OTL: Episode #425- Inside the Christkindlmarket, Old-school tunes with Schola Antiqua, Mick Dumke on Chicago politics

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “old-skool” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen gets the lowdown about Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, talks to the artistic director of a local ensemble specializing in pre-1600 music, and discusses local politics with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke.   Inside Chicago’s Christkindlmarket– WGN Radio’s Dave Schwan takes us inside this Chicago Holiday tradition. Chicago’s Christkindlmarket   Michael Alan Anderson– Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua of Chicago This Chicago-based ensemble is dedicated to singing all the hits before the year 1600.  We learn about the origins of this unique group, listen to some of their work, and preview their upcoming concerts.   Schola Antiqua   Mick Dumke–  Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader We learn about the “First Tuesdays” event, hosted by Mick and his colleague Ben Joravsky, and talk about the latest Chicago political stories Mick is covering.  Mick Dumke (L) begins the Airing of Grievances before his annual Festivus breakfast with Mike Stephen (R) and producer Andy Hermann (not pictured).   OTL #425 local music provided by The Kickback…

OTL: Episode #424- Growing up in Englewood, Airport noise pollution, The Secret History of Chicago Music profiles MGW

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “I can’t hear you because of the low-flying airplanes” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses growing up in Englewood with Elaine Hegwood Bowen, learns about the FAiR Coalition’s fight to reduce airport noise pollution, and gets the skinny on 70s South Side rockers MGW.   Elaine Hegwood Bowen– Local journalist and author of Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago These days when we hear about the Englewood, it’s usually negative press.  Elaine recounts her time growing up in there and describes the working class neighborhood it used to be. Elaine’s latest book.   Jac Charlier– Co-founder of FAiR Are you bothered by the noise pollution from O’Hare and Midway airports?  This coalition is working for an equitable distribution of airplane traffic in our area.     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band MGW in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.     OTL #424 local music provided by Daniel Wade…

OTL: Episode #423- Chicago Jazz Magazine, Aldertrack, Allegory Handcrafted Goods

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Jazz hands” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, learns about a way to track the upcoming municipal election, and gets the lowdown on a locally-based company doing some incredible handcrafted artistry for our everyday lives.   Mike Jeffers– Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine and ChicagoJazz.com We discuss the future of Jazz in Chicago and hear the story of how Mike became one of the most important figures in the local Jazz scene.  Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers with a copy of Chicago Jazz Magazine.   Mike Fourcher and Jimm Dispensa– Creators of Aldertrack.com All 50 Chicago alderman and the mayor are up for election in February.  We find out about a great one-stop-shop for all Chicago political information during this election season.   Chad Schumacher–Founder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods After Chad and his wife lost their day jobs during the recession, they began to produce quality handcrafted goods for use in our everyday lives.  We learn about the company and their new Kickstarter campaign underway now.  Mike Stephen holds the Macana bag while talking to Chad Schumacher in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   OTL #423 local music provided by The Safes…

OTL: Episode #422- Sounds of Faith, How Do We Sing? web series, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “music to my ears” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen previews the Sounds of Faith performance at U of C’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, learns about a new locally-produced web series for kids, and gets the details on a south-suburban band that never quite made it to the big time.   Elizabeth Davenport– Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago We get a preview of the Sounds of Faith taking place at the chapel and learn about the wonderful music performances that take place there.  Rockefeller Memorial Chapel   Jarod Facknitz and Erin Flynn– Creators of How Do We Sing? These employees of The Old Town School of Folk Music have created a new web series for kids that features original music.  We get the details on this unique series. Mike Stephen talks to Erin and Jarod in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band Midnight in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.   OTL #422 local music provided by My My My…