SPRINGFIELD – Public Radio WUIS, the Sangamon Valley Roots Revival, and Samuel Adams/Samuel Adams Lite are joining together to present the inaugural season of Bedrock 66 Live!, featuring live local performances of roots, bluegrass, blues, and rock music by lesser known, yet critically acclaimed national artists. The nine-part series will begin in April.
Seven performances will take place at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in downtown Springfield. Two performances will be intimate events on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield, in WUIS' new Suggs Performing Arts Studio.
All nine shows will be recorded for later broadcast on WUIS 91.9/WIPA 89.3.
Bedrock 66 Live! begins its run with bluegrass group The Infamous Stringdusters at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Hoogland Center. In 2007 The Stringdusters won Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Emerging Artist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, becoming the first band ever to win these three coveted IBMA awards in a single year.
The second performance, June 14 at the Hoogland Center, will be a double bill featuring insurgent country artist Robbie Fulks and Elizabeth Cook, who has been called "this generation's Loretta Lynn."
WUIS General Manager Bill Wheelhouse observed, "Bedrock 66 Live! follows a grand American tradition of live music on radio, from Louisiana Hayride to World Café. We are thrilled to have E&F Distributing/Samuel Adams as our marquee sponsor to help bring these excellent performers before central Illinois music fans. And the Hoogland is a great downtown venue to see bands."
Tickets for the entire Bedrock 66 Live! series are $91 and are currently available to WUIS members by calling the station at 206-6516. Individual tickets for The Infamous Stringdusters performance go on sale to the general public on February 18 at the Hoogland Center box office, telephone 523-2787.
Wheelhouse said that NPR stations have long been known for highlighting talented up-and-comers and noted that WUIS' own Sunday night music lineup includes the popular locally produced programs Sangamon Valley Roots Revival, Bluegrass Breakdown and Nightsounds.
He said that NPR has recently launched a comprehensive website at www.npr.org/music that is a repository for thousands of interviews and live performances conducted by NPR and member stations.
WUIS-WIPA is a listener-supported public radio service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS' mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. For more information or for the program schedule, visit www.wuis.org.