July is America’s birthday month, and on this episode of Air Check we get a hint of Vicky’s playlist for 4th of July celebrations; Jake talks with Roberto Houston of Black Pegasus about his rapping career; local musician Nina de Freitas joins us for an in-studio performance and interview; we look ahead to the 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge festival on July 29th, 2017; and we share our favorite new releases from the past month.
PART ONE: WHAT'S NEW AND NEEDS LISTENING TO - THE AIR CHECK MUSICAL ROUNDTABLE
PART TWO: COLORADO RAPPER ROBERTO HOUSTON AKA BLACK PEGASUS
Jake Brownell speaks with Robert Houston, AKA Black Pegasus, who’s been rapping here in Colorado Springs since the 1990’s.
Over the last few decades he’s released several albums and toured throughout the US and Europe alongside some really big names in hip hop. His latest album simply titled, Robert Houston, comes out this month. There will be an album release party at the Black Sheep on Friday, July 7th.
After many years in the business, Houston says he’s returning to his roots with this album, and he’s not sure if this will be his last release, or the beginning of a new chapter.
PART THREE: AMERICA TURNS 241!
91.5 KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor lays out her idea for the soundtrack to America's 4th of July birthday party, and, of course, it ends with love...
And, 91.5 KRCC volunteers and employees contribute their 4th of July favorites to a Spotify playlist.
PART FOUR: UP AND COMING - NINA DE FREITAS
Nina de Freitas is a local artist with a new debut EP called, Spinning Towards the Edge. She has an unbelievable voice and an ear for interesting and beautiful melodies. We invite her into our studio for an interview and performance.
Born in Brazil to musician parents, de Freitas has made Colorado her home for many years. Check out her debut EP, and keep your eyes peeled for more from the artist. We expect big things!
PART FIVE: 11 YEARS IN - JEFF TALKS BLUES UNDER THE BRIDGE 2017
Three pre-festival parties take place at Ivywild and the Gold Room prior to the 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival on July 29th.
Jeff Bieri talks about this year's festival line up and offers a little history behind the bands.