Three-String Instruments
11:15 am
Sun July 13, 2014

The Art of Cigar Box Guitars

John draws makes guitars from old cigar boxes, tin cans, and a other re-purposed materials.
Credit Rich Egger

John Draws is making a lot of noise – literally and figuratively – with three-string guitars made from cigar boxes and other bits and pieces.

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TSPR Local
2:43 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Folk Legend Lives, Performs in Keokuk

Chuck Mitchell
Credit Chuck Mitchell

For 35 years a historic riverboat captain’s house in Keokuk has been sheltering a true veteran of the 1960’s folk music movement.

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Local Music
3:11 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Iron Orchard releases new album

The members of the Macomb-based band “Iron Orchard” describe themselves as middle-aged guys with day jobs that play because they love it.

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7:48 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Music for Laptop Ensemble

The WIU Laptop Ensemble in rehearsal.
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Laptop computers, tablets and smart phones have all made it possible to perform regular activities in new ways. 

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4:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

WIU Bands to Combine Music and Mission on Brazil Trip

Local residents take in a concert of the WIU Wind Ensemble during the group's 2010 tour of Brazil.
Credit Abby Rhodes

More than 200 student musicians from Western Illinois University’s Bands are headed to Brazil this spring. 

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