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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6Chicago, Detroit, a band called death, rock, soul, WBEZ, public radio, shannon casey, storytelling, dj trancid,

11 / 13 / 13
Practically Speaking 33: Telling Our Stories


On the last installment of Practically Speaking, master storyteller and Tennessee native Linda Goss took us on a journey through traditional and modern folklore within the African diaspora, while Chicago-based storyteller Velma Gladney talked about the ways storytelling is being kept alive in Chicago.

Gather ‘round the computer and have a listen.

And don’t miss the next installment of Practically Speaking this Friday at 11am on http://vocalo.org/player | 90.7 (CHI) | 89.5 (INDY).

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6vocalo, PRactically Speaking, African disapora, storytelling,

11 / 11 / 13
Warm Up this Winter with Stoop-Style Storytelling


Storytelling is all too familiar here at Vocalo, and we’re always on the search for events where people are able to freely express themselves over an open mic. One storytelling event by Stoop-Style Stories will start taking place every last Thursday of the month at Rosa’s Lounge in Humboldt Park and will feature poets, emcees, musicians, and artists as they share their personal narratives in front of a live audience. Stoop Style’s founder and host Lily Be joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and guest co host Tim Barnes this morning to discuss why we should attend and continue art the story telling.

If you are interested in attending Stoop-Style’s Storytelling events, visit their Facebook page!

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6talk radio, chicago public radio, chicago public media, vocalo, wbez, npr, storytelling, stoop style stories, open mic, artists, narratives, beginning, middle, end, miscellaneous, monday, morning amp, morning show, lily be, humboldt park, chicago, windy city, rosa's lounge, cool, talk,

11 / 06 / 13


For centuries, storytelling has been a rich tradition within the African diaspora. Tales of slaves flying, monkeys spreading gossip and a wise spider named Anansi are just a few of the ways that generations pass down values and history.
On the next “Practically Speaking,” we explore storytelling throughout the diaspora, whether the tradition is disappearing in some places and ways it’s being kept alive in Chicago.
You’ll hear from Mississippi-born, Chicago-based storyteller Velma Gladney and Linda Goss, author and founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Keep an ear to the ground on Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org/ 90.7 FM (Chi) /89.5FM (Indy)

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6Practically Speaking, african american, storytelling,

10 / 28 / 13
Monte LaMonte Has A New Show Combining Storytelling with Film!


Chicago born comedian and storyteller Monte LaMonte joins ‘The Morning AMp’ to discuss his new show with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon.

Described by Molly as “a man about town,” Monte is currently producing a show called ‘Shoot Em Up’ which combines the art of storytelling and filmmaking. He’s also seeking directors to create shorts for this month’s show!

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6film, filmmaking, directors, storytelling, monte lamonte, brian babylon, mollyadams, vocalo, radio, live, wbez, lily be, comedy, jokes, food, foodie,

09 / 18 / 13


Tonight!! Check out Vocalo Presents: Music and Stories. A storytelling night hosted this month by the Morning AMp’s Molly Adams and featuring music by Ayana Contreras of Reclaimed Soul.

Join us for an evening of stories, good music, and conversation with your neighbors. Featuring stories from some of the city’s best storytellers, local writers, starving artists, and community members.

Storytellers are Ray Teresi, Xavier Jordan, Roberta Miles and Patrick Salem.

This is a 21+ event

The event will be held at Chicago Urban Art Society 600 W. Cermak, Chicago

The event is free. Doors open at 6:30pm

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6vocalo, storytelling, chicago events, CUAS,

08 / 07 / 13

Music & Stories…LIVE! is back. Join Luis and Shantell as they host an evening of music and storytelling at the Chicago Urban Art Society. 

This month’s theme is Roommate Horror Stories and features stories from Nico Lang, Erin Diamond and You!

Music by “Reclaimed Soul” Host Ayana Contreras. 

Chicago Urban Arts Society
600 W. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616
Doors open at 6:30pm, 7:00pm show time.
All ages (parental discretion is advised) 
21+ to drink (cash bar)

See you there!

6Vocalo, music and stories, public radio, storytelling, event, chicago, art, community, Chicago Urban Art Society,

07 / 20 / 13

Vocalo Storytellers looking for new members f


Deadline is 7/23. Free Training. Spread the word!!

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6vocalo, storytelling, public media,

05 / 31 / 13

Vocalo Overdrive: Critic for a Minute Friday f


Man About Town: We check in with Chicago Pride’s nightlife and society columnist Terrence Chappell. He talks about a calendar competition that he recently won that benefits teens living with HIV.

Campaign to Prevent Pregnancy: If you’ve been traveling around the Chicagoland area, chances are…

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6Vocalo, Overdrive, critic for a minute friday, story from around the way, storytelling, Shannon Cason, man about town, Terrence Chappell, chicago, radio, nwi, team vocalo,

04 / 19 / 13
Drunken Tales from the Crypt: The Puterbaugh Sisterz discuss "The Blackout Diaries"


Ohh, those drunken tales of embarrassment, hilarity and straight-up craziness. The Blackout Diaries, a live comedy show, recounts these tales to an audience at the Lincoln Lounge every Saturday night. Hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams are joined by the Puterbaugh Sisterz in-studio. These funny ladies talk about the Blackout Diaries, which they help produce each week, and the “exploding” storytelling scene in the city.

And try not cracking a smile when these two start laughing—it’s tough!

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6Morning Amp, Comedy, the Blackout Diaries, Storytelling, Chicago,