May 7 Alyssa Lazar. Youthful singer-songwriter-pianist Alyssa Lazar is from Clarks Summit, PA, and creates appealing songs that are influenced by both classic singer-songwriters and more contemporary artists. This is an encore of her early 2018 Homegrown Music debut.
May 13 A Homegrown Music Concert with TEEN TOWN and the EDDIE SEVERN QUARTET. It’s an evening of two generations of jazz and fusion on this month’s live concert in WVIA’s unique long-running live performance and broadcast series.
Named after a composition by the late bassist Jaco Pastorius, the trio Teen Town are literally teens, ranging in age from 14 to 19, but playing jazz-rock fusion at a world-class level. They recently won a 2019 Down Beat Student Music award, and were a big hit at the 2018 Scranton Jazz Festival. They made their Homegrown Music debut in a session last month, but they will make their live concert debut.
Trumpeter Eddie Severn, former lead player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, has performed with Benny Golson, Sammy Nestico, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, and many others. Severn will perform a set of original pieces with keyboardist Steve Rudolph, drummer Marko Marcinko, and his 14-year-old son, and Teen Town member Gabriel Severn, on bass.
As usual, two-hour the concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM and streaming on wvia.org. Free audience seating in the Sordoni Theater in the station’s studios is available for WVIA’s members and listeners on a first-come-first-served basis here. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM
May 14 The Ann Kerstetter Band. From Northumberland, PA, Ann Kerstetter is a retired teacher who returned to her first love, playing and singing the blues. This archive session from 2009 features the band is fine form with mostly original tunes. Notable blues pianist Greg Burgess is a featured member.
May 21 Greg Jacquin. A singer-songwriter based in New York State, Greg Jacquin released his debut full-length album Clocks Slow Down earlier this year, and it has been receiving national airplay on college and non-commercial stations. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a set of his original music in a solo acoustic setting.
May 28 Timothy Zieger Band. Composer, guitarist and vocalist Timothy Zieger is from Factoryville, near Scranton. He writes appealing, melodic original songs, and performs them in two-couple quartet setting with his wife Abigail, along with Seth and Sarah Mitchell in this encore from 2018.
Radio - Local Programs
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.
Full concert audio for select performances can be found here.
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.
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