WBEZ | Vocalo http://www.wbez.org/tags/vocalo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How do you ring in the New Year? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4013358422_b4e5d78b7a_z.jpg" style="height: 183px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Flickr/Evonne" />For years (and because I&#39;m older than you think I am, I mean YEARS) I spent every New Year&#39;s Eve playing in a jazz band of one stripe or another. After that, I spent several years performing in a theater company as the years changed over. Even when I have merely been a patron somewhere on December 31, I have always seen that specific night as something special. In fact, I&#39;d say that New Year&#39;s Eve is my personal version of Valentine&#39;s Day.</div><p>Since coming to work producing events for Chicago Public Media, there have been two things missing from the tapestry of live experiences we put together for our loyal members: Jazz and a blow-out New Year&#39;s Eve party.</p><p>The party component is a strange omission from our annual experiences for the Chicago community of public radio die-hards. We host our <a href="https://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/event/annual-board-directors-meeting-0" target="_blank">Annual Board Meeting</a>, our Evening Inside the Broadcast Studio, and the WBEZ/Vocalo Open House. We&#39;ve produced the Chicago Chef Battle for seven years in a row and, after a year off, are revitalizing the Vocalo Winter Block Party for Chicago&#39;s Hip Hop Arts. It seems like a no-brainer to throw a bash to ring in the new year.</p><p>The jazz component is a little less obvious. In 2007, we went to an all-news format and replaced our regular late night jazz broadcasts with news and, for some, this was a betrayal and a travesty. To this day, I have members (and former members) come up to me at events still angry that we moved away from jazz. For them, we became the anti-jazz radio station. We are NOT anti-jazz nor have we ever been.&nbsp; Given that I was a professional jazz trumpet player for decades and have a Jazz History minor as a part of my Music Education Undergraduate degree, the decision to feature not only jazz but the Sunset Cafe (the heart of American jazz in Chicago for a quarter of the last century) was perfect.</p><p>How do you ring in the New Year? Resolutions? Dancing? A midnight kiss and a champagne toast? Do you curl up under the covers and watch the televised coverage? Go to the theater or a concert? Eat a huge meal? Go on a late night run?</p><p>This year, I&#39;ll be ringing in 2015 at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater with hundreds of public radio fans, the Doug Peck Trio, <a href="http://darkjive.com/about/" target="_blank">DJ Ayana Contreras</a>, and my newlywed wife.&nbsp; I&#39;ll be listening to incredible jazz, eating some delicious hors d&#39;voures, having a few cocktails, dancing to jazz infused hip-hop and soul, and sealing the year with the first New Year&#39;s Eve kiss of my new marriage.</p><p>I hope to see you there (but you don&#39;t get to kiss my wife...)!</p><p><strong>Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year&rsquo;s Eve Party<br />Wednesday, December 31, 2014<br />9 p.m. - 2 a.m.<br />Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</strong></p><p>Get your tickets here...</p><p><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-from-the-sunset-cafe-a-wbez-new-years-eve-party-tickets-13467984103?ref=ebtn" target="_blank"><img alt="Eventbrite - Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year’s Eve Party" src="https://www.eventbrite.com/custombutton?eid=13467984103" /></a></p><p>For more info about WBEZ Events, go to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/events">wbez.org/events</a>, check out our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wbez915">Facebook Page</a>, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZEvents">@WBEZEvents</a> on Twitter.</p></p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Spike Lee-Flickr- thomas.rome_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kickstarter originally began as a way to get the average person&#39;s project out of the shadows, but now bigwigs are using it to fund their pet projects. Is this fair? Also, a chat with R&amp;B and blues artist Syleena Johnson.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use Literacy and adult education in North Lawndale http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_0969.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On August 24, the Barber Shop Show joined forces with Front and Center to talk low literacy and adult education in North Lawndale.&nbsp;In the Great Lakes region, one third of adults are low-literate. This means they have trouble with ordinary tasks like filling out a job application.</p><p>When hard times hit the region, North Lawndale is hit harder. The unemployment rate in this neighborhood is about three times the city&rsquo;s average. Almost half of families here live below the poverty line.</p><p>When it comes to getting more North Lawndale residents employed and lifting their earning potential, the key may be improving literacy.&nbsp;Raising adult education levels seems like a clear-cut way to increase employment and earnings. But making it happen isn&rsquo;t easy.</p><p>To find out more, Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly spoke with Nicole Hicks, a woman who recently overcame her fear of being the oldest person in class to earn her GED at age forty.</p><p>Later in the show, we heard from employer Mark O&rsquo;Hara. A GED and solid reading and writing skills are a requirement at his company. We learned about his challenges finding workers with the skills to kill bugs, and how his company, Andersen Pest Solutions, aims to address the skills gap.</p><p>After that, we were joined by Darren Tillis and Tameeka Christian with the North Lawndale Community Action Council on Education. Darren and Tameeka are working to improve parent engagement in North Lawndale schools. Key to their strategy is increasing literacy.</p><p><em>Every Friday, Vocalo.org heads to Carter&#39;s Barber Shop in North Lawndale for the live broadcast of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vocalo.org/barbershop-show/" target="_blank">The Barber Shop Show</a>. &nbsp;Hosted by the Chicago Reporter&#39;s Kimbriell Kelly and WBEZ&#39;s Richard Steele,&nbsp;The Barber Shop Show is a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor.</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983 Trayvonning: A New Meme that Echoes Old Problems http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/trayvonning-new-meme-echoes-old-problems-101258 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/trayvonphoto.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dr Lisa Guerrero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University. Dr Guerrero has written extensively on the subject of race and racism.</p><p>She joined Vocalo&#39;s Music Vox host, Jesse Menendez to discuss her latest article, <em>Playing Dead: The Trayvoning Meme &amp; the Mocking of Black Death.</em></p><p>It&#39;s an analysis of the recent Trayvonning meme that places the internet thread in historical context. Plus it looks at new media and it&#39;s potential to &quot;deploy and recycle the same old narratives and tropes, to continue a history of injustices that define the American experience.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F54299421&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/trayvonning-new-meme-echoes-old-problems-101258 Saul Williams talks about confidence in hip hop, how music affects change and new his album http://www.wbez.org/story/saul-williams-talks-about-confidence-hip-hop-how-music-affects-change-and-new-his-album-97577 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-23/SAUL_Vocalo_20march2012_3wm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-23/SAUL_Live_20march2012_3wm.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 468px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title="Saul Williams at The Bottom Lounge in March. (Photo by Mojdeh Stoakley)">Multi-disciplinary and multi-talented artist <a href="http://www.saulwilliams.com/">Saul Williams</a> has been praised nationally and internationally as an outstanding poet, writer, actor and musician. His rich and impressive career includes working with Rick Rubin, collaborating with Trent Reznor, starring in an acclaimed film <em>Slam</em>, touring with such bands as NIN and The Mars Volta, and countless poetry readings, performances and plays. His latest project is <em>Volcanic Sunlight</em> - his fourth full-length album, filled with a mix of horns, tribal rhythms, electro hip hop and spoken word. Saul joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">The MusicVox</a> to discuss some of the themes on his new album as well as talk about how music affects social change and how hip hop is "a lesson in confidence."</p></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/saul-williams-talks-about-confidence-hip-hop-how-music-affects-change-and-new-his-album-97577 Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag go on 'General Strike' http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/anti-flag_by_tony_mott_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pittsburgh punk band <a href="http://www.anti-flag.com/">Anti-Flag</a> is well known for piercing messages against war, imperialism, and human rights. Their new album <em>The General Strike</em> is no exception! Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to discuss the new album, social activism, and strikes as a tool for political action.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 Chicago hip hop group BBU dish on social activism and their new mixtape http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/BBU-9.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the very beginning, the members of Chicago hip hop group <a href="http://www.itsbbu.com/">BBU</a> have been passionate activists: both in community organizing and in their music. Combining danceable beats with social commentary, the group has been generating buzz in underground circles and dance clubs alike. Their new Mixtape, <em>bell hooks,</em> is filled with songs exposing chauvinism, sexism and institutional racism. MCs Epic and Jasson Perez joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about their songs, and what sparked their passion and dedication to social activism.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 Doomtree goes Bangarang on the new album http://www.wbez.org/story/doomtree-goes-bangarang-new-album-96780 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/DoomtreeNoKings.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Members of Minneapolis hip hop collective and label <a href="http://www.doomtree.net/">Doomtree</a> have once again united for a joint full-length release, titled <em>No Kings</em>. The album features dense, heavy-hitting songs with rhymes by crew members P.O.S, Sims, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, and Cecil Otter, and production by Paper Tiger and Lazerbreak. While on tour, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan and Sims stopped by the studio and joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about the album and their collaborative process.</p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/doomtree-goes-bangarang-new-album-96780 The Boy Illinois discusses the importance of socially conscious music http://www.wbez.org/story/boy-illinois-discusses-importance-socially-conscious-music-96399 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/boy illinois.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a _cke_saved_href="http://www.theboyillinois.com" href="http://www.theboyillinois.com/">The Boy Illinois</a> has been creating some buzz with his Inhale <span data-scayt_word="Mixtape" data-scaytid="3">Mixtape</span> series. He joined Jesse <span data-scayt_word="Menendez" data-scaytid="4">Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a></span> to talk about his latest release <em>Inhale Pt. 4: <span data-scayt_word="Horai" data-scaytid="5">Horai</span></em> and the importance of creating socially conscious music.</p></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/boy-illinois-discusses-importance-socially-conscious-music-96399 Add 2 talks Modern Day Coons and Cotton Fields, music that matters http://www.wbez.org/story/add-2-talks-modern-day-coons-and-cotton-fields-music-matters-95712 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/399901_10150699704154619_810684618_12128844_1807931135_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At the beginning of the movement, Hip Hop music served as a voice for the urban youth, the oppressed, it was a tool used to raise awareness to inner city turmoil. &nbsp;While that version of Hip Hop is no longer as pervasive as it once was, it still exists. In fact, it is still <em>that</em> Hip Hop that is capable of sparking discussion, addressing societal ills and affecting change. It is that strand of Hip Hop that <a href="https://twitter.com/add2themc">Add 2</a> excels at. Through his series of Mixtapes, he has shown that music is still a potent vehicle for social commentary. Add 2 joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about his music and why he stands up and speaks his mind.</p><p>Interview edited by Adam Peindl.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/add-2-talks-modern-day-coons-and-cotton-fields-music-matters-95712