Feb. 6 A Homegrown Music Concert with STEVE BROSKY and NEIL NICASTRO. After an extended hiatus, the monthly live Homegrown Music concert broadcast series resumes with a pair of singer-songwriters, each performing in a trio setting.
Steve Brosky is a talented veteran singer-songwriter and rock performer from the Allentown area, where he has won numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards. He has just released a new album called Still. He’ll be performing songs from that recording and others with a trio, including his long-time musical colleague, guitarist extraordinaire Jimmy Meyer.
Neil Nicastro is a long-time Scranton-area musician who has been a key part of several groups who have appeared on Homegrown Music over the past 20 years, including Dick Fawcett, The Dharma Bums and The Five Percent. This time, he’ll be performing his own songs in a rock trio setting.
The two-hour radio-exclusive concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM, and streamed on wvia.org from the station’s Sordoni Theater.. WVIA’s members and listeners may also attend. Free reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/
Feb. 7 Harmonious Wail. Not exactly native Homegrown, this jazzy Wisconsin trio has made numerous appearances in Northeastern Pennsylvania where they have won many fans with their distinctive sound with mandolin, upright bass and cardboard box percussion. They do creative arrangements of jazz standards and originals in this encore from 2015.
Feb. 14 Michi Egger. A blues guitar prodigy, Ms. Egger put in a remarkable appearance playing guitar with the Ann Kerstetter band at age 16. She has become a fine singer-songwriter in her own right. This session, from 2012, features the still-teenaged artists making her series debut with her own group, including her father Dave Egger on drums.
Feb. 21 The Badlees. One of the most commercially successful and long-running bands from Northeastern PA, the Badlees have had a long association with Homegrown Music. This is an encore of a session from 25 years ago which showed their great songwriting and sound, including versions of some of their songs for which they became well-known.
Feb. 28 Heather Kropf. A fine pianist-singer-songwriter (and radio host) from Pittsburgh, Ms. Kropf released an album in 2015 called Chrysalis which was featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag weekly album review. In one of her visits to Northeastern PA, Ms. Kropf put in a memorable session for Homegrown Music with some of her outstanding compositions and excellent, appealing vocals.
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with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.