From 9 to 11pm tonight, Radio Heartland is on Minnesota Public Radio News with a Fourth of July holiday pageant featuring songs that refer to our American Day of Independence. History, liberty, romance, sacrifice, diversity, snacking and sightseeing are just a few of the topics woven into the fabric of tonight's medley. Is the man in the gabardine suit really a spy? And how did Paul Simon know his bow tie was "really a camera"? You'll also hear Ray Charles, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Paul Robeson and others in the first hour.
In hour two, a preview of Dan Chouinard's "Saturday Night at the Stage Door Piano Bar". Dan Chouinard is a man with friends. He didn't just happen by these friends - he earned them through his tireless piano and accordion playing. More potent than beer, wine and vodka, Dan's musical talent provides an irresisitable social lubricant that lets the party swing and leaves no hangover.
Last May 30th, Dan brought some of his favorite musicians to the Fitzgerald Theater to trade novelty songs, bawdy ballads and treasures from the Great American Songbook. We'll hear some samples in advance of Radio Heartland's presentation of the full concert at 7 o'clock tomorrow night (July 5th).
You can hear it online at radioheartland.org, and on digital radio in the Twin Cities at 91.1 HD2 KNOW, Minneapolis - St. Paul.