Carbondale’s ‘Whiskey Caper’ talk upcoming performance

The room is quiet. Then livens as the sounds of reveling guitars, amid a robust horn and keyboard accompaniment, come into the room. The melodies put the listeners into a dance-pack party trance. The music comes only from The Whiskey Caper. The Whiskey ... Continue Reading →

Jungle Dogs reunite with old-school flavor

Not every band can stand the test of time. Endless hours on the road, frustration in the studio and being around each other constantly begins to take its toll. Band members lose touch with one another and eventually fade away. Carbondale’s own Jungle ... Continue Reading →

Five things to do in Carbondale for Labor Day weekend

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Alarming changes in the River’s grand new efforts

The controlled sounds of an acoustic performance roll steadily as they embrace the landscape. The strings of the guitar billow around those of the violin and breeze soft amid the drum and tambourine. It was 2010 when English indie rock band Dry the River ... Continue Reading →

The Mudsills: Bringing the Blues Through Southern Illinois

When describing the blues genre of music, musical legend B.B King once said, “The Blues? It’s the mother of American music. That’s what it is – the source.” Music today likes to incorporate small pieces of the blues style like scales and note ... Continue Reading →

Chicago’s The Heard talk funk, venues, balance and new material

Based in Chicago and playing at venues such as the Congress Theater and Metro, funk band The Heard has been combining early funkadelic styles and upbeat jams for several years. The group consists of a horn section, including Adam Gross on trombone, Parris ... Continue Reading →

Summer releases offer a cure for student stress

Summer is over. It is time for students to get back to the grueling schedule of everyday academia. What better way to alleviate the stress than with music? Most students suffer from stress at some point but do not fear, there is a cure! The remedy is ... Continue Reading →

Greenberg’s passenger pigeons tell a deeper tale

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of the last known, living passenger pigeon. The bird, Martha, resided at the Cincinnati Zoo until her death on Sept. 1, 1914. She was part of the once abundant breed, originating in Europe and eventually ... Continue Reading →
The Rose Hotel gazebo looks out onto the Ohio River, where Illinois and Kentucky meet. The structure was built in 1882 by the original architect James McFarlands son, James Junior after additionall renovations to the property were completed in the years prior. The gazebo is free for the public to visit and can also be rented to hold events, such as weddings.

Rose Hotel home to more than just guests

In a quaint village along the Ohio River, the Rose Hotel does not stand out of the background, until the graves in the backyard come into view. Prior to being closed in 1967, the hotel had been the longest continually operating hotel in the state. Now ... Continue Reading →

Trekking the treble notes

Trekkies and Mozart fans alike will find enjoyment in this year’s 10th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival. The festival offers more than 36 performances with an array of shows including operas, ballets, orchestras, chamber music, choral music and ... Continue Reading →

Zola Road leads to Walker’s Bluff

The steady sounds of acoustic guitar shuffle in. Voices then meet the melody in a dual-part harmony. Fresh off the release of its latest album, “The Way You Burn Me,” new local band Zola Road is on its way to a follow-up while meeting the demands ... Continue Reading →

Preview of the summer in music

Ice Cube When it comes to discussing the history of hip-hop, rap legend Ice Cube is a name that cannot be left out of conversation. Although he has spent much of the last decade making movies, he still has not forgotten his roots as one of the pioneers ... Continue Reading →

Student shows passion through Martin’s Picasso

The lights rise as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso exchange ideas over drinks in a bar in Paris; the year is 1904. This scene can only be found in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a comedy written by actor Steve Martin. Director Nich Radcliffe, a first-year ... Continue Reading →

Psychedelic rock SPREAD across two nights

Some musicians have only one home, with a small group of followers and a sound that doesn’t extend far beyond that base.  Then there are bands that pursue success in every endeavor and strive for connection. Sometimes, those connections can thrive ... Continue Reading →

Howlin’ Brothers on touring, Doc Watson and new album

Since their formation nearly eight years ago, The Howlin’ Brothers have been bringing their fun-loving picking and singing to audiences in Nashville, Tenn., and more recently around the country.  The trio of Ben Plasse on upright bass/banjo/vocals, ... Continue Reading →
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