RVA Music Scene To Be Featured on World Cafe Series

NPR-distributed program broadcasts nationally March 23-27

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Planning to be stuck inside with the coronavirus blues?

That illness that sounds like something you catch from tainted bottles of Corona bought for 25 cents at the Tijuana border? (Don't worry, Corona beer sales are actually up 5%)

Good news! You'll still be able to check out the NPR-distributed daily music and interview program, Sense of Place from World Cafe, which will be featuring the music scene of Richmond, Va. from March 23-27.

The show is broadcast on 214 radio stations nationwide and the World Cafe team is based at WXPN/Philadelphia. Locally, World Cafe can be heard on listener-supported WNRN 88.5 FM (Richmond) weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

According to an email, the Sense of Place series "visits musical hotspots around the globe to capture each city’s sights and sounds, and records studio sessions with local musicians and interviews with musical influencers. The resulting week-long feature is heard on World Cafe and online (past sessions are archived at World Cafe on NPR Music)."

Here's what the producers had to say in a press release:

Among other highlights, it will include interview/performance sessions with Richmond artists Sleepwalkers, Natalie Prass, Illiterate Light, and Saw Black; a visit to the Richmond location where members of heavy metal band GWAR rehearse and build their stage props; visits to In Your Ear and Spacebomb Studios; and an introduction to the central Virginia music scene from WNRN host Desiré Moses.

Raina Douris said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better time in Virginia on our ‘Sense of Place’ trip! From the live shows, to touring GWAR’s studio, I’m so excited about what we were able to bring back for all of our World Cafe listeners.” Added Kalleo, “There’s such a rich history of music and culture in Richmond, and I can’t wait to share some of its stories with the World Cafe audiences.”

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