On Wednesday May 23 from 3-4 pm EST and Thursday May 24 from 9-10 pm EST we’re talking about the real American Idols—extraordinary people who make contributions to music and performance. We'll be joined by Michael Masley, an unusual street musician from Berkeley, CA, who has influenced everyone from the common man to famous musicians such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith for 25 years with his world renowned "bowhammers" technique on his cymbalom. Michael is the subject of a new documentary, Art Officially Favored, written and directed by Martin Yernazian, who will also be our guest. In the second half-hour: Colin Huggins, who bills himself as "The Crazy Piano Guy". Colin actually wheels his piano all over the city, bringing music directly to the people of New York. And last we have Mary Luehrsen of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. NAMM strives to promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. Mary will discuss the benefits of music education on growing minds and how budgets cuts are devastating music programs in schools across the nation. She’ll also highlight those schools across the nation that have made valuable contributions to arts education as part of the Best Communities for Music Education annual survey.
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