music

Courtesy/Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley has been making a difference in Fort Wayne for 15 years, with his downtown design and marketing boutique, One Lucky Guitar.

And a little over three years ago, he brought it all home by adding a unique performance venue to that space called The B-Side.

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Fort Wayne’s musical community is growing, as the Fort Wayne School of Rock held its grand opening last Saturday with a special Halloween celebration.

Parents were able to check out the facilities and met instructors while their kids ran around collecting candy, banging on drums and exploring all of the available instruments on display.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation

Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation launched a music program Tuesday that plans to give 3,300 instruments to area students. The “b instrumental” program plans to increase music education in Fort Wayne schools.

Jim Whitcraft

As IPFW continues its 50th anniversary celebrations, the university is holding a rare musical event this weekend with its first-ever "50 Hands Monster Piano Concert."

The brainchild of Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, the event features 24 pianists, a conductor, and eight concert Steinways -- all on one stage.

Courtesy/Alicia Pyle

The Alicia Pyle Quartet's unique fusion style of music has been claiming fans here in Northeast Indiana for nearly five years.

This weekend, they are celebrating their place in the music scene with their first album, called "Ground Level."

Adding to the diverse textures provided by core APQ members Brad Kuhns, Derek Reeves and Jose Morales, "Ground Level" features sit-in performances by Jane Heald, Rachel Mossburg, Kimball Glaspie and John Forbing.

Courtesy/Bill Mallers

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, iconic Canadian rock group, The Band, gave their final concert, a milestone event Martin Scorsese captured on film in The Last Waltz.

Nearly forty years later, former Fort Wayne musician Bill Mallers commemorates the concert -- and The Band's musical legacy -- with his own tribute performance. It's called "Such a Night -- Recreating The Music of The Last Waltz".

Courtesy / Sunny Taylor

It's been seven years since Fort Wayne singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, released her first full-length album, Lock the Door and Leave.

This week, Taylor has unlocked that door and is letting everyone in on her latest burst of recorded creativity.

She has a new record label and a brand new album, Map to the Fire.

Burning to find out where the map leads, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Taylor to discuss the direction her musical passion has taken.

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Courtesy / Guylenn

As a popular fixture on the Paris jazz scene, vocalist Guylenn has played concerts with Dizzie Gillespie, Dider Lockwood and Stephane Grappelli.

She also spent ten years touring with Claude Bolling and his Big Band, and loves teaching her craft at the National Paris Conservatory.

Now she's visiting Fort Wayne for a week to help her family launch their new cabaret at the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast. 

WBOI's Julia Meek couldn't wait to invite Guylenn to the Madge Rothschild Studios to learn more about her passion for jazz. 

Courtesy / Storyman

Kevin May and Mick Lynch hit the Dublin music scene as Guggenheim Grotto back in 2003, quickly building a following with their unique style of folk-influenced indie pop.

In 2006, they brought their act stateside for the first of many successful national tours.

They now reside in Brooklyn, with a new record label, a new touring schedule, and a new name: Storyman.

With a new tour, of course, comes another stop in Fort Wayne, which May says is "a highlight on any tour they do." The band's Fort Wayne show starts Friday night at C2G Music Hall.

Courtesy / IPFW

Just over a year ago, Barbara Resch gave over her duties as director of music education at IPFW to become the department's chair.

She admits that she's seen the department from a lot of different perspectives over the years, but is quick to add that "seeing it from the perspective of the chair's office is a very different view."

With the fall semester in full swing, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Resch to find out what this school year has in store, and how the job is treating her so far.

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