Then This Happened: Musical Stories

Then This Happened: Musical Stories

True stories are told and musical improvisers cut in and out with songs moving the story along. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long. The show is put together by comedian and musician Matt Griffo. It’s recorded in his tiny studio in Chicago.... Show More

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January 2, 2021 27 min

Cosmic science. Black holes and how we know about them thanks to multiple scientists and LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). 

 Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  <--

Drake Shrader (Storyteller)

BAND:

  • Matt Griffo (vocals, bass, electric guitar on "I'm On The Sun" song)
  • Brittany Flynn (vocals)
  • Andy Masters (electric guitar)
  • Rob...
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    March 12, 2020 26 min

    This is a Story about Cap Streeter, a drifter who schemed his way into creating what is now one of the most expensive parts of Chicago.



    Steph Charaska (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Holly Souchack (vocals)
  • Mary Hynes (vocals)
  • Lexi Alioto (vocals) 
  • Arne Parrott (guitar) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)
  • Dan Krackhardt (cajon)
  • Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

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    February 5, 2020 23 min

    The woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on New Zealand's national day.



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    Robbie Ellis (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Brittany Flynn (vocals)
  • Andy Masters (guitar) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)
  • Mike Amandes (cajon)
  • Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

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    January 29, 2020 20 min

    In 2019, a scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities. The investigation into the conspiracy was nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues.

    Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  <--

    Danielle Elizabeth (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Holly Souchack (vocals)
  • Lexi Alioto (vocals) 
  • Arne...
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    January 8, 2020 12 min


    Jane Fonda has had a life full of activism and has now begun “Fire Drill Fridays.” The protests, which Fonda refers to as "Fire Drill Friday," are to show support for a Green New Deal and bring awareness to the ways in which climate change affects other parts of human life, such as women's rights, access to drinking water and global militarism.

    It's amazing to me how many other people she is having come with her to j...

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    December 26, 2019 22 min

    An art feud over color between Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor. They have been feuding since 2016 when Kapoor received exclusive rights to the Vantablack pigment, said to be the blackest shade of black ever created.

    In retaliation, Semple created the "pinkest pink" paint pigment and banned Kapoor from purchasing it, shortly followed by his Faze colour-changing paint. Now the British artist has done the same thing with Black 3...

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    December 10, 2019 17 min

    In this episode comedian Ron Ervin tells the story of Paul McCartney getting arrested in Tokyo in 1980. 

    Listen to the unedited podcast at and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/posts/32302553 <--

    Ron Ervin (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Brittany Flynn (vocals) 
  • Matt Castellvi (vocals)
  • Arne Parrot (guitar/piano) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/ukulele/melodica)
  • Mike Amandes (percussion)
  • This one was really fun to record in studio...

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    December 5, 2019 20 min

    Balloonfest '86 was a 1986 event in which the United Way of Cleveland in Ohio set a world record by releasing almost one-and-a-half million balloons. The event was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt, but the balloons drifted back over the city, Lake Erie, and landed in the surrounding area, and caused problems for traffic and a nearby airport. The event also interfered with a United States Coast Guard search ...

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