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Hope In Chicago: A Local Musician's Story

Fort Wayne musician Hope Arthur, now based in Chicago, is currently performing with Mucca Pazza, a 30 or so piece, gender bending instrumental music group with street theater experience that will be performing at the Brass Rail on Saturday, March 14th.

Credit Alan Luntz
Always on the lookout for non-traditional music and music makers, Arthur describes Mucca Pazza as one of the most bizarre, beautiful and wonderful things she's ever been a part of.

The mismatched marching band uniforms, silly dance routines and general circus atmosphere the group has become known for is backed by a dedicated musicianship and a serious repertoire that includes classical tunes and an impressive line up of original music, featuring a blend of styles from balkan pop to punk rock.

But the musical opportunities don't stop there, and Hope is eagerly pursuing her love of the 1920's jazz styles, including "stride piano," as she continues to hone her own signature sound.

For an inside look at the group's scope as well as Arthur's own musical persuasions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited her into the studio to discuss how this journey is taking shape, the vistas her new home provides and what her fans can expect from the upcoming concert.

Event Information:

Mucca Pazza and Boat Show @ The Brass Rail, Fort Wayne
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
21 and older

For Tickets and more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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