to the Chavez Huerta Preparatory Academy in Pueblo to uncover the makings of mariachi music, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys talks with Vicky about lyrics on demand and meditating with the Beatles and Maharishi. All that, AND three of our favorite new songs. 

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91.5 KRCC and KCME have joined forces to explore the new alliance between the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center  and  Colorado College.  Join us for an hour long program this Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 8pm as we hear from artists, gallery owners, and commentators, and present listener questions to CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, and FAC President David Dahlin.

 

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On Episode 8 of Air Check, Jake Brownell meets a group of theater pipe organ enthusiasts working to keep the instrument alive, Jeff Bieri speaks with professor of musicology Ryan Banagale about the Billy Joel Conference at Colorado College, we visit with CJ Boyd who passed through Colorado Springs recently on his never-ending tour, and Vicky Gregor hosts the Fort Collins indie-folk group SHEL for an interview and  performance.

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On Episode 7 of Air Check, Portland band Ages and Ages drops by for an interview and in-studio performance, Bob Slade, host of KRCC’s Retro Fix, shares some of his favorite songs about work in honor of labor day, we discuss the ever-changing industry of music retail with Judy Negley and Shawn Mayo of Independent Records, Dick Fairley interviews local jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson, and we cop to some guilty pleasure songs.

Imagination Celebration

Imagination Celebrations hosts the What If Festival in Downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday September 10th, from 10am to 4pm. The event is an all-ages festival of discovery, learning, questioning and connecting. 

There will be a multitude of interactive experiences, as well as three stages with live music, including a 91.5 KRCC Stage in the Pioneer Museum Plaza with Vicky Gregor and I hosting music from local favorites and winners of the Indy Music Awards.

On this episode of Air Check:

Jake, Jeff and Vicky present their favorite new songs of the season, Vicky has a chat with legendary soul, rhythm and blues artist Booker T. Jones, Vintage Voltage host GT dissects four patriotic pop songs from the past, Rence Liam discusses his new Dear Rabbit album They're Not Like You, and Jake tells the story of Ulysses Baxter, a rock-and-roll musician who pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak--with his nose--in the summer of 1963.

KRCC brings you Season Two of Invisibilia - seven new hours of riveting stories, beginning Saturday, June 18th at 1pm. (Invisibilia will air at 1pm June 18th, 25th, and July 2nd, then move to 2pm beginning July 9th - check our new program guide for all of this summer's new programs and times.)

A Prairie Home Companion, now in its 41st season of production, will present the last live broadcast with Garrison Keillor as host from the Hollywood Bowl on KRCC Saturday, July 2nd at 6pm (final repeat Sunday, July 3rd at 1pm). 

The membership drive is underway at KRCC right now, and for this episode Air Check we decided to take the opportunity to look back at some of our favorite artist interviews and in-studio performances that we've hosted at KRCC over the past few years. On this episode, we revisit a conversation with Shearwater frontman, Jonathan Meiburg, an in-studio performance from in/PLANES -- the new project of Haunted Windchimes members Desirae Garcia and Inaiah Lujan -- and an interview and in-studio performance from Neil Halstead of the legendary shoegaze band, Slowdive. All that plus a round-up of some of our favorite tracks from the last month and a remembrance of Prince, who died on April 21st. 

Tickets on sale this Friday April 1st for the Tenth Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival !

Saturday July 30th, KRCC, Bristol Brewing Company, and the Pikes Peak Blues Community present Booker T. Jones, Shemekia Copeland, Southern Avenue Band, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, and Grant Sabin/Jesse Cotton Stone.

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Air Check is a brand new show from KRCC highlighting great music from the Pikes Peak region and beyond. 

If you’ve ever been to KRCC and seen the 20,000 CDs in our filing cabinets, and the 20,000 records in our vinyl vault, then you know that we are serious about music. Think of Air Check as a showcase for all the incredible music that lives at KRCC. We’ll introduce you to things you may have missed, take a closer look at genres and artists we think you’ll love, and invite local and touring musicians into the studio for exclusive interviews and in-studio performances. 

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