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Laurie Arbore

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When Laurie was a little kid in school, the only thing that got her in trouble was talking and giggling in class with her friends. Fast-forward to the present day... Imagine her joy, talking with her listener friends every day on KCUR 89.3 -- and not getting in trouble for it! Laurie started her broadcasting career in classical radio and has since worked in a variety of formats. She has enjoyed interviewing such celebrities as Ron Howard, Will Farrell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carrie Underwood and many others. But as a self-proclaimed "Sci-Fi nerd," she counts Mark Hamill and Jonathan Frakes among the favorite interviews she’s done. Laurie has twice won First Place honors from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for co-voicing the winning radio spots, and was the opera-singing grocery clerk in an OMNI Award-winning TV campaign for Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She also has a performing arts background, having sung with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Musical Theater Heritage, jazz pianist Wayne Hawkins, Dickens Carolers; and for sports organizations, including the Kansas City Royals. You may have seen Laurie as a Guest Co-Host on Kansas City Public Television, where she has volunteered for a number of years. Laurie plays the piano, makes jewelry, and enjoys gardening, road-trips and movies. (If you happen to be with her at just the right moment, you might hear some voices from "The Wizard of Oz!")

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This past summer on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro put the spotlight on the documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, a celebration of outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  Included on the show were portions of the film's soundtrack, plus other recordings by the artists featured in the film.  Since then, 20 Feet from Stardom has been nominated for an Oscar, so we bring you a special encore of that show.

This week we celebrate the often-happy, always-funky music of Sly and the Family Stone – including some newly-released material.

We kick off 2014 with some legendary rock ‘n roll, as Bill Shapiro brings you selections from the famous 1971 New Year’s Eve concert by The Band.   This performance footage also features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint, who returns to The Folly Theater January 11th for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert.

K&K Center of the Beat/Retna;

Bill Shapiro starts the New Year celebration early, bringing you his annual party of live concert recordings.

Cyprus Avenue rings in the holidays, as Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show.

Glade Bilby II;

Thank you for supporting Cyprus Avenue during KCUR's Winter Membership Drive!  Later this evening, Bill Shapiro brought you an encore presentation of a show focused on Allen Toussaint.  The New Orleans legend will return to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert on January 11, 2014.  This edition of Cyprus Avenue features Toussaint's music, including songs that became huge hits for other artists.

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings to come along this year.  It’s a celebration of the music of 2013 this week on Cyprus Avenue.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, music that came out of the legendary FAME Studios, at the heart of the Muscle Shoals sound.

On January 11, 2014, Allen Toussaint returns to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert.  This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you music by the New Orleans legend, including songs that have been performed and made famous by other artists.


Nov 16, 2013

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new, fall releases -- music from Paul McCartney, Neko Case, Elvis Costello and others. 

Moondance ~ Redux

Nov 9, 2013

Van Morrison is in the spotlight this week, as Bill Shapiro explores a newly-released collection of Morrison's music.  

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This week we explore the influential music of a rock legend who recently passed away, as Bill Shapiro pays tribute to Lou Reed.  

Mostly Willie

Oct 26, 2013

On this edition of the show, Bill Shapiro puts the spotlight Willie Nelson's new release, To All the Girls..., in which Nelson collaborates with female artists on his well-known songs.  Also featured this week, music from Raina Rose, who sang with Sam Baker recently at Cyprus Avenue's 35th Anniversary Concert.


Oct 19, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new releases with something unique to say:  music from Elton John, Mark Knopfler and Garland Jeffreys.  

Doc Pomus ~ Redux

Oct 12, 2013

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, we take a journey through decades of popular songs by well-known artists and with something in common:  they were either written or co-written by Doc Pomus.

Elvis at Stax

Oct 5, 2013

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you music from Elvis Presley’s Memphis studio sessions of the early ‘70s – released recently in the extensive “Elvis at Stax” compilation.

Thank you for supporting KCUR and Cyprus Avenue!  For this year's Fall Membership Drive, Bill Shapiro presented a special, two-hour rock 'n roll party.

Bill Shapiro brings you an encore this week of his spotlight on Aaron Neville, including some of the iconic singer’s more recent songs.  Neville will perform October 4th in Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.

On September 28th, Bill Shapiro celebrates his 35th Anniversary of bringing you Cyprus Avenue, with a special celebration concert at The Folly Theater.  Sam Baker will be our guest performer that night, and this week on the program, we feature Baker's music.

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you newly-released material from a man he calls “the most fascinating musical artist of the last half-century”:  Bob Dylan.

Aaron Neville will perform October 4th in Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.  This week's show is devoted to his music, including his more recent releases.

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Aug 24, 2013

In the spotlight this week:  the music of Sam Baker.  Baker will perform September 28th at The Folly Theater, in the Cyprus Avenue Live celebration of our show's 35th Anniversary.   Bill Shapiro says of Sam Baker, "He sings to your soul, and it makes you feel real good." 

20 Feet from Stardom

Aug 17, 2013

This week, a celebration of some outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  We explore portions of the soundtrack from the documentary 20 Feet  from Stardom, plus dig into other recordings that feature some of these artists.

As we get closer to the 35th Anniversary of Cyprus Avenue, we revisit the first-ever musical concept featured on the show:  Ballads by Rockers. Springsteen

In Part Four of this series, we take a look back at some of the more noteworthy music that came along in 2005 and 2006.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we focus on the music – and the musical impact – of the late, great Otis Redding.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we feature newly-released music from some outstanding female artists.

On July 19, Cyprus Avenue brings Marty Stuart back in concert for Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.  This week on the program, an encore presentation of our spotlight on Marty and his extremely multi-faceted music. 

Jimmy and Bob

Jul 6, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue… It’s a celebration of reggae, as we explore newly-released music of Jimmy Cliff and the late Bob Marley

As Cyprus Avenue gets closer to its 35th anniversary, we continue our "Rhythm to the Rhythms" series -- this time looking back at some noteworthy music featured on the show in 2003 and 2004.