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One songwriter, one song. Podcast about stories & songs of Champaign-Urbana music. In each episode Sven sits down with a person from the C-U music scene to hear the story & the background of a favorite song they’ve written.


Sven sits down on the steps of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to chat with Jennelle Orcherton, Artistic Director of the CU Jazz Festival.  (October 14th-17th, 2021) They talk about how the CU Jazz Fest, looking towards the future, and ideas about what makes a good musical community.  

Schedule: (https://cujazzfest.wixsite.com/cujazzfest)

Thur Oct 14- Opening Night Party @ 111 N. Broadway Ave, Urbana - 7:00 pm

Fri Oct 15  - Jeff Helgensen + Friends  @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 5:00 pm

                  - Andrey Goncalves Group | The Claudettes @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 7:30 pm (Ticket Link)

Sat Oct 16 - Blue Funk All Stars @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 1:00 pm

                 - HAT Trio @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 4:00PM

                 - Simply This Quintet @ First Presbyterian Church - 5:00 PM

                 - Jazz + Lit | Whitney Ashe @ The Literary Book Bar - 7:00 PM

Sun Oct 17 - Jazz Brunch w/ Matther Miller Duo @ Seven Saints - 11:30 PM (Ticket Link)

                   - Eric Devey Group @ Champaign Public Library - 1:00 PM

                   - U of I Concert Jazz Band @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 2:00 PM

                   - Iron Post Jazz Orchestra @ Rose Bowl Tavern - 6:00 PM

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Sven chats with Vincent Aguilar over some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Diet Coke about his song "Emma Lee," running a DIY venue, why you need a corgi, and of course tattoos!

SONG: Emma Lee

ALBUM: Emma Lee b/w Later

BANDS: Urban Sprawl, The RISK, The Night Brigade, Vincent Aguilar (acoustic singer-songwriter/“folk-punk” project), Sweater Weather [IL], Horrible Things, Pressure Eyes, In Prose, Forced Isolation, Need, The Please and Thank Yous, The Valenteens, Earth Girls, Sword Swallower, Lagoon, Daisy Glaze, Dream Probe, No Masc, Power of Dusk

Favorite Treat: Diet Coke and Reese's Cups

See New Life Tattoos IG: https://www.instagram.com/newlifetattoos/

See Vincent's Tattoos: https://www.instagram.com/imperfectmedium/

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Sven chats with Charlie Harris, Co-Owner of the Rose Bowl Tavern on his porch on a warm August afternoon in Urbana.  

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Sven sits down in the studio with Dada Veda to talk about his song "We Don't Need No Corporations, Do We?" We talk about learning the guitar, his passion for Yoga, writing, and cooperative economics.  

Check out his podcasts mentioned in the episode:

www.dharmacast.com for spiritual/yoga podcasts

SONG: We Don't Need No Corporations, Do We?

ALBUM: Single


Favorite Treat: Vegan Pizza, Apple Juice

Photo Credit:  Gary Warnamont

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On this anniversary of the release of "Let It Ride" we are releasing the unedited version of the interview with Angie Heaton with a short interview with Kurt Bielema (EP68) about recording "Let It Ride" how Kurt met Angie, and a story or two. 

Angie left for Heaven's state line in October of 2020 and I know I have not been the same.

Thank you Angie for being in my life,


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September 10, 2021

Episode 69 - Humbly G - Wake Up

Sven chats with Humbly G about his song "Wake Up," creating creative spaces, teaching at ISYM, and his favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: Wake Up

ALBUM: Released as a Single

BANDS: Brokeshade, Suspicious Activity,

Ladderfight, Jam Band (Equador) Catellus & CO., Rogue Tendency, Smoke in Space, Humbly G

Favorite Treat: Chocolate

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Sven sits down on a cicada filled evening to chat with Kurt Bielema to talk about his song "Loving Revival," all of the references (maybe not all) to other songs and bands, and deciding whether there should be an instrumental part HERE... (Answer: ALWAYS)

SONG: Loving Revival


BANDS: Solo, Angie Heaton & the Gentle Tamers
June & the Exit Wounds, Martymitego

Favorite Treat: Ginger Ale, Rice Krispy Treats

Photo Credit: Veronica Mullen


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Sven chats with Emily Antonacci over some apple juice and tiramisu to talk about her song "Melt."

If you'd like some lessons or consultation in person or virtual with Emily you can contact them here: emilyeantonacci@gmail.com

SONG:  Melt

ALBUM: Living Room EP


Favorite Treat: Apple Juice and Tiramisu

Photo Credit: Caspian Voss

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Sven sits down with Cameron of Extremely Mundane to talk about her song "I Can't Take More of It," great things that make a good scene, and her favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: i can’t take more of it

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: Extremely Mundane

Favorite Treat: Fresh fruit (berries, pineapple, etc...)

Photo Credit:  Patrick Feltes

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In this weeks episode sven sits down with Haki and a Woodford's Reserve on the rocks to talk about his song Caffeine & Green, what makes a good community, and Haki's favorite non-musical things.

SONG: Caffeine & Green

ALBUM: Single / Far From Home (Unreleased)

BANDS: Haki N ‘M

Favorite Treat: Woodford Reserve on the rocks

Photo Credit: Peace


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