Caravan with Bill Beckett

Fridays at 9pm

So Much Music - So Little Time

The Caravan is a Weekly program featuring a diverse selection of music and hosted by Bill Beckett. Each week you'll hear selections from across the globe in a mosaic designed to carry you along effortlessly. The program will feature a broad mix in hour one with certain recurring themes. 

Hour two will feature live concert material gathers from around the country and world, from locally produced concert recorded in our new studios to concert we record at venues around our listening region. We will also feature specials on a variety of musical subjects and live CD material as well.

Hour three is simply called be quiet and play the music. This hour is designed as a 52:00 minute segment of music with no breaks. A listening experience that is unique. Underneath the music is a sort of hidden theme that only Bill knows and he's not telling, so you can approach the hour and let it affect you in your own unique way. Bill will return near the end to let you know what you've heard and close out with one final song.

Tune in Friday at 9:00 p.m. for the Caravan. Bill has a vast library of music and a deep love of all genre's from Indian Raga's and Delta Blues to Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Alternative, and World and more. We hope you enjoy the experience and discover new music each week as well as hear familiar favorite.

For More Information contact Bill at wbeckett@lsus.edu.

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Airs Friday, October 12, 2018, at 9 p.m. Dr. Carolyn Cooper, from the University of West Indies, explores how Jamaican music has given a voice to resistance against oppression, from Nyabinghi drumming during slavery, through 1970s reggae, the dancehall sound of the 1980s and 1990s, to the modern-day reggae revival. Cooper explores how the sounds of this Caribbean island have shaped its people and politics. As ethnomusicologist Dennis Howard says, in Jamaica, "Music is more than for enjoyment. It is part of our existence."

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Airs Friday, October 5, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some familiar sounds to open with a couple of classic cuts by Jethro Tull, plus tracks from Hat Check Girl, Allison Crow, and Chris Belleau, and we'll toss in some Aretha Frankin to boot. Then in our concert hour we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert featuring Tift Merrit, and this week in our final hour we fly over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Airs Friday, September 28, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature Apollo’s Fire in Sugarloaf Mountain, An Appalachian Gathering, with Jeannette Sorrell leading Apollo's Fire in performance at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Cleveland with Robert Conrad hosting and Jeannette Sorrell as Narrator. In our Concert Hour we have a special from NPR Music from the 2018 Newport Folk Festival with Bob Boilen and Rita Houston presenting highlights from this year's Newport Folk Festival. Hear songs from Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Mavis Staples and more. Then in our Final Hour, we ask the question, Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

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Airs Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from The Crackling, the Brooklyn Brothers, Sarah Jarosz and the Cranberries as well as the title cut from Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. We'll also have a spotlight on Alvin Lee on Blues at the Bottom, a blast from the past from King Curtis, and in our concert, we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert with Reggae Legends Toots and the Maytals, and in our final hour we'll listen for The Cry of the Snow Lion with tracks from Joan Baez, Sam Pacetti & Gabe Valla, Natalie Merchant, Daniel Lanois, Sandy Denny, Nirvana, and more.

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