03 / 31 / 14

In this episode: Last year our resident Soul aficionado Ayana Contreras saw a documentary about Death - an early proto punk out of Detroit. This lead her to dig deeper into Black Rock.

Also, renowned storyteller-Shannon Casey, shares his story about the city called Chicago Blues Story.

Dr. Yaba Blay joined Jesse Menendez and Kristian Eliz on The MusicVox to talk about the way we construct race through everyday interactions. Dr. Blay, Kristian, and Jesse discuss how “Black” is defined.

We end the show with our Vocalo DJ Collective member - Trancid. This and more. Tune in!

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08 / 26 / 13
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 80 - Paul Natkin, Minor Characters, DJ Trancid

In this episode: Throughout his career, Chicago photographer Paul Natkin shot pictures of some of the biggest names in music. WBEZ’s Richard Steele joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share some of Natkin’s reflections he collected in an exclusive interview.

Also, with two EPs under their belt, Chicago’s Minor Characters have been making their rounds in this city and beyond, infusing their retro-pop sound with pensive lyrics and subdued minor chord melodies. The band joined Jesse Menendez for an interview as well as a live performance.

The show ends with a stellar set from one of Chicago’s premier DJ’s - Trancid. Tune in.

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04 / 29 / 13
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep 63 - Walter Jacobson, Mikkey Halsted, DJ Trancid

In this episode: First, we kick off the show with a great conversation with a broadcasting legend, Walter Jacobson. Luis and Shantell talked with Jacobson about his long-standing career in media and the stories he recounts in his memoir “Walter’s Perspective: A Memoir of Fifty Years in Chicago TV News. Find out what it was like to play catch with Jackie Robinson and how Walter got his first byline by getting naked at an Indiana nudist colony.

Then, we’ll listen to an intimate story that comes from, Story Lab, one of Chicago’s storytelling events. Dana Norris, founder of “Story Lab” shares an intimate story about an unexpected pregnancy that ends with an unexpected result.

Later, a conversation with Chicago MC Mikkey Halsted. Through his music, Mikkey vividly describes his experiences growing up in Chicago. The accounts are both eye opening and alarming and always delivered with superior lyricism.

And finally, we close things out with an awesome set from Vocalo Dj collective member Trancid.

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