The World Cafe

Mon - Thu, 8pm - 10pm

Every day, The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country. Each show features live performances and interviews with celebrated & emerging artists. The Cafe also presents segments on books, movies, TV and plays related to music.

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Turbo Fruits is a garage rock band from Nashville, Tennessee founded by Be Your Own Pet guitarist Jonas Stein. 

Join us for a live session with the Boston, Massachusetts outfit The Ballroom Thieves

WCBE proudly presents Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen as he returns to the Rumba Cafe for a show on Friday, May 1st! 

He's out on the road in support of his debut full length release Vagabond and will be joined by Natsuki Kurai and Matt Sander in Columbus!

Be sure to listen to the weekday music programs 9:15AM-3PM for chance to win tickets to the event!

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WCBE proudly presents the return of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to Columbus on Saturday, April 25th at The A&R Music Bar

Singer-Songwriter Tony Lucca will play a few songs for us during the Global Village in advance of his show that night at the Rumba Cafe with Anna Rose, Castle Creek and local artist Spencer Saylor!

Guster is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. 

WCBE proudly presents the return of the experimental country/folk group Blitzen Trapper

WCBE proudly presents the return of River City Extension to Columbus!

The Toms River, NJ group are touring in support of their brand new release "Deliverance"... the long awaited follow up to 2012's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger". 

They'll perform Sunday, April 12th at The Basement with Cold Fronts and Emily & The Complexes!

WCBE proudly presents the return of Martin Sexton to The Newport on Thursday, April 9th! 

Originally from Downingtown, PA., Liz Longle, the folk/pop musician who now resides in Nashville will play a few songs in advance of her show that night with Brian Wright at the Columbus Rumba Cafe!  The Berklee College Of Music grad is out on the road in support of her self titled album from Sugar Hill Records.

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

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WCBE proudly presents the return of two of Columbus' finest local acts for a hometown show on Saturday, April 4th at The Columbus Athenaeum

There are four official members of Houndmouth: guitarist Matt Myers, keyboardist Katie Toupin, drummer Shane Cody and bassist Zak Appleby, all of whom also pitch in with the singing and songwriting. But far more people than that contribute to their second album, Little Neon Limelight. Only artful alt-roots producer Dave Cobb, recording engineer Vance Powell and mastering engineer Pete Lyman pop up in the credits, though.

It'd be inexact to describe Matthew E. White as a reluctant frontman, but up until the advent of Fresh Blood, his excellent second album, "rock star" wasn't exactly how he saw his future in music. His plan was more quixotic than becoming a successful singer-songwriter: He was starting a label, called Spacebomb Records, in the manner of Motown or Stax or Studio One, with a band and production team in-house. (Literally — his drummer is his roommate and their attic is Spacebomb Studios.)

Working as a music journalist means that some days you get to tell people, in breathless prose, about an incredible new record you've discovered. On other days, you have to tell people that an artist you've followed and respected for years is no longer living. That part is never any fun. Listening to the hushed, elegantly spare Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, I found myself transported back to the period right after Smith died, of apparently self-inflicted stab wounds, in 2003.

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show that night at The Southern Theatre presented by WCBE!

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


Chad Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch embarked on his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes with the solo project, titled Simmerkane II.

In his rockabilly history Go Cat Go!, ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison describes the typical cradle of rock 'n' roll: a community hall reconfigured to serve as a nightclub for a night. "There might be Christmas lights strung across the back of the stage, tables and chairs around the perimeter of the room, food available for purchase, and maybe booze," Morrison writes. A jittery, ambitious band plays as loudly as possible, in order to be heard over the din of all the flirting, fighting and dancing.

He asks a lot of questions, this José González.

He opened his last album, 2013's band project Junip, with a thought experiment Nietzsche could love: "What would you do if it all came back to you?" The song, "Line Of Fire," dwells in a mood of idle 3 a.m. musing; González tosses out existential/metaphysical conundrums like he's feeding bread to ducks — casually, without worrying much about concrete answers.

Cleveland OH native Joshua Radin will drop by to play a few songs during the Global Village!

WCBE proudly presents Charlie Mars on Saturday, February 7th at Woodland's Tavern