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Plunky Branch Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary Leading Plunky & Oneness

On April 18th, saxophonist J. Plunky Branch celebrated forty years of leading his ensemble “Plunky & Oneness” with a gala affair at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in Jackson Ward. Plunky’s music is expansive, reflecting a wide range of influences including rhythm and blues, African music, avant garde jazz, go-go, hip-hop, and funk. Over the last four decades, he’s composed hundreds of songs, recorded more than two dozen albums and has performed for audiences all over the world.

Música en el Fuego!

On this week's World Music Show (4/19/14), the choice of tunes will be smooth, crisp, taut and on fire! And the brunt of them will have a Latin flare (hence this week's title). Spread over the two-hour journey, we'll hear genres ranging from Rumba, to Samba, to even some American Pop Standards redone in the vein of an upbeat dance number. So, buckle up, because it's time to lay down the fuse that will set this show off.

NEW Robert Cray and Lisa Mann! Li'l Ronnie Episode 4!

Make sure you join us for Time For The Blues this Saturday night (4/19/14) as we bring you some amazing blues. Not just good, we’re going for amazing and you’ll be glad you tuned in! We have new tracks from the Robert Cray Band and one of our favorites, Lisa Mann! Also, another chat and tunes with local harpmaster Li'l Ronnie Owens!

The Holmes Brothers! More Blues Project! Li'l Ronnie Episode #3!

Be sure to join us this week (4/12/14) on Time For The Blues as Henry Cook and I will be up to our old tricks. That is, we’ll be serving up some very hot music and some very bad jokes. We make no bones about it, slide on up to the radio and relax and have a great time, we certainly will. We'll have brand new Holmes Brothers, more Blues Project and another visit with local harpmaster Li'l Ronnie Owens to share with you!

Got Fado?

Ok, first up, my apologies to the Milk Advisory Board (since that's where the "Got..." came from). I guess the headline should read "Get Fado?" since the first hour of this week's World Music Show (4/5) features some great Fado music. And my apologies to the band Cafe Tacuba, who are pictured above. They are not Fado musicians. They appear in hour of the World Music Show. It's such a great picture that I had to feature it. But let's get back to Fado music.

International Guitar Month

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:51am -- WCVE

George Maida, host of The Electric Croude, once again celebrates International Guitar Month in April on 88.9 WCVE. Be sure to tune in Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. during the month for a variety of special guests, interviews and musical offerings.

April 5: Pam McCarthy
A mainstay on the Richmond music scene for decades, McCarthy demonstrates in song and interview the complexities and beautiful simplicity of the ukulele.

Interview with Trombonist Steve Davis, Performing in Richmond Tuesday

Trombonist Steve Davis will be featured in the next concert in the Richmond Jazz Society Guest Educators Series Tuesday evening, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Ale House at 623 East Main Street. Davis was the last musician to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and discusses the lessons he learned with Blakey's band and from two of his other important musical mentors - Jackie Mclean and Chic Corea.

Brazilian Boogaloo

So I'm not sure how to say this. And I'm not sure I'm ready to share this bit of information with a worldwide audience, either. But, here it goes. I have a problem. I have this addiction to Brazilian and Latin music. I mean, not a World Music Show goes by in which I don't try to sneak a song or two (or three or four) into one of the two hours. Then, there are other times in which I throw caution into the wind and pretty much dedicate a good chunk of the show to this spectrum of music.

Li'l Ronnie stops by! More Tommy Castro and Buddy Guy!

We hope you will join us this week (3/29/14) on Time For The Blues because Henry Cook and I plan to unleash some great sides and we’ve got a special guest who we’ve been listening to for some time and now he’s finally going to join us in the studio--local harpmaster Li'l Ronnie Owens! We'll also hear more from recent CDs by Buddy Guy as well as Tommy Castro and the Painkillers!

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