Brooklyn-based artist Arum Rae joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about her latest release - The Warranted Queen EP,” her love for electronic beats that groove, all things that sound “red,” and making your life the best and biggest you can.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 91.1 FM & 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) / www.vocalo.org
Chicago garage punk trio Vamos! deliver a barrage of high energy and a heavy dose of thrashing on their recordings and at live shows alike. We’re pleased to welcome the band in our studio for a whole set of that dirty rock’n’roll!
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At 33 Bill Hillman is probably Chicago’s “Most Interesting Man.” He is a former Gold Glove boxing champion who participated in his 10th Running of the Bulls this summer where- despite being recognized as one of the best American runners- he was gored by a bull and lived to tell about it on the Today Show, then spent the rest of his summer touring his debut Chicago novel “The Old Neighborhood” in England with “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh.
Vocalo senior accounts manager and our sports analyst LaToya “MoneyBall” Smith chats with The Morning AMp after a tough Chicago Bears loss against the Green Bay Packers in week 4 of the 2014 NFL season.
Former Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Kerry Wood stopped by the Vocalo studio to talk about a new mentoring initiative from his Wood Family Foundation. Kerry also discussed the impact of Jackie Robinson West on baseball in Chicago, handling with media as a star athlete, dealing with almost 100 years of pressure as a rookie. He also tells us which sport is his 2nd best.
The film and television industry here in Chicago has seen a remarkable uptick in activity. Just like in Hollywood, in some areas, it can be a challenge to avoid closures caused by filming. On this week’s Barber Shop Show, we ask local filmmakers and actors if Hollywood’s famous lack of diversity plays out on the Chicago film scene, too.
On this installment, host Richard Steele was at the shop with: • Local actor Cedric Young • Wandachristine, local actress and voiceover talent • Margaret Caples, executive director of the Community Film Workshop • Tony G. Williams, up-and-coming filmmaker Plus, we hear some tape from a minority filmmakers’ roundtable discussion Richard was invited to earlier this year. The Q & A session was part of a larger event held at Chicago’s Cinespace Studio by E.N.D. Productions.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM, 89.5FM, and 91.1FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. In addition, the show broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5FM.
Ballet: American Ballet Theatre arrives in Chicago next weekend and we’ll talk with newly promoted principal dancer Isabella Boylston about the repertoire of work by American choreographers that they’ll be performing.
Movies: It’s the first of the month so our movie critics Matt Fagerholm and Reggie Ponder are going to join us in studio to chat about upcoming indies, preview the Chicago International Film Festival, and of course analyze the box office.
Comedy: Matt Braunger performs at Schubas on Sunday and he gives a us a call to reminisce about his Chicago memories.
Gwen Ifill, award-winning journalist and co-anchor / co-managing editor of PBS News Hour talks with The Morning AMp about PBS’s special broadcast “America After Ferguson.” Molly also pitches Gwen a cartoon network idea featuring Gwen and NPR anchor Michele Norris. The PBS special broadcast airs Friday Sept 26th at 8:00pm ET.
Ferguson: The story of the shooting death of Mike Brown at the hands of a police officer and the reaction in his home of Ferguson, Missouri has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America. A new PBS special,America After Ferguson, captures a town hall meeting that explores the disconnects along lines of race, class and identity that we all experience. Host, moderator, and public media superstar Gwen Ifill joins us to preview it.
Excessive Force: Chicago police commander Glenn Evans pleaded “not guilty” yesterday to charges of excessive force after jamming his gun into an arrested man’s mouth. He faces nine counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct. West Side bureau reporter Chip Mitchell of Vocalo’s sister station WBEZ attended the arraignment and shares details with us.
Coya Paz: The doctor drops in to talk about academic freedom, paying it forward, and the sad case of John Crawford. Do we need to burn the whole system? Maybe we need to burn the whole system down.
Pics from AAHH! Fest 2014 by Common. September 21st in Chicago’s Union Park. Dave Chapelle hosted the evening portion of the festival that featured performances by De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Lupe Fiasco and more. (photos by Jesse Menendez)