Fri August 29, 2014
labor day programming

'Work Song' and other labors of love for Monday

Celebrate the economic and social achievements of American workers by tuning in to special programs presented by WESM-FM this Labor Day Monday--over the air and on iTunes Radio!

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Mon July 28, 2014
State Fair-Instrument Contests

Banjo, fiddle contests set for Va. state fair

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — The State Fair of Virginia is seeking banjo players and fiddlers for a contest.

The fair's open and youth fiddle and banjo contests will be held on Oct. 4 in the Triple Crown Amphitheater at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

Registration will take place on the day of the contests and no pre-registration is required. Contestants must buy fair admission tickets, and entry into the contests is included with admission.

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Thu July 24, 2014
Ralph Stanley

More honors for Appalachian legend Ralph Stanley


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Appalachian music master Ralph Stanley is being honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The southwest Virginia legend will be honored by the academy in October in a class that also includes Al Pacino, writers John Irving and Annie Proulx and the man who discovered the Titanic, Robert Ballard.

The Massachusetts academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost thinkers. Its past members include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among many others.

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Tue July 15, 2014
charlie haden

Jazz at Lincoln Center- The Improvisors: Paul Bley and Charlie Haden


We celebrate the life of Charlie Haden with this rare presentation of the bassist in a minimal, duet setting with pianist Paul Bley. Live at the Kaplan Penthouse, the pair "played as if every form shattered at their touch", according to the NYTimes. Enjoy this set from the late NEA recognized Jazz Master, whose work on the bass resonated over seven decades of jazz, and stints with luminaries like Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett.

You can find the program on PRX here:

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Wed April 2, 2014
umes jazz ensemble-jazz appreciation month

UMES hosts three jazz concerts


PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -– In celebration of April’s designation as Jazz Appreciation Month, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts will be jamming with three jazz events in one weekend; April 11-13.

The main event, the Big Band Bash, takes place on Saturday at 5 p.m.  Ensembles from Bowie and Morgan state universities along with UMES will gather on one stage to perform music from some of the greats—Charlie Mingus, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and Count Basie.  Each band will play a half-hour set and combine for the finale.

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