Public radio from Western Michigan University 102.1 NPR News | 89.9 Classical WMUK
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
We are currently experiencing technical issues with Classical WMUK 89.9-FM. Many listeners will not be able to receive the signal. We apologize and are working to restore the station to full power. 102.1-FM HD-2 and the streams through our website and app are still available
Conversations with creators and organizers of the arts scene in West Michigan, hosted by Cara Lieurance

Ukraine's Kommuna Lux to play Bell's Eccentric Café

Kommuna Lux
Kommuna Lux

At 7 pm on Wednesday, Oct 11, a group of Ukranian folk musicians from Odessa will continue their tour of the U.S. and Canada at Bell's Eccentric Café. Kommuna Lux features vocals, brass, clarinet, guitar, accordion, bass and drums. It's high-energy Klezmer music the band describes as "Odesa gansta-folk," says Cori Somers, co-founder of The Clover Room, a 55-seat listening room that opened in 2022. When the US representative for Kommuna Lux contacted her about performing there, Somers thought Kommuna Lux needed a bigger venue. She contacted Elizabeth Start, executive director of the Connecting Chords Music Festival, which has a long track record of presenting world music at a variety of venues. They partnered to present Kommuna Lux in a larger space with a casual brewery atmosphere.

Somers tells Cara Lieurance the band is sending the proceeds of its tour to humanitarian relief in Ukraine. They listen to two songs, "Babushka Zdorova" and "Vitka Shram." They also discuss Somers' experiences since joining with friend Mechele Peters to open The Clover Room, including highlights of past concerts and a look ahead at upcoming shows.

Tickets and more information about Kommuna Lux's concert is at the Connecting Chords Music Festival website.

Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.