Dave Leonatti is an architect, freelance writer and self-professed music nut based in Springfield. He is in his 12th year writing music and performing arts reviews for the State Journal-Register, and in his 9th year on air at WUIS, starting with his original program Sunday Nightsounds in the late 1980's.

Dave is a musician--he's played bass, guitar and drums in several rock and bluegrass bands. He plays bass for the WUIS All-Star Band, "The Pitch Patio Pickers," with Mark Mathewson and Jennifer Ramm, the host of Bluegrass Breakdown.

Catch Dave Leonatti and Nightsounds on Sunday evenings at 8:00.

Grammy nominated songwriter and critical darling, Kim Richey will perform at Bar None at 245 S. 5th St. in Springfield as part of NPR Illinois' Bedrock 66 Live! series. Special guest Ashley Riley will open the night at 8 pm. Tickets for Saturday evening's performance are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

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I think there were less blockbusters and outright bowl-you-over releases in 2016, so in lieu of longer album reviews, more brief synopses of albums and highlighting some great songs we shared during the no particular order.

Andy Shauf - “The Party”             
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Nightsounds was originally chartered in 1987 as a locally produced radio program that showcased artists loosely affiliated with New Age music, which became quite popular with the ascension of such labels as Windham Hill, Optimism, Higher Octave and Narada Records; all studios which featured artists loosely affiliated with acoustic and electronic instrumental music that did not pigeon hole into jazz or even soft record categories.