Live at the Suggs

Live at the Suggs is a series of performances recorded in front of live audiences at the NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.  The studio is a gift from Guerry and the late Michelle Suggs.  Review past performances and register to attend future performances below:

The Deep Hollow perform at NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.
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The Deep Hollow is a Springfield band that has been performing together for three years. Last November they joined us in our Suggs Studio during the 2016 Thank You Fest to play for our donors. 

Geoff Leathers & Ellyn Thorson perform at NPR Illinois
Carter Staley / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

During our 2016 Thank You Fest at the station, we were joined by two young, emerging musicians.

Trigger Gospel live in studio.
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

We already interviewed and wrote about the critically acclaimed band out of Chicago. Here's the recording from when Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel played in our Suggs Performance Studio. The band played a pared down, "un-plugged" sort of set - joining Anna were Paul Bivans on drums, Michael Krayniak on bass, and Andon Davis on guitar. Enjoy!

Tony Colantino

Ragna Rye is Alex Owens on guitar and vocals, Michael LaFrance on drums and Phil Sgambelluri on bass. 

Jukebox Cassanova is Bernie Flesch on lead vocals and guitar, Gary Hawthorne on drums, Matt Combs on upright bass, and Mick Conboy on lead guitar. They joined us for the 2015 'Thank You Fest' and played a set for an audience in the Suggs Studio here at the NPR Illinois station. They were joined by band Ragna Rye who we'll hear from at a later date.

Fritz Klein performs The Last Full Measure in the NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.
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Thursday will mark the 206th year since Abraham Lincoln was born.  Ken Bradbury, a prolific Illinois playwright, wrote a one-man, one-act play called 'The Last Full Measure' about what Lincoln may have been thinking in the moments after he was assassinated. NPR Illinois was joined in The Suggs Performance Studio by Fritz Klein, world-renowned Lincoln actor, as well as Bradbury and the director Phil Funkenbusch. All three joined the audience after the performance for a Q & A session.

Listen to the whole thing here:   

Fumée Gypsy Project making music in the NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Christy Bennett is a Springfield native who now lives in Chicago where she heads the band Fumée Gypsy Project. Bennett sings and plays accordian. The music they play is called “gypsy-jazz”, made popular by artists like Django Reinhardt. Bennett stopped by the Suggs Studio at WUIS with band mates Casey Nielsen (guitar) and Nate Baker (mandolin).

Live at the Suggs: Sandeep Das

Oct 10, 2014
Sandeep Das playing tabla
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

A tabla virtuoso is in Springfield. Sandeep Das has worked with greats like Yo-Yo Ma and Ravi Shankar. He will play with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, headed by Alastair Willis, on Saturday (CLICK HERE for more info.)

In this interview, UIS ethnomusicology professor Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Willis about the concert, called 'Beethoven Meets the Silk Road': 

Yona Stamatis
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FREE Performance & Discussion

Thursday, October 9, 2014, Noon
Suggs Performance Studio

Join UIS Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yona Stamatis in an interview/demonstration with:

Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Mulligan Munro is a folk band consisting of Mark Butler, Maureen Douglas, Don Wright, and Mark Hudson. The group brings an eclectic set of influences to the table, resulting in a repertoire of pub-friendly songs that sound uniquely their own. Mulligan Munro recently joined NPR Illinois in the Suggs Performance Studio for this set and interview: 

 

Epsom in the NPR Illinois Suggs Peformance Studio.
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Local band Epsom is Steven Sgro on vocals and guitar, Scott Faingold on vocals, Timothy Harte on drums, and Kristopher Zander on guitar. The group describes their music as "gratuitous shock rock." They joined us recently in the Suggs Studio for this set of performances and an interview: 

Boon live in the NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Alt-rock band Boon consists of members Aaron Stallone on drums, Matt Natale on bass, and Johnny Draper on vocals and guitar. They joined us recently in the Suggs Performance Studio to share a few tunes and tells us a bit about their music:

CLICK HERE for more tunes and info about boon.

Nicolas Kendall
Randy Eccles / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Violinist Nicolas Kendall, of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and Time for Three, peforms at the WUIS Suggs Performance Studio previewing his guest role with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Rhett Barnwell
Randy Eccles / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Harpist Rhett Barnwell joined Karl Scroggin to discuss music therapy and the Chiara Center's harp retreat weekend.

Prairieland Voices
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Marion van der Loo directs this preview performance before their holiday performance this weekend.

Jason Vieaux & Lidia Kaminska
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A live performance by Jason Vieaux & Lidia Kaminska on Classics with Karl Scroggin from November 11, 2010.