Dr. John's funky takes on jazz standards, his original blues, and his unstoppable stage persona (deer antlers and robes figure prominently) have made him a legend well beyond his hometown of New Orleans. Hear a concert by good doctor and his band, The Lower 911.
The folk-punk hero demonstrated her trademark candor and fearlessness during a May 30 performance at WXPN in Philadelphia. She called the songs she played "happy songs," adding that they're "kind of unexplored territory for me."
An English singer-songwriter, Faulkner specializes in folk-tinged pop music. On his debut album, Hand Built by Robots, Faulkner covers bands as varied as Rusted Root and Massive Attack, using his trademark percussive style on acoustic guitar.
Bingham's songs are gritty and dense, reflecting an overall mood of loneliness and hardship, while opener Hayes Carll is a dryly witty 28-year-old whose humble, melodic folk tunes are often infused with humorous anecdotes. Hear both perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live.
New Orleans blues legend Dr. John, critically acclaimed Brooklyn rock band The Hold Steady, folk-punk icon Ani DiFranco, and English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner perform live from the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia.
In real life, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart were political rivals. But in the opera house passion plays better than politics, so in Maria Stuarda, the two monarchs are also in love with the same man. In Mary's case, her passion proves deadly.
Royal Opera of Wallonie on World of Opera -- 'Maria Stuarda'
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a remembrance of a band he says changed his life: Urban Verbs. Boilen first heard the group while living in Washington, D.C. in the late '70s, where the band got its start, and helped create a thriving music scene in the nation's capital. Urban Verbs are reuniting for a full concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., a club they first played more than a quarter century ago.
With an equal emphasis on rock, jazz, and soul, the New York-based singer draws on a wide range of influences, from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Mavis Staples and Etta James. Hear Cotton perform at WXPN and World Cafe Live.
Danielia Cotton in Concert on XPN Live Fridays 5/23/08
Handel, a German composer, became a superstar in London, England, by writing Italian operas. Ariodante, one of his best, was premiered in 1735 at a then brand new opera house at London's Covent Garden.
Grand Theatre of Geneva on World of Opera -- 'Ariodante'
Their music might be vastly different, but when folk-rocker Josh Ritter and classical violinist Hilary Hahn share a concert stage, surprising connections develop between the two performers and their audience.
Every February, high-schoolers toting band instruments trek to frosty Ann Arbor to meet and compete. Then, on Saturday night, the pros take the stage. They are the Los Angeles-based Clayton Brothers (John on bass, Jeff on alto), and they bring sunshine to the University of Michigan Jazz Festival.
Clayton Brothers Celebrate Bassist Ray Brown
Al Foster performing live at the Village Vanguard.
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Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim brings his country-punk sound to Manhattan. With help from the BPP, he and his band got permission to perform "Honey Pie" live in Bryant Park, one of Midtown's most beloved green spaces.