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In the latest installment of Music Journeys, Grace Weber explains her knack for chance meetings, the nickname she’s acquired, and how self-discovery became the theme of her new material.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Curtis Harding Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at the A&R Music Bar!

He's out on the road with his second full-length release Face Your Fear and you can catch him right here in Columbus!

Blinn Family

Musician and Columbus native Erica Blinn has gone from sharing the stage and a guitar with her father at a young age to touring around the country with some big names, including Blues Traveler, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Devon Allman.

Drift Mouth
Ryan Miller

Columbus group Drift Mouth will return to WCBE to perform Live From Studio A in advance of their CD release show for Little Patch Of Sky on Saturday, March 31st at the Rumba Cafe!  Also performing that night... Sam Brown, Todd May and Feversmile!  

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Langhorne Slim to perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village!

He's out on the road with his latest release Lost At Last Vol. 1 and will be making a stop in Columbus to play the Rumba Cafe!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the SOLD OUT show!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

Soul music savant Leon Bridges has announced a new album, Good Thing, and with it, two new tracks.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.


Every band needs to refresh and reconsider its sound sooner or later, no matter how sharp it's gotten over the course of a long career. Creative stagnation comes for us all — even The Decemberists, a band whose records have always come bursting with verve and verbosity.

Tune in for a Zydeco party during the Global Village when CJ Chenier And The Red Hot Louisiana Band perform Live From Studio A!

They'll perform that night at Natalie's in Worthington for another sold out event presented by Crazy Mama's Concerts and WCBE!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Gangstagrass to perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village

That night you can catch them over at the Rumba Cafe with Ray Goren!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for avid music fans like us and anyone else attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The annual endurance challenge gets underway this week, with thousands of bands from around the world — and many more fans — converging on the city for a seemingly endless bender of live performances — shows both big and small that last all day, every day, into the wee hours of the morning, with music pouring out of every club, restaurant, street corner and alleyway for miles.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Melvin Seals & JGB Live From Studio A during the Global Village!  

Local musicians covering Townes Van Zandt all night long on Townes' Birthday: Mar 7 at 8 PM to Mar 8 at 1 AM. $5 at the door at Dick's Den. All money goes to support WCBE - 90.5 FM!

Featuring:
'CBE String Band
Bim Walker
Deckard Croix
Ginny, Riot, Lauren Lever, & Isaiah Sparling
Brian Clash
Lost Orchards
Rob Maccabee and Savannah Freeman
Jeff Straw
Lou Poster and Regan Tonti

and The Townes Van House Band
w/ Julia O'Keefe
Casey Velker
Angela Cleary
Lindsay Jordan
Laura Israel

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Seun Kuti was just 14 when he became the lead singer of Egypt 80 — the Nigerian band that had carried the infectious groove of Afrobeat worldwide under the direction of Seun's father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The musician says keeping the band together after Fela's death in 1997 was a way of sustaining his message — which often included railing against government corruption and social injustice.

Caroline Rose will perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village in advance of her show that night at the Rumba Cafe with The Nude Party!

She's out on the road with her second release Loner and you'll get to hear all about it on WCBE!

This singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was a mere teenager the last time he played live at WCBE.

Actually, he's still in his teens, but he's already worked with folks like Leon Russell, Buddy Guy and B. B. King.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Guitarist Adam Schlenker will perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village in advance of his CD release show for A Matter Of Time on Saturday, March 3rd at Natalie's in Worthington!  

The Austin 100

Mar 1, 2018

In the middle of every March, the SXSW Music Festival fills Austin, Texas, with thousands of musicians from around the world. It's a marathon so daunting — it's a marathon and a sprint, really — that even longtime SXSW veterans need a hand winnowing the festival's countless discoveries down to digestible doses.

That's where The Austin 100 comes in. Handpicked from thousands of bands playing at this year's festival, these 100 songs highlight the best SXSW 2018 has to offer — songs from around the world, across a broad spectrum of genres, sounds and styles.

The Oh Hellos will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at The Newport with Lowland Hum!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Ebru Yildiz

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Jessica Lea Mayfield to perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village!  

She's out on the road with her latest release Sorry Is Gone and will perform at the Rumba Cafe that evening with Mal Blum And The Blums.

Ezra Furman
Jason Simmons

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Ezra Furman to perform Live From Studio A during the Global Village!  

Joan Baez has dedicated her life to music — and the causes for which music can speak. The folk star began using her voice to protest in the 1960s, leading rallies against wars and discrimination alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie. Though gentle, her renditions of "We Shall Overcome" and "What Have They Done to the Rain" served as the heartbeat to peaceful revolutions.

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Trevor Hall to perform Live From Studio A in advance of his sold out show at the Columbus Athenaeum!  

Lots of kids dream of growing up to be rock stars. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood was no different — though his interest was less in the glory and more in the intricacies of craft.

This year's Music In The Round includes Brian Douglas Day, the former frontman from Yellow Light Maybe, and Carly Fratianne of the Band Souther.

Also appearing this year are singer-songwriters Joey Viola and Carole Walker.

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