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All Over the Place -- Radoslav Lorković: Thursday, 5 p.m., Tent Stage PDF Print E-mail
Music - Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 18 June 2009 13:22

Radoslav LorkovicOn any number of subjects, pianist, accordionist, and organist Radoslav Lorković will preface his response with something along the lines of: "That's a funny story."

When asked about his appearance in the 2009 Naked Folk Calendar, for example, he said that the photo was taken at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in 100-degree heat. Lorković was playing the accordion and (of course) naked, and a man roughly 90 years old approached the group and said, "You know, I got some stories about Woody Guthrie," the musician recalled. "He looks at me completely ... unfazed, and keeps on telling this story about Woody Guthrie."

 
The Lady James Brown -- Sugar Pie DeSanto: Friday, July 3, 9:30 p.m., Tent Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:35

Sugar Pie DeSantoJames Brown was known as the Godfather of Soul, but his other nickname was "the hardest-working man in show business." Sugar Pie DeSanto is known as the female James Brown because of the way she works a stage, even at 73.

"What an honor, you know, to be the lady James Brown," Sugar Pie said in a recent phone interview. "Because I was cuttin' up and I still cut up - if you know what I mean. I was getting down, all right? And with God's help I will still be getting down 'til I don't want to sing anymore. Wait 'til I'm 85 and they push me on-stage in a wheelchair - 'And here she is!' - and I bet I'll be mastering that wheelchair, having it spinning and everything!"

 
The Free Spirit -- Dee Alexander: Friday, July 3, 7:30 p.m., Tent Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Heninger   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:32

Dee AlexanderIntroduced to jazz at an early age by her mother, singer/songwriter Dee Alexander grew up with "the classics." In a recent interview, Alexander said, "I used to ask [my mother], especially when she would play Billie Holiday, 'Wow, she sounds so sad... . What's wrong with her, and why is she whining about her man?'"

 
Self-Taught and Sassy -- Fiona Boyes: Friday, July 3, 5:30 p.m., Tent Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Heninger   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:29

Fiona BoyesBlues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Fiona Boyes hasn't always been a blues musician. In our recent interview, Boyes laughed as she remembered her early musical experiences with a different instrument: the clarinet. "It was kind of ... a nerdy instrument," she said. "Maybe if I'd been given a bit of New Orleans jazz or something, I would've stuck with that instrument."

 
Treating Herself Right -- Robin Rogers: Saturday, July 4, 4 p.m., Bandshell Stage PDF Print E-mail
Music - Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 11:25

Robin RogersBlues singer/songwriter Robin Rogers has been performing professionally for the better part of 30 years and remembers where it was that she first felt the excitement of a live audience: on her elementary-school stage, in the early 1960s, performing an a cappella rendition of "What Child Is This?" for the students' Christmas pageant.

"It really had an effect on me when I heard everyone applaud," says Rogers, with a laugh, during a recent phone interview. "I thought, 'This is kinda cool.'"

 
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