Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: June 6th at 5:45 PM

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Vasilis Kostas: The Soul of Epirus: Music From Greece
Saturday, June 6th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Vasilis Kostas, originally from Epirus, Greece, is a standout player of the laouto - lute. His collaborative album with clarinet virtuoso Petroloukas Halkias, The Soul of Epirus, received great reviews. He also explores Greek traditions in Boston-based Pharos Ensemble, and channels his other musical love, jazz, as a member of Global Messengers, the multicultural outfit led by pianist Danilo Pérez. Tune in to hear - and hear about - the music. Plus Vasilis spins a guest-DJ set!

Chris Gilliard, on Big Tech companies' responses to racial injustice
Monday, June 8th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
In the wake of nationwide protests, Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook have publicly stated their "support of the Black community." On the next Techtonic, Chris Gilliard discusses his recent Fast Company piece that explains how Big Tech companies profit from exploiting and harming the very communities they claim to support.

Morricone Island has a special 2-hour show tonight with Alessandro De Rosa Part 2 (Co-Author of "Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words")
Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm - 9pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Composer, radio host and co-author of “Ennio Morricone – In His Own Words” (Oxford University Press, 2019) Alessandro De Rosa returns for a Part 2 discussion of his three-plus years of conversations with Ennio Morricone at his home which resulted in the book, along with a listen to some of Alessandro's own compositions influenced by Il Maestro. Check out Part 1 HERE (the June 2, 2020 show) if you missed it live.

Friday, June 12th, 3pm - 7pm
Global Grease with Kim Sorise (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Dance away the crazy with a radio party, every Friday 3-7pm (ET). Now until further notice. This week, Kim Sorise injects a massive dose of infectious international hip-shakers!

Former Brian Wilson bodyguard Rocky Pamplin & coauthor Ron Hamady
Saturday, June 13th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes Brian Wilson's former live-in body guard Rocky Pamplin and coauthor Ron Hamady, and to discuss Rocky's years attempting to keep the Beach Boy away from drugs, unhealthy foods, unsavory characters and their book "The Beach Boys' Endless Wave: Inside America's Band."

Friday, June 19th, 3pm - 7pm
Hinky Dinky Time with Uncle Michael (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Dance away the crazy with a radio party, every Friday 3-7pm (ET). Now until further notice. This week, Uncle Michael's Topeka Sound System presents "So Shall Dis Dancing" — nonstop positive vibrations from the islands.

The Dead Mauriacs
Friday, June 19th, 9pm - Midnight
Daniel Blumin's show
Studio Wunderschnapps presents: The Dead Mauriacs. Hailing from France, The Dead Mauriacs collage together elements of electro-acoustic soundiness, slivers of exotica, fantastical creak 'n roll, and an assortment of noises that would make a Foley artist oscillate wildly. Don't miss this exclusive treat recorded in isolation!

Terence Blanchard
Tuesday, June 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Composer/trumpeter Terrence Blanchard discusses his score for Spike Lee's Netflix Vietnam war drama " Da 5 Bloods" (June 12). Blanchard has scored or performed on nearly every Spike Lee soundtrack since 1989's "Do The Right Thing," including 2018's Oscar-nominated "BlacKkKlansman." Blanchard grew up playing music in New Orleans with Wynton & Branford Marsalis before joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1980s and releasing over 30 albums as a bandleader or co-bandleader.

Friday, June 26th, 3pm - 7pm
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Dance away the crazy with the Drummer Stream's weekly Friday dance party. This week, Meghan takes over with a continuous flow of massive AFROBEAT tracks!! Have ample drinks and proper footwear handy, and maybe apologize to the downstairs neighbors in advance!

George McCrae
Saturday, June 27th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes George McCrae to chat about his long career, which started in the Florida club scene of the 1960s and peaked in 1974 with the massive #1hit single "Rock Your Baby." Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, it's of the fewer than 40 singles ever to have sold over 10 million physical copies.

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