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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

The Scene Previews The Nantucket Boys + Downhome Fest

Actors and the writer of The Nantucket Boys: Ken Bradbury (seated), John Love (R) & Jim Yale

This week Scott and Rachel are joined by the co-stars (John Love & Jim Yale) and the writer (Ken Bradbury) of a new musical called 'The Boys From Nantucket' - which you can see this weekend.

We also hear from Springfield native, Kevan Eftekhari, about his Chicago band, Fire Hot Opera. They will be playing with many other musical acts over the weekend at the Downhome Music, Beer & Art Festival in Springfield. Tune in! 

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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