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Conversations with musicians, artists, creatives, and others who make Athens and the communities surrounding Athens an amazing place to live. Learn what is going on in one of the nation’s most famous scenes, meet the new generation of people keeping the tradition strong and hear how the arts are helping build our communities. This podcast is put out by the Athens Regional Library System where we are committed to helping build strong communities and celebrating our diversity. Engaging Communities, Exceeding Expectations.If you enjoy the podcast please make sure to give us a rating or review on itunes.
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Will Eskridge

Will Eskridge

2021-12-1451:09

The last episode of Season 2 is a great one.  We talk with artist and musician Will Eskridge.  Learn about Will's journey and the great art he is producing today.  You can find more info about Will at:https://www.willeskridge.comYou can find out more about his new band Fog After Dusk on Instagram  at https://www.instagram.com/fogafterdusk/We hope you enjoyed season 2 and we will be back early 2022 with Season 3.  We have some updated equipment  for better sound, some great guests and a slightly improved format.  Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out!
Blacknerd Ninja

Blacknerd Ninja

2021-12-0642:00

Voted in 2015 Athens, Ga Best Hip Hop Artist. BlackNerdNinja has been touring and building his buzz. He has opened for legendary acts like Third Big Star, Blackalicious, Nappy Roots, OpenMikeEagle, Kungfu Vampire, LockSmith, and Turquoise Jeep. He has also collaborated with legendary west coast artist KXNG CROOKED/Crooked.  We talk with him  about his musical journey and also his journey as a comic book creator.  Check out some of his great work at his website blacknerdninja.com and on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/3zbQdjll948KwBjkQ7CI0h
Toi Mekhi

Toi Mekhi

2021-11-2946:54

Toi Mekhi is a local actor who made her debut on the movie "Remember the Titans" as a featured extra.  She has gone on to do theater, commercials and teaching.  Her latest role is in the upcoming dystopian comic adaptation of DMZ on HBO Max set to be released in early 2022.  Toi has some great advice for those interested in acting wheter it is in film, theater, or commercials.  Don't miss this fascinating conversation.  You can find out more about her acting company Star Academy and  upcoming classes and workshops by emailing her at staracademydrama@gmail.com.  We hope you enjoy the episode. 
Sparkle Trauma

Sparkle Trauma

2021-11-2301:01:35

This weeks episode of ARLS's Classic City Vibes consist of wonderful duo Sparkle Trauma.  Athens is a city in, among other places, the US state of Georgia. Sparkle/Trauma are there.They would like you to be aware that the soundthey offer is a Style Independent Genre - or SIG Wave.Sparkle/Trauma are, perhaps, the first to intentionally promulgate formally the SIG Wave identifier. Find out more about them and the music they play at:https://sparkletrauma.bandcamp.comhttps://www.facebook.com/SparkleTrauma/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwAIRlX450my1wPGhSKs2ZA
Trisha Adams

Trisha Adams

2021-11-1545:10

This weeks guest is singer songwriter Trisha Adams.  Trisha is a third generation musician who grew up playing with her parents and grandparents, in church, at the local pub, in living rooms and backyards and the occasional sock hop too.   Don't miss this weeks great conversation and check out some of the links to Trisha's work below!https://trishaadamsmusic.comhttps://trishaadamsmusic.bandcamp.com
Seline Haze and Mind Vomit

Seline Haze and Mind Vomit

2021-11-0901:16:48

This week  we are joined by local rapper Seline Haze.  Seline is a healer through music and an unapologetically carefree black woman. Since a child, Seline has always had a love for the arts. Using poetry as a coping mechanism and to heal her own depression and anxiety, her poetry evolved into music after she fell in love with the craft.She brought with her as special guests three of her Mindvomit members: Jamee Cornelia, jimmy., and Blvcklvrd.  It was a great conversation.  Warning this episode contains explicit language.For more info on Seline go to https://www.selinehaze.com/You can follow mindvomit on Instagram at @Mind Vomitatl Seline https://selinehaze.bandcamp.com/album/haze Jimmy.  https://z6jimmy.bandcamp.com/Jamee  Cornelia  https://jameecornelia.bandcamp.com/Blvcklvrd: https://soundcloud.com/lvrdknows/tracks
Musician Shane Parish

Musician Shane Parish

2021-10-1951:20

Shane Parish devotes much of his time to developing his singular and expressive voice on the guitar. A self-taught musician, he communicates through emotion, unexpected melodicism, technical whimsy, a nuanced sense of form, and rich timbral variety. He is known for his work fronting the electric band Ahleuchatistas, as well as for his uniquely beautiful finger-style acoustic guitar work.https://shaneparish.bandcamp.com/
Xeke Zayer of Gypsy Farm Collection and of the band "The Humms" joins us to talk about his work with "The Humms" and the evolution of Gypsy Farm.  You can find more info about Gypsy Farm at:https://gypsyfarm.net/The Humms at:https://gypsyfarmrecords.bandcamp.com/music
Musician Beto Cacao

Musician Beto Cacao

2021-10-0547:03

This week we sit down with Musician and local Activist Beto Cacao.  You won't want to miss this one.Beto Cacao is an artist, organizer and activist who has been performing in Athens, GA for over 20 years. His album Undocorridos and his collaboration whit Killick Hinds The Art that gives us strength to face tyrant. In Oct 2020 release it's new album Voces en Pandemia, a collection of 5songwriters, telling the stories of the migrant families lives during the pandemic and their own perspectivehttps://betocacao.bandcamp.com/community
Artist DQ Nguyen

Artist DQ Nguyen

2021-09-2740:21

DQ Nguyen BioBorn in 1975 , at the end of the Vietnam war is where my journey began.  Attending Virginia Commonwealth University and majoring in painting and printmaking I graduating with a BFA. This is where academically I fully studied the evolving history of art, At an early age I started copying comic book characters and began learning about compositions, color, figurative, space.  From this point on I began studying more about different artist and began painting .  What I mostly strive to do is to constantly push the boundaries and explore where my paintings can develop. When I predetermine my subject matters I try to universally keep them relevant to today's culture. Even when I paint purely abstract my goal is to pushes for new ground and discovery as art evolves and rebirths.  For more info on DQ check out his website at https://dqnguyenart.com/
Annie Leeth

Annie Leeth

2021-09-2022:00

Annie Leeth is a producer and violinist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She left Richmond,  Virginia to pursue an undergraduate degree in music at the University of Georgia, and found  herself in the world of composition, production, and technology. In 2018, she began working at  Chase Park Transduction as a session violinist and producer, as well as at the Georgia Theatre as  a monitor engineer. Now working as the house engineer at Maze Studios in Atlanta under Ben  Allen, she continues to self-produce her own projects and participates as a session violinist to  artists in both Athens and Atlanta.https://www.annieleeth.com/
Benjamin Simpson is a talented musician who has released solo projects as well as projects with his band Mother Fore which is a Progressive rock band based in Athens, GA .  You can find more info about Benjamin and Mother Fore at https://themusicofbenjaminsimpson.com .  Their new album is almost out and lots of new shows lined up so make sure to check them out!
The Stumpknockers are a group of local weirdos who play a blues-folk-rock mishmash of fun. They began as a group of friends who met weekly for jam sessions, and they stumbled into becoming an actual band when people started asking them to play at events. They play a mix of originals and traditional Americana and Blues. Several members are formerly of Crash Jam and all are also members of Rebecca Sunshine Band.Rebecca Sunshine Band plays fun, interactive music that will get everyone singing and dancing! Kids get to sing and play along with family friendly new tunes and old favorites; the band brings instruments for everyone to play. Rebecca Sunshine Band formed from a group of friends who love getting together for a weekly jam session in Rebecca's living room. The band loves playing music of all kinds, but kids are the most fun audience of all!Members: Rebecca Ballard: vocals, ukulele, penny whistle, melodica; Kris Irwin: bass; Roy Kennedy: guitar, vocals; Jay Shelton: ukulele, mandolin, banjo; Wade Newbury: percussion, vocalsUpcoming Shows:Athfest - Sept 25North Georgia Folk Festival - Oct 9Athens Porchfest - Oct 10Athens PRIDE - Nov 14https://www.facebook.com/stumpknockersbandhttp://www.rebeccasunshineband.com/https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaSunshineBand/
Vision Video

Vision Video

2021-07-2701:11:50

Vision Video is a Goth-pop band from Athens, Georgia.  We talk with Dusty  the guitarist, singer, and founding member of Vision Video.  It was a great conversation about music, mental health, veteran care, movies, being weird in Athens and so much more.  You can find more about Vision Video at their website https://visionvideoband.com/Make sure to check out the tour calendar as they get ready to hit the road this fall.https://open.spotify.com/artist/4svQNinzRKM2BbuPjVXRJF
We were floored to speak with Kat English, actress, director, roller derby skater, and lover of Vincent Price. Kat shares what it's like to work with Gonzoriffic, fills us in on the Athens independent film scene, and offers some Vincent Price trivia.
Kxng Blanco

Kxng Blanco

2021-07-1332:49

Kxng Blanco  visited us at the library and shared the details of his recently dropped album, LvrBoy 2 and how his music has grown since he first started recording at age 16. There is a very secret special guest as well. You'll have to tune in to find out!Check out Kxng Blanco's latest album LvrBoy 2 on Spotify or wherever you stream your music.https://open.spotify.com/artist/6cAzM5zF6cy5ayXqqmPlGg
Liza Stepanova

Liza Stepanova

2021-07-0649:56

Liza Stepanova Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Weill and Zankel recital halls at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully, Merkin, David Geffen, and Steinway halls in New York City and at the Kennedy Center.   She joins us this week to talk about her musical journey and her latest album "E PLURIBUS UNUM".
Broderick Flanigan

Broderick Flanigan

2021-06-2901:05:29

Episode 5:  This week we talk with Broderick Flanigan of Flanigan's Portrait Studio about his oil and acrylic paintings on display in the library, his roots growing up in Athens, Georgia, and community activism. 
Episode 3: This week we talk with DJ Mike and Razzi King of Echobass Records about how they manage to release an album a month, their musical influences, and how our region can support a live reggae scene. 
La Ruchala Murphy

La Ruchala Murphy

2021-06-0832:26

La Ruchala Murphy is a mixed media artist and the current director of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF).  We talk with her about her use of rescued materials (some dumpster diving may or may not be involved), the show she recently curated at the Lyndon House #NotASterotype, and also her work with OCAF.
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