Kevin Andrew Prchal vs. The Big Bad World

Back in November, my friends and I made a record. My instinct was to get in the studio, lay down the drums to a metronome, and layer the rest of the instrumentation on top of it. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and it’s been great...

The Moon Threads a Needle

Hi, all. I’m songwriter/guitarist/saxophonist Wes John Cichosz (pronounced Chee-hoas). I’ve been part of Chicago’s music scene since I was a teenager and I’m proud to call the city my home, both musically and geographically. So thanks for checking me out here on A Chicago Thing.

Grappel/Cohen Recording Endowment winner Cory Goodrich pays tribute to the roots of country music and the Carter Family with her folk album, Wildwood Flower.

Three years ago, I was cast as June Carter Cash in a production of Ring of Fire, and our music director, Malcolm Ruhl, insisted I learn the ‘harp for the role. I started looking for teachers (there are few), looking for harps for sale (nowhere in Chicago) and I came across a publication called Autoharp Quarterly. In this magazine, I found an application for the Cohen/Grappel Recording Endowment, and on a whim, I applied. I never thought for a second they would pick me.

One Stage. One Music. One Community.

Is there one day that goes by without news of people getting hurt? Of lives lost in blatant acts of hatred? What can we do as a society? If this is the direction that the world is going in, where and how do we plant the seeds of love and harmony?