Sessions From Studio A

Thursday at 7 p.m. & Sunday at 6 p.m.

Sessions From Studio A is a local program dedicated to showcasing regional and touring musicians, featuring  performances recorded in WNIJ's own Studio A in DeKalb.

The program presents genres of music ranging from folk to indie rock, blues, alternative country, Americana, world music and more, in a way that provides the listener with a live concert experience. Hosted by Carl Nelson, these performances are accompanied by interviews with the artists who discuss their inspirations, aspirations, and the stories behind their original songs.

Have a band you'd like to hear on Sessions from Studio A? Send us your suggestions: sessions@niu.edu

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Sessions from Studio A - Justin Gambino

Nov 15, 2018
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Justin Gambino performs "Your Hands & Feet" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Justin Gambino performs "Silhouettes" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Emily Hurd

Nov 1, 2018
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Emily Hurd performs "Brush Fire" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Emily Hurd performs "Daytime Fireflies" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Mackenzie O'Brien

Oct 25, 2018
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Mackenzie O'Brien performs "Live by the Sun" at the Prairie Street Brewing Company in Rockford.

Mackenzie O'Brien performs "High Class, Low Rent" at the Prairie Street Brewing Company in Rockford.

Sessions from Studio A - The Sanctified Grumblers

Oct 18, 2018
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The Sanctified Grumblers perform "Nancy Jane" Dockside Live at the Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

The Sanctified Grumblers perform "Mama's Little Sonny Boy" Dockside Live at the Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

Sessions from Studio A - Kraig Kenning

Oct 11, 2018
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Kraig Kenning performs "Left Chicago" Dockside Live at the Prairie St. Brewing Co.

Kraig Kenning performs "Left Chicago" Dockside Live at the Prairie St. Brewing Co.

Sessions from Studio A - Zach Pietrini

Oct 4, 2018
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Zach Pietrini performs "I Don't Want to Leave" live on the docks at Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

Zach Pietrini performs "Like the Pain" live on the docks at Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford.

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Lina Tullgren performs "Home" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Lina Tullgren performs "Glove" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Dina Bach

Sep 13, 2018
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Dina Bach performs "You and Me" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Dina Bach performs "Slow Dance" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Dina Bach at dinabachmusic.com.

Sessions from Studio A - sewingneedle

Sep 6, 2018
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sewingneedle performs "Puppies" live in WNIJ's Studio A.

sewingneedle performs "Feel Good Music" live in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Matthew Caleb Flamm

Aug 30, 2018
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Matthew Caleb Flamm performs "Enemies" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Matthew Caleb Flamm performs "Crooked Mind" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Renee Dion

Aug 23, 2018
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Renee Dion performs "99" at the House Cafe in DeKalb, August 16, 2018.

Renee Dion performs "Monday" at the House Cafe in DeKalb, August 16, 2018.

Sessions from Studio A - Zack Baumgartner

Aug 16, 2018
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Zack Baumgartner performs "Goodbye" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Zack Baumgartner performs "Blame It All On Me".

Find the music of Zack Baumgartner at ReverbNation.

Sessions from Studio A - Cousin Dud

Aug 9, 2018
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Cousin Dud performs "Better Beaches" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Cousin Dud performs "Spent" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Oblio & Arrow

Jul 19, 2018
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Matthew Kopecky of Oblio & Arrow performing "By Design" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Matthew Kopecky of Oblio & Arrow performing "Canteen" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Purple Hell

Jun 29, 2018
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Purple Hell performs "Gold" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Purple Hell online at purplehell.bandcamp.com.

Sessions from Studio A - MahaRa

Jun 21, 2018
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MahaRa performs "Upgrade" in WNIJ's Studio A.

MahaRa performs in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find MahaRa online at MahaRaMusic.com.

Sessions from Studio A - V.V. Lightbody

Jun 14, 2018
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V.V. Lightbody performs "Gaze" in WNIJ's Studio A.

V.V. Lightbody performs "Fig Leaves" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find V.V. Lightbody online at vvlightbody.bandcamp.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Invisible Cartoons

Jun 7, 2018
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Invisible Cartoons performs "A Catastrophic Atmosphere" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Invisible Cartoons performs "Jackson Pollock" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Kendra Swanson

May 24, 2018
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Kendra Swanson performs "Heart Land" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Kendra Swanson at kendraswanson.com.

Sessions from Studio A - The Rooks

May 17, 2018
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The Rooks perform "Bury Me Deep" in WNIJ's Studio A.

The Rooks perform "Secrets" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find The Rooks online at therooksband.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Solar Pulse

May 10, 2018
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Solar Pulse performs "Shark in the Water" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Solar Pulse online at: solarpulse.bandcamp.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Jim Kanas

Apr 26, 2018
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Jim Kanas performs "Muddy Waters" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Jim Kanas at jimkanas.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Althea Grace

Apr 19, 2018
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Althea Grace performs "Secrets" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Althea Grace on the web at altheagraceband.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Lever

Apr 12, 2018
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Lever performs "Ms. Lead" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Lever online at leverband.com.

Sessions from Studio A - The Threads

Apr 5, 2018
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The Threads perform "I Got the Time" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find The Threads online at thethreadsband.com.

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Davey Dynamite performs "Down & Up" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sloth Hands performs "Cop Cars" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Davey Dynamite at bandcamp.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Michael Charles

Mar 22, 2018
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Sessions from Studio A- Michael Charles

WNIJ’s Sessions for Studio A continues to be a hit for the bands to showcase their music. We were grateful to have Michael Charles in the studio, who gave such an energized performance. He has a blues voice rich with authenticity and is also famous with his exciting guitar solos. His band includes Michael Charles playing lead guitar and vocals, Dave playing the drums, and Dennis playing bass guitar.

Sessions from Studio A - Trinadora Rocks

Mar 15, 2018
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Trinadora Rocks performs in WNIJ's Studio A

Find Trinadora online at Trinadora.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Seasonal Men's Wear

Mar 8, 2018
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Seasonal Men’s Wear made a trip to WNIJ’s Studio A to give an original, rock performance. Throughout the last 12 years the band has rotated through many different band members and genres such as acoustic power violence. Before making any changes, Jake wanted to start a band intended to be "goofy". The band consisted of three guitars, an acoustic guitar, pots and pans and any other furniture they could find around the house. From then on, Jake was determined to find the right band. Throughout the years this set of musicians seems to be the best and longest fit for Seasonal Men’s Wear.

Sessions from Studio A - Old Town Tribune

Mar 1, 2018

Old Town Tribune stopped by WNIJ's Studio A to perform original, traditional bluegrass. The band includes Wes Carr on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Charlie Ford on bass, Zac Economou playing the guitar and adding backup vocals, and Brad Utterback playing the banjo.

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