Studio Live

Second Friday of every month, 12-1pm

Hear songs from local musicians as they perform live from the KSMU studios. This hour-long event, held at noon one Friday out of each month, mixes conversation with performance. We'll learn more about these musicians and their love for music, as well as the music itself.

Be sure to join us for Studio Live Social Hour, an encore performance of that day's artist from 6-8 pm at the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse, located at 4005 South Avenue in Springfield. 

Upcoming Schedule:

August 10: Molly Healey (no Social Hour)

September 14: The Justice Adams Band

October 12: Larry Lee, David Wilson and Emily Higgins

November 9: Failing Minnesota

December 14: TBA

January 11, 2019: Sunset to Burns

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

Traditional Ozarks music is steeped in old fiddle tunes from the British Isles, France, Germany, and French Canada, among other places. Over time, the style evolved, giving us bluegrass. According to Roger Matthews, if you boil down a bluegrass band to its core, you are left with Fiddle and Banjo – the name of KSMU’s Studio Live group for July.

Fiddle and Banjo is Michael Smartt on fiddle and Matthews on banjo. The duo shared several old-timey tunes with hosts Mike Smith and Jess Balisle, along with a history lesson about each song and the genre it came from.

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

Andy Havens was in the Studio to perform original songs with his backing band - Johnny Strickler on electric guitar, Larry Cataldo on bass, David Nace on drums, Alisha Thomas on violin and backing vocals, and Kat Rueda-Lynn on backing vocals. 

Brett Miller

The Hook Knives (Ran Cummings, Mike Henderson, Alisha Schroeder, Jessica Balisle) were on Studio Live with their unique blend of original tunes. The band then played Studio Live Social Hour at the Backlot. 

The Shandies, Shannon Stine and Natalie Wlodarczyk, were in the studio with Randy and Jess to discuss songwriting, musical backgrounds and current projects. Their debut album "Begin Again" was released in June 2017 and the duo performed several songs from the album, as well as new ones that have yet to be recorded. 

Megan Burke / KSMU

The Ozark Sheiks were on Studio Live with host Randy Stewart. Jess took the day off of hosting by playing in the band. That evening, Studio Live Social Hour was held at the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse.

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