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From Blue Grass to ‘Purple Rain,’ Bean Blossom Fest Celebrates 50 Years of Influence

Even before Bill Monroe's first “Blue Grass Celebration” in 1967, Bean Blossom, Indiana, was a home to the style of music Monroe created. Fifty years later, it’s still considered the cradle of bluegrass music. As writer Samantha Eibling tells it, Monroe’s — and Bean Blossom’s — influence reaches far and wide. Click here to read the full story.

Shuffle: ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’ by Bruce Springsteen

Warning: Reading Brad Wilhelm’s latest "Shuffle" column may change the way you hear Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,” the way you look at hot tubs, and the way you think of Santa. Ho, ho, ho! Click here to read the full story.

13th Gadabout Begins World Tour in B-town with 3 Days of Film, Music, More

The Gadabout Film Festival launches its 13th annual world tour this Friday the 13th in Bloomington. Samuel Sveen describes the traveling film festival as a DIY punk band and shows how one goal of creator and co-producer Eric Ayotte is to make an alternative to commercial film festivals. And to make it fun. Click here to read the full story.

Powwow Keeps Native American Heritage Alive

Drums beating, feathers flying, hearts racing, spirits soaring — Indiana University’s 5th Annual Traditional Powwow at Alumni Hall this past weekend welcomed dancers, drummers, singers, and other performers from across the land. Miles Reiter filmed the event, which is more than just a social gathering — it’s a ritual of many tribes keeping their heritages alive. Click here to watch the video.

IU’s Crabb Band More Than a Sidekick at Soccer Games

The Crabb Band has been boosting IU soccer teams with lively performances for the past 42 years. Angela Hawkins and Miles Reiter tell and show why the band is one of the more exciting acts in town. Sitting next to the band, you might be so entertained that you’ll forget about the game. Click here to read the full story and watch the video.

Calliope’s Call: Art Song Season to Premiere in Bloomington

Mezzo-soprano Megan Roth describes art song as “poetry or prose set to music by a classical composer.” It’s a musical genre generally not heard outside of practice rooms. Until now. Roth talks with writer Ann Georgescu about the upcoming art song season produced by her group, Calliope’s Call, whose season premieres in Bloomington this Saturday, October 17. Click here to read the full story.

Shuffle: ‘Hang On to Yourself’ by David Bowie

In his second “Shuffle,” Limestone Post columnist Brad Wilhelm spins David Bowie’s “Hang On to Yourself” and learns that “tone” — even more than technical proficiency — can be a hard-rock guitarist’s salvation. With a little help from his bandmates, his trusted guitars, and the ghost of Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, Wilhelm emerges from a “dark” time and finds happiness in “a fearsome noise.” Click here to read the full story.

Dancin’ in the Streets (and Much More) Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene

It may never change its name to Lotus World Music, Arts, Food, and Street Festival, but it could. While music from around the world fills the tents downtown during the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, musicians, dancers, artists, and other performers fill the streets outside the tents, especially Kirkwood Avenue and 6th Street. Videographer Miles Reiter caught much of the action and artistry on tape. Check out his video, “Lotus Festival 2015: The Street Scene,” here.

Shuffle: ‘A Well Respected Man’ by The Kinks

A well-respected man of many interests, Brad Wilhelm gets serious in the premiere story for his Limestone Post column, “Shuffle." The Kinks' “A Well Respected Man” takes Wilhelm from the overwhelming sadness of loss to the serenity of moving on. Click here to read the full story.