From The Center: Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra

Just when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purist’s museum it will surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra— passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.

From The Center: Live Broadcast Series

NEW! From The Center brings the music to you. Enjoy these shows from home, tune in to KVMR, or watch on YouTube to join us for these LIVE one-time only broadcasts.

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

Jake takes the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing awe inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical, and folk. Thank you to our show sponsor, Lamb’s Victorian Inn

Black Violin

Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.

John McEuen & The String Wizards Present: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, best known for its evergreen bestselling album Will the Circle Be Unbroken and for its version of the song “Mr. Bojangles.” McEuen is one of the seminal figures who conceived and originated the fusion of folk, rock and country, a unique sound still hugely popular today.

An Evening with Leo Kottke

Grammy nominated acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. Influences range from the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps.

An Evening with Amy Grant

Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. Thank you to our sponsor, Nevada City Winery.